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Do you remember our ‘Swapping Pockets Bullet-Proof Drill’? It’s a worthy consideration!

When you are at ‘Impact Fix’ (Address Ready), your back pants pockets are relatively ‘Parallel’ to your ‘Body and Target Lines’. You could refer to this as ‘Neutral and Unloaded’.

When you ‘Load Coil, (Wind Up your big Body Rubber Band) to your ‘Brace Side’ (see ‘The Power Line Delivery Sequence’ – Accumulate, Load, Store, Deliver & Release) Your ‘Brace Rear Pocket’ rotates spinally to the ‘Brace Side, Back & Slightly Up’. Very simple process!

At your Top Of Back Swing (TOB) your Brace Pocket will be at its ‘Fitness Coil Limit’ … perhaps about 45 degrees to the Body Line. (see ‘Alignment’) You accomplish your ‘Transition’ (Bump & Direction Change) thus moving into the Front Swing or ‘Off Loading Phase’. (ALSDR – This is the DR aspect)

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Let us just provide some ‘Key Words & Ideas’ that may prove useful as practise and execution guidelines. Each word has a purpose! The first two are great ‘Bullet-Proof Skill Drills’.

  1. Tossing Underhanded Golf Balls to a ‘12 Inch Landing Circle’ (see ‘Carry Distance’ – Pitching with a Wedge)
  2. Bowling Golf Balls to a very close ‘12 Inch Landing Circle’ (see ‘Carry Distance’ – Chipping with Mid Iron … #7 or #8 Irons)
  3. Know the purpose of your ‘12 Inch Landing Circle’ (the Flagstick is not the target)
  4. Get proficient at ‘Club Selection’ (see ‘Ball Flight Shape’)

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There are three basic ‘Swing Planes’ (tilted or inclined 3 dimensional surfaces on which a Clubhead and Clubshaft travel in both direction … Back & Up and Down & Out … Back Swing and Front Swing)

These three surfaces are Flat/Horizontal, Neutral/Normal and Upright/Vertical.

If you were to ‘Sweep The Sole’ of a III Wood across the grass from ‘Impact Fix’ (similar to Address Ready) to a point outside or to the brace side of your Brace Foot Heel, keeping it on the ground, that would be a ‘Flat or Horizontal Swing Plane’ … no vertical motion or movement. (see ‘Flat Angle Of Attack)

If you were to simply ‘Pick Up The Sole’ of that III Wood, straight up, back and onto your Brace Shoulder (to your Trapezius Muscle), allowing the Wrist Elbow & Shoulder to Bend as required, that would be a ‘Upright or Vertical Swing Plane’. (see ‘Steep Angle Of Attack’)

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Think about how you control ’Distance From The Fairway In An Approach Shot’? Bigger swings accomplish greater distances. Write notes so you can diarize or compile performance!

The answer was pretty logical and simple! ‘The 555 Golf Body Clocking Method’ works. The biggest release and carry will come from a ‘Full Swing’ using any golfclub! The greater the ‘Back & Up Swing’, the more ‘Energy’ you shall ‘Store & Release’. (see ‘Potential and Kinetic Energy’)(see ‘Accumulate, Load, Store, Deliver & Release - ALSDR’)

The following is taken directly from my ‘Short Game Grid Sheet’ … from my ‘Performance Play Book’. Here are my proficient #PW numbers … 1) Thigh Clock (18 Feet), 2) Hip Body Clock (38 Yards), 3) Lower Rib Cage Clock (61 Yards), 4) Arm Pit Clock (55 to 70 Yards) and 5) Brace Shoulder or Full Swing (110 to 130 Yards). These numbers are the ‘Carry Distances’ I expect to achieve when I am current and proficient with a ‘Smooth Swing’.

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This topic never gets old, but, perhaps a little bit worn-out?

To make more ‘C/H Speed’ you need to get more ‘Fit’. Make sure you consult with your ‘Primary Care Physician’ or ‘Personal Fitness Trainer’ before you undertake any athletic heroics! Soft Tissue Injuries (STI) can be career changers or open the doors to compounding problems!

Clubhead Speed squarely applied is the only way by which one might achieve greater ‘Distance’ … unless you have the ability to order a boisterous ‘Tail Wind’!

Here are a couple ‘Pre Shot Routine Set-Ups’ that will help.

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When you work on ‘Golf Drills’ you are best served by ‘Quantifying’ the physical layout. Read the greens and determine the ‘Big Math Picture’. Gather enough data that your ‘Bullet-Proof Drill’ makes optimal sense … so you get the most out of the exercise!

This is a great ‘Putting Drill’ that is more about ‘Distance’ than ‘Direction’. Slope will factor. Try to set-up on a relatively level part of a big practice green. Here is how this works! Lay a ‘Ground Stick’ 36 inches past the cup and a piece of string 18 inches in front of the flagstick. Your ‘Target or Performance Zone’ is thus 54 inches total depth.

Place tees in the putting surface every three feet starting at 12 feet and working away from the hole out to 60 feet … pretty long putt! Do your ‘Pre-Shot Routine’ (PSR) every position. From 18 feet, if you come up short of the cup, you get ‘Zero Points’. If you hop over the ‘Ground Stick’ you get ‘Zero’. This is your ‘Safety or Scoring Zone’. You get two golf balls from each 3 Foot increment.

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Do you struggle …

  • With not being ‘Lower Body Machine’ (LBM) dominant With being ‘Upper Body Machine’ (UBM) dominant (see ‘Arms Over Legs’)
  • With poor and inconsistent contact and inefficient ‘Energy Transfer’With unstable ‘Compression and Line Of Compression’
  • With deep or shallow divots, in front and behind the ball
  • With unstable overswinging (bigger is not more beautiful)
  • With being over the top (above Plane and Outside-In)

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I just had a conversation with a student about the ‘Duration of a Putting Stroke’ … the time it takes to complete a Tick Tock – Back & Up and Down & Out and Back. The premise was that a very long/big ‘Stroke Length’ takes the same amount of time (Duration) as a very short/small stroke. I shall leave this very specific math aspect up to you and Mr. Newton!

Longer stroke lengths make a golf ball roll farther due to the ‘Kinetic Energy Load’ or ‘Terminal Velocity At Impact’. (see ‘Energy Transfer Clubhead To Ball’)

Thus, if we learn how to ‘Control Our Stroke Length’ in our ‘Putting & Chipping Pre-Shot Routine’, we shall be able to control our ‘Ball Rolling Distance’ (BRD).

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Let us assume that you have located a perfectly flat and smooth area on your club’s practice green. If there is ‘Slope and Break’, read and evaluate that first by using your proven professional ‘8 Step Putting & Chipping Pre-Shot Routine’. Factor in ‘Mother Nature’s Elements’.

Test your stroke outcomes (performance) from 8, 12 and 16 Feet … 5 balls from each point! Pace and mark these Ball Locations with a tee so you can retest any aspect that you are unsure of. Use a ‘Ground Stick or long-shafted club to define your ‘Target and Body Lines’. (Set-Up) Remember, ‘All Putts and Chips Are Dead Straight’ from an initial ball rolling line perspective. That helps keep your very short game simple and definable!

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Let’s take ‘Bunker Basics’ back to raw basics … like at the beach … sand, bucket and shovel? If you want to make this procedure more complicated, that is your prerogative, your poison!

Always apply your ‘5 Set-Ups’ (Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment)

Factor in your ‘5 Essential Elements’ (Clubface Aim, Clubhead Path, Clubhead Speed, Sweet Spot & Angle Of Attack - AoA)

These ten elements or components never go out of style … anywhere or ever!

Working off the beach! We hear relentlessly about ‘The Open Open Method’ … Open Clubface Aim, Open Alignment and then we need to decide about our ‘Clubhead Path’ … Outside-In so as to accomplish more ‘Cut Spin Rate’. Pretty complex? A lot of factors?