basics of good golf

To be a ‘Good Golf Basic’ it has to be ‘Basically Good’ for all golfers all the time!

Want six (6) examples?

  1. Posture
  2. Grip
  3. Stance
  4. Ball Location

Golf has a lot of Newtonian truths, some more important and relevant than others.

‘Address Ready’ is where the ‘Ball Location is roughly on your Sternum … center chest. This is NOT where we are meant to strike the ball. Unlike how so many golfers perceive, this is not where ‘Clubhead Speed and Energy Transfer’ are optimal.

Hit a hockey slap shot, hit or throw a baseball, smack a tennis forehand smash down the sideline, etc.

To hover in golf means that one has the ‘Weight of the Golf Club In Hand’. The sole of the Clubhead is very slightly elevate above the grass … ‘Hovering Like A Helicopter’.



If one allows the Golf Club Weight to sit on the grass, the Clubhead cannot be easily swept away from the ball. The grass gets in the way and we stumble in our takeaway. This immediately throws us off our precise routine and smooth mechanics. (see ‘Path & Plane’)

There is a 100 year trend of ‘Ball Flight Distance Increases’ as well as a corresponding increase in the length of golf courses, across the game globally. The USGA, the R&A and professionals who stand on the grass every day, teaching and playng, believe this continuing cycle is detrimental to the game’s long-term future. Changes must be made! “What might they be?” you ask. One that is long overdue is ‘Ready Golf’. (see ‘Pace Of Play’) Next, we must ‘Cool The Golf Ball’. Any projectile going 350+ yards is circus! A second necessity is to ‘Play It Forward’. At some point in time ‘Playing From The Tips’ is more fantasy than reality. ‘Up Front’ makes us happier! Do you want #5 Irons to the fat of a green or a soft ‘Approach Wedge’ to the 5 Foot Circle? Scoring better consistently matters!

Each separate ‘Golf Swing Procedure’ has some variations in ‘Characteristics’. It helps us to list or define these in order to clarify or identify the variables. Here are the basic ‘Putting Characteristics’ or ‘Components’.

1) ‘POSTURE, Proper Spine Angle’ to support the ‘Pre-Selected Components and Procedures’. (‘Forward Inclination, Aft-Tilt’ and ‘Hips Socket to Sternum Clearance’, ‘CHIN Tallish’)

2) ‘Proper GRIP’ which should be ‘Weak’ and ‘Palms Opposed’ with ‘Quiet Hands’ throughout the ‘Entire Stroke’. This is not carved in concrete but is a basic parameter.

3) ‘Fixed Wrist Triangles/Wedges’. No ‘Flip or Throw-Away’.

4) ‘Light GRIP Pressure’, minimal Body Tension

5) Appropriate Attitude which must be very ‘Positive’. CONFIDENT.

6) ‘BODY RELAXED’ … BREATHING slowly and deeply.

“To release what?” is the question. The answer is to release loaded ‘Configuration, Condition, Components or Position’ as well as to release stored, ‘Potential or Ready Energy’ into the ‘Kinetic, Active or Dynamic’ form … to achieve ‘Stopped At The TOB’ (‘Zero Velocity’) and convert it into ‘Go In The BOSA’ or ‘Bottom Of Swing Arc’ (‘Clubhead Speed’).

You might find the ‘555 Golf Power Line Delivery Sequence’ of interest. It embraces the 360 degree energy process … the full energy circle. This useful sequence is ‘ALSDR’ or Accumulate, Load, Store, Deliver and Release. Each and every strike abides by this ‘Sequence’ regardless of ‘Swing Length’.

“Small Things Add Up To Big Things. Inch By Inch, It’s A Cinch!” We must learn to wriggle, roll over (from back to tummy), crawl, stand up, fall safely, toddle and then learn to logically walk before we run! Can you think of any effective alternatives?

One must establish some ‘Minimal Motion Synapses’ (Neurological Signaling into Effective Motion Outcomes) into movement rewards! What do we mean by the words “Minimal Motion”. You MUST learn to use and benefit from our ‘555 Golf System Slow Motion Drills’. Why? The answer is very simple! We learn most efficiently at low speeds. We build ‘Muscular Synapsis’ and create neuro-pathways more effectively in ‘Repetitive Slow Motion’.

We have ‘2 Golf Lever Assemblies’ … Target or Swinging Lever and Brace or Hitting Lever.

We appropriately refer to the ‘Flat Target Wrist’ as a ‘Hinge’ and as one of the ‘13 Primary Articulating Human Joints’ (PAJ). It is useful to use good appropriate English names and terms!

The ‘Flat Wrist Hinge’ is one of the ‘9 Configurations or Positions’ that function around 3 actual axes or wrist hinge pins. Think of the ‘Horizontal Door Action and its Vertical Hinge Pins’. The Target Wrist acts ‘Horizontally around a Vertical Hinge Pin’ just like the door.

One can play golf ‘One Handed’. I have trained several ‘One Handed’ athletes with success. We have several ‘One Handed Bullet-Proof Skill Drills’ that are useful along your learning journey. (see ‘Isolate The Parts Drills’)

There is more control and more power with full and cooperative ‘Triangular Golf Lever Assemblies’ (Hand, Wrist, Forearm, Elbow, Upper Arm and Shoulder Socket). ‘Quiet Triangles’ (with two levers) are more stable and predictable than with one! Helps us honour Newton!

The ‘Target Lever’ is the ‘Swinging Lever. It accomplishes only three functions. 1) Controls the Golf Club … especially the Clubface Aim, 2) Establishes ‘The Bottom Of Swing Arc’ (BOSA) and 3) Provides the #4 Pressure Point. (Rotational Target Pectoralis Muscle pushing or applying Force to the Target Biceps. (see ‘Hand Controls, Arm Supports and Body Transports’)

The Slice is a Poor Man’s Hook!

A lot less ‘Applied Energy’ is required to create a Slice than to Hook! Less clubhead motive effort?

If a golfer knows how to ‘Hook’ he or she can readily ‘Slice’. The opposite situation is also quite true! This teacher can help a golfer ‘Slice’ in only a few minutes. Learning to ‘Hook’ takes a little longer. Quite honestly, I do not know why any sane golfer would like to do either … Hook or Slice? There is no situation that cannot tolerate a straight shot even if it has to be a little shorter! Perfection might enjoy a little ‘Dog-Leg Tail’ on the straight shot but it is not mandatory! There is more than one way to play a dog-leg … two straight strikes will do the job!