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… is usually the outcome of ‘Quiet Hand Action’ and a ‘Quiet Mind’.

Don’t be mistaken in thinking that ‘Quiet Hand, Wrist, Forearm Triangles’ mean leaky ‘Fade Slice Ball Flight’.

The one thing we teachers know for sure is that the ‘Set-Up Clubface Aim’ must be delivered back to and through the ‘Ballistic Point’ or ‘Bottom Inside Cheek’ of the ball. (see ‘BIC’) The combination of ‘Compression and Line Of Compression’ makes things happen!

A little word of advice is to maintain the ‘Squareness Of Your Clubface Aim’ as long as possible through the ‘Impact & Separation Zone’. Establish the optimal ‘Clubhead Path’ and keep it talking to your ‘Clubhead’ longer than perhaps thought necessary! The proper and efficient ‘Feeling’ one should get from ad really efficient strike is a ‘Push Basic Feel’ … ‘Down & Out’.

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There are a lot of ‘Golf Terms’ (“LINGO”) that might or might not make sense to us normal ‘Weekend Hackers’? As I shared with you, when I started my ‘Golf Journey’, over half a century ago, I was told that I need to be more ‘Inside-Out’ and not ‘Over-The-Top’. All I could envision was socks and underwear coming out of the dryer … ‘Inside-Out’! Let’s try to not use any more of these than necessary? There are some that really do a good explaining job for us, but not all!

I am thinking of this common term “Reverse C” or “Reverse Pivot”. Are they different? Reverse in relation to what?

Let’s see if we can make this simpler to grasp? What is my ‘Pivot’? The ‘Pivot’ is my ‘Spinal Core, Column or Spinal Engine’ … my ‘Back Bone’. It is generally relatively straight and or plumb. “GENERALLY” in the realm of straight-ish. It is a variable ‘Human Component’ that is usually in motion. When we are at the ‘Top Of Front Swing’ (TOF – SS #10 or SS #11 Bounce Back) our spinal column is relatively straight or plumb. Not a ‘C’ but more of an ‘I’.

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One can only influence ‘Ball Flight Behaviour’ by increasing 1) Distance, 2) Direction and 3) Vertical Shape. (Trajectory or Parabola)

Let us firstly assume you have a perfected ‘Set-Up.

Let us assume we want the ‘Factory Designed Trajectory of a #8 Iron. Then ‘Pull It’! It you want more or less ‘Trajectory’ (Vertical Shape) pull more or less club.

We have been very limiting herein as we are allowing ONLY our ‘Universal Set-Up. The magic ‘Silver Bullet Of Our Personal Game’. We can make this happen in the ‘Heat Of Battle’. In fact, if the heat gets ‘Turned-Up’, we should get even better under pressure! Is that amazing or what?

How might we alter our ‘Set-Up Conditions’ to alter our ‘Ball Flight Outcomes’?

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TENSION IS GENERALLY SPEED’S ENEMY and a Sweet Spot’s too!

Loose and freewheeling will help you strike better golf balls more consistently!

A ‘Tension Trigger & Monitor’ is Grip Pressure, especially the ‘Thumb & Index or Pincher and Working Fingers’. See if you can primarily hold onto and control the ‘Golf Club Handle’ with your ‘Helper Fingers’ … your last three … the Pinkeys, Ring and Middle fingers.

If you get too much ‘Grip Pressure, you create ‘Lever Assembly Pressure Points’. This term means that you swing your ‘Levers from ‘Pivot Tension Points’. This makes your golf swing erratic and out of line and extension! You get ‘Fingery, Wristy, Elbowy and tight at the Shoulder Sockets’. This gets you fighting your smooth swing … ‘Off Path and Off Plane’.

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What is it?

Allow me to tell you what the ‘555 Team’ considers to be the ‘Penultimate Moment’ first.

That soft moment of truth is the ‘Impact & Separation’ interval … the ‘Moment Of Separation’ or what should properly be referred to as the ‘Moment Of Restitution’ … when the golf ball transitions from ‘Oblate and Squashed’ back to ‘Round’. Energy applied squashes while energy ‘Delivered or Released’ enables the ball to get back to its equilibrium or neutral state.

Few golf aficionados would disagree with this being the ‘Ultimate’ and not the second most important!

This ‘Country Gentleman Golf Teacher’ has another opinion. You may concur? Mr. Nicklaus did! A ‘Perfect Swing and a Bad Set-Up’ will not make you happy! A Perfect Set-Up and a Bad Swing might do so! The ultimate configuration is a Set-Up element!

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Prepare for Putts & Chips as thoroughly as possible (mentally & physically) … using your ‘8 Step Putting & Chipping Pre-Shot Routine’ (PSR) on absolutely every occasion. This discipline is the magic key to some very real ‘Short Game’ happiness!

Have only a very small point here to share with YOU!

Having done a thorough ‘PSR’ and having made one perfect practice putt, do not make a second ‘Practice Putt’.

Move into the ball, while taking a deep breath (DDB – Deep Diaphragmatic Breath) in and out. This simple process will help you relax! We are going to make the ‘Perfect Strike’ while making the second ‘Smooth Exhale’. You remember our ‘Breathing Rule’? “If your Hands Are Moving You Shall Be Breathing Out!” Applies to every club and shot in your bag! Athletes work breathing out!

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‘Clubhead Lag’ is primarily a matter of ‘Passive Position or Set-Up of your Golf Parts or Components’ prior to the swing’s actually taking place. When we become ‘Active or Dynamic’ we see ‘Velocity and Delivered or Kinetic Energy’ in action … doing ‘Bend & Straighten Work’.

Where are my Hands and Sweet Spot relative to my ‘Target Hip Socket’ through the ‘Pre-Impact’ and ‘Impact & Separation Zone’? They are trailing or lagging behind the powerhouse! (see ‘Pivot Core’)

The ‘Lower Body Machine’ (LBM … Hips & Core) ‘Leads’ all the ‘Upper Body Machine Components’ back to the ball. (UBM - Lever Assemblies, Hands, Wrists and Arms and the Actual Golf Club).

Do you actively make ‘Lag’ or create a ‘Lag Angle’ during the ‘Loading Phase’? (‘Line of the Target Lever related to the Shaft Line’ - In Line vs. having an ‘Acute Angle’ consciously and deliberately?)

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Teaching should accomplish improvement over minimal time and be safe to the owner! We teachers must help you have more Fun and Success. You cannot over a very short 1.2 to 1.6 second ‘Back & Up, TOB, Transition, followed by a Down & Out, Chase Follow & Finish’ fully and easily evaluate a total golf swing event. For sure you cannot think your way through this highly-active sequence of motions … arrangement of ‘Components & Procedures’. When you master YOUR golf swing, it should not change much over aging ‘Father Time’. Stay fit!

To be happy and predictable, you must Master Golf Basics (MGB), and Focus On Fundamentals (FOF), commit to ‘The 5 Set-Ups and to the ‘5 Essential Elements’, to ‘Ocular Acuity, Tempo & Timing and more similar core ingredients.

Here are some challenges we teachers understand. 1) Struggle with being Brace Side Dominant, (it is not always a problem) 2) Overswinging, 3) Faulty Take-Away Clubhead Path, 4) Clubface Aim Control, 5) Deficient Clubhead Speed, 6) Mechanical Consistency (So as to prevent Soft Tissue Injuries – STI), 7) controlling Ball Flight Control, 8) Bottom Of Swing Arc (BOSA) and Angle Of Attack, 9) Feeling The Steel (clubhead awareness), 10) Equipment, 11) Course Management, 12) Fitness, 13) Nutrition and more! Golf is demands ‘Work Smart’ attention!

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Have I got you thinking? Like to possess an ‘Ultimate Opportunity to Play Smart Golf’? Of course you would! Eliminate half of the built-in course problems. Just think if you were able to play your tee ball moving ‘Left To Right and Right To Left’ at will! That would immediately change the way your golf life evolves every round? Staying in the ‘Short Stuff’ is a good thing!

Here’s how to have that opportunity!

What if you could choose or had this ability to ‘Play Only Half Of The Golf Course’ … from the centerline left or right? If you had a controlled Fade or a less-controlled Slice, you could move your ‘Centerline’ towards the ‘Pull Hook High Energy Side Of The Target Line’ and allow the ball to move toward the ‘Fade Slice Low Energy Side’ of the action picture.

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This is an advanced ‘Golf Mechanical Topic’ but you might enjoy the conversation? Your ‘555 Team’ shall try to ‘Keep It Stupid Simple’! The Solution To Complexity Is Simplicity!

As you are well aware, we refer to ‘The Brace or Hitting Hand and Lever’ as the ‘Bend & Straighten’ or ‘Push Lever’. It is logically on the ‘Push Side of your ‘Golfing Machine’. It is also referred to as the ‘Thrust Link’ or lever. It produces the ‘Lion’s Share of the ‘Velocity’ (Clubhead Speed) as it ‘Pushes and Hits Through The Little White Ball’. (Impact & Separation)

We refer to ‘The Target or Swinging Hand and Lever’ as the ‘Pull Lever’. It is logically on the ‘Pull Side’ of your ‘Golfing Machine’. It is referred to as the ‘Drag Link’ for that reason.