Be aware of your ‘Clubhead Mass’ at all times from pulling the golf club out of your bag, to warm-up swings and to the real thing! When you ‘Feel The Steel’ you control your ‘Momentum and the three dimensions of ‘The Working End’ of your short stick … or any golf club … just a head, shaft and a grip!
There is a fabulous ‘Short Game Bunker Drill’, a ‘555 Golf Bullet-Proof Skill Drill’, called the ‘2x4 Splash Drill’. Take a 24 inch length of 2x4 and push it back & forth in the sand until the top face becomes level to the beach! Set up to it rather neutrally or normally! Pick a precise spot on this 2x4 and strike it positively back and forth 5 times or ‘Reps’. (see ‘Tick Tocks’ with little thumps!) You will have left a distinct small impact mark! Add a very small handful of sand to the ‘Impact Point’ of the board … on the mark that your Clubhead sole left! Make a short to medium ‘Back & Up Swing’ … with your “&” Word … with a ‘Gravitational Drop’… Bend & Straighten … Pinch - Thump! Amazingly, the small ‘Pile Of Sand’ will go away very much under control! (5 Reps and 5 Series … Feel The Steel)
So, we have accomplished the ‘B-P Drill’, let’s review our preparation or ‘Pre Shot Routine’ using the ‘5 Set-Ups’. They never let us down unless we ignore them!
- Posture (Chin and Chest Tallish), Grip (neutral and firm, depending on how much ‘Debris you have to extricate), Stance (Narrow-ish … depending on your fitness level, wider may inhibit your normal and beneficial ‘Pivot Action’ … avoid ‘Lateral Sway & Slide’), Ball Location (Neutral at first, then experiment) and Alignment (Neutral to slightly Open).
- Clubface Aim (Square to slightly Open. Let your ‘Club Loft Selection’ establish the ‘Trajectory’.), Clubhead Path (Slightly Inside-Out), Clubhead Speed (adequate to get the job done), Sweet Spot (always) and Angle Of Attack (flatter than steeper, This AoA will control your Fat & Thin, as well as Under or Back Spin Rate and ‘Touch Down Check Rate’.)
- Weight Distribution, (Neutral to slightly forward), Aft-Tilt (more neutral than aft), Forward Inclination (Neutral), Quiet Triangles, No Forward Press (the hands will naturally Lead.
We must learn how to find our ‘Bottom Of Swing Arc’ (BOSA – Bend & Straighten’) with precision every friendly ‘Tick Tock’. The ‘5 Set-Ups’ never go out of style!
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