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There really is a difference between a III Wood and your Driver! Think about your ‘5 Set-Ups’ … Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment. This simplicity will cover the bases if you simply use your check list and Pre Shot Routine (PSR)! You shall be able and need to ‘Set Up For Success’! To tackle this subject, all you really have to do is read your ‘555 Driver Protocols’ and compare them with your ‘Long-Shafted Full Swing Protocols’ … meaning ‘Off The Deck and not Teed Up’.

A Dr. Fischer bone of contention is the statement you hear all too often … “You Do Not Hit Down On The Ball”! Think about your ‘Not Teed Up Long-Shafted Full Swing Protocols’. You sure as heck do not swing ‘Up Hill’ at this ‘Little White Ball’. Are you nuts?

At the ‘Top Of Your Back & Up Swing’ (TOB), your Clubhead is UP! I know that sounds foolish, but the answer will not! If you are up at TOB, you must reflexively get ‘Back Down’ to the ‘Ball Location’ which is hopefully properly placed in the Front Swing. Right?

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We must focus on our very important ‘Problem Solving Concepts’. One of these is called ‘The Balsa Airplane Concept’. We ‘Wind Up The Big Rubber Band’ by moving the ‘Tip Of The Propeller’. The ‘Tip of the Propeller’ is the outside of the ‘Big Orbital Circle’. The load action works towards ‘The Hub of the Propeller’. (see ‘The Rotational Core’ … ‘The Crankshaft’)

Your ‘555 Team’ has an acronym we call ‘The Power Train Delivery Sequence’. (see ‘ALSDR’) It stands for ‘Accumulate, Load, Store, Deliver & Release’. Let’s expand this a little?

The Lower Body Machine (LBM … Feet, Knees, Hips, Abdomen or Trunk, Shoulders & Head) accomplishes ‘ALS’ in ‘The Back & Up Swing’ (Back Swing). We ‘Wind Up The Golf Body Machine’ (‘Spinal Crankshaft or Core’) ‘From The Top Down’ and ‘From The Outside-In’ … From the Finger Tips, along the ‘Lever Assemblies’ … From the Tip Of The Propeller.

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The Putting and Chipping Strokes are fundamentally the same! If you are a great ‘Chipper’ see if you can replicate that ‘Pre Shot Routine’ for your ‘Putting’, or vice versa. ‘A Chip Is A Putt With A Hop’ created by factory ‘Loft’. I generally prefer my #8 Iron for this procedure. Not much ‘Hop’ is usually required. If you need more ‘Trajectory’, pull more! Do you use your ‘8 Step Putting & Chipping Pre Shot Rouine’?

Remember, both these procedures are based on our ‘Set-Up Criteria’ … Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment. Posture is the bedrock of any and all golf swings, Putter to Driver. If you have ANY questions or doubts, “AskUs!” Your ‘555 Team’ will be happy to discuss anything ‘Golf’ with you … any time. It is the reason for our professional being!

We are not meant to be totally, plumb/vertical or completely ‘Horizontal to the Ground’ in order to make efficient ‘Putting Procedures’. It is reasonable to strive to find comfort in a Spine Angle that is about 45 degrees to the ground. In this manner our ‘Golf Club Shaft’ can be about 90 degrees to the ‘Spinal Crankshaft’ and make solid or pure ‘Center Face Contact’. If you cannot get the ball to repeatedly come off the ‘Sweet Spot’, you are in deep ‘Dance Floor Do Do’!

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I really do think one’s golf game and the whole performance is a bit of a ‘Chicken Soup’ with veggies. There is a lot of variety in our ‘Ball & Stick Activities’. Decades of entertainment seasoned with a touch of punishment and perhaps an appetizer known as frustration! I was going to call it a desert of ‘Mental Anguish’ but that might be politically incorrect as seen by desert lovers?

How about our dealing with chicken parts as an entre or what the Brits often refer to as ‘The Main Course’? We have whole rotisserie chickens, breast meat, boned and skinless legs & thighs, giblets as well as ‘Chicken Wings’ … lemon pepper or spicy Bar BQ.

Oh, that reminds me of ‘Golf’s Chronic and Venerable Chicken Wing Battle’.

‘Golf’s Chicken Wing Syndrome’ is, from a ‘Component Perspective’, quite simply about ‘Lack Of or Lost Lever Extensor Action’ … a nicely long and straight-ish Target or Swing Lever Assembly’. Your ‘Depth, Flatness and Width’ are important mechanical ingredients. (see ‘The Big Wheel’) Stretch before going to work on any golf property. Get blood flowing in your Hands, Wrists, Arms and Shoulders.

A good place to start is in respecting and applying your ‘5 Set-Ups’. When you are in ‘Address Ready’ or, even better, ‘Impact Fix’ (Swing Sequence #1), make sure that your Lever Assemblies are extended or lengthened … pushed down & out or away from your Sternal Core! (see ‘Pivot Core’) In this manner you shall establish your ‘Bottom Of Swing Arc’ (BOSA) and have some hope of getting back there in the Front Swing. (see ‘The Impact & Separation Zone - SS #8 and #8a - ‘DOFT’ Down Out Forward & Thru)

Firstly, one must understand that a ‘Shank’ means that you strike the ball ‘On The Hozel’ and not on the ‘Sweet Spot’ or relatively ‘Center Of Face’. This is a physical or mechanical reality. It is both annoying, quite unnecessary and easily understood. Be intellectual about this error!

If you are an ‘Arms Over Legs’ (deficient ‘Clubhead Lag Pressure’ … hands leading the Lower Body Machine (LBM) rather than trailing, you may find yourself ‘Reaching For The Ball’ with an ‘Above Plane and Path Error’. This can expose or present the ‘Hozel and not the ‘Center Of Mass’ to the Ballistic Point of the Ball. (BIC) Oops!

If you establish Swing Stations, (‘TOB’ is one of them) and get proficient at hitting these ‘Check Points’, you shall become very much more ‘Consistent’ and ‘Happier’!

We have a minimum of fair comments about our use of basic ‘Acronyms’ … ‘TOB’ stands for ‘Top Of Back Swing’. You have noticed that we also always include the full wording for clarity.

Here is something your ‘555 Team’ always tells our clients. “If you establish Swing Stations, (‘TOB’ is one of them) and get proficient at hitting these ‘Check Points’, you shall become very much more ‘Consistent’ and ‘Happier’! If you miss getting into your garage by two feet, you are likely to be ‘Unhappy’! Please be aware that this ‘Positioning Comfort’ has to be earned the ‘Old Fashioned Way’ … through hard, repetitive motions over time. Have you heard that you will need to make 4,000 quality controlled repetitions to accomplish a ‘Swing Change’? That is just pure ‘Bovine Scata’.

Adequate sleep is vital for a vibrant, functioning immune system and our general potent and reliable well-being.

Adequate sleep is vital for a vibrant, functioning immune system and our general potent and reliable well-being. Activity kills cells. They must be replaced. Rest restores cellular integrity. Studies show that people who do not get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, bacteria or mundane need to heal from soreness and injury. We must all “Think and Focus On Being Well!” Might I suggest you use a wellness mantra when you have a moment? “Every Day In Every Way I Am Getting Stronger and Stronger!” It fits into your walking and breathing rhythm so it is not complicated and is free.

Lack of sleep can directly affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer ‘cytokines’, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. The very function of our ‘leucocytes’ plays a key role in our well-being!

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The ‘5 CONTROLS ..... always!

  1. ‘EVALUATE’ the wind’s ‘Direction and Velocity’ remembering that these change significantly with height above the ground and when trees and other factors are present.
  2. ‘VISUALIZE’ the ‘Ball Flight’ or ‘Shot Pattern’.
  3. ‘KEEP UNDER THE WIND’. Logically, if there were no wind or less wind, you could do less to compensate for it. There is generally less of it closest to the ground (‘Shift & Veer’). More simply put, the closer you are to the ground, the less time and margin there is for error to take place. Putts are less effected by the wind than are ‘Drives’.
  4. ‘CLUB SELECTION’ during your ‘Pre-Shot Routine’ is always important. Still the case! You want lower ‘Trajectory’ so as to ‘Stay Under The Wind’ therefore select less loft. The smaller the number on the ‘Clubhead’ the ‘Less The Loft’ and the longer the shaft. This means that your ‘Clubhead Speed’ will be greater with perhaps less effort. So farther and lower can result from proper ‘Club Selection’.

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Let’s start our evaluation at ‘Impact Fix’ (Swing Sequence #1) as well as SS #1a, the very initial Take Away move, always quite similar to your ‘Putting Take-Away’. (see ‘The One Piece Take-Away’) We are primarily viewing ‘Down The Line’ (see ‘DTL Video Perspective’ … ‘Ball To Target’)

Both Knees are athletically flexed and ready to ‘Go To Work’. (see ‘Posture - The Swing or Pivot Engine’) During SS #1 and SS #1a (Trigger or Start Of Movement) the Knee Caps are quite ‘Even’.

As we transition into SS #2 (The Sweep), the Target Knee starts to move forward or towards the ‘Body and Target Lines’. The Brace Knee is stationery and ready to become loaded. Remember, the ‘Medial Head of the Femur’ (The Inside Knee Knob) is the ‘Base Of The Pivot’. Our entire ‘Golf Body Machine’ pivots or rotates and winds around that ‘Accumulate, Load & Store’ point. (see ALSDR … The Power Line Delivery Sequence … DR stands for ‘Deliver & Release’)

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We are well-served by NOT turning our heads too early to watch the ‘Ball Rolling Line and the Outcome’ (Fear Oriented). As you well know, your ‘555 Team’ are foundational ‘Process Golfers’ (Love & Comfort Oriented). We like to focus on our specific ‘Pre Shot Routines’ (Building Trust) and then just ‘Letting IT Happen’. If you have earned success, the ball will ‘Find The Bottom Of The Cup’ and you can actually enjoy “Listening For It”. (The Rattle)

As you well know, we are proponents of ‘The Steady Head’ with all golf procedures. ‘Ocularly Acute Captain Eyes’ invite the ‘Steady Headed’ benefits. (see ‘The Tether Ball Pole’) If your head is moving around, it is highly likely that your ‘Putter Head’ (Clubhead) will be as well. A poorly controlled ‘Sweet Spot’ shall produce a ‘Poorly Controlled Ball Flight’. (see ‘Sloppy Energy Transfer’ with too much induced ‘Spin Rate’) Pretty logically sensible? (see ‘Marking Your Golf Balls’ …Use a 1.5” Line that Matches the Target Line & 1 Ballistic Dot placed on each end at the Bottom Inside Cheek Point or BIC)