‘Social Distancing’ “Makes Me Chuckle”! How interesting in this time of great social challenge? We are a strong and resourceful nation. We shall turn the corner and prevail in the not too far distant future! Think about getting back to ‘Normal’ absolutely as soon as possible! Take tiny steps in that direction at every opportunity.

A quick comment? We are in broadly self-imposed isolation at present … ‘Social Distancing’. We must make sure we exchange the air in our residences at least every day unless it is simply unsafe to do so! Effectively sanitize all surfaces! We must wash our hands and faces regularly! Sanitize our vehicles! Be aware and innovatively responsive!

Dr. Karl Fischer 555 Golf Academy

Have you ever known allegedly dedicated and passionate golfers who, rather than work on their ‘Basics & Fundamentals’, seem to have ‘Nothing To Do and All Day To Do It’? 19th Hole Stool Warmers or Large Bucket Bangers?

You are not one of these ‘Wannabe Pretend Participants’? Sitting On Your Hands is often popular but not a productive posture! “Pushing String Up-Hill Is Not Good Exercise!”

There has to be a more fertile approach to mastering this ‘Great Game’ while enjoying the ‘Process’ enroute to a predetermined, positive ‘Outcome’?

The ‘5 CONTROLS’ ..... always!

This very simple ‘Procedure’ sets-up the rest of your hole and provides a considerable competitive advantage for every golfer. It gives us a ‘Physical Edge’ and ensures a ‘Mental Edge’ as well.

The ‘SET-UP Components’ of the ‘Driver’ are quite unique.

  1. ‘RELAX’
  2. ‘BREATHE’ Rhythmically and Deeply
  3. ‘POSTURE’ must be ‘CHIN Tallish and MATADOR PROUD’.

A ‘Blow-Up Hole’ is a Bogie, Double Bogie or Other depending on your perspective. I was going to write “At An Inopportune Time” but when is an “Other” opportune?

There really must be a reason ‘Blow Up Hole Happen All The Time’. ‘Cause & Effect’ are alive and well in the golf mental and mechanical. When you make a mistake, take a moment to evaluate it methodically. That will give you hope for not soon repeating the same error.

So, the next consideration is “WHY?” ‘Others’ are usually a ‘Piling On Of Errors’ … two or three negatives usually in close proximity! They happen because of

We all know that each ‘Mile Per Hour Increase In Driver Clubhead Speed’ (Impacting The Center Of Mass - Center Of Face) rewards us with about 2.5 yards of Air Time Distance. Forget all the ‘Ambient Temperature, the Sea Level Pressure Gradient and Relative Humidity “STUFF”. That minutia does not matter to the throngs of nice people who golf and yearn for a little more distance off the tee! Thus, a 4 MPH increase times 2.5 generally produces an extra 10 yards. Not a bad goal for each one of us? There is more than one way to accomplish this physical feat!

You could work ‘Grindingly’ on your fitness and Range Of Motion. Maybe not this month!

You and ‘The 555 Team’ get all these foibles and variables! They are real world!

  1. Similar ‘SET-UP’ as utilized in ‘Pitching’.
  2. ‘Higher Trajectory’ due to the ‘Clubface LOFT’ (60 degrees)
  4. ‘FEEL’ like you are ‘Sliding the Leading Edge of the Clubface under the Ball’.
  5. ‘POSTURE’ must be ‘CHIN Tallish & MATADOR PROUD’ for the delicate accuracy of this Procedure.
  6. ‘GRIP’ Pressure light to moderate

Putting is about 40% to 50% of the entire game. Chipping, Bump & Run and Pitching is about 15% to 20% of the scoring! The entire ‘Short Game’ is responsible for 55% to 70% of scoring!

Do you invest 55% to 70% of your total practice time on Short Game Skills?

If not, you are taking a dull-edged ‘Bowie Knife’ out to the place where one is supposed to ‘Skin and Prepare Game’ or to ‘Play Better and Score Lower’.

Fat chance of that happening any time soon!

“Is Common Sense Logical?”

You can answer!

Firstly, our underlying topic is ‘Spinal Configuration and Knee Flex’. Not much is more pertinent or important to making an effective golf strike! (see Clubface Aim [Open, Square & Closed], Clubhead Path [Inside-out Square & Outside-In] and Club Shaft Swing Plane’ [Above, On & Below … also Under, On and Over’].

When we discuss ‘Alignment’ (#5 of the 5 Set-Ups) we can be ‘Open, Square and Closed’. It might be thought that perfectly ‘Square’ is ideal. That is simply not always the human case in golf or just plain old life! We are ‘Imperfect Beings’ so our activities are not always perfect. There are many alternatives, variables and nuances. Ball Flight is always our biggest critic!

How might we get into a neutral or a different yet ideal ‘Take-Away and Strike’ configuration? We have a big range of ‘Spinal Inclination’ (forward & back) as well as ‘Spinal Tilt’ (aft Brace & fore Target)(see ‘Out Of Plumb Conditions’).

The ‘5 CONTROLS’ ..... always!

  1. Stroke is executed with both ‘Wrist Cock and Pivot’ ‘Components’ involved and is, therefore, very close to being a Full Swing just with less ‘COIL-UnCOIL’ (ROM).
  2. Pitching is simply an ‘Extended’ version of the ‘Chipping Stroke’. There is more ‘Range of Motion’ and thus, more ‘Clubhead Speed’. The Ball goes farther! Trajectory is simply a matter of the factories ‘Loft’.
  3. There is a ‘Putting Stroke’ in the ‘Pitching Stroke’.
  4. ‘MORE AIR TIME THAN GROUND ROLL TIME’. Ball tends to Run very little upon contacting the ground and, if there is much ‘Back Spin’, the Ball may even ‘Back Up’.

If he or she is your ‘Carbon Copy Fraternal Twin’ … perhaps! But, your ‘555 Team’ would seldom promote this method of accomplishing a decent and repeatable golf swing.

“Why!” you ask. Two good answers … 1) Because we are all different physiologies and mentalities! We never ascribe to any ‘Cookie Cutter’ approach to developing a golf swing. It is a path to frustration. 2) Because we all see and perceive a third parties golf swing differently from both a mechanical and from a perspective point of view. They practise every day! You don’t!

What you think you see may not really be true! This is very much like the bold difference between ‘Mechanics & Feel’. Knowing golf swing basics takes training and experience.