There are some perplexing situations and conditions in this very special occupation, such as ‘Being Afraid, hitting ‘Shanks’, being annoyed by ‘Slices’ with your long sticks, ‘Pulling the Wrong Club’ from your bag, failing to accomplish your ‘Pre Shot Routine’ as so strongly suggested or demanded by your sooth teacher, ‘Arriving Late’ for a precise, published Tour Tee Time, failing to sign your score card … and more!

Of course, you cannot ‘FIX’ any of these in retrospect. As the page of history turns it has been completed! There are ‘No Do Overs’! Perhaps, as an option, we might be satisfied by simply ‘Learning From Our Mistakes’? That is certainly a prudent ‘Slow Fix’!

We teachers can only share knowledge and experience. That gift should enlighten our scribes!

in between clubs

Let us say your ‘#PW Range is 120 to 130 yards’. That means if you strike it ‘Smoothly’ your ball might arguably travel 120 yards. If you go to your ‘Regular’ strike the outcome might be 125 yards and at ‘Firm’ your distance might be 130 yards. Having this ability is a really great asset, but we must earn it! If you need to hit it ‘One Hop Stop’ to 115 yards, you might need a ‘Regular #AW’ (also called a ‘Gap Wedge’).

We must each have a ‘Systematic Ability’ to hit our ‘Approach 5/10/15 Foot Circles’. We must be able to ‘Quadrant The Greens’ so as to enable our ‘Putting Up Hill to the Cup’. Those ‘Down Hill Sliders’ suck!

Over decades of successful teaching and satisfied students, your ‘555 Team’ designed and has promoted and used what we refer to as ‘The 5 Way To Shorten Your Distance’.

555 golf

We are only as happy as our saddest child!

A little priority and perspective that even reaches into our golf game?

Is our golf ‘Journey’ a little philosophical? After all, it has no ‘Destination’ and we never actually complete the life-long travel plan. The next round, no, the very ‘Next Shot’ offers yet more revelation and discovery.

Perhaps ‘Golf’ is a touch ‘Celestial’!

555 swing basics

The Same Old, Same Old provides you rightfully with the Same Old!

Consistency is a true asset and gift if it is based on ‘Reliably Scientific Truths’ that can be repeatedly applied with success!

Do you know what our ‘Impact Fix Concept’ entails? If not feel free to send us an e-mail request for more information about this magical golf facet on the diamond of a game.

good putting drill

The ‘Old Country Gentleman Golf Teacher’ is not prone to many new attitudes or directions. He does not believe in many ‘Golf Dildos’… Training Aids. He has believed for over 40 years that golf is played bare-footed and naked on a ‘150 Acre Grassy Billiards Table’ with only a ball and oddly curved stick. Pretty purist? A bit!

When you learned to drive, you had to master ‘Parallel Parking’ … “Oh what a testy and fearful chore” that was! Better to run over an orange or red cone than someone else’s property, but ultimately one had to pass the test in the real world of ‘Curbs and Third Party Vehicles! It was your wheels and tires against the curb! It worked to varying degrees and has survived for eons!

Being a good ‘Parallel Parker’ stems from ‘Work Smart Conditioning’. So too does being a good putter and chipper. Golf too is a real-world functional test that strives towards ‘Small Number’ on a scorecard!

Don't practice bad habits.

There is absolutely no point ‘Practising Bad Habits or Weak Skills’. What a waste of time!

If you make even ‘One Perfect Strike’, your powerful brain remembers that process with intimate details, virtually forever especially if you ‘Set-Up’ properly! (PSR) If you are focused and have a ‘Perfect Practice Makes Permanent Plan’, your rewards will increase manifoldly.

What if you stretch efficiently, pay a visit to the Putting Green’ (Down & Back Drill and a little more) and thereafter go to the Driving Range and execute 6 perfect #8 Irons? Other than a few Chips & Pitches, that is realistically all you have to do before heading to the #1 Teeing Ground.

Simplicity Solves Complexity

All fishermen know the term ‘Hook Line & Sinker’? Well, ‘Sinker & Stinker’ are pretty similar words! A turd, disguised or not, is always a turd! It is this golf authorities opinion that there are a plethora of ‘Golf Turd Ideas’ all around us! How do we avoid them? Simply not that simple!

You will possess and own a golf baseline!

It starts to form and grow unavoidably in minutes. Always strive to clarify yours! Question everything you see and hear about ‘Golf’. “Simplicity Solves Complexity … always!” Simple ‘Musculo-Skeletal Physiology’ is the safe path by which you can and shall enjoy this marvelous life-long journey game. Succumbing to STI (Soft Tissue Injury) is so unnecessary! I want to tell you that, when I am feeling tight and headachey, I go to our golf property and hit balls … starting with ‘The 555 Down & Back Putting Drill’ and working longer and patiently from there to Full Swing!

digging out of the divot

When your ball is resting in a divot, you have to know how to fix that problem with a confident state of mind! Knowledge and experience can and will provide a remedy. You have to ‘Dig It Out Of There … no lifting moment required … no feeling up in the Front Swing Impact Zone!”

This divot extraction demands a rather ‘Steep Angle Of Attack’. (AoA) Think ‘Pinch and Punch’! Don’t be fearful. Go after it! If you miss, reload and give it another go! It is just a game!

Tinker a little! Try to ‘Shut Down The Clubface Aim’ just a smidgeon! That will prevent the common ‘Leaky Outcomes’. Remember your ‘Intermediate Target’ and that ‘Release & Chase’.

putting and chipping

If anything a golf authority tells you does not make sense, don’t do it until it makes sense!

Putting & Chipping involve two distinct skills that are closer to each other than one might think! “A Chip Is A Putt With A Hop!” You could actually hold your #8 Iron like your putter and make exactly the same stroke with confidence and success!

I only use my ‘Putting Grip’ for putting for various well-based reasons! Happy to answer your related questions!

sand shot

Bunker procedures are often vilified, perhaps unfairly so. A properly executed ‘Sand Shot’ is one of the easiest and safest procedures in your artillery. That is why the ‘Tour Players’ and very talented ball strikers often deliberately hit their golf ball into a green side bunker rather than run the risks of hitting it elsewhere. Bunkers are quite predictable. Players assess the target risks and react intellectually to the determinations. These folks are very practical mentors and create a lot of ‘Saves or Up & Downs’!

There are two normal and specific Bunker techniques ...

  1. A normal firm sand bunker shot (Fairway or Greenside) is very similar to your regular ‘Pitch Shot Procedure’. (see ‘Pitching Protocols’) Among other very usual Set-Up requirements (Posture, Grip, Stance, Ball Location & Alignment), you hit the ball first and then take a few tablespoonfuls of sand. (see ‘Leading Edge Dominant’)(Ball Location is slightly AFT)