Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 229 - January 30, 2013


Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Two Swings For Hitting It Straight
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Range Balls
- Product Review: The Little One
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Two Swings For Hitting It Straight

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Here are a few facts about driver swings on the PGA Tour, the LPGA, and Long Drive Pro's.
  • PGA Tour pros hit their drivers at a 1.5 degree downward angle of attack
  • LPGA pros hit their drivers at a 4 degree upward angle of attack
  • Long Drive pros hit their drivers at a 5 degree or more upward angle of attack
Simulators have established that an upward strike with the driver yields the longest carry, which is of great importance to long drive pros because that's what they do, and to LPGA players because they need to maximize distance for their 95mph average swing speed.

Why PGA Tour pros strike - on average - with a 1.5 degreee downward strike (almost flat) with their driver is open to conjecture. They absolutely know that strike angle doesn't yield the longest carry, but perhaps they feel that they have better control with a flatter strike or they just want to generally stick with the same swing for all their clubs.

I say that because hitting the driver on the upswing, and hitting the irons with a descending angle of attack requires setup aiming adjustments as well as slight swingpath adjustments to get the same directional and curvature result for each club.

If you have been following previous issues on hitting draws or fades, you know that because you ideally make contact before the club reaches the bottom of its arc when swinging an iron, the clubhead path is still pointing to the right.

And you know that because you ideally make contact after the club reaches the bottom of its arc or even past the bottom of the arc when swinging your driver, the clubhead path is pointing to the left.

Most amateur golfers should develop two swings that strike the ball differently at impact to hit the ball straight.
  • For the driver, swing inside out and up at the ball, and aim slightly right.
  • For irons, swing inside to inside with a downward strike angle, and aim slightly left.
You'll need to experiment to gauge how far left or right you need to aim; it will be less for an iron and more for the driver. Take the time to figure it out, it will pay dividends

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Range Ball Distance

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Do range balls fly the same distance as normal balls?

The answer is yes, to the tune of about 10 yards per club due to differences in construction. There are also some manufacturers who make balls specifically for ranges with length limitations, and these balls may fly as much as 20 to 30 yards shorter than a standard ball.

I tell all of my students to practice for consistency on the range, and to try to gauge distance when they play practice rounds on the course.

If you get a chance to play alone when no one is rushing you, don't be afraid to hit several balls from exactly 150 yards with your 150 club to see if it's really your 150 club.

Playing the same brand and model ball will also help with consistency. Don't be that player, who when asked "what kind of ball are you playing?" responds with "whatever I pull out of my bag!"

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Product Review:  The Little One

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do !

This winter, I decided to concentrate on getting more precision with my ball to clubface contact.

One way to do that is to monitor contact with impact tape, powder, or sprays that I mentioned in last week's newsletter.

Another way is to use a good training aid, and I found one.

I came across The Little One available through PSP Golf at  It's a very small headed club with the loft and length of a seven iron.

The manufacturer claims that the smaller head helps you concentrate on solid contact, because by having a more specific (smaller) target our awareness becomes more focused on achieving our goal, and that the result is more consistent, solid, repetitive shots no matter what club you have in your hand.

So I got one, and guess what - they are correct.

I tested it personally for 4 hours and with students for 12 hours, using The Little One in conjunction with an simulator.

For my students who had poor contact, after hitting The Little One for thirty reps or so, their contact improved dramatically with their own clubs. We did need to adjust their setup - usually the address position of the clubface to the ball, and then we made a few swingpath tweaks.

It worked with every student, every one of them increased their smash factor after using The Little One and making a few changes. Smash factor indicates how solidly you are hitting the ball.

I spoke with the company, and they have agreed to offer anyone seeing this in my newsletter a 20% discount on The Little Club. To take advantage, go here:  and go through the ordering process. Enter this code


in the coupon section during checkout and you'll receive a 20% discount.

As always, I make nothing on the deal, all the savings have been passed on to my readers, enjoy.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan