Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 249 - June 12th, 2013


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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Hitting It Lower
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Putting - Flip The Switch
- Equipment Review: Book - "How To Make Every Putt"
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Hitting It Lower

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!

Trajectory Control

Many players watch the pros launch their irons with low, penetrating trajectory and think that being able to do that is due to some sort of inherent talent.

Talent may have something to do with it, but launchng it low is a technique that definitely can be learned.

Your ball flight trajectory has a direct correlation to your forward shaft lean at impact.

If you have no forward shaft lean at impact - if your shaft is vertical or leaning back - you will launch the ball with a high, weak trajectory.

Good forward shaft lean at impact equals a low, boring trajectory.

Here's how you can adjust your ball flight trajectory.
  • To hit any club higher intentionally, set up with minimal forward shaft lean. You will need a more forward ball position for this setup.

  • To hit any club lower, set up with maximum forward shaft lean. You will need a more centered or slightly rearward ball position for this setup, and you"ll need to practice driving your body laterally forward (towards the target) during your downswing. This will give you enough forward shaft lean at the strike to lower your launch angle.
Note that I said drive forward laterally, not turn through the ball. The average PGA Tour Pro is still driving laterally through and just past the ball at impact, before significant body turn commences. Some drive forward even further after impact, some turn sooner, but on average, they are moving laterally through impact.

Practice to see where your minimum and maximum forward shaft lean positions are at setup, and practice driving your hips laterally through impact. A lower, more penetrating ball flight will result.

After you've practiced the extremes, settle on what flight you want for your stock swing, and work on that movement through impact until you own it.

You could also start opening or closing the clubface to adjust your shot trajectory, but when you do that too much supination and pronation makes it's way into your swing.

Supination and pronation
need to be practiced a lot before you put them into play because of the timing involved.

The hip movement described above, coupled with the resulting forward shaft lean and an "angled" hinging action, is the safest way to transport the clubhead through the ball for a low trajectory, because it relies less on timing.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Putting - Flip The Switch

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!

Count me as one of those guys that is chatting it up on the green every now and then, but don't count me as one of those guys that can't flip the focus switch to "on" when it needs to happen.

When you are settling into your pre-shot routine on the green, flip the focus swith to "on" and become totally immersed in that putt. Get a comfortable grip on your putter, feel the putt, visualize it tracking towards the hole, and hear it drop.

Then step in and put a smooth, rhythmic stroke on the ball.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Product Review - Book:
"How To Make Every Putt" by Dr. Joseph Parent

Here in Batavia, NY, it's that time of season when I get in some intense personal practice on my putting. Just about every year at this time I read a new book or two on the subject, then log in about eight hours straight of putting stroke practice.

This year it's going to be three days straight of uninterrupted three hour sessions, and the book I decided to read was "How To Make Every Putt", by Dr. Joseph Parent.

It was a great choice.

I was planning on skimming through the book over a two or three day period, but I ended up reading it from cover to cover in one night. It's one of those rarities that's not only very informative, but also an easy read.

I'm not saying that the information is totally revolutionary for any student of the game, but I am saying that it is a great read for preparing your mind for a full season of putting. I'm also saying that even if you are well read on the subject, you'll find a new idea or two in this book that will help you improve.

Here's an excerpt: "Keep track of the length of each putt as you play. Review your percentages and see if there are particular putts you struggle with more than others. Then spend some time practicing putts of those lengths, and you'll see your overall putting results improve."

Simple concept, but how many of us are doing that? Not too many I would suspect.

I give this book two thumbs up; you can find it at for around $17 - buy it you'll like it.

I own most of the other golf products Dr. Parent has at his website : Zen Golf, and they're all great, check them out.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


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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

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