Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 255 - July 24th, 2013


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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Tournament Nerves
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Striking Your Putt - Time Matters
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Q&A: Tournament Nerves

I'm writing this newsletter on Sunday after the Open finished, and it occurred to me that if my man Tiger had Phil's on course demeanor, he'd be more ahead of the game than he already is. Congratulations to Phil, that was a final round for the ages.

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!

Q: I just qualified to play in our club championship. I usually qualify every year, the problem is I put a lot of pressure on myself and I get uptight and nervous. I have to force myself to relax and think the right thoughts. I've made it to the final but I choke and usually don't play very well. Any suggestions?

P.S. If you remember I had purchased a new set of G-25 Ping irons and I couldn't hit them. The place where I bought the clubs would not do anything for me. He's the one who suggested that I get stiff shafts, I also told him I thought the shafts were too small for me. He told me that neither of these things would hurt my distance, I lost at least one club length.

I hit an 8 iron 150 yds. with my Warrior clubs, 140 with the Pings.

I called Ping directly and told them my problem and they were very understanding. They took the clubs back at no charge, changed the shafts to regular, and gave me longer shafts. I am now hitting an 8 iron 150 yds., Thanks for your interest!

A: The best way to fight tournament nerves is to play more tournaments, but that advice probably isn't very helpful to someone who only has opportunity to play in one - their club championship - every year.

So here's what I recommend for you situation - make sure that you have a pre-shot routine nailed down for every situation - driver, approach shots, and putting.

When you go through your pre shot routine faithfully for every single shot, you will become more calm about shot execution. Make sure that your time intervals in your routines remain consistent also, meaning don't rush anything - especially when the pressure is on.

Getting fast feeds the flames of nervousness, so slow things down.

When the pressure is on, walk a little slower, talk a little slower, and think a little slower.

Keep everything slow and deliberate and I'm sure it will help.

Click here for some pre shot routines: Pre Shot Routines

Good luck in your club championship, and good job of hanging in there on your Ping irons.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Striking Your Putt - Time Matters

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 tip is short but sweet, and it complements the tip on tournament nerves.

When you are over the ball, execute your stroke quickly.

Make it happen no longer than 2 seconds after your final look at the hole.

The longer you think about it, the more likely that you will tighten up and execute a poor stroke.

Trust your stroke and let it happen.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


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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