Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 259 - August 21st, 2013


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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Synching Your Swing Q&A
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Putting - Squaring The Face at Impact
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Synching Your Swing Q&A

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!

I had an interesting question from a player that I work with regularly who is playing very good golf lately:

Q: Tom I feel like I am swinging with my arms only, not my body - what drills can I do to correct this?

A: First of all, I'm happy that this player recognizes his problem, that's actually huge.

This is a pretty common problem for most golfers, their swing gets out of synch and it turns into an all arms swing - which produces weak results. It can feel very strong to swing your arms hard, but you actually produce less swing speed with an "arms only" swing than with a swing that takes advantage of body turn and arm power combined.

Here are my two favorite drills to get your swing synchronized:
  1. The Stop At The Top Drill

    • Swing the club to the top of your swing and pause.

    • Initiate your downswing with a lateral weight shift towards the target.

    • Then allow your natural torso rotation and shoulder turn to pull your left side towards the ball and through impact.

    • Your left wrist should be flat or slightly bowed through impact and for a short distance beyond.

    • During the downswing, feel your arms and hands lagging behind your turn - although your turn should slow down near impact to allow your arms and hands to be whipped into the ball with speed, like cracking a whip.

  2. Swing With Feet Together

    • Take a stance with your feet very close together, almost touching.

    • Hit teed up balls with gentle swings with a 7 iron, concentrate on extended arms and a balanced finish.

    • Feel your body rotation pull your shoulders and arms as you swing through the ball.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Putting - Squaring The Face at Impact

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!

My lessons are a fruitful resource for these newsletter articles because I experience real problems from golfers just like you, and we resolve them as best we can. Sometimes drills get invented at lessons which solve common problems, and that happened today (Monday).

I was giving a putting lesson to a student who was working very hard at what I was asking him to do.

During an aimline exercise with a  Putting Fork  training aid, I had the student tro to stroke putts through a couple of tees placed just a bit wider apart than a golf ball.

This particular student kept nicking the right tee with the ball, and we figured out that for him it meant that his face was opening at impact.

I have learned that some students address a ball with an open face but can't see it as such due to some perception issue.

Other students address a ball with the face square, then open it up during the forward stroke.

We discussed his problem and here's how we resolved it.

I use a couple of thirty inch long 2"x4"s as guiding channels for a straight back and straight through stroke during the short putts portion of my lesson. I have some lines marked on the boards for reference, which came in handy for this particular problem.

First thing we did was to lay the two boards flat, side by side, to form a channel for the player to place his putter between the boards and execute a short stroke. When he set up behind a ball, we were able to use the lines on the boards and the boards themselves to indicate if his face was aligned square to his path. He was surprised to see that he had been aligning slightly open. Then I had him stroke a few putts, and I noticed that the face was opening a bit more through impact causing the ball to start right of his intended aimline.

Then the Eureka moment.

I was trying to figure out how to have him feel a flat, square strike at impact when it dawned on me to have him set up square to the END of the flat 2"x4" and execute light strokes into the end of the board.

So, he set up with his putter face flat against the end of the 2"x4" which allowed him to visualize and feel a square face at setup, then he stroked lightly into the board until he was hitting it with a perfectly flat face.

It worked wonders, if you have this problem try this drill - you'll love it!

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


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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