Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 263 - September 18th, 2013
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Speed Training Myth
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Pre-Round Mistake
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Swing Speed Training Myth

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 recently read a tip about developing swing speed to hit the ball longer that I want to de-bunk.

It stated that the simple principle for adding distance is to increase your club head speed. And ... if you hit the ball solid on your club face at 100 mph then your ball will travel about 240 yards in the air, if you hit it at 50 mph then you'll hit at 120 yards.

No problem with any of that.

However, I did have an issue with the advice was given next - to practice with a heavy club to build up your strength to help develop power.

It's probably no surprise that the company this person works for sells a heavy driver training aid.

A heavy driver may loosen you up to help you increase the range of motion for your swing. However, to build strength that could increase swing speed, progressive resistance training is necessary. You can do this type of training with weights or exercise bands, but I recommend weights because it's easier to gauge strength gains. Bands are great for when you are on vacation, but weight training should be an exercise staple.

To take it a step further, plyometric weight training is necessary for explosive power at impact vs. pure strength training. Pure strength training actually adds weight to your body, which could inhibit swing speed.

The crux of the issue for distance is swing speed, and to get swing speed you need to make fast swings.


Train for swing speed by doing sets of fast swings when you train. One way to do this is to take fast swings with a driver shaft with ho head attached, or with a driver held in an inverted position.

Once you have developed power in your body, and speed in your "swingers" - your torso, arms, and wrists, make sure that your downswing is sequenced properly to take advantage of leverage. Leverage can be a speed multiplier for all the right things you have developed in your speed training.

So don't bother with a heavy club for speed training, it might feel good because it loosens you up, but it's a waste of time for developing significant power or speed in your swing. Instead, develop a plyometric weight training routine and practice fast swings.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Pre-Round Mistake

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!

During a recent interview for a website that caters to US Player Tour professional golfers, I was asked this question:

What is the most important thing most players forget or don't due prior to their round?

Most people would anticipate an answer related to pre-round warmup routines, but that's not the answer.

Without a doubt, it's pre-round nutrition and hydration. A prepared body is a prerequisite for success. You wouldn't try to drive a car on an extended trip without gas in the tank would you?

Most players are tuned in to range and putting green warmup routines, but sometimes they forget to prepare their body properly. This component can't be overstated: healthy body, healthy brain, healthy game.

In October - or thereabouts - I will announce that my website will be expanded to include information on what anyone can do to get their body in shape for golf - and for a healthy life in general.

I'll be including information on nutritional supplementation for great health, exercise, and weight loss. I'm attending a seminar in two weeks to get certified as a weight loss coach, so look for the announcment in an upcoming newsletter.

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
me - Tom Tucker - at (716) 474 3005 or email me at
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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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