Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 267 - October 16, 2013
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Square Shoulders
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Putt To Nowhere
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Q&A: Square Shoulders

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: Tom P. emailed me this question after the newsletter tip about square shoulders:

Hi Tom, I read your tip about square shoulders, and I was definitely settin up wrong. The problem I have is that even when I try to get the feel for square shoulders at setup like you described with an extension pole, I still can't quite feel what's right. Is there anything else I can do to get the feeling for square shoulders during my setup.

By the way, I moved from WNY to the West Coast, but I still enjoy your newsletters, please keep them coming.

Sincerely, Tom P.

A: Thanks for the comment and the question Tom. So - let's get the open shoulders issue squared away once and for all (sorry, I couldn't resist that).

This is a problem that's important enough to talk about one more time: having the feet, knees, hips, and shoulders all square to (parallel to) your intended aimline at address. I recommended three ways to check your alignment in Issue 265 , and here's another way that I thought of that may make it easier for some to master their square setup. I guess it holds true that necessity is the mother of invention, thanks for making me think Tom!

  • Stand parallel to, and facing a wall, about 12 inches away.

  • Get into comfortable golf posture with your arms folded and your hands on your shoulders.

  • Now move forward until your head just touches the wall if it's not already doing so.

  • Your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders should all be aligned parallel to the wall. Check to make sure this is the case.

  • Now let your arms drop and position your hands in a praying position pointing directly at the floor.

  • As you do the next two steps, make certain that your shoulder and hip alignments do not change.

  • Now point your fingers towards your rear foot.

  • Next, slide your right hand down and simulate an interlocking grip on a golf club.

  • This movement usually causes the left shoulder to open a little from square as the right shoulder lowers a little to accomodate gripping the club. This is the point in the setup that is critical, you must know the feeling of allowing the right shoulder to tilt a very small amount without opening your shoulders (or hips). When you can do this against a wall several times while keeping your shoulders perfectly square but slightly tilted, try to get the same feeling doing it freestyle, away from the wall.

  • Practice this for as many reps as it takes for it to become your perfect setup positon
When you master this setup feeling, you've mastered an intricate part of a perfect setup and your ball flight will become very consistent.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Putt To Nowhere

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!

Anyone who has taken lessons from me can attest to the fact that I like to start any type of practice session by practicing pure stroke mechanics, and one of the all time great players agreed with this philosophy.

Bobby Jones recommended that "there is no finer practice for developing a reliable putting stroke than putting without a hole - just dropping a number of balls on a green or carpet and stroking them back and forth." In practice and when warming up for a round of golf, always start by putting to nowhere.

Even better - get double bang for your buck by nailing down the length and weight of your "Core" putting stroke while you "putt to nowhere".

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"
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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