Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 268 - October 23, 2013
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Putting - "Touch" Drill
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Channeling Your Putts
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Putting "Touch" Drill

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!

For some players, touch on the green comes harder than it does for others.

I've had several (young and old) students that seem to be able to bang their drives prodigious distances, but then on the green they bang their putts prodigious distances also. Not a good combination.

This is a simple two part drill  to help develop a feel for "touch" on the green. You'll need ten balls and a coin for the drill, aimsticks are optional. NOTE:  make sure to stay "down and through" on each putt. This will give you consistent rollout for whatever length stroke you execute.

Part One - Medium Length Lag Putt Control Drill
  • Pick a spot on the green and place a coin about three paces away to set up a relatively flat putt that breaks slightly but consistently in one direction. The putt needs to break slightly so that you can start each putt on the same aimline. Feel free to use a couple of aimsticks to define a channel for your starting line as described in the next tip.

  • Putt ball number one at a speed that stops near the coin.

  • Stroke putt number two at a speed that rolls just pass ball number one.

  • Continue that process until each putt has rolled just past the previous putt.

  • If any of your ten putts fails to roll past the previous putt, start over until you have successfully rolled each of your 10 putts past the previous putt.

Part Two - Long Length Lag Putt Control Drill
  • The same as part one, except start the drill with the coin seven paces away.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Channeling Your Putts

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!

Each of us should have a high opinion of our putting, even if it's not merited yet. I sincerely believe that being a good putter starts between the ears.

Here's a quick tip that starts with your eyes and ends up with aimline visualization.

I'm sure that we've all seen the aimline superimposed on greens for putts on televised PGA Tournaments.

Have you noticed that it's not a skinny line? It's not, it's actually about the width of the hole, all the way to the hole.

Take that visual clue and use it yourself when you are imagining your aimlime. Visualize it more as a 4 inch wide channel than a narrow aimline and it will be much easier to see in your mind. See your aimline as a wide - but precise channel - and you'll be much more relaxed over your putt.

I personally have been doing this for some time now and it's paid pretty good dividends. One more tip, visualize it in color - I use bright yellow. It will really help your putts get started in the right direction.

One more quick tip on this subject - when you practice, try stroking putts through a 4" wide path made up of two aimsticks ( 48" fiberglas driveway marker rods) for short to medium length putts to get the visual image of putting through a "channel". It will help your confidence enormously.

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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~ Ben Hogan