Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 290 - March 26th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Compensations
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Simple Putting Stroke Drill
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:

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 am currently working with a student that presented an interesting situation from a teaching perspective.

He has a severe "flipping" habit - the most common swing flaw I see - which causes major problems for good compression. We worked on the problem during his ball striking lesson, and he now knows correct positioning for his weight, wrists, and hands at impact. I'm confident that he'll work the drills I showed him to build a correct impact position.

We then discussed his upcoming chipping lesson, he mentioned that he's a good chipper because he places the ball way back in his stance. He also mentioned that his ball flight miss for his full swings are low fades or low blocks. This tells me that he's probably using a ball position that's too far back in his stance for his full swings.

When the ball is placed too far back in the stance,
  • there's too much down and not enough forward at the point of contact with the ball, producing a flight that's too low
  • the clubface is usually open to the aimline at impact, forcing the player to develop more compensations by closing the face too much at address or setting up with a stance that is too open
  • compression at impact is poor
This is a classic case of an intelligent person that had figured out a way to compensate for a swing flaw - a flip at impact - when he wasn't even aware that the flaw existed. His brain figured out a way to keep the ball in play, but he was embedding a bad habit through incorrect repetitions.

I want my students to develop an efficient and simple swing, free of compensations. When that happens, if there is a ball flight problem it's easier to diagnose and correct.

Swing compensations are a common occurrence, although they usually take the form of aligning way too far to the left for slicers, or way too far to the right for hookers.

To play great golf and have fun while you're at it, educate yourself on the swing you want to own, then own it through correct practice and correct repetitions.

"Practice Makes Perfect" only holds true when the practice is done correctly.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Simple Putting 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!

I'm going to stay on the "flipping" theme for one more tip today, because "flipping" at impact during your putting stroke can add strokes to your score in a heartbeat.

The simplest and most efficient drill that I know of to build a good putting "STROKE" is to practice a continuous back and forth "STROKING" motion with a putter in your hands, no ball, maintaining a firm wrists into your follow through. Maintain a very still body throughout the motion, all that you should be moving should be your shoulders.

Note - If you took a lesson from me, that advice would be changed a little - to maintaining a flat left wrist and cupped right wrist into your follow through.

If you do this simple drill - which takes less than two minutes - for 100 reps per day, Monday through Friday until the outdoor season starts, you'll own a magnificent putting stroke.

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


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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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Batavia Country Club   Rome CC added to reciprocal courses list; New men's locker room - twenty lockers available, $75 for the season, first come first served, available to members or league players. April 12th is target date to open if weather permits.

Chestnut Hill CC   Great rates, 20 minutes East of Buffalo, NY .

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