Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 291 - April 2nd, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Too Much of a Good Thing
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Chipping Tips
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Too Much of a Good Thing

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 devote a lot of time to advice on diagnosing a very common swing flaw - "flipping" - and making corrections.

I would conservatively say that 85% of my students have this swing flaw to one degree or another when they start their lessons, and that a very large percentage make the necessary corrections to enable themselves to become better ball strikers.

A small percentage of my better players have the opposite problem, arriving at impact with too much forward shaft lean (too much palmar flexion with their forward wrist) at impact.

This problem is manifested by a ball flight that is too low for the particular club being used, and a ball path that usually starts too far right of the target line.

The problem is caused by several different movements, or a combination of them such as:
  • A forward wrist that actually increases its palmar flexion during the downswing and through impact (PGA Tour Pro Dustin Johnson actually does this once in awhile, watch for it on slow motion replays).

  • Too much of the thought of pulling the handle past the ball in the downswing.

  • Fighting a natural unloading of the lag that should occur on the downswing, after you have loaded lag correctly during the backswing and in the downswing transition.

To correct the problem, the player needs to practice feeling the left wrist start to dorsiflex - bend towards the target - at impact, but not to the degree that it becomes cupped at impact. At Impact, it still needs to be flat or slightly bowed (palmar flexed).

The thought process often needs to be adjusted from a "pull through" to a "swing through" mentality.

A great practice drill to correct this problem is to do very slow motion 3/4 length swings in front of a full length mirror (or on video) and observing the amount of forward shaft lean at impact. It should decrease as you keep practicing feeling your left wrist release towards a flat wrist at impact as opposed to being too bowed (do not consciously straighten your right wrist).

Wrist Flexion

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


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Chipping Tips

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!

Here are a few random chipping tips based on the most recurring mistakes I see from my students:
  1. Maintain shoulder and thoracic (upper spine) rotation throughout your chipping stroke. When you "quit at the hit" - meaning that your rotation stopped prematurely - it will make the club long too soon, resulting in a fat hit; OR your brain anticipates that you're going to hit it fat and your left elbow breaks down (chicken wing) causing poor compression or a thin hit.

  2. Maintain your swing radius with a firm left arm, maintain your thoracic rotation through impact and into your immediate follow through, and transport correct wrist angles through impact.

  3. Keep your weight firmly planted on your forward foot for all chips - long or short - and don't shift any weight to your rear foot during your takeaway and backswing

  4. Allow your left shoulder to drop down during your takeaway, that will allow for a correct angle of attack into the ball.

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
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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