Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 309 - Wed. August 6th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: How Not To Choke on a Chip
- Tom's Bonus Tip: More on Supplements
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: How Not To Choke on a Chip

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 hate to use myself as a negative example, but here goes.

I was playing golf Sunday and was in a tight match with another group of friends.

We were on the 17th hole at BCC which was playing about 195 yds., and I pulled my tee shot a little to the left of the green.

I had a decent lie in light rough for about a 15 yard chip, which is in my personal "bread and butter" chipping category.

And I choked - I skulled it about 15 ft. past the hole and missed the putt. Very embarrassing - not to mention that it probably cost us the match (although my partners were doing their share to make that happen too :-) ).

The shot was so routine that I shortened my pre shot routine for short chips, and lost the rhythm and tempo for my strike.

Here's what I should have done:
  • I should have taken a couple of practice strokes next to the ball to feel the length of the swing ( I took only one)
  • then I should have taken two backswing - pause - forward swing strokes to feel the proper downswing tempo sequence for this rather short chip ( I took none)
The result was an armsy, handsy jab at the ball, a skulled chip shot, and a bogey.

For short chips, make sure to take a slow rehearsal swing or two next to the ball, and to sequence it as follows:
  • short backswing
  • pause
  • forward swing

    and you'll have good tempo for the shot.

Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: More on Supplements

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!

Thanks for all of the great response to last weeks special issue on supplements and exercise. If you didn't read it, please go here to take you through the new Health - Wellness - Fitness section of my website
Get The Edge - Health and Wellness,

Most were very positive, and several of you decided to purchase some supplements to give them a try, and I thank you for your support.

I did have one reply from a health care professional that takes lessons from me. He had a few comments that I would like to address. Here are excerpts from his email to me:

Tom, I think you're a great golf instructor ................I read your health memo and I have to tell you that I used to be a very big consumer of supplements and vitamins. However after reading two different medical books, I know longer take very many supplements or vitamins at all. I understand that the changes in your wife's health and your own health may be attributed to those supplements, however it's probably due to losing weight and doing the right types of exercise.

The two books that I've read listed numerous medical studies that were done and they all said that supplements do not do anything for you and that you are much better off eating healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Cutting down on the red meat and eating more organic foods.

Both you and I know that's difficult to do when you're an American!

You may find this book very interesting it was called anticancer a new way of living. I think you should pick that up and read that. Not to put a bash on your views on supplements, but I have had numerous people during my career try to sell me on several different vitamin supplement routines. The medical facts do not back these up. They do say that if you are deficient for example in vitamin D then vitamin supplement supplements are important. However if you are not deficient you're just creating expensive urine.

Try to get that book I think you'll find very interesting. Good luck in I'm glad to hear you're doing well.

Here was my brief email reply that I'll expand on a little bit :

Hi Doc, thanks for your feedback, and I will get the book today. My own research has shown otherwise regarding supplementation, and if you could get good organic food you might not need them.

The problem - even with organic food - is that our soil is so depleted of minerals that the produce is deficient also in many instances. If you take the time to click through on the supplements that I listed on my website, there are links for the science behind the claims. I think you would find them to be interesting.

The main difference between our supplements and others is the Isotonic delivery system, which is actually a huge difference. Perhaps the supplements listed in the book you mentioned had traditional - pill, capsule, non isotonic fluid - delivery systems?

In any event, I hope your game is well, all the best and thanks for your feedback, it's always appreciated.


I did get the book which is actually titled "Anticancer, a New Way of Life", which was a great read. It was about a doctor who discovered that he had brain cancer, and what he did about it.

I'm not going to do a whole book review, but it did cover changing your diet, your lifestyle, your mindset, and your personal awareness as effective means to combating cancer.

This particular book did not cover any meaningful information one way or the other on the use of supplements, perhaps that was the other book alluded to but not mentioned.

It did contain great lists of what foods to eat and what foods to avoid for good health, and I agree with all of that wholeheartedly.

In fact, it mentioned the importance of Resveratrol and Omega 3's from the right sources, and they are two of our best selling products: Isotonix Resveratrol and our Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E   Click through for information or to buy. I had a health professional in Batavia buy a case of the Omega lll last week for his patients!

If you are the type of person that is going to stock up on healthy food and eat it regularly throughout the day, more power to you.

I'm not that guy. I don't have the time or interest to be a serial grazer to get all of the essential nutrients that my body needs, so I supplement to make sure I get them. It gives me an edge as well as peace of mind.

I also don't believe much in coincidence, probably because I was a cop for twenty two years.

I am 100% sure that my wife's health gains as well as my own health gains are attributable to the supplements that I take, I only wish that I had been taking them thirty years ago when I was training seriously. At that time, I would get to a plateau, then get a cold for a couple of weeks, which set my training back.

Had I known then that a quality anti-oxidant like our signature best selling supplement - OPC-3 - which I take daily, would have fought off the free radicals that appear in our body through hyper-oxidation which takes place during heavy exercise, I'm sure I would have made even more gains with fewer setbacks.

The bottom line is that more and more health professionals are helping their patients select the correct supplements for their health because their patients are asking them to.

Do your own homework and make your own choices. I know I'll supplement as long as I'm alive, because I'm totally convinced of the value.

Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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