Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 314 - Wed. September 10th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Vision - The Eyesight Kind
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Featured Supplement: TLS Whey Protein Shakes
- Tom's Bonus Tip: When You Change Your Mind ....
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Vision - The Eyesight Kind

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!

Editor's note - this question arrived after last week's article on "Vision", and the writer chose not to include his/her name.

Q: Some research on the real vision, as in depth perception, might lead one to ponder "how does my depth perception effect my ball contact"? And, also, how does my peripheral vision effect my putting direction?

A: Interesting questions, thanks for taking the time to ask them, I appreciate it.

I checked my records and we've corresponded on visual considerations before. It seems that hand eye coordination is high on your list of priorities for a good golf swing. That's fine, but I personally don't think you should give good or bad hand eye coordination the significance you are giving it regarding a good swing.

Depth perception no doubt plays some role in hitting a golf ball, but grooving a swing with a consistent swing radius can compensate for problems in that area. I've worn blended trifocals when I play for about 23 years, and they took some getting used to. In spite of that, I maintain a decent handicap because I have gone to the trouble to learn how I want to swing and I've taken enough practice reps to know where my swing bottoms out for my clubs if I swing correctly.

If I mis-hit a shot, I'm pretty sure it's more likely to be a breakdown in my swing mechanics than a depth perception issue.

The key is knowing where your swing bottom is located for each club in your bag, then nailing down ball position and a repeatable swing radius.

As far as peripheral vision effecting your putting direction goes, simply pick a blade of grass for your target line during your pre shot routine, then align everything correctly to enable you to stroke your putt straight over that point. Then all you need to be concerned about is the speed/distance.

The question you didn't ask - which would have been a good one - was how can depth perception effect lag putting.

If you think this may be a problem for you, try this on for size:
  1. First of all, you need to develop a core putting stroke length awareness.
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  2. Then double and triple the length of your core stroke, and measure the distance results by pacing off the distances.

  3. Then, when you are playing, pace off the length of the putt during your pre-shot routine and use the appropriate length stroke for the distance after you have factored speed considerations into the distance equation.
I hope this answered your questions,

thanks again for the feedback,



Health, Wellness, Fitness: Featured Supplement: TLS Whey Protein Shakes

If you are on a weight training routine, don't be without TLS Whey Protein Shakes   After all of my weight training workouts, I always drink a TLS Whey Protein Shake (vanilla - but it comes in chocolate too) within 30 minutes of completing my workout, because it provides the correct amount of quality protein that can be synthesized for maximum muscle repair and recovery.

I take one packet mixed with 8g of skim milk; mixing it with low fat chocolate milk works great too. Don't fret over the carbs or fat in the low fat chocolate milk. Contrary to popular belief, right after an intense weight workout your body also needs some of those for muscle repair and energy recovery.

The way I take it provides 29g of the best type of quality protein (whet protein) that you can ingest for muscle repair and recovery right after an intense weight workout.

If you are working out and not taking a quality whey protein supplement within 30 minutes after your workout, you are short changing your muscle and strength building capabilities.

TLS Whey Protein Shakes are free of artificial sweeteners and colors, and are sourced from milk produced by rBGH-free cattle, providing one of the best whey protein formulas in two great-tasting flavors - chocolate and vanilla.

I attribute the steady gains I've made in my strength program to my routine, and to this product taken right after my workout.

Try it, I guarantee you'll like it!

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: When You Change Your Mind ....

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!

Have you ever stood over a shot then decided to play a fade instead of a draw, or decided to change the shot in some other way than your original swing intention?

I'm sure we all have done that, and the key to pulling it off is to give your body time to sync up with your brain for the new swing.

This can take up to ten seconds!

So if you decide on a change in your swing pattern at the last minute, take a couple of warm up swings visualizing the new ball flight then allow enough time to for your brain and body to digest it.

After that, repeat your pre-shot routine and execute your swing with confidence.


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


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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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