Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 320 - Wed. October 22nd, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Smash Factor and Indoor Lessons
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Exercise For People Over 60
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Putting Ryhthm Drill
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Smash Factor and Indoor Lessons

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!

Before I get into the relationship between "smash factor" and indoor lessons, let me first say that I'm now booking indoor lessons,

My availability for indoor lessons, which are by appointment, is on Tuesdays all day, and on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 3pm. For early risers, early morning lessons are available upon facility availability. More information on indoor lessons may be viewed here: Indoor Lessons

What do "smash factor" and indoor lessons have in common?

When I use the Plum Creek Simulator (an aboutGolf PGA Tour Indoor Golf Simulator) for an indoor lesson, "smash factor" is measured and expressed in numerical form.

Why does that matter?

One fundamental aspect of my teaching is that I teach the impact positions in golf first and foremost. That's why the first lesson in any package plan is ball striking.

Ball striking is all about impact, and impact is all about striking the ball solidly and compressing the ball.

"Smash factor" measures the solidness of the strike.

The advantage to taking a ball striking lesson outdoors is that you gets to see where your divot starts in relation to your ball position.

The advantage to taking a ball striking lesson indoors is that you gets to see the "smash factor" number, which indicates how solidly you are striking the ball.

Indoors or outdoors, you feel it when you compress a shot - but indoors you get a gauge on exactly how solidly you are striking it.

Here's a little more on "smash factor"

For driving the ball, one of the measurements we need to maximize for the biggest drives is "smash factor". The longest hitters in the world record "smash factors" of 1.50 and above. The highest "smash factor" recorded at the 2010 World Long Drive Championship was 1.53 by Ryan Louw. It obviously isn't everything, as he finished tied for 3rd, but it is important.

"Smash factor" is the ratio between ball speed and club head speed.

It's an indication of the player’s ability to generate ball speed based on a given club speed, but it also includes centeredness of contact - solid contact - in the equation.

I feel that it's an important teaching tool for amateurs and intermediate level players that try to swing too hard at the ball. By trying to achieve a high club speed, they lose control and don't obtain solid, centered impact, resulting in a less than optimal "smash factor" number.

It's a significant swing parameter to pay attention to for swing improvement.

I saw a great example of this as follows:

With a club speed of 100 mph and a smash factor of 1.40, the ball speed is 140 mph. But if the golfer could obtain a smash factor of 1.48 with a more controlled swing having a lower club speed of 98 mph, the ball speed would be increased to 145 mph., i.e. an additional 5 mph ball speed by swinging slower. Since 1 more mph ball speed (all other things equal) will generate 2 more yards carry, an extra 10 yards is added to the drive in this case by swinging with more control!

Plus the more controlled swing will most likely have a very positive effect on dispersion.

What is the highest smash factor you can obtain?

The laws of physics do put some limitations on what is possible. Even though you may impact the ball dead-center on the club face, so the ball departs on a line that goes directly through the Center of Gravity (CoG) of the club head, there are 3 more factors that determine the maximum obtainable smash factor:
  1. coefficient of restitution between club and ball (COR),
  2. the SPIN LOFT - the angle between club face orientation and club head direction, and
  3. the mass ratio between ball weight and club head weight.
What is a good smash factor?

This depends highly on what club you are looking at and what ball type you are playing. For a driver with a premium ball, as an amateur, your smash factor should be above 1.42 and if you have elite ambitions, you should not be below 1.47. Tour pros should aim for nothing less than 1.48 as a minimum.

Here are a few more "smash factor" tidbits:
  • The less loft a club has, the higher "smash factor" it will generate. For example, a driver will produce a higher smash factor than a 9-iron.
  • According to Trackman, the average PGA Tour pro’s smash factor is 1.49 with a driver, and 1.38 with a 6-iron.
  • Smash factor is sometimes confused with "X-factor", a phrase coined by Jim McClean, which measures the difference between a golfer’s shoulder turn and hip turn at the top of the backswing.
If you decide to take some indoor lessons, please contact me. If you just decide to go and practice on the simulator by yourself, monitor your "smash factor" and make adjustments to your swing as necessary to get it into the optimal range.


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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Exercise For People Over 60


Exercise For People Over 60 - Requires No Special Equipment!
  1. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

  2. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

  3. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

  4. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags . Then try 25-lb potato bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level).

  5. After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Putting Rhythm 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!

If you feel like you've lost the rhythm in your putting stroke, just try making 20 practice strokes one-handed with each hand before you take your normal pre-round putting practice.

Make sure the power is supplied by your shoulders and keep your head perfectly still.

It will do wonders to restore rhythm to your stroke.


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


Golf Lessons

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
for more information.

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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

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan