Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 321 - Wed. October 29th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A Face-On Putting
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Two Fat Burning Tricks
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Grip Light - Stroke Right
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A Face-On Putting

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!

Q: Tom, I putt with a long putter and an anchored putting style, and was thinking of switching to a face-on style when the anchored stroke is banned in 2016. What are your thoughts on the face-on style?

Thanks, George K., East Aurora, NY

A: Thanks George. I've actually been thinking about using that stroke again next year myself, which will make all of my playing opponents happy, because currently I putt my best with my two ball putter. :-)

First of all, let me explain that face-on and sidesaddle mean the same thing, and the same rules of golf apply.

I own several long face-on putters, and my favorite is my Reeso.

Interestingly, I was playing around with it recently and practicing holding it forward and away from my shoulder, instead of anchoring to my shoulder, which was the original recommended position for that putter.

I also adjusted my grip from a scissor grip to letting my right hand middle finger run straight down the back of the shaft.

The bottom line is that I putted better with it than I ever had before.

I've always loved the style and have wondered why it never became popular on tour. Who knows - maybe it will pop up when the ban on anchored putting takes effect. It seems to be re-surfacing a bit now as an alternate putting style, but it will likely never be taken seriously until a touring pro starts putting that way in competition.

In fact, putting guru Dave Pelz said "if somebody told me I had to putt for my life, or the life of my kids, and gave me a few years to practice, I'd probably go with sidesaddle".

In my opinion, here are some reasons why this style has advantages over traditional putting:
  • In the pre-shot routine that I advocate, I have the player align the putt from behind the ball. with their eyes parallel to the horizon (binocular vision), before they position themselves beside their ball.

    I believe this prepares your brain for the line and break better than from the side, and with the face-on style, that perspective remains after you are ready to stroke your putt.

  • This style also works well because you are positioned to look at the hole the same way you would when throwing a ball to someone, which programs your mind to plug-in the right distance.

  • Due to the nature of the stroke, your arm moves towards the hole in a more natural movement than with a side stroke,

  • Executing a pendulum stroke is as natural as it gets with the fixed fulcrum point, even when the putter is held away from your body, not fixed to the body at any point.

  • The resulting straight back, straight through stroke also helps keep the face square to your line at impact, mainly because there's no opening or closing (release?) of the putter face to be concerned with.

  • You can practice to your hearts content without getting a fatigued or sore back.
The bottom line is that I think this style is excellent, and if you are inclined to give it a try go for it - I think you'll love it!

One more thing George - or anyone else that's reading this of course.

I have a 45 minute lesson for the face-on putting technique, give me a call if you'd like to book one. By the end of the winter - with sufficient practice indoors at home - you could become a very competent face-on putter. Plus I've got some adjustable face-on practice putters, so you don't need one for the lesson.

Contact me if you are interested.


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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Two Fat Burning Tricks


Start using these two great fat burning tricks today:
  1. About 5 minutes before you start your meal, eat a spoonful of delicious creamy organic peanut butter (creamy organic almond butter works too).

    Not only does it taste delicious, but the healthy fats activate a powerful hormone called ghrelin. It's the hormone that tells your body that it should feel full and satisfied.

    Two things will happen. As you eat, your body will be flooded with hormones that enhance the feeling of satisfaction. And you'll also feel full and satisfied much sooner.

  2. This next tip is a powerful one because it allows you to burn extra fat WHILE YOU SLEEP.

    All you need to do is lower the temperature in your bedroom by a few degrees. A recent study showed that dropping the room temperature from 75 to 67 causes men and women to burn more fat every single night.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Grip Light - Stroke Right

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!

After you settle on a grip style and a type of grip that suits your stroke, keep in mind that your grip pressure should be relatively light.

A grip that is too tight usually produces a strike, rather than a stroke.

Grip it light to produce a smooth stroke.


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


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Tom Tucker
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