Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 325 - Wed. November 26th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Most Common Error
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Do's and Don'ts For Rotational Power
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Quick Chip Tip
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Most Common Mistake

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!

The most common mistake I have been seeing at my indoor lessons is the mistake I see most often regardless of the season.

It's an incorrect sequence of the lateral weight shift and rotation during the downswing.

Here's the exact advice I gave a student that was making two mistakes.
  • on some swings, he was simply rotating open weakly, with no preceding lateral hip slide
  • when he tried to correct this mistake, he would execute a lateral hip slide with either very weak or no rotation.
To ingrain the correct sequence of slide then rotate powerfully, he needed to take one of my favorite drills, the Chair Drill, then practice three components separately.

I also instructed him to do the drill three times per week (it takes about five minutes) either in front of a mirror to monitor his head position, or with something (piece of rope, cloth, or ribbon) hanging next to the left side of his head for lateral movement awareness of his head.

Here's how to break the drill down into components, then to piece them together for a dynamic downswing:
  1. 15 reps of just turn back, then slide hips laterally into the chair and hold
  2. 15 reps starting with your hips bumped into the chair, execute a dynamic rotation to get your belly facing the chair, with no slide of your head. Maintain side tilt throughout.
  3. 15 reps of start to finish chair drill, maintain tilt throughout, as well as a stationary head
For the lateral hip slide, insure it's a hip slide in the direction your hips are pointed, which should be a little right of your target. It's imperative that there is no combination of slide and rotation (opening hips as you slide). First one, then the other.

After it's well practiced, it will look seamless to the eye, but in the mind they should remain separate movements.

Work this drill into your winter practice, and everything about your downswing will improve.


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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Do's and Don'ts For Rotational Power


This is going to surprise a lot of you out there

I suppose you think I'm going to recommend some sore of medicine ball rotational exercise like the Russian Twist for maximizing your rotational power.

Well, I'm not. I did that exercise for years and I don't think it helped my power at all, and it also runs a high risk of injury.

The absolute best two things to do are to commit to a full body weight listing routine for strength, and to do planks on your off days.

That's the secret to developing a strong body that will be able to support a dynamic turn for your swing.

Don't waste your time with other exotic sounding workout routines, just get strong with some additional attention to your abdominal muscles girdle.

If anyone missed it, here's last week's issue which included a plank routine I recommend be done twice weekly: Issue324 with Plank Routine

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Quick Chip Tip

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!

One of the best things you can do over the winter, and also one of the simplest, is to set up a chipping practice station in your basement.

Hang a blanket, tarp, or net, from the ceiling, get twenty AlmostGolf Balls, get a hitting mat or a carpet remnant, then practice short chipping strokes - 3 sessions per week, 60 swings per session.

and here's the Quick Chip Tip - when you practice, plant 95% of your weight on your forward foot and keep it there during the backswing and the follow through.

Do this and you'll have a perfect chipping stroke by the start of our next outdoor golf season.

If your chipping stroke technique needs work, book an indoor chipping lesson with me so that you can practice effectively on your own.


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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~ Ben Hogan