Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 334 - Wed. January 28th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: AimPoint & Poker
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Age Group Body Change Cycles
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Picture That!
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: AimPoint & Poker

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!

Last week I saw a quote from Hunter Mahan on his commitment to AimPoint as a way of reading greens: "Itís like poker. Itís easy to learn, but itís hard to master. I like it because it travels. I can feel flat with my feet, but itís hard to find with your eyes."

His comment struck home to me because it about sums up how I feel about AimPoint as a preferred method to read greens.

In September of 2012, I invested $325 for a day of Fundamental and Advanced AimPoint Green Reading classes, and I came away with mixed emotions.

AimPoint utilizes three main factors to establish break: distance, slope, and angle. Nothing new there, as that's what goes into establishing your aiming point for all breaking putts.

Pros and Cons

Pros: For me, I felt that the most useful aspect of these classes was developing the ability to identify a good aimline and ball pace for short putts with a lot of break.

Cons: First of all, the whole system revolves around a player being able to stroke a putt at a speed that would carry it 8" to 12" past the target. The player also needs to be able to start their putt on an intended aimline consistently.

It's been my experience as a teacher that these two skill sets are not present to any significant degree in most players - especially rolling the ball at a correct, consistent speed. As a result, a lot of players might feel that the system would not work for them - and in fact it wouldn't - because the speed of the roll is a critical factor in the AimPoint method.

AimPoint's claims to precision rely on several factors that embrace a lot of variables. You first have to establish the stimp (speed) of the greens, which you are taught to do on the practice green with a level and the AimPoint chart. Then you need to get an accurate distance estimate for each putt, as well as a fall line read and a correct slope percentage estimate.

A lot of the estimation involves visual reads as well as tactile reads from your body.

Again, as a teacher I have found that a lot - perhaps most - of my students have a tough time making visual reads and estimations. For many students, making tactile reads with their feet is a new concept.

Last but not least are time considerations in making all of the reads and calculations, then consulting the chart to get your aim point. It takes practice to get these calculations down quickly.

Here's how I see things a couple of years after this class.

I think AimPoint is slipping in it's use among touring pros as well as amateurs, because it's too time consuming and complicated, and there are still a lot of "guess" factors involved.

Having said that, I still use one facet of the training and it's improved my green reading considerably - using my feet to feel slope and break. Being aware of the tactile sensations your feet can provide regarding slope and break will make you a better putter if you take the time to practice, then "stalk" your putt when you play.

"Stalking" your putt means walking from your ball up to and around the hole, paying close attention to the slope and break with your feet, and identifying the fall line.

In the end, whether you use the AimPoint system or not, choosing the perfect line for your putt and getting the perfect speed involves lots of practice, a little educated guessing, and a little luck. (Just like poker :-))

Keep in mind that everything doesn't need to be "perfect" to make a putt, the size of the ball and the size of the hole allow for some margin of error.
  • Stalk It
  • Aim It
  • Stroke It
  • Make It
And to be honest, you really don't need AimPoint to it.


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


Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens For Superb Short Game Practice

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Read what Tour Pro's Fred Couples, Rich Beem, Boo Weekly, Blake Adams, and Chris DiMarco  have to say about their Tour Greens.

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For more information and a photo gallery of installed residential Tour Greens, please click here: Tour Greens Photos and Information, and feel free to call, text, or email me for more information.


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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Age Group Body Change Cycles


I wanted to share this chart I found that outlines the normal changes that you can expect as you go through the aging cycle:
  • 15-25: Your body is very youthful, resilient, and has not experienced pain from previous injuries yet. Risk tolerance is higher and should be kept in check, while continuously pushing limits and maintaining safety.

  • 25-35: Your body is extremely capable and muscle is easiest to grow; rather than focus on 'impact'-based activities, focus on joint stability, core strength, and developing a 'life' muscle base.

  • 35-50: Physical endurance, speed maintenance, and youthful aging become the priorities. Working on the 'inside' of your body becomes more important than ever before, and you experience the consequences of years of prolonged sitting, standing, or repetitive motions you've done at work and at home. Counter-acting aging becomes the highest priority to maintain and improve the quality of your life, and time is more of a factor than ever before.

  • 50-65: This is the era that requires you re-build strength. Sarcopenia (naturally occurring muscle loss) has probably been taking its toll. Your metabolism is naturally slowing down, hormonal changes related to aging are taking place in both genders, and anti-aging exercise, nutrition, and mindset become the focal points of life, rather than career or education. The example you set now is one others may live by for years to come.

  • 65+: Body, figure, balance, pain elimination. Time to 'tune in' your body, activate as much muscle as possible, and take your body slightly out of the comfort zone every day, so you can move like a kid again.
A progressive resistance exercise program - which can be done with weights or bodyweight exercises - can work for all age groups, if designed effectively. Depending upon how much you want to focus on strength vs flexibility vs fat loss, you can adjust the amount of weight you lift, the rest periods you take, and the reps of every exercise you do.

Make a small investment of your time now and learn to get more from every rep, of every exercise, of every set, of every workout you do to 'exponentiate' your success.

There are a lot of great books available on the subject of exercise, and any book on HIIT Training (High Intensity Interval Training) would be a good place to start. Get one, read it, then get started.

You'll love the results when you do.


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


Nutrition:  Get Your Daily Essentials

Do you lack energy, sleep poorly, or feel generally lousy a lot of the time?

If that describes you, maybe it's time to try the Isotonix Daily Essentials Kit supplements that I personally use daily.

If you haven't tried them yet, why the heck not?

Note that they are called Daily Essentials - not Daily Optionals - for a reason!
Simply said - if our body doesn't make it, we need to take it. These all-natural supplements have made a profound difference in my health. I used to take high blood pressure and cholesterol medication, and I now have normal blood pressure and normal cholesterol levels and take none of those medications anymore.

In fact, all of my blood work is perfect.

The only change I made to get off these medications was taking my Daily Essentials, and that's not even why I started taking them, it was a side benefit. I started taking it to increase my energy, and it did that too!

Why the heck not give it a try?

How to take your Isotonix Daily Essentials

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Picture That!

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 best swing thought is actually an image, not a conceptual thought.

The reason is that the best results come from actions that are responses to an image of the actual target, not conceptions.

Picture it in your mind, then make your swing.


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

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