Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 336 - Wed. February 11th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: How Strong is Your "WHY"?
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Treadmill - Boxing HIIT Workout
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Interesting Up & Down Statistic
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
- Sponsors: Batavia Country Club   Chestnut Hill Country Club 
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Tom's Featured Tip: How Strong is Your "WHY"?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

There's a saying in many different businesses that the stronger your "WHY" the harder you'll try, and I think there's a chance to apply that principle to your golf improvement.

I'm not going to make this another "Tiger's woes" issue, but in my mind I question his "WHY" - in other words his motivation.

If he's truly having major back issues, I take that back, but that remains to be seen. He just doesn't look like he has as much conviction as I'm used to seeing in his demeanor or in his eyes.

Back to us, the more normal range of golfers.

Your golf "WHY" relates to why you play golf, and your goals.

If you are the type of player that is just going out to enjoy the walk and you really don't care much about your score, then you probably aren't reading this newsletter.

If you are a bit casual but care about your score, or if you are serious about your game, your "WHY" is important, and it's important to find a way to remind yourself of your "WHY" regularly.

It's important because your "WHY" will influence your motivation to put in some practice time, or to get off your butt and work out when you have a workout scheduled but don't really feel like doing it.

The key to a strong "WHY" lies in setting a realistic goal.

Goal setting is easier for some than others.

I'm one of the others, but I've found an easy way to set a goal and to remind myself of it regularly..

For example, I want to shoot my age this year - 68. Even though I've aged, I have flirted with shooting my age for the last couple of years, and this is the year.

My plan for shooting my age is to keep fit and to sharpen up my short game.

What I've done to remind myself of my "WHY" is that I wrote down the number "68" on a 1" x 1" piece of paper, had it laminated at Office Max, and I carry it in my front pants pocket with my small bills. I see that number four or five times per day, and on more than one occasion I've gotten my workout in when I didn't feel like it because I saw the number.

Every planned workout or practice missed is a negative influence on self discipline; every one completed increases resolve.

The first step is to set up a workout regimen, then a golf practice regimen.

Next is to write the note and get it laminated. Use phrases like "Club Champion", "break 90", "break 85", "10 handicap", etc.

Next is to put the note in a pocket that you reach into often, and to pull the note out a few times per day and look at it.

Going rhrough this simple process will strengthen your resolve to hit that goal.

Remember "the stronger your "WHY", the harder you'll try".


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


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

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If the thought of having a beautiful tour quality practice green in your yard appeals to you, you're in luck.

In addition to my golf instruction business, I am also the exclusive Western New York sales associate for Tour Greens Western New York.

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

You all know me well enough to know that I don't affiliate with any product that I don't have a passionate belief in. These greens are the real deal. They are extremely durable - they can even withstand our challenging WNY winters.

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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Treadmill - Boxing HIIT Workout


I read an article about how "high intensity interval boxing training sheds 2x more body fat than brisk walking & improves health, where walking fails", and as a result I set up the following workout.

I have the luxury of having a treadmill and a heavy bag in my workout area in my basement. You would need a treadmill or stationary bike, and a heavy bag would be optimal - but you could shadow box instead.

This twenty minute workout will improve your overall health as well as add some "punch" to your swing.

Set your treadmill up for a 7% incline, or set your stationary bike for medium to heavy resistance, then:
  1. walk, jog, or pedal for one minute at 3.6 mph to 4.5 mph. Increase one mph for each subsequent one minute session, so your ten speeds will be : 3.6 - 3.7 - 3.8 - 3.9 - 4.0 - 4.1 - 4.2 - 4.3 - 4.4 - 4.5.  Your sequence of speeds may be higher or lower based on your level of fitness.
  2. hit the bag - or shadow box - vigorously for 50 seconds, then rest 10 seconds
  3. repeat numbers one and two for nine more sets for a total time expenditure of twenty minutes
If you're not huffing and puffing at the end of the twenty minutes, increase the speed or slope on the treadmill, or the resistance on the bike.

I guarantee that you'll love the results after doing this three times per week for about a month.


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.

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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?

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Interesting Up & Down Statistic

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I was watching the Farmers Open last weekend and I heard an interesting statistic: that the up & down average for the field was 67%, and that the average for the top ten players was 72%.

A 5% difference made an enormous difference in their paychecks.

One of the reasons that stat interested me was that when I coached college golf, I had my players shoot for a 65% up & down success rate, and it paid huge dividends.

Up & down refers to the ability to get a short pitch or chip shot close enough to the hole to leave an easy putt, or actually making the shot.

It's wise to devote a significant amount of your practice time to getting it up & down, especially as you get older when you rely less on power and more on finesse to shoot low scores. Scoring is all about chipping and putting, with short pitch shots running a close third. Chipping and putting are tied for number one.

Along these lines, our new Tour Greens WNY  website is now up and running. Check it out to see how you could set up your own private short game practice area to help you improve your up & down percentage!


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
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Chestnut Hill CC   Great rates, 20 minutes East of Buffalo, NY .

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