Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 338 - Wed. February 25th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Performance and Practice
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Supine Bridge Posture Builder
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Does It Make Sense?
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
- Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club  
Genesee Community College Golf Management Program 
Chestnut Hill Country Club 

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Tom's Featured Tip: Performance and Practice

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

Most players have a bit of a disconnect between their performance and their practice frame of mind.

There are a couple of reasons for this, not the least of which are awareness and consequence.

When any part of your golf psyche - physical, technical, mental, or emotional - is off, your game will suffer because your personal optimal swing technique will be off. Before you even pick up a club to have meaningful practice or to compete, you have to take stock of your golf psyche and see if there are any leaks.

If something is off, you need to repair the problem before you can proceed in order to practice and play your best. In my heart, I feel that Tiger's issues probably still lie in the mental and emotional areas. I mean, how do you go from being toppled off the throne of golf due to a self inflicted series of embarrassing actions and revelations without being scarred mentally and emotionally?

If, however, your golf psyche is up to snuff but you still have a problem walking it across the road (taking good swings from the range to the course), you are probably practicing inconsequentially.

To correct that, practice with consequences for bad shots. In other words, when you hit an awful drive at the range, attach some sort of uncomfortable consequence to it and you'll start bearing down on subsequent swings.

Maybe you put a dollar into your right pocket every time you hit two bad shots at the range, then go drop the money into the poor box at church after your range session. Maybe you deprive yourself of desert or a favorite snack for the day every time your total of bad shots at the range equals thirty percent of your total swings. Maybe you make yourself walk for two minutes of exercise after your range work for every bad shot, maybe you do five or ten pushups for every bad shot.

Even though these consequences are sort of "win - win", they are still consequences, and as such they will make you practice with more resolve.

Just going through the motions at the range carries over into just going through the motions when you play. Make every swing and stroke in practice consequential, not brainless, and your game will jump up a notch or two.


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.

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


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Supine Bridge Posture Builder


Here's another posture building exercise I saw at, the Supine Bridge. I do this exercise about 5 times per week during my post workout stretching routine.

How to perform the supine bridge:
  1. Lie on your back, with your arms at your side, and your palms facing down.
  2. Bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the ground.
  3. There may be a slight arch in your lower back. Maintain this arch.
  4. Lift your toes, so that your weight will be supported in your heels.
  5. Lift your hips up towards the ceiling by simultaneously engaging your glutes (squeezing your butt cheeks together) and pressing your heels into the ground.
  6. Either do twenty reps of up then down, or do three sets of twenty second holds at the top (ten seconds of rest in between), working your way up to one set of a 45 second hold at the top .


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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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!

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Does It Make Sense?

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

Here's exactly why you should read or view golf tips with a discerning mind.

I recently read a tip from a very famous instructor who quoted a famous player (I'm not naming names) on advice the player gave him for setting up for a long bunker shot: "he told me to bump my hips forward a couple of inches at address. Your weight should still be 50/50, but this move puts your lower body into an impact position to help you control where the club enters the sand."

That made no sense to me.

It sounded interesting - except for the fact that when you bump your hips forward it also shifts your weight onto the forward foot, which is the proper place for it to be at impact. It should not be 50/50 at that point.

The point here is to use your brain when you read or see a tip, regardless of who is dishing it out. First, decide if it makes sense, then second - decide if it makes sense for your own swing.


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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Plum Creek Driving Range and Simulator  Outdoor range and play indoor golf on any of our 40 Simulator Courses. Call 585-993-0930 or email Mark at to reserve time for simulator play or practice!

Batavia Country Club   Great rates, the best greens in WNY, Golf Digest Four Star rating for public courses to play in New York State. Make tee times online in season   (585) 343-7600

Genesee Community College Golf Management Program   Click on link for more information if you or anyone you know is interested in a dynamic career in the golf industry, or in teaching golf.

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