Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 340 - Wed. March 11th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Post Round Analysis
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Four Great Reasons to Exercise
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Short Putts - Use Your Ears
- 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: Post Round Analysis

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

Two Sundays ago, I was listening to Ian Poulter's post round interview after the Honda Classic. The questions revolved about what went wrong in the final round, when he fell out of contention for the lead.

Ian Poulter is a polarizing player and most people either love him or hate him.

I used to be in the "hate him" camp due to his antics at the Ryder Cup, but I must admit that I'm starting to like the guy. He's got a lot of swag, and more game that I gave him credit for.

Plus he's always oddly flamboyant, which is entertaining.

During the interview, I heard a very introspective side to his post round analysis that we all can learn from.

In his answers to "what went wrong", he mentioned five or six very specific instances where he said he missed on his "soft" shots, then he detailed the misses. I was very surprised at the attention to detail he noted in the reason for the miss and the detailed ball flight descriptions.

It actually kind of blew me away .

That was a telling moment for me because I believe that 98% of any other touring pros asked that question would have said something like "I didn't have my "A" game", or "I couldn't get a putt to drop", "my glutes weren't firing", etc.

I immediately called a pro that I coach, Chris Carroll, the Pro at Rothlands GC, and had a great discussion about detailed post round analysis. Chris is playing in more professional tournaments this year than he has in the past, and one aspect of his overall game that he's addressing is preparation. There's no doubt in my mind that a very detailed post round analysis will be very beneficial. We agreed on the benefits of taking written notes either during or after each round as a basis for his post round practice sessions. This could be a breakout year for him, and he's working hard at his craft.

So here's a tip for anyone else that's sincerely interested in improving their game.

After your round, make very detailed notes on your bad shots - including their cause and resulting ball flight - and use them as a basis for your practice sessions.

Then watch your handicap drop!


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.

With Tour Greens you can experience the ultimate home short game practice solution.

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: Four Great Reasons to Exercise


I thought this might motivate any couch potatoes reading this newsletter to get off their butt and into shape before the golf season starts. Enjoy!
  1. Regular Exercise Boosts Your Decision-Making Skills

    Your brain needs oxygen to do its thing, and people who exercise have more oxygen flowing through their brains' anterior frontal regions (the region involved with both decision making and memory retention), says a new Psychophysiology study finding that people who exercise outperform their peers on difficult cognitive tasks.

  2. Strength Training Strengthens Your Focus

    Strength training - if you're doing it right- takes a lot of focus. That's why a Journal of Applied Physiology review of more than 100 studies found that the more you perform focused strength workouts, the more you're able to avoid distractions outside the gym.

  3. Sprinting Improves Your Memory

    Pick up the pace and become a better learner: In one Neurobiology of Learning and Memory study, people learned vocabulary words 20 percent faster after they performed high-impact sprints than after they completed low-impact running. During high-intensity running, the brain's levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (a protein that promotes growth and survival of your brain's nerve cells), dopamine, and epinephrine all increase, which researchers believe may be behind the memory boost.

  4. Exercise Helps You Pick Up Your Productivity

    When you're swamped, it can be hard to close your computer and hit the gym. But according to one International Journal of Workplace Health Management study, people are still 23 percent more productive on days they exercise compared to days they don't. Again, exercise increases the amount of oxygen sent to the brain, increasing your energy and making you sharper.


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?  Buy Now

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Short Putts - Use Your Ears

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

When you are ready to stroke a short putt, concentrate on hearing it drop in the hole, rather than seeing it drop in the hole. It will keep you from picking up your body and either pulling or swiping the putt.

Try it, you'll like it!


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
for more information.

Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates:

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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