Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 342 - Wed. March 25th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: What Resonated While Watching The Pro's At The API
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Progressive Overload
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Astounding Results
- 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: What Resonated While Watching The Pro's At The API

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

Last Sunday I attended the Arnold Palmer Invitational with my son and my grandsons at Bay Hill in Florida. We had great seats in a corporate box overlooking the 18th green, and had a great view of the approach shots into the green as well as the putts.

I really wanted to holler out to Stenson to cut the break in half on his putt, because virtually every player that putted from the vicinity where he putted from missed on the high side. Sure enough, he missed on the high side and lost the tournament.

It was great so see Matt Every repeat as winner this year, and he made an outstanding birdie on 18 to do so.

While watching intently as these players struck their approach shots into the green, I couldn't help but notice how they all maintained their upper body angle to the ground perfectly during their entire swing.

I'm talking about the tilt (angle of inclination) of their upper torso towards the ground at setup, in the backswing, and in the follow through.

The more perfectly they maintained their tilt, the better the result.

Don't confuse tilt with spine angle, because your spine angle changes as you strive to maintain tilt throughout your swing as follows:
  • At setup your spine tilts towards the ground as you flex forward from the hips.
  • In your backswing, your spine straightens as you tilt to the left side.
  • In your forward swing, your spine again tilts towards the ground and you flex forward, then your spine straightens as you tilt to the right side in your follow through.
You should practice the whole sequence making swings with your arms folded across your chest. Make the movements slow, precise and deliberate.

After you've done enough reps to integrate the proper tilt into your actual swing, you'll see more consistent ball flight.

Try it. you'll like 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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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: Progressive Overload


You've seen me mention progressive resistance training many times in this newsletter.

I subscribe to Bill Hinburns' strength training newsletter, and he explained the principle so simply that I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy

Progressive Overload

The human body is a marvelous machine.

It makes every attempt to adapt to different surroundings and different situations.

However, given a choice, it would rather remain at around the same body weight, percentage of body fat, and same strength.

It does not like change.

It seems to want to keep just enough strength to get by, nothing more.

So, if you desire a change in your body weight, percentage of body fat, or physical strength, you must initiate change.

The best way to do this is by using the principle of "progressive overload" in your training.

Using the same weight, or the same number of repetitions, with poor form, or a haphazard training schedule will not produce an increase in strength.


To INCREASE in strength, you must INCREASE the amount of resistance, the number of repetitions, and maintain excellent exercise form.

In other words, as previously stated, above, you must force your body to change and give it a reason to become stronger to contend with an ever increasing amount of resistance.

If you are working out, pay attention to this principle to get the most return from your sweat equity.


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


Nutrition:  Get Your Daily Essentials

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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: Astounding Results

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

About a week ago I had a player that took lessons from me come in for a driver fitting.

I had him loosen up for a few minutes then take six swings with his current driver.

We made a couple of technique corrections, then I had him take six more swings to get a baseline for some of his readings on the simulator.

He was playing a Callaway RAZR Fit driver head, 11.5 degrees, with a stock Callaway stiff shaft.

His swing speed average was around 100, and he was carrying the ball about 230 to 235 yards on his best swings. His ball flight was a slight push fade to a straight fade, and it was costing him a lot of distance.

This student's swing speed alone would not justify an extra stiff shaft, but I observed that he had a "heavy hit". This means that he was getting a little extra push with his right arm right at the moment of impact. Boxing's version of "heavy hit" was "Smokin" Joe Frazier, who threw most of his punches in a straight line right from the shoulder, versus Muhammad Ali, who would sometimes wind up a little more for some of his haymakers. In golf terms, Muhammad Ali would have registered more swing speed than "Smokin" Joe, but they each generated crushing impact.

I thought that an extra stiff shaft would probably be the ticket for this student, so I had him take some swings with his driver head and my stock extra stiff replacement shaft, as well as with my 10.5 driver head with the extra stiff shaft.

The results were astounding.

On the very first swing, he made his best swing of the day, and hit a perfectly straight ball that carried 266 yards.

That was an improvement of over 30 yards of carry due to a stiffer shaft flex (and the tighter torque that goes along with a change to a stiffer shaft).

I sent him a follow up email with shaft recommendations, but I'll bet he had one ordered before he even got my email, he was very happy.

And the heck of it is that he actually can gain a few more yards of carry in that swing if he can manage to swing up just a little more at impact, so that he's hitting the ball on an ascending arc rather than at the bottom of his swing arc. If he drops his right shoulder just a little at setup, it should help him swing up at the ball.

The moral of the story for maximum results from your driver swing is: first of all, have good technique, and second have the right shaft and driver head combination for your swing. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Driver Fitting information is here: Driver Fitting Details


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. Easter Brunch at the Batavia Country Club - please call for reservations, I made mine last Monday! More info and prices at   (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