Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 354 - Wed. June 17th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Practice Thoughts
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Tom's Bonus Tip: The Bump
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
- Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
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Tom's Featured Tip: Practice Thoughts

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

Recently I've had what I'm going to call "remedial" lessons with a couple of good players, and some with not so good players.

I call them "remedial" because at one time all of these players had fundamentally sound swings, but technique errors had crept into their swings, producing problems.

After a recent successful lesson with a good player, he said to me that he thought that even good players have some negative tendencies creep into their swing, and that he feels that he needs to catch a lesson or two at well spaced intervals just to keep his fundamentals sound.

He's absolutely correct, and here's why.

If you don't practice or play enough, tiny errors start to creep into your swing. They don't produce any outrageous problems at first - usually there's a loss of distance and weak misses to the right. Then the player tries to make adjustments, most often by bring the wrong type of hand action into play, then everything gets drastically worse.

The solution is to review your fundamentals regularly to make sure everything fits your concept of your swing.

I know that for my better students, we keep advancing their swings by hyper-focusing on fundamental details. Excellence occurs in golf when a player masters the fundamentals. That takes a lot of time and practice, and good players plan the work and work the plan.

No magic there, just good sound practice habits and specific knowledge of what you want to do.

If your swing is self taught, review the books or DVD's that provided the basis for your knowledge on a regular basis. For me, there's almost nothing more enjoyable than going through my instructional DVD collection. I learn something new every time I do that.

Or maybe I just re-learned something that I forgot, it's tough getting old :-)

If you learned from a teacher, schedule an appointment for a fundamentals review lesson once or twice a year.

Jack Nicklaus, arguably the best golfer of all time (my vote still goes to Tiger), did that with his teacher Jack Grout every spring. If it was good enough for him it should be good enough for us mere mortals.

I've also changed some of my practice recommendations to my students this year.

In years past I would recommend that a student do a certain number of repetitions of a drill we did at a lesson.

Now I recommend 15 to 45 minutes of very concentrated practice, with about 75% of their swings or movements being done in very slow motion. For short motion drills like the Inverted Praying Hands Drill, as little as 5 minutes of focused practice will produce significant benefits.

I made these changes because I felt that some students were rushing through their reps with a low level of concentration in a well meaning attempt to do what I asked them to do.

Rushing through reps, however, is a total waste of time.

Fully concentrated practice for shorter periods of time is time wisely spent for building skill. Just keep in mind that when you practice that way in slow motion, you must make sure that everything is done with perfect technique and precision.

Follow these recommendations and you will build skill for your swing. And by the way, if you are looking for a golf teacher I have a few openings in my lesson book, give me a call or contact me via email.


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


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


Tom's Bonus Tip: The Bump

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

This is another tip that falls into the short but sweet category.

In the swing that I teach, the student is required to bump their hips laterally to initiate their downswing transition.

Other things happen then also, but I want to focus on the most common error I see when the student bumps their hips forward in the general direction of the target.

Until they have it pointed out to them, most students bump their hips laterally and open them slightly (or a lot) at the same time.

This can be a death move because it usually starts casting the shoulders - and thus the club - outward.

The correct line for the hips to bump on is in the direction that the hips are pointing at the end of the backswing.

For most right handed players, this will be right of their aimline.

This promotes the proper inside attack angle for the downswing.

Practice the correct bump direction before you start your natural downswing rotation, and your swing speed and ball flight consistency will improve.


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
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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