Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 358 - Wed. July 15th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Putting - Eyes and Drill
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Heat
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
- Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Tour Greens Western New York 
Genesee Community College Golf Management Program 

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Tom's Featured Tip: Putting - Eyes and Drill

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


The eyes in putting obviously have a great impact on your putting success. In my mind the two most important aspects of your eyes (other then picking an aimline which will be covered in the following drill) are position at address and position after impact.

At address, your eyes should be either directly over the center of the top of the ball if you favor a straight back - straight through stroke, or slightly inside (towards your feet) of the center of the top of the ball, if you favor an arcing stroke. These two eye positions enhance those particular strokes.

The position of your eyes should never be positioned outwardly beyond the center of the top of the ball.

After impact, your eyes should be looking at the spot on the ground where the ball was when you struck it, and you should hold your eyes on that spot for a two count before you swivel your head to watch the ball.

Accuracy and Visualization Drill

Pros put better than the average golfer because their pre stroke visualization is better than the average golfer.

You have to nurture the ability of your mind to perceive a target and the line that the ball will take to enter that target area.

Here's a great drill to develop target and aimline awareness, you will need your putter, golf balls, and three dimes.
  1. Stand behind your ball and visualize the path your ball has to take to get to the hole. Pick a putt with a small amount of break until you get proficient with the drill.

  2. Place a dime on the front edge of the hole where the ball would enter the hole with a perfect putt, and another dime on a line eight inches past the hole where it would exit the target area (the hole) if it were a flat circle on the ground and the ball continued to roll eight inches past the hole.

  3. Then stroke putts, concentrating on the dime that's in front of the hole.

  4. As you get good at this drill, set up for putts with more break and use a third dime equidistant to and on the high side of the hole to indicate your initial aimline.
This drill will enhance your visualization,speed, and accuracy. Try it, you'll like it.


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: Heat

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

I normally play golf on weekends at 6:15 am, but last week I played a round that started at 9:15 am on a beautiful Sunday, except that for the first time this year I literally felt the heat.

A couple of years ago I experienced the first stages of heat stroke during a lesson and it's no fun.

If you are playing in the heat, be aware that any or all of the following symptoms can escalate to a serious heat problem very quickly:
  • a headache
  • dizziness
  • disorientation
If that's happening to you or another person in your group, find some shade, have the person lie down, administer fluids (not beer), and apply cool water or ice to the skin if it's available.

If the person isn't feeling well quickly, call for medical help, this is nothing to treat lightly.

Prevention is the best treatment, so make sure that you are adequately hydrated before and during your round. You know you are adequately hydrated if you are perspiring and your urine is clear and copious.

There are also various cooling devices available - such as cooling towels - and although I don't have any experience with them personally, I would give them a try if I played in the heat of the day.

I used to treat this lightly until I was on the brink of heat stroke. Please pay attention to symptoms and stay one step ahead of the problem.


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