Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 365 - Wed. September 2nd, 2015
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Tom's Featured Tip: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (I)
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (II)
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: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (I)

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

Before I tell this story, I need to mention that I never gratuitously offer advice to anyone that I play with. If asked, I'll sometimes offer a snippet of advice, but that's about it.

I say never - but actually I have given advice to my good friends that were struggling so much that I couldn't stand it any more, and it's always been well received.

Last weekend I went on annual golf trip to the Conley Resort in Butler, Pa. It was a lot of fun and the weather couldn't have been better.

Thursday was an informal round, Friday and Saturday we played a four team stroke play round with Callaway scoring for the morning round, and we played a scramble each afternoon. Sunday morning we played an optional informal round of golf, then we headed home.

The size of the group varies from year to year and one of the things I like about it is that you get to play with different players for each game.

This year in the first stroke play round on Friday I had the pleasure of playing with a 30 year old player, who was a great guy but was hitting a 40 yard slice with every tee shot.

He doesn't play much golf, but he had a great attitude.

One of the guys in the group mentioned to him that I was a golf instructor, and the kid asked me if I could offer any advice to help him straighten out his drives.

I had noticed right away that his swing plane was tool vertical and he was coming through the ball with an open clubface and a very upright follow through.

So I told him that his swing plane was too vertical, and that it needed to be flatter.

Those words generated a puzzled look on his face, so I said try to make your swing less like a ferris wheel and more like a merry go round, and his face lit up with acknowledgement.

It was a Eureka moment.

He took a couple practice swings and remarked that he even felt his hands come through the ball into his follow through like he had never felt before.

The very next drive he hit was a pull, but it had a very straight, hard flight and he was smiling even though he had hit it left.

It felt solid.

The next drive he hit, however, was a perfectly straight monster right down the middle of the fairway, the best drive (he said) that he had ever hit. Over the course of the weekend he expressed so much gratitude to me for the advice that it was almost embarrassing.

What he didn't realize is that a teacher is just as gratified, if not more so, than the student when the student executes the teacher's advice with success.

The lesson here is that if you are hitting big pushes, fades, or slices, try a little more merry go round and a little less ferris wheel in your swing. It may work wonders.


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: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (II)

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

About a week and a half ago, I ordered a new driver through Chris Pompa, owner of the Batavia Country Club.

My new Ping G30 driver, 9 degree stiff shaft, arrived the day before my golf trip last weekend.

I had no chance to try it out, but I decided to leave my old driver home and play the new driver for the whole golf trip anyway.

Normally I would have found some way to get at least fifty swings in before I put it in my bag, but at the present time I'm having some issues with my back - so I decided to save my swings for my trip and accept the results.

During my Thursday and Friday morning stroke play rounds, the ball was jumping off the face of the driver very well, but the ball trajectory was a bit low.

So I adjusted the loft to 10 degrees, and the results were amazing.

It gave me the medium trajectory flight that I desire to get the YAC (Yards After Carry) that I want out of my drives. The distance was as good as, if not better, than my old driver, and my shot dispersion and curvature was overall pretty consistent (except for a couple of massive overswings in the scramble - yes I'm guilty of that once in awhile during a scramble just like you are :-) ).

I really feel like I know where the ball is headed with this driver, and that's just about the best feeling you can have in golf.

The lesson here is that if you have an adjustable driver, tweak the adjustments a little and see what difference it makes.

Take it to the range and get 40 or 50 swings in with the adjustment.

If you liked your range results, play two meaningful rounds with the tweak before you pass final judgement. Swings that mean something when you play a round are usually a little different that the swings you make at the range, because there are consequences when you play.

Don't be afraid to experiment a little, with the goal of making some aspect of your game better.


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


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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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Batavia Country Club   Great rates, the best greens in WNY, Golf Digest Four Star rating for public courses to play in New York State. Tee times online or by phone in season. Six week Fall League starting September 14th. Call Pro Shop for details.  (585) 343-7600

Tour Greens Western New York  Practice with purpose in your own back yard on your own synthetic practice green. Our greens LOVE Western New York weather!

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.

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