Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 374 - Wed. November 4th, 2015
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Tom's Featured Tip: Playing Into The Wind
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: 2016 Rules of Golf Changes
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Playing Into The Wind

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

Last Sunday morning, I teed it up at around 7:30 am with a few buddies and it was so windy the ball was actually wavering on the tee on several holes.

Scoring was tough, but the change from relatively normal conditions - although challenging - actually made it more fun as far as I was concerned.

One thing to keep in mind when playing in the wind is that a tailwind won't help as much as a headwind will hurt. A 10 mph tailwind will add about 10 yards to a 250-yard drive, but a 10 mph headwind will reduce the distance by about 14 yards.

Here are my Top Three Tips For Playing Into the Wind:
  1. Try to put less spin on the ball. Personally I switched out my cold weather "R" flex shaft on my driver to a stiffer "S" flex shaft to reduce sidespin. Most players tend to draw the ball more with a weaker flex shaft. You should also heed that age old saying "when it's breezy, swing easy", that puts less spin on the ball, and you might even consider playing a harder ball if you play a soft ball normally. The harder ball will hold it's line better into the wind on less than perfect strikes.

  2. Take more club. Take at least one more club and flight the ball low by placing a bit more weight on your forward side and placing the ball about a half inch further back in your stance than normal for that club. Then swing within yourself.

  3. Play To The Middle Of The Green, don't pin hunt, and let the wind help your flight - don't fight it unless you absolutely have to and have the skill to pull it off.

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: 2016 Rules of Golf Changes

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

On Monday October 26th, the R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf that takes effect on January 1, 2016.

Here is a summary of the four most significant changes from the official press release.

Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address - Rule 18-2b

This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.
Comment: This removes one of the most common retroactive penalties applied following armchair viewers phoning in to report a suspected rules violation. The removal of the Rule means that there no longer will be any presumption that a player has moved their ball after grounding their club in preparation for a stroke. The same overall test in Rule 18-2 will apply to all actions by the player, whether they have addressed their ball, or not; they only incur the one stroke penalty if the facts show that any of their actions caused their ball to move. If they have incurred the penalty the ball must be replaced.

Limited Exception to Disqualification Penalty for Submission of Incorrect Score Card

A new exception has been introduced to Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) to provide that a player is not disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the score card. Instead, the player incurs the penalty under the Rule that was breached and must then add an additional penalty of two strokes for the score card error. In all other cases in which a player returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, the penalty will continue to be disqualification.
Comment: So, for example, a player signs their score card with a score of 4 on a hole. Subsequently, they are advised that they forgot to replace their ball on the putting green on that hole, having moved it one putter-head to the side on the request of a fellow competitor. Under the current Rule the player is disqualified for this breach, but the revised Rule means that their score for the hole will be 4, plus two strokes penalty for the breach and a further two strokes for the score card error, making 8 for the hole. Note that this exception does not apply to arithmetic mistakes on the score card.

Modification of Penalty for a Single Impermissible Use of Artificial Devices or Equipment

The penalty for a player's first breach of Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment) during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach of Rule 14-3 will continue to be disqualification.
Comment: There are two changes to this Rule.The first is purely a reduction in the penalty for using a device or equipment that is not permitted. For example, if a player uses a swing aid while waiting on a teeing ground they incur a penalty of two strokes, instead of being disqualified. However, if they are silly enough to do the same thing later in the round the disqualification penalty does apply. The second change confirms that a multi-functional device, such as smart phone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device (if a Local Rule permits), but must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions, where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3. This removes the restriction on using a smart device for distance measuring because it is capable of other functions that are not permitted, even if they are not used during the round. The player will only be penalized if they access or use such information.

Prohibition on Anchoring the Club While Making a Stroke

As announced back in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring a club either "directly" or by use of an "anchor point" in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.
Comment: The most important point to understand about this new Rule is that it is not an equipment Rule; players may continue to use long-handled putters. The ban is to prohibit players from using an anchoring technique to make their stroke either "directly" or by use of an "anchor point". Here is link to an excellent graphic which provides a simple visual to understand the new Rule 14-1b : Rule 14-1b Graphic

Knowledge is power - play by the rules and know the rules.


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


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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

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