Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 387 - Wed. February 3rd, 2016
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In This Issue

Tom's Featured Tip: Part 1 - Ball Choice and Putterface Inserts
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Harnessing Anxiety
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Batavia Country Club
Tour Greens Western New York 
Genesee Community College Golf Management Program 

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Tom's Featured Tip: Part 1 - Ball Choice and Putterface Inserts

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

In part 1 of this article, I'll address the issue of ball choice in general. In part 2, I'll connect ball choice and putterface inserts.

An often overlooked component of consistent putting is consideration of a putterface insert that is compatible with your ball choice.

Last year I went out to squeeze in nine holes in the afternoon at the Batavia Country Club, and I was hooked up with a twosome. As luck would have it, they were both readers of this newsletter, so we had a pleasant discussion of golf technique as we played.

They were both above average players, and one player in particular had a pristine putting stroke. I watched him putt very well for the first four holes. On hole five, he pushed his tee shot out of bounds to the right then put another ball in play. On the hole five green he three putted from about 25 ft, and on the sixth he three putted from a shorter distance. All of his first putts went too long, and he missed the comeback putts.

His stroke looked pretty good on both holes, so I asked him if he was nervous because he had hit a ball out of bounds. He said that it didn't bother him. Then I asked him what kind of ball he was playing - I had noticed that he had been playing a soft ball - a ProV1 - on the earlier holes. He said he had put a Pinnacle in play after he hit the ProV1 out of bounds because that was what he grabbed out of his bag. Specifically it was a Pinnacle distance ball, which is a pretty hard ball. There's nothing wrong with that per se, it just reacted drastically different from the ProV1 coming off his putterface.

I suggested that he dig a ProV1 out of his bag if he had one to finish the round. He did so and putted very well for the last three holes we played together.

Personally I used to be in love with the Titleist Professional Tour 90 golf ball, which was discontinued many years ago. At the time I was playing in some local mini tour events. I had that ball calibrated to tight distance control with my scoring clubs, and it rolled great coming off my putter.

When I found out that they were discontinuing the ball, I bought ten boxes - not sleeves, boxes - so that I would have ample time to compare for a perfect replacement ball, which for me turned out to be the ProV1.

I tell all of my students to find a ball that performs well for their iron approach game, and that feels how they want it to feel when it comes off their putterface. That doesn't necessarily need to be a premium, expensive ball.

Simply test a few different types of balls, settle on what you like, then buy a lot of them. Then you will always playing a ball with the exact same landing and rolling characteristics, which is crucial for chipping and putting excellence.

Don't play whatever you grab out of your bag if you've been stuffing found balls in with your regular balls. When you are playing a round that matters, use a ball that you are used to. It can make a HUGE difference in your scoring.

Next issue - Putterface Inserts and how they can affect your putting game.


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: Harnessing Anxiety

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

I'll be including more golf psychology tips in future newsletters. One of my goals for 2016 was to become a better teacher of the mental side of the game, so I'm taking a course to become certified as an expert in the field through the IPGA, The International Golf Psychology Association. A lot of what you'll be reading on the subject in this newsletter will be a combination of my education through that organization and my personal experience. I hope you find it to be helpful in your quest to be as good as you can be at your game, Tom.

There is an old adage in sport psychology: "Itís okay to have butterflies. Just make sure you get them to fly in formation". Being anxious is not necessarily bad. Actually, anxiety has the potential of increasing our capability to accomplish extraordinary feats. When we are anxious, our body surges with hormones that promote the accuracy of our eyesight, increase the acuteness of our hearing, and can even enhance the precision of our touch and feel.

Of course, anxiety can also give you the yips if you allow it to.

Anxiety can work to your benefit and make you play super golf, if you interpret this emotion as a positive force. Most successful golf professionals know that anxiety is an important part of competitive golf and it can motivate a golfer to demonstrate excellence on the course. Let this energy source - anxiety - help you sharpen your senses and make you play at a much greater level than when the event was unimportant and the nerves were non-existent.

Unfortunately, most amateur golfers view anxiety as a negative emotion. They feel like their nervous feelings are leading to an impending disaster. They let their nerves get the best of them and their game sinks under the pressure.

Think of anxiety as fire in your house. If your anxiety is controlled and seen as a positive, it can heat your house. However, when your anxiety is uncontrolled and seen as a negative, it can burn your house down.

Personally I think it can boil down to "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right."

That simply means think and believe that you can actually use your anxiety to your advantage and it will happen. Harness the powers of anxiety, and let it help you enhance your performance.


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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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. Early deep discount membership deadline has expired, but great discounts are still available until April 1st. The earlier you pay the larger the discount. Check website for specific rates then call or stop in to purchase your 2016 membership.  (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