Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 406 - Wed. June 15th, 2016
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Up With Your Driver
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Tom's Bonus Tip: Goals and Putter Quandry
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Up With Your Driver

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

I teach most of my students to hit the driver on an ascending arc, in other words somewhere in the up and left portion of their swing arc. I may or may not also have them set up a little closed, and with some "radial axis spine tilt". That's a golf term for tilting the upper body a little away from the target at address to facilitate an upward swing at the ball. The key is to get the tilt away from the target by sliding your hips forward an inch or so, not just leaning back and away. The latter puts too much weight on the rear leg at address.

I consider striking the ball at about a 4 degree upward angle to be optimal for most players.

That setup works well most of the time, but every now and them I have a student that has a bit of an issue with this spine position, and they start to "drop kick" some drives.

"Drop kick" means that they are hitting the ground way behind the ball before they hit the ball, because they are slow to transfer their lower torso weight forward at impact. That's usually accompanied by a reluctant pivot instead of a deliberate pivot.

Their swing then becomes all arms.

Through discovery (there's that word again, golf is a game of discovery) I have found that these students can execute an upward swing arc easier by simply tilting their head only slightly away from the target, then turning their chin a little to the left. instead of setting up with radial spine axis tilt.

If you feel that the trajectory of your drive is too low, or if you simply want to have a higher trajectory drive in your swing arsenal for when you need it, try this:
  1. Move the ball well forward in your stance, off the big toe of your front foot.

  2. Tee the ball up relatively high. Don't worry, you won't swing under it as long as you catch it on the upward part of your swing arc.

  3. Close your stance one inch ( or not - experiment with this part of the setup). If you swing from "inside to inside", like I teach it, you'll need a closed stance because your strike will be in the up and left portion of your swing arc. If you are an "inside to outside" swinger, then you may be able to keep your stance alignment square.

  4. In your setup, don't place the driver directly behind the ball. Instead, move the driver head back about four inches from the ball to define that spot in your brain as where the bottom of your swing arc will be located.

  5. Tilt your head slightly away from the target. and turn your chin slightly to the left

  6. Feel like you are swinging up at the ball when you hit it.
A great way to practice this swing without a ball is simply to set up to a tee as described above, and when you swing observe that you are swinging upward and over the tee, not striking it.

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: Trying and Liking

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

At the end of most of my tips I say "try it, you'll like it"

I wanted to share this comment from one reader who took that advice to heart.

"Hi Tom, I had been having trouble hitting my driver on the sweet spot and seemed to be hitting on the heel and pulling every drive to the left. Your newsletter (Issue 405) drops into my inbox and low and behold, your tip is all about necking the driver.

I went to the range tonight and applied your tip of hovering the club at the sweet spot and then lowering to the ground for the actual swing. As you stated the club looked like the ball was lined up toward the toe.

I proceeded to hit one drive after another on the sweet spot and straight down my target line. I also gained about 20-30 yards more than I had been hitting!

As always, I find your newsletter and tips to be most helpful to improving my game! Can't wait to play on Wednesday!

Karen K."

Thanks to Karen K. for the feedback, and try it, you'll like it :-)


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


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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