Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 415 - Wed. August 17th, 2016
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Tom's Featured Tip: Putting Tip - Tension
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Tom's Bonus Tip: Great Olympics Story
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Tom's Featured Tip: Putting Tip - Tension

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

We all know - or should know - that tension can wreak havoc with a full swing.

It can shorten the length of your swing, slow it down considerably, and prevent you from generating your full power potential by not allowing everything to unfold properly at impact.

It can also cause you to leave the face open and block shots to the right.

But what about the causes and effects of tension on putting?

Putting tension is almost always caused by gripping the putter too tightly.

This can be caused by stress caused by a tight match, a money match, tournament play, or with a five foot putt that you are expected to make but are cringing over as you address the putt.

A putt that is struck with hands that are too tense usually results in a putt that falls short and to the right of the target.

This is because the putter doesn't swing forward with it's normal velocity and the face is slightly open. The right miss will be more prominent with "arc stroke" putters than it will be with "straight back - straight through stroke" putters, but they both will be short of the mark.

One way to combat this is simply with awareness. My experience has shown that it's easier to notice grip tension with a softer SuperStroke type of grip than it is with a harder putter grip. Shaking your hands can remove tension if you notice that you are gripping too tightly.

Another way to combat tension is with technique.

Just before you execute your stroke, gently and carefully lift the putter up and down a few times and tap the ground very gently behind the ball, then execute your stroke. Don't press the putter head into the ground when you tap the ground, just tap very gently to free up the tension in your fingers and your hands. Make sure that it doesn't cause the ball to move, that's a penalty.

You only have to lift it about a quarter inch or less, and do it very carefully so that you don't move the ball.

Your tension will disappear and free up your stroke.

Ryan Moore was doing this last Sunday as he won the John Deere Classic, so the proof is in the pudding so to speak.

If you are consistently leaving makeable putts short, or consistently coming up very short on long lag putts, try this 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: Great Olympics Story

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

I read this story and it choked me up, because this is what the Olympics are all about - pride in your country and your fellow Olympians. I'm sure the players that passed on the Olympics will take note.

Between this story and the great competition, I'm thinking that the next Olympics will have our guys - and other pro's from other countries - fighting hard for a spot.

Here's the story.

Rickie Fowler has made the most of his Olympic experience, staying in the athletes village for this year’s Games and making the rounds to numerous other events.

On Tuesday, Fowler attended the swimming competition and spent time with Michael Phelps in the practice pool where he experienced a once-in-a-lifetime honor.

The American swimmers have a tradition when a U.S. swimmer leaves the practice area for a race. The remaining team members ring a bell, then chant, "USA, USA."

When Fowler and Bubba Watson were leaving the practice pool on Tuesday they were surprised when someone rang the bell.

"They started ringing it and chanting it," Fowler said. "At first I didn't know, Bubba came down with me, so I wasn't sure that it was for us walking out. I turned around, they are all looking at us, chanting 'USA.'"

Even two days later, Fowler was still surprised by the gesture and the emotions the moment created.

"Words can't really put it into perspective," Fowler said.

WOW this story give me goosebumps every time I read it.


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"
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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