Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 437 - Wed. January 18th, 2017
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Speed And Your Dominant Hand
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Tom's Bonus Tip: Dan Grastorf
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Tom's Featured Tip: Swing Speed And Your Dominant Hand

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

Many players lose a lot of clubhead speed because of tension in the right hand or overuse of the right hand at impact.

Most players are right handed, and an overactive right hand is a major cause of poor contact as well as loss of swing speed.

For my better students, to a man (and woman) I always work on keeping the dominant hand in it's correct role, which usually means less of it during the swing.

The modern swing is a left side dominated swing, not a right side dominated swing. Most of it's power is derived from centrifugal speed developed by swinging long levers through the swing. Your arms are levers, and in a sense so is the pivot point of your club.

When your right hand becomes too active during the swing, it changes the fulcrum of the pivot point on your shaft from near the butt of the grip to just below your right hand. This amounts to effectively shortening the shaft about four inches, which causes a tremendous amount of swing speed loss. Add poor ball compression due to the angle of the clubface at impact and the result is a short, weak, high ball flight.

One of the reasons that the golf grip is tapered the way it is, is so that you can hold on to it with the last three fingers of the left hand when you are swinging fast and using the proper fulcrum point on the shaft - the area near the butt of the grip.

Here's a good drill to practice how your grip should feel and be positioned at impact.
  • Grip the club with the last three fingers of your left hand only, keeping the thumb off the grip.

  • Now take 25 slow, one handed 3/4 length swings, making sure that your left wrist stays flat or bowed at impact, and that your hand actually rolls so that the palm faces up during your follow through (like it's catching rain). It's actually the motion you would replicate if you were trying to hit a big hook.

  • That's the feeling you should have when you have both hands on the club, but the left palm won't turn as much upward.

  • Next, take 25 more slow swings, this time with both hands on the club but let the right hand fall off at impact. This is a drill you may have seen Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, and VJ Singh do on occasion. It promotes the feeling of non dominance for the right hand.

    I actually saw VJ hit a driver like this during a tournament at full speed, and it produced a good result. The announcers thought it was a mistake but I don't think it was. I think he was trying to get back the feeling of non dominance of his right hand because I saw him hitting full speed driver swings like that on the range.

Practice this particular drill as often as you can and you'll pick up speed simply due to the fact that you are using the full length of the club for leverage.

And consciously TRY to keep your right hand grip soft and non-dominant through impact.

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: Dan Grastorf

Last week I broadcasted a Special Edition newsletter to help out the family of Dan Gastorf.

I wanted to thank everyone who gave to help Dan's wife and family out, they were overwhelmed by the golfing community's generosity.

In case you missed the article, here it is, any size donation would be appreciated:

Batavia Country Club lost a friend Wednesday when Dan Grastorf, age 46, passed away suddenly.

Dan left behind a wife and two young children ages 6 months and two years.

Unfortunately, Dan was unable to get life insurance due to a heart condition which eventually caused his sudden departure from this life.

Friends have established a fund raiser at to help Danny's wife, Nicole, and their children during this very difficult time.

Here's the exact address where you can go to make a donation:

I just went through the donation process, and it's very easy. Dan's family would appreciate anything you can afford to donate.



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
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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