Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 448 - Wed. April 5th, 2017
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: How To to Calm Down or Ramp Up
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Stop "Trying" To Hit It Far
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Batavia Country Club
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Tom's Featured Tip:
How To to Calm Down or Ramp Up

Don't let the brevity of this tip fool you. It may be one of the most important tips you'll ever read.

I recently read an article on breathing training research that applies directly to golf and almost any other sport or situation where you may find yourself either too hyper, or too lethargic.


Imagine that you just missed a three footer for par, or that you just hit your drive out of bounds. Or - for all of my poker playing friends - that you just got rivered in a big poker hand.

Either of those situations can make you come unglued (go on tilt) pretty easily if you don't do something fast.

Here's how to calm down: do one minute of slow breathing - three seconds in - then seven seconds out. It's a critical skill for when you become "too hyper", or your mind becomes scattered and you can't concentrate, such as when under high stress.

The study demonstrated that learning to breath at about six breaths per minute improves cardio-respiratory synchrony and helps to calm the mind. Breathing should come from the diaphragm (stomach moves out as you inhale) with the shoulders and chest muscles staying down and relaxed. You count in for three seconds as the air is coming in, let go and let the air come out as you count for six or seven seconds. Focus on gentle and effortless exhalation.


There is another extreme that also can occur if your arousal is too low and your mind starts drifting. Such as during long practices or other somewhat monotonous situations that can occur in golf or in life.

Here's how to ramp up: activate.

If you have no asthma, epilepsy or lung disorders, you could breath quickly (puppy pant) for only 10- 15 seconds

Warning:  Stop immediately if you become dizzy.

If the area where this is occurring allows for a physical activation, ten or fifteen quick jumping lacks - jumping up and down and doing short quick arm movements - will help to elevate your heart rate and you can then more easily "lock on" to the task.

If your find yourself in a hyper state of mind, or if you feel stale mentally, try either of these "calm down" or "ramp up" techniques and whatever task is at hand will be better served.


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: Stop "Trying" To Hit It Far

The last time I played in Florida, a few months back, I hadn't played for quite awhile and was a bit nervous.

So I decided to swing within myself instead of trying to crush the ball with every tee shot.

To help me accomplish this type of swing, I approached every tee shot on par 5's and 4's as if it were a layup shot. I picked a target out on the fairway that was well within reach, and it really reduced the impulse to swing tool hard. I was actually hitting the ball my normal distance or maybe even further, and I hit the fairway regularly with one exception.

That was on a reachable par five, where I lost my layup swing frame of mind and hooked the tee shot into the left rough, where I had to lay up and settle for a routine par.

You'll be surprised how many times that relaxed swing will send the ball at least as far as your "normal" swing would.

Try it, you'll like it.


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
me - Tom Tucker - at (716) 474 3005 or email me at
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Plum Creek Driving Range and Simulator  Outdoor range and play indoor golf on any of our 40 Simulator Courses. Call 585-993-0930 or email Mark at to reserve time for simulator play or practice!

Batavia Country Club   (585) 343-7600
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. Come and join us at The Lodge at BCC for Easter Brunch, Sunday April 16th, 10 AM - 3:30 PM Reservations are requested, call (585) 344 - 8367 and reserve your time for a delicious brunch!

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!

Chestnut Hill Country Club   (585)-547-3613
Open for play Monday April 3rd, please call for reservations
Only minutes from Buffalo, open to the public. Tee times online or by phone in season.

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

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan