Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 456 - Wed. May 31st, 2017
To View In Your Browser   Click Here

USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Junior Golf Camp Junior Golf Camp at BCC
Tom's Featured Tip: Driver - Hit Up or Hit Down?
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Payne Stewart Quote
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Tour Greens Western New York 
Chestnut Hill Country Club 

Click here:  INDOOR GOLF LESSONS  for details on how to improve your game over the winter.

Plum Creek Driving Range, Batavia, NY, Open All Year
Simulator Course Play Specials: Call 585-993-0930 or Email Mark to reserve simulator time!

Buy Gift Certificates for Lessons   Sample Gift Certificate

Golf lessons - Outdoor and Indoor - are available at Plum Creek, please call me at 716 474 3005, email me at, or visit my website at   for details.

Subscribe -   If you like this newsletter, please do me a favor and forward it to your friends so that they may subscribe, thanks!

The Unsubscribe link is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Junior Golf Camp
Junior Golf Camp at BCC

This year I'll be conducting several weeks of Junior Golf Camp for boys and girls at the Batavia Country Club. I will be assisted by Roxanne Noeth, who has won the BCC Ladies Club Championship several times.

At the camp, junior golfers will learn the basic skills of golf, as well as golf etiquette and self discipline. There will be daily games and prizes, and all the kids have had a blast at past camps. Availability is limited to 20 kids per week, it's on a first come first served basis.

This years camp will run for five days, Monday through Friday.

Junior Golf Camp hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 11 am. Monday through Thursday will include instruction, play, and contests.
Friday - Tournament starts at 6:45 am sharp and usually takes about an hour and a half

There will be a ten minute break half way through each session, players should bring their own beverages and snacks.

Dates and Age Groupings are as follows:

July 10 - 14 - Ages 7 - 9
July 17 - 21 - Ages 10 - 15
July 24 - 28 - Ages 10 - 15

The cost for an individual junior golfer is $99 for the week. If two siblings attend during the same week, the cost drops to $89 per junior golfer.

Players will need to bring their own equipment.

For more information or to register, please contact the Batavia Country Club (585) 343-7600 ext 10. Payment is required to reserve your spot.

Tom's Featured Tip:
Driver - Hit Up or Hit Down?

When I begin a five lesson package, the first lesson is always Ball Striking. At that lesson, I explain to the student that they should always strike the ball first, and the ground second when they swing any cub except the driver.

This means that with all clubs except their driver, they should be making contact with the ball on the downward part of their swing arc (a downward angle of attack) to catch the ball before they reach the low point of their swing.

If that's done with the correct amount of forward shaft lean and the correct weight distribution, the ball is compressed correctly and a good strike is the result.

With the driver, there are options.

For maximum carry, the optimal angle of attack at impact is a 4 degrees upward strike. This means that the ball is struck on the upward part of the swing arc (an upward angle of attack).

The longest hitters on the LPGA (ladies tour) are hitting their drivers this way. Long drive professionals hit at an even higher upward angle of attack - as much as 8 or 9 degrees upward - with less lofted clubs to get the high flying, long carrying ball flight necessary for their profession. Keep in mind that long drive professionals only need to get one out of six drives in the grid, whereas playing pro's need to keep every drive in play.

The problem with hitting it on the upward part of the swing arc is the potential for loss of control over your spin axis. This means that your curvature is not as reliable as if you were to hit the ball at a dead even angle of attack or on a slightly descending part of your swing arc.

PGA Tour Pro's average a strike with their driver that's about 1 degree downward. They have so much swing speed that they can launch it high enough at that angle to get plenty of distance, and that slightly downward angle of attack allows them to control the spin axis better for more reliable curvature.

I have Jack Nicklaus's book "Golf My Way", and in it he says "I tee the ball fairly high for a normal drive, usually so that the center of the ball is about opposite the top edge of the club face. This helps me to hit the ball high by catching it either exactly at the bottom of the swing arc or very slightly on the upswing. I believe teeing the ball low can easily rob you of distance by making you "hit down" on the ball rather than sweeping through it."

And Ben Hogan, perhaps the greatest ball striker of all time, also hit his driver with a level angle of attack or a slightly upward strike.

Your personal angle of attack needs to be balanced by age, swing speed, and the competitive level that you play at.

If you are a senior golfer swinging 75 mph and 2 degrees downward at impact with your driver, and you're getting frustrated with golf because you're not hitting it very far, then your attack angle should probably be changed to more upward. I would try to get you swinging 4 degrees upward at impact.

If you are a younger golfer playing high school or college golf who is 6 degrees up at impact at 115 mph club speed and hitting it all over the place, then a change towards a more level angle of attack would be a good idea.

Hitting down produces less curve than hitting up, hitting up produces longer carry.

If you have a fast swing speed, you may benefit by hitting level or slightly downward on your driver to gain control. If you are a mere mortal, have a slower swing speed, and want to hit the ball further, there are only two ways to do it: you have to either swing faster or hit more upward at the strike.

Try swinging up with your driver, you'll probably like it.


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


Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens For Superb Short Game Practice

Click on the image below for a video demonstration of how well golf shots hold on our Tour Greens  synthetic putting greens.

Wouldn't you love one of these in your own back yard?

If you would like a free, no obligation quote for getting a beautiful practice area or putting green installed on your property - indoors or outdoors - give me (Tom Tucker) a call at (716) 474-3005, or email at at

For more information please click here:


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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Payne Stewart Quote

"A Bad Attitude Is Worse Than A Bad Swing"
Payne Stewart

If that quote describes you, make a change.


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


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
there's a link for Plum Creek info here:

Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
me - Tom Tucker - at (716) 474 3005 or email me at
for more information.

Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates:

Indoor Lessons Details and Rates:

Driver Fitting Rates:



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.

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
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