Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 464 - Wed. July 26th, 2017
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
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Tom's Featured Tip: Hitting Your Long Irons
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Tension
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Hitting Your Long Irons

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

Before I get to this week's tip, I wanted to talk briefly about Jordan Spieth. I think the game is in great shape with an ambassador like Jordan Spieth. Not only did he light it up at the Open by finishing with 5 under par in four of the last five finishing holes, but he also showed a gigantic touch of class by recognizing Matt Kucher for how Matt conducted himself after Spieth's long delay after Spieth hit an awful drive on hole 13.

I'll always be a Tiger fan, but Spieth is the closest player to Tiger that I've seen in quite a while. Not quite as much power, but an equally deft touch with his putter.

Golf is really fun to watch again.

I just conducted two lessons in a row with different players that were having trouble with their long irons, so I thought I'd go over what we did to get things back on track.

One player was a senior, one was young.

For the senior player, I showed him what to do and we went through the drills that I'll explain later, but I suggested to him that although he started hitting his 4 iron well, that he would probably be better served with a 4 hybrid than a 4 iron. It simply would be easier to get the right trajectory with a hybrid than with a long iron with his relatively slow swing speed.

Here are the problems that were identified during some practice swings they each took and after a discussion of their ball flight issues.

To one degree or another, each of them:
  • had their weight distribution wrong at address
  • had their ball positioned incorrectly at address
  • had a steep vertical angle of attack into the ball
  • had a down the line horizontal attack angle into the ball
  • were not squaring up the face at impact
  • and were coming up and out of the shot at impact
The easy fixes were practicing a hand movement to square the face at impact, positioning the ball more forward in the stance to get it just behind the "flat and straight" portion of their swing arc, and being cognizant of staying down and through at impact.

Tiger staying down and through

The other issues required the following drill.

I had the students tee up a ball at driver tee height and practice hitting their 4 iron swings without blowing up the tee. This forced the students to hit the ball with a flatter swing plane. I also positioned a pool noodle next to the outside of the ball, so that they had to attack the ball from the inside or they would hit the pool noodle. This constraint drill produced the proper swing path.

After making good swings for most of their teed up shots, I had them take swings with the ball on the ground, and the results amazed the students. They were hitting their long irons extremely well.

The last component of practice was alternately hitting a 4 iron then a pitching wedge, to make sure that they could flip the switch for weight distribution at address and vertical attack angle between the two clubs.

If you have trouble hitting your long irons, try these solutions and I'm sure you'll improve.


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: Tension

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

Tense muscles will not allow your swing to flow freely and with speed.
  • Keep your wrists oily when you swing your club; a tight, tense grip won't allow the clubface to close naturally at impact
  • Think "swing fast" not "swing hard" during your downswing. Thinking "swing hard" causes tension and diminishes swing speed.
  • Keep your grips clean and fresh. Worn grips cause you to grip the club too tightly, diminishing swing speed and inhibiting the face squaring up properly at impact.
  • To avoid tension in your putting stroke, start your putting stroke within 1.5 seconds after your last glance at the hole.
Try it, you'll love it!


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


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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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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