Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 468 - Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017
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Tom's Featured Tip: Staying Grounded
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Tom's Bonus Tip: Ollie Schniederjans Putting Style
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Staying Grounded

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

Todays featured tip is short but sweet.

I'm at the stage of my life and golf game that I've settled on how I personally want to swing the club, and I strive to repeat that as well as I can. When I conduct lessons I'm not always teaching my swing to students, I normally just try to help them with fundamentals for how they are best suited to swing the golf club given their level of talent and physical characteristics.

As a result of that, every few weeks my own swing morphs into a hybrid of what I want to do, and I need to refresh my brain and body for how I want to swing the club. My solution is to binge watch videos of my preferred swing method, which I did for eight hours last Wednesday and Thursday, to reinforce my own swing concept. I find that these "mental reps" are an invaluable component to nailing my own swing. I absolutely recommend studying a good swing video of how you want to swing the club to anyone whose swing thoughts are wandering.

So, although I'm not likely to change anything in my swing concept for myself, I'm constantly researching the mental side of the game for fresh concepts. I believe that I came across such a concept recently and I wanted to share it.

It came from Dr. Joe Parent's book - Mastering The Mental Game - which is an excellent read:

"It may come as a surprise but your state of mind affects your center of gravity. When you're very uptight, thinking a lot, full of chatter in your mind as you enter into a shot, it will be as if your center of gravity is up near your head. But when you feel grounded, down-to-earth, centered in your body, you are much less likely to sway and lunge."

Sometimes when I read mental tips, they seem like a bit of smoke and mirrors, but I experimented with this by consciously calming my thoughts during my last couple of rounds, and I think there's something to it.

So my thoughts are try it, you might like it, and there's nothing to lose.


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: Ollie Schniederjans Putting Style

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

This past weekend Henrik Stenson set a scoring record while winning the Wyndham Championship without using a driver, his 3 wood averaged 295 yards.

That's obviously remarkable, but this tip is about how the 2nd place finisher, Ollie Schniederjans, was stroking his short putts. He was stroking them with his right hand off the putter.

Here's a video showing his stroke: odd putting grip for Schniederjans

I'm sure he's doing it because he felt that his right hand was somehow interfering with his putterface alignment or that it was causing a flip at impact. My thought is that it took nerves of steel to take that style to a tournament and use it in competition.

Of course I had to try it, and the ball really seemed to jump off the putterface - but I'm stopping short of a full endorsement of that method. However, if you tend to flip the clubhead with your putter stroke, I would recommend practicing that way and seeing if it helps reduce the flip when you putt two handed.

Try it, you might like 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"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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