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Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 469 - Wed. Aug. 30th, 2017
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Tom's Featured Tip: Precision Putting
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Selecting The Correct Driver
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Tour Greens Western New York 
Chestnut Hill Country Club 



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Tom's Featured Tip:
Precision Putting

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

Follow these four steps to add precision to your putting and you'll see fast improvement.
  1. Select your aimline line, either from behind the ball if it's an uphill or flat putt, or from behind the hole if it's a downhill putt.

  2. While standing behind the ball, see the ball rolling to and falling into the hole while making three practice strokes to feel the length and rhythm of your shoulder powered stroke KEEPING YOUR HEAD PERFECTLY STILL.

  3. Set up next to the ball, but 8 inches off to the side, and see the ball rolling to and falling into the hole while making more practice strokes to again feel the length and rhythm of your shoulder powered stroke. Make as many or as few practice strokes as it takes to feel the exact length stroke that you want to put on the ball WHILE KEEPING YOUR HEAD PERFECTLY STILL.

  4. As soon as you feel the stroke you want to use, set up to the ball, stare at the target for a second or two, glance briefly at the ball, then repeat the last stroke that you felt was the right length KEEPING YOUR HEAD PERFECTLY STILL THROUGH IMPACT.
Once this routine becomes second nature, it will be quick and simple to execute, and your putting will be better and more consistent than ever.

Try it, you'll like it.

Comments: ttucker@rochester.rr.com

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

Tom






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Comments: ttucker@rochester.rr.com

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

Tom






Tom's Bonus Tip: Selecting The Correct Driver

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


I got an email with these four criteria for selecting a correct driver, but they left out one very important consideration:
  1. Loft: Many golfers feel that a lower lofted driver will help them get more distance, and that high lofted drivers are only for women or seniors. Both of these statements are myths that will prevent you from finding the perfect driver for you. If you are like most players a driver with 10.5 degrees of loft or more will likely give you the most distance off the tee. No problem here, it's good advice.

  2. Trajectory: Most drivers have some sort of a trajectory rating which is completely different than loft. Trajectory rating typically takes into account the shaft kick point, center of gravity, and spin rate that the driver is designed to produce. Most amateur players will benefit from the driver that gives them the highest trajectory without producing a "ballooning" effect. The problem here is that "ballooning" is not related to the trajectory rating. Any trajectory rating can produce a "ballooning" effect or not depending on the swing path angle of descent or ascent at impact. "Ballooning' is a swing issue, not an equipment issue.

  3. Forgiveness: Most modern drivers are designed to be very forgiving, but be careful. Because of their long length and low loft drivers are the least forgiving club in the bag and if you choose a driver thatís engineered for players that have a lower handicap than yours youíll likely be doing yourself a disservice. High MOI (Moment of Inertia) is what club makers use to add the forgiveness to the club. MOI is the resistance of an object to twist around its axis. You will find that the most forgiving drivers all have a high MOI. If you buy a driver with high MOI, regardless of if it's designed for a high or low handicapper, it will still be very forgiving.

  4. Shaft Length: To give you extra distance many modern driver manufacturers have extended the length of their drivers to 45.5" or even 46". This can definitely help them hit the ball further, but it comes at a cost. These long drivers can be extremely difficult to control and cause you to spray your tee shots all over the course. The average PGA TOUR player has a driver that is only 44.5 long and many amateur players would benefit from a driver of this length. This is basically true, but most amateurs need more distance and don't play courses designed as tight as the courses the pro's play. If distance is worth the trade off, stay with the longer driver and learn to hit it as well as you can.
What did they leave out?

Shaft Flex, which may be one of the most important considerations. Incorrect flex can cause less than optimal trajectory as well as inefficient or inconsistent curvature. I wish that I could tell you that all correct shaft flex depends on is your swing speed or something simple like that, but how you swing and how you lag and load the shaft are also important considerations. And here's the big consideration: all shaft ratings are not the same. One manufacturers stiff flex shaft may perform more like another manufacturers regular flex shaft, and another's stiff may perform like an extra stiff.

The solution is to find a driver head that fits your eye and your swing, then to swing it with different flex shafts. Then when you find the one that feels good and performs well, buy it.

Try it, you'll like it.

Comments: ttucker@rochester.rr.com

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

Tom







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 ttucker@rochester.rr.com
for more information.

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Sponsors

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 plumcreek4@rochester.rr.com to reserve time for simulator play or practice!

Batavia Country Club   (585) 343-7600   www.bataviacc.com
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THE WESTERN NEW YORK LEADER IN GOLF OUTINGS!
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
Email: ttucker@rochester.rr.com
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