Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 486 - Wed. December 27th, 2017

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: 2018 - Formula For Improvement
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Batavia Country Club
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Tom's Featured Tip: 2018 - Formula For Improvement

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

The new year will be here soon, and many of you will make New Year resolutions. Add these to the list to help your game take a step forward.

2018 - Formula For Improvement
  1. Track Your Stats

    It's hard to hit a target if you don't have one, so define what you need to improve on by tracking your stats. Make notes on your scorecard, then keep a file for reference. When I was more competitive, I would keep mine on an Excel spreadsheet. Sure, it's work, but what in life that is worthwhile is accomplished without work?

    Here's what you should track:
    • Fairways hit (F)
    • Greens hit in regulaton (GIR)
    • Three putts (3P)
    • Par 5 Birdies (P5B)
    • Up and Down saves (U&D)
    • Here are what your headings should be on your spreadsheet (numbers in parenthesis are goals):
      Date    Course    Score    Fair (80%)    GIR 12 (65%)    Putts (29)   3 Putts (1)    U&D (60%)    Par (12)   Birdies (Par 5)    Notes

      After you've made 30 or 40 entries, you'll see trends that will give you all the information you need to know to figure out where you need to improve. It will be very enlightening.

  2. Keep Notes

    Ben Hogan kept a notebook, so should you. After I finish a lesson, I email notes and drills to my students. I expect the student to keep them on file in their computer or phone, and to use them as a template for improvement. Regardless of whether you take lessons or not, keep notes on your efforts to improve and use them as a guide for improvement. A small written notebook will suffice, so just do it.

  3. Use Good Self Talk - Ask Yourself Good Questions

    If you miss a putt and mumble to yourself "Why Do I stink at putting", you haven't helped yourself much. On the other hand, if you say "Why did I miss that putt to the left (right, short etc.)" you are putting your mind on track to solve the problem.

    Stay positive. Make your self talk productive, not destructive.

  4. Set up a Plan of Action For Improvement

    Analyze all of your information and decide to improve your game AND knowledge through books, DVD's, online information, or formal instruction. Then make a practice schedule and stick to it. Don't make it overwhelming, keep it short and simple and there's a good chance that you'll actually stick to it.
Try it, I guarantee that you'll like it.


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


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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
for more information.

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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.

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Chestnut Hill Country Club   (585)-547-3613
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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