Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 488 - Wed. January 10th, 2018

USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Play The Course From Your Correct Yardage
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Tom's Featured Tip: Play The Course From Your Correct Yardage

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

I hope everyone will have a great year in 2018.

I'm going to do my part by giving everyone the gift of a very enjoyable New Years resolution - that of hitting from the tees that are correct for you to help you enjoy the game much more. I find that most golfers (most men anyway) stick to the course yardage that's too long for them for too long of a period of time, and I guarantee that the game will be more fun playing from the correct yardage.

Here's a fact: MOST players don't take enough club with their approach shots.

They remember the day they "use to" hit a club a certain distance but have not come to grips with the fact they no longer can carry their 7 iron 150 yards (or more).

Now, that same 7 iron carries 130-135. But, they keep hitting it from 150 yards and coming up short.

The truth is that most of us are not as flexible or strong as we use to be. We can't generate the swing speed we once could, yet we keep hitting the same club for the distance that it used to fly.

The first thing that needs to be done is to nail down your iron swing distances.

Go to a range or a simulator and nail down the carry distance that your stock swing produces for your PW, 9 iron, 8 iron, 7 iron, 6 iron, and 5 iron.

After you get those numbers, here's how to calculate the correct course yardage (approximate) for you to play from .

Take the carry distance (the distance that it flies in the air) that your stock 5 iron swing produces, and multiply it by 37. That will give you the approximate course yardage that you should play from.

When I was much younger, I used to hit my stock 5 iron 185 yards. Now, at age 71, I hit my stock 5 iron 172 yards. For what it's worth, I switched my iron shafts from steel to graphite to help me generate more swing speed a few years ago.

Here are the results for each equation for comparison's sake: younger swing and current swing.

Younger swing: 185 yards X 37 = 6845 yards.

Current swing: 172 X 37 = 6364 yards

The course that I play most frequently is the Batavia Country Club.
Blue tee yardage is 7194
White tee yardage is 6570
Gold tee yardage is 5984
Red tee yardage is 5311

Since my approximate yardage (6364) falls between 6570 (White tees) and 5984 (Gold tees), I have a choice to make on which tees I should play. I can still score well and hit most of the par 4 greens with a middle iron approach shot from 6570 (White tees), so that's what I play there. At another course, I may play the whites or the blues, depending on the yardage and the distances on the par 4's .

If or when the day comes that I have to hit long irons or hybrids into the greens on par 4's, I'll definitely move to the shorter tees. After all is said and done, the game has to be fun, and hitting woods or hybrids into par 4's all day is not my idea of fun.

It's difficult to bury your ego and to move to shorter tees, but I pretty much guarantee that it will bring newfound enjoyment to your game - especially if you have been playing the longer tees for too long.

So the next time that you play a new course, choose where you play from according to your approximate playing yardage, not the color of the tee markers.

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,


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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