Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 490 - Wed. January 24th, 2018

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: How To Get Better In 2018 - Goals
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Tom's Featured Tip: How To Get Better In 2018 - Goals

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

I have recently had planning sessions with a couple of my more serious students regarding how they can get better. I thought that an overview of what we did would be beneficial to all of my readers, so here it is.

This is a bit general in nature. If anyone has any questions, please email them to me and I'll be glad to answer them. Send questions to

The first part of any discussion on mapping a plan for improvement is setting attainable goals. You can't hit a target you can't see, and you can't see a target you don't have.

The plan for action.
  • We defined specific attainable goals based on their current skill level and areas that need improvement.

  • We defined why they wanted to attain the goals. One player wants to see if he has what it takes to become a pro golfer, one wants to attain a single digit handicap. The why is always a critical motivational factor.

  • They each wrote down a one sentence interim goal with a deadline on an index card. Then I told them to trim it, get it laminated, and to carry it in their pocket until they achieved that goal. I can't overstate the importance of this step. There's something to be said for seeing your goal clearly written down several times per day. It works like magic for golf goals or any other goal that you are working on.

  • We created a specific plan of action based on three week segments of practice to reach their interim goals, including swing drills.

  • It's noteworthy that each drill was designed to provide feedback in one form or another. For example:
    • One student is concentrating on ball striking, so he has drills that let him know if he is making "ball first" strikes when he performs the drills.
    • The other student is working on developing a more inside attack angle on his swing path, so he has drills that will let him know if his path is getting off line.

  • After each three week period of practice, the student will evaluate his progress, then set new goals as appropriate.
If you want to work on your game and don't know where to start, here's what you should concentrate on - what I call the absolute fundamentals of the game:
  1. Striking the ground in the right place - lowpoint awareness and control.
  2. Striking the middle of the ball with the sweet spot of the clubface.
  3. Controlling your clubface in relation to the orientation of your swing path.
If you work on these fundamentals by setting goals like I did with the two students referenced above, you'll get better - and I guarantee that.

Try it, 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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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
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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