Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 495 - Wed. February 28th, 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: What Does Dustin Johnson Do That You Don't Do?
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Tom's Featured Tip: What Does Dustin Johnson Do That You Don't Do?

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

If you want to "hit it like the pro's" like we all do, we usually pay attention to what they do to see if it can help our game.

Most of the time that involves trying to copy all or some aspects of their swing model.

Some times that works, most of the time it doesn't - because without a lot of research, study, practice, and an expert eye to guide you, it's easy to get things wrong for your own body and it's limitations.

There is one area where we can get it right quite easily though, and that's copying what they do to get their bodies in the best shape to play.

As all of you know, I'm a big proponent of progressive resistance training, and I don't feel that it needs to be "golf specific" to build great strength to play the game.

Here's what Dustin Johnson does in addition to strength training that helps his game immensely, that I'd be willing to bet most of us don't do (me included):

I bring DJ up because his name gets attention, and that Yoga - golf specific Yoga - is something that I've been considering taking up but have been procrastinating on.

This brings me to the story that I want to tell regarding this subject.

Last week I received a call from Marianne Skye, the wife of a student of mine, Warren Skye. Marianne owns Blue Pearl Yoga in Batavia NY, and she asked me if I'd be interested in setting up a Yoga for Golf program or workshop with one of her Yoga instructors, Rebecca (Becca) Martino Cohen.

Becca is a highly credentialed Yoga instructor Rebecca Cohen Yoga and she invited my wife and I to a Vinyasa Yoga Level 1&2 class, and we attended last week. The class was a great experience. My wife did great, and I did the best that I could, although the class was a bit beyond my level of Yoga fitness for sure. Afterwards Becca and I met to discuss some ideas.

We decided to develop twelve or so poses related to golf specific movements to help
  1. increase flexibility amd mobility in the shoulders, neck, and hips

  2. strengthen the core and lower back

  3. build balance and reduce imbalance

  4. enhance proprioception and kinesthetic awareness (Sean Foley, Tiger's former teacher is big on this)

  5. improve focus

  6. reduce anxiety
I'm sure that numbers 5 and 6 above will be enhanced by the breathing technique that you employ when you do the poses. I'm positive from my own experience under pressure on the course, and from coaching college level players in big tournaments, that the breathing technique alone would be worth the effort.

So here's where I'm headed on this.

First of all, after Becca and I decide which poses we are going to use, I've committed to doing them four days per week (at least) and tracking my progress. I say four days, because I weight train on three and I'm not sure if I would do both on the same day. I'm trying to keep it real.

I'm going to track my range of motion and mobility improvement results, and if they are positive we are going to move forward with a Yoga For Golf workshop where we will all do all twelve poses. We'll also identify several of them for an abbreviated workout for when time is at a minimum.

Don't hold me to the exact number of poses, that may change as we develop the program.

I'll get more details out after my four week trial period with the poses.

In the meantime I'd like to get a feel for how many of my readers would be interested in attending if we set up the workshop in Batavia. Please click here and shoot me an email letting me know if you'd be interested, providing that the price is right. You are not committing to anything, I am just shaking the bush for interest.

For what it's worth, I'm already convinced that this is a missing link for improving my own game if it increases my range of motion, improves my flexibility, and improves my balance.


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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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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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