Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 507 - Wed. May 23rd, 2018
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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: Items of Interest and Off Center Hits
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Batavia Country Club
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Tom's Featured Tip: Items of Interest and Off Center Hits

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


Job Opening. Chestnut Hill CC in Darien NY has an immediate job opening for a course supervisor. Excellent pay and working conditions. Duties include supervision of rangers, starters, pro shop (no pro shop duties other than supervision), and tournament supervision. Professional golf credentials are not required.

Call Michael Protos, the course owner, at (585) 547-3613 to apply or for more information.

NEW - Student Web Pages - Students can now view their lesson preview notes (if applicable) and lesson follow up comments on their own web page. Here's a sample with the student's name omitted: Student Notes Sample Page One page with all of the students lessons history serves as a great reference tool for practice and review.

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I recently had a student book a lesson with me because he wasn't hitting his driver well, and to use his words he "was tired of weaker players hitting the ball further than him."

One little myth I'd like to explode is weakness and strength as it relates to the golf swing. It doesn't necessarily correlate. There are very strong players, like Tiger - that hit it deep, and less strong players - like Justin Thomas - who also crush it.

Long drives depend on technique, swing speed, ball position, body angles, proper sequencing of the downswing, the angles of attack (horizontal and vertical), and the squareness of the strike at impact.

These things can be taught and developed to a degree.

One aspect of swing speed that can't be taught is something that we are born with - the fast twitch muscle fibers that are brought into play when we swing the club. We all just need to do the best we can with what God gave us in that regard.

This particular student needed a swing path and squareness of contact correction. After we squared those two items away, he was carrying the ball around 270 yards plus. I know what you're thinking - I'd like to get as much total yardage as he carries the ball too ☺

His off center hits (heel and toe, high and low) on the face of the of his driver were costing him a lot of yardage and accuracy.

Here's how different clubface strikes can affect your drives. These effects apply when the swingpath and the face angle at the strike are square to each other.
  • Center Impact - generally speaking, this strike will produce the maximum carry and best shot dispersion.

  • Toe sided strikes, contact is 3/4" away from center towards the toe side of the clubface. The ball will go to the right as a function of where the face is pointed and the bulge and roll construction of the face. You'll also lose about 9 to 10 yards off a drive that would ordinarily carry around 200 yards.

  • Heel sided strikes, contact is 3/4" away from center towards the heel of the clubface. The ball will go left, and you'll also lose about 9 to 10 yards off a drive that would ordinarily carry around 200 yards.
If you miss the center by more than 3/4" the distance loss and directional errors will be compounded.

The takeaway is this: monitor your driver face strikes as indicated in Issue 505 and if you do miss the sweet spot, miss it high or low but at least keep it centered on the face. Train yourself to get a feel for center face strikes and reap the benefits.


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


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
there's a link for Plum Creek info here:

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.

Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates:

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Driver Fitting Rates:



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.

Tee times online or by phone in season.

Ping Demo Day at BCC Thursday May 24th, 3pm - 6pm

Chestnut Hill Country Club   (585)-547-3613
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

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan