Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 511 - Wed. June 20th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Just Squish It
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Just Squish It

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

Here are a few thoughts about last weekend's US Open before I get to this week's tip.

Congrats to Brooks Koepka, he made some clutch swings and some clutch putts coming down the stretch.

I would have liked to have seen Tommy Fleetwood make that putt for a record setting 62, he's a gamer for sure.

That debacle that Phil Mickelson was involved in on the 13th hole on Saturday was horrible to see. I really like Phil, but regardless of how he felt about the course layout, there's no need to show utter disrespect for our national tournament.

I also think his using "knowing the rules" as an excuse for hitting the moving ball on the green that was going to end up in a horrible position was an afterthought. If he really wanted to use the rules to his advantage, he could have declared the ball unplayable after it stopped rolling, and re-putted from the original location with the one stroke penalty. He actually would have saved at least one a stroke by doing that as it turns out.

On to this weeks tip.

I recently read a book entitled "Attention and Motor Skill Learning" by Gabriele Wulf.

The premise of the book is that directing attention to an external part of a body movement rather than an internal aspect of a body movement enhances the outcome significantly. Of course that's a very brief synopsis, but it's the essence of the book's message.

As a teacher and coach of golf, I'm always looking for something valid to help my students improve, and I think this approach may have a lot of merit. So I've been working on some ways to implement that into my teaching, and one thing that has been working wonders for me is explained in the following lesson follow up comment to a student last week.

Great job yesterday Bill.

Before I get into the technical aspects of what we did yesterday I want to emphasize that "Eureka" moment we had towards the end of the lesson.

I was telling you to "squish" the ball, meaning to compress it at impact.

You asked me if that meant angling or rolling your hands to accomplish it, and I said "no, just swing the face of the club downward into the back of the ball", and then you proceeded to hit seven perfect shots in a row with three different irons.

We changed your attentional focus from "internal", which means technique thoughts about how to move your body parts, to "external" which was how to move the clubhead into the ball. The results spoke for themselves.

Think "squish the ball" and nothing else just before you start your swing for irons. For your woods and driver, think "drive the clubhead at the target", and you will increase your chances for a good shot by a wide margin.

Technique needs to be worked on away from the course, and it needs to be done with sufficient reps so that it becomes second nature. When you are in the rehearsal box, that area where you gather your thoughts before you step in and hit the ball, you can think about your swing keys and rehearse them mentally or physically.

When you are in the hitting box, after you have your body aligned correctly and the ball positioned correctly, think only "squish the ball" or "clubhead at the target" depending on the club you have in your hand.

Think only two thoughts after you've set up to the ball:
  1. Weight left
  2. Squish the ball
Keep practicing.

I would say without equivocation, that if you are a player that is thinking about swing keys right up to the moment of impact with the ball, that you are depriving yourself of a better swinging motion.

Like I told Bill, "Think "squish the ball" just before you start your backswing for your irons. For your woods and driver, think "drive the clubhead at the target", and you will increase your chances for a good shot by a wide margin."

This works profoundly well, try it - you'll like it.


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


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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