Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 512 - Wed. June 27th, 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!

Junior Golfers: Details For Junior Golf Camp at BCC
Tom's Featured Tip: Discovery
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Chestnut Hill Country Club 

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Junior Golf Camp at BCC: Dates and Details

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

I will be running the BCC Junior Golf Program for boys and girls again this year, assisted by Roxanne Noeth (BCC Ladies Club Champion). We look forward to providing a great golf experience for each and every junior golfer participant.

This years camp will run for five days, Monday through Friday. Monday through Thursday will include instruction, play, and contests, and Friday will be an abbreviated Tournament.

There will be a ten minute break half way through each session, players should bring their own beverages and snacks.

The BCC Junior Golf Camp dates are as follows:

Ages 7 - 9: July 9 - 13
Ages 10 - 15: July 23 - 27 and July 30 - August 3

The BCC Junior Golf Camp hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 11 am
Friday - Tournament starts at 6:45 am sharp and usually takes about 90 minutes.


The cost for an individual junior golfer is $99 for the week. If two siblings attend during the same week, the cost drops to $89 per junior golfer.

Players will need to bring their own equipment.

For more information or to register, please contact the Batavia Country Club (585) 343-7600 ext 10.

Payment is required to reserve your spot.

Tom's Featured Tip: Discovery

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

I was finishing up my lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range on Monday afternoon when a student of mine that had been practicing there approached me. He has been having an issue with getting the face of his driver square at impact, and he mentioned that he was having success squaring the face by definitively thrusting his right arm through impact.

I told him that I would put a note on his web page - I create a personal web page for my active students so that they have a quick reference for lesson comments and drills - then I complimented him on discovering a tweak that works for him.

I explain to all of my students that golf is a game of discovery, meaning that they need to practice and may need to make tweaks to their technique based on their own swing nuances.

When I teach, I explain that there are certain fundamentals in golf, and that most of them are variable, but that one is fairly absolute. The absolute fundamental is impact, the others such as grip, stance, posture, and especially ball position, can vary from golfer to golfer.

If your brain and body wants to make an adjustment to a non absolute variable, you can go with it if it's not fundamentally unsound.

Fundamentally unsound means that the change the student may want to make from what I teach as a default fundamental produces a better result without any danger to their body in the long run.

Discovery can be used for everything from technique, to equipment and the mental game.

I recently saw some interesting research that indicated that your personality type might dictate how well you perform when you direct your attention differently.

It was too small of a sample to buy into this definitively, but it made sense to me.

The small sample study had to do with aiming at a small specific target vs. aiming at a general area as a target. The results indicated that neither aiming focus was significantly better for the whole group.

The results showed that close to half of each group got close enough to their target, so the conclusion was that either aiming technique was valid.

This is a perfect example of how discovery can work.

Each of those players needed to go to the range and hit multiple series of 14 shots varying the aiming focus for each series of swings to determine which method of aiming (wide target or narrow target ) produced the best results.

I use 14 swings as a sample, because through my experience that's the number of swings I usually have a student make to see ball flight patterns when I am diagnosing a problem.

The takeaway for all of this is as follows:
  • Establish fundamentals for yourself, with or without the help of a qualified instructor (like me).

  • Before you make changes, make sure that you have a consistent baseline for change. This means that you know your swing, and that what you have been doing isn't working well enough AND that you are well practiced at what you are trying to do. Far too many students make changes when they simply haven't practiced a sound default technique enough. Avoid change simply for the sake of change. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I suppose equipment or golf balls may be an exception to this rule, due to valid technology breakthroughs. Do your due diligence in that area before you spend your money. It's usually better to spend money on your swing before you spend it on equipment. A student of mine told me that his playing partners noticed his improvement and asked him if he bought new clubs. He replied "No, I bought a new swing".

  • At the range, experiment with tweaks to see if they produce better results. Use 14 swings or more as a baseline to judge results. An example might be closing your stance slightly to allow for more backswing turn.

  • Never make more than one adjustment at a time. Don't change your stance, grip position, and ball position at the same tme for the same series of practice swings. Something will definitely change, but you won't know what caused it.

  • This is obvious, but I'm going to say it anyway. If your ball striking is pretty good, leave that be and work on your chipping and putting.
Do not be afraid to make minor changes to discover what may be better for you if what you have been doing isn't producing good results.

Don't keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. I can't tell you how many players I know that seem to have that mindset.

Discover what needs to change, then practice enough to get good at it.


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:

Indoor Lessons Details and 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.

BCC July 4th Special! $20.00 18 holes with cart, after 1 pm $15.00. Members get free cart for day. Call now to reserve your tee times, (585) 343-7600,

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