Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 550 - Wed. March 27th, 2019
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: Most Popular Lesson Package; BCC Open Wednesday
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Chestnut Hill Country Club 

Click here:  INDOOR GOLF LESSONS  for details on how to improve your game over the winter.

Plum Creek Driving Range, Batavia, NY, Open All Year
Simulator Course Play Specials: Call 585-993-0930 or Email Mark to reserve simulator time!

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Golf lessons - Outdoor and Indoor - are available at Plum Creek. Please call me (Tom Tucker) at 716 474 3005, email me at, or visit my website at   for details.

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Tom's Featured Tip: Most Popular Lesson Package; BCC Open Wednesday

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

BCC Open Wednesday March 27th

BCC, The Batavia Country Club, will open for the season on Wednesday March 27th, including carts. The weather will dictate play from here on in. Come out and enjoy a round of golf at one of WNY's best public courses.

Batavia Country Club   (585) 343-7600

Most Popular Lesson Package

At this time of year I get a lot of email and calls regarding lessons.

My outdoor lessons will commence as soon as the Plum Creek Driving Range opens up, which may be as early as this coming weekend.

I will be out of town from April 17th through May 7th, so if anyone wants to schedule a lesson or two before I leave, please call me or text at (716) 474-3005, or shoot me an email

I normally don't conduct lessons when it's colder than 50 degrees unless it's specifically requested by my student. I do have a few competitive players that request lessons in bad weather and rain. I played with my sons in bad weather when they played high school and college golf, and I think it gave them an edge.

I offer a wide variety of lessons to individuals, couples, and groups but the lesson package that is taken advantage of most - by a wide margin - is The Fundamentals Five Private Lessons Package. It's a package designed to be helpful for raw beginners as well as a great fundamentals review for the initiated golfer.

Here's are details for this lesson package. It's also a great outline of what you should work on to get ready for your season if you prefer to work on your game without formal instruction.
Fundamental lessons are broken down into five modules: ball striking, putting, chipping, and the full swing (two lessons).

  1.  Ball Flight Laws & Ball Striking   This lesson covers the cornerstone of any good swing. It's probably the most important lesson any golfer should take, because what you learn at this lesson will benefit every swing you'll ever need to use in golf. 

    The focus of this lesson is to learn the reasons why a ball starts out in a certain direction, and what makes it curve in a certain way. Then you will learn the correct body and club positions for the "moment of truth" in golf, the impact position when the ball is compressed by the clubhead.

    Some instructors teach that there is only one way to grip the club, one way for correct alignment, one correct posture, and one way to swing the club. Although these are fundamentals, they are "variable" fundamentals. In other words there is more than one way to do some of these "fundamentals" correctly.

    Having said that, if there is one absolute fundamental in golf, it's the correct body and club positions at impact.   At your Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking lesson you'll learn how to get to the impact position correctly - and when you can do that consistently, you're on your way to being able to play the game.

    Impact is what it's all about.

  2. Putting   during the fundamental putting lesson we discuss equipment and how environmental and other factors affect putting. The student will also
    • learn a putting grip
    • learn a repeatable putting stroke,
    • learn how to develop a stock putting stroke to become a good lag putter,
    • learn to stroke a putt directly down their intended aimline,
    • learn how to stroke short putts,
    • learn drills to continue practicing correctly on your own

    The student will leave this lesson with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of putting. Virtually every student that has taken the fundamental putting lesson has cut down on their "three putt" holes, which will improves scoring in a hurry. Steve Williams, Tiger Woods' old caddie, tracked a statistic that was very telling - when Tiger woods didn't three putt, he won 85% of the time!

    In my opinion, there is no reason why anyone can not become an excellent putter if they know what to do and are willing to practice.

    After this lesson, students will know what to do and how to practice.

    That brings up the "practice" part, and it's very specific to the course you are playing. You need to get the feel for the speed of the greens at any specific course on any specific day by getting to the course early and testing the speed of the greens as you are taught in the fundamental putting lesson. When you understand how to prepare like this and do so, you will approach the first tee with confidence.

  3. Chipping    Covers proper chipping technique to develop a "skull proof" chipping stroke. If a student is a poor chipper, he or she will be much improved after this lesson.

  4. The Full Swing (two lessons)    Students are taught an efficient, repeatable, full swing method for irons (one lesson) and for the driver (one lesson) .

    The Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking lesson is a pre-requisite for this lesson, otherwise it would be like trying to learn to run before you learned how to walk.

    We review and refine the swing motion covered in the Ball Striking lesson, then we work on backswing and downswing movements to get the club into the impact position with power.

    We will go through various drills and hit balls, and may spend some time on developing a pre-shot routine,

  5. RATES   The rate for the individual private Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking Lesson (1 hour) is $60.

    The rate for any other Fundamental Private Lesson Module (Putting, Chipping, or Full Swing - 45 minutes) is $50.

    The rate for the Fundamental Five Lessons Package Deal is $235, a $35 savings. Payment for each lesson is payable after each lesson - $55 for the ball striking lesson, $45 for others.

    All lessons include range balls or other balls used for the lesson.

If you would like to see all of my lesson plans, click here: Outdoor Lessons and Rates

If you are a beginner or having a problem with any aspect of your game, please give me a call, I would love to help!

To read what my students have to say about their lessons click here:


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.

FISH FRYS AT BCC and other delicious dinner specials with soup and salad bar - Fridays, 4pm - 9pm

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