Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 556 - Wed. May 8th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Identify Your Swing Problems
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Tom's Featured Tip: Identify Your Swing Problems

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

Today I want to give you an example of the process I went through to identify some swing problems I experienced while playing my first few rounds of golf since last September.

I got back from my annual Florida vacation on Monday. While I was there, I played golf for four days in a row with one of my sons and one of my brothers. I scored decently for the most part, but my ball striking was raggedy.

The good news was that I didn't have any back pain, which has been a recurring problem for the past several years.

Based on my erratic ball flight patterns, I tried a few on course corrections but they didn't fix anything. I wasn't making solid contact and my normal draw curvature wasn't consistent.

I can normally figure out the problem based on my ball flight results almost immediately. It felt like I was doing what I was trying to do with my swing to correct the problems, but the ball flight results weren't supporting the corrections.

After my son and my brother left Florida, I went to the range and had my wife video a few swings with my iPhone, and as the saying goes, "sometimes feel ain't real".

My swing didn't look anything like what I thought I was doing.
  1. I was coming up and out of most swings (not staying in angled posture through impact).

      This fault usually makes a player fight the natural release of the clubface, and normally manifests itself with fade curvature and/or poor contact. It's an egregious swing fault, but in my own defense, it's what players with back problems tend to do to protect their backs.

  2. My left elbow was buckling right after impact.

      This indicated that I was stopping my rotation through the ball, I was "quitting at the hit". This also can cause a fade.

  3. My rear foot was not mirroring the same slightly flared open position at address as my forward foot.

      This promotes an outside to inside downswing, rather than a preferred inside to outside downswing path. This fault also causes a fade or a pull, and a severe loss of swing speed.
I worked on a few drills to correct each problem, and also gripped the club with more fluid wrists. My ball striking improved immediately. I played one more time with an old buddy and everything clicked, plus no back issues.

Here's your takeaway.

What was essential for the corrections that I made was not only the video, but also knowing my own swing. That also means understanding ball striking and the swing elements that cause a ball to curve one way or the other.

It's impossible to make corrections without a base point reference. That means knowing how you want to swing the club to produce your preferred curvature.

If you don't know your own swing, either take a few lessons to understand and develop your own personal swing, or study video of your swing and go from there based on your ball flight.

Most of the time I tell people to trust their swings. You've got to have one to trust it. For me, I know my own swing and committing to trusting my back is key.

Everyone is different, and you need to know your own nuances.

Know what you need to trust.


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


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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

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