Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 563 - Wed. June 26th, 2019
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Drag The Club
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Drag The Club

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

In a lesson I conducted recently with a very good golfer who was having some trouble with his impact positions.

A large part of the problem was that he had been trying out a new technique from an online instructor that publishes YouTube videos. I think this person is probably a good instructor, but in my humble opinion, the method he teaches sets up a student to "flip" the clubhead through impact because of how he teaches the release. The timing has to be too perfect for my comfort.

My preference is to simplify whenever possible, not to complicate.

I'm not naming the instructor because I have no axe to grind with him. I'm just noting what I perceive as a technique that leads to problems if the timing isn't perfect.

I worked with the student and showed him the Inverted Praying Hands drill, which carries the hands and the shaft through impact the way I teach it, with some degree forward shaft lean. The degree of shaft lean depends on the student.

Left: with good forward shaft lean at impact, the
clubhead will compress the ball. Right; when forward
shaft lean is lost, the clubhead is "flipped" through
impact, resulting in a weak strike.

Here's the interesting thing from my teaching perspective.

The student knew what I wanted him to do, but was not getting good results until we hit on the magic words:

Drag The Club Through The Ball

For the rest of the lesson this guy was hitting rockets.

On the weekend following his lesson, he won his flight at his club at a Sunday event, and told me that his ball striking has been the best it's been in years.

If your ball striking is not up to par, try hitting balls with the thought of "drag the club" with your left hand through impact and see how it works. Start with a few half swings, then work up to your full swing.

Try it, I think you'll like it!


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

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