Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 565 - Wed. July 10th, 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: Mental Toughness - Can It Be Manufactured?
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Tom's Featured Tip: Mental Toughness - Can It Be Manufactured?

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

Junior Golf Camp at Batavia Country Club

The 2019 BCC Junior Golf Camp dates are as follows:
Ages 7 - 10: July 22 - 26, 2019
Ages 11 - 15: July 29 - August 2, 2019

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What is mental toughness for golf?

Mental toughness is having the ability to
  • access your best game whatever the situation;
  • handle the stress of competition;
  • keep your focus on the task at hand.
It can be developed, it doesn't mean that you have to outwardly act tough or nasty, and you don't need to be at the top of your game to still be mentally tough.

Here's how you can manufacture mental toughness and take your game to a higher level:


What you think, what you say to yourself, and your body language can trigger emotions. Your emotions can control how you feel, your confidence, and your ability to perform under pressure.

If your inner voice is telling you that you canít do something, you will have more negative emotions, which lead to negative physiological reactions including tension, which is one of the big swing killers.

The good news is that if we can control our thoughts, talk to ourselves in the right way and adopt positive body language, we can elicit positive emotions (confidence being one), which will lead to positive physical reactions that are swing helpers.

Separating you the player from you the person.

One of the first places to start in building mental toughness and superior confidence is being able to separate the player from the person. When you understand that your results on the course are not a reflection of you as a person, you're on the road towards mental toughness.

You essentially need to fake it a little bit and force your inner self into the image of a winner.

All great athletes do this. They are able to reach within themselves and access their positive self image regardless of how they feel about their actual performance at the moment. In that sense, they are great actors. Their body language will actually trigger an emotional response from within.

Research has shown that when youíre feeling stressed and anxious, you have more of a hormone called Cortisol. When youíre feeling confident, you have less Cortisol and more testosterone.

A study was done between Harvard and Columbia Universities which had 42 subjects adopt different body postures and afterwards, their hormone levels were tested. The results showed that those with the more "high-power" postures (standing up, back straight, shoulders back), had much higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisone i.e. they felt more confident and powerful and less stressed.

Conversely, those that adopted "low-power" postures (slumped posture, low shoulders, looking down etc), experienced greater stress levels.

Fake, force, or "act" your way into the right frame of mind.

In the same way, actors use similar techniques. Research shows that movements in your facial muscles can elicit certain emotional responses. Frowning can produce a feeling of displeasure, whereas smiling can make you feel happier. Try smiling right now just for the sake of it, and see if it lifts your mood, even just a little.

Next time youíre on the course, fake it until you feel it. Now that you know what an impact that can have on your emotions, use very confident body language no matter how youíre playing. Act like you are playing your best. Walk confidently between shots with a little spring in your step, tall postiure, shoulders back, eyes up, and a smile on your face.

Try all of this, I really think you'll like it!


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


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
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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.

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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 Served in the dining area of the lower level snack bar for the summer season.

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