Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 567 - Wed. July 24th, 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: Tip For Ladies, plus Changing Your Intention
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range
Batavia Country Club
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The 2019 BCC Junior Golf Camp dates are as follows:
Ages 7 - 10: July 22 - 26, 2019 IN PROGRESS

Ages 11 - 15: July 29 - August 2, 2019

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Tom's Featured Tip: Tip For Ladies, plus Changing Your Intention

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

Tip For Ladies

I just saw some research that stated that a main cause for the distance off the tee difference between top level female golfers and amateur female golfers is - of all things - grip strength!

It promotes better downswing lag, which increases swing speed when done properly.

So for the serious female players reading this newsletter, to increase your grip strength you can simply use a hand exerciser. You can also perform weight exercises with barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells. Exercises like shrugs (my favorite), and farmers walks will also increase your grip strength.

Just Do It!

Changing Your Intention

I had a lesson with a good player last week that was having difficulty obtaining a higher trajectory with his driver. He was on the right track to try to do that because his ball speed was excellent, but the ball was not carrying far enough.

We tried several "internal focus" technique adjustments without much success. He just wasn't able to do what I was asking him to do. I tried lots of different word combinations for two or three swing adjustments to no avail.

Here's what did work.

I had him close his eyes and visualize hitting soaring drives right down the middle of the fairway. He did that for a full five minutes.

Then I had him tee up some balls and hit driver, and the only five words I said to him before each shot were:


Switching to the "external focus" of task solution by the students subconscious movement of the clubhead worked completely in this case.

He hit high soaring drive after high soaring drive like it was his job.

To me this proved that sometimes we can achieve great results by simply changing our intention without thinking about swing mechanics.

There are many ways that are more technical that should produce the same success, but the technique above (external focus) works quickly and withstands the test of time because the idea never changes.

I'm not implying that this would work every time for everyone, I don't know that for sure. I look at this as another tool in my teaching tool kit.

But if your game is stuck on some technique issue, try some "external focus" thoughts and see how it turns out.

I'm pretty sure 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