[ TomTuckerGolf.com Tips ] Issue 6 - Date 03/28/12
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- Tom's Quick Tip: Reducing Tension
- Tom's Featured Tip: Anti-Slice Drills
- Golf Lessons
Tom's Quick Tip - Reducing Tension
Tension has ruined many good putting strokes, and robbed distance from many
good full swings.
Here's a quick tip on how you can get your grip and arms into a relaxed state
before you putt or swing: as your setup for your practice swing or putt, put a full bore,
white knuckle death grip on the club. Hold that grip for five seconds, then relax
your grip. Your grip and arms will instantly lose tension, and your practice swing
and your actual swing - for putts or a full swing - will be much more effective.
Your putts will have a nice release, and your full swing will have more speed.
Try it - you'll like it!
Tom's Featured Tip - Anti - Slice Drills
For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from
a right handed perspective; lefties .... well you know what to do :-)
I had two or three questions on curing a slice, so here are some thoughts and
drills to develop a good swing path and resultant good ball flight - which I feel is a
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a slice, but the most common
is an outside to inside swing path caused by a casting motion on your
downswing. This is usually accompanied by no release at impact because your
brains senses that something is wrong with your swingpath, and it won't allow you to
release the club - which would cause a horrible left to left miss, golf's worst shot.
The result of these two swing errors is a weak shot that slices.
To cure your swingpath problem, you need to practice an Inside to Outside
swingpath. I have a drill appropriately called the Inside to Outside Swingpath
Drill posted here: http://www.tomtuckergolf.com/drillIOswingpath.html
practice it religiously and you'll have the correct swingpath in short order.
To develop a good Crossover Release, practice the Toe Up to Toe Up drill as
follows: with your 7 iron, practice half swings where the shaft of the club only
goes to parallel to the ground on the way back and on the follow through. Before
you actually start hitting balls, take 10 or 20 swings and observe that when your
club stops at the end of the abbreviated backswing, that the toe of the club is
pointing up, and that when you finish your abbreviated follow through, that the toe
of the club is pointing up.
This indicates that the toe of the club is crossing over the heel of the club as
it moves through the impact area with the ball, this is called a Crossover Release.
When you have mastered the drill without a ball, start hitting balls with the
abbreviated swing. Note that in your setup, the ball should be in the middle of your
stance, and your weight should stay feathered toward your front side to allow for good
weight positioning at impact. This short, smooth swing, coupled with a slight
inside to outside swing path, will produce solid contact and a gentle draw.
When you become proficient at the short swing, gradually lengthen it so that
it becomes your full swing. You'll like the results.
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
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All the best, and remember: Victory Loves Preparation ~ Anonymous
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