Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 623 - August 26th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Reader's Comments and Questions

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Reader's Comments and Questions

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Last week I had an interesting comment from a lady that I give lessons to locally, and some questions from a former student that now lives in Florida, enjoy!

Play The Right Tees For Your Game

Hi Tom! Just finished an awesome week of golf. Thanks to your lessons!

After the last 2 rounds, my husband and I have a suggestion for your newsletter should you ever run out of ideas: Know Your Ability and Stay off The App on your Phone!

Twice we got behind foursomes that were hitting off the blues and then spent 20 minutes driving around looking for their balls as no one was hitting the fairway.

Every hole! We were stacked up on every hole.

So frustrating!

And if the phone app gives you distance but you can't hit the ball straight, maybe just concentrate on hitting straight or TAKE LESSONS!! They are worth their weight in gold.

I'll keep practicing and thanks again for allowing me to be able to keep the ball in the fairway!--

Linda T.

Couldn't have said it better myself Linda, thanks for your input!

Questions from a friend in Florida

My questions are as follows (keeping in mind that I live in Florida full time...and I'm 63 years old)...

1. Please recommend putting mats to purchase for use in a small space...not longer than 10 feet.

I have a backyard artificial green that I use when there's no snow on it.

For indoors, I have used at one time or another:
  • A SKLZ Accelerator Pro Ball Return Putting Mat, inexpensive and compact, but won't hold a short chip shot.
  • A Big Moss putting mat, which will also hold short chips, I also use it for indoor practice at my Junior Golf Camps when it rains.
  • A ProPuttSystems base and mat I currently have one of these in my basement next to my workout equipment and stroke a few putts between exercises.
It pretty much boils down to what you want to spend

2. Recommend a drill for hitting the sweet spot on the driver swing.
  • Practice hitting the ball off of the toe, off the sweet spot, and near the heel of your driver face and you'll get a feel for where your body needs to be positioned to repeat swings with good contact.
  • Monitor your strikes by either spraying foot powder on the face of your driver and see where the ball impressions are hitting OR - my preferred method, make a medium sized dot on the ball with a dry erase marker then hit that spot and it will leave a well defined dot on the face of your driver where contact is made.
  • None of the above matters if you are not squaring your face at impact, so make sure that's happening first.
3. Recommend backswing speed ... and swing through.

Really not exactly sure what this one means, but research has shown that faster backswing equals a faster through swing, so try that out with good balance and good technique. Swing the club back then Swing it through vs. lifting it up and back. "Hovering" the club before your takeaway will also add speed to your backswing.

4. Recommend how to use the SPEED SWOOSH CLUB HEAD ACCELERATOR. Their 6 minute video indicates to do daily 3 different drills x 20 reps.

I've got a few of these too, and I'll keep this very simple: swing it as fast as you can for three sets of ten swings once per week, taking a full three minutes rest between the sets of ten. Period. That will give you the most bang for your training buck, any more effort will yield diminishing returns. You'll definitely increase your swing speed after a couple of 30 swing sessions.

5. Recommend a loft for my driver ... how to hit it so it rolls out as much as possible. Its pretty damp on courses due almost daily rain in the summer in Florida)... so I'm probably a bit frustrated by little roll out these days.

If it's damp you need more carry, so the 12 degrees that you mentioned you have is fine. Learn to hit the ball high but with a flat trajectory. To add roll to the equation, learn to shape that high drive into a draw, that will give you what I experience when I do that right - the "old man" draw, which will get you another twenty five yards or so on the ground when the conditions are favorable.

Thanks very much. I'll watch for your next newsletter.

Once things normalize ... could be awhile ... if you're ever in the Orlando area ... feel free to look me up to play some golf.

Best regards.,

Dave L.

Thanks for the questions Dave!


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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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