Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 726 - August 24th, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: My Go-To Range Practice Routine

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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My Go-To Range Practice Routine

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

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My Go-To Range Practice Routine

Walking It Across The Road is a phrase used to define the transition of a good range session to a good round of golf. That means that you need a focused range session to begin with, and here's one that will help you transfer a good session to a good round.

For me personally, that means some modified block practice mixed in with some random or variable practice.

Here's the 3 part range session that I did last Saturday. It took two large buckets of balls, and less than an hour.

I loosened up my spine first with a Thoracic Spine Warmup Drill that I do religiously before I ever swing a club fast.

I personally use a swing system with five main points of focus, and I do this Part I drill in dry mode (no ball - body motion only) in my yard more often than I do it at the range. I believe that there is huge value in drilling the fundamentals regularly, and Part 1 of my range practice session accomplishes that. It's also the same drill that I have my students do at their Full Swing Part 1 lesson.

Part 1 of 3
  1. Ten swings concentrating on my first point of focus.
  2. Ten swings concentrating on my first and second points of focus.
  3. Ten swings concentrating on my first, second, and third points of focus.
  4. Ten swings concentrating on my first, second, third, and fourth points of focus.
  5. Ten swings concentrating on my first, second, third, fourth, and fifth points of focus.
If you know (own) your own swing, you should be able to identify five major points of focus in your system and replicate this practice segment. If you can't identify five points of focus, you don't know your swing.

Knowledge comes before execution. Study or take lessons - either way, know your swing.

I hydrated after every five swings, and went through a specific setup routine before each set of five swings. I used a 7 iron, but my club choice may vary from session to session, sometimes between each set of ten swings. It depends on how consistent my ball striking is. At the moment, it's not where I want it to be - 7 out of 10 with excellent compression and a consistent draw - so I stuck with one club.

I call this a hybrid block and variable practice session, because I'm introducing different points of concentration to each set of swings.

I hydrated and rested for 3 minutes, then proceeded to Part II of the session, which is playing the course hole by hole on the range.

Part 2 of 3
  • I hit tee shots and approach shot(s) imagining holes 1 - 18 at BCC.
  • If I calculated that I didn't hit the green on any approach shot, I would execute a chip shot. I would vary the chip shot technique between compression chips and bounce chips.
Part 3 of the session was hitting PW punch shots with the balls I had left, changing the trajectory or distance desired with each swing.

This is my go-to range practice routine when I have time, and it's very effective for preparing for course play. I actually think it's equally effective in the "dry" ( no ball) mode, when I do all, or parts of, the same routine at home with a stance mat and my divot board. If you don't have a divot board, use a hitting mat with a ball drawn on it, or clip a tee loosely stuck in the ground.


"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, The Stack and Tilt Swing

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


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Professional, Batavia Country Club
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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~ Ben Hogan