Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 732 - October 5, 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: Utilize Feedback For Optimal Practice Sessions

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Utilize Feedback For Optimal Practice Sessions

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

Two Great Training Aids For Indoor or Outdoor Practice

The Divot Board

This is the most useful ball striking development training aid that I own.
Don't have one yet? What's holding you back?
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Utilize Feedback For Optimal Practice Sessions

I see a lot of players at the range practicing without any sort of feedback mechanism in place.

I won't say that's total waste of time, but it's certainly not an optimal way to train.

If you are like me, you want to get the most bang for your practice time buck.

Here are some practice feedback thoughts for three critical areas of your game:
  1. Low Point Control
  2. Consistent Curvature
  3. Being Able To Hit The Ball Far Enough To Play The Course

Low Point Control

If you have been reading my newsletter long enough, you know that I place a lot of emphasis on low point control. That's the area where contact is made with the ground after a ball first - ground second strike (driver excluded).

When done correctly, you strike the ball on a descending portion of your natural downswing arc, and the proof is in the divot. Many players feel that the bottom (low point) of their swing should be right at the ball, when actually it should be forward (on the target side) of the ball.

Your feedback is your divot location, and here are a few ways to train for that.
  • I use a Divot Board for my own personal training (indoor and outdoor), as well as with my lessons.

    This is the most useful ball striking development training aid that I own.

  • If you don't want to spend money on a training aid, you can always scratch a line in the ground when you practice outdoors and hit balls off of that line, paying close attention to where the divot pattern falls. It should always be on the target side of the line.

  • If you are practicing off a mat - either indoors or outdoors - you should lay a handkerchief, a thin towel, or even a piece of string flat on the mat about 5 inches behind the ball. If you hit the handkerchief or piece of string on your downswing, you would have struck the ground behind the ball (fat hit) if you had been practicing on real grass.

Consistent Curvature
  • When you hit balls at the range, you should pay particular attention to the direction where the ball starts and how it curves.

    The direction in which a ball starts (about 95% of the time) is where the clubface was pointing when contact was made.

    Curvature is caused by the angle of the clubface in relation to swing path at impact.

  • Regardless of direction:

    1. If the face is closed to the path at impact, the ball will curve right to left. The degree of curvature depends on the degree to which the face is closed.
    2. If the face is open to the path at impact, the ball will curve left to right. The degree of curvature depends on the degree to which the face is open.
    3. If the face is square to the path at impact, the ball will stay straight

When you practice, you need to intentionally create curvature elements to feel and see the effect. Then make adjustments to get the degree of curvature that you want.

Being Able To Hit The Ball Far Enough To Play The Course

There's a positive correlation between distance and the top money earners on tour. For the average golfer, more distance means shorter approach shots into greens, which should translate into a lower handicap.
  • Get as much distance as you can muster up by working some swing speed training into your practice schedule. Here's a link to a newsletter I wrote on that subject about a year and a half ago:

    Issue 661 - May 26, 2021 - Phil's Victory Keys: Commitment and Distance

    Either of the two swing speed training aids promoted in my newsletters - The Rypstick or the SuperSpeed "C" club (you really don't need a set of three speedsticks) from SuperSpeed will work well for your training.

  • You'll need feedback to track your progress. If you have access to a simulator you can see your swing speed numbers. If not, there are several inexpensive swing speed radar devices available. Google "swing speed radar" for some reasonably priced units.

  • The other component to distance is the squareness of the face strike. You can monitor that by spraying Dr. Scholl's foot powder on the face of the club and noting where the ball imprint lies after the strike.

  • My personal preferred method for my own practice is drawing a medium sized dot on the ball with a dry erase marker, then positioning the ball so that the face of the club will impact the dot when you hit the ball. That leaves a nice clean dot on the face of the club where contact was made, and the dry erase mark washes off when the ball goes through the ball washer - no harm done.

The overall takeaway here is: always practice with feedback to define your progress.

Try it, you'll like it.

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

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


Golf Lessons

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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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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

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection1"
~ Ben Hogan