Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 739 - November 23, 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: Swing Speed Training Sessions

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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The Divot Board
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Swing Speed Training 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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Swing Speed Training Sessions

Almost daily for the last month or so, my email has been inundated with promos by Hank Haney, one of Tiger's old coaches, where he states "distance determines your potential in golf".

I actually agree with that wholeheartedly.

That's one of the reasons that senior golfers don't score as well as when they were young. They get shorter off the tee, which requires longer approach shots, which will generally be less accurate than a shorter approach shot.

More distance off the tee than you are currently getting requires (not necessarily in exact order for every player):
  • Decent equipment - for example a 460cc driver with the correct shaft flex will normally provide more distance than say a 360cc driver with the correct shaft flex, everything else being equal.
  • The right ball for your swing speed.
  • The right angle of attack.
  • The right launch angle.
  • Solid contact.
  • Good overall technique.
  • Swing Speed as fast as you can generate with good form.
This winter I'm offering a solution for getting more distance by addressing swing speed in my new Swing Speed training module. This training will also be conducted outdoors next season, but if you want to get a jump on developing your swing speed potential I'm offering it over the winter at my indoor training location at the "Game of Throws" located in the Harvester Building, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia NY 14020.

Details and rates are here: Swing Speed Training

I'm looking for four to six players that would be interested in group Swing Speed training sessions on the following session dates. After the three swing speed training sessions, I set up an individual private driver swing lesson with each student. You can bring your own group or participate with others that sign up individually.
    2022 Group Swing Speed Session Dates
  1. Session 1 - Wednesday December 7, 2022 9am
  2. Session 2 - Wednesday December 14, 2022 9am
  3. Session 3 - Wednesday December 21, 2022 9am
  4. Session 4 - Private driver swing lesson for each participant by appointment
    2023 Group Swing Speed Session Dates
  1. Session 1 - Wednesday February 8, 2023 9am
  2. Session 2 - Wednesday February 15, 2023 9am
  3. Session 3 - Wednesday February 22, 2023 9am
  4. Session 4 - Private driver swing lesson for each participant by appointment
This training is also available to individuals and couples (or two persons) by appointment.

Details and rates are here: Swing Speed Training

I've always been a proponent if maximizing driver swing speed.

When I coached the GCC Golf Team in 2010 and 2011, I wanted to implement that type of training so I did my research and found a plethora of advice on the Internet. My deep dive into the research indicated that a lot of the training modules available contained a lot of overkill.

So... in 2011 I developed my own program for the players - a mix of strength training, cardio, and overspeed swing training, and the results were remarkable. The lowest swing speed increase was 5 mph - from 101 mph to 106 mph, and highest gain was 12 mph - from 95 mph to 107 mph. Every single player - 6 males and 1 female - increased their swing speed to some degree. Their training ocurred over a 8 week period. Results of the effectiveness of this type training varies depending on the level of natural speed possesed by each golfer, and if they have ever actually activated their speed potential in any way previous to training.

Strength also matters, and that can be develped as well.

A 1 mph increase in swing speed will yield between 2.5 to 3 yards of carry off the tee, so all of their swing speed gains resulted in significant yardage gains off the tee. It helped our team go from the middle of the pack regionally in 2010, to winning Regionals in 2011 and finishing fourth in the 2011 National Tournament against teams from all over the East coast.

My players then were young and talented, so they adapted to the training very well. My absolute belief is that regardless of your age or gender, and especially if you have never trained specifically for swing speed, you will show swing speed improvement after our four sessions, and you'll have a template to continue your swing speed development on your own in the future. This all goes double for females that have never trained specifically for swing speed.

Could you do this on your own? Probably, with a lot of research and trial and error. But as I said before, I sincerely believe that the training modules available through most of the places where you buy swing speed tools involve too much work. I have discovered that sometimes a little less is better for full recovery and full adaptation.

Details and rates are here: Swing Speed Training

Whenever I'm working on my swing, strength training, etc., I like to get the maximum gain in the least amount of time required to hit my goals. I kept that in mind when I set up these training sessions. They will be intense, and each student should know that they have to regulate their intensity to their own parameters to minimize the chance of any muscle pull or strains.

I also believe that you'll love the training, even though it will be rigorous and that I will be pushing you (I'm not a fan of the wussification going on in America) to give your best effort.

One caveat - if you have a bad back to begin with, this type of training might not be best for you.

You can reserve an individual spot in a group training session, or you can set up your own group or individual training by contacting me at my email address: or by calling or texting me at (716) 474-3005.

Details and rates are here: Swing Speed Training

Try it, I think you'll REALLY like it.

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Golf Lessons

I am now conducting lessons at The Batavia Country Club

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.

Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates:
Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates

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Sponsors and Affiliates

Buying a sponsored product through any of my affiliate links helps support this free newsletter, and I only affiliate with excellent products that I use myself.  Thanks, Tom

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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