Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 748 - Wednesday January 25, 2023
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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 Intensity

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Swing Intensity

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

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Swing Intensity

Last week I received a question from a reader related to
Newsletter Issue 743 - "Driver Tip - Let It Rip"

That article dealt with swinging your driver with as fast of an intentional speed as your body will allow. If you missed it, check it out. It had some very interesting data from a study on swinging intentionally fast.

Here's the question the reader asked "should I be swinging my irons with intentionally fast speed, or more carefully?

I'm glad he used that word - "carefully".

There are times when you should be careful in golf, here are a few:
  • Get the handicaps right on the first tee carefully if you are wagering anything
  • Get your grip carefully
  • Set up and align your body to your target carefully
  • Tee the ball carefully to the correct height (driver)
  • Position the ball carefully for your iron shots
  • Select the right club for approach shots carefully
  • Align your putt carefully to allow for break
  • Gauge the speed for your putt carefully
That's a partial list, I'm sure that you can think of more, but here's the point:


To answer the question the reader asked more specifically, your swing needs to be free flowing with a consistent degree of intensity (speed and power).

Your driver swing should be as intentionally fast as you can make it.

For your irons, it can't be quite as intentionally fast because it's a more precise swing since you aren't teeing the ball up.

You need a "stock" swing with your irons that carries (flies in the air) a specific distance. You need to chart your clubs so that you know the carry distance for every iron in your bag.

A "stock" swing is a swing that feels normal, comfortable, and repeatable. A swing that isn't maximum speed, but also not backing off too much. To be precise, a swing that is about 95% of your maximum effort.

The winter is a great time to establish your stock swing carry distances for your clubs on an indoor simulator.

Your ego will probably take a hit, but those numbers will be true - and those carry distances are absolutely critical to scoring to your potential.

Sidebar: If you are interested in a lesson where I will help you chart the carry distance for your clubs, contact me and we'll set something up.

If you prefer to do it on your own, go to a simulator, take ten swings with each iron, hybrid, and wood in your bag at 95% intensity, then calculate the average carry distance for each club. That will be your stock swing carry distance for the club you used.

A little longer than stock distance - if you need to get 2 or 3 more yards out of your stock swing carry distance for any club, you have some reserve speed left to get you there if you have a good lie and feel confident.

A little shorter than stock distance - if your situation calls for a shot that is 2 or 3 yards less than your stock swing carry distance, either:
  1. grip down 1" on your club and execute your stock 95% swing,
  2. or execute a shorter swing with a normal grip location at the same 95% intensity.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: DO NOT TRY TO "CAREFULLY" SWING THE CLUB SLOWER. That will turn out to be less than successful more often than not.

In all but extreme situations (finesse shots are one of them), maintain your stock swing pace (95%) with your irons, hybrids, and woods.

Get this right and you'll really like it.

Email Comments: to

"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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