Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 751 - Wednesday February 15, 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: Golf and The Athletic Continuum: When to Train What?

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Golf and The Athletic Continuum: When to Train What?

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

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Golf and The Athletic Continuum: When to Train What?

Below are timeline aging windows and their impact on athletic performance, including golf. I used to hammer away at my college golf team that I was training them not only as golfers, but also as athletes. Some people separate those definitions, I do not.

This is a generalized continuum designed to give you an idea on what training priorities should be emphasized as a person goes through the aging process.

Use this information as an outline for your own golf (and life) training, as well as for your child's development..

The Windows

  1. Birth
    • Survival, walking, eating, general coordination.

  2. Pre-Pubescent years (anywhere from 7-12 yrs. of age)
    • Speed window occurs, it's when speed development pays great dividends later in life.
    • Great opportunity to create speed and agility ie: playing tag, changing direction, jumping, single leg hopping, learning how to sprint efficiently.
    • Create an LTAD. The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is a framework that strategizes training, competition, and recovery depending on the participants stage in their athletic development.

  3. Puberty to Senior Years
    • Covers prime years from high school, college, young working professionals up to our senior years.
    • Prime strength and muscle mass window: 17-24 years.
    • If you don't do any strength work until later in life, say age 55, you can still build muscle and strength, but at a slower rate that if you had started at 16 or 17 yrs. old.
    • In this window, mobility is generally less of a concern.
    • You can build long lasting strength around a full mobility motion for enhanced performance.

  4. Senior Years
    • These are the years where we may be trying to regain the mobility that we had earlier on in our aging cycle.
    • With effort, we can maintain and use that mobility efficiently.
    • Strength maintenance and strength building should be a priority for the older athlete.
    • The number one predictor of someone falling as people get older and breaking a hip or experiencing a huge decline in general everyday function is a decrease in power output.
    • Strength training for seniors is the cure for power loss, and it will also help you to play golf to the best of your ability in your senior years.
    • Strength training doesn't need to involve heavy weights with the accompanying potential for injury, but it does require high intensity.
    • Do your research, find a good strength training regimen, then JUST DO IT.

All of the above gives you great thoughts on what to train depending on your age.

Try it you'll really like it.

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"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
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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.

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Sponsors and Affiliates

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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