Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 764 - Wednesday May 17, 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: Windows of Success & Shaping Your Shots

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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The Divot Board
The Impact Snap
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Windows of Success & Shaping Your Shots

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.
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Windows of Success & Shaping Your Shots

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

There will be a Ping Demo/Fitting day at BCC on Sunday, May 28th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Free, by appointment, please call the BCC Pro Shop at (585) 343-7600 ext 5 to book your time.


Windows of Success

If you can keep your irons within a 40 yard wide, 20 yard deep window, you can play absolutely great golf.

But if your shots are falling outside of these windows, you need to find out why. Ask yourself if it was:
  1. Ground contact (fat/thin) - "ball first" strike except for the driver.
  2. Face contact (toe/heel) - not hitting the ball squarely on the face of the club.
  3. Direction (face direction / alignment) - not squaring the face to the path, or incorrect body alignment
If it's not one of the above, it will likely be a strategic error (such as poor club selection, misjudging conditions, etc.).

After identifying the issue(s), you can start to work on your game with a purpose - selecting
  • technical drills
  • skill-based drills
  • strategies
that will improve whatever is actually costing you strokes.

This approach will guarantee improvement in scores over time.

Shaping Your Shots - Curvature

A question that my advanced students ask me often is "Should I work the ball or always try to hit the same shot over and over?"

For these advanced students that like to work the ball, I have them practice Tiger's famous "9 window" drill.
  • three shot shapes (straight, draw, fade)
  • on three trajectories (low, middle, high).
But is this level of skill necessary to play golf at an elite or even very good level?

I really don't think so. While it's important to know how to curve the ball if you absolutely need to, I'm of the school of thought that it's better to have one go-to curvature, be it draw, fade, or straight, and to defer to it unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

There have been, and are, plenty of great pro golfers that played one curvature predominantly during their successful careers.

Jack Nicklaus played a fade with almost every shot, often trusting it so much that he curved the ball over trouble. Tom Lehman played a big draw in the same situations.

If it works at the pro level, it should certainly work for almost everyone reading this.

Most amateur players would be best served if they would commit to the following three playing and practice principles:
  1. Know how far you actually hit each club in your bag.

  2. Play a single shot shape, keeping in mind it can vary based on the club. For example, you might fade the ball with a driver, but play a draw with your irons.

  3. Pick optimal targets based on your distance and shot pattern.
Try it, you'll 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, and remember that golf is a game of discovery. Dont be afraid to experiment when you practice, it's good for your golfing brain.


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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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