Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 774 - Wednesday July 26, 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: DIY Backswing Posture Training Aid

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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DIY Backswing Posture Training Aid

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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Click here to buy now. Start using the ImpactSnap training aid indoors or outdoors to make you instantly aware of proper hand and wrist action, which is second only to low point awareness for great ball striking.

DIY Backswing Posture Training Aid

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

Recently I've had a couple of students - one experienced, one a novice - who were standing up in their backswing instead of turning around a side tilted spine. This caused them to disrupt their "levels" for the swing pattern that I teach.

Here are few reasons why standing up in the backswing happens:
  1. Lack of side bend/tilt. Loss of posture is simply a change in elevation (level) or posture during the backswing. This gives the impression of "standing up", but "standing up" is really a lack of what is called side bend or side tilt.

    Many golfers have been told to rotate their spine, but neglect the direction that the shoulders should point - front shoulder down - in a proper backswing turn.

  2. Lack of arm rotation. Frequently players will not side bend because it means that they donít have to rotate their arms as much and it puts less stress on their upper back.

  3. Grip Another common reason to stand up is when the grip is too much in the palm and you canít hinge or set your wrists.
I used to have my students do reps of Video - The Head Against The Wall Drill to correct that problem. It's a simple drill where the student leans their head against a wall while in golf posture, arms across their shoulders, then executes an abbreviated backswing and through swing.

Their weight against the wall forces them to maintain side tilt during their backswing.

As I reflected on this drill, I decided to develop something more effective because:
  1. Even though it's good enough for the feeling that you aren't standing up in your backswing, it lacks permanence because it does all the work for you.

  2. You can't hit balls during the drill.
Through some research and trial and error, I came up with a much better setup for a similar drill where you can monitor your posture and actually hit balls.

Here's what the setup looks like (photo from an actual lesson):

When the student executes his/her backswing, they get immediate feedback if they raise their body up, PLUS you can actually hit balls with this setup. It can also be very effective in your own backyard, just swinging the club - even if you aren't hitting balls.

You can pay hundreds of dollars for a training aid similar to this, OR you can make one easily yourself by buying a spiral fishing rod holder (Google it $2.50 - $8.00), a fiberglass driveway marker at Home Depot for a few bucks, and a pool noodle from the Dollar Store.

It's an extraordinarily cheap price to pay for a home made training aid setup that will provide substantial swing benefits.

Try it, 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, 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