Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 796 - Wednesday December 27, 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: Gapping and Dispersion Bias

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Gapping and Dispersion Bias

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Gapping and Dispersion Bias

Have a Happy New Year Everyone!

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

I've often said in previous newsletter articles that three of the most important components for playing good golf are:
  1. Consistent ground contact (or not - driver) - controlling your swing lowpoint
  2. Having enough distance to play the course - generating swing speed, angles in your downswing, and center face contact
  3. Consistent curvature - face angle to path direction at impact
Here are two things that you can work on over the winter to help you with a couple of these components:
  1. Gapping the clubs in your bag
  2. Observing shot dispersion bias as you gap your clubs.
To gap your clubs and observe dispersion, you'll need to use a simulator, and over the winter is the perfect time to do so. My indoor simulator of choice for my lessons and personal practice is the Game of Throws Indoor Simulator The owners are very friendly, and their prices are the lowest in our area.


Gapping your clubs relates indirectly to "having enough distance to play the course" in that after you've gapped your clubs you'll know the carry distance for every club in your bag with your stock swing. That's probably the most valuable information that you can have when you play.

Here's how to do it

We're going to kill two birds with one stone here.

When you set up to hit your shot, I want you to place a towel about 4" behind your ball, flat on the mat. When you swing, you should not be hitting the towel. This monitors your low point control.

To gap your clubs, after you have warmed up sufficiently:
  • Make 10 swings with each of your clubs, at your normal - or stock - swing speed.
  • Not too fast, not too slow, right in the middle.
  • Mis-hits don't count as a swing.
  • Record the carry distance for each swing.
  • Throw out any outliers - extremely long or short carry distances (sometimes simulators can throw out a funky number)
  • Average the carry distances for the rest of the swings, and you have your stock carry distance for that club.
Memorize the stock carry distances for each club in your bag (and make a note in your phone like I do) and your bag is gapped.


This aspect of a golf shot often does not get sufficient consideration when planning a shot.

Dispersion normally relates to curvature. I say normally, because most players have curvature bias on their shots, fades or slices, draws or hooks. If you hit it straight, God Bless You, don't change a thing. 😀

Here's how to define your dispersion bias.
  1. As you proceed with the gapping process, make notes on whether the shot ends up left, right, or right on your target
  2. The largest number of left, right, or right on's defines your dispersion bias
Plan for dispersion bias when you determine your aimline for a shot. Fight the tendency to aim directly at the pin, especially in pressure situations.

Aim with dispersion in mind.

If your curvature is wildly inconsistent, work at getting it more consistent. Ferret out some info online, or take a ball striking lesson from me.

My winter lesson schedule will be starting in mid January 2024, I'll keep you posted.

"Try it, you'll like it"

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"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
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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.


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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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~ Ben Hogan