Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 252 - July 3rd, 2013


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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Hinging
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Pressure and Focus
- Equipment Review: The RukkNet Golf Net
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip:

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Both of the tips for this newsletter came as a result of a conversation I had with Chris Carroll, a student of mine that plays on the US Players Tour. He competed June 30th at the Lorton Open, held at the Laurel Hill GC in Lorton Virginia. He shot 72 - 1 over - and cashed, was four off the leader. He caught a bad break and carded a double bogey on a 300 yd. par 4, when he lost a ball in high heather just right of the green after an errant 3 wood tee shot..

On his way home from the tournament we talked on the phone about some iron shots that went right of their target (he's a lefty, he overcooked his natural draw), and the pressures of professional tournament golf - when your sponsors are following you around and taking PR photos.

I know his swing, and when he mentioned that he was missing greens to the right (he's a lefty) I had a pretty good idea about what was happening.

He thought he was flipping the club, but actually he has been using too much horizontal hinging in his release. That's different from a flip.

How The Wrists Work Through Impact
  • Horizontal Hinge (feels like a full roll) works well with neutral grip and power strike, produces the lowest trajectory.

  • Angled Hinge (feels like no roll), the clubhead stays square to the swingpath, works best with stronger grip, fights rotation, produces a normal trajectory.

  • Vertical Hinge (feels like a reverse roll), most "lie dependent" hinging motion, produces the highest trajectory and softest landing, works well with finesse swing.
I recalled from some video that Chris has a pretty strong crossover through impact with his driver swing. Crossover is horizontal hinging, where the toe of the club passes the heel through impact, as if you rolled the face.

After more discussion, Chris felt that the crossover was happening with his irons, not a flip. I gave him these drills to reinforce a neural pathway for an angled hinging action through impact.
  1. Make one handed 7 iron swings with each hand, 3/4 length, watching the clubhead all the way back and through, insuring that the clubhead stays square to the swingpath and that the left wrist stays cupped and that the right wrist stays flat (he's a lefty).

  2. Two club drill - grip a 6 iron in the right hand and a 7 iron in the left (for a lefty), hold the clubs about two inches apart and make 3/4 length slow motion swings maintaining perfect wrist positions with an angled hinge through impact, while maintaining the two inch spacing between the clubs. It's tougher than it sounds, try it.
I'm absolutely certain that these drills will cure the overcooked draw miss to the right - for a lefty.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Pressure and Focus

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Chris also mentioned to me that he felt a little more nervous that normal because his sponsors walked every hole with him and took several PR photos.

I played on a much smaller mini tour about ten years ago, and I can relate to the nervousness he must have experienced.

Actually, I take that back - because I wasn't in a position where my future livelihood depended on my performance, in front of sponsors that control my destiny to a degree.

Tournament golf at the professional level is something that most people never experience. Take the pressure of a 5 footer to win your $20 Nassau and multiply it by about 10,000 and you might get the feeling.

Having said all of that, for anyone that has aspirations to play at the professional level, you have to have a coping mechanism or you will succumb to the pressure.

Here's How To Cope
  1. Recognize that there will be pressure and embrace it. Pressure or not, it's special to have the ability and the opportunity to be playing at that level, so try to enjoy it.

  2. Between shots, de-pressurize your brain by enjoying your surroundings. Enjoy the walk - until you are about twenty yards from your ball, then switch on the focus switch. At that point, until you have executed your shot, it's all business. After the shot, you flip off the focus switch and repeat the process.

  3. The exception is on the green, where it's all focus until you've holed out.
Switching the focus switch on and off should be practiced as diligently as you practice your swing method. During the day, when circumstances permit, stop what you are doing and focus on something intently for 60 seconds. This can be a visual focus, like looking intently at an object, noticing every minute detail about. It can also be strictly mental, when you think deeply and intently about anything that pops into your mind.

This might seem a little crazy, but you absolutely will notice your powers of concentration getting stronger if you do this three times per day. Deliberately practicing focus and concentration will help you tune out outside distractions, which is of utmost importance for playing high level tournament golf.

It will also help you hole that 5 footer to win your $20 Nassau!

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


Product Review:
RukkNet Golf Net

Earlier in June I received a RukkNet Golf Net that I ordered from to test out for working on chipping stroke mechanics.

My thoughts for using the net were for chipping lessons, as well as for indoor practice for my students.

In my fundamental chipping lesson, the first portion of the lesson is dedicated to developing good stroke mechanics. The student usually executes around 50 or more short chips, and I'd rather have a student concentrate on good mechanics than worry too much about where the ball is going. I thought the RukkNet could serve a good purpose for that - if it was quick and easy to set up and break down.

I also like my more serious students to set up practice stations at home, and this looked like an interesting component for a home ball striking station.

Here is a page with all you need to know about setting it up and breaking it down:
RukkNet Golf Net

After my RukkNet with the ChipIt chipping target arrived, I unpacked it, took it to my backyard and set it up and broke it down ten times. It's truly as quick and easy to set up and breakdown as they claim, and the portability is a plus.

Then I set it up and hit about 80 ball striking shots into the net with real golf balls. These are short but firm swings, like long chips or short pitch shots. It worked like a charm for these short swings, and worked just as well for driver swings.

Then I took it into my basement, which is a normal sized basement, moved a few things around, and set it up. After re-arranging it a few times, I was able to conduct my short swing ball striking practice off a stance and hitting mat without any problem. I don't have the ceiling space to swing a driver in my basement, but if your garage is big enough, it would work great in that space too.

I give this product two thumbs up for quality and value. This product is designed for using real golf balls, and I would heartily recommend that for short swing ball striking practice. However, for nets like these I usually use AlmostGolf Balls for driver swings - only because it is possible to miss the net with a full swing. That's not the net's fault, it the players fault, but it's better to err on the safe side if you are in a populated area.

You can order your RukkNet Golf Net here: RukkNet Golf Net

Love your practice, enjoy your golf,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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