Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 288 - March 12th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Hyper-Focus
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Optimal Performance and Mental Toughness
- 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!

I happen to be giving lessons to two brothers currently that are very avid golfers. They have vastly different handicaps, but at the last lesson I discovered something that will definitely help the higher handicap player quite a bit.

Below is an excerpt from the lesson comments I emailed to him after his last lesson. But before we get there, let me explain that for a student that takes a lesson package, at some point I put a little incentive on the line during a skills drill. Maybe a $5 bill, maybe some new balls, etc. I don't do this to promote gambling (that actually came up during a lesson with a young student :-) ). I do it to create pressure, because when we play golf, pressure is usually present at one point or another during your round. I like to see how my students handle it.

Here's an excerpt from my lesson comments to this particular student:
  • Practice Note: whether you realize it or not, you absolutely concentrate more when there's cash on the line - perhaps more so than your brother. That's actually one of the reasons that I have cash skills competition at lessons for some students, to see how they react to pressure.

    Pressure actually seems to bring out the best in you, so here's how we are going to take advantage of that trait.

    Imagine that there's some cash on the line for every practice repetition when you are hitting a ball. Then do the same mental process when you are actually playing. Imagine that every shot is very important. It won't detract from your enjoyment of the game because you're only switching on the hyper-focus switch for those short periods of time when you are actually executing a swing. You can - and should - relax your concentration immediately after you execute your swing, in actual play as well as during practice.

    You don't want to stay in a perennial state of hyper-focus, that would be exhausting. However, you can handle it from shot to shot.

    I'm sure that this will help your game and your scoring.

    Please monitor this during your ball striking practice this week and let me know at your next lesson if you think your percentage of good hits seems to be increasing. This has worked wonders for certain students in the past, and I'm confident it will really help you.

Food for thought: When you play, flip on the hyper-focus switch from the time you start your practice swings until after you have executed the shot, then relax.

It will change your results for the positive.

NOTE - hyper-focus is not a substitute for good technique, you need both to become really great!

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


Tom's Bonus Tip:
Optimal Performance and Mental Toughness

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!

My way of thinking about things - golf, business, and life - is that we should always be seeking optimal performance and being GREAT at whatever we decide to spend our time at. Your age, gender, physical attributes, or your life story shoudn't get in the way of striving for greatness.

Each and every one of of us can still decide to be GREAT, not just good.

Seek optimal performance in everything that you do, whether it's golf practice and play, exercise, or studying whatever you are passionate about. There's enormous power in simply making that decision.

And when you really think about it, you are investing time anyway, so why not put in just a little bit more effort, or perhaps just awaken your awareness a little bit, and reap the benefits?

I really don't know why anyone wouldn't strive for OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE and great, even if you are in your 50's, 60's, 70's, or even your 80's. Why should you let age define your greatness. Don't do it, don't set your sights on anything less than great!

Here are a few quotes that I find to be inspirational in this regard, I hope you find them to be the same for you:
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
    Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
    Being willing is not enough; we must do.
    ~ Leornardo da Vinci

  • Middle class consciousness is what we are born into.
    World class consciousness is what;s possible.
    ~ Steve Siebold

  • High Achievement always takes place within the framework of
    High Expectation
    ~ Charles Kettering
The last quote applies so much to golf that it's almost scary.

I constantly beseech my students to think positively about their game. This includes having a high expectation for a good result after a good swing. If you pull it off, that's fantastic. If you fail, no big deal - the best in the world fail often.

Just plant your brain in a good place for your next swing and proceed.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan