Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 337 - Wed. February 18th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping and Pitching Technique Variations
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Five Minute Posture Builder
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Build Self Confidence
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping and Pitching Technique Variations

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

Most golf instructors, myself included, teach a basic method for chip and pitch shots.

Not too many instructors - especially newer ones - are willing to vary their instruction from what they've been taught at their instructor certification schools from their professional organization, such as the PGA or USGTF.

More experienced instructors, like myself, have learned variations from the norm that we use in our instruction based on what we see when we initially teach the basic methods.

Here's what I mean.

Most of my "new player" students have a built in "flipping" impulse because they all think that they need to flip the clubhead to get the ball airborne, and most of the time that's going to produce a sub standard strike (flippers).

That student needs to be taught how to position their weight forward, then how to present the shaft of the club to the ball in a "forward shaft leaning position" to make solid contact with their chipping stroke. I call this type of stroke a "full compression" chipping stroke. If this student is strictly a casual player, he or she should probably use this method exclusively in order to always make good contact. It's a stroke that doesn't utilize any wrist motion or any lag, it's dead armed and dead handed - but it still produces feel, and one can get quite good at it with practice.

Some students prefer and can be taught a "partial compression" chipping stroke, where they produce a more lofted chip by allowing the shaft to get a little more vertical at impact (sliders). This motion resembles a pitch shot in that there's some wrist motion involved and you slide the club under the ball a bit vs. a more purely compressed strike that is obtained with more forward shaft lean.

Variations for chipping and pitching methods comes into play for these different students, because flippers have a hard time sliding the club under the ball without flipping, and sliders have a hard time getting maximum compression in a chip because they struggle with forward shaft lean.

Basic chipping involves very little motion with the hands, and basic pitch shots normally involve some lag, as well as some wrist setting and releasing.

Here are the valid variations that can be practiced to produce a high degree of proficiency.

Chip shots can be executed with wrist action if a player has deft touch and doesn't overuse the hands. The resulting chip will check a little more and roll less than a "full compression" chip. Sliders should practice and probably use this chip shot method.

Pitch shots can be executed with dead hands and wrists, long arms, and no wrist set - as long as the player realizes that he or she needs enough clubhead speed, which they can obtain with a good pivot. They also will discover that they will probably only get about half the distance from the swing and the club that they would get if they hit the pitch shot with a more traditional method. Flippers should practice and probably use this pitch shot method.

Either method is valid if it allows you to accomplish the goal for the shot.

Know your tendencies and develop a short game around them, don't use methods that conflict with your natural skills.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Five Minute Posture Builder


I saw this routine in one of the fitness threads that I follow, and thought that it looked like an excellent early morning routine. Not just for golfers, but also for anyone to start their day if you aren't already doing any other exercise right after you wake up.

As soon as you wake up in the morning, do this simple FIVE MINUTE circuit to ensure that your core and postural muscles are activated to support you all day.

You'll be amazed at the surge of extra energy you get and the added bonus of burning calories as your body recovers, all before breakfast.

Exercise #1: Side-Step Squat
  • Start with your arms across your chest in an X pattern and feet shoulder width apart.
  • Step out with your right leg and sit down and back into a squat (be sure to keep your weight in your heels, making sure that your knees do NOT cross your toes and keeping your chest upright)
  • Come back to a standing position by pushing through the quads and glute of the leg that moved.
  • Repeat on the opposite side and continue alternating legs for 60 seconds.
Exercise #2: Wide-Grip Incline Push-ups
    I like to do this with my hands on the bed to add an element of instability, to increase muscle activation, but you can use any elevated surface or even a set of stairs.
  • Get into push-up position with your hands set 2X wider than shoulder width. Be sure that your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles stay in a straight line throughout the motion.
  • Proceed with push-ups for 60 seconds, or until you reach muscular fatigue.
Exercise #3: Bridge With Adductor Squeeze
  • Lying on your back, bend your knees to 90 degrees with your heels on the floor.
  • Take a ball, or pillow, and place it between your knees and squeeze your knees together to keep the ball in place through the full motion.
  • Raise your hips as high towards the ceiling as you can using your hamstrings (back of thighs) and glutes until you reach full extension. Hold for a 2 count, then lower yourself just enough to touch the floor and then go right back up.
  • Repeat for 60 seconds.
Exercise #4: Middle Trap/Lower Trap
  • Standing in a half-squat position, with feet shoulder width apart, hinge from the hips, keeping your back flat, and lower your chest towards the floor.
  • Let your arms hang straight towards the floor with your palms facing away from each other. Keeping your armpits at 90 degrees, slowly raise your palms towards the ceiling by squeezing your shoulder blades together, like a bird flapping it's wings, then lower your hands back to the starting position.
  • Now, holding the same starting position, turn your palms towards each other and thumbs up as you raise your arms in front of you into a V pattern by rolling your shoulder blades backwards.
  • Return to starting position and alternate between these 2 movements for 60 seconds.
Exercise #5: Rotational Plank
  • Assume push-up position on the floor (can be done on an incline, just like the push-ups, if difficulty level is too high)
  • Shift all of your bodyweight onto 1 hand and slowly rotate your entire body as you extend 1 arm towards the ceiling to end in a T position.
  • Slowly lower yourself back to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Alternate sides for 60 seconds.
Enjoy, Tom


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Build Self Confidence

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

On those occasions when things go as planned with a golf shot, don't be afraid to compliment yourself.

Watch and appreciate the shot as it flies to your target and ends up where it was planned to end up. The successful result will imprint positive mental imagery in your mind and build your self confidence.

After your round, spend less time chastising yourself for bad shots, and more time appreciating your successes.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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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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