Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 349 - Wed. May 13th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Slow Motion Practice
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Tom's Bonus Tip: The Buffalo Pro Net Golf Tour
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
- Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Genesee Community College Golf Management Program 

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Tom's Featured Tip: Slow Motion Practice

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

If anyone were to ask me what was the best thing they could do for their swing in a short period of time, my answer would be slow motion movement pattern practice.

I read a book a few years ago entitled: "Slow Practice Will Get You There Faster: Link between Ben Hogans' mirror practice and his slow motion drill" by Ernest Dras, and I believe the concept has a ton of merit.

If you added 15 minutes to your practice regimen and used all of that time for concentrated slow motion movement pattern practice - no ball, just you and your club - you'd get better at that motion. The caveat is that the motion needs to be done perfectly. If you have the knowledge and the patience, you will build skill for that motion.

First acquire the knowledge - take a lesson, read a book, watch a good DVD - then schedule the practice time.

After you have a concept of how you want to swing the club, break the full swing pattern down into small chunks, then practice each chunk separately. After you've nailed down one chunk, move on to the next, then eventually piece them all together.

To get the absolute most out of this type of practice, use a mirror or video yourself to make sure that you are doing each move 100% correctly. I like the mirror because it gives me immediate feedback while I'm doing the motion.

Here's what your chunks might look like:
  • takeaway to half way back
  • half way back to top of swing
  • initial downswing movement
  • half way down
  • one third into follow through
  • two thirds into follow through
  • full follow through
When you perform the chunks, pay close attention to detail.

This doesn't replace full speed practice, but it adds to it's quality when you do slow movement practice before your full speed practice.

It will be challenging to not speed things up, but stay the course, keep it slow, and watch your skill grow.


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


Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens For Superb Short Game Practice

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If the thought of having a beautiful tour quality practice green in your yard appeals to you, you're in luck.

In addition to my golf instruction business, I am also the exclusive Western New York sales associate for Tour Greens Western New York.

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Click here to read what Tour Pro's Fred Couples, Rich Beem, Boo Weekly, Blake Adams, and Chris DiMarco  have to say about their Tour Greens.

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: The Buffalo Pro Net Golf Tour

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

Chris Carroll, one of my students who is playing in as many mini tour events (and cashing) as he can manage in his quest to make it to the tour, mentioned something of interest to me.

He has a friend - Sean Michalski - who has started a mini tour locally called The Buffalo Pro Net Golf Tour. Details are here:

It's interesting because it has a scratch division and a handicap division.

If you are interested in competing against your peers or in the scratch division, it offers that choice. The really nice thing is that they are being held at local courses that you will recognize.

I wish Sean well, but I'm stopping short of an endorsement because my experience is that tours like this are challenging to sustain. I know firsthand, because about 18 years ago I was playing in these types of tours for awhile and they came and went.

Having said that, there's not much risk for participants, so check it out to see if you might want to give it a shot.


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


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
me - Tom Tucker - at (716) 474 3005 or email me at
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Batavia Country Club   Great rates, the best greens in WNY, Golf Digest Four Star rating for public courses to play in New York State. Tee times online or by phone in season.  (585) 343-7600

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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