Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 454 - Wed. May 17th, 2017
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: Mid Round Blowups Cure
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Golf Torture
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Batavia Country Club
Tour Greens Western New York 
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Tom's Featured Tip:
Mid Round Blowups Cure

I coach players with varying degrees of skill. Once in awhile we'll review a round played at a high level of competition that was going well then fell apart in the middle of the round - that's typically when problems occur due to what I'll be addressing below.

Here's what I've learned over the years.

When I first started teaching and coaching, the first things I would do would be:
  • The swing teacher side of me would ask probing questions about where strokes were lost, check out his or her technique, then get to work on correcting possible technique errors.


  • The mental coach side of me would tend to give advice such as "stay in the moment, take things one swing at a time", and "breathe". Great and maybe even relevant advice, but I've learned through experience that often problems seem to be mental, when they're not.

Now I ask my students about something else first - hydration and nutrition.

My research started after I noticed that my own mental energy seemed to be waning on occasion, and that as a result my concentration got a bit scattered and I didn't play up to par. I knew what to do, but couldn't execute.

Here is the simple cure to this problem
  • Awareness of the problem. You should have that after you read this article.

  • Hydrate, drink fluids - even in cooler weather. Water works just fine, avoid sugary drinks and drinks loaded with caffeine.

  • Eat, have a good meal including some protein one to two hours before competition (or when you play), or at least have a protein shake.

    Take a protein drink with you to sip on during your round. I use a drink container that I received as a Christmas present that keeps anything hot or cold for at least six hours (fits easily into a golf bag), and a protein powder that I get from GNC.

    Don't eat things that are high in sugar content or complex carbohydrates that will spike your blood sugar levels. Those things will make your energy levels go up and down, and when your body and brain are at a low energy level you can easily slip into a bad mood.
When your levels are normal, your can cope with a less than perfect drive, or even a three putt.

When your levels are down, that same situation in the middle of your round can make you go ballistic mentally, and there's a pretty good likelihood that your round will be on the way to tanking.

Here's the takeaway from this information:
  1. Hydrate during your round, water is perfect for that.

  2. Eat well before your round, and snack during the round. Fruit, nuts, trail mix (without the M&M's) are all good choices.

  3. A protein drink kills two birds with one stone - protein and hydration. Sip on one during your round, but don't forget to also drink water.

  4. Last but not least, keep playing with your normal temperament when you go through the inevitable ups and downs of a round of golf. Everyone has them, and he (or she) who handles them with a level mood usually scores best.
Try all of this - you and your score will like it!



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


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

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Wouldn't you love one of these in your own back yard?

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


Tom's Bonus Tip: Golf Torture

I don't usually use this space for jokes, but my buddy Bruce sent this to me and I just had to share it, enjoy!

Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.

So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day. As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not"

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!

St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"

The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"



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
for more information.

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Plum Creek Driving Range and Simulator  Outdoor range and play indoor golf on any of our 40 Simulator Courses. Call 585-993-0930 or email Mark at to reserve time for simulator play or practice!

Batavia Country Club   (585) 343-7600
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.
Ping Demo Day Saturday, May 27th 11am - 2pm, first come first served.

Tour Greens Western New York  Practice with purpose in your own back yard on your own synthetic practice green. Our greens LOVE Western New York weather!

Chestnut Hill Country Club   (585)-547-3613
Only minutes from Buffalo, open to the public. Tee times online or by phone in season.

All the best,

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

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