Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 484 - Wed. December 13th, 2017

USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Short, Low Drives
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Short, Low Drives

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

Last week I received an email from a newsletter reader that is practicing indoors on a simulator. He had just bought a new Callaway GBB Epic Driver, 10.5 degrees, stock stiff shaft and he asked me if I could give him some ideas on why he was hitting it short, low, and to the right most of the time.

I sent a follow up email asking more questions and he replied:
  • What is your normal ball flight with a driver?
    straight with medium height
  • What was your old drivers' loft and flex?
    Adams Speedline Driver, 10.5 degrees, stock stiff shaft
  • How old are you?
  • What kind of physical shape are you in?
    average for my age
  • What is your swing speed with your new club?
    Averaging between 87mph and 90mph
It's a little difficult to cure a problem without actually seeing the swing, but with that info I can at least point him in the right direction.

Here is a synopsis of my reply to him.
  • The problem described is most often associated with a lack of clubhead speed, and/or not releasing correctly to square the face through impact.

  • To help square the face properly, we need to understand that not all shafts are not created equal. The Callaway stock stiff shaft is significantly stiffer that the Adams stock stiff shaft. That would definitely be part of the problem of squaring the face through impact.

    The rules of ball flight tell us that a ball starts in the direction that the face is pointed, most of the time. The combination of a too stiff shaft, relatively slow swing speed, and an aging body tell me that he needs more flex in his shaft to help the face square up at impact. This will also help with trajectory. For the club he's using he definitely should switch out to a regular flex.

  • When someone tells me that they are "in average shape for their age", I often find that they are in below average shape. This most likely means that he's not too flexible. So in my reply, I told this person to work on lengthening his backswing by allowing his left heel to come slightly off the ground when he turns, and to make sure that his hips turn away from the ball. A longer backswing will contribute to straighter, higher ball flight because it generates more swing speed.

  • I also mentioned that as we get older, we start to depend more on our arms for swing speed, so I advised him to work on bullding up his arm strength with some progressive resistance training. For swing speed, I told him to swing a shaft witn no club attached as fast as he can without injuring himself or losing his balance for 20 repetitions two times weekly, and to work up to the 20 reps gradually.
If your ball flight is creeping towards the too low category, try some of these remedies - you'll definitely like it.


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


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


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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
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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
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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