Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 491 - Wed. January 31st, 2018

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: Four Tips To Hit Your Driver Further Off The First Tee
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Tom's Featured Tip: Four Tips To Hit Your Driver Further Off The First Tee

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

Before I get to todays tip, I had a question regarding the time element in the practice schedule of the two students that I referenced in last weeks newsletter.

I recommended four one hour sessions per week for their three week segments, but they both committed to five one hour sessions on their own. They are motivated.

Now, on to this week's driving tip.

We all want to hit our drive well off the first tee, but for many of us we haven't had time to hit the range. As a result, sometimes that first swing is a bit of a crapshoot.

Here are four things that you can do about 10 minutes before you tee off to ensure that you execute a swing that produces a good drive off the first tee.
  1. Warm up the thoracic spine gently with this Thoracic Spine Matrix Exercise. I do this religiously every time before I play, and I haven't had a sore back since I started doing it. I hold two clubs instead of a stick and it works unbelievably well.

  2. Warm up dynamically for two minutes, then make some fast swings.

    Here are four good warmup exercises, do them for 30 seconds each (or just do your choice of any calisthenics and do them for two continuous minutes):
    • side bends
    • upper body turns with your hands on your waist
    • raise one knee as high as possible towards your chest for 15 seconds, then the other (rapidly)
    • extend your arms from your side then rotate them in small circles - 15 seconds in each direction

  3. Next, grip your driver near the neck, not the handle, and make five swings on a flat plane - like a baseball swing. Swing as fast as you can while maintaining balance. This will remind your body to execute a sufficiently fast swing for your first drive. You can do this on the first tee, over the top of your teed up ball. Don't be embarrassed, just do it.

  4. Last, set up to hit your teed up ball (teed up higher if you want to hit a draw, teed up lower if you want to hit a fade), positioned well forward in your stance. Now slide your hips about an inch forward. This gives you radial axis spine tilt to help you launch the ball high and long. Your right shoulder will be set up lower than normal, giving your shoulder line an upward tilt like Tiger's in the image below.

    This helps you strike the ball on the ascending part of your swing arc to launch it long and far. Do not lean your upper torso away from the target to tilt your spine and shoulders. Instead slide your hips forward an inch, it will help you execute your normal weight shifting movement in your backswing.
Try it, you'll 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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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