Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 499 - Wed. March 28th, 2018

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


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Tom's Featured Tip: Yoga, and an Alternate Chipping Grip
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Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Yoga, and an Alternate Chipping Grip

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


A couple of issues back (Issue 495 02/28/18) I mentioned that I was collaborating with a highly credentialed Yoga instructor, Rebecca (Becca) Martino Cohen Rebecca Cohen Yoga to develop a Yoga For Golfers program.

Right after I met with Becca, I developed plantar fasciitis along with a pretty big bone spur on my left heel.

That's calmed down enough for me to commit to a 30 day (actually four days per week for four weeks) trial of the Yoga For Golfers routine that Becca developed to see how it affects my flexibility and mobility.
I'll report back on my results in about a month.

Alternate Chipping Grip

After the last newsletter on chipping, I had a question from a golfer that stated he sets up as I recommended, but he still tends to "scoop" the ball. He wanted to know if he should move the ball further back in his stance. That might actually work for awhile, but it's likely that he needs a more permanent adjustment.

Players that tend to "scoop" the ball are usually flipping the clubhead at or before impact in a subconscious effort to lift the ball into the air. When that happens, the left wrist (or sometimes both wrists) break down causing the flip.

This problem usually manifests itself with every swing, but the bad results are most notable with chipping and putting. I would go so far as to say if you are flipping your chips, that you are most likely flipping your putts also.

When I am teaching a student and notice this problem, most of the time making the student aware of the problem then building the correct hand and wrist positions through impact with specific drills resolves the issue.

When a student still can't maintain the proper hand and wrist angles after awareness and corrective drills (a small percentage), we work on a "left hand low" grip. This grip is seen very often in putting, and it also works like magic for short to medium length chips.

Here's what a "left hand low" grip looks like with a stock chipping stroke:

This photo was taken right after impact. Notice that forward shaft lean has been maintained past the strike, and that the left wrist has stayed perfectly flat. This is exactly how the grip and shaft lean looked at setup. It's a textbook impact position for transporting the angles through the ball for a stock low to medium trajectory chip shot.

If you have trouble making consistent ball contact with your chipping, try this grip and I think you'll love the results.


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