Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 516 - Wed. July 25th, 2018
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


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Junior Golfers: Details For Junior Golf Camp at BCC
Tom's Featured Tip: Golf Ball Longevity and Durability; My Golf Ball Switch
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
Sponsors: Plum Creek Driving Range 
Batavia Country Club
Chestnut Hill Country Club 

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Junior Golf Camp at BCC: Dates and Details

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

We still have some slots open for next week and the week after. If you have a junior golfer that wants to have some fun and also learn about golf, sign him or her up today! For more information or to register, please contact the Batavia Country Club (585) 343-7600 ext 10.

I will be running the BCC Junior Golf Program for boys and girls again this year, assisted by Roxanne Noeth (BCC Ladies Club Champion). We look forward to providing a great golf experience for each and every junior golfer participant.

This years camp will run for five days, Monday through Friday. Monday through Thursday will include instruction, play, and contests, and Friday will be an abbreviated Tournament.

There will be a ten minute break half way through each session, players should bring their own beverages and snacks.

The BCC Junior Golf Camp dates are as follows:

Ages 7 - 9: July 9 - 13 COMPLETED
Ages 10 - 15: July 23 - 27 and July 30 - August 3

The BCC Junior Golf Camp hours are as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 11 am
Friday - Tournament starts at 6:45 am sharp and usually takes about 90 minutes.


The cost for an individual junior golfer is $99 for the week. If two siblings attend during the same week, the cost drops to $89 per junior golfer.

Players will need to bring their own equipment.

For more information or to register, please contact the Batavia Country Club (585) 343-7600 ext 10.

Payment is required to reserve your spot.

Tom's Featured Tip: Golf Ball Longevity and Durability; My Golf Ball Switch

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

In response to a question about golf ball longevity and durability, here's what Frederick Waddell, senior manager of golf-ball product management at Titleist had to say.

"Play it 'till you lose it. As long as the ball looks good to your eye, it's ready for the next tee, he says. You're not going to wear the ball out by playing it round after round, and you won't decrease its ball speed or lower its spin rate. That said, if it hits something like a tree or cartpath, give it a close look. Shear or scuff marks about the size of a dime or greater will likely affect the dimples and compromise its aerodynamics."

It was refreshing to see that he didn't take the opportunity to recommend a new sleeve of Pro V1s every round. But really, he's right, and credit to him for an honest answer.

My Golf Ball Switch

When I talk with students about the importance of finding the right ball for their swing and their game, I tell them this story.

Many years ago - around 20 I believe - Titleist manufactured the Titleist Professional 90 ball and the Titleist Professional 100 ball. The 90 was for swing speeds in the 90 mph range, the 100 was for swing speeds in the 100 mph range.

I absolutely loved the Professional 90 ball, it was my favorite ball of all time. It fit my game and my swing extremely well. For me it was a great blend of long off the tee, yet still soft enough to hold greens. I tend to hit the ball high anyway, so I don't need too much spin. I've always played with the mentality of hitting a green below the hole and playing for a little release, rather than playing at or past the hole and spinning it back a lot. I can pull that spinning shot off if I absolutely need to, but my preference is otherwise for good scoring.

When I found out that Titleist was discontinuing the Professional 90 ball, I bought a dozen boxes to give myself time to test and compare other balls against it to find a close match.

The closest match was the ProV1, and I played it for about 15 years, until last year when I switched to a Bridgestone ball. After a good amount of time, I switched back to the ProV1, and I've shot some decent scores with it - I've shot my age at least once per year since I turned 69, and I'm 71 now. I noticed that I wasn't driving it as long as I'd like to (who does 😊) and I am pretty sure that I wasn't compressing it enough due to not enough swing speed.

Then I saw an article about a new premium ball that Titleist recently came out with - the AVX.

It was touted as "a premium performance golf ball for golfers who prioritize distance and extremely soft feel with a piercing, low ball flight. It has been engineered to be the lowest flying, lowest spinning and softest feeling high performance golf ball in the Titleist line."

It's a lower compression ball designed for a slower swing speed - in the mid 80's to low 90's.

So I bought a box, and I'm totally pumped because I think my search for a replacement ball for the Professional 90 has ended!

The other day I had a break in my schedule so I went to BCC and played a few scattered holes. The distance I picked up off the tee was absolutely noteworthy, the ball stopped fine on the greens, and it rolled like a ProV1 when I stroked putts. PLUS it also comes in a lime yellow color which I like but is unavailable in the ProV1.

I don't get anything from Titleist for endorsing this ball, I don't even get a deal on the premium range price. I pay the same as you do (but I don't lose many).

I'm just letting all of you ProV1 players that have a slower swing speed know that this ball may suit your game better. It's more of a land and release ball vs. an extreme spin back ball, so if you play for a little release, I highly recommend this ball.

Keep in mind that if you are playing a par 3 that requires more stopping power, you have options. It's within the rules of golf to play a different ball from tee to green during a round (Rule 15-1) unless you are playing in a tournament that specifies the One Ball Condition. Absent the one ball condition - which is pretty much used only in very high level competition - you would have the option of using a ProV1 from tee to green if you needed more spin. It would certainly be worth considering under certain situations.

If you play often in windy conditions, this ball definitely cuts through the wind better than either the ProV1 or the ProV1x for sure because it spins less.

If you are a ProV1 player with a lower swing speed (85mph - 92mph) who's looking for a little more total distance off the tee, give this ball a try - I really think you'll like it.


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


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
there's a link for Plum Creek info here:

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.

Outdoor Lessons Details and Rates:

Indoor Lessons Details and Rates:



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.

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