Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 597 - Wed. February 26th, 2020
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If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: 3 Things To Improve On Before The Season Starts

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Tom's Featured Tip: 3 Things To Improve On Before The Season Starts

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

There is still time to improve on three very important aspects of your game before the golf season kicks in here in the Northeast.

They are:
  1. Putting
  2. Swing Speed
  3. Power

The most critical element in making putts is striking the ball with a clubface that is square to your aimline.

The way to practice this is to mark up your putting ramp (or a piece of indoor-outdoor carpeting) with dots and lines, like I have done to my own ramp in my basement.

  • The single dot is 16" away from the double dots.

  • A golf ball's diameter is 1.68", the dots are 2" apart. Challenging but doable.

  • The straight lines behind the ball help you orient the face so it's square to your aimline.

  • Align the ball so that it's pointing straight between the cans (or whatever you choose to use as blockers for off line putts).

  • Stroke putts from the dot through the blockers with varying degrees of pace, from slow to fast.
You'll marvel at how good you'll be at striking the ball squarely on line after getting enough reps in at this practice station. It will also help you attain better distance control because all of your strikes will be fully compressed.


Get the right tools at and work on your swing speed twice per week. Swing speed workouts are outlined here: Issue 591 - Q&A Swing Speed Even if you start now, you can improve your swing speed dramatically by the time the season rolls around.


Young or old, power is important to max out your distance on any shot. As you get into your senior years, you lose a lot of power so you need to do what you can to retain or enhance what you have.

In Issue 595 - More Power For More Distance I covered what you can do to develop power if you lift weights.

Not everyone works out with weights, so here's something that you can do in conjunction with your swing speed training and kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and I came up with this option because I wanted to add jump squats to my power development efforts, but I don't have the ceiling room in my basement to do the exercise properly.

Jump Squats are a plyometric (power development) exercise where you squat down slowly, then jump up explosively and extend your arms upward. Repeat as soon as you land, but don't bounce into the squat, lower yourself in a controlled fashion.

I found this YouTube video demonstration: How To Do Jump Squats

Do a consecutive number of reps, or for a fixed period of time. Add reps or time as your endurance grows. Start with a low number of reps or time, don't rush things.

So I moved my swing speed training outdoors to my garage (yes it's a little brisk but I dress for it) and cycled in jump squats. After I complete ten swing speed swings, I do a set of jump squats. Then I rest as described in the swing speed protocols and repeat with the next set of swings.

The reason I added jump squats in on my two swing speed days is because I consider swing speed training to actually be power training (it fits the definition). So I'm training my core, arms, and hands to swing powerfully. I figured that if I added a lower body plyometric exercise I would pretty much have the golf swing covered, so I added full effort jump squats.

If you are not doing any weight training, at least do jump squats in conjunction with your swing speed training (or as a stand alone exercise). It will definitely help your golf swing power.

Try these three things, you'll really like the results.


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

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