Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 641 - December 30th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

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Drive For Show - Putt For Dough? NO

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


Yours truly was honored as a Top 100 Teacher for the WGTF for the 11th year in a row. Here's a link to the list in the Winter Edition of our Teaching Magazine WGTF 2020-2021 Top 100 Teacher List. There are a few good articles in there too if you have the time to scroll through.

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There's an old saying in golf "Drive For Show, Putt For Dough", but it's simply not valid anymore.

Of course you can't score well unless you are at least a competent putter, but there's a direct correlation between distance off the tee and money earnings on the PGA Tour. Generally speaking, the longest hitters make the most money.
  • More distance off the tee means
  • Shorter approach shots, which means
  • Shots landing closer to the hole, which means
  • More one putts, which means
  • More birdies (and eagles), which means
  • Lower scores
So I'm saying with absolute certainty that getting more distance off the tee will help any player at any level lower their scores.

If you are serious about lowering your scores, hitting it further off the tee should be a large part of your plans for improvement in 2021.

Here are several components involved with hitting the ball further that can be developed or enhanced.
  • Pure body strength. This can be improved with a good progressive resistance weight training regimen that can be done twice per week, for about an hour or less per session. My extensive research on this subject as it relates to golf has indicated that a full body routine with traditional exercises that work pushing and pulling weight on a vertical plane, pushing and pulling weight on a horizontal plane, and some leg work is totally sufficient. There is really no need for some of the exotic "golf specific" workouts that I often see advertised. Traditional weight work done correctly is absolutely and totally sufficient, and it doesn't need to be a huge time investment. If anyone wants a copy of a good twice weekly full body workout, send me an email and I'll send you my own routine. It's good for any age, only the amount of resistance will vary.

  • Stretching After years of researching this subject, I believe that a lot of extra stretching is not necessary. You should execute a brief rehearsal warmup for a movement you intend to execute for a golf swing or an exercise. One caveat - the older you get, the more important it is to do a brief rehearsal warmup of your intended motion done at slow, then medium speed.

  • Pure Swing Speed this can be developed. Here are a couple of older newsletter articles that will get you on the right track: Issues 590, 591, 596, and 599. They can be found here: Newsletter Archives I invested in the swing speed training aids from that I promote in this newsletter. I paid full price and tested their speed swing training clubs, then became an affiliate for their product because after training with them I added swing speed. Click on the link to buy this swing speed training aid and increase your distance off the tee. As I said, I use it in conjunction with my other training and it really works, even if you are a senior player.

  • Center Face Contact You can enhance this skill by actually practicing hitting balls of the toe, the heel, and the center of your driver clubface. Spray the clubface with Dr. Scholl's Foot Powder to monitor the ball contact point on the clubface, and practice with deliberate intention.

  • Use a Long Shaft on your driver, It will add yards of carry distance, but it does take some practice to get used to.

  • Use A Tee That Offers Minimal Resistance This is a real thing. When I coached college golf, our team used "Launcher Golf Tees". You pick up a bit more ball speed due to the reduced friction between the ball and the top of the tee, and every little bit counts. And another plus for these tees is that they are virtually indestructible. That's probably why they raised their price from when I first got them in 2010.
Last word on all of this - if you really want to get better, DON'T BE LAZY, DO THE WORK

Try it, you'll like it.


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