Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 761 - Wednesday April 26, 2023
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: Two Tips To Lower Your Handicap Significantly

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Two Tips To Lower Your Handicap Significantly

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Two Tips To Lower Your Handicap Significantly

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

If you are a mid to high handicap golfer, pay attention. The following two tips will lower your handicap by 20% or possibly more, if you apply them.

"Apply them" means that here's some work involved, but to be honest - tip one may only require some awareness to be very effective.

The Two Tips
  1. Make certain that your putter face is lined up square to your target line at address, that it's square to the line at impact, and that you keep your head perfectly still during your stroke.

    This goes back to rule number one of ball flight, that when a ball is struck, it starts initially in the direction that the clubface is pointing.

    One of the first things I do at a putting lesson is set a ball down with a target line marked, and ask a student what the chances are of the ball going straight towards the target with a severe outside to inside swing path, which I demonstrate without a strike. To a man or woman (or child) , they all say that there's no chance of the ball rolling towards the target. Then I execute a strike with an obnoxiously severe inside to outside swing path - but with the face held square to the line - and the ball rolls straight towards the target.

    There are a couple things that you can do to help the putterface stay square to the line:
    • Adopt a putter grip where the grip fits more into the palm of your left hand than the fingers
    • Do not manipulate the face of the putter during your stroke, make sure that it stays square to your target line at impact.

    This is so simple to practice anywhere that it would be "golf law" criminally negligent to not get good at this. Just do it.

  2. Know The Carry Distances of Your Irons

    This is the number one failure of the casual golfer who says that they want to get better - but they haven't put in the work to learn the carry distances (how far the ball actually flies in the air) of their irons, especially their 7-8-9- and wedges. You should have those distances nailed down to within 3 yards.

    To take this a step further, good players also know the carry distances of their half swing wedge shots.

    Scoring well revolves around knowing these numbers, period.

    You can figure these distances out at the range with a personal launch monitor - I personally use and like the Rapsodo, or a rangefinder, but you need fixed targets for the rangefinder. Another really great way is to rent time on an indoor simulator, put it in the practice mode, and hit your irons.

    I like to warm up then make ten swings with each iron and record the distances. Throw out the high and low outliers, then average the distance of the rest of the swings for your average carry distance.
I officially guarantee that if you are a mid to high handicap golfer and take the time to integrate these two tips into your practice and your game, that you will see a big reduction in your handicap. If you are a mid to low handicapper but have not been doing both of these tips, your handicap will drop too if you do.

Try it, you'll really like it.

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"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Professional, Batavia Country Club
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 perfection1"
~ Ben Hogan