Professional Golf Lessons - Thomas Tucker
WGTF "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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 Outdoor Lesson Details and Rates

  Private Lessons On Location 
 How To Get Lessons      Full Swing Development 
 Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking Lesson     Putting Lesson     Chipping Lesson  
 The Fundamentals Five Private Lessons Package     Personalized Five Lesson Package  
  Three Lesson Package      Playing Lessons 
 Private Lessons     Private Junior Lessons     Couples or Two Person Lessons 
 Refresher Lesson     Group Lessons     Gift Certificates 

Hi Tom:

I found my golf lessons to be very informative and extremely beneficial. I have already seen improvement in my game.

Your emails before and after the lessons are excellent tools to help remember all of the aspects taught at our lessons. I looked forward to my lessons each week and you provided me with some much needed confidence in my ability to play the game of golf. Thanks to you I might actually enjoy playing the game of golf and not get so frustrated.

My husband and I took lessons last year from another professional at (name of country club in Rochester withheld by editor) which I thought was a big waste of money. The lessons we received there came no where close to the level at which you teach and the in-depth knowledge you provide at your lessons.

I will stay in touch and let you know if I reach my goal to beat my husband in a round of golf this year.

Thanks again for everything,

Lynette C.

Private Lessons On Location

Includes travel to your location for lessons, practice balls must be supplied by student(s).

Rates are as follows:
  • Travel fee of $.50 per mile, round trip.
  • One individual - private lesson fee of $60 per hour, one hour minimum, extra time billed in 15 minute increments.
  • Group rates available.
  • Cash or check payment due upon completion of lesson.

Refresher Lesson

For students that have taken a lesson package in the past, 30 minutes in duration, focused on what the student wants reviewed.

Rate: $35 for 30 minutes

Cash or check payment due upon completion of lesson.

Full Swing Development

My training sequence for developing a student's full swing is as follows:

  1. Why the ball goes where it goes, and finding the low point of your swing - the Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking lesson, is the first lesson I always give to any serious student. It focuses on educating the student on why and how the ball starts out in a certain direction, and why and how it curves; and where the bottom of their swing falls. Then the student learns the correct ball position and weight placement to hit the ball first and ground second as well as how to start it down their aimline.

  2. Develop sufficient swing speed - the student is taught how to swing in a way that utilizes their natural leverage in order to hit the ball with sufficient power to play the course.

  3. Optimize accuracy - I use a "target cone" concept in my teaching. Keeping your shots within your target cone is a principle of accuracy that defines a "one sided miss". Your target cone starts at the target line and moves laterally about twenty yards to the right for a right handed player that plays a draw. But keeping it within the cone is only half the battle, because the shot curvature also needs to be consistent. Accomplishing this involves educating the student on why golf balls curve the way they do, as well as many swing repetitions to have the student learn a swing that produces a consistent starting line and curvature. The reasons for why a ball starts in a certain direction and what causes it to curve are covered in the Ball Flight Laws portion of the Ball-Striking lesson.

There are quite a few moving parts within each of the above segments, we proceed as fast as the student can handle the information.

During the course of lessons, swing theory is discussed in as much detail - or as little detail - as the student desires. A main goal of my teaching is to have students understand the concept of their swing so that they can self-correct their mistakes when they are practicing or playing. That's where the Ball Flight Laws information is critical.

How To Get Lessons

Call or text Tom Tucker at (716) 474-3005, or contact him via email at

Range balls for outdoor lessons are included in the price; premium golf balls are used for individual and two person putting and chipping lessons.

All lessons provide a thorough explanation of each subject so that the student will have a good fundamental understanding of each technique. Students that select a package deal have access to lesson preview notes, and they receive lesson follow up comments on a personal web page. The preview notes with lesson follow up comments serve as a great reference for practice and review.

Each Fundamental and Private lesson for an individual runs about 45 minutes. Private Junior Lessons run 30 minutes.

Please Note that Indoor lessons are structured and priced differently, please click here for Indoor Lesson information.

The Fundamentals Five Private Lessons Package

Fundamental lessons are broken down into five modules: ball striking, putting, chipping, and the full swing (two lessons).

  1.  Ball Flight Laws & Ball Striking   This lesson covers the cornerstone of any good swing. It's probably the most important lesson any golfer should take, because what you learn at this lesson will benefit every swing you'll ever need to use in golf. 

    The focus of this lesson is to learn the reasons why a ball starts out in a certain direction, and what makes it curve in a certain way. Then you will learn the correct body and club positions for the "moment of truth" in golf, the impact position when the ball is compressed by the clubhead.

    Some instructors teach that there is only one way to grip the club, one way for correct alignment, one correct posture, and one way to swing the club. Although these are fundamentals, they are "variable" fundamentals. In other words there is more than one way to do some of these "fundamentals" correctly.

    Having said that, if there is one absolute fundamental in golf, it's the correct body and club positions during the impact interval.   At your Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking lesson you'll learn how to get to the impact position correctly - and when you can do that consistently, you're on your way to being able to play the game.

    Training your body and brain to be in sync during the impact interval is really what the golf swing is all about.

  2. Putting   during the fundamental putting lesson we discuss equipment and how environmental and other factors affect putting. The student will also
    • learn a putting grip
    • learn a repeatable putting stroke,
    • learn how to develop a stock putting stroke to become a good lag putter,
    • learn to stroke a putt directly down their intended aimline,
    • learn how to stroke short putts,
    • learn drills to continue practicing correctly on your own

    The student will leave this lesson with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of putting. Virtually every student that has taken the fundamental putting lesson has cut down on their "three putt" holes, which will improves scoring in a hurry. Steve Williams, Tiger Woods' old caddie, tracked a statistic that was very telling - when Tiger woods didn't three putt, he won 85% of the time!

    In my opinion, there is no reason why anyone can not become an excellent putter if they know what to do and are willing to practice.

    After this lesson, students will know what to do and how to practice.

    That brings up the "practice" part, and it's very specific to the course you are playing. You need to get the feel for the speed of the greens at any specific course on any specific day by getting to the course early and testing the speed of the greens as you are taught in the fundamental putting lesson. When you understand how to prepare like this and do so, you will approach the first tee with confidence.

  3. Chipping    Covers proper chipping technique to develop a "skull proof" chipping stroke. If a student is a poor chipper, he or she will be much improved after this lesson.

  4. The Full Swing (two lessons)    Students are taught an efficient, repeatable, full swing method for irons (one lesson) and for the driver (one lesson) .

    The Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking lesson is a pre-requisite for this lesson, otherwise it would be like trying to learn to run before you learned how to walk.

    We review and refine the swing motion covered in the Ball Striking lesson, then we work on backswing and downswing movements to get the club into the impact position with power.

    We will go through various drills and hit balls, and may spend some time on developing a pre-shot routine,

  5. RATES   The rate for the individual private Ball Flight Laws - Ball Striking Lesson (45 minutes) is $60.

    The rate for all other Fundamental Private Lesson Modules (Putting, Chipping, and Full Swing (1) & (2) all 45 minutes) is $50.

    The rate for the Fundamental Five Lessons Package Deal is $235, a $35 savings. Payment for each lesson is payable after each lesson - $55 for the ball striking lesson, $45 for others.

    All lessons include range balls or other balls used for the lesson.

Personalized Five Lesson Package

This package is available to any "initiated" golfer, one that has played the game for awhile and has a basic understanding of his or her swing. The outline for the five lessons will be determined after consultation with the student.

The rate for 5 Lesson Package for an individual is $235 if the full ball striking lesson is included in the outline, $225 if it's not. The lessons duration is 45 minutes per lesson. Range balls are included. Payment for each lesson is payable after each lesson - $55 for the ball striking lesson, $45 for others.

Three Lesson Package

This package is available to any golfer that just wants training for their full swing.

The three lessons are comprised of:
  • The Ball Striking Lesson (normally $60)
  • Two Full Swing Lessons (normally $50 each)

The rate for Three Lesson Package for an individual is $150 total, payable after the first lesson.
The rate for Three Lesson Package for couples is $105 per person total, payable after the first lesson.

Playing Lessons

Playing Lessons are conducted at the Batavia Country Club, located at 7909 Batavia - Byron Rd, Batavia NY 14020

For a playing lesson, the student decides beforehand on how they want it to proceed. It can be done several different ways:
  1. The instructor can play each hole with the student and discuss course management, club and shot selection for every shot;
  2. The instructor can play along and critique each hole after it's played;
  3. The instructor does not play at all, but coaches the student on course management and club selection shot by shot during the round;
  4. Or any variation of the above that the student wants.

9 Hole Playing Lesson Rate - Student and instructor play 9 holes of golf at BCC, cost is $150, includes greens fees and cart fees.

Private Lessons

One-on-one personalized instruction.

Designed for experienced golfers with intermediate or advanced skill levels. Private lessons are usually the choice for students that either want to improve their game overall, improve on a specific aspect of their game, or correct a problem.

Private lessons are flexible. If a student already knows the problem they want to address we can structure an outline for that accordingly. A Private lesson is not usually a quick fix, but on rare occasions a student only needs to repair one segment of their swing to realize vast improvement. Please note however, that is very much the exception rather than the rule.

The rate for a Private Lesson for an individual is $50, range balls included. The duration of the lesson is 45 minutes.

Private Junior Lessons

For players 13 years of age and younger: 30 minutes - $30, range balls included.

Couples or Two Person Lessons

This is my most popular lesson format for friends and couples, The rate for a two person lesson is $40 per student per lesson ($50 for the Ball Striking Lesson) a 20% savings off of single person lessons. Range balls used at the lesson are included. Lessons run 45 minutes to an hour in length. The Pre-Paid Fundamentals Five Lesson Package cost for two students is $175 per student, a savings of $35 per student, range balls are included.

NEW The Pre-Paid Three Lesson Package cost for two students is $105 per student, payable at the end of the first lesson, range balls are included.

This package is available to any golfer that just wants training for their full swing.

The three lessons for two students are comprised of:
  • The Ball Striking Lesson (normally $50)
  • Two Full Swing Lessons (normally $40 each)

Group Lessons

Group Lessons / Clinics include Fundamental instruction on either putting, short chipping, ball striking , or the full swing. Students really enjoy the friendly yet competitive aspects of the clinics.

Group lesson schedules will be posted here during the season

The Group Lesson rate is $40 per student, range balls included, 4 student minimum.

Gift Certificates

Contact Tom Tucker by email at

I'll get the necessary details from you then I send you an email telling the recipient that he or she has received a gift of golf lessons from you. Then you print out the email, place it in a gift card, and present it to the recipient.

Payment is due when the student books the lesson, not before. That way you don't have to worry about paying for something in the event that it's not used.

How To Get Lessons

Contact Tom Tucker through his cell phone (716) 474-3005,
or by email at

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