Who the heck is Tom Toski? Don’t you mean Bobby Toski? Actually, I don’t.
Tom Toski is the brother of famed golf instructor Bobby Toski (see pic of me and Bobby above) who has worked with countless pros throughout the years.
I mention this because I recently had a lesson with the “other” Toski (Tommy – see pic below)
He is an amazing individual. 80+ years young and looking fit as a fiddle. He gives lessons at a local golf facility here in Western Massachusetts (Hadley).
When I first called he was booked solid for 2 weeks which I thought was quite amazing. Although I previously attended a group seminar with him about a year ago or so.
What I saw there was simply amazing. Here he is at 80 something and roping these unbelievable drives – I mean mouth-watering drives – long, straight and true. THEN he turned the driver around and was popping drives with the BACK of the driver – crazy stuff 😉
What he told me on the range the other day is not the “secret” or anything I have not heard or read about somewhere but a solid fundamental that we all need to be reminded of.
He mentioned how important it is to be “level” in your backswing – that is, your shoulder not dipping but maintaining a relatively even turn (think baseball swing) AND also to keep as STILL as possible. Kept telling me to keep “quiet” during the swing. Of course a big part of this is a quiet (and still) head. (we’ve heard that before, right?)
Additionally, the Toski’s are big proponents of small muscles and not large ones. This goes against a lot of the Leadbetter style teaching of using the bigger muscles as a focus.
Said that is one of the biggest misconceptions in golf.
Talked a lot about holding the club like a feather and using arm speed. Getting “feel” back into your hands. Of course, to do that you need to be relaxed in the arms and upper body(which is not always as easy as it sounds). If you need a few ideas on this check out our free PDF: 21 Ways to Produce a More Powerful, Effortless Golf Swing
I enjoyed the lesson tremendously and loved talking “shop” with a member of one of the legendary golf teaching families in the game.
And, if you’re ever up in this neck of the woods – do yourself a favor and book a lesson with Mr. Toski.
You’ll get lesson and a whole lot more.
How to Feel a Real Golf Swing: Mind-Body Techniques from Two of Golf’s Greatest Teachers (by Tom Toski and Davis Love Jr.)
Bob Toski’s Complete Guide to Better Golf (by Bob Toski)
Tension Free Golf: Unleashing Your Greatest Shots More Often (by Dean Reinmuth with forward by Bob Toski – *Highly recommended)