083 – Focusband Golf Improvement – And Beyond! – Graham Boulton Interview

Focusband Golf Improvement:

AND Much More!

Focusband Golf ImprovementWelcome to Episode 83 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on Custom Club Fitting – Short Game Improvement – and Effective Practice Techniques – to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Graham Boulton – CEO and Co-Founder of the Focusband Brain Training System.

  • Graham provides and overview of some of the most important efforts his team has been working on in the past few months – Breathing included!

  • He discusses how young people can get great use out of the Focusband FluidMynd and Fast & Forward Focusband apps.

  • Graham gives some details on the development and release of the new Focusband Neuro Skills App.

  • I talked about wearing Focusband "around the house" – and Graham provides some extra thoughts about how to enhance my use of Focusband (surprising!).

  • During the interview, Graham shares some interesting success stories from Tour Golfers – and their Teams – on how they effectively use the Focusband and Focusband Apps.

  • He discusses some new developments in using Focusband and other strategies to help people who have Parkinson's disease and PTSD symptoms.  He also talks about the soon to be released Neuro Life App.

  • Finally – Graham gives some final advice for simple things golfers and all of us to can do to improve our golf games and our lives.

Thanks Graham for the GREAT things you are doing to Golfers and All Of Us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the Focusband Brain Training System – Click HERE!

To see the Focusband Story Time Line – Click HERE!

To learn more about the "Just Do Something Every Day" web site – Click HERE!

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Big Putter Grips – Why?

Big Putter Grips?

Ask Yourself The Right Questions!

Big Putter GripsWe all want a Magic Bullet to improve some part of our golf game – and often the most looked for area is putting.  Big Putter Grips are one of these potential Magic Bullets for golfers – but you should be a little careful to ask yourself WHY you think this will help you.

A good example comes from a putting instruction session I did this weekend.  This golfer has been struggling making putts, and decided to put a very large putter grip on his putter to "help him take his hands out of his stroke."  This is the reason I typically hear for making a decision to play with a large putter grip – but sometimes it may not be the right choice to help golfers putt their best.

In this case, one of the golfer's struggles was with Speed Control.  Not only did he look very tense in his putting setup, but he would "add a little extra" to his stroke – add velocity – after impact.  I suggested he consider that the big grip was not allowing him to naturally create speed in his putting stroke.  I had him try a smaller putter grip – and you could immediately see this felt better for him and he was more relaxed.  He still has some work to do to get rid of that "extra speed" after impact, but he now will have a grip that is a better fit for him.

"Taking Your Hands Out Of Your Stroke?" – well, maybe – but perhaps you can go too far in that.  We hold the putter in our hands  Our hands can help us – when we make good, natural putting strokes – to be Putting Artists.  So consider these thoughts and questions if you are thinking of putting a very large grip on your putter…

  • Will taking your hands out of your stroke improve your speed control and ability to make putts – or will it possibly promote you making a more mechanical, less effective putting stroke?
  • If you change to a larger putter grip, what does that grip weigh and does any change in weight affect your feel in your putting stroke?  Some larger putter grips weigh as much as 60 grams more than conventional smaller putter grips.

  • Finally – did you experiment and test, or just putt a new grip on the putter and hope for better results?  Putting performance is important! – take the time to investigate some different grip options.  Who knows, you might be surprised at the grip that works best for YOU!!

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082 – Helping Young Golfers! – Peter Weisel Interview

Helping Young Golfers To Play Their Best

And Enjoy Our Great Game!

Helping Young GolfersWelcome to Episode 82 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Peter Weisel from Peter Weisel Golf – PGA Professional and Junior Golf Coordinator at the Roanoke Country Club in Roanoke, VA

  • Peter tells us how he became a PGA teaching professional, and how he developed a speciality of teaching young golfers.

  • He talks about the easiest things to work on with young golfers – and the most difficult things.

  • Peter discusses how he works with U. S. Kids Golf clubs to create junior golf club sets for his young golfers.

  • I noted to Peter that I often see young golfers playing with "hand me down" putters; he talks about what he does to ensure that his students play with putters that fit them.

  • He tells us about some of the ways he challenges his young golfers in his lessons with them, to help them improve and have fun during their instruction.

  • Peter shares some of the most fun and satisfying experiences he has had with some of the young golfers he teaches.

  • Finally, Peter shares some Final Advice for young golfers and golfers of all ages, to help them play better and enjoy the game more!

Keep It Up Peter – GREAT WORK!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Peter Weisel and Peter Weisel Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Operation 36 Golf Program that we talked about – Click HERE!

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Putting Improvement eBook Revisited!

Taking A Fresh Look At My

Putting Improvement eBook!

Putting Improvement eBook

In March 2014, I published "It's Time YOU Improved Your Putting!" – a free ebook available as a download from my web site.  It seemed like a good time to take a fresh look at the information in the eBook, and see if I think there are any tweeks that might be worthwhile to make in it.

  • The majority of the content in the eBook is in my view still right on the mark. Three chapters in the eBook that I still strongly agree with Take Your Daily Putting Vitamin, Zero In For Success, and Be Your Putting Best Friend.
  • I fully endorse, for example, that to become a great putter you need to put in the time and practice.  But, to me, even if you cannot spend a least an hour or more a week on your putting – 10 minutes of daily purposeful practice in your basement will help you improve.

  • I had an experience in my daily basement putting practice – and yes I do this – that was a wakeup call for me last week.  I have a 3 foot and 5 foot  putting setup where I putt to a PuttOut training aid (which I love, by the way).  Well, just for fun I thought I would practice without Puttout – putting to a small piece of tape (1/2 inch wide) that I use for locating the PuttOut.  3 putts each from 3 and 5 feet – EVERY one was dead center on the target.  Whoa!  So creating small targets in your putting – and even for long putts – I think can pay benefits.

  • There were two chapters in the eBook – No More Putting Divorces, and Straight Is Great.  After my time learning from David Orr from the Flatstick Academy, I am not so sure that there is one putter toe-hang style that is best for a particular type of golfer's stroke.  And – while for many golfers putting a putting grip on "straight" is the best thing to do – I am now open to installing putter grips that are turned one way or the other to fit a golfer's putting style.

On balance then, many golfers will still get great benefit from reading this eBook.  Here is the link where you can download it (if you have not done so already)…

Download "It's Time YOU Improve Your Putting!"

If you already receive my blogs and podcasts by email, and you want me to send you this eBook directly – email me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Tony

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081 – True Length Technology – Dan Connelly Interview

"Stand Athletic" And Shoot Lower Scores

With True Length Technology!

True Length TechnologyWelcome to Episode 81 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Podcast interview with Dan ConnellyDan's Custom Golf Shop in Hampton, Ontario, Canada – and inventor of True Length Technology.

  • Dan discusses how he first became interested in true custom club fitting.

  • He tells us what lead him to develop the True Length Technology (TLT) club fitting and club building process – and describes the "A Ha!" moments he had in developing TLT.

  • Dan discusses the main benefits of TLT – in particular for longer irons and hybrids, and for short irons.

  • He talks in particular about how the TLT process can help golfers who need longer clubs, and women and junior golfers who need shorter clubs than standard.

  • Dan walks us through what a TLT fitting looks like in his shop.

  • He shares some of the most satisfying success stories for golfers who are playing with custom fit TLT club sets.

  • Finally Dan provides some Final Words for golfers to help them play their best!

Great information Dan – thanks for sharing it with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Dan Connelly, Dan's Custom Golf Shop, and True Length Technology – Click HERE!

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Square Clubface – Straighter and Longer Shots!

Can Having A Square Clubface

At Address Really Matter?

Square Clubface

Well, having a square clubface at address was not going to be today's blog post topic – but the fitting session I just finished was just too neat to not talk about!

I am working with a good golfer who had surgery 2 years ago and who is getting back into golf.  We have been doing an hour-at-a-time fitting.  Today was the second session.

Almost all of his shots have been a small push or a little slice to the right.  We tested a number of different shafts, heads, lie angles, lengths.  Just about every shot to the right.

This type of shot pattern usually results from a face-to-path difference often in the range of 6 degrees.  For him, often path 4 degrees left, face 2 degrees right.

SO! – I wondered – could he actually be aiming his clubface to the right?  We checked – and for HIM this was important.  He did not realize he had his face open at address. Square face – smaller face to path difference at impact – straighter shots – more distance – almost immediately.  Now he is going back to practice this and get it locked in – and we will be able to finish the fitting in our next session.

Little things, little things – how much they can matter never ceases to amaze me!

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080 – Your Putting Story! – Preston Combs Interview

Know Your Putting Story

To Make More Putts!

Your Putting StoryWelcome to Episode 80 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

My Challenge To YOU – Know Your Putting Story!

Interview with Preston Combs from Your Par Golf – Lead Coach at Don Parsons Golf Instruction in Santa Barbara, CA, and specialist in Putting Coaching and Improvement.

  • Preston talks about how he became a PGA Teaching Professional and Putting Improvement Expert.

  • In addition to using the SAM PuttLab, he talks about other (often simple!) putting teaching aids he uses in his putting coaching.

  • Preston shares the importance for golfers of "having a clear picture" of what they presently do in their putting strokes – and of what they can do to improve their strokes.

  • One of his great web site videos is "The Accelerating Putter Head."  He talks about this myth in putting, and concepts golfers can use to improve their strokes and their speed control.

  • Preston shares some of the things he does to help golfers improve the Mental Side of their putting strokes, and some experiences he has had helping golfers improve in this area.

  • He discusses helping golfers become better at those important 3 to 5 foot putts – and why he likes seeing golfers become great at putting inside of 8 feet.

  • Preston gives us a preview of what will be coming on the soon-to-be-released SAM PuttLab 6 software update.

  • Finally – Preston shares some Final Words on specific things golfers can do to learn to putt their best!

Home Run Interview Preston, Thanks!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Preston Combs at Your Par Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Visio Mi Putting Templates – Click HERE!

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Hole In One #1!

Congrats To Larry Weiss For His

Recent Hole In One!

Hole In One #1

Well, I knew that it was just a matter of time before someone made a Hole In One using Game Improvement Golf custom fit clubs.  And last week it happened – so please allow me to be pretty giddy about this!  

A good friend – Larry Weiss, pictured above – on April 26 made a Hole In One on Hole #3 at the Oak Ridge Country Club.  He hit a 9 iron from 120 yards, one hop into the cup!  His custom built clubs are Mizuno JPX 900 Forged heads, KBS Tour 90 S flex shafts, and rebuilt by me to constant MOI specs based on the custom fitting we did in late 2016.

Way to go Larry!  I am getting a plaque made for him commemorating this achievement.  Now the floodgates are open to all of my other golfing clients!

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Is Timing Everything?  On Saturday May 13, I will be doing a Mizuno Fitting Day at the Centennial Golf Academy – from 10 am to 2 pm.  Click This Link to find out more details.  Contact me SOON to arrange an appointment time!

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Tony

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079 – Talking Golf Turf with Dr. Brandon Horvath!

"Talking Golf Turf" With

Turf Pathologist Dr. Brandon Horvath!

Talking Golf Turf

Welcome to Episode 79 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Podcast interview with Dr. Brandon HorvathAsst. Professor of Turfgrass Science in the University of Tennessee Department of Turfgrass Science & Management.

  • Brandon talks about how he first became interested in a career in turfgrass science and managing turfgrass diseases.
  • He shares with us the most important factors that make golf greens play great but also stay healthy.
  • Brandon talks about some of the things that have changed and improved in golf green management over the past 30 years – and what is on the horizon for "the greens of the future."
  • He discusses the major  typs of turf grasses used in fairways – and how these grass types have changed over the past 30 years.
  • Brandon shares information on the main considerations for maintaining golf course rough areas throughout a golf course year.
  • He talks about the relationships of turf scientists with golf course superintendents – how they learn from superintendents, and how superintendents learn from turf scientists.
  • Finally – Brandon provides some Final Takeaways for golfers to remember about turf grass – and some info. that give golfers a "little edge" in shooting lower scores!

Fascinating Brandon! – thanks for taking the time to share this information with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the UT Turfgrass Science & Management Programs – Click HERE!

To learn more about the GREAT Rounds 4 Research Fundraising Event (May 1 to 7) – Click HERE!

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