061 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Graham Boulton Interview – New FocusBand Apps!

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New FocusBand Apps Enhance The Value Of

FocusBand For Golf Improvement!

New FocusBand AppsFocusBand Apps

Welcome to Episode 61 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information about custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Graham Boulton, co-founder of the FocusBand Mind Training Headset:

  • Graham talks about his team's motivation to create new resources to help golfers effectively use the FocusBand for golf and mental improvement.
  • He talks about two recently released apps – YogaBrain and NeuroVision – and how these integrate with the FocusBand and how they can be used.
  • Graham also talks about the FocusBand Advanced Training – "Neuro Combined" – and tells the story of one PGA Tour player who has effectively used this training process to improve his play.
  • Finally – Graham provides some final words about the FocusBand and the new Apps – and how these can be used not only for golfing improvement but for life improvement.

Thanks Graham for letting us all know about your new FocusBand Training Improvements!

Useful Web Links:

To learn general information about the FocusBand Mind Training Headset – Click HERE!

To learn details about the new FocusBand YogaBrain App – Click HERE!

To learn information about the new FocusBand NeuroVision App – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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A Sensible Custom Club Fitting Day!

Sometimes "Sensible" Custom Club Fitting 

Can Create The Best Results!

Sensible Custom Club Fitting

Today I had a visitor from Little Rock, Arkansas – a seven hour drive to see me.  Pretty exciting that someone would take that much time to let me help him with his game.  He did driver and putter fitting sessions with me.  The result of the day – particularly for the driver – were not quite what I might have expected them to be.  I view the day – looking back – as a day of applying "sensible custom club fitting" principles to get him the results he needed.  Here are some details for the driver fitting…

  • First of all, he had a good repeatable golf swing – about 85 mph swing speed with his driver, perhaps a little early wrist release but still his swing was not an issue.
  • He actually brought 2 drivers with him that he was presently using.  Both Tom Wishon Golf 919 THI driver heads – one 10.75 degree loft square face, the other about 12 degree loft and about 1.5 degree open face angle.  
  • The 10.75 degree loft driver had a $300 shaft in it – stiff flex.  The 12 degree loft driver had a Wishon S2S White R flex shaft in it.  Actually the Wishon shaft was one I expected might be a good fit for his swing speed and release pattern.
  • At his 85 mph swing speed, I would expect his optimized carry distance would be in the range of 210 yards.  And with both clubs, he was able to hit some shots at near 210 yard carry, and sometimes with rollout to 230 to 240 yards.  Pretty good results with an 85 mph swing speed!
  • However – he felt he had to "push" to hit good shots with the driver with the $300 shaft.  And, at 63 years old, he was not sure he could "keep up with this shaft" much longer.
  • We did some tests with a light weight (about 50 gram) Arthur Sports XCaliber R flex shaft and also got excellent results with this one – again, in range of 210 yard carry and 230 to 240 yard total distance.  And he loved the overall feel of this shaft
  • So – No New Driver Needed – a good option for him is to reshaft his 10.75 degree driver with the very stiff shaft and put the XCaliber shaft in it.  Makes sense!
  • AND – the fitting results gave him confidence that he had two driver options that could help him play his best.

The putter fitting part of the day was probably the part he liked the most…

  • He was playing with a 34-1/2 inch putter and it was definitely too short for him.  At setup the ball was way – at least 1 inch and maybe more – inside of his site line.  He aimed this putter about 2 to 3 inches left of a simulated golf hole – from 6 feet away – at address.
  • We found a SeeMore putter at 36 inches length that he felt much more comfortable with at setup, and that allowed him to at address have the ball right under his eyes, and which he could aim well.  The added benefit is this extra length put less stress on his back at address.
  • Then we tested with different amounts of counterweight down the shaft and different weight locations (Tour Lock Pro Opti Vibe Weights).  The best performing option was a 75 gram Opti Weight 3-1/2 inches down the putter shaft..

A fun "sensible" day of golf improvement!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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060 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Cordie Walker, World Scientific Congress of Golf Highlights!

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Cordie Walker Shares Some Great Highlights from the

2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf!

World Scientific Congress of Golf

Welcome to Episode 60 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 Cordie Walker – Creator of the Golf Science Labs and Golf In The Life Of web sites and podcasts.

  • Cordie talks about his motiviation for creating the Golf Science Labs and Golf In The Life Of sources of information for golf coaches and golfers.
  • He provides some great insights – and information you might be surprised at – from the recent World Scientific Congress of Golf presentations he attended.
  • Cordie talks about the most interesting surprise information he discovered at this event – and in particular the "Pinehurst Studies."
  • He talks about playing golf in Scotland, and about the Constraints Based Coaching Workshop that he participated in.
  • Cordie summarizes the Biggest Takeaways he wants golfers to remember from the World Golf Congress.
  • Finally, he gives a few hints about Upcoming New Content coming soon to the Golf Science Labs!

This interview did not disappoint – Thanks Cordie!

Useful Web Links!

To learn more about the Golf Science Labs content and information – Click HERE!

To find more details about the 2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf – Click HERE!

To read a quick summary of the Congress – Click HERE!

To watch a video about Constraints Based Golf Coaching – Click HERE!

Finally – to read the Game Improvement Golf August 2016 Newsletter – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Some Thoughts On “Tee It Forward!”

Deciding When And How To "Tee It Forward!"

Tee It Forward

Last Saturday Des Mahoney – my partner at the Centennial Golf Academy – mentioned to me a formula he likes for making a decision on golf course lengths a golfer should play. Here is this simple formula (no exact reference, but he said he has seen it a number of times on the web):

Your Golf Course Length = 36 times your typical 5 iron shot distance

Presently, I play from 6,400 yard tees.  How does this formula "stand up" for at least my personal game?  Well, pretty well I think.  I hit a 5 iron about 180 yards – so with this formula this says I should be playing a course of about 6,300 yards.  So 6,400 yards is maybe a little stretch for me – and in fact it is.

The USGA and the PGA for their "Tee It Forward" initiative have created a chart – Here Is The Link – that gives their recommendations on the course lengths that golfers should play – based on how far they hit their drives.  How does this chart stack up for me? – again pretty well.  My good drives – not outstanding, good – are about 240 yards total – so the USGA would say I should play 6,200 to 6,400 yard tees.

There is another neat concept that I have seen in the past – Combo Tees.  For my game, a course of about 6,200 to 6,300 yards would seem to be a great fit.  Challenging, but not too easy.  Some courses in the country I know are using this concept, and it really seems like a sensible way to help golfers play a course that will let them have the most fun.

Takeaway – the "Tee It Forward" concept is one of the really great ideas that the USGA and PGA have embraced, and you should too.  Using the two correlations I have quoted here – find a set of tees that make the game fun for you, but also challenge you!

Any Other Suggested Ways To Determine How To Determine Your "Play It Forward" Tees – Please Comment Below!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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059 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Des Mahoney Interview – On Course Golf Coaching!

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On Course Golf Coaching Leads To

Golfers Shooting Lower Scores!

On Course Golf Coaching

Welcome to Episode 59 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 Des Mahoney from Des Mahoney Golf – PGA Golf Instructor at the Centennial Golf Academy in Oak Ridge, TN

  • Des talks about His Story – how he became a PGA Teaching Professional and how he came to Oak Ridge, TN and the Centennial Golf Academy.
  • Des now offers a Coaching Based Instruction Program (starting about a year ago).  He talks about why he started this new program, and what he particularly likes about this approach to helping golfers achieve their potential.
  • Des describes a typical on-course coaching session with golfers – what they do, and what they particularly pay attention to on the golf course.
  • He talks about the importance of golfers tracking some key statistics when they play, and what he has his students track when they play.
  • Des describes a few of the most satisfying golfer success stories for golfers who have gone through his new coaching program.
  • Finally, Des provides some Final Takeaways to golfers who want to learn to play to their potential and significantly lower their scores.

Thanks Des for describing this great approach to helping golfers play their best and have more fun on the golf course!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Des Mahoney Golf and his new On Course Coaching Based Instruction Program  Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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September Is Golf Club Experiment Month!

What Golf Club Experiment Would

YOU Like To Perform?

Golf Club Experiment

For at least the past 5 years, I have played with a Wishon 919 THI driver that is 44-1/4 inches long, with a 69 gram shaft, and a 12 gram counterweight in the butt end of the club.  However, on our AGCP internal club fitting forum, we have talked a lot lately about the benefits of testing with different club balance points, and how balance point can influence the performance of clubs.  So I decided to build a "test club" for myself and see what I can learn.  

I built a new 919 driver with an Aldila NV 55 R shaft – slightly stiffer flex profile than my present driver shaft, and 55 gram shaft weight – 45-1/4 inches long, and with an overall club MOI of 2850 – about 50 points higher than what I presently play with.  Not only will I see how this longer and "MOI heavier" club performs compared to my present driver – but I will do some balance testing with 12, 20, and 30 gram butt counterweights, and also with 20 and 50 gram "Opti Vibe" weights that I can put at different locations down the shaft.  It will be fun to determine if there are any club balance setups that can make a significant difference in how this club performs for me.  

In the spirit of my desire to do a lot more "testing on myself" of different club fitting concepts, this September at the Centennial Golf Academy will be Golf Club Experiment Month.  Every Saturday in September I hope to work with a few of you – for about an hour – on some element of custom fitting that might benefit your game.  I plan to work with the first 10 golfers who correspond with me.  The catch? – you will need to propose something for us to test.  Examples might be hitting a shorter driver than you are playing with, testing with different types of counterweights in your driver, irons, or putter, seeing how different golf balls can perform for your game – well, if there is something you always wanted to find out about, September is your month!

So if you are interested in participating in the September Golf Experiment Month at the Centennial Golf Academy, email your idea to me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com. This should be fun!

And for those of you who are not close by – what club experiments would YOU want to do if you could visit my fitting facility?  Love to hear from you in the Comment Section Below!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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058 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dave Hohnke Interview, Wedge Fitting Insights!

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Dave Hohnke Shares Valuable Wedge Fitting Insights

To Help Golfers Improve Their Short Games!

Wedge Fitting Insights

Welcome to Episode 58 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 Dave HohnkeMaster Professional Clubfitter, and Assistant Golf Coach at Indiana University.

  • Tony starts out talking about how he recently rebuilt his wedges – based on Dave's suggestions – and the enhanced performance he is achieving with them!
  • Dave discusses how he came to the principles he presently uses in recommending wedge lengths and wedge shafts for golfers.
  • He talks about the concept of a "Spinner Wedge" and what that means in terms of using 8 iron shafts in wedges – and how this influences wedge performance.
  • Dave gives advice to golfers on how they should consider setting up their wedge set, and the value in this (constant length, softer wedge shafts).
  • He gives some Final Advice and Words to golfers on how to choose their wedges – AND also discusses the value for club fitters to attend the November AGCP Roundtable!

Your advice is making a difference in my personal short game – Thanks Dave!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the November AGCP Clubfitters Roundtable – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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2016 ParaLong Long Drive Cup!

Being Inspired By "The Long Ball!"

2016 ParaLong Long Drive Cup

2016 ParaLong Long Drive CupMy son David – an Orthopedic PA at the Athens, GA Orthopedic Clinic, gave me a pretty inspiring present last week.  He connected me with a friend he collaborates with – Steve Ehretsman, the founder of Shamrock Prosthetics in Athens – who would be competing in the ParaLong Long Drive Cup in Knoxville on July 11.

The ParaLong Long Drive Cup competition was founded by Dean Jarvis from Maryville, TN.  It was originally an amputee long drive competition, that has been expanded to include blind, paralyzed, and traumatic brain injured athletes.  I believe this was 10th year of this event in Knoxville, and it was held at the Univ. of Tennessee Mack and Jonnie Day Golf Facility.

The picture above is of the 12 contestents in the event.  They each hit 4 rounds of drives, 6 shots each round.  Longest drive wins – in each of a number of competition categories.

It was an AWESOME day of watching golfers who love to hit the golf ball as far as they can!  In the main competition, two of the competitors tied with 334 yard drives, and had a final playoff round to determine the champion.  There was a group of one-armed golfers who hit their best drives in the range of 200 yards.  

I was honored to get to watch these guys compete.  It is going to be fun to see the future of this event – and hats off to Dean Jarvis for his vision and commitment to making it happen!  The tag line for my web site is "Taking YOUR Game To New Heights" – well, today I got to see 12 golfers who do THAT!  (And Steve says watch out for him next year!!)

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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057 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Jaacob Bowden – Sterling Single Length Irons!

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Learn The History Of The Development

Of The Sterling Single Length Irons!

Sterling Single Length Irons

Welcome to Episode 57 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 Jaacob Bowden – Professional Golfer and Co-Developer (with Tom Wishon) of the new Sterling Single Length Irons.

  • Jaacob tells His Story – how he became a Professional Golfer, and how he initially became interested in developing what have become the Sterling Single Length irons.
  • He talks about the initial requirements for the development of the Sterling irons, and why these requirements are important.
  • Jaacob discusses some of the interesting stories and challenges from the 2-1/2 year development of these irons.
  • He (and in fact Tom Wishon) play the Sterling irons.  Jaacob discusses some of the surprises he has had related to how these irons perform for him.
  • Jaacob talks about a few of the very satisfying success stories from golfers who play the Sterling irons.
  • Finally, Jaacob provides some Final Words to golfers who might consider playing the Sterling irons.

Thanks Jaacob for this great story and information!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jaacob Bowden and his golf improvement services (including Sterling irons) – Click HERE!

To learn more from Tom Wishon Golf Technology about the Sterling irons – Click HERE!

To find an AGCP Custom Club Fitter who can help you learn more about the Sterling Single Length Irons – Click HERE!

To learn about the July 11 Knoxville Paralong Drive Cup Competition – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Strokes Gained Is Growing Up!

PGA Tour Now Publishing

Tour Pro Strokes Gained Data!

Stokes Gained

The PGA Tour has a Mobile App you can download onto your smart phone – and you can follow the status of the different tournaments pretty much real time.  I have been doing this for a few years now, and this past weekend clicked on the details for one of the players I usually follow.  And Surprise Surprise – there are some new and interesting statistics now available for all of the PGA Tour Players – data on "Strokes Gained" for five different shot categories.

"Strokes Gained" is a concept that was developed by Dr. Mark Broadie and discussed in detail in his excellent book Every Shot Counts.  Strokes Gained is a way to compare the performance of different Tour players, and Strokes Gained Putting has been a metric for comparing how different Tour players perform on the greens.  If you love details you need to read the book (!), but if you want a more simplified explanation of Strokes Gained you can read this description.

At the end of May, the PGA Tour announced that they are expanding the Strokes Gained data that will be available for Tour pros.  In addition to Strokes Gained Putting, data is now available for SG Off the Tee, SG Approach the Green, and SG Around the Green.  And – if you have the mobile app I discussed earlier, all of this data is displayed for each tour pro.  Pretty neat and fun to look at!

The Tour also created an article that shows the Strokes Gained Leaders in these different categories.  Interesting that Dustin Johnson has not been one of the Strokes Gained driving leaders (since he was +2.5 Strokes Gained Driving at Oakmont), and interesting that Jim Furyk has been the Strokes Gained leader in Approach Shots (as he was at Oakmont!).

So have at taking a look at Strokes Gained information for some of your favorite players! You might be surprised at where their games are strong, and where they are probably looking to improve their games.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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