Experimenting With Single Length Irons

Single-Length Irons – Are They For YOU?

Single Length IronsIn a recent podcast interview with Tom Wishon, and in my January newsletter, I talked about the new Wishon Golf Sterling single length irons that will be available in a few months.  It has been amazing to me to see the buzz that is occurring associated with these.  A few weeks ago, I learned that the first shipment (late March 2016) of Sterling iron heads was sold out.  Today I learned that the second shipment of these iron heads is ALSO sold out, and that Wishon Golf is taking orders for Sterling iron heads that will not be available until May 2016.  This is purely on the expecation by some golfers that the clubs will help them play better.  Truly amazing.  And Tom himself, in the podcast interview he did with me, cautioned golfers that as always "The Fit Is IT!!" and golfers need to be custom fit to determine if this approach will help them play their best.

I personally order two sets of 5, 7, and 9 iron single-length heads to use to make up some demo clubs, and these will arrive in late March.  But I don't want to wait until late March, and am creating some demo clubs now (Thank You Dave Hohnke!).  Wishon Golf has a head style called the 979 SS, and this iron head has two weight ports in it.  I am just about finished building (see picture above) a demo set of 6, 7, and 8 irons.  Here's what I did…

  • The Sterling iron heads will all weigh 275 grams, and have lie angles of 63 degrees – about the standard head weight and lie of 8 irons.  I added 16 grams of weight to the 6 iron head and 9 grams of weight to the 7 iron head to get to 275 grams for each head, and bent each iron to a 63 degree lie.
  • All three clubs are 36-1/2 inches long, and I have adjusted them so that the MOI of each club is the same.  I used FST 115 gram A/R flex shafts and tip-trimmed each so that I could create the same flex (a soft R flex) for each club.
  • I built the 6 iron wth 28 degrees of loft, and used 4 degree loft increments for the 7 and 8 irons (not the same lofts as the Sterling irons, but close).

So There You Go – a set of demo single-length irons to hit!  I caution that these are not a perfect simulation of the Sterling iron designs – but they can at least give golfers a sense of the feel of hitting constant-length irons.

If you have any interest in learning how single-length irons might help your game, contact me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com, and you can give these demos a test drive!

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Tony

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046 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Roy Nix Interview – Custom Club Fitting Benefits!

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Roy Nix Talks About The Benefits Of Custom Club Fitting!

Custom Club Fitting Benefits

Welcome to Episode 46 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:

A successful 2016 PGA Equipment Show!  For me, highlighted by the 4-hour Steven Yelling Fluid Motion Factor class I participated in.

Interview with Roy Nix – Founder of the Association of Golf Club Fitting Professionals (AGCP) and owner of McNix Golf in Columbus, GA.

  • Roy talks about what drew him to becoming a custom club fitter.
  • He talks about some of his basic philosophies in terms of successful custom club fitting for golfers.
  • Roy discusses some things about custom club fitting that golfers may not understand – and also talks about some great fitting success stories!
  • Finally, Roy provides the "Final Word" on the value of custom club fitting for golfers!

Thanks Roy for this great discussion on the benefits of custom club fitting.

Useful Web Links:

To find a certified AGCP custom club fitter in your area – Click HERE!

To learn more about McNix Golf – Click HERE!

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Tony

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11 Annual ACCRA Golf Demo Day At The 2016 PGA Show!

ACCRA Golf – Dedicated To Custom Club Fitting Success!

ACCRA Golf Demo DayIt is great to be in Orlando again during PGA Equipment Show week.  Day One of being at the Show for me always includes participating in the ACCRA Golf Demo Day.  More than 120 of the best custom club fitters in the world again got to spend time with the ACCRA team, learn about new products and efforts to support custom club fitting, and also play some golf with friends.  

Gawain Robertson, one of the founders of ACCRA Golf, spent about an hour in the morning telling all of us about some of the exciting new things that ACCRA will be doing in 2016.  The two biggest things he talked about were these…

  • Gawain announced a new partnership with the True Temper golf shaft company.  For ACCRA club fitters, this partnership is going to be called "True Temper Plus." All of the well-known True Temper products (Dynamic Gold and Rifle steel shafts, Graffaloy wood shafts are examples) will be available to club fitters through this partnership.  True Temper also is making a commitment to enhance their support of custom club fitters through some new initiatives that will be announced later.
  • Gawain talked about a number of new shaft offerings.  The most interesting of these is a new line of constant weight iron shafts that will be available to club fitters – called iCWT.  These shafts will be available in 75, 85, 95, and 15 gram weights.  

Thanks ACCRA Golf for all that you do to support custom club fitting – and golfers!

(And PS – stay tuned later in the week for some additional highlights from the 2016 PGA Show).

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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045 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Wishon Golf Single Length Irons!

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Learn About The Design For The New

Wishon Golf Single Length Irons

Wishon Golf Single Length Irons

Welcome to Episode 45 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:

Looking forward to attending the 2016 PGA Equipment Show in Orlando, Florida next week!

Interview with Tom Wishon from Tom Wishon Golf Technology – discussing his Sterling Single Length Iron Design.

  • Tom talks about his decision to develop the Sterling single-length irons, and notes that the concept of single-length irons is not new.
  • He discusses the types of golfers who might benefit from single-length irons, and the potential golf benefits for them.
  • Tom tells the "Inside Story" of some of the most important design decisions he had to make to develop these irons.
  • He talks about the present status of the release of the Sterling single-length irons.
  • Tom provides some guidance to custom club fitters about how to create the best fit for these irons.
  • Finally, Tom provides some Final Words to golfers who might be considering playing with single-length irons.

Thanks Tom for telling the story about the development of this iron design!

Useful Web Links And Documents:

To learn more about Tom Wishon Golf Technology – Click HERE!

To Dowload a Q&A Document about the Sterling Single-Length Irons – Click HERE To Download!

To Download a Specification Document for these irons – Click HERE To Download!

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Tony

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Thanks To Glen Coombe, The Putting Doctor!

To Glen Coombe, The Putting Doctor – You'll Be Missed!

Glen Coombe, The Putting DoctorAbout 6 years ago, I first met Glen Coombe, The Putting Doctor.  He attended one of my first AGCP Clubfitting Roundtable meetings, and he was demonstrating the benefits of using the Science and Motion Sports (SAM) PuttLab.  Glen is a putting improvement expert, and has been the U.S. sales representative for the SAM PuttLab – THE tool for helping golfers improve their putting stroke.  About 2 years after that, I realized that if I was going to get great at helping golfers putt their best, I had to have access to the SAM.  So I purchased one from Glen in 2012, he came to Oak Ridge for a day to train me in it's use, and what had been a good friendship became a great one.

Glen has always been there for me as a putting improvement mentor.  There are no overnight successes with using the SAM and with learning how to help golfers achieve putting success.  I asked Glen lots of questions, and he always had the time to provide guidance on how to interpret SAM data and other information I collected when working with golfers on their putting.  I learned many, many subtle things from Glen in the past 3 years.  I still am not close to knowing all I need to know – but I am a lot further down that road because of Glen's help.

Well, Glen is about to retire.  He will be at the PGA Equipment Show in Orlando in January, and shortly after that will be spending a LOT of time on his beautiful boat.  Glen, you are really going to be missed by myself but also by all of the people you have coached and mentored in the past.  Thanks for learning and caring so much about putting improvement over the past 22 plus years.  You have made a big difference in the lives of many people – see you at the Show!

Any of you readers have some more words for Glen? – Please Comment Below.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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044 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – 2015 Highlights 2

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The 2015 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights – Episode 2

Golf Improvement Podcast 2015 Highlights

Welcome to Episode 44 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniquest to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Hello again!  Here is the second episode of The 2015 Golf Improvement Podcast Hightlights.  This 30-minute episode includes 2 to 6 minute highlights from 9 of the podcast interviews.  There is about a 2-second silence between each of the segments.

Here is the podcast number (with a link to each podcast), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

  • (032) – Keith Chatham – Putter Counterweighting

  • (033) – Dr. Christian Marquardt – Putting Variable Practice

  • (035) – Adam Young – 6 Basics To Improve Your Practice

  • (037) – Richie Hunt – Golf Stat Insights

  • (038) – David Orr – Lines On Putters And Golf Balls

  • (039) –  Allen Humphrey – Value Of Custom Club Fitting

  • (040) – Dr. Noa Kageyama – Mental Game Resources

  • (041) – Keith Chatham – Driver Face Angle

  • (042) – Graham Boulton and Virgil Herring – Neurofeedback and Golf Improvement

THANKS to all of the experts who did these podcast interviews with me (and for YOU) in 2015!

What Was YOUR Favorite Podcast Episode Highlight? – Let Me Know By Commenting Below!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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043 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – 2015 Highlights 1

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The 2015 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights – Episode 1

The Golf Improvement Podcast 2015 Highlights 1

Welcome to Episode 43 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:

Happy 2016!

This is a 30-minute Highlight Show from the podcast interviews I was fortunate to do in 2015.  This post contains 2 to 5 minute highlights from 10 of the podcast interviews.  There is about a 2 second silence between each interview segment.

Here is the podcast number (with links to each episode), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

  • (020) – Glen Coombe – Commitment

  • (021) – Dr. Robert Bjork and Dr. Mark McDaniel – Practice Advice

  • (023) – Ben Pellicani – Putting Assessment

  • (024) – Bert Reich – Custom Club Fitting

  • (026) – Dr. Bhrett McCabe – Go For It

  • (027) – Dr. Debbie Crews – Dealing With The Yips

  • (028) – Mike McFadden – Swing Faster!

  • (029) – Juan Gutierrez – No Magic Putting Tips!

  • (030) – Dana Upshaw – No Magic Spin Golf Shafts

  • (031) – Dr. Joan Vickers – Applying Quiet Eye

THANKS to all of the experts who agreed to do these great interviews with me in 2015!

The second installment of The 2015 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlight Show will be live in two days; I hope you will enjoy that one too.

What was YOUR favorite Podcast Episode Highlight? – Let Me Know By Commenting Below

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Tony

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Making A Difference In YOUR Golfing Experience!

2015 Game Improvement Golf Blog Post Highlights

Last night my wife Diane and I watched a movie titled "Chef."  Part way through the movie the Chef said these words….

"I get to touch people's lives with what I do."

Those words hit a home run for me, in terms of what I desire to achieve through my web site and writing.  My greatest satisfaction in my business is when I create a set of custom fit clubs that help golfers shoot lower scores and play their best.  But it should be evident that I also have a passion for communicating information about true custom club fitting, improving your short game, and how to practice to improve your skills.

By the end of this year, 250 golfers follow my blog and podcast (up more than 20% from last year), and about 220 golfers read my monthly golf club fitting and golf improvement newsletter.  Thanks to ALL of you who take the time to read this content every week.

This year, I thought I would end with some "Highlights."  So here are links to the seven blog posts that I believe are worth "taking a look back at" to help you play your best in the coming year.  

I look forward to continuing to provide all of you with useful and interesting Golf Improvement Information in 2016.

What was YOUR favorite Game Improvement Golf Blog Post in 2015 – Please Comment and Let Me Know!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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042 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Neurofeedback iFocusBand and Golf Improvement

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Using Neurofeedback To Play Your Best Golf!

Neurofeedback iFocusBand and Golf Improvement

Welcome to Episode 42 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:

230 golfers downloaded my custom club fitting eBook "The Fit Is IT!" last week – THANKS!

Interview with Graham Boulton, co-founder of the iFocusBand Mind Training Headset.

  • Graham talks about how he became interested in Neurofeedback and in developing the iFocusBand.
  • He discusses what goes on inside of golfers when they are playing their best.
  • Graham defines Neurofeedback and how using it can help golfers to play their best golf.
  • He talks about using iFocusBand and the "Quiet Eye" technique to help golfers improve their putting results.
  • Graham discusses some of his success in helping golfers who have the Putting and Chipping Yips (interesting!).
  • He talks about some Success Stories from golfers he has worked with who have used the iFocusBand.
  • Finally, Graham provides some Final Words for golfers who are interested in applying Neurofeedback and the iFocusBand to improve their golfing results.

Interview with Virgil Herring, the Director of Instruction at the Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, TN and an Early Adopter of the iFocusBand.  Virgil talks about how he first learned about iFocusBand, and his success his players have had using it.

Thanks Graham and Virgil for helping golfers learn how Neurofeedback and iFocusBand can help golfers reach their golfing potential!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the iFocusBand Mind Training Headset – Click HERE!

To learn more about Virgil Herring and Virgil Herring Golf in Franklin, TN – Click HERE!

To purchase iFocusBand from OwnMySwing, U. S. iFocusBand Distributor – Click HERE!

Merry Christmas, the BEST 2016, and YOUR BEST GOLF in 2016!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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“The Fit Is IT!” Custom Club Fitting Gift!

Download "The Fit Is IT!" This Week For FREE!

"The Fit Is IT!" Custom Club Fitting eBookNearly 3 years ago, I published "The Fit Is IT!" custom club fitting eBook on Amazon.com – in Kindle and print formats.  It is fun for me that – in looking back at the content of the eBook – the content is still fresh and relevant to helping golfers understand that True Custom Club Fitting Matters to help them play their best.

So, since Amazon will allow me to offer the eBook version for free every few months – here is a link you can use to download "The Fit Is IT!" from Amazon…

"The Fit Is IT!" Free Download Link!

I know that many of you are loyal readers of my weekly blog and podcast posts, and also of my monthly club fitting and golf improvement newsletter.  To help me "spread the word" about the benefits of true custom club fitting to golfers, I have two requests…

  • First, if you have not read my eBook yet I hope you will download it and enjoy the content in it.
  • Second, if you know the value of true custom fitting to playing your best golf – please send this blog post link to many of your friends and let me know that they can download my eBook this week for free.  How About more than 1,000 downloads of the eBook this week!

If you do not have an Amazon Kindle device, you can go to this link to download a Kindle Reader app so that you can read the eBook…

Amazon Kindle Reader App Download Link

Thanks for downloading, reading, and sharing my eBook.  And it's my hope that you play Your Best Golf Ever in 2016!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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