074 – The Strike Plan and Practicing Golf Awareness – Adam Young Interview

Making Practicing Golf Awareness

A Golf Goal This Year!

The Strike Plan and Practicing Golf AwarenessWelcome to Episode 74 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!

Practicing Golf Shot Awareness – MY Goal On The Practice Range This Year!

Show Notes:

Interview with Adam Young from Adam Young Golf and Group Lesson Coaching Instructor at the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center in Santa Barbara, CA.

  • Adam talks about his relocation to Santa Barbara, CA and the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center.
  • He discusses the information and value in his newly released video training series The Strike Plan.  

  • He new role is Group Coaching – and Adam talks about how he integrates the principles in "The Practice Manual" in his Group Coaching efforts with golfers.

  • Adam did a recent blog post titled "The Hidden Secret Behind Hitting Perfectly Straight Shots."  He talks about the surprising information he discussed in this post!

  • Finally – Adam provides some final words – and one particularly great practice suggestion! – to help golfers learn how to play their best golf.

  • THANKS ADAM – Another Home Run Interview!

Useful Web Links!

Learn about Adam Young Golf – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam Young at the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam's video training series The Strike Plan – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam's international best-selling book "The Practice Manual" – Click HERE!

Read Adam's blog post on "The Hidden Secret …" – Click HERE!

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Tony

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The Value Of “Golf Imperfection!”

Are The Best Golfers

Good At Golf Imperfection?

Golf Imperfection

Well UG I caught a cold this weekend.  And I hate being sick – and not feeling very creative.

But – Adam Young from Adam Young Golf has come to the rescue with a terrific recent blog post he wrote that is worth sharing.  Here it is…

Adam Young – The Secret Behind Hitting Perfectly Straight Shots!

As usual with Adam, there is some brilliant information in this post.  So I ask you..

  • In your great scoring rounds, do you hit a lot of perfect shots – or perhaps just good overall results?
  • Should you be striving for perfect swings and perfect results in your practice then?

Food for thought.  Now back to resting (though later today I am doing a Podcast Interview with Adam – and we will talk about some of the information in his blog post!).

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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073 – 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2:

The Best Of The Best In 2016!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2

Welcome to Episode 73 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvements, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Enjoy Episode 2 of the 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights.  This post contains 2 to 6 minutes highlights from 12 of the 2016 Podcast Interviews.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I interviewed in 2016!

This is about a 4-second silence between each interview segment.  Below are the individual podcast numbers, (with hot links to the podcast episode), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

   (058) – Dave Hohnke – What Are "Spinner" Wedge Shafts?

   (059) – Des Mahoney – Keeping Feel In Your Game

   (060) – Cordie Walker – World Golf Congress Takeaways

   (061) – Graham Boulton – Focusband, Mindfulness, Beyond Golf!

   (062) – Rick Grinstead – Putting Your Best

   (063) – John Hobbins – Improving Your Putting Setup

   (064) – Keith Chatham – Single-Length Irons And Ball Position!

   (065) – Steven Yellin – Motion Quality And "The Gap"

   (066) – Dave Hohnke – Why Golf Club Lie Angle Matters

   (067) – Jeff Ryan – The Importance of Putter Head MOI

   (068) – Chris Riddoch – "Practice With Your Animal"

   (069) – Mike McFadden – Some Neat Practice Tasks!

 

SO – Did You Have Any Favorites? If So Please Comment Below!

 

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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072 – 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1:

The Best Of The Best In 2016!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1Welcome to Episode 72 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:

Enjoy Episode 1 of the 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights.  This post contains 2 to 4 minutes highlights from 11 of the 2016 Podcast Interviews.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I interviewed in 2016!  

There is about a 4 second silence between each interview segment.  Below are the individual podcast numbers (with hot links to the podcast episode), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

   (045) – Tom Wishon – Single-Length Iron Swing Misconceptions

   (046) – Roy Nix – When Custom Fitting Works!

   (047) – Robb Gibb – Letting Go When You Putt

   (048) – Steven Yellin – Start Chillin!

   (050) – Greg Courtnay – Choosing A Custom Club Fitter

   (051) – Joe LaCaze – Things To Remember About Injury Prevention

   (052) – Brian Bailie – "Understand What You Do" In Putting

   (053) – John Graham – Play More Break!

   (054) – John Dranschak – Building To Exact Club Specifications

   (055) – Joe Bosco – Playing Real Golf!

   (057) – Jacoob Bowden – Getting Used To Single-Length Irons

The second installment of The 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights will be live in two days – I hope you will enjoy that one also!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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High-Powered Learning At The 2017 PGA Equipment Show!

My "Top 10" Things To Do At The

2017 PGA Equipment Show!

2017 PGA Equipment Show

As you read this, my wife and I will have already spent 2 days in Orlando, and I will be gearing up for a full 3 days of high-powered learning fun.  This year I thought I might share links for the "Top 10" things I plan to do and visit at the Show.  I have included links to all of these for you to look at.  My plan is to report on what I learned in my Monthly Newsletter – the next one will be published on February 15.

  Open Forum 5 – My first time attending this – 7 hours of presentations from many high-powered industry experts.

  IKKOS (a motor learning platform)

  Cure Putters (I now fit with these)

  Blast Golf (putting dynamics measurement tool)

  Knuth Golf (learn about their High Heat driver)

  Miura Golf (they have a new iron head)

  PuttOut Golf (interesting new putting practice aid)

  Arthur Xtreme Engineering (learn about their new golf shafts)

  Flightscope (learn about their new X3 unit)

  SAM PuttLab (see what is new!)

Looking forward to another great week of PGA Show Learning – and sharing information with you to help you play your best golf!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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071 – Jeff Sheets – Driver Head Design – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Jeff Sheets Talks Driver Head Design

And Driver Performance!

Jeff Sheets Driver Head Design

Welcome to Episode 71 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 Jeff Sheets from Jeff Sheets Golf – Golf Clubhead Designer (more than 20 patents and over 500 clubhead designs!).

  • Jeff talks about how he first became interested in designing golf clubheads.
  • He provides an overview of some of the major things that have to be accomplished to design a driver clubhead.
  • Jeff tells us some of the most important clubhead definitions – from a club performance standpoint – that golfers and custom club fitters need to know.
  • He discusses constraints that he needs to address to design a high-performance driver head.
  • Jeff describes his role in the redesign of the Swing Science FC One driver head.
  • Finally, Jeff provides some final advice to golfers to help them improve their driving performance.

This was a really great information-filled interview – Thanks Jeff!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jeff Sheets and Jeff Sheets Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Swing Science FC One driver head – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Priority One – Aim Your Putter At Address!

KNOW That You Can

Aim Your Putter At Address!

Priority One Aim Your Putter!

Today was a busy but delightful day of starting to help a golfer achieve his potential.  He drove from Nashville for an iron fitting, SAM PuttLab evaluation, and perhaps (?) a fitting for a new putter.

The iron fitting went extremely well.  We found a combination that – with his 93 mph swing speed – allowed him to hit 6 iron shots that carried 210 yards, with a terrific smash factor of over 1.4, and with minimal shot dispersion.  I wish I could hit 210 yard 6 irons!

But then we went to the SAM PuttLab evaluation.  In completing my Putting Evaluation form, he noted he averaged 38 putts a round, and most of his misses for shorter putts were to the right.  The SAM evaluation right away showed the most important reason he is not putting well.  At address, on average he aimed his present putter about 3 degrees to the right.  As a result, he had to make major compensations in his stroke to get close to square at impact.

More interesting, though, was that after I showed him the data and checked his aim a few times with a laser – he still aimed significantly to the right of target at address.  I then fit him for a new Cure Putter – but would NOT have done so if he could not aim that putter well – his aim with the Cure putter was within 1 degree of square.

The Morale Of THIS Story – a putter fitting is not a putter fitting without Testing For Aim At Address.  It was a lot of fun to see him have immediate improvement and confidence in his putting stroke.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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070 – Don Coyle – Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Don Coyle Helps You Learn Some Important

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions!

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions

Welcome to Episode 70 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 Don Coyle from Country Acres Custom Golf in Mount Vernon, IL. – AGCP Level 10 Custom Club Fitter and 2015 and 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Custom Club Fitter.

  • Don tells His Story – how he originally became interested in custom club fitting, and some of the most important things he learned to learn to become a top custom club fitter.
  • He talks about how he created his Custom Fitting Studio and Golf Club Workshop (see web site link to see his setup!)

  • Don discusses his perspective on some of the Most Important Misconceptions that many golfers have about True Custom Club Fitting.
  • He now uses the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Fitting Cart and fitting approach, and he talks about the value of this fitting approach to help golfers putt their best.

  • He discusses some of his most satisfying Success Stories with younger golfers.
  • Finally Don provides a few Final Words and Suggestions for golfers who want to play their Best Golf!

Thanks Don for sharing your knowledge and experiences!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Don Coyle and Country Acres Custom Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Putters – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Playing “What’s My Purpose” Golf In 2017!

My Building Blocks For Playing

"What's My Purpose" Golf In 2017!

"What's My Purpose" Golf

As I reflect on my personal golf performance in 2016, and how it can improve in 2017, the word PURPOSE seems to keep coming up.  

By definition purpose is "the reason for which something is done or created."

If I am honest, I would say that almost every round I played in 2016 I did the following….

  • I was fixated on what my score was during the round and would be frustrated if I was not able to shoot lower than 80, and

  • In my pre-shot routine for shots, I was fixated on Swing Thoughts instead of PLAYING with the game and swing I had that day.

Hey – I should know and deserve better (thought I achieved the results I deserved with this Focus and Purpose!).  Not In 2017.

In 2017 – I will Play And Practice To See What Is Possible, And Enjoy The Ride!

For me to achieve this, here are the things I plan to do throughout the year…

  • First I Need More Play Reps!  Yes, my Custom Fitting Business continues to grow – but my goal is to play 60 rounds in 2017 compared to the 45 rounds I played in 2016.

  • As many days as possible, I will spend at least 5 to 10 minutes on some type of Deliberate Task-Based Practice in my basement – most likely on putting, but sometimes on swing mechanics.

  • When I practice at the Golf Course, I will also focus on Task Based Practice and Not On Banging Golf Balls.

  • When I Play – yes I want to score well, but will not be so Tied Up about what my score is.

  • When I Play, I will see what I can learn from Each Round.

  • And Finally – No More Swing Thoughts in my pre shot routine when I Play – Trust The Game I Have!

It is fun to KNOW that My Best Golf is still in the future – How About YOU? – Please Comment Below.

Thanks For Reading My Blog Posts – And Happy New Year

And Your Best Golf In 2017!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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069 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Mike McFadden – Effective Golf Practice!

Supercharge Your Golf Practice

To Play YOUR Best Golf!

Effective Golf Practice

Effective Golf Practice

Welcome to Episode 69 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!

Why do YOU Practice?

What do YOU do to make your Practice Most Effective?

Show Notes:

The First Annual Christmas Podcast Interview with Mike McFadden – 30 year PGA Golf Professional, Custom Club Fitter, and Sports Director at the Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort in Jakobsberg, Germany.

  • Mike talks about what The Game Of Golf means to him and the Three Types of Golf Skills.
  • He discusses the importance of Focus in Practice – and the Three Types of Important Practice Focus.
  • Mike gives us a LOT of information on how to Set Up Your Practice – talks about Task Constrained Training – and some types of Constraints you can use in your practice.
  • "Errors Are GOOD In Practice" – Mike tells us why this is an absolutely true statement.
  • Putting it all together – Some Final Words from Mike about making your practice help you shoot lower scores.
  • And Finally A Bonus – Mike talks about his Coming New Web Site that will include many Golf Improvement Videos!

Thanks Mike!

     Three Thoughts To Help You

Improve Your Game In The New Year!

  • Remember this statement to help improve how you practice:
  • "THE TASK LEADS TO THE SOLUTION.  Learning Is The Repeated Attempt To Solve A Task.  NOT The Repetition Of The Solution For A Specific Task."
  • Listen to this podcast again once a month for the next three months – and Write Down some new Practice Nuggets each time you listen to it.
  • Finally – Watch in the coming months for Mike's New Golf Improvement Video Web Site!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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