056 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Final Oakmont U. S. Open Thoughts!

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Some Final Words About This Year's U. S. Open!

Final Oakmont U. S. Open Musings!

Welcome to Episode 56 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: 

What a week at the Oakmont Country Club and the U. S. Open!  Here are some observations I made from watching 7 days of golf there.  And of course a little discussion on the Dustin Johnson ruling on the last day – and my take on what the USGA can do to learn from this.

Useful Web Links:

To See Final "Strokes Gained" Results for the 2016 U. S. Open Leaders – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Oakmont Day One!

One Gorgeous Golf Course!

Oakmont Day OneIt was great to spend the day at Oakmont today – day one of this year's U.S. Open.  The greens are FAST – watching golfers hit putts on the practice green clearly lets you see what a challenge Oakmont will be this year – as it always is.

I spent much of the day watching the player's practice on the practice greens and at the chipping and pitching range.  And the Biggest Impression I had is that you could see a difference in how many of the tour pros practiced on the greens.  Some hit a lot of putts, but did not truly focus on their routines and did not seem to be strongly engaged.  Some though had Great Intent in their practice – they wanted to, as best as possible, dial in their strokes to get the right feel for the super-fast speeds of the Oakmont greens.  I especially loved watching Jim Furyk practice – very few uphill putts, lots of big downhill and big breaking putts.  I bet he has a very good week on these greens.

I think fewer putts with more intent is a winning formula for success on the greens – can't wait for the rest of the week!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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055 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Joe Bosco Interview – Real Golf!

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Real Golf = Real Golf IMPROVEMENT!

Real Golf Joe BoscoWelcome to Episode 55 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 Joe Bosco from Joe Bosco Golf – PGA Teaching Professional at the Glen Club in Chicago, Illinois –  and author of the book "Real Golf – Taking Your Best Game to the Course."

  • Joe talks about His Story – how he became a golf teaching professional, and how he decided to develop the Real Golf Practice Approach.
  • He discusses the basics of Real Golf – and the value and experiences that golfers typically get from using this great way to practice.
  • Joe talks about some of the most interesting success stories that golfers of all abilities have had when applying the Real Golf practice approach.
  • He talks about the update to the Real Golf book that he is close to completing, the things that lead to him working to write this update, and some of the valuable information that will be in the update.
  • Finally, Joe provides some Final Words to golfers – thoughts and information to help you improve and play your best golf.

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Joe Bosco and Joe Bosco Golf – AND to download his free "3 Unheard of Putting Drills …" eBook – Click HERE!

To buy the Real Golf book on Amazon.com – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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New and Notable – Fluid Motion Factor Instructor – New Demo Putters!

My Recent Fluid Motion Factor Instructor Certification

AND Some New Demo Putters To Test!

Fluid Motion Factor Instructor Demo Putters

In my podcast last week, I promised to reveal some new initiatives that I have been working toward – and two very satisfying ones were completed.  Here is a small amount of background on them.  

Fluid Motion Factor InstructorFor the past three months I have been working toward completing a certification to become a Fluid Motion Factor Instructor.  As described by Steven Yellin – the developer of The Fluid Motion Factor – this process allows golfers to "set up by design, what they usually experience by chance, when playing their best."  Steven has spent more than 38 years working on developing The Fluid Motion Factor process.  In fact, this year's NCAA Women's Champions from the University of Washington use and strongly endorse this process.  

Three months of watching training videos and three different exams later, I am now a Certified Instructor.  To learn why and how this process works – and it DOES (personal experience) – contact me.  Learn how to "Bury The DNA Goal!"

Fitting Putters

At the 2016 PGA Equipment Show, there was a huge amount of buzz about the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Toe Up Putters.  My friend Scott Sikorski, the Edel Regional Master Fitter located in Crossville, TN has had great success with these for many golfers he has fit.

I also have a very good friend Bob Uebelhor, an AGCP Master Club Fitter, who has been demonstrating the benefits of Toe Up Putter Balancing at the AGCP Roundtable for a number of years.  Bob designs and builds putters, and has developed a putter bending machine that he uses to create different types of putter head balancing – such as Toe Up, Face Balanced, and different amounts of Toe Hang.  

Recently I had Bob build three different putter heads for me – one Toe Up Balanced, one Face Balanced, and one about 75 degree Toe Down Balanced.  These three putters are shown in the picture above.  These putters also have adjustable length shafts, so that the putter lengths can be varied between 32 and 38 inches.

If you want to experience how different types of Putter Face Balance can influence your putter face rotation and stroke, please contact me to set up a time.  One of these balance options might feel amazing in your hands!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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No Blog Post Today – See You Tomorrow!

Diane and I watched the Memorial Day PBS Special last night – and boy, was it moving.  Thanks to all veterans for what you have done for all of us.  

See you tomorrow with my bi-weekly blog post.  Tony

veterans cemetery memorial celebration with American Flag

054 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf!

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John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf:

Custom Club Fitting and Golfing Happiness!

Dead Solid Perfect GolfWelcome to Episode 54 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 John DranschakDead Solid Perfect Golf in Sunbury, OH

  • John talks about His Story – how he first became interested in custom club fitting and how he has learned his craft.
  • He discusses the most important things he has learned in the past few years to help him improve his ability to fit golfers for great golf clubs.
  • John talks about the importance of the quality of building to the exact club specifications he identifies in his custom club fittings.
  • He discusses his favorite type of custom club fitting (you might be surprised!).
  • John talks about his experiences so far with the performance of Single Length golf clubs for golfers.
  • He talks about some very inspiring custom fitting success stories he has had with golfers.
  • Finally John provides his Final Words to golfers on the importance of custom club fitting to help golfers play to their potential!

John Thank You for an informative and inspiring interview!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf Clubs in Sunbury, OH – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Taking The Sterling Single-Length Iron Leap!

Creating A Fitting System For The New

Wishon Sterling Single-Length Irons!

Sterling Single-Length Irons

To Fit Or Not To Fit – That Is The Question!  So far, I have been cautiously optimistic about the new Wishon Sterling single-length iron design.  But over the last month I have heard enough positive feedback from my AGCP custom club fitting friends that it seems time to get serious!  Today I pulled the trigger on setting up a true fitting system for the Sterling irons…

  • Because the iron heads are in such short supply, I ordered two sets of heads that will arrive to me in mid-June.  5 iron through sand wedge, and for each set ordered both a conventional 5 iron head and also a 5 hybrid head.
  • I am converting one of my demo club heads – a 7 iron – into a fitting club that I can use with a number of fitting shafts.
  • I ordered a "starter" set of iron shafts to use in this fitting system.  Nine shafts – 50, 65, and 75 gram weight graphite, and 90, 115, and 125 gram steel shafts.  So I will have a variety of shaft weights and flexes to be able to test with.  I will expand these fitting shaft options later if the demand for Sterling irons grows as I expect it will.

For anyone truly interested in playing with the Sterling single-length irons, I recommend that you first hit some of my "demo" clubs: 5 – 7 – 9 irons in lightweight graphite shafts and mid-weight steel shafts.  In truth, they are not for everyone.  Still – there is growing evidence from that the Sterling single-length irons are NOT a passing fad and can help many golfers play to their potential!

My new Sterling fitting system will be finished by the middle of next week.  If you want to hit my Sterling demos, and learn more about being custom fit for a set of Sterling irons – contact me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com.  It's going to be a fun journey!

AND to find an AGCP custom fitter in your area who can help you learn more about Sterling single-length irons – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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053 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – John Graham and Tour Player Putting Improvement!

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John Graham, Tour Player Putting Instuctor

Shares Insights To Help Golfers Putt Their Best!

Tour Player Putting John GrahamWelcome to Episode 53 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 "Bucket List" trip to work at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA!

Interview with John Graham – full-time putting instructor for PGA, LPGA, and Web.com Tour players, Director of Instruction at the Webster Golf Club in Webster NY, and Level 3 AimPoint Instructor.

  • John talks about His Fascinating Journey to becoming a full-time Tour player putting instructor.
  • He talks about what a "typical week" is for him working at a Tour Event.
  • John tells us some of the most important Skill Sets he has developed to help Tour players putt their best – and some Skill Sets he had to develop.
  • He talks about the Biggest Surprises he had in terms of working to help Tour players improve their putting.
  • John lets us know some of the biggest takeaways he can share with us – from working with Tour players – to help us improve our putting.
  • John shares some important things about AimPoint green reading that we might not be aware of.
  • He talks about some of the most satisfying improvements that he has experienced from his Tour player instruction.
  • Finally, John shares some final interesting insights and suggested tasks to help all golfers putt their best.

John congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your knowledge about Putting Improvement!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about John Graham and his Short Game Secrets instruction video partnership – Click HERE!

Watch this interesting video on Putting "Speed vs Line" – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Let Your Golf Artist OUT!

Be Your Best Golf Artist – And Play Your Best Golf!

Golf Artist

Bryson DeChambeau is definitely a hot interview these days.  In a May 2016 Golf Digest magazine interview with him, he provides a wonderful quote for golfers wanting to play their best…

(Related to Moe Norman) … "It wasn't that he was thinking about everything.  More likely he was thinking about nothing – his mind was on automatic.  He found his baseline, then let himself be an artist, not a machine.  That's the ultimate triumph in golf."

Here are a couple of personal thoughts I want to share with you about this absolutely wonderful quote, and it's relevance to helping you play your best golf…

  • I believe when PGA Tour players are playing their best they are in fact playing with the capabilities they already own and have worked on, and do in fact let their "inner artist" out when they play their best (that word PLAY right?).
  • When all of us "mortal" golfers play our best, we in many ways do the same – we play to Our Potential, to what we are capable of, and we also do not get in our way when we have our best rounds and hit our best shots.
  • Those two words – Our Potential – are an important key.  There are many things golfers can work on to create a Great Baseline for their golf swings and their golfing results. One of these is playing with custom fit golf clubs that match your golf swing and provide great feel, performance, and consistency for your golf shots.

Realize Your Potential – Create Your Baseline – Let Out Your Inner Artist – Play Your Best!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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052 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Brian Bailie Putter Training Handbook!

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Learn Putting Improvement From Coach Brian Bailie

And His New Putter Training Handbook!

Putter Training Handbook

Welcome to Episode 52 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 this interview with Coach Brian Bailie – putting and short game improvement coach, and author of "The Putter Training Handbook"

  • Brian discusses His Story – from a successful career as a College Golf Coach to now becoming a Putting and Short Game Improvement Instructor.
  • He talks about some of the most important basic principles golfers need to focus on to improve their putting – both from a technique and a continuous learning standpoint.
  • Brian talks the major reasons he decided to write the Putter Training Handbook, and some of the most valuable elements of this eBook for golfers who want to improve their putting.
  • He discusses some of his favorite drills that he included in the Handbook.  AND he talks about the importance of Consequences in terms of training to improve your putting.
  • Brian talks about the value of learning the AimPoint Green Reading process for golfers who want to putt their best.
  • He tells some of his most satisfying success stories from his college coaching and personal coaching career.
  • Finally, Brian says some "Final Words" to help golfers who want to putt their best.

Thanks Brian for creating this great new resource for golfers, and for sharing your knowledge in this interview!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Coach Bailie Golf – Click HERE!

To purchase the Amazon Kindle version of The Putter Training Handbook – Click HERE!

To order the iTunes iBook version of The Putter Training Handbook – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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