068 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Chris Riddoch “Winning At Sport!”

Learn How "Winning At Sport"

Can Help YOU Play Your Best Golf!

Winning At Sport

Welcome to Episode 68 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 Dr. Chris Riddoch – Sport Scientist and author of the new book "Winning At Sport."

  • Chris discusses his background in sports performance improvement, and what led him to write "Winning At Sport."
  • He talks about his scientific approach to writing books that present clear and useful performance improvement information.
  • Chris talks about some of the specific things he presents in the book chapter "Practice With Your Animal."  In particular two topics – "Beginners are like experts – almost" and "Old way – new way."
  • He discusses some of the very important Mindfulness concepts and approaches that can help golfers and all athletes play their best.
  • Chris summarizes Coaching Principles that can help coaches help their teams achieve success.
  • He talks about – based on the information in "Winning At Sport" – the things that have had the most positive influence on his personal golf game.
  • Finally, Chris provides some Final Words and Suggestions to golfers to help them improve their games and win more!

Thanks Chris – what a valuable resource for golfers!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about "Winning At Sport" and Chris Riddoch's two other golf improvement books – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Notice Your Golf Improvement Blind Spots!

Some Simple Ways To Improve

Your Golf Improvement Blind Spots!

1 + 1 Golf Improvement Blind Spots

Every morning I take about 10 minutes to do a guided Headspace meditation.  An important skill that Headspace emphasizes is NOTICING.  Notice what you think, what you feel – and simply accepting that.

Noticing what you do in your golf game can be a simple and great improvement strategy. I recently read an excellent GolfWRX post in this topic, here is the link to it…

John Haime – "Do you know your golf blind spots?"

There are many mechanisms for identifying your golfing blind spots – one I talked about was a Club Fitting Scoring System developed by Dave Hohnke.  This is a great tool – but you can also start small.  I did this after my past golf round – and discovered that I had been ignoring an "easy fix" in my golf game.  Standard chips from just off the green. Overall, I believe I should be getting these up and down way more than 50% of the time – but this has not been the case.  Good news – a little practice attention to these shots will definitely improve my scoring.

How about taking 5 minutes after your next round and see if you can Notice some obvious and maybe simple things you can improve!

Another golf improvement blind spot relates to Center Club Contact in your golf shots. When you are custom fit for new clubs – and when you practice – it is easy to focus just on what the ball is doing and how far it goes.   But to get the BEST and MOST CONSISTENT results – knowing that you are or are not making center contact can be a game changer.  Whether it is by using impact labels or using Dr. Scholl's foot powder spray on your clubs to see impact – Center Club Contact should be fundamental to the optimal performance of the golf clubs you play with.

 

LET ME KNOW! – please Comment Below on any game-changing areas you have recently Noticed to Improve YOUR Game.

 

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Tony

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067 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Jeff Ryan Interview – Cure High MOI Putters

Cure High MOI Putters:

Key Design Features And

Putting Improvement Benefits!

Cure High MOI Putters

Welcome to Episode 67 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 Ryan, Co-Developer of Cure Putters.

  • Jeff discusses His Story – how he first became interested in putting performance and putter design.

  • He talks about the most important things he is looking for when he fits a golfer into a new putter.  One of these is optimizing what he calls "Face Rotation At Impact."

  • Jeff defines what the MOI (Moment of Intertia) of a putter head is, and how a high putter head MOI can help a golfer improve his/her putting performance.

  • He talks about other elements of putter fitting that he has found to be very important for golfers.

  • Jeff notes some of the Most Interesting Success results that he has seen from Tour golfers and us "mortals" in terms of putter fitting and improved putting results.

  • Finally, Jeff provides some Takeaway Guidance to golfers on things they should do to improve their putting and to enjoy the game more.

Thanks Jeff for sharing your knowledge with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the Cure High MOI Putters – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Make Dave Hohnke’s Club Fitting Scoring System Work For YOU!!

Use Dave's Club Fitting Scoring System

To Shoot Lower Scores!

Club Fitting Scoring SystemDave Hohnke – Master Clubfitter who you have heard from a number of times here – has created an excellent Club Fitting Scoring System.  Using this system, golfer and custom fitters can partner and identify golf equipment changes that golfers can use to improve their games and scoring.

At the recent 11th AGCP Clubfitting Roundtable, Keith Chatham from PrecisionFit Golf presented a case study for a golfer who used this Scoring System to evaluate his golf results.  Keith was able to help this golfer reduce his handicap by about 4 strokes (and probably more coming!) – mostly through helping him add some specific custom fit clubs to his bag.  The golfer played 4 rounds and entered data from his rounds in the Scorecard – and he and Keith evaluated the results.

Well – I purchased 30 copies of this Club Fitting Scorecard – to first apply and use for my personal game – and also to provide to some of my golfers who might benefit.  

As an early "Christmas" present – I will provide this Scorecard to the first ten golfers who ask me for it.  It is a dynamite way to evaluate your game and identify areas you can use to play your best golf.

NOTE – Dave Hohnke's Club Fitting Scoring System is Copyrighted and CANNOT BE DUPLICATED.  But completing it is well worth your time if you want to find ways to Play Your Best Golf!

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Tony

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066 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dave Hohnke Interview – AGCP Roundtable 11!

The AGCP Roundtable 11:

Overview – And Talking Lie Angle Fitting!

AGCP Roundtable 11

Welcome to Episode 66 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:

Coming Up – my 10th Association of  Golf Clubfitting Professionals (AGCP) Roundtable – some of the great things I learned in Roundtable 2!

Interview with Dave Hohnke – Master Professional Clubfitter and Assistant Golf Coach at Indiana University.

  • Dave is a major presenter at the AGCP Roundtable 11.  He discusses an overview of some of the topics he will discuss at the Roundtable.

  • He discusses – from his experience – the major reasons that Iron Lie Angle Testing and modification are important for golfers.

  • Dave talks about some of the different ways that custom fitters test for lie angle – and the positives and negatives of these.  He also talks about his preferred method to test to determine the right club lie angles for golfers.

  • He discusses some of the important interactions between the golf swing and the club lie angles, and some of the reasons that changing lie angles may not always be best for a golfer's performance.

  • Finally, Dave provides some Final Words about the AGCP Roundtable 11 is going to be a great learning event!

Useful Web Links:

Thanks Dave for sharing some great knowledge for golfers and custom club fitters!

To learn more about the Schedule of Events for the AGCP Roundtable 11 – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Learn A Great Putting Message!

The Visio Putting Aimboard

Sends A Great Putting Message!

Putting MessagePutting MessageOn the Harold Swash Putting website, there is a link to a terrific group of Visio Putting Aids that have been developed by Philip Kenyon (putting coach of Rory McElroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, and other tour pros).  I have purchased a number of these aids – and most recently bought the Visio Aimboard – shown in the pictures above.  This Aimboard allows you to practice hitting putts from 5, 10, and 15 feet distances and will show you where your misses are relative to where your putter face points at impact (for now, let's confine ourselves to straight putts).

This Aimboard – in addition to being a great Training Aid – I think sends a simple and powerful message on how important it is to be able to control your aim at address and at impact in your putting.  From the first image above, you can I think easily note the following…

  • On a 5 foot putt, if your putter face is more than 2 degrees off of target at impact you will miss the putt,
  • On a 10 foot putt, the putter face has to be within 1 degree of the target at impact to make a straight putt, and
  • For a 15 foot putt, at impact your face has to be within 0.75 degrees of target at impact to make a straight putt.

The Putting Messages from this information are simple and powerful:

  • Aim at Address and Aim at Impact get increasingly more important as putt length increases.

  • It should be no surprise then that the longer the putt, the more precise your control of your putter face needs to be at impact, and that the make percentage on putts decreases for longer putts.

  • Finally then – be a little more relaxed and easy on yourself on longer putts if you are not putting for a living – unless of course you are willing to put in the time to be great at Aim at Address and Aim at Impact.  And if you do put in that time – relax in knowing you have locked in this putting skill!

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Tony

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065 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Steven Yellin Interview – MORE Fluid Motion Factor Insights!

MORE Fluid Motion Factor Insights To

Help You Play YOUR Best Golf!

Fluid Motion FactorWelcome to Episode 65 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 (return engagement!) with Steven Yellin – developer of the Fluid Motion Factor program which he teaches at the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida – and around the U. S. and the world!

  • Steven talks about what he has been doing the past few months – teaching the Fluid Motion Factor program to many teams and individuals.

  • He talks about what are typical "Light Bulb Moments" that golf teams and individuals have in applying the Fluid Motion Factor program to their games.

  • Steven explains his statement "The Quality of a Motion is Dependent on the Quality of the Gap."

  • He discusses a story he shared on his Facebook site related to a World Cup Soccer final between Germany and Argentina – and what it implies to golf and in particular putting improvement.

  • If Steven wrote a third book, he would title it "It's Just The Opposite: How Turning Your Understanding Of Golf Upside Down Will Flip Your Game Right-Side Up."  He mentions some of the concepts that "could" be in that book!

  • Steven discusses some of the most satisfying teaching experiences he has had in the past year.

  • Finally he provides some Final Words for golfers to help them play to Their Potential.

Thanks Steven for sharing your golf improvement knowledge and insights with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the Fluid Motion Factor Program – Click HERE!

To follow Steven Yellin posts on his Facebook Page – Click HERE!

To learn more about Steven's two great books available from Amazon.com…

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Tony

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Square Impact Is King!

Square Impact = Best Performance and Feel = Lower Scores!

Square Impact

There are a number of "classic" custom club fitting books that I REALLY should take the time to look at again from time to time.  One of these was published in 2011 by Ralph Maltby – a pioneer in custom fitting, and owner of the Golfworks – provider of golf club shafts, grips, assembly materials and fitting tools, and club heads.  And author of The Complete Book of Golf Club Fitting and Performance.

So I did a little paging through this book recently.  And BANG right at the start was a great thought!

"If we could be so basic as to pick one goal to accomplish in clubfitting … 

It would be Squareness Of Hit."  

He made the point that it is easy to get hung up in searching for more distance when doing a custom fitting.  But that if you look for Squareness Of Hit first, a lot of things fall into place:

  • With square hits, the most energy gets imparted to the golf ball – (highest smash factors) – so most ball speed and most distance.
  • The squarer the hit, the less curve on the golf ball – smaller shot dispersion?
  • With square hits, a golfer gets more solid feel at impact.

Square Impact – better distance, reduced shot dispersion, better feel – better overall results!!  I just Love Relearning From The Classics.

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Tony

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064 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Keith Chatham – Custom Fit Single Length Irons!

Learn About The Benefits and Fitting Process

For Custom Fit Single Length Irons!

PrecisionFitGolfSterling Single Length IronsWelcome to Episode 64 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information in true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Today's announcement from Cobra Golf – new line of Single Length Irons – interesting!

Interview with Keith Chatham from PrecisionFit Golf in Kerrville, TX:

  • Keith talks about why potential customers are coming to see him about Single Length irons.
  • He discusses his present custom fitting system for Single Length iron fittings.
  • Keith shares his views of the major benefits of Single Length irons, and the types of golfers who can benefit from them the most.
  • He shares his insights on how he helps golfers find the right Wedges and Hybrids to complement their Single Length irons.
  • Keith shares the two most important words he says when he fits golfers for Single Length irons – Ball Position!
  • He notes the most surprising things that he has seen for golfers he has fit for Single Length irons.
  • Finally he shares his Best Advice for golfers who want to consider playing Single Length irons.

Thanks Keith – as always, Great Information!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Keith Chatham at PrecisionFit Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about Sterling Single Length clubs – Click HERE!

To learn more about Pinhawk Single Length clubs – Click HERE!

To learn more about Edel Single Length clubs – Click HERE!

To learn more about Cobra Single Length clubs – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Sterling Single-Length Iron Podcast Interview on TUESDAY!

PrecisionFitGolfSterling Single Length IronsFor those of you looking for my bi-weekly podcast today – stayed tuned for a GREAT episode tomorrow afternoon – with Keith Chatham from PrecisionFit Golf in Kerrville, Texas – talking about his custom fitting experiences with Sterling Single-Length Irons.  See you on Tuesday!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony