029 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Juan Gutierrez Interview – Make More Putts!

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New Putting Improvement Book Published!

MMP cover jpegWelcome to Episode 29 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom clubfitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

My Memorial Day Weekend Present – I shot 73!

Interview with Juan Gutierrez, author of the new Putting Improvement book Make More Putts

  • How you came up with the Putting Improvement Process you used to win the 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame Putting Championship.
  • What things you believe golfers do not realize they should do to become great putters.
  • How you collected the putting drills in your book.
  • How you developed the Putting Assessment Process you describe in your book.
  • What is the relative importance of playing with a properly fit putter and developing a great putting stroke?
  • What are the best ways golfers can use Make More Putts to become Lights Out Putters!

Thanks Juan for your dedication to helping golfers improve their putting!

Useful Web Links:

To purchase Make More Putts from Amazon.com – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Time For You To “Make More Putts!”

New Putting Improvement Book Available Next Week!

MMP cover jpegAbout a year ago it was my pleasure to develop a friendship with Juan Gutierrez – who was the 2011 World Hall of Fame Putting Champion.  Juan is about to release a terrific new Putting Improvement book – "Make More Putts."  The print version of the book will be available on Amazon.com next week, and the Amazon Kindle version will be available soon after that.

The book is organized around four major tasks for improving your putting: a) Assessing Your Putting Skills, b) Decide Where You Need To Improve Your Putting, c) Creating A Practice Plan, and d) Putting Drills.  I particularly like the Putting Skills Assessment process that Juan proposes, and also the Putting Drills section includes 150 different drills that golfers can use in their putting practice.

I have been fortunate to review several drafts of Juan's book over the past few months.  About a week ago, I read the "final" draft of the book, and was struck by two drills that I realized would help me improve my putting:

  • Keeping The Gap Constant.  This is a drill designed to help golfers to keep their hands quiet during their putting strokes.  Without going into the full details, you have your hands facing each other (and about a half inch apart), rotate your shoulders back and forth, and attend to keeping the distance between your hands constant.  I could immediately see that this drill would help me keep my hands quiet during my stroke.
  • Alignment Rods!  In this drill you use two alignment rods – one on the ground parallel to your target path, the other in your front belt loops to help you align your hips to your target.  Then you stroke putts, and make sure the rod in your belt loops does not move – you create your stroke through your shoulders.  This was a light bulb thought for me – of course I should keep my lower body still, but I am not sure I had done that in the past.  

If you are serious about creating a plan to improve your putting that works – consider adding "Make More Putts" to your golf improvement library.  And watch next week for my podcast, when Juan and I will talk about putting improvement that works!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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028 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Mike McFadden Interview – Swing Faster!

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How To Hit The Golf Ball Farther!

Mike print 2011 - Version 2Welcome to Episode 28 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:

This episode starts YEAR TWO of my Podcast – Thanks!

Way to go Bob Cooney – shooting 75 at age 76!!

James Sieckmann "Phase 5" Short Game Training System – WOW!

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

  The single most important factor for increasing driving distance.

  The role of custom fitting in hitting your drives farther.

  Can anyone increase their driving distance?

  Tasks golfers can accomplish to hit their drives farther.

  Priorities for improving your driving distance.

  Common denominators for golfers who want to drive the golf ball farther.

Thanks Mike for teaching us to Swing Faster!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Mike at True Custom Fitting – Click HERE!

To learn about the Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort – Click HERE!

To learn about the James Sieckmann "Phase 5" Short Game Training System – Click HERE!

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Tony

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A Golfing Milestone!!

Way To Go, Bob!!

Bob CooneyMy long time and very best golfing buddy, Bob Cooney, achieved a wonderful golfing milestone today.  He shot 75 – one under his age – WOW!  I got to play with him and watch him do this – it was the best day.  WAY TO GO BOB!!

Tony

 

The Golf Improvement Podcast – Year 1!

Custom Club Fitting, Short Game Improvement, and

Effective Practice Techniques!

GIG_2Has it really been one year since the launch of The Golf Improvement Podcast?  It hardly seems that long.  Here is the breakdown of the content from this first year:

  • 27 episodes
  • 9 on custom club fitting, 7 on putting improvement, 10 on effective practice techniques, and 1 welcome
  • Most importantly – 24 interesting and terrific experts who did interviews!

My thanks to EVERYONE who did a podcast interview with me this year.  I hope you listeners had as much fun learning from each and every interview as I did.

Below is a link that will take you to all of the Year 1 Podcasts:

     Link To The Archive For Year 1 Episodes Of The Golf Improvement Podcast

And for those of you who wish to subscribe through iTunes to listen to The Golf Improvement Podcast – Click HERE!

This coming Tuesday I do the first interview for Year Two – and already have 5 terrific interviews scheduled.  I hope you keep listening!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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027 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dr. Debbie Crews Interview – The Yips!

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Helping Golfers Understand The Yips!

Debbie CrewsWelcome to Episode 27 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. Debbie Crews –  Performance Mind Management

  Your Story – how you became interested and engaged in studying the yips.

  What do golfers need to know about the causes of yips.

  In your scientific studies of the yips, what have been the biggest surprises you have found?

  What are successful approaches golfers can take to continue to play with, and sometimes cure, the yips?

  What are some final takeaways for golfers who are dealing with the yips in their golf games?

  AND COMING SOON – your new web site – Yips.Us!!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Dr. Debbie Crews and Performance Mind Management – Click HERE!

To learn more about Debbie's new web site Yips.Us (under development) – Click HERE!

AND…

To Subscribe to and Review of The Golf Improvement Podcast on iTunes! – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Retrofitting Your Golf Clubs – What You Need To Know!

How To Ensure Success

Retrofit ClubsMaria Palozola is a Top 50 LPGA Golf Instructor, and she has developed a wonderful golf instruction website – MyGolfInstructor.  She has asked me to write some articles for her web site about putting improvement and custom club fitting, and so far I have completed four of these.

Recently this question was posted on her web site…

Hi Maria, I purchased a new set of irons last spring, but did not get them fitted. Since I've used them for a year already, can they still be fitted, or is this only done at the time of purchase of a new set? What exactly is done to the clubs when they are fitted?  Thanks. – Tim M. from Charleston, IL

When I saw the question, it looked a good opportunity to write a new article – because I am not sure golfers are aware of how to successfully have their golf clubs retrofitted.  So here is the link to the article I just completed for MyGolfInstructor on Retrofitting Your Golf Clubs.

And while you are on the MyGolfInstructor web site take a look around – there is some great golf instruction information there!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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026 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Interview with Dr. Bhrett McCabe – The Mindside!

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Learning To Play Mental

Mindside PodcastWelcome to Episode 26 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 Masters – thanks Jordan Spieth AND Justin Rose!

Quote from Nick Saban – "It Takes What It Takes"

April 25 "Shoot Lower Scores" Day at the Centennial Golf Academy – 30 minute driver and iron testing sessions, email me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com for more information!

Interview with Dr. Bhrett McCabe – Performance and Sports Psychologist, and creator of The Mindside Podcast.

  Bhrett's Story – and why he is doing The Mindside Podcast

  Comments on "I practiced, I should have played well."

  The importance of Adversity and Failure in Improvement.

  Thoughts on Practicing The Mindside.

  Bhrett's final thoughts for golfers who want to play their best.

Thanks Bhrett – for your knowledge AND for The Mindside Podcast!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Dr. Bhrett McCabe – Click HERE!

To subscribe to The Mindside Podcast – Click HERE!

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Tony

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J C Penney’s And Golf!

J. C. Penney's Tag Line – "When It Fits, You Feel It!"

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I think it was about a year ago when I heard J. C. Penney's tag line "When It Fits, You Feel It!"  Darn – frustrating that I did not think of this as a tag line for my custom fitting help for golfers (but good for Penney's for thinking of this for them!).

All the same – we recently had great fun in two driver fittings that illustrate the importance of great feel in custom fittings:

  • The first was for a friend from Las Vegas who I roomed with on our recent golf trip.  He was playing a 46 inch driver with a 2 degree closed face (draw bias).  He hits a lot of good drives, but has be very careful in his swing to not hit big hooks – so he sometimes hits pushes.  We found a good combination for him – Wishon 919 driver with 13 degrees of loft and 0.5 degree closed face angle, 48 gram Aerotech shaft, 45-1/2 inch driver length.  He carried his first shot with this test club about 7 yards longer than with his present driver.  But the best part of the new driver is that he now hits a slight push or a little draw – and does not have be so careful with his driver swings.  And his driver smash factor increased from about 1.42 to 1.46 – more center hits.
  • The second fitting was with a golfer who was also playing with a 46 inch driver, who again had an inside to outside swing path, and whose bad miss was again a big hook.  Getting the club face and club path at impact close to each other is a key to hitting straighter shots.  For him, the best combination was a Wishon driver – 10.5 degree loft and 0.5 degrees closed face, a shaft that was tip soft because he has an early release, a 44-1/2 inch driver length, and 12 grams of added weight (using lead tape) to the driver head.  When we went from 8 grams to 12 grams of head weight, his carry distance increased (first shot) by more than 10 yards.  His driver smash factor increased – compared to his present driver – from 1.41 to 1.49, his carry and total distances increased, and he loved the overall feel of the new driver.

So when you hear J. C. Penney's TV ads, I hope you will consider buying what they are selling – but maybe also think – just a little? -about how custom fitting can help your golf game!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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025 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Golf Trip Learning!

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Learning A New Way To Play Golf!

What's Your Plan - Ready Planning for Success StrategyWelcome to Episode 25 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:

I just returned from my Annual Golf Trip.  My goals for my golf shots during the trip:

  Pick a target (landing spot for short game shots).

  Commit to and hit the shot.

  Love the good shots, evaluate the poor ones – then Let Go.

  Have fun no matter what.

  Keep head up at all times – Walk Like A Champion.

  Listen to the podcast and hear what happened!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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