Finding Your “Swing”

Golf Club Feel and Your "Swing"

Rowing TeamIf you are looking for an inspiring read, run to your book store and purchase The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown.  It is the story of the University of Washington rowing crew that won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  But rowing and golf?  Well, I listened to the Audible.com version of this book and this quote jumped out at me – it was from George Yeoman Pocock – a rowing expert, rowing philosopher, and designer and builder of rowing shells:

"When you get the rhythm in an eight, it's pure pleasure to be in it. It's not hard work when the rhythm comes–that "swing" as they call it.

I've heard men shriek out with delight when that swing came in an eight; it's a thing they'll never forget as long as they live."

For me this connected with my desire in club fitting to get the absolute best club feel for a golfer in a set of golf clubs.  As much as club performance is a huge element of club fitting, club feel is that added benefit that can come from playing with golf clubs that truly fit with how you swing the golf club.

I would be lying if I said that perfect club feel is the result of every custom fitting.  But, more often than not, there is a club / shaft / weight etc. combination that provides it.  And the funny thing about it is that – when it is right – almost every time the golfer immediately knows.  I am amazed how many times the first shot with the right combination will produce great results.

Getting the best club feel is a goal well worth shooting for (or worth "swinging" for?)!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

PS – had to reschedule a podcast due to be published today – but it is coming!

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035 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Adam Young Interview – The Golf Practice Revolution!

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Make Your Golf Practice WORK!

Practice ManualWelcome to Episode 35 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 Adam Young from Adam Young Golf – author of the best-selling and revolutionary golf improvement book The Practice Manual.

  • Adam discusses his journey to learning the science of effective golf practice.

  • He discusses the biggest misconceptions golfers have about practicing.

  • Adam discusses some of the "experiments" he has done related to making practice more effective.

  • He talks about some of his recommendations for improving short game practice.

  • He talks about two of the many interesting quotes in his book The Practice Manual.

  • Finally he discusses Six Basics that golfers can do to greatly improve their golf practice.

Adam THANK YOU for all you are doing to help golfers learn how to improve their practice and their golfing results!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Adam Young and Adam Young Golf Click HERE!

To purchase his best-selling book The Practice Manual – Click HERE!

To download Adam's free eBook Golf Hacks – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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My First Periscope Video – Know Your Golf Clubs!

Today I did a bit of a golf club "exploration" session with a golfer.  We did some tests with his irons and his driver.  Below is a link to a short video I produced using a really neat new iPhone app called Periscope.  I hope you enjoy what I discuss in my first (hopefully more coming!) Periscope video, here is the link…

Know Your Golf Clubs!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

Coming Soon From Game Improvement Golf!

Coming Soon Announcement of New Product or Store Opening

I hope that at least a few of you readers are surprised that there is no podcast today.  Well, get ready though – next week you will get to listen to my Podcast Interview with Adam Young, author of a terrific golf improvement book The Practice Manual.  We had to delay doing the interview until this Saturday, and it will be live next Monday morning.  You will NOT want to miss this one!

Wishon 919 FD DriverMy next "Coming Soon" relates to the above picture.  It is a new driver test head I have added to my fitting system – the Wishon 919 F/D Fairway Driver.  Ever since a local college player told me she had gained 20 yards hitting the TaylorMade Mini Driver, I have wanted to have a reason to add this Wishon driver head to my fitting system.  The Wishon head is 260 cc, a little over half the size of today's normal titanium driver heads, but still bigger than a standard fairway wood head.  The head in the picture has 15 degrees of loft, and I see this as a potential fitting option for females who are not comfortable hitting a large-head driver, but who like to hit fairway woods.  I have a fitting with a female golfer this week, and I am excited to see how this head performs for her.  It is actually available in lofts from about 11 degrees up to about 15 degrees.  We will see!  

Finally – I had fun watching the end of the PGA yesterday, and loved hearing that Jason Day said that all of his past failures in majors prepared him for the success he had yesterday.  YES!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Two “Short” Golf Learning Opportunities!

Learning From Being Short!

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My brother Harry visited me this weekend to play in the Oak Ridge Country Club Member Guest tournament (I think for the 16th year).  I hope at least one of the lessons that we learned this year will really take – here are the two lessons that most stick with me about the weekend…

  • I am a big fan of Adam Young and his writings on improving your practice and your play.  You can find a download a terrific free eBook titled Golf Hacks from his web site.  Well in this eBook Tip #13 is Hit The Back.  He suggests that for most of your golf shots you should club yourself to hit the back of the green, and that at a minimum you should track how many of your shots come up short of the green.  Well, during 45 holes of match play this past weekend, I can EASILY remember at least a dozen – a dozen minimum! – shots that we hit that came up short rather than on the green or long.  Why do we do this? – we always think we can hit the perfect shot for a specific distance.  Would simply applying this tip to our games have made a difference in how we played – I bet it would have!

  • Second, one of the parts of the tournament I love is getting to watch the final Shoot Out holes – where 14 winning flight teams get to play to see who will be the overall winner (I love it even more when we are IN the Shoot Out!).  The last 7 teams play Alternate Shot for 3 holes – 3 teams out the first, 2 out the second, and then one final winner.  I know (some good friends were in the Shootout) that it really hurts when you get so close to winning an event like this – but I think the opportunities to learn about yourself and how you can improve are also huge when you get to experience this pressure of competing. 

How about YOU? - what have you learned from "Coming Up Short" in a golf competition that really mattered  to you – I hope you will share this in the Comments below.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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034 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Howard Garson Interview – Howard’s Custom Clubs!

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Opening A Custom Club Fitting Shop!

Howards CCWelcome to Episode 34 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 Birthday to ME – 66 years old!  And Back Pain Free for the first time in about 4 months!!

Podcast Interview with Howard Garson from Howard's Custom Clubs – a new custom club fitting store in Dania Beach, FL.

  • How Howard originally became interested in custom club fitting.
  • The biggest things he has had to accomplish in the past few months to get his store close to Opening Day!
  • Some of the most important ways he has seen custom club fitting help golfers play their best.
  • How members of the Assn. of  Golf Club Fitting Professionals (AGCP) have helped Howard move toward opening his store.
  • Some of Howard's best custom club fitting success stories.
  • Finally, Howard's guidance to golfers interested in being custom fit for golf clubs.

Howard Thanks for sharing your experiences related to opening your new custom club fitting store!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Howard Garson and Howard's Custom Clubs in Dania Beach, FL – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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A Golf Club Gripping Dilemna!

A Golf Club Gripping Puzzle!

Why Word on Yellow Sticky Notes Help MysterySomething happened this weekend that threw me for a loop.  I had built a test club (to fitting specs) for a female golfer, and she was hitting it and a 7 wood that I had rebuilt for her.  Things were going great and then she said "the golf grip seems to be coming off."  Yep, it was.  NEVER has happened before, and I was not a very happy camper.  I used, or thought I used, the gripping process I learned and have used successfully for 8 years – so Why?  I will share a few things I learned in the past few days – and I think the result is that I will now use an even better process for gripping clubs.

The grip I used is a pretty new design, and one that is pretty soft.  The grip tape I used was from my normal supplier – but I had used a new roll of tape.  It did not "feel" right to me as soon as I cut a piece, more sticky than normal.  

As in all things when I am stumped, I sent an email to my AGCP friends asking for advice.  It turns out that a lot of my friends actually "blow" on these grips with an air compressor (use a small amount of air, a just a little solvent on the tip end of the grip).  Maybe a hint in there, do not use a lot of solvent?  

Since I had some concern about the grip tape, I decided to make a major change in that area.  I have for years used a great grip solvent solution called HF-100 from Brampton Technology.  I knew that they also make a quality double-sided grip tape but had never used it.  Some of the Brampton grip tape is on the way to me.

Today I also decided to give the Brampton folks a call and had a great discussion with Shaun Wheatley, who gave me a number of hints about things that could have piled up to produce my problem.  The biggest thing he suggested is that I be careful to not put too much solvent solution in the grip and on the tape at the start of regripping.  And be sure to get as much out of the grip as I can before I install the grip.  He said I also should shake up the Brampton HF-100 solution before using it, that sometimes it will segment some if it sits a lot.

So I will test all of these ideas on a few clubs first (finishing the set for the client) and make sure that the problem is solved.  If something does not work, something has to change!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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033 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dr. Christian Marquardt Interview – Putting Movement Dynamics

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Improve Your Putting Stroke Consistency!

Science and Motion SportsWelcome to Episode 33 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:

Bonus Goodie – Work With Your Habits As Your Friends!

Podcast Interview with Dr. Christian Marquardt – Neuroscientist, Motor Behavior Expert, and Developer of the Science and Motion (SAM) PuttLab

  • How Christian became interested in putting and developed the SAM PuttLab.
  • "Movement Dynamics" is one of the Six Fundamentals of Putting.  What is it and why is it important?
  • The most important elements of Movement Dynamics in excellent putting strokes?
  • Why a "2 back, 3 forward" stroke is an important element of good putting.
  • Christian talks about tasks golfers can work on to improve their Putting Movement Dynamics.
  • Christian discusses two putting success stories.
  • Finally Christian talks about using Variable Practice to Improve Putting Performance.

Thanks Christian for this great putting improvement interview!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Science and Motion Sports and the SAM PuttLab – Click HERE!

To read articles on "The Fundamentals of Putting" Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Pain – No Golf – UG!

Know When To Listen To Your Body!

DPH Pain 071315Well, time for an "off the beaten path" blog post!  The picture above is not me, but it sure shows where my back has been hurting – middle left side.  Physical therapy and doing stretches has not fixed things yet – but I still had to keep playing golf.  A few weeks ago I had minimal pain after the early morning, but little by little things kept hurting more.  I played golf this past Friday and things seemed OK – until Sunday.  Shooting pain, hard to move quickly – frustrating.  And today more of the same.

So I started a mini "full court press" this morning….

  • Asked my doctor for some meds to relax muscle pain (thanks!),
  • Went to my physical therapy session earlier than scheduled, and this helped – I was assigned some new stretches to do that I think will make a difference,
  • My wife called our favorite massage therapist, she will be "working me over" tomorrow evening,
  • And – the toughest part – no golf this week (had planned to play twice) – and most likely none next week either.

My big lesson from this is I did not read the signs well.  Mainly that increasing pain during the day needs to mean STOP and get things fixed and repaired.  My body finally sent me enough signals that I had to listen to them.

So How About YOU? - please comment below with some of your experiences from the past with back issues, and how you most effectively got your body – and your golf – back to normal!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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032 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Keith Chatham Interview – The “Secret Sauce” of Putting Improvement!

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The Basics Of Putter Counterweighting!

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Welcome to Episode 32 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:

Robert Streb makes 5 back-nine birdies putting with his wedge – are you kidding!

Interview with Keith Chatham from PrecisionFit Golf:

  • Keith talks about when he first learned about the value of Putter Counterweighting for golfers – and its potential benefits.
  • What Keith looks for in a golfer's putting stroke and putting performance when he fits for putter counterweighting.
  • The two basic types of putter counterweights – butt weights and down-the-shaft weights – and how much weight can benefit golfers.
  • The new rage – "Counterweighted Putters" – putters that are a few inches longer than where the golfer will grip them and that have counterweights in them – Keith talks about how these can benefit golfers presently using anchored putting strokes.
  • Keith talks about some of his most satisfying putter counterweighting success stories.
  • The last word from Keith about putter counterweighting and putter fitting.

Thanks Keith for sharing your knowledge and experiences on the value of Putter Counterweighting!

Useful Web Links:

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

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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