081 – True Length Technology – Dan Connelly Interview

"Stand Athletic" And Shoot Lower Scores

With True Length Technology!

True Length TechnologyWelcome to Episode 81 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:

Podcast interview with Dan ConnellyDan's Custom Golf Shop in Hampton, Ontario, Canada – and inventor of True Length Technology.

  • Dan discusses how he first became interested in true custom club fitting.

  • He tells us what lead him to develop the True Length Technology (TLT) club fitting and club building process – and describes the "A Ha!" moments he had in developing TLT.

  • Dan discusses the main benefits of TLT – in particular for longer irons and hybrids, and for short irons.

  • He talks in particular about how the TLT process can help golfers who need longer clubs, and women and junior golfers who need shorter clubs than standard.

  • Dan walks us through what a TLT fitting looks like in his shop.

  • He shares some of the most satisfying success stories for golfers who are playing with custom fit TLT club sets.

  • Finally Dan provides some Final Words for golfers to help them play their best!

Great information Dan – thanks for sharing it with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Dan Connelly, Dan's Custom Golf Shop, and True Length Technology – Click HERE!

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Square Clubface – Straighter and Longer Shots!

Can Having A Square Clubface

At Address Really Matter?

Square Clubface

Well, having a square clubface at address was not going to be today's blog post topic – but the fitting session I just finished was just too neat to not talk about!

I am working with a good golfer who had surgery 2 years ago and who is getting back into golf.  We have been doing an hour-at-a-time fitting.  Today was the second session.

Almost all of his shots have been a small push or a little slice to the right.  We tested a number of different shafts, heads, lie angles, lengths.  Just about every shot to the right.

This type of shot pattern usually results from a face-to-path difference often in the range of 6 degrees.  For him, often path 4 degrees left, face 2 degrees right.

SO! – I wondered – could he actually be aiming his clubface to the right?  We checked – and for HIM this was important.  He did not realize he had his face open at address. Square face – smaller face to path difference at impact – straighter shots – more distance – almost immediately.  Now he is going back to practice this and get it locked in – and we will be able to finish the fitting in our next session.

Little things, little things – how much they can matter never ceases to amaze me!

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080 – Your Putting Story! – Preston Combs Interview

Know Your Putting Story

To Make More Putts!

Your Putting StoryWelcome to Episode 80 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 Challenge To YOU – Know Your Putting Story!

Interview with Preston Combs from Your Par Golf – Lead Coach at Don Parsons Golf Instruction in Santa Barbara, CA, and specialist in Putting Coaching and Improvement.

  • Preston talks about how he became a PGA Teaching Professional and Putting Improvement Expert.

  • In addition to using the SAM PuttLab, he talks about other (often simple!) putting teaching aids he uses in his putting coaching.

  • Preston shares the importance for golfers of "having a clear picture" of what they presently do in their putting strokes – and of what they can do to improve their strokes.

  • One of his great web site videos is "The Accelerating Putter Head."  He talks about this myth in putting, and concepts golfers can use to improve their strokes and their speed control.

  • Preston shares some of the things he does to help golfers improve the Mental Side of their putting strokes, and some experiences he has had helping golfers improve in this area.

  • He discusses helping golfers become better at those important 3 to 5 foot putts – and why he likes seeing golfers become great at putting inside of 8 feet.

  • Preston gives us a preview of what will be coming on the soon-to-be-released SAM PuttLab 6 software update.

  • Finally – Preston shares some Final Words on specific things golfers can do to learn to putt their best!

Home Run Interview Preston, Thanks!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Preston Combs at Your Par Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Visio Mi Putting Templates – Click HERE!

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Hole In One #1!

Congrats To Larry Weiss For His

Recent Hole In One!

Hole In One #1

Well, I knew that it was just a matter of time before someone made a Hole In One using Game Improvement Golf custom fit clubs.  And last week it happened – so please allow me to be pretty giddy about this!  

A good friend – Larry Weiss, pictured above – on April 26 made a Hole In One on Hole #3 at the Oak Ridge Country Club.  He hit a 9 iron from 120 yards, one hop into the cup!  His custom built clubs are Mizuno JPX 900 Forged heads, KBS Tour 90 S flex shafts, and rebuilt by me to constant MOI specs based on the custom fitting we did in late 2016.

Way to go Larry!  I am getting a plaque made for him commemorating this achievement.  Now the floodgates are open to all of my other golfing clients!

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Is Timing Everything?  On Saturday May 13, I will be doing a Mizuno Fitting Day at the Centennial Golf Academy – from 10 am to 2 pm.  Click This Link to find out more details.  Contact me SOON to arrange an appointment time!

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079 – Talking Golf Turf with Dr. Brandon Horvath!

"Talking Golf Turf" With

Turf Pathologist Dr. Brandon Horvath!

Talking Golf Turf

Welcome to Episode 79 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:

Podcast interview with Dr. Brandon HorvathAsst. Professor of Turfgrass Science in the University of Tennessee Department of Turfgrass Science & Management.

  • Brandon talks about how he first became interested in a career in turfgrass science and managing turfgrass diseases.
  • He shares with us the most important factors that make golf greens play great but also stay healthy.
  • Brandon talks about some of the things that have changed and improved in golf green management over the past 30 years – and what is on the horizon for "the greens of the future."
  • He discusses the major  typs of turf grasses used in fairways – and how these grass types have changed over the past 30 years.
  • Brandon shares information on the main considerations for maintaining golf course rough areas throughout a golf course year.
  • He talks about the relationships of turf scientists with golf course superintendents – how they learn from superintendents, and how superintendents learn from turf scientists.
  • Finally – Brandon provides some Final Takeaways for golfers to remember about turf grass – and some info. that give golfers a "little edge" in shooting lower scores!

Fascinating Brandon! – thanks for taking the time to share this information with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the UT Turfgrass Science & Management Programs – Click HERE!

To learn more about the GREAT Rounds 4 Research Fundraising Event (May 1 to 7) – Click HERE!

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Seven Golf Club Set!

A Great Custom Fitting For A

Seven Golf Club Set!

Seven Golf Club Set

I made a great new friend recently – Mike Gailey from Piney Creek, North Carolina.  Mike asked me to help him create a unique golf club set for him.  He gets to play 9 holes most mornings, on a hilly course.  He has some back problems, but still likes to walk and carry his clubs.  So he has been playing with a seven golf club set – and wanted a set where there are approximately 30 yard gaps between clubs.  It was a lot of fun to help him get what he desired – and this is what we came up with….

  • First, a SeeMore putter – about 3 inches shorter than the putter he was previously playing with.  His old putter had a very heavy swingweight, and he had trouble "getting the golf ball to the hole."  Not any more!
  • Second – three Sterling Single Length irons – a 5 hybrid, 9 iron, and gap wedge.  He loves these, says he hits them very straight, and they have the gapping he was looking for.
  • Third – two Edel wedges – 60 degree and 64 degree lofts.  These are an inch shorter than his Sterling irons.  Just what he hoped for!
  • Finally – a Wishon Golf 18 degree 2 hybrid iron – with the same shaft in it that is in his other irons.  He can it this off the tee and in the fairway.

There is no big moral to this post today – other than, for me, it was really great fun helping Mike get what he needs to help him play better golf.  Now Mike – about that future hole in one!

ONE MORE THING! – my next published podcast interview will come out on Tuesday April 25 (not the 24th) – in case you were wondering on the 24th…

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Tony

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078 – First World Putting Conference – Robb Gibb Interview!

Robb Gibb Provides Insights From The

First World Putting Conference!

First World Putting ConferenceWelcome to Episode 78 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:

Insights from my recent Putting Is HARD Day!

Interview with Robb GibbLevel 3 Senior SAM PuttLab Instructor, and East Coast Science & Motion Sports Sales Representative.

  • Robb provides some background about the recent First World Putting Conference and the major purpose of the conference.
  • He discusses what he talked about at the conference in terms of SAM PuttLab software improvements, and in particular about a great new putting improvement tool – Puttview.
  • Robb talks about highlights from some of the major conference presentations – and some surprises he had in terms of things he learned.
  • He tells about things he learned about how to use data to help golfers play their best – and also some insights on the mental side of putting improvement.
  • Finally – Robb shares some Final Words for putting instructors and golfers.

Thanks for sharing Robb!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Robb Gibb and Robb Gibb Golf – Click HERE!

To watch a short video about PuttView – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Our 2017 Golf Trip!

Our 2017 Golf Trip

AND "Golf From Point A"

Our 2017 Golf Trip!

The picture shows the 12 great guys who are on our 2017 Golf Trip to Georgia and Florida.  As I write this on Saturday evening, we just finished our annual "Pink Ball" competition – this year at the terrific World Woods Pine Barrens course in Brooksville, Florida.  We have all had another great time playing golf and socializing.

I typically do not play close to great golf in these trips, but some concepts in a book I have just finished help me to better manage my game my emotions on the golf course.  The book is "Golf From Point A" by Susie Meyers and Valerie Lazar.  I decided to give "Point A" thinking a go the last two days.  I shot 84 both days on two very challenging courses – and I know had more fun too.  If you are looking to find a better way to manage your emotions and thoughts on the golf course – this is one to definitely consider!

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For you readers of my blog in the Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and East Tennessee areas, we are having two events this coming week at the Centennial Golf Academy.  The first is an Open House at 7 pm on Tuesday April 4.  Des Mahoney will be talking about his very successful golf coaching program, and I will be discussing how custom club fitting and putting improvement can help you play our best.

The second is my "Putting Is HARD Day!" that will be held on Saturday April 8 from 9 am to 3 pm. No appointment necessary – come and let me provide you some insights on how you can improve your putting – and hopefully have you spend some time on my SAM PuttLab and see the neat new SAM 3D software that I have to help evaluate putting strokes! 

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

 

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