High-Powered Learning At The 2017 PGA Equipment Show!

My "Top 10" Things To Do At The

2017 PGA Equipment Show!

2017 PGA Equipment Show

As you read this, my wife and I will have already spent 2 days in Orlando, and I will be gearing up for a full 3 days of high-powered learning fun.  This year I thought I might share links for the "Top 10" things I plan to do and visit at the Show.  I have included links to all of these for you to look at.  My plan is to report on what I learned in my Monthly Newsletter – the next one will be published on February 15.

  Open Forum 5 – My first time attending this – 7 hours of presentations from many high-powered industry experts.

  IKKOS (a motor learning platform)

  Cure Putters (I now fit with these)

  Blast Golf (putting dynamics measurement tool)

  Knuth Golf (learn about their High Heat driver)

  Miura Golf (they have a new iron head)

  PuttOut Golf (interesting new putting practice aid)

  Arthur Xtreme Engineering (learn about their new golf shafts)

  Flightscope (learn about their new X3 unit)

  SAM PuttLab (see what is new!)

Looking forward to another great week of PGA Show Learning – and sharing information with you to help you play your best golf!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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071 – Jeff Sheets – Driver Head Design – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Jeff Sheets Talks Driver Head Design

And Driver Performance!

Jeff Sheets Driver Head Design

Welcome to Episode 71 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 Sheets from Jeff Sheets Golf – Golf Clubhead Designer (more than 20 patents and over 500 clubhead designs!).

  • Jeff talks about how he first became interested in designing golf clubheads.
  • He provides an overview of some of the major things that have to be accomplished to design a driver clubhead.
  • Jeff tells us some of the most important clubhead definitions – from a club performance standpoint – that golfers and custom club fitters need to know.
  • He discusses constraints that he needs to address to design a high-performance driver head.
  • Jeff describes his role in the redesign of the Swing Science FC One driver head.
  • Finally, Jeff provides some final advice to golfers to help them improve their driving performance.

This was a really great information-filled interview – Thanks Jeff!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jeff Sheets and Jeff Sheets Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Swing Science FC One driver head – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Priority One – Aim Your Putter At Address!

KNOW That You Can

Aim Your Putter At Address!

Priority One Aim Your Putter!

Today was a busy but delightful day of starting to help a golfer achieve his potential.  He drove from Nashville for an iron fitting, SAM PuttLab evaluation, and perhaps (?) a fitting for a new putter.

The iron fitting went extremely well.  We found a combination that – with his 93 mph swing speed – allowed him to hit 6 iron shots that carried 210 yards, with a terrific smash factor of over 1.4, and with minimal shot dispersion.  I wish I could hit 210 yard 6 irons!

But then we went to the SAM PuttLab evaluation.  In completing my Putting Evaluation form, he noted he averaged 38 putts a round, and most of his misses for shorter putts were to the right.  The SAM evaluation right away showed the most important reason he is not putting well.  At address, on average he aimed his present putter about 3 degrees to the right.  As a result, he had to make major compensations in his stroke to get close to square at impact.

More interesting, though, was that after I showed him the data and checked his aim a few times with a laser – he still aimed significantly to the right of target at address.  I then fit him for a new Cure Putter – but would NOT have done so if he could not aim that putter well – his aim with the Cure putter was within 1 degree of square.

The Morale Of THIS Story – a putter fitting is not a putter fitting without Testing For Aim At Address.  It was a lot of fun to see him have immediate improvement and confidence in his putting stroke.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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070 – Don Coyle – Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Don Coyle Helps You Learn Some Important

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions!

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions

Welcome to Episode 70 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 Don Coyle from Country Acres Custom Golf in Mount Vernon, IL. – AGCP Level 10 Custom Club Fitter and 2015 and 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Custom Club Fitter.

  • Don tells His Story – how he originally became interested in custom club fitting, and some of the most important things he learned to learn to become a top custom club fitter.
  • He talks about how he created his Custom Fitting Studio and Golf Club Workshop (see web site link to see his setup!)

  • Don discusses his perspective on some of the Most Important Misconceptions that many golfers have about True Custom Club Fitting.
  • He now uses the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Fitting Cart and fitting approach, and he talks about the value of this fitting approach to help golfers putt their best.

  • He discusses some of his most satisfying Success Stories with younger golfers.
  • Finally Don provides a few Final Words and Suggestions for golfers who want to play their Best Golf!

Thanks Don for sharing your knowledge and experiences!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Don Coyle and Country Acres Custom Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Putters – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Playing “What’s My Purpose” Golf In 2017!

My Building Blocks For Playing

"What's My Purpose" Golf In 2017!

"What's My Purpose" Golf

As I reflect on my personal golf performance in 2016, and how it can improve in 2017, the word PURPOSE seems to keep coming up.  

By definition purpose is "the reason for which something is done or created."

If I am honest, I would say that almost every round I played in 2016 I did the following….

  • I was fixated on what my score was during the round and would be frustrated if I was not able to shoot lower than 80, and

  • In my pre-shot routine for shots, I was fixated on Swing Thoughts instead of PLAYING with the game and swing I had that day.

Hey – I should know and deserve better (thought I achieved the results I deserved with this Focus and Purpose!).  Not In 2017.

In 2017 – I will Play And Practice To See What Is Possible, And Enjoy The Ride!

For me to achieve this, here are the things I plan to do throughout the year…

  • First I Need More Play Reps!  Yes, my Custom Fitting Business continues to grow – but my goal is to play 60 rounds in 2017 compared to the 45 rounds I played in 2016.

  • As many days as possible, I will spend at least 5 to 10 minutes on some type of Deliberate Task-Based Practice in my basement – most likely on putting, but sometimes on swing mechanics.

  • When I practice at the Golf Course, I will also focus on Task Based Practice and Not On Banging Golf Balls.

  • When I Play – yes I want to score well, but will not be so Tied Up about what my score is.

  • When I Play, I will see what I can learn from Each Round.

  • And Finally – No More Swing Thoughts in my pre shot routine when I Play – Trust The Game I Have!

It is fun to KNOW that My Best Golf is still in the future – How About YOU? – Please Comment Below.

Thanks For Reading My Blog Posts – And Happy New Year

And Your Best Golf In 2017!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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069 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Mike McFadden – Effective Golf Practice!

Supercharge Your Golf Practice

To Play YOUR Best Golf!

Effective Golf Practice

Effective Golf Practice

Welcome to Episode 69 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!

Why do YOU Practice?

What do YOU do to make your Practice Most Effective?

Show Notes:

The First Annual Christmas Podcast 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.

  • Mike talks about what The Game Of Golf means to him and the Three Types of Golf Skills.
  • He discusses the importance of Focus in Practice – and the Three Types of Important Practice Focus.
  • Mike gives us a LOT of information on how to Set Up Your Practice – talks about Task Constrained Training – and some types of Constraints you can use in your practice.
  • "Errors Are GOOD In Practice" – Mike tells us why this is an absolutely true statement.
  • Putting it all together – Some Final Words from Mike about making your practice help you shoot lower scores.
  • And Finally A Bonus – Mike talks about his Coming New Web Site that will include many Golf Improvement Videos!

Thanks Mike!

     Three Thoughts To Help You

Improve Your Game In The New Year!

  • Remember this statement to help improve how you practice:
  • "THE TASK LEADS TO THE SOLUTION.  Learning Is The Repeated Attempt To Solve A Task.  NOT The Repetition Of The Solution For A Specific Task."
  • Listen to this podcast again once a month for the next three months – and Write Down some new Practice Nuggets each time you listen to it.
  • Finally – Watch in the coming months for Mike's New Golf Improvement Video Web Site!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Nerf Dart Putting Aid!

Use A "Nerf Dart Putting Aid" And Improve

Your Indoor Putting Practice!

Nerf Dart Putting AidMy Jefferson GA grandsons – Emerson and Madux – love to pelt me with Nerf Darts when I visit them – all great fun. But now that I have learned I can use these for putting practice and improvement…

One of my favorite putting improvement resources is the David Orr Flatstick Academy subscription web site.  David does at least one (often more) post each week that helps me to learn more about putting improvement.  The site is an amazing putting learning resource.

David recently did a video post where he talked about how he teaches new golfers to putt.  And that is where Nerf Darts showed up!  He stuck a dart on the face of a putter – and wow what a simple training idea!  You can immediately see where you aim your putter, and can also see how the face of the putter moves as you create your stroke.

To me Simple is often Most Effective.  So, particularly if you are looking to do some indoor winter putting practice and improvement – buy some sticky Nerf Darts (or steal them from your grandkids?).  Put one on the face of your putter, check your aim and confirm that you are able to correctly aim your putter at address.  And maybe do this 3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet away from a simulated indoor target.  Do this once at each location, maybe 2 or 3 times.  Total time spent – probably less than 5 minutes.  But an effective way to practice putting aim at address.  

Thanks David!  (And watch out, Emerson and Madux…)

Any Simple Indoor Practice Aids That YOU Use? – Please Comment And Share!

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Tony

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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.

 

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

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!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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