058 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dave Hohnke Interview, Wedge Fitting Insights!

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Dave Hohnke Shares Valuable Wedge Fitting Insights

To Help Golfers Improve Their Short Games!

Wedge Fitting Insights

Welcome to Episode 58 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 Dave HohnkeMaster Professional Clubfitter, and Assistant Golf Coach at Indiana University.

  • Tony starts out talking about how he recently rebuilt his wedges – based on Dave's suggestions – and the enhanced performance he is achieving with them!
  • Dave discusses how he came to the principles he presently uses in recommending wedge lengths and wedge shafts for golfers.
  • He talks about the concept of a "Spinner Wedge" and what that means in terms of using 8 iron shafts in wedges – and how this influences wedge performance.
  • Dave gives advice to golfers on how they should consider setting up their wedge set, and the value in this (constant length, softer wedge shafts).
  • He gives some Final Advice and Words to golfers on how to choose their wedges – AND also discusses the value for club fitters to attend the November AGCP Roundtable!

Your advice is making a difference in my personal short game – Thanks Dave!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the November AGCP Clubfitters Roundtable – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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2016 ParaLong Long Drive Cup!

Being Inspired By "The Long Ball!"

2016 ParaLong Long Drive Cup

2016 ParaLong Long Drive CupMy son David – an Orthopedic PA at the Athens, GA Orthopedic Clinic, gave me a pretty inspiring present last week.  He connected me with a friend he collaborates with – Steve Ehretsman, the founder of Shamrock Prosthetics in Athens – who would be competing in the ParaLong Long Drive Cup in Knoxville on July 11.

The ParaLong Long Drive Cup competition was founded by Dean Jarvis from Maryville, TN.  It was originally an amputee long drive competition, that has been expanded to include blind, paralyzed, and traumatic brain injured athletes.  I believe this was 10th year of this event in Knoxville, and it was held at the Univ. of Tennessee Mack and Jonnie Day Golf Facility.

The picture above is of the 12 contestents in the event.  They each hit 4 rounds of drives, 6 shots each round.  Longest drive wins – in each of a number of competition categories.

It was an AWESOME day of watching golfers who love to hit the golf ball as far as they can!  In the main competition, two of the competitors tied with 334 yard drives, and had a final playoff round to determine the champion.  There was a group of one-armed golfers who hit their best drives in the range of 200 yards.  

I was honored to get to watch these guys compete.  It is going to be fun to see the future of this event – and hats off to Dean Jarvis for his vision and commitment to making it happen!  The tag line for my web site is "Taking YOUR Game To New Heights" – well, today I got to see 12 golfers who do THAT!  (And Steve says watch out for him next year!!)

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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057 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Jaacob Bowden – Sterling Single Length Irons!

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Learn The History Of The Development

Of The Sterling Single Length Irons!

Sterling Single Length Irons

Welcome to Episode 57 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 Jaacob Bowden – Professional Golfer and Co-Developer (with Tom Wishon) of the new Sterling Single Length Irons.

  • Jaacob tells His Story – how he became a Professional Golfer, and how he initially became interested in developing what have become the Sterling Single Length irons.
  • He talks about the initial requirements for the development of the Sterling irons, and why these requirements are important.
  • Jaacob discusses some of the interesting stories and challenges from the 2-1/2 year development of these irons.
  • He (and in fact Tom Wishon) play the Sterling irons.  Jaacob discusses some of the surprises he has had related to how these irons perform for him.
  • Jaacob talks about a few of the very satisfying success stories from golfers who play the Sterling irons.
  • Finally, Jaacob provides some Final Words to golfers who might consider playing the Sterling irons.

Thanks Jaacob for this great story and information!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jaacob Bowden and his golf improvement services (including Sterling irons) – Click HERE!

To learn more from Tom Wishon Golf Technology about the Sterling irons – Click HERE!

To find an AGCP Custom Club Fitter who can help you learn more about the Sterling Single Length Irons – Click HERE!

To learn about the July 11 Knoxville Paralong Drive Cup Competition – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Strokes Gained Is Growing Up!

PGA Tour Now Publishing

Tour Pro Strokes Gained Data!

Stokes Gained

The PGA Tour has a Mobile App you can download onto your smart phone – and you can follow the status of the different tournaments pretty much real time.  I have been doing this for a few years now, and this past weekend clicked on the details for one of the players I usually follow.  And Surprise Surprise – there are some new and interesting statistics now available for all of the PGA Tour Players – data on "Strokes Gained" for five different shot categories.

"Strokes Gained" is a concept that was developed by Dr. Mark Broadie and discussed in detail in his excellent book Every Shot Counts.  Strokes Gained is a way to compare the performance of different Tour players, and Strokes Gained Putting has been a metric for comparing how different Tour players perform on the greens.  If you love details you need to read the book (!), but if you want a more simplified explanation of Strokes Gained you can read this description.

At the end of May, the PGA Tour announced that they are expanding the Strokes Gained data that will be available for Tour pros.  In addition to Strokes Gained Putting, data is now available for SG Off the Tee, SG Approach the Green, and SG Around the Green.  And – if you have the mobile app I discussed earlier, all of this data is displayed for each tour pro.  Pretty neat and fun to look at!

The Tour also created an article that shows the Strokes Gained Leaders in these different categories.  Interesting that Dustin Johnson has not been one of the Strokes Gained driving leaders (since he was +2.5 Strokes Gained Driving at Oakmont), and interesting that Jim Furyk has been the Strokes Gained leader in Approach Shots (as he was at Oakmont!).

So have at taking a look at Strokes Gained information for some of your favorite players! You might be surprised at where their games are strong, and where they are probably looking to improve their games.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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056 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Final Oakmont U. S. Open Thoughts!

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Some Final Words About This Year's U. S. Open!

Final Oakmont U. S. Open Musings!

Welcome to Episode 56 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 week at the Oakmont Country Club and the U. S. Open!  Here are some observations I made from watching 7 days of golf there.  And of course a little discussion on the Dustin Johnson ruling on the last day – and my take on what the USGA can do to learn from this.

Useful Web Links:

To See Final "Strokes Gained" Results for the 2016 U. S. Open Leaders – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Oakmont Day One!

One Gorgeous Golf Course!

Oakmont Day OneIt was great to spend the day at Oakmont today – day one of this year's U.S. Open.  The greens are FAST – watching golfers hit putts on the practice green clearly lets you see what a challenge Oakmont will be this year – as it always is.

I spent much of the day watching the player's practice on the practice greens and at the chipping and pitching range.  And the Biggest Impression I had is that you could see a difference in how many of the tour pros practiced on the greens.  Some hit a lot of putts, but did not truly focus on their routines and did not seem to be strongly engaged.  Some though had Great Intent in their practice – they wanted to, as best as possible, dial in their strokes to get the right feel for the super-fast speeds of the Oakmont greens.  I especially loved watching Jim Furyk practice – very few uphill putts, lots of big downhill and big breaking putts.  I bet he has a very good week on these greens.

I think fewer putts with more intent is a winning formula for success on the greens – can't wait for the rest of the week!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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055 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Joe Bosco Interview – Real Golf!

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Real Golf = Real Golf IMPROVEMENT!

Real Golf Joe BoscoWelcome to Episode 55 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 Joe Bosco from Joe Bosco Golf – PGA Teaching Professional at the Glen Club in Chicago, Illinois –  and author of the book "Real Golf – Taking Your Best Game to the Course."

  • Joe talks about His Story – how he became a golf teaching professional, and how he decided to develop the Real Golf Practice Approach.
  • He discusses the basics of Real Golf – and the value and experiences that golfers typically get from using this great way to practice.
  • Joe talks about some of the most interesting success stories that golfers of all abilities have had when applying the Real Golf practice approach.
  • He talks about the update to the Real Golf book that he is close to completing, the things that lead to him working to write this update, and some of the valuable information that will be in the update.
  • Finally, Joe provides some Final Words to golfers – thoughts and information to help you improve and play your best golf.

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Joe Bosco and Joe Bosco Golf – AND to download his free "3 Unheard of Putting Drills …" eBook – Click HERE!

To buy the Real Golf book on Amazon.com – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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New and Notable – Fluid Motion Factor Instructor – New Demo Putters!

My Recent Fluid Motion Factor Instructor Certification

AND Some New Demo Putters To Test!

Fluid Motion Factor Instructor Demo Putters

In my podcast last week, I promised to reveal some new initiatives that I have been working toward – and two very satisfying ones were completed.  Here is a small amount of background on them.  

Fluid Motion Factor InstructorFor the past three months I have been working toward completing a certification to become a Fluid Motion Factor Instructor.  As described by Steven Yellin – the developer of The Fluid Motion Factor – this process allows golfers to "set up by design, what they usually experience by chance, when playing their best."  Steven has spent more than 38 years working on developing The Fluid Motion Factor process.  In fact, this year's NCAA Women's Champions from the University of Washington use and strongly endorse this process.  

Three months of watching training videos and three different exams later, I am now a Certified Instructor.  To learn why and how this process works – and it DOES (personal experience) – contact me.  Learn how to "Bury The DNA Goal!"

Fitting Putters

At the 2016 PGA Equipment Show, there was a huge amount of buzz about the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Toe Up Putters.  My friend Scott Sikorski, the Edel Regional Master Fitter located in Crossville, TN has had great success with these for many golfers he has fit.

I also have a very good friend Bob Uebelhor, an AGCP Master Club Fitter, who has been demonstrating the benefits of Toe Up Putter Balancing at the AGCP Roundtable for a number of years.  Bob designs and builds putters, and has developed a putter bending machine that he uses to create different types of putter head balancing – such as Toe Up, Face Balanced, and different amounts of Toe Hang.  

Recently I had Bob build three different putter heads for me – one Toe Up Balanced, one Face Balanced, and one about 75 degree Toe Down Balanced.  These three putters are shown in the picture above.  These putters also have adjustable length shafts, so that the putter lengths can be varied between 32 and 38 inches.

If you want to experience how different types of Putter Face Balance can influence your putter face rotation and stroke, please contact me to set up a time.  One of these balance options might feel amazing in your hands!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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No Blog Post Today – See You Tomorrow!

Diane and I watched the Memorial Day PBS Special last night – and boy, was it moving.  Thanks to all veterans for what you have done for all of us.  

See you tomorrow with my bi-weekly blog post.  Tony

veterans cemetery memorial celebration with American Flag

054 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf!

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John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf:

Custom Club Fitting and Golfing Happiness!

Dead Solid Perfect GolfWelcome to Episode 54 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 John DranschakDead Solid Perfect Golf in Sunbury, OH

  • John talks about His Story – how he first became interested in custom club fitting and how he has learned his craft.
  • He discusses the most important things he has learned in the past few years to help him improve his ability to fit golfers for great golf clubs.
  • John talks about the importance of the quality of building to the exact club specifications he identifies in his custom club fittings.
  • He discusses his favorite type of custom club fitting (you might be surprised!).
  • John talks about his experiences so far with the performance of Single Length golf clubs for golfers.
  • He talks about some very inspiring custom fitting success stories he has had with golfers.
  • Finally John provides his Final Words to golfers on the importance of custom club fitting to help golfers play to their potential!

John Thank You for an informative and inspiring interview!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about John Dranschak and Dead Solid Perfect Golf Clubs in Sunbury, OH – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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