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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

PrecisionFitGolf

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!

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Tony

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Young Golfers ARE Golfers!

Custom Fitting Matters For Young Golfers Too!

Emerson Clubs

In the past few weeks, it has been FUN to work with a number of young golfers of different skills, ages, and capabilities.  My AGCP club fitting friends always say that – when working with young players – fit them like you would any golfer.  So far, this has been very wise advice!  Here are some examples of working with three young golfers of different skill levels…

  • The first of these is my terrific 7-year-old grandson Emerson!  In his case, he had a starter set of clubs I had purchased for him about 4 years ago.  Now they are much too short for him, and so I "have" to build him some new clubs to play with!  The driver in the starter set was way short for him – 30 inches long.  Clearly he will keep growing quickly, and right now needs some clubs that are easy to hit and that can work for him for at least a year or so.  The picture above is of a 20 degree fairway wood and 8/9 hybrid iron (730CL from Wishon Golf) that are about finished.  Both clubs will be about an inch or two long for him now and he can grip then down an inch or so – and both have very soft flex shafts and light overall weights so that will be easy to swing.  No driver yet – seeing the golf ball get up into the air is the prime mission right now.
  • The second is a 9th grader who will be starting to practice with his high-school golf team in a few weeks.  In his case, his swing speed is about 65 mph with his 6 iron and about 70 mph with his driver.  He needed a set of clubs that will work well for his game now, and that have good quality heads so that they can be modified later as he grows and gets stronger.  His bag now includes a 13 degree driver (which he can carry in the air over 150 yards and get nearly 200 yards total distance), an 18 degree fairway wood (again, getting good launch at his lower swing speed important), and Wishon 771CSI irons with soft flex HYBRID shafts to help him get higher launch and more distance at his present swing speed.  Using hybrid shafts in irons is a great option for golfers who have lower swing speeds and need to get high launch.  For him, the 771 irons can be reshafted later as necessary when he gets stronger.
  • Finally, the is a 14 year-old high school golfer who also plays in many of the local junior events in the area.  He wanted an evaluation of the shafts he is presently playing in his TaylorMade MB irons, and also an evaluation of his driver and fairway wood.  His 6 iron swing speed is about 77 mph and his driver swing speed is about 90 mph.  He plays Dynamic Gold S300 shafts in his irons – and actually these performed better for him than softer flex options we tested (a bit of a surprise…).  With his driver, he increased his carry distance by over 20 yards to about 200 yards (240 total distance) by moving the ball forward some in his stance.  His fairway wood was the big "a ha!" of the testing.  A 2 degree closed face angle and a 49 gram fairway wood shaft – not a good fit for his swing – he hits a lot of low hooks with this club, no surprise!  

It is a real blast to get to work with young golfers – and true custom fitting can make as much of a difference for them as for us older folks!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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031 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dr. Joan Vickers Interview – Putting “Quiet Eye!”

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Learn To Use "Quiet Eye" To Improve Putting Performance!

Joan Vickers

Welcome to Episode 31 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:

A GREAT U.S. Open Final Round – and go get em, Dustin Johnson!!

Interview with Dr. Joan Vickers, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Calgary University

  • How the concept of "Quiet Eye" came about, and Dr. Vickers' role in learning about its importance in improving Sports Performance.
  • How to best apply Quiet Eye techniques to improve putting performance.
  • What golfers experience when they have successfully applied Quiet Eye techniques to their putting.
  • Dr. Vickers talks about some of the most satisfying success stories related to applying Quiet Eye to improve Sports Performance.
  • Some of the most recent new learning related to applying Quiet Eye techniques.
  • Finally – Dr. Vickers provides some final takeaways for golfers to remember to help them apply Quiet Eye to their putting.

Thanks So Much, Joan, for this engaging discussion about Quiet Eye and improving putting performance!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Dr. Joan Vickers and her research – Click HERE!

Subscribe to Research Gate to access numerous Quiet Eye technical studies – Click HERE!

To read a good article on the Quiet Eye in Putting – Click HERE!

To learn about her book Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training … – Click HERE!

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Tony

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What Did You DO To My Golf Clubs!

Learn More At My Mizuno Fitting Day, June 27!

Mizuno Logo 022314About four years ago, I spent two days with Dana Upshaw at Dana Golf in Warner Robbins, GA. – doing my best to soak up his club fitting knowledge.  I quickly noticed how he obtained great results with Mizuno irons and the Mizuno iron fitting system.  I decided then that Mizuno would be the one OEM iron fitting cart that I wanted to have available for golfers.  

In 2014 I realized that goal, and started using the Mizuno iron fitting system in my iron fittings.  I have had some very good success with Mizuno irons, for the following reasons….

  • I quickly learned that the Mizuno DNA Shaft Optimizer system works better than I could have expected.  In almost every successful Mizuno fitting, the final shaft choice has come from applying this Shaft Optimizer tool.
  • As I expected the quality of the Mizuno irons is excellent and fittings often result in high shot smash factors, increased distance, and good shot consistency.
  • I spent a day at the Mizuno R&D Center near Atlanta, GA this past April – this helped me learn how to better use all of the options in the Mizuno fitting cart in my custom fittings.
  • The majority of golfers who I have fit into Mizunos have realized that I can improve the performance of their clubs by doing a final club rebuild – to MOI Match their irons, and also FLO their iron shafts.  This makes a great Mizuno product perform even better.  

My consistent feedback from Mizuno customers – where I have also MOI Matched the irons and FLOed the shafts – is that they not only get improved distance, but the feel and consistency of their shots are better than expected.

I hope to show you more at the Mizuno Fitting Day at the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge, TN on Saturday June 27 – from 10 am to 2 pm!

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Tony

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030 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Dana Upshaw Interview – A Custom Club Fitting Craftsman!

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100 Customer Hole In Ones – And Counting!!

Dana Upshaw Podcast ImageWelcome to Episode 30 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 Dana Upshaw from Dana Golf in Warner Robbins, GA

  • Dana talks about how he became a custom club fitting craftsman.

  • He talks about how he combines his continued interest in testing to improve his club fitting expertise, and his knowledge of the golf swing, to help golfers play their best.

  • Dana discusses the most important thing he has learned about club fitting in the last year.

  • 100 of Dana's customers have had a hole in one!  Dana talks about some of his most interesting golfer success stories.

  • Finally, Dana talks about the most important things golfers need to know about custom club fitting.

Dana Thanks for sharing your knowledge with golfers!

Useful Web Links:

You can contact Dana Upshaw and Dana Golf at dana@danagolf.com and (478) 328-7888

To view a video where Dana talks about Custom Club Fitting – Click HERE!

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Tony

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2 Grams = 10 Yards!

You Don't Know Until You Test!

DPH Surprise 060115Surprises are wonderful – and by their nature not necessarily expected.  A golfing friend recently purchased a set of Mizuno JPX 850 irons from me (True Temper XP 115 R flex taper tip shafts) and the performance testing we did indoors showed good performance results.  But – before doing the final build of any iron set – I always build one or two test clubs and have the golfer hit shots outside on the range, to confirm performance where he can see actual ball flight.

I am a big believer in building golf clubs to MOI (Moment of Inertia) rather than Swingweight Matching – in 2009 I wrote a post discussing the difference and the value of MOI Matching.  For this golfer I built two test clubs – a 6 iron and a 9 iron – to the MOI specs from the club fitting.

So – we went on the range and he hit some shots and the results looked good.  But during these types of final tests, I always like to add some weight (with lead tape) to the test clubs and "see what happens."  Well – first 9 iron shot with 2 more grams – OBVIOUS 10 yards more carry distance!  I watched him hit some more longer shots with the added weight.  Then we went back to the 6 iron and added more weight – same results – about 10 more yards carry distance.  

Now – I cannot tell you exactly why this happened for this golfer.  For sure the golf clubs became – with just a small amount of added weight – a better fit for him (improved feel and performance).  But I DO know that we would never have found the correct final "best fit" without this final testing step.  As good as it gets!

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Tony

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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!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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