025 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Golf Trip Learning!


Learning A New Way To Play Golf!

What's Your Plan - Ready Planning for Success StrategyWelcome to Episode 25 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:

I just returned from my Annual Golf Trip.  My goals for my golf shots during the trip:

  Pick a target (landing spot for short game shots).

  Commit to and hit the shot.

  Love the good shots, evaluate the poor ones – then Let Go.

  Have fun no matter what.

  Keep head up at all times – Walk Like A Champion.

  Listen to the podcast and hear what happened!

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2015 Golf Trip – Day Six, Rain Out!

We played one hole today, and then the rains came.  So we headed home from a great golf trip.

If you have been following my golf trip posts, hope you will listen to my Podcast tomorrow about my overall lessons learned from the trip to help me improve my game.

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2015 Golf Trip – Day Five

Ah, Some Difficult Lessons!

Jack ChampCongratulations to my buddy and roommate Jack Bagocus – the winner of our annual Golf Trip Cup for best total net score for the last 3 days of golf.

My golf was not close to stellar today – started out OK with 42 on the front nine but 48 on the back nine – with 5 double bogies including 4 on the last 4 holes.  Ouch!  And I let "score" get in the way of "play."

We played a neat old-style course, Ocala National, today.  I simply could not hit good bunker shots, and had 5 double bogies from bunkers.

But I believe there are two good lessons I learned from my play today, that hopefully I will remember in the future:

  • First – if there is a shot that you are having trouble hitting – it makes it worse to get upset with yourself in the course about that.  Decide to work on technique later, and do not let your shot performance affect other parts of your game, 
  • Second – if for example you are having issues with bunker shots – do your best to not hit shots into bunkers!  On 2 of the last 4 holes I could have laid up a little short of bunkers instead of attempting "hero" shots – smart course management.

One more golf trip day, then home.  Let's see if I can keep these lessons in mind tomorrow.

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2015 Golf Trip – Day Four

Pink Ball Day – What, Pressure?

Pink Ball

Today we played at Stone Creek Golf Course in Ocala, and it was "Pink Ball" Day.  Each golfer in a foursome has to play the "pink ball" every four holes, and their score counts no matter what.  Very windy conditions today.

I played the pink ball 5 times, and I think my net score with it for the five holes was 4 over par. Not exceptional for sure.  But if I had done this in the past, I would have beaten myself up about not doing well and that would have affected the rest of my game.  Today I did not let any missed shots keep me from enjoying my golf round.  

I shot 43 – 41 today – 84.  I drove the ball well today, and putted much better than the other 3 days.  I hit two poor bunker shots that lead to double bogies.

My best shot of the day was a pitching wedge from the edge of the water on a par 5.  I hit a drive that I thought was in the middle of the fairway but it rolled to the right and almost went in the water.  I big-time concentrated on hitting a good wedge shot to get back to the fairway, and made par on the hole.

Tomorrow is our last day in Ocala – we play Ocala National which we have never played before, and it is supposed to be challenging.  Should be fun!

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2015 Golf Trip – Day Three

Did I PLAY Well?

Today we played an enjoyable course, Juliette Falls in Ocala, FL.  I was 4 over par after 8 holes (after making a good birdie on #6) and doing pretty well.  And then not so well.  Shot 42 – 46 = 88 and only had 1 par on the last 9 holes.  Not my best scoring day, and did not enjoy the last 9 holes very much.

I think I 3 putted probably 6 greens today, simply could not feel the speed on long putts.  Near the end of round, I realized I was being too "handsy" on long putts and this will make it difficult to control speed.

When I got back to my hotel room, I received an email from a friend in Knoxville who asked me "did I play well?"  And boy then it hit me.  I did NOT play well.  Play should have nothing to do with the score, play should be all about hitting each shot as best as you can, learning from it, moving on, and loving the great shots.  No – I did not PLAY well.  And hope I learn from that for tomorrow.

I did LEARN something – remembering to control my stroke with my shoulders and not my hands – that I believe will help my golf tomorrow.  That was good!

Tomorrow is Pink Ball Game Day – should be fun!

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2015 Golf Trip – Day Two

Kinderlou Forest – Wow Again!

KLForest hole4

Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, GA provides a great golfing experience.  I scored well for me today – 40 (with 2 birdies and 2 doubles) – 43 for 83, if not my best, close to my best round ever here.

Two things stuck out for me today.  First again playing hole #4 – the toughest and most beautiful par 5 I get to play on this trip.  This picture does not do it justice.  It goes straight uphill for about the last 200 yards with a large ravine to the right.  I have never shot a par on this hole – and today double bogied it.  So it won again – but it should have!  I love this hole.

The second thing was a par 5 on the back.  I had made 4 bogies in a row, hit a great drive, had 200 yards to the green that doglegs right.  I made a poor swing and cut a 7 wood into the trees to right.  Tough little 40 yard low punch to get on the back of green to the right – I picked a landing target and paid super attention to making a good swing (remembered yesterday when missed a similar shot to make double).  I hit a great punch on the back of the green.  My best shot of the day.

My focus on targets was not as good as yesterday.  But I was pleased that I shot 40 on the front with 2 double bogies….hung in!  Just a great day of golf on a great golf course.

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2015 Golf Trip – Day One!

Lots Of Positives Today

Well this Golf Trip Day One mini-post comes later than I hoped.  We played Houston Lakes Golf Course in Perry, GA today.  My score was 41 – 45 = 86.  But score will always be what it is.  Today I had a target for every shot, cheered to myself when I hit a great shot (a number of times), and thought about what I did not do well when I missed some shots (a number of times also) and then let the shots go.  More missed short putts and more pushed drives that I would like.  But overall a fun day.

What I enjoyed the most today was picking a specific landing target for each short shot.  That made a difference.

Three double bogies in a row near the end of the round kept me from a score I would have been more pleased with.  Why? – each time I put two poor shots in a row together.

But my goal for the week is to attend to things that in the past have kept me from the potential to score well.  So I think it was a good start to the week.

Tomorrow playing a course that I love – Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, GA.  Excited about the challenge.

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My Yearly Golf Trip!

Daily Reports On "How I Played!"

TonyW ClubsStarting this Wednesday, I am going to Georgia and Ocala, Florida to play golf for 6 days with a group of 18 golfing friends.  Always great fun!

My golfing performance on these trips has left "something to be desired" in the past.  I get too hung up on results – but not this year.  This year I plan to "put my money where my mouth is" and focus on process, improvement, learning, having fun – and seeing what happens.  My focus will be on these five areas….

  • Picking a target for each shot,
  • If I don't hit a shot well, evaluating the result and learning from it – and then letting go,
  • If I do hit a good shot inside saying "yes!", 
  • As my friend Mike McFadden says "Drink The Champagne!" if I score well, and
  • Having fun no matter what happens.

I will send a brief "Mini Blog Post" each night – starting this Wednesday night – about what happened in each golf round.  I will talk about how I performed related to each of the five areas of focus I noted above, how I scored, and what I learned that might be of interest to you.  You might – if interested – look for the Mini Posts sometime around 9 pm each evening on my web site.

I will then "wrap things up" with a Podcast next TUESDAY (not the normal Monday, since we are playing and traveling home next Monday).

Wish me well!  AND – provide any comments BELOW on other areas I can address to have the most golfing fun this week!

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024 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Bert Reich Interview – GREAT Custom Golf Clubs!


The "Low Down" On Performance Based Golf Club Fitting!

Gooder Clubs

Welcome to Episode 24 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:

Tony talks about a quote from the book Choke – "There are no short cuts."

Why not immediately think about and learn from your misses?

Interview with Bert Reich – Gooder Custom Golf Clubs.

  How Bert became interested in custom club fitting.

  Bert's experience – benefits of performance-based custom fitting.

  Bert discusses Proper Distance Gapping in his custom fit clubs.

  Interesting surprises and successes from Bert's custom fittings.

  Bert's final words for golfers wanting to play their best golf.

Thanks Bert!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Gooder Custom Golf Clubs – Click HERE!

To get more "Low-Down" on Performance Based Fitting – Click HERE!

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12 Dynamite Golf Improvement Books!

My Favorite Golf Improvement Books

Tony Books

Well, for my loyal blog readers – here is Surprise #1 that I talked about a few weeks ago.  I spent about four hours creating a group of links to My Favorite Golf Improvement Books.  There is a neat piece of software that I used to do this – MyBookTable.  I had to get a few kinks worked out, but this list is now available for viewing.  Here are links to my favorite Golf Improvement Books, in three categories:

These are all books that I have personally read and love.  If you are looking to learn useful knowledge in these areas, I hope you take the time to consider these books.

Just to be sure you know – if you buy one of these books by clicking a purchase link, I get a small Affiliate payment from your purchase.  

So that is Surprise #1.  Surprise #2 (blockbuster!) is coming in a month or so – and you will get a sneak preview of it before it happens.  Stay tuned!

How About You? - any additional books you think I need to add to this list? – please comment below.

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