063 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – John Hobbins Interview – Improving Putting Timing and Tempo!

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Improving Putting Timing and Tempo

Using Blast Motion Golf!

John Hobbins

Blast Motion Golf

Welcome to Episode 63 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:

We Miss You Arnie! – My Favorite Quote – My Favorite Arnie Memory

Podcast Interview with John Hobbins, Director of Instruction at the Greenside Golf Academy in New York, NY.

  • John talks about His Story and what fascinates him about Putting Improvement.
  • He talks about what Putting Timing and Tempo are, and their importance to helping golfers improve their Putting Strokes and Speed Control.
  • John discusses what he sees as the most typical issues golfers have with Putting Timing and Tempo.
  • He tells listeners about what the Blast Motion Golf device is, and how it can be used to help golfers improve their Putting Timing and Tempo.
  • John talks more about some of the things he does when he works with golfers to improve their Putting Timing and Tempo.
  • Finally, John discusses some of the additional things he concentrates on to help golfers improve their putting – creating an athletic and balanced putting stroke setup, and playing with a properly fit putter.

Great Interview John – Thanks!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about John Hobbins and the Greenside Golf Academy – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Blast Motion Golf device – Click HERE!

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Tony

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Thanks Tom Wishon!

Thanks Tom Wishon:

Custom Club Fitting Matters!

Tom Wishon

"The Best Leave A Legacy" – Jon Gordon, Training Camp

Every time that I place an order with Tom Wishon Golf Technology for a driver, fairway wood, or hybrid head, I get a little note like the one above signed by Tom Wishon.  It looks like a "little" thing – but the best do the "little" things to promote the big things. Every one of these little notes demonstrates Tom's dedication to his total belief that Custom Club Fitting Matters for golfers to help them play their best golf.

You can read some specifics about Tom's career in his web site About page.  His book "The Search For The Perfect Golf Club" was what really got me interested in becoming a custom club fitter.  Tom has had that type of influence on many custom fitters, and also a huge influence on golfers who want to learn about Custom Fitting.  His "little" booklet (that word again) – "12 Myths That Can Wreck Your Golf Game" – I bet has been read by tens of thousands of golfers who wanted to learn more the truth about golf club performance.  His custom clubhead designs perform as well or better than anything else you can play with – and they are available to the exact specifications you need for your game.  A final "little" thing about Tom is when a custom fitter sends him an email, he can almost guarantee to get a response – often a long and detailed one – within an hour. 

Well, you might guess – if you do not already know – where this post is headed.  Tom Wishon and his wife Mary-Ellen are about to "semi-retire."  But he is doing it in the way that most of us would expect him to do it – continuing his dedication to custom club fitting and golfers.  He will continue to design new high-performance custom golf clubs. As of October 1, 2016, he is transferring the rights to the Wishon golf designs to Diamond Golf International – and doing this in a way that will ensure that U.S. custom fitters will continue to have easy availability to all of the present and future Wishon golf offerings.  So yes there will be change – but change in a way that is good for all.  So – Thanks Tom!

The Best Leave A Legacy!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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062 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Rick Grinstead Interview – Custom Putter Fitting!

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Making Golfers VERY Happy

Through Custom Putter Fitting!

Custom Putter FittingWelcome to Episode 62 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:

The 18th "Father Michael Woods Invitational" – and The Golfer's Prayer (you gotta listen to this one!)

Interview with Rick GrinsteadAccu-rite Custom Golf in Tuscon, Arizona

  • Rick talks about His Story – how he became interested in custom club fitting and how he learned "what he knows!"
  • He retired a few years ago to Tuscon, and has had a lot of success there helping golfers through custom fitting.  He discusses some of the reasons he has had this success.
  • Rick shares many of the details on how he custom fits putters for golfers, and in particular how he uses Cure Putters to help golfers achieve great results.
  • Rick shares some information on helping golfers who have Parkinson's Disease enjoy their golf and play better.
  • He shares some of his favorite success stories helping golfers to putt better and lower their scores.
  • Finally, Rick shares some Final Words on things golfers can do to play their best golf.

Thanks Rick! – great information on how you are helping golfers improve their putting!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Rick Grinstead and Accu-rite Custom Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about Cure Putters – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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My “No Grind” Putting Practice Station

5 Minutes A Day To Putting Improvement:

My "No Grind" Putting Practice Station!My "No Grind" Putting Practice Station

One of the easiest ways for me to improve my putting stats is to improve putts made from 3 to 5 feet.  I know I get sloppy with setup, aim, and my overall "focus" (more on that later) during these putts.  So – I thought I would share with you what I now do 5 minutes a day at home to improve my putting mechanics for these important putts – maybe doing some things differently than you might expect!

  • The FIRST thing that I do before any actual putting practice is to put on my FocusBand and link it to my iPhone app.  I spend a few minutes achieving a "Mushin" state and strive to be in this relaxed state during the entire time that I am practicing my putting.  Not a hard attention – but soft and gentle.
  • I have three basic practice stations I use for my indoor putting practice.  The first is the small blue mirror in the upper right hand portion of the picture.  This is a small puttting setup mirror that my friend Glen Coombe "The Putting Doctor" sells and that I give to everyone I help with putting improvement.  I use this to check my initial setup – eyes either just inside or over the ball, shoulders and hips (especially!) square to target line, aim square to the end of the mirror.  I do this about 5 times.
  • Then I move to practicing with the Harold Swash "18 Arc" Mi Putting Template – the white template shown in the middle of the picture above.  The 18 Arc represents a good approximation to my natural arc in my putting stroke.  If you look at the picture, I put two index cards on the template – to practice a short stroke for 3 to 5 foot putts – with the forward stroke a little longer than the back stroke.  I do about 10 practice strokes on the Template.
  • Finally, I bought the black plastic strip (on line) – it is 4-1/2 inches wide and 5 feet long.  In the past I have practiced with 5 foot rulers, either 1 inch or 2 inches wide. I am using this wider strip – close to the 41/4 inch wide of a golf cup – to "soften" my focus on hitting straight putts.  I know that inside of my brain I desire to hit straight putts – but I wonder if that very narrow focus is really the best way to practice these.  So my goal is to hit 4 straight putts – 2, 3, 4, and 5 feet.  If I accomplish this, I am finished – if I do not, I start over until I successfully hit 4 straight putts. 

So there you go!  5 minutes a day – soft attention to setup and putting performance. This is an experiment for me – particularly my use of the FocusBand and desire to not "grind" as I practice. But I believe practicing both mechanics and practicing allowing my subconscious to be active when I am practicing will pay dividends on the golf course.

LOVE to hear any comments from readers on this approach – and your ideas for improving it!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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061 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Graham Boulton Interview – New FocusBand Apps!

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New FocusBand Apps Enhance The Value Of

FocusBand For Golf Improvement!

New FocusBand AppsFocusBand Apps

Welcome to Episode 61 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information about custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Graham Boulton, co-founder of the FocusBand Mind Training Headset:

  • Graham talks about his team's motivation to create new resources to help golfers effectively use the FocusBand for golf and mental improvement.
  • He talks about two recently released apps – YogaBrain and NeuroVision – and how these integrate with the FocusBand and how they can be used.
  • Graham also talks about the FocusBand Advanced Training – "Neuro Combined" – and tells the story of one PGA Tour player who has effectively used this training process to improve his play.
  • Finally – Graham provides some final words about the FocusBand and the new Apps – and how these can be used not only for golfing improvement but for life improvement.

Thanks Graham for letting us all know about your new FocusBand Training Improvements!

Useful Web Links:

To learn general information about the FocusBand Mind Training Headset – Click HERE!

To learn details about the new FocusBand YogaBrain App – Click HERE!

To learn information about the new FocusBand NeuroVision App – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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A Sensible Custom Club Fitting Day!

Sometimes "Sensible" Custom Club Fitting 

Can Create The Best Results!

Sensible Custom Club Fitting

Today I had a visitor from Little Rock, Arkansas – a seven hour drive to see me.  Pretty exciting that someone would take that much time to let me help him with his game.  He did driver and putter fitting sessions with me.  The result of the day – particularly for the driver – were not quite what I might have expected them to be.  I view the day – looking back – as a day of applying "sensible custom club fitting" principles to get him the results he needed.  Here are some details for the driver fitting…

  • First of all, he had a good repeatable golf swing – about 85 mph swing speed with his driver, perhaps a little early wrist release but still his swing was not an issue.
  • He actually brought 2 drivers with him that he was presently using.  Both Tom Wishon Golf 919 THI driver heads – one 10.75 degree loft square face, the other about 12 degree loft and about 1.5 degree open face angle.  
  • The 10.75 degree loft driver had a $300 shaft in it – stiff flex.  The 12 degree loft driver had a Wishon S2S White R flex shaft in it.  Actually the Wishon shaft was one I expected might be a good fit for his swing speed and release pattern.
  • At his 85 mph swing speed, I would expect his optimized carry distance would be in the range of 210 yards.  And with both clubs, he was able to hit some shots at near 210 yard carry, and sometimes with rollout to 230 to 240 yards.  Pretty good results with an 85 mph swing speed!
  • However – he felt he had to "push" to hit good shots with the driver with the $300 shaft.  And, at 63 years old, he was not sure he could "keep up with this shaft" much longer.
  • We did some tests with a light weight (about 50 gram) Arthur Sports XCaliber R flex shaft and also got excellent results with this one – again, in range of 210 yard carry and 230 to 240 yard total distance.  And he loved the overall feel of this shaft
  • So – No New Driver Needed – a good option for him is to reshaft his 10.75 degree driver with the very stiff shaft and put the XCaliber shaft in it.  Makes sense!
  • AND – the fitting results gave him confidence that he had two driver options that could help him play his best.

The putter fitting part of the day was probably the part he liked the most…

  • He was playing with a 34-1/2 inch putter and it was definitely too short for him.  At setup the ball was way – at least 1 inch and maybe more – inside of his site line.  He aimed this putter about 2 to 3 inches left of a simulated golf hole – from 6 feet away – at address.
  • We found a SeeMore putter at 36 inches length that he felt much more comfortable with at setup, and that allowed him to at address have the ball right under his eyes, and which he could aim well.  The added benefit is this extra length put less stress on his back at address.
  • Then we tested with different amounts of counterweight down the shaft and different weight locations (Tour Lock Pro Opti Vibe Weights).  The best performing option was a 75 gram Opti Weight 3-1/2 inches down the putter shaft..

A fun "sensible" day of golf improvement!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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060 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Cordie Walker, World Scientific Congress of Golf Highlights!

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Cordie Walker Shares Some Great Highlights from the

2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf!

World Scientific Congress of Golf

Welcome to Episode 60 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 Cordie Walker – Creator of the Golf Science Labs and Golf In The Life Of web sites and podcasts.

  • Cordie talks about his motiviation for creating the Golf Science Labs and Golf In The Life Of sources of information for golf coaches and golfers.
  • He provides some great insights – and information you might be surprised at – from the recent World Scientific Congress of Golf presentations he attended.
  • Cordie talks about the most interesting surprise information he discovered at this event – and in particular the "Pinehurst Studies."
  • He talks about playing golf in Scotland, and about the Constraints Based Coaching Workshop that he participated in.
  • Cordie summarizes the Biggest Takeaways he wants golfers to remember from the World Golf Congress.
  • Finally, he gives a few hints about Upcoming New Content coming soon to the Golf Science Labs!

This interview did not disappoint – Thanks Cordie!

Useful Web Links!

To learn more about the Golf Science Labs content and information – Click HERE!

To find more details about the 2016 World Scientific Congress of Golf – Click HERE!

To read a quick summary of the Congress – Click HERE!

To watch a video about Constraints Based Golf Coaching – Click HERE!

Finally – to read the Game Improvement Golf August 2016 Newsletter – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Some Thoughts On “Tee It Forward!”

Deciding When And How To "Tee It Forward!"

Tee It Forward

Last Saturday Des Mahoney – my partner at the Centennial Golf Academy – mentioned to me a formula he likes for making a decision on golf course lengths a golfer should play. Here is this simple formula (no exact reference, but he said he has seen it a number of times on the web):

Your Golf Course Length = 36 times your typical 5 iron shot distance

Presently, I play from 6,400 yard tees.  How does this formula "stand up" for at least my personal game?  Well, pretty well I think.  I hit a 5 iron about 180 yards – so with this formula this says I should be playing a course of about 6,300 yards.  So 6,400 yards is maybe a little stretch for me – and in fact it is.

The USGA and the PGA for their "Tee It Forward" initiative have created a chart – Here Is The Link – that gives their recommendations on the course lengths that golfers should play – based on how far they hit their drives.  How does this chart stack up for me? – again pretty well.  My good drives – not outstanding, good – are about 240 yards total – so the USGA would say I should play 6,200 to 6,400 yard tees.

There is another neat concept that I have seen in the past – Combo Tees.  For my game, a course of about 6,200 to 6,300 yards would seem to be a great fit.  Challenging, but not too easy.  Some courses in the country I know are using this concept, and it really seems like a sensible way to help golfers play a course that will let them have the most fun.

Takeaway – the "Tee It Forward" concept is one of the really great ideas that the USGA and PGA have embraced, and you should too.  Using the two correlations I have quoted here – find a set of tees that make the game fun for you, but also challenge you!

Any Other Suggested Ways To Determine How To Determine Your "Play It Forward" Tees – Please Comment Below!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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059 – The Golf Improvement Podcast – Des Mahoney Interview – On Course Golf Coaching!

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On Course Golf Coaching Leads To

Golfers Shooting Lower Scores!

On Course Golf Coaching

Welcome to Episode 59 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 Des Mahoney from Des Mahoney Golf – PGA Golf Instructor at the Centennial Golf Academy in Oak Ridge, TN

  • Des talks about His Story – how he became a PGA Teaching Professional and how he came to Oak Ridge, TN and the Centennial Golf Academy.
  • Des now offers a Coaching Based Instruction Program (starting about a year ago).  He talks about why he started this new program, and what he particularly likes about this approach to helping golfers achieve their potential.
  • Des describes a typical on-course coaching session with golfers – what they do, and what they particularly pay attention to on the golf course.
  • He talks about the importance of golfers tracking some key statistics when they play, and what he has his students track when they play.
  • Des describes a few of the most satisfying golfer success stories for golfers who have gone through his new coaching program.
  • Finally, Des provides some Final Takeaways to golfers who want to learn to play to their potential and significantly lower their scores.

Thanks Des for describing this great approach to helping golfers play their best and have more fun on the golf course!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Des Mahoney Golf and his new On Course Coaching Based Instruction Program  Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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September Is Golf Club Experiment Month!

What Golf Club Experiment Would

YOU Like To Perform?

Golf Club Experiment

For at least the past 5 years, I have played with a Wishon 919 THI driver that is 44-1/4 inches long, with a 69 gram shaft, and a 12 gram counterweight in the butt end of the club.  However, on our AGCP internal club fitting forum, we have talked a lot lately about the benefits of testing with different club balance points, and how balance point can influence the performance of clubs.  So I decided to build a "test club" for myself and see what I can learn.  

I built a new 919 driver with an Aldila NV 55 R shaft – slightly stiffer flex profile than my present driver shaft, and 55 gram shaft weight – 45-1/4 inches long, and with an overall club MOI of 2850 – about 50 points higher than what I presently play with.  Not only will I see how this longer and "MOI heavier" club performs compared to my present driver – but I will do some balance testing with 12, 20, and 30 gram butt counterweights, and also with 20 and 50 gram "Opti Vibe" weights that I can put at different locations down the shaft.  It will be fun to determine if there are any club balance setups that can make a significant difference in how this club performs for me.  

In the spirit of my desire to do a lot more "testing on myself" of different club fitting concepts, this September at the Centennial Golf Academy will be Golf Club Experiment Month.  Every Saturday in September I hope to work with a few of you – for about an hour – on some element of custom fitting that might benefit your game.  I plan to work with the first 10 golfers who correspond with me.  The catch? – you will need to propose something for us to test.  Examples might be hitting a shorter driver than you are playing with, testing with different types of counterweights in your driver, irons, or putter, seeing how different golf balls can perform for your game – well, if there is something you always wanted to find out about, September is your month!

So if you are interested in participating in the September Golf Experiment Month at the Centennial Golf Academy, email your idea to me at tony@gameimprovementgolf.com. This should be fun!

And for those of you who are not close by – what club experiments would YOU want to do if you could visit my fitting facility?  Love to hear from you in the Comment Section Below!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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