Experiences In Practicing “Golf Calm”

Pre-Round “Golf Calm”

May Help You To Go Low!

Experiences In Practicing "Golf Calm"

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to do a podcast interview with Dr. Sam Vines where we talked about the Quiet Eye Process – a routine that has been demonstrated to helping golfers get “in the zone” during their putting.  Well, I have a Focusband training device, and Focusband can measure when someone is in “Quiet Eye.”  I thought why not a little morning practice with Focusband to see if I can “feel” and “sense” when I am in Quiet Eye – to help me take that to my on-course putting.

So for the last week, I spent 10 to 20 minutes each morning wearing my Focusband with the task to find out what it would take to get into Quiet Eye 30 times.  I learned some neat things worth sharing!

Focusband quantifies being in a “Mushin” state – not being preoccupied with any thoughts and emotions.  It also quantifies when Quiet Eye has been achieved.

The first 3 or 4 times I used Focusband in these morning sessions, it took me well over 10 minutes to be in a calm state and to then achieve Quiet Eye episodes.  However, the picture below is from the Focusband readout from today, November 18.  Almost immediately I was able to get into a calm Mushin state, and achieve 30 Quiet Eyes – in about 7 minutes!

Experiences In Practicing "Golf Calm"

Why the improvement in being calm? – today, I decided to slow down some and relax before doing my Focusband session, and not get caught up into all of the things that I was planning to do later in the day.  It was like I had become a different person!

Can this matter for YOUR Golf?  Well, what if you decided to have a pre-round MENTAL warmup similar to your range warmup for your golf game?  Find some way to be more relaxed and at ease before you play.  I bet you see dividends from this pre-game mental warmup in your scores and in your enjoyment!

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093 – Bulletproof Practice and Play! – Noa Kageyama Interview

Lifetime Learning Principles To Help YOU

Practice And Play Your Best Golf!

Practice and Play

Welcome to Episode 93 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing golfers useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  Dedicated to Bringing You The Custom Club Fitting Experience Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Show Notes:

Welcome back to Noa KageyamaThe Bulletproof Musician – Sports Psychologist and Faculty Member at the Julliard School in New York City, NY.

  • Noa has a life-long passion for learning and improving – he talks about some of the things that helped nature this passion, and how golfers can adopt this approach to improving their games.
  • Since our first interview 2 years ago, he talks about the top 2 or 3 things that have changed in what he knows about how to play and practice at your best.
  • Noa has a post on his web site called “8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently.”  And one of these is to “Slow Things Down.”  Noa talks about why slowing things down is important to improving your skills.
  • He has developed a new improvement initiative called AudioHacker – Noa talks about what this is, and how some of the content in it is relevant to golfers who want to perform their best “under the gun.”
  • He shares recommendations on two valuable books he recommends for golfers who want to improve how they learn and improve their practice and performance.
  • Finally – Noa shares some Final Takeaways for golfers who want to learn to Play Their Best and Go Low.

Noa THANKS for the knowledge you share with everyone who wants to Practice And Play Their Best!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Noa Kageyama, The Bulletproof Musician – Click HERE!

To learn more about Noa’s new AudioHacker Course – Click HERE!

To learn more about the book “The Art Of Learning” – Click HERE!

To learn more about the book “Psyched Up!” – Click HERE!

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STILL The Truth About Adjustable Hosel Drivers!

STILL The Facts About Adjustable Hosel Drivers

And Your Golf Game! Adjustable Hosel Drivers Loyal readers may remember my post of two weeks ago – where I talked about the dramatic influence a closed face angle driver had on a golfer’s driving performance.  This caused me to remember that I did some previous posts about Adjustable Hosel Drivers – and the things golfers need to know to help them play their best.

I was surprised to find that my first Adjustable Hosel Driver post was in 2013 – wow, 4 years ago!  And in 2014, I did a Tom Wishon podcast interview about this topic.  The two links provided below were from these two previous posts…

2013 Tom Wishon Adjustable Hosel Driver Report

Golf Improvement Podcast 011 with Tom Wishon

I will not summarize everything again from these two links – but a few highlights are worthy of noting, and remembering!

  • For almost all adjustable hosel driver designs (Tailor-made R1 being the exception) it is not possible to independently set the loft and face angle to values to help you optimize distance AND shot dispersion.
  • You can create different driver lofts with different adjustable hosel settings – IF you square the face at address – which means that you lose the potential value of face angle as a fitting variable when you do this.
  • Finally, many of the hosel settings for adjustable hosel drivers result – when you allow the club to sit on the ground at address – in face angles that are open and often very open to target at address.  If your typical shot pattern is a slice, push, or push-slice – this is opposite of what you need to help you hit straighter shots.  And the vast majority of golfers slice, push, or push-slice their drivers.

If you are truly looking to find ways to optimize your driving performance – and who isn’t! – please take the time to read and digest this report and podcast interview. And remember –  Longer AND Straighter is EVEN BETTER!  

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092 – Practical Putting Quiet Eye! – Dr. Samuel Vine Interview

Use Putting Quiet Eye Techniques And MAKE MORE PUTTS!

Putting Quiet Eye Welcome to Episode 92 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing golfers useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  Bringing You The Custom Club Fitting Experience Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Show Notes:

How I first learned – from Glen Coombe, the Putting Doctor – about Putting Quiet Eye Techniques.

Interview with Dr. Samuel VineSenior Lecturer in Psychology and Human Performance at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

  • Sam tells His Story – how he first became interested in the science of Quiet Eye, and other research areas that he is interested in.
  • He provides an overview about what Quiet Eye is – and also what his research tells us about Why It Works to improve golf putting and other athletic performance.
  • Sam shares advice on Tasks Needed To Achieve Quiet Eye in Putting – and what golfers sometimes do to NOT be successful in applying Quiet Eye Techniques.
  • He discusses possible applications of Quiet Eye Techniques to other types of golf shots.
  • Sam talks about other research areas he presently works on – and interesting perspectives of things he has learned about “challenges and threats” in human performance.
  • He shares a few of his most satisfying successes in helping golfers to successfully use Quiet Eye to improve their putting performance.
  • Finally – Sam provides some Final Suggestions to golfers to help them to Play Their Best Golf!

Sam THANKS for sharing Practical Information to Help Golfers Play Their Best!

Useful Web Links:

To watch a Putting Quiet Eye Video – Click HERE!

To connect to Dr. Samuel Vine’s YouTube Channel – Click HERE!

To view Dr. Samuel Vine’s Research Profile – Click HERE!

Connect with Sam on Twitter at @samueljamesvine

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Driver Face Angle Magic Strikes Again!

The Right Driver Face Angle – Straighter Shots – More Distance!

Driver Face Angle Magic Well, this was not supposed to be today’s blog post topic – but it was simply too good a story to pass up!

Today I started a driver fitting with an 81 year old golfer who is looking for more distance with his drives.  78 mph swing speed, normal distance now is about 190 yards.  He used to be able to hit his drives 220 yards. Most of his drives were either pushes or push fades.  So face at impact pointed right of target, and big face to path differences at impact.

His ball speed with his present driver was about 112 mph, smash factor around 1.40.  So how to increase these and also get straighter shots?

Shorter driver length – different lofts – different shafts – no, no, no.  But I have a few test driver heads with closed face angles – so near the end of our time today I had him hit a driver with a 2 degree closed face angle, and the same length as his present driver.  And I also said be sure to let the face aim left of target as designed.  

113, 114, 115, 118 mph ball speeds and much straighter and longer drives!  Now almost every drive 170 yard carry and over 200 yards total distance.  And when he hit these shots HE WAS TIRED!!  

Driver Face Angle is one awesome custom driver fitting variable.  If you hit pushes or push fades, and want more distance – be sure your custom fitter has the ability to vary driver face angle in your fitting!

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091 – Putter Design Insights! – Bruce Rearick Interview

Learn These Putter Design Insights And

Become The Best Putting Version Of YOU! Putter Design Insights Welcome to Episode 91 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  Bringing You The Custom Club Fitting Experience Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Show Notes:

Welcome back Bruce Rearick from Burnt Edges Consulting!

  • Bruce discusses his beliefs on the most important elements of putter design – and some elements of putter design that are not as important as often advertised.
  • He shares the most important elements of putter designs that have changed – from the standpoint of helping golfers putt their best – in the past 30 years.
  • Bruce talks about things that golfers most often do to sabotage their putting, relative to putter design.
  • He reviews his approach to how golfers should decide on the appropriate elements of putter design to use for their personal natural putting strokes.
  • Bruce talks about some “lessons learned” from well-known Tour Pros who have tinkered with changing putters when perhaps they shouldn’t – you know these guys!
  • Finally – Bruce shares some Final Putter Design Insights to help golfers putt their best!

Thanks Bruce for your great insights and knowledge on putter design and putter fitting!

Useful Web Links!

To learn more about and from Bruce Rearick and Burnt Edges Consulting – Click HERE!

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Golf Clubs – Why Not Perfection!

Your Golf Club Specs – You Deserve What You Expect!

Golf Clubs

One of my successful golf clients retired from being a dentist.  I had to bend the lofts and lies of two of his new irons to get the the correct club specifications.  He said as a dentist getting crowns to exact specs was never an issue.  So why do iron heads not come at the exact quoted specs?

I asked Jeff Sheets from Jeff Sheets Golf this question.  He agreed that I could quote his reply…

“In dentistry there are very tight tolerances for a crown.  Everything manufactured has a tolerance.  Golf clubs could also be produced with very tight tolerances, but the cost escalates as the tolerance becomes tighter.  

Pro line equipment has a loft and lie tolerance of +/-1 degree.  Weight tolerances are +/-2 grams and club length tolerance is +/- 1/8″.  These are the standard manufacturing tolerances for the OEMs.  However I have one client whose tolerances are +/-0.5 degree for loft and lie and +/- 1 gram for head weight.  Club length tolerances is +/- 1/16″.  

However the cost to produce his clubs are much higher than they would be if he had accepted the pro line OEM tolerances.  It is possible to produce golf clubs with tolerances that are comparable to the dental crown tolerances but the economics for such tight tolerances do not justify them.  Hopefully that helps answer his inquiry.”  Best regards, Jeff

I often see imperfections in the expected specs of the irons I build for golfers.  But I can correct these – to make the clubs perform perfectly for golfers – when I know what they are.  This is what true custom club fitters do!

It’s your golf game – make sure that your clubs are set up to the specifications you expect and deserve – to help you to Play Your Best!

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Standards For Golf Shaft Flex – Well…NO!!

Golf Shaft Flex – What Golfers Need To Know

Golf Shaft FlexThere was a recent MyGolfSpy Twitter post that asked this question – Should there be a standard when it comes to flex in golf shafts.”  75% voted yes, 24% voted no.

10 years ago when I started as a custom fitter, I would have said Yes.  But now – well, I am more in the No camp.

It is not that shaft flex – as listed on a golf shaft, and as a measure of the overall stiffness of a shaft – is unimportant.  But the truth is that there is WAY more about a golf shaft that is important to how it will perform for Your Golf Swing.  Like the overall bend profile of the shaft, and the total weight of the shaft, and the tip stiffness of the shaft.

So here are some simple thoughts to consider for golf shafts and your golf game…

  • Yes, use listed shaft flex as a initial guide for what give you the best performance results for your golf swing.  But be tested with a number of shaft options.  Two golf shafts listed as “S” can have wildly different bend profiles and tip stiffnesses – and so perform differently for golfers. I have helped golfers with slow swing speeds gain distance with S flex shafts with stiff tip sections.  
  • Absolutely do not assume that a lighter shaft will give you more ball speed and more distance.  In fact for some golfers the opposite may happen, a heavier shaft may produce better performance results.  One of my custom fitting friends, Keith Chatham, has talked about a number of female golfers who get better driver results with 75 gram shafts – not what you would think would happen.

If you DO want to know a lot more about details about how golf shafts perform, consider a $10 yearly subscription to Russ Ryden’s Golf Shaft Reviews web site. Lots of great information there!  

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I hope (!) some of you reading this are wondering Why No Podcast Today? Unfortunately there was a scheduling conflict with the interview I planned to do next week.  The next interview will be published on Monday October 16.

Until then though, enjoy this link to the 5 Most Downloaded Golf Improvement Podcasts!

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Some GOLDEN Golf Practice Words!

A Great Goal For YOUR Golf Practice!

Some GOLDEN Golf Practice Words!

Recently I have been reading a book Instagram Secrets, about how to best use the Instagram social media platform to increase your Instagram followers.  And there, on page 123, was an amazing statement for you to remember for YOUR Golf Practice:

“…you don’t practice things in life until you get them right,

you practice until you can’t get them wrong.”

For me a hit-on-the head thought to keep in mind if you want to improve an area of your golf game!  There is a huge difference between hitting lots of practice golf balls and seeing some good results, and knowing when you have a particular shot on the golf course that you can execute it.  Or at least do not fear that you are capable of executing it.  That you know, as Steven Yellin of The Fluid Motion Factor says – “the money is in the bank!”

I hope you structure your golf practice so that you adopt practice tasks to achieve this goal!

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Tony

 

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090 – Custom Club Fitting Insights! – Jim McCleery Interview

Great Custom Club Fitting Insights From

Jim McCleery and McGolf Custom Clubs!

Custom Club Fitting

Welcome to Episode 90 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on Custom Club Fitting, Short Game Improvement, and Effective Practice Techniques.  Bringing YOU The Custom Club Fitting Experience Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Show Notes:

Hum – what would it Feel Like to be a GREAT Putter?

Interview with Jim McCleeryMcGolf Custom Clubs in Waverly, Ohio – 4 time Golf Digest Top 100 Custom Club Fitter!

  • Jim shares what initially got him interested in custom club fitting – and what has propelled him to be a Golf Digest Top 100 custom club fitter.
  • He discusses some of the biggest misconceptions golfers have about true custom club fitting – and the biggest surprises golfers have AFTER a custom fitting.
  • Jim talks about the importance of Smash Factor and Shot Dispersion in driver fittings.
  • He shares his thoughts on why some drivers are designed with very high lie angles – in the range of 62 to sometimes 64 degrees.
  • Jim discusses typical driver lengths that are most often the “best fit” in his custom driver fittings (don’t be too surprised!).
  • He talks about some of the great fun and learning he recently had in visiting two Tour Vans – and differences he sees in what is in Tour Vans and in some custom fitting shops.
  • Jim tells us some of the most satisfying success stories he has had in helping golfers shoot lower scores through custom fitting.
  • Finally – Jim shares some Final Words and Advice to help golfers play their best and shoot lower scores!

Thanks Jim To Your Dedication To Helping Golfers Play Their Best Golf!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jim McCleery and McGolf Custom Clubs – Click HERE!

To view Jim’s McGolf Custom Clubs YouTube Channel – Click HERE!

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