098 – 2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

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2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

Welcome to Episode 98 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:

Enjoy this second installment of the 2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights! This post contains 2 to 6 minute highlights from 11 of my 2017 Podcast Interviews with golf improvement experts.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I was fortunate to interview in 2017!

  • (084) – Jaacob Bowden – Adapting To Single Length Irons
  • (085) – Jim MacKay – Putting Distance Control Nuggets
  • (087) – Bruce Rearick – Putter Self-Fitting Mistakes
  • (088) – Tom Wishon – Why Average Golfers Need Custom Fit Clubs
  • (089) – Jamie Donaldson – Final Words On Green Reading
  • (090) – Jim McCleery – Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions And Surprises
  • (091) – Bruce Rearick – Most Important Putter Design Elements
  • (092) – Samuel Vine – The Beauty Of Quiet Eye
  • (093) – Noa Kageyama – Slow Down In Rhythm!
  • (094) – John Schiavone – Value Of The AGCP Roundtable
  • (096) – Mike McFadden – Winter Indoor Practice, Working On The Edges!

 

What Was YOUR Favorite Highlight? – PLEASE COMMENT BELOW

 

To Read the January 2018 Game Improvement Golf Newsletter – Click HERE!

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097 – 2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1!

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2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1!

2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1!

 

Welcome to Episode 97 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:

Enjoy this first installment of the 2017 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights! This post contains 2 to 6 minute highlights from 12 of my 2017 Podcast Interviews with golf improvement experts.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I was fortunate to interview in 2017!

  • (070) – Don Coyle – Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions
  • (071) – Jeff Sheets – Buy A New Driver!
  • (074) – Adam Young – The “Secret” To Hitting Straight Shots
  • (075) – Jeff Sheets – High COR Iron Designs, The Entire Club Matters
  • (076) – Sean Hutchinson – Simple Is Good!
  • (077) – Russ Ryden – Golf Shaft Misconceptions
  • (078) – Robb Gibb – Be Consistent In YOUR Model
  • (079) – Brandon Horvath – Making Turf Grass Great
  • (080) – Preston Combs – Create A Clear Putting Picture
  • (081) – Don Connelly – Club Lengths For Taller, Shorter Golfers
  • (082) – Peter Wiesel – Putters For Young Golfers
  • (083) – Graham Boulton – Focusband and Parkinson’s Disease

 

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TONY

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Golf Improvement – What REALLY Matters!

My 2018 Promise To Golfers!

Golf Improvement - What REALLY Matters

Happy New Year!  Right before Christmas, I found the pictured really neat wall calendar from the BestSelf Company.  It allows you to see all of your major daily commitments in one place – love it!  

Last week I decided to put my “2018 Commitment Mantra” at the top of the calendar – it is What REALLY Matters.  To me this phrase captures everything that I am about in helping golfers through true custom club fitting and putting coaching and improvement – to help you find ways to Shoot Lower Scores.  

In truth, this mantra for me is just carrying on with what I hope I have always done in Game Improvement Golf.  It never hurts, though, to do a little recommitting to what is important.

I continue to be fortunate to have LOTS of help in being able to achieve this Daily Task in my business – through custom fittings, putting improvement sessions, and my blogs, podcasts, and newsletters.  At the start of the year, I want to thank…

  • All of my Assn. of Golf Club Fitting Professional (AGCP) custom fitting friends who I learn from almost daily to improve my custom fitting and custom club building knowledge skills.
  • David Orr and my many new putting improvement expert friends who are part of the Flatstick Academy Certified Instructor Community – all dedicated to helping golfers putt their best.
  • And finally, all of the great people I get to interview as part of the Golf Improvement Podcast.  How fortunate I have been to get to share their knowledge with all of you.

And finally to all of you readers – I hope you find your own path to playing Your Best Golf in 2018.  Part of that is knowing the truth about golf club and putting performance – thanks for trusting me to help you learn information to help you on your path to Lower Scores.

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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

TONY

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096 – Task Oriented Golf Training! – Mike McFadden Podcast

Adopt Task Oriented Golf Training To

Help YOU To Shoot Lower Scores!

Task Oriented Golf Training Welcome to Episode 96 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:

Annual Christmas Podcast Interview with Mike McFadden – 30+ year PGA Golf Professional, Custom Club Fitter, and Sports Director at the Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort in Jakobsberg, Germany.

  • Mike shares some of the greatest influences on his thinking about golf improvement from the last year (a surprise!).
  • He and I talk about Self Concepts, Self Learning, and Self Discovery and their importance to golf improvement.
  • Mike shares some of the many (hundreds!) Practice Tasks that he uses with golfers to help them improve their golf games.
  • He talks about some of most valuable Practice Tasks all golfers can work to accomplish in their indoor winter practice.
  • He talks about the importance of Learning To Swing Faster to Hit the Golf Ball Farther – and some of the most important things golfers can do to accomplish this.
  • Finally, Mike again shares the importance of this wonderful word – FUN – and its importance to help all golfers to Play Their Best Golf!

Thanks again for sharing Mike!

Useful Web Links And Information!

To learn more about Mike McFadden at True Custom Club Fitting – Click HERE!

Remember This Concept To Improve Your Golf Practice!

“THE TASK LEADS TO THE SOLUTION!”

Learning Is The Repeated Attempt To Solve A Task

NOT The Repetition Of The Solution For A Specific Task.”

 

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Self Discovery and 2018 Golf Success!

Why NOT Put Self- Discovery High

On Your 2018 Golf Improvement Task List?

Self Discovery

My personal golf year was a lot different – and maybe more satisfying – that past years.  I played (as of today) 40 rounds of golf.  I shot in the 70s 13 times, and my average round score was 82.  40 rounds is at least 10 rounds less than normal past years.  13 rounds in the 70s is more than any past year.  Why?

I propose two reasons – first, that since I am playing less golf because of my business, I decide to enjoy each round more than maybe in the past.  Second – even though I do not play a lot, I think about my game some each day and do something to improve my game – if only for 5 minutes – every day.  And I do my best to have some focus on Self Discovery with my indoor practice – what am I really doing, not what do I think I am doing.

So here are my areas of attention for my golf in 2018.  Note I said “areas of attention.”  I am not big into goal setting, I see more value in finding tasks to accomplish and let the results fall where they may.  Process, process, process.

  • My highest golf priority is to enjoy each round no matter the score – it is funny (?) how attending to this somehow often just makes good golf “happen.”
  • I will look for ways through Self Discovery to learn more about improving areas of my game – if only by just a little bit.  I will do more video recording of my practice and see what I can learn from these videos.
  • I will, as my friend Mike McFadden says – “Drink The Champagne” when I have a great scoring round, and also find At Least One Thing that I can learn from in the rounds where I do not score well.
  • Hey I am like everyone else!  I think it is time for me to see if I can find some new options to get a little more distance.  Learn to Swing Faster – see if some other custom club fitting options for me will give improved results (time for the XP 115 S flex shafts in my irons to go!).
  • And finally – I will more positive about what the possibilities are for my golf scoring.  For example, not rule out breaking 70 sometime in 2018.  The champagne will flow!

How About YOU? – What Tasks Can Help YOU Shoot Lower Scores in 2018 – Please Comment!

One Final Thing! My Amazon Kindle Book is a FREE DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK! – If you have already read it great – if you know a golfing friend why might benefit from reading it I hope you will let them know it is available At This Link!

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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! – Tony

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095 – Putting Quiet Eye Revisited AND Flatstick Academy!

Enjoy this Revisit of Past Putting Quiet Eye Interviews

AND Information on the Recent Flatstick Academy!

Putting Quiet Eye

Flatstick Academy

Welcome to Episode 95 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:

Another Great Flatstick Academy Certification Training (December 8 – 10) – THANKS David Orr!

Highlights from past Golf Improvement Podcast Interviews related to Putting Quiet Eye…

Useful Web Links!

“Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training” (Dr. Joan Vickers) – Click HERE!

To find a Flatstick Academy Certified Putting Instructor – Click HERE!

FREE Kindle Version of my book “The Fit Is IT!” (Dec. 18 – 22) – Click HERE!

To Review The Golf Improvement Podcast on iTunes – THANKS! – Click HERE!

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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Tony

 

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Wedge Bounce Revisited!

Play With The Right Wedge Bounce

To Help You Play YOUR Best!

Wedge Bounce

Well your trusty blog poster is down for the count today with a nasty cold.  So today, I have pulled a “blast from the past” post from 2012 – that is still relevant today – ENJOY!

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The edge on the sole of your wedge that is closest to the grooves is the Leading Edge.  The sole edge that is furthest from the face is the Trailing Edge.  When a wedge has positive bounce, the Trailing Edge is lower than the Leading Edge when you address the golf ball.

What you can notice in a 2012 picture (still relevant today) of the wear pattern on a wedge.  There is significant wear all along the bottom of the sole of the wedge.  If the Wedge Bounce is being “activated” correctly – to allow the wedge to “bounce” through turf or through sand – most of the wear on the sole should be very close to the Trailing Edge of the club.

Now, the result shown in the picture can come from a wedge that is not suited for the way a particular golfer swings, due to the design of the wedge (probably not enough bounce on it), or a combination of both.  Regardless of why this wear happened, the likely result is that this player has to work too hard to hit good short game shots.

How can YOU tell if the wedges you have in your bag are working well for the way you hit your short game shots?  Well, there are two simple evaluations you can do.  First, you can look at the bottom of your wedges and see the wear pattern on them – are you “activating” the bounce?  Second, you can put a piece of tape on the bottom of your wedge, and hit some wedge shots off of a lie board – you can quickly see where you are making contact on the bottom of your wedges.

Take the time to learn about how your wedges are working for you – and if they are not – You Deserve Better if you want to Shoot Lower Scores!

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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Tony

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094 – 12th AGCP Roundtable Highlights! – John Schiavone Interview

12th AGCP Roundtable Highlights:

Knowledge YOU Can Use!

12th AGCP Roundtable

Welcome to Episode 94 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:

Interview with John SchiavoneRocket Science Golf in Staten Island, NY – AGCP Level 10 Custom Clubfitter.

  • John tells us a little about His Story – how he first became interested in custom club fitting, and how he became a member of the Association of Golf Club Fitting Professionals (AGCP).
  • He shares information from one of his past favorite Roundtable presentations – about the implications in the book “Every Shot Counts” by Mark Broadie.
  • John discusses two of the most interesting training sessions from the 12th Roundtable – related to custom putter fitting, and related to how to measure driver lofts, face angles, and lie angles.
  • Finally John shares some final words for custom club fitters, on the value of attending the AGCP Roundtable events for custom fitters AND for golfers!

Thanks John for filling us in on the great information learned at the 12th AGCP Roundtable!

Useful Links:

To contact John Schiavone at Rocket Science Golf in Staten Island, NY,

Email him at rocketsciencegolf@verizon.net

To find an AGCP True Custom Club Fitter in your area – Click HERE!

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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Tony

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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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Of Your Life – And Lower Scores ALWAYS!

Tony

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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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Tony

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