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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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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089 – Make Putting Great Again! – Jamie Donaldson Interview

Jamie Donaldson Shares AimPoint Express Information

To Help Golfers “Make Putting Great Again!”

Make Putting Great Again!

Welcome to Episode 89 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on True 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 Jamie Donaldson Europe’s Senior AimPoint Green Reading Instructor.

  • Jamie talks about how he “took the plunge” to become Europe’s first AimPoint Putting Coach.
  • He shares interesting perspectives on the benefits of using the AimPoint Express green reading process.
  • Jamie talks about some tasks and drills that he assigns golfers to work on after an AimPoint Express class.
  • He discusses helping Tour Players to understand and adopt AimPoint Express.
  • Jamie also shares helping high-handicap golfers (15 handicap and above) to use AimPoint Green Reading to putt their best.
  • He shares his knowledge on how grain in greens can influence an AimPoint Express read.  (LISTEN CAREFULLY!)
  • Jamie shares some of his most satisfying AimPoint Express coaching experiences.
  • Finally – Jamie provides some Final Words on additional tasks golfers can do to improve their putting through improved green reading.

Wonderful Information For Golfers – Thanks Jamie!!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jamie Donaldson – Click HERE!

To connect with Jamie on Twitter – @golfdonaldson

To learn more about AimPoint Golf and find an AimPoint Express Instructor in your area – Click HERE!

To read the great AimPoint blog posts – Click HERE!

 

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My Weekend “Over The Edge” Challenge!

Yes, I DID Go “Over The Edge” This Past Saturday!!

Over The Edge What I did this weekend was personal, but so powerful for me that I hope you don’t mind me sharing it.  About a month ago, I learned about a challenge called “Over The Edge” – a benefit for a wonderful charity in Knoxville – The Restoration House.  See that small figure high in the air in the picture above? – that is me at the start of rappelling down a 12-story building in Knoxville, TN.  I am afraid of heights – I have never rappelled before.  Really? 

I cannot say I got down with the greatest of form (maybe next time?), but I did and it was an amazing rush.  So much so that I was totally worn out the rest of the day – wow, did adrenaline kick in!   But on the back end of this – today – I feel a sense of calm I am not sure I can ever remember having.  Not that I will have to tackle even more difficult things – but that somehow I was able to do this.

Back to more golf improvement related topics next week – though I wonder, is there something of value for your golf in Challenging Yourself To Do Things You Never Could Imagine Yourself Doing?

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088 – Attention Average Golfers! – Tom Wishon Interview

The Truth For Average Golfers

About True Custom Club Fitting!

Average Golfers

Welcome to Episode 88 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on True 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:

Podcast Interview with Tom Wishon from Tom Wishon Golf Technology

  • Tom discusses why average golfers – and golfers just starting to learn the game – need to play with custom fit golf clubs.
  • He shares his views on the pluses and minuses of the golf industry’s Obsession With Distance – from the perspective of golfers who want to play their best.
  • Tom tells The Truth about the big buzz in the golf equipment stores about “Custom Fitting.”
  • Finally – Tom shares some final insights to help all golfers play their best golf and shoot lower scores!

Tom THANKS for all that you do to help golfers and true custom club fitters!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Tom Wishon and Tom Wishon Golf Technology – Click HERE!

To learn more about Diamond Golf International – Click HERE!

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A Week On The AGCP Forum!

Continuous Learning On The AGCP Forum

AGCP Forum

This week I thought I would give you a little taste of some of the things what we discuss on the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals (AGCP) on-line forum. Below are a few of the topics that were brought up and discussed last week…

  • Putter balance points and shaft flexes – influence on putting performance.
  • How to increase golf club smash factor and distance.
  • Long drive club heads – what are some of the best.
  • Driver lengths – discussion of recent published articles.
  • Estimating maximum possible driving distance for golfers.
  • Optimal iron launch angles and influence on shot performance.

Pretty much a typical week of discussion topics and sharing of information to help AGCP members improve as True Custom Fitters.

Why do I mention this?  Well – “custom club fitting” has become a set of buzz words – and true custom fitting is great for all golfers.  

But just because someone SAYS they are a custom fitter does not mean they are. If you are considering a “custom fitter” – maybe a good thing to ask is What Do You Do To Improve Your Custom Fitting Skills Every Day?  

A fair question I think – and hey – YOU are the one who wants to Shoot Lower Scores!

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

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087 – Natural Putter Fitting – Bruce Rearick Interview!

Bruce Rearick Shares Info. On His

Natural Putter Fitting Process!Natural Putter Fitting

Welcome to Episode 87 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 Bruce Rearick, from Burnt Edges Consulting.

  • Bruce tells His Story – how he became focused on developing a custom putter fitting system.
  • He talks about the biggest mistakes golfers make when they go into a golf store and try to fit themselves for putters “by feel.”
  • Bruce shares a few of the most important principles that are the basis of his putter fitting system.
  • He shares how he ultimately came up with the 9 Different Stroke Profiles in his putter fitting system.
  • Bruce discusses his thoughts on why you see a lot of putters with offset in golf stores – double bend shafts and “goose neck” shafts.  
  • He shares his views on putter weighting and putter counterweighting, and how and when these are important in putter fitting.
  • Bruce talks about some of his most recent – and very interesting blog posts – “linear” and “non-linear” visualizing of the line of putts.
  • Finally – Bruce shares some Final Words and Key Ideas to help golfers pick the right putters for them.

Thanks For Sharing, Bruce!

Useful Web Links:

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

Read Bruce’s “Advice for Buying a New Putter” – Click HERE!

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Don’t Ignore Golf Club Iron Length!

Ignore Attention To Golf Club Iron Length

At Your Game’s Peril!

Golf Club Iron Length

The above chart is from the classic and still relevant Tom Wishon 12 Myths Booklet.  It is used by many professional club fitters to obtain an initial estimate of the iron length that a golfer should be playing with.  Have you seen it before?

About a month ago, I received an email from a parent of a VERY talented female player.  He asked if I had any ideas about why she was having troubles hitting her longer irons.  I quickly suggested she grip down her irons by about a half inch – he told me the problem went away for her.  He also said he often wondered if it was correct for her to play with men’s length clubs.  Hum…

Over the past few weeks, I think I have had a half dozen requests to test for club length.  It is easy for a golfer to realize when he is playing with clubs that are too long – but often more difficult to realize when he is playing with clubs are too short. In EITHER case – playing with incorrect length clubs is a great way to help you groove a non-athletic swing.  More than that – getting the right club length for you is one of the easiest custom fitting areas to get correct.

Sometimes shorter clubs – created by cutting down an existing set – will feel too light, and not perform well.  But reweighting the clubs to get the right feel and performance – at the right length – is a very simple thing to do for an accomplished professional club fitter and club builder.

In closing today – see this link about a pretty well-known golfer who plays with shorter than standard length irons (he is 5 foot 9 inches tall by the way…)

Rickie Fowler’s Golf Clubs!

 

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086 – The Game Improvement Golf Resource Guide Is LIVE!

The Game Improvement Golf Resource Guide:

Helping You To Shoot Lower Scores!

Game Improvement Golf Resource GuideWelcome to Episode 86 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!

This podcast introduces my new Game Improvement Golf Resource Guide – which is Live Today on my web site!  

A listing of My Favorite Custom Club Fitting, Short Game Improvement, and Effective Practice Technique resources – bonus information to help You Play In YOUR Zone – and finally My Favorite Golf Improvement Podcasts.  All designed to help YOU Shoot Lower Scores.

Almost every resource listing includes a web link you can click to learn more.

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