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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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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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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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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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!

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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!

 

So – What Is YOUR Wrist-To-Floor Measurement? – Let Me Know By Comment To This Post!!

 

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The Custom Clubfitting Experience Of Your Life!

The Custom Clubfitting Experience

Of Your Life – And Lower Scores – ALWAYS!

The Custom Clubfitting Experience Of Your Life4:38 am this morning – July 10.  For the past week, I have been attempting to articulate the Unique Value Proposition (UVP) for Game Improvement Golf. The UVP of a business is how that business solves the needs of customers – and what distinguishes, and is unique about, that business from the "competition."  Well, the answer woke me up this morning, and here it is.  When you, Mr. Golfer, visit me for a custom fitting, you get…

The Custom Clubfitting Experience

Of Your Life – And Lower Scores – ALWAYS!

My goal with EVERY golfer I see is to help you Shoot Lower Scores.  And the experience you will have with me in driver / fairway wood / hybrid / iron / wedge / and putter fittings – and putting coaching – is unlike anything you will experience with anyone else in the East Tennessee area.

My focus each and every day is to make these words come to life for every golfer who I fit, see, and help.

You will see lots of new looks on my web site – my business card – and anything I use to make golfers aware that I am obsessed with helping you have…

The Custom Clubfitting Experience

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Tony

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A Golf Grip WOW Story!

New Golf Grips And A

Great Golf Round!!

Golf Grip

I just have to share this neat little story with you!  I regripped a set of clubs for a friend about a week or so ago.  He played golf the next day, and called me after he had finished – and then I asked him to write down what he told me…

I had Tony re-grip my clubs about two weeks ago. He did a careful job of showing me a variety of grips so I could get the feel of various textures and sizes. Once we settled on what I liked best he did a quick and professional job of replacing my grips and I am well pleased.  One additional fact that I can’t totally credit Tony for is that the first time I played with my new grips (at Centennial Golf Club) I shot 2 over par on the front nine. FYI, I have NEVER before shot 2 over. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Well WOW – you talk about a great result!  I am sure that the new grips were not close the whole story related to his great round of golf – some element of playing relaxed and with confidence had to be in there.  But I am STILL smiling as I read what he wrote.  Life Is Good!

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