Seven Golf Club Set!

A Great Custom Fitting For A

Seven Golf Club Set!

Seven Golf Club Set

I made a great new friend recently – Mike Gailey from Piney Creek, North Carolina.  Mike asked me to help him create a unique golf club set for him.  He gets to play 9 holes most mornings, on a hilly course.  He has some back problems, but still likes to walk and carry his clubs.  So he has been playing with a seven golf club set – and wanted a set where there are approximately 30 yard gaps between clubs.  It was a lot of fun to help him get what he desired – and this is what we came up with….

  • First, a SeeMore putter – about 3 inches shorter than the putter he was previously playing with.  His old putter had a very heavy swingweight, and he had trouble "getting the golf ball to the hole."  Not any more!
  • Second – three Sterling Single Length irons – a 5 hybrid, 9 iron, and gap wedge.  He loves these, says he hits them very straight, and they have the gapping he was looking for.
  • Third – two Edel wedges – 60 degree and 64 degree lofts.  These are an inch shorter than his Sterling irons.  Just what he hoped for!
  • Finally – a Wishon Golf 18 degree 2 hybrid iron – with the same shaft in it that is in his other irons.  He can it this off the tee and in the fairway.

There is no big moral to this post today – other than, for me, it was really great fun helping Mike get what he needs to help him play better golf.  Now Mike – about that future hole in one!

ONE MORE THING! – my next published podcast interview will come out on Tuesday April 25 (not the 24th) – in case you were wondering on the 24th…

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Our 2017 Golf Trip!

Our 2017 Golf Trip

AND "Golf From Point A"

Our 2017 Golf Trip!

The picture shows the 12 great guys who are on our 2017 Golf Trip to Georgia and Florida.  As I write this on Saturday evening, we just finished our annual "Pink Ball" competition – this year at the terrific World Woods Pine Barrens course in Brooksville, Florida.  We have all had another great time playing golf and socializing.

I typically do not play close to great golf in these trips, but some concepts in a book I have just finished help me to better manage my game my emotions on the golf course.  The book is "Golf From Point A" by Susie Meyers and Valerie Lazar.  I decided to give "Point A" thinking a go the last two days.  I shot 84 both days on two very challenging courses – and I know had more fun too.  If you are looking to find a better way to manage your emotions and thoughts on the golf course – this is one to definitely consider!

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For you readers of my blog in the Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and East Tennessee areas, we are having two events this coming week at the Centennial Golf Academy.  The first is an Open House at 7 pm on Tuesday April 4.  Des Mahoney will be talking about his very successful golf coaching program, and I will be discussing how custom club fitting and putting improvement can help you play our best.

The second is my "Putting Is HARD Day!" that will be held on Saturday April 8 from 9 am to 3 pm. No appointment necessary – come and let me provide you some insights on how you can improve your putting – and hopefully have you spend some time on my SAM PuttLab and see the neat new SAM 3D software that I have to help evaluate putting strokes! 

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

 

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Verbal Feedback About YOUR Golf Game!

Now You Can Easily Provide Me

Verbal Feedback About YOUR Golf Game!

Verbal Feedback About YOUR Golf Game!

Me – Determined?  Well for sure – sometimes.  About a week ago – from the David Orr Flatstick Academy Putting Coaching Class – setting up a way to obtain audio golf game feedback was something I had to figure out.  And I did!  I found a service called SpeakPipe that allows me to do this.  WHY? – well, there is something very powerful – from a golf improvement standpoint – in hearing golfers actually talk about their golf games and their putting.

So here are links to two new pages on my web site…

YOUR Game!

YOUR Putting!

Wherever you are – and I have followers of my blog and podcasts around the world – please verbally share your thoughts about your game and your putting through these links.  Hey – you might learn something that you did not know!  And will share anything I learn with you.

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Tony

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Flatstick Academy Level 1 Certification Class!

3 Days Of INTENSE Learning At The

Flatstick Academy Level 1 Certification Class!

Flatstick Academy Level 1 Certification

As many of you read this, I am into a 7 hour drive to Buies Creek, NC to attend the Flatstick Academy Level 1 Certification Class.  3 days of Putting Learning and Coaching Heaven with David Orr – something I have been wanting to do for 2 years.  Will it truly result in Putting Knowledge Mastery? – well truthfully no, but it will be a huge step on that path.  I look forward to sharing what I learn in the class with you in the future – and particularly in my personal putting coaching efforts with golfers.  The Game Improvement Golf truck will get a lot of well earned miles put on it this week!

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One small request that I want to share with you this week.  A few days ago, I asked a golfer I was doing some club work for if he had read my book "The Fit Is IT!!"  He said no, I gave it to him – and the next day he said How Come You Did Not Share This With Me Before?  

So – if you have NOT purchased and read my book on Custom Club Fitting I hope you will consider doing so.  Not because I am going to become a millionaire from the profits – but because I believe, as I did when I wrote it, that it contains useful, simple information about custom fitting that all golfers need to know.  So – here is the link to purchase the book:

 

Link To Purchase "The Fit Is IT!!

 

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Tony

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Putter Grip On “Straight?”

When Is YOUR

Putter Grip On "Straight?"

Putter Grip On "Straight?"Last week a golfing friend asked to install a new grip on his Scotty Cameron 38 inch Counterbalanced putter.  See the picture above of the final grip install –  pretty abismal, don't you think?

NOPE!

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a good club fitting friend, Russ Ryden from Fit2Score Golf.  He talked some with me about installing putter grips, and mentioned at least one "pretty well known" PGA Tour Pro who does not necessarily have his putter grip on square – and Russ suggested I try this.

So – back to the putter grip shown above.  When I first installed it I did all that I could to ensure that it was on "straight."  When I handed the putter to him, he said he did not like the way the grip set up, and that the face looked open to him at address.  So I thought – why not experiment! – and I turned the grip a little to the right for him and said how about now?  He loved it – felt great to set up the putter at address, and when I checked aim at address it was dead on.

Last Friday I asked him about his putting.  He said he continues to love the way his putter now sets up, and that he is putting well.

Well, this experience has changed everything that I think about installing putter grips.  I no longer will assume that putting the grip on straight – with the flat part perpendicular to the face of the putter – is optimal.  As much as I can, I will make sure that the golfer touches the putter, before I finish the grip installation to see how it sets up and feels for HIM!

Now – I am about to ship a finished putter to a golfer who lives 4 hours away.  What about him – well, he wanted a Round Putter Grip so no violation of my new rule!

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Tony

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The Value Of “Golf Imperfection!”

Are The Best Golfers

Good At Golf Imperfection?

Golf Imperfection

Well UG I caught a cold this weekend.  And I hate being sick – and not feeling very creative.

But – Adam Young from Adam Young Golf has come to the rescue with a terrific recent blog post he wrote that is worth sharing.  Here it is…

Adam Young – The Secret Behind Hitting Perfectly Straight Shots!

As usual with Adam, there is some brilliant information in this post.  So I ask you..

  • In your great scoring rounds, do you hit a lot of perfect shots – or perhaps just good overall results?
  • Should you be striving for perfect swings and perfect results in your practice then?

Food for thought.  Now back to resting (though later today I am doing a Podcast Interview with Adam – and we will talk about some of the information in his blog post!).

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Tony

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High-Powered Learning At The 2017 PGA Equipment Show!

My "Top 10" Things To Do At The

2017 PGA Equipment Show!

2017 PGA Equipment Show

As you read this, my wife and I will have already spent 2 days in Orlando, and I will be gearing up for a full 3 days of high-powered learning fun.  This year I thought I might share links for the "Top 10" things I plan to do and visit at the Show.  I have included links to all of these for you to look at.  My plan is to report on what I learned in my Monthly Newsletter – the next one will be published on February 15.

  Open Forum 5 – My first time attending this – 7 hours of presentations from many high-powered industry experts.

  IKKOS (a motor learning platform)

  Cure Putters (I now fit with these)

  Blast Golf (putting dynamics measurement tool)

  Knuth Golf (learn about their High Heat driver)

  Miura Golf (they have a new iron head)

  PuttOut Golf (interesting new putting practice aid)

  Arthur Xtreme Engineering (learn about their new golf shafts)

  Flightscope (learn about their new X3 unit)

  SAM PuttLab (see what is new!)

Looking forward to another great week of PGA Show Learning – and sharing information with you to help you play your best golf!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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Priority One – Aim Your Putter At Address!

KNOW That You Can

Aim Your Putter At Address!

Priority One Aim Your Putter!

Today was a busy but delightful day of starting to help a golfer achieve his potential.  He drove from Nashville for an iron fitting, SAM PuttLab evaluation, and perhaps (?) a fitting for a new putter.

The iron fitting went extremely well.  We found a combination that – with his 93 mph swing speed – allowed him to hit 6 iron shots that carried 210 yards, with a terrific smash factor of over 1.4, and with minimal shot dispersion.  I wish I could hit 210 yard 6 irons!

But then we went to the SAM PuttLab evaluation.  In completing my Putting Evaluation form, he noted he averaged 38 putts a round, and most of his misses for shorter putts were to the right.  The SAM evaluation right away showed the most important reason he is not putting well.  At address, on average he aimed his present putter about 3 degrees to the right.  As a result, he had to make major compensations in his stroke to get close to square at impact.

More interesting, though, was that after I showed him the data and checked his aim a few times with a laser – he still aimed significantly to the right of target at address.  I then fit him for a new Cure Putter – but would NOT have done so if he could not aim that putter well – his aim with the Cure putter was within 1 degree of square.

The Morale Of THIS Story – a putter fitting is not a putter fitting without Testing For Aim At Address.  It was a lot of fun to see him have immediate improvement and confidence in his putting stroke.

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Tony

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Playing “What’s My Purpose” Golf In 2017!

My Building Blocks For Playing

"What's My Purpose" Golf In 2017!

"What's My Purpose" Golf

As I reflect on my personal golf performance in 2016, and how it can improve in 2017, the word PURPOSE seems to keep coming up.  

By definition purpose is "the reason for which something is done or created."

If I am honest, I would say that almost every round I played in 2016 I did the following….

  • I was fixated on what my score was during the round and would be frustrated if I was not able to shoot lower than 80, and

  • In my pre-shot routine for shots, I was fixated on Swing Thoughts instead of PLAYING with the game and swing I had that day.

Hey – I should know and deserve better (thought I achieved the results I deserved with this Focus and Purpose!).  Not In 2017.

In 2017 – I will Play And Practice To See What Is Possible, And Enjoy The Ride!

For me to achieve this, here are the things I plan to do throughout the year…

  • First I Need More Play Reps!  Yes, my Custom Fitting Business continues to grow – but my goal is to play 60 rounds in 2017 compared to the 45 rounds I played in 2016.

  • As many days as possible, I will spend at least 5 to 10 minutes on some type of Deliberate Task-Based Practice in my basement – most likely on putting, but sometimes on swing mechanics.

  • When I practice at the Golf Course, I will also focus on Task Based Practice and Not On Banging Golf Balls.

  • When I Play – yes I want to score well, but will not be so Tied Up about what my score is.

  • When I Play, I will see what I can learn from Each Round.

  • And Finally – No More Swing Thoughts in my pre shot routine when I Play – Trust The Game I Have!

It is fun to KNOW that My Best Golf is still in the future – How About YOU? – Please Comment Below.

Thanks For Reading My Blog Posts – And Happy New Year

And Your Best Golf In 2017!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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