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!

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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!

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Tony

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Nerf Dart Putting Aid!

Use A "Nerf Dart Putting Aid" And Improve

Your Indoor Putting Practice!

Nerf Dart Putting AidMy Jefferson GA grandsons – Emerson and Madux – love to pelt me with Nerf Darts when I visit them – all great fun. But now that I have learned I can use these for putting practice and improvement…

One of my favorite putting improvement resources is the David Orr Flatstick Academy subscription web site.  David does at least one (often more) post each week that helps me to learn more about putting improvement.  The site is an amazing putting learning resource.

David recently did a video post where he talked about how he teaches new golfers to putt.  And that is where Nerf Darts showed up!  He stuck a dart on the face of a putter – and wow what a simple training idea!  You can immediately see where you aim your putter, and can also see how the face of the putter moves as you create your stroke.

To me Simple is often Most Effective.  So, particularly if you are looking to do some indoor winter putting practice and improvement – buy some sticky Nerf Darts (or steal them from your grandkids?).  Put one on the face of your putter, check your aim and confirm that you are able to correctly aim your putter at address.  And maybe do this 3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet away from a simulated indoor target.  Do this once at each location, maybe 2 or 3 times.  Total time spent – probably less than 5 minutes.  But an effective way to practice putting aim at address.  

Thanks David!  (And watch out, Emerson and Madux…)

Any Simple Indoor Practice Aids That YOU Use? – Please Comment And Share!

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Tony

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Notice Your Golf Improvement Blind Spots!

Some Simple Ways To Improve

Your Golf Improvement Blind Spots!

1 + 1 Golf Improvement Blind Spots

Every morning I take about 10 minutes to do a guided Headspace meditation.  An important skill that Headspace emphasizes is NOTICING.  Notice what you think, what you feel – and simply accepting that.

Noticing what you do in your golf game can be a simple and great improvement strategy. I recently read an excellent GolfWRX post in this topic, here is the link to it…

John Haime – "Do you know your golf blind spots?"

There are many mechanisms for identifying your golfing blind spots – one I talked about was a Club Fitting Scoring System developed by Dave Hohnke.  This is a great tool – but you can also start small.  I did this after my past golf round – and discovered that I had been ignoring an "easy fix" in my golf game.  Standard chips from just off the green. Overall, I believe I should be getting these up and down way more than 50% of the time – but this has not been the case.  Good news – a little practice attention to these shots will definitely improve my scoring.

How about taking 5 minutes after your next round and see if you can Notice some obvious and maybe simple things you can improve!

Another golf improvement blind spot relates to Center Club Contact in your golf shots. When you are custom fit for new clubs – and when you practice – it is easy to focus just on what the ball is doing and how far it goes.   But to get the BEST and MOST CONSISTENT results – knowing that you are or are not making center contact can be a game changer.  Whether it is by using impact labels or using Dr. Scholl's foot powder spray on your clubs to see impact – Center Club Contact should be fundamental to the optimal performance of the golf clubs you play with.

 

LET ME KNOW! – please Comment Below on any game-changing areas you have recently Noticed to Improve YOUR Game.

 

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Tony

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Make Dave Hohnke’s Club Fitting Scoring System Work For YOU!!

Use Dave's Club Fitting Scoring System

To Shoot Lower Scores!

Club Fitting Scoring SystemDave Hohnke – Master Clubfitter who you have heard from a number of times here – has created an excellent Club Fitting Scoring System.  Using this system, golfer and custom fitters can partner and identify golf equipment changes that golfers can use to improve their games and scoring.

At the recent 11th AGCP Clubfitting Roundtable, Keith Chatham from PrecisionFit Golf presented a case study for a golfer who used this Scoring System to evaluate his golf results.  Keith was able to help this golfer reduce his handicap by about 4 strokes (and probably more coming!) – mostly through helping him add some specific custom fit clubs to his bag.  The golfer played 4 rounds and entered data from his rounds in the Scorecard – and he and Keith evaluated the results.

Well – I purchased 30 copies of this Club Fitting Scorecard – to first apply and use for my personal game – and also to provide to some of my golfers who might benefit.  

As an early "Christmas" present – I will provide this Scorecard to the first ten golfers who ask me for it.  It is a dynamite way to evaluate your game and identify areas you can use to play your best golf.

NOTE – Dave Hohnke's Club Fitting Scoring System is Copyrighted and CANNOT BE DUPLICATED.  But completing it is well worth your time if you want to find ways to Play Your Best Golf!

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Tony

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Learn A Great Putting Message!

The Visio Putting Aimboard

Sends A Great Putting Message!

Putting MessagePutting MessageOn the Harold Swash Putting website, there is a link to a terrific group of Visio Putting Aids that have been developed by Philip Kenyon (putting coach of Rory McElroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, and other tour pros).  I have purchased a number of these aids – and most recently bought the Visio Aimboard – shown in the pictures above.  This Aimboard allows you to practice hitting putts from 5, 10, and 15 feet distances and will show you where your misses are relative to where your putter face points at impact (for now, let's confine ourselves to straight putts).

This Aimboard – in addition to being a great Training Aid – I think sends a simple and powerful message on how important it is to be able to control your aim at address and at impact in your putting.  From the first image above, you can I think easily note the following…

  • On a 5 foot putt, if your putter face is more than 2 degrees off of target at impact you will miss the putt,
  • On a 10 foot putt, the putter face has to be within 1 degree of the target at impact to make a straight putt, and
  • For a 15 foot putt, at impact your face has to be within 0.75 degrees of target at impact to make a straight putt.

The Putting Messages from this information are simple and powerful:

  • Aim at Address and Aim at Impact get increasingly more important as putt length increases.

  • It should be no surprise then that the longer the putt, the more precise your control of your putter face needs to be at impact, and that the make percentage on putts decreases for longer putts.

  • Finally then – be a little more relaxed and easy on yourself on longer putts if you are not putting for a living – unless of course you are willing to put in the time to be great at Aim at Address and Aim at Impact.  And if you do put in that time – relax in knowing you have locked in this putting skill!

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Tony

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Square Impact Is King!

Square Impact = Best Performance and Feel = Lower Scores!

Square Impact

There are a number of "classic" custom club fitting books that I REALLY should take the time to look at again from time to time.  One of these was published in 2011 by Ralph Maltby – a pioneer in custom fitting, and owner of the Golfworks – provider of golf club shafts, grips, assembly materials and fitting tools, and club heads.  And author of The Complete Book of Golf Club Fitting and Performance.

So I did a little paging through this book recently.  And BANG right at the start was a great thought!

"If we could be so basic as to pick one goal to accomplish in clubfitting … 

It would be Squareness Of Hit."  

He made the point that it is easy to get hung up in searching for more distance when doing a custom fitting.  But that if you look for Squareness Of Hit first, a lot of things fall into place:

  • With square hits, the most energy gets imparted to the golf ball – (highest smash factors) – so most ball speed and most distance.
  • The squarer the hit, the less curve on the golf ball – smaller shot dispersion?
  • With square hits, a golfer gets more solid feel at impact.

Square Impact – better distance, reduced shot dispersion, better feel – better overall results!!  I just Love Relearning From The Classics.

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Tony

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