079 – Talking Golf Turf with Dr. Brandon Horvath!

"Talking Golf Turf" With

Turf Pathologist Dr. Brandon Horvath!

Talking Golf Turf

Welcome to Episode 79 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Podcast interview with Dr. Brandon HorvathAsst. Professor of Turfgrass Science in the University of Tennessee Department of Turfgrass Science & Management.

  • Brandon talks about how he first became interested in a career in turfgrass science and managing turfgrass diseases.
  • He shares with us the most important factors that make golf greens play great but also stay healthy.
  • Brandon talks about some of the things that have changed and improved in golf green management over the past 30 years – and what is on the horizon for "the greens of the future."
  • He discusses the major  typs of turf grasses used in fairways – and how these grass types have changed over the past 30 years.
  • Brandon shares information on the main considerations for maintaining golf course rough areas throughout a golf course year.
  • He talks about the relationships of turf scientists with golf course superintendents – how they learn from superintendents, and how superintendents learn from turf scientists.
  • Finally – Brandon provides some Final Takeaways for golfers to remember about turf grass – and some info. that give golfers a "little edge" in shooting lower scores!

Fascinating Brandon! – thanks for taking the time to share this information with us!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about the UT Turfgrass Science & Management Programs – Click HERE!

To learn more about the GREAT Rounds 4 Research Fundraising Event (May 1 to 7) – Click HERE!

Club Fitting – NOT Club Selling!

Tony

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078 – First World Putting Conference – Robb Gibb Interview!

Robb Gibb Provides Insights From The

First World Putting Conference!

First World Putting ConferenceWelcome to Episode 78 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Insights from my recent Putting Is HARD Day!

Interview with Robb GibbLevel 3 Senior SAM PuttLab Instructor, and East Coast Science & Motion Sports Sales Representative.

  • Robb provides some background about the recent First World Putting Conference and the major purpose of the conference.
  • He discusses what he talked about at the conference in terms of SAM PuttLab software improvements, and in particular about a great new putting improvement tool – Puttview.
  • Robb talks about highlights from some of the major conference presentations – and some surprises he had in terms of things he learned.
  • He tells about things he learned about how to use data to help golfers play their best – and also some insights on the mental side of putting improvement.
  • Finally – Robb shares some Final Words for putting instructors and golfers.

Thanks for sharing Robb!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Robb Gibb and Robb Gibb Golf – Click HERE!

To watch a short video about PuttView – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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077 – Golf Shaft Knowledge! – Russ Ryden Interview

Unlocking Golf Shaft Performance

Through Golf Shaft Knowledge!

Golf Shaft Knowledge

Welcome to Episode 77 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Russ RydenFit2Score Golf and Golf Shaft Reviews.

  • Russ talks about how he got interested in custom club fitting, and when he first realized he needed to measure the material properties of golf shafts.
  • He tells us about the typical misconceptions that golfers have about golf shafts.
  • Russ discusses some of the most important shaft properties that need to be measured, and why these are important to golf performance.
  • He reviews the metrics that he looks at to determine the overall quality of golf shafts – and why shaft quality is important to custom fitters and golfers.
  • Russ tells us his biggest "Ah Ha!" moment he had in the process of expanding his knowledge base about golf shafts.
  • He discusses three different "classes" of golf shafts that he sees in his meaurements, and how these relate to custom fitting of drivers.
  • Russ tells us his favorite driver fitting success story.
  • He gives an overview of the information that is in his Golf Shaft Reviews web site (more than 1,000,000 site views!).
  • Finally, Russ gives us all some Final Words about things that golfers can do to find True Custom Club Fitters in their area.

      Whew what an interview – Thanks Russ!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Russ Ryden and Fit2Score Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about Golf Shaft Reviews – Click HERE!

To see the great videos on the Devoted Golfer YouTube Channel – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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076 – IKKOS Motor Learning System – Sean Hutchison Interview

Learning New Golf Swing Motor Skills Using

The IKKOS Motor Learning System!

IKKOS Motor Learning System

Welcome to Episode 76 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Great learning last week at the David Orr Flatstick Level 1 Putting Coach Certification Class!

Interview with Sean Hutchison – inventor of the IKKOS Motor Learning System.

  • Sean tells His Story – from being a successful Olympic swimming coach to developing the IKKOS motor learning training system.
  • He discusses some of the important Motor Learning Concepts that are important to IKKOS – and tells us where "IKKOS" came from.
  • Sean talks about exactly what the IKKOS system is, and how golfers can use it to improve an element of their golf games.  Getting "a little bit better!"
  • He discusses how golfers can balance the value of visual learning with not trying to get too tied up in golf swing mechanics.
  • Sean shares a great Success Story about a golfer who used IKKOS when he was injured!
  • He gives us some hints of some great new IKKOS resources "coming down the pike."
  • Finally, Sean shares some Final Words and Advice for golfers who want to make positive changes to their golf games.

Sean ALWAYS fun to talk with you and learn from you!

Useful Web Links!

To learn more about Sean Hutchison and IKKOS – Click HERE!

NOTE: you can download the CopyMe Golf IKKOS app directly from your smart phone.

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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075 – Golf Club Iron Head Design – Jeff Sheets Interview

Learn The Basics Of

Golf Club Iron Head Design!

Golf Club Iron Head Design

Welcome to Episode 75 of The Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to bringing you Useful Information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Episode 75 – How About THAT (time flies when you are having fun!)

Next week, traveling to the David Orr Flatstick Putter Certification Class at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.

Show Notes:

Return Interview with Jeff Sheets from Jeff Sheets Golf.

  • Jeff shares some of the things he did at the recent PGA Equipment Show.

  • He describes typical types of iron head designs (blade, muscleback, cavity back, etc.) – and some things golfers need to know about them.

  • Jeff talks about differences between forged and cast iron heads – and some common misconceptions about them.

  • He shares his perspectives on "High COR" iron head designs, and how they have changed iron performance for golfers.

  • Jeff talks about some of the many things that can be varied in iron head designs – examples are Top Line, Sole Width, and the Center of Gravity of the club face.

  • He shares a very satisfying new iron design that he was part of – from Equs Golf.

  • Jeff discusses some basics of Wedge Design, and the importance of being specifically fit for Wedges.

  • Finally, Jeff shares some Final Words for golfers on effective Custom Iron Fitting.

Jeff – THANKS, another Home Run Interview!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Jeff Sheets and Jeff Sheets Golf – Click HERE!

Learn more about the Equs Golf Progressive Length Irons – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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074 – The Strike Plan and Practicing Golf Awareness – Adam Young Interview

Making Practicing Golf Awareness

A Golf Goal This Year!

The Strike Plan and Practicing Golf AwarenessWelcome to Episode 74 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Practicing Golf Shot Awareness – MY Goal On The Practice Range This Year!

Show Notes:

Interview with Adam Young from Adam Young Golf and Group Lesson Coaching Instructor at the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center in Santa Barbara, CA.

  • Adam talks about his relocation to Santa Barbara, CA and the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center.
  • He discusses the information and value in his newly released video training series The Strike Plan.  

  • He new role is Group Coaching – and Adam talks about how he integrates the principles in "The Practice Manual" in his Group Coaching efforts with golfers.

  • Adam did a recent blog post titled "The Hidden Secret Behind Hitting Perfectly Straight Shots."  He talks about the surprising information he discussed in this post!

  • Finally – Adam provides some final words – and one particularly great practice suggestion! – to help golfers learn how to play their best golf.

  • THANKS ADAM – Another Home Run Interview!

Useful Web Links!

Learn about Adam Young Golf – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam Young at the Don Parsons Golf Instruction Center – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam's video training series The Strike Plan – Click HERE!

Learn about Adam's international best-selling book "The Practice Manual" – Click HERE!

Read Adam's blog post on "The Hidden Secret …" – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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073 – 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2:

The Best Of The Best In 2016!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2

Welcome to Episode 73 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvements, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Enjoy Episode 2 of the 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights.  This post contains 2 to 6 minutes highlights from 12 of the 2016 Podcast Interviews.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I interviewed in 2016!

This is about a 4-second silence between each interview segment.  Below are the individual podcast numbers, (with hot links to the podcast episode), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

   (058) – Dave Hohnke – What Are "Spinner" Wedge Shafts?

   (059) – Des Mahoney – Keeping Feel In Your Game

   (060) – Cordie Walker – World Golf Congress Takeaways

   (061) – Graham Boulton – Focusband, Mindfulness, Beyond Golf!

   (062) – Rick Grinstead – Putting Your Best

   (063) – John Hobbins – Improving Your Putting Setup

   (064) – Keith Chatham – Single-Length Irons And Ball Position!

   (065) – Steven Yellin – Motion Quality And "The Gap"

   (066) – Dave Hohnke – Why Golf Club Lie Angle Matters

   (067) – Jeff Ryan – The Importance of Putter Head MOI

   (068) – Chris Riddoch – "Practice With Your Animal"

   (069) – Mike McFadden – Some Neat Practice Tasks!

 

SO – Did You Have Any Favorites? If So Please Comment Below!

 

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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072 – 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1:

The Best Of The Best In 2016!

2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 1Welcome to Episode 72 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Enjoy Episode 1 of the 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights.  This post contains 2 to 4 minutes highlights from 11 of the 2016 Podcast Interviews.  Thanks to EVERYONE who I interviewed in 2016!  

There is about a 4 second silence between each interview segment.  Below are the individual podcast numbers (with hot links to the podcast episode), who was interviewed, and the topic for each Highlight:

   (045) – Tom Wishon – Single-Length Iron Swing Misconceptions

   (046) – Roy Nix – When Custom Fitting Works!

   (047) – Robb Gibb – Letting Go When You Putt

   (048) – Steven Yellin – Start Chillin!

   (050) – Greg Courtnay – Choosing A Custom Club Fitter

   (051) – Joe LaCaze – Things To Remember About Injury Prevention

   (052) – Brian Bailie – "Understand What You Do" In Putting

   (053) – John Graham – Play More Break!

   (054) – John Dranschak – Building To Exact Club Specifications

   (055) – Joe Bosco – Playing Real Golf!

   (057) – Jacoob Bowden – Getting Used To Single-Length Irons

The second installment of The 2016 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights will be live in two days – I hope you will enjoy that one also!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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071 – Jeff Sheets – Driver Head Design – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Jeff Sheets Talks Driver Head Design

And Driver Performance!

Jeff Sheets Driver Head Design

Welcome to Episode 71 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Jeff Sheets from Jeff Sheets Golf – Golf Clubhead Designer (more than 20 patents and over 500 clubhead designs!).

  • Jeff talks about how he first became interested in designing golf clubheads.
  • He provides an overview of some of the major things that have to be accomplished to design a driver clubhead.
  • Jeff tells us some of the most important clubhead definitions – from a club performance standpoint – that golfers and custom club fitters need to know.
  • He discusses constraints that he needs to address to design a high-performance driver head.
  • Jeff describes his role in the redesign of the Swing Science FC One driver head.
  • Finally, Jeff provides some final advice to golfers to help them improve their driving performance.

This was a really great information-filled interview – Thanks Jeff!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Jeff Sheets and Jeff Sheets Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Swing Science FC One driver head – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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070 – Don Coyle – Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions – The Golf Improvement Podcast

Don Coyle Helps You Learn Some Important

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions!

Custom Club Fitting Misconceptions

Welcome to Episode 70 of The Golf Improvement Podcast.  Dedicated to bringing you useful information on custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques to Take YOUR Game To New Heights!

Show Notes:

Interview with Don Coyle from Country Acres Custom Golf in Mount Vernon, IL. – AGCP Level 10 Custom Club Fitter and 2015 and 2017 Golf Digest Top 100 Custom Club Fitter.

  • Don tells His Story – how he originally became interested in custom club fitting, and some of the most important things he learned to learn to become a top custom club fitter.
  • He talks about how he created his Custom Fitting Studio and Golf Club Workshop (see web site link to see his setup!)

  • Don discusses his perspective on some of the Most Important Misconceptions that many golfers have about True Custom Club Fitting.
  • He now uses the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Fitting Cart and fitting approach, and he talks about the value of this fitting approach to help golfers putt their best.

  • He discusses some of his most satisfying Success Stories with younger golfers.
  • Finally Don provides a few Final Words and Suggestions for golfers who want to play their Best Golf!

Thanks Don for sharing your knowledge and experiences!

Useful Web Links:

To learn more about Don Coyle and Country Acres Custom Golf – Click HERE!

To learn more about the Edel Golf Torque Balanced Putters – Click HERE!

Taking YOUR Game To New Heights!

Tony

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