129 – Access What You Already Own! – Craig Isabel Interview

Golfers – Access What You Already Own!

Craig Isabel Shares HOW

Access What You Already Own

Welcome to Episode 129 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

It is GREAT to be back – Thank YOU for being back!!

Show Notes:

Interview with Craig Isabel – golf teaching professional and Master Fluid Motion Factor Instructor at the Touchet Golf Facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Craig shares his Personal Golf Story and how he first met Steven Yellin, developer of the Fluid Motion Factor Program.
  • He discusses some of the most important benefits for golfers who adopt the Fluid Motion Factor program principles.
  • Craig describes what he did to become a Master Fluid Motion Factor program instructor (there are only 3 Master instructors).
  • He shares a bit of how he teaches the Fluid Motion Factor in full swing and putting instruction.
  • Craig recently won a 90-Player Indiana Sectional Event – he noted that “All of my best rounds and shots begin with high levels of acceptance.”  He shares the importance of this statement.
  • He talks about a few of his favorite golfer Success Stories for golfers who have truly implemented the Fluid Motion Factor in their golf games.
  • Finally, Craig shares two great things that golfers can use NOW in their practice and games to Shoot Lower Scores and have more fun playing golf!

Thanks Craig – Keep Doing Great Things!

Useful Web Links.

Find Craig Isabel at the Touchet Golf FacilityCLICK HERE!!

Craig’s Instagram link is @craigisabel_golf

Learn more about the Fluid Motion Factor ProgramCLICK HERE!!

 

SHOUT OUT!! – THANK YOU for all of the prayers and encouragement during my 6-month recovery from prostate removal surgery.  I have been very blessed.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Self Compassion And Acceptance – A Golf Superpower!

Learn To Access A Golf Superpower!

Self Compassion And Acceptance

A Golf Superpower

You are on the 12th hole and playing and scoring great.  You have high levels of expectation for your final score.  You have a 2-1/2 foot putt for birdie – and you miss it.  BANG – EVERYTHING CHANGES.  You Dummy.  And there goes your great round up in smoke.

My friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama – The Bulletproof Musician – wrote one of his best ever posts this week, a must read.  Here is the link to the post…

Self Compassion – Mental Toughness – Overcoming Setbacks

All I can say is, if you are looking to play better and more enjoyable golf – read this post and the links.  There is information in it for golfers, for coaches, for parents.

Here are a few things you can do on the golf course to apply the principles discussed in Noa’s post…

  • Perhaps start where the golf drama is the highest – on the putting green. Experiment with Accepting Every Putting Result No Matter What It Is.  Then after you putt, rate your degree of acceptance on a 1 to 10 scale – 1 is very low acceptance, 10 is very high acceptance.
  • If you start seeing value to your game in Accepting Putting Results – take it to your Entire Game.  Have an objective of Accepting Every Result.  And then after the shot Rate The Shot.

Compare how you play without Self Compassion to how you play when you Accept All Or Many Of Your Results.  You might like the change!!

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If you did not read my June 2019 Newsletter (published June 15) – here is The Link.  It includes some great Trackman University videos, a Brad Faxon putting drill worth using in your practice, and some discussion on “Variability and Compensations” in your golf game.

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And finally it is Good To Be Back!  My prostate removal surgery went very well and so has the recovery.  I appreciate the good wishes and prayers from many of you.  Now I am ready to get back to true custom club fitting, putting instruction and coaching, and creating great web site content to help golfers Shoot Lower Scores!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

128 – Moments Of Opportunity! – Tony Wright

Some Recent MOMENTS OF OPPORTUNITY!

Tony Wright Shares Three Stories

Moments Of Opportunity

Welcome to Episode 128 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

Show Notes:

Tony Wright with Game Improvement Golf shares three personal stories related to golf and life improvement!

  • The Golf Trip Story – applying the Fluid Motion Factor and Levels Of Acceptance to play great golf!
  • The Tennessee Men’s Golf Team Support Story – I talk about recent efforts to help the University of Tennessee Men’s Golf Team to play their best at the upcoming NCAA Regionals!
  • The Since Last August Story – Next Monday, on May 13, I will have prostate removal surgery.  I talk about creating a great Level Of Acceptance related to the surgery, and also about using my recovery time as a Moment Of Opportunity to learn and improve.

Shout Out! – And Useful Web Links…

THANKS TO EVERYONE who has helped me in my journey to my upcoming surgery.  And some particular Web Links to some of those who will be helping me learn some New Great Things during my recovery to help golfers PLAY THEIR BEST!

 

Jay McGrath from Real Feel Golf MatsCLICK HERE!

Tom Sterner and his book Fully EngagedCLICK HERE!

Graham Boulton with Focusband / Neuroself CareCLICK HERE!

Adam Young with Adam Young GolfCLICK HERE!

Steve Yellin and the Fluid Motion FactorCLICK HERE!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

To Be Continued!!

To Be Continued…

The REAL Story Coming Next Wednesday!!

To Be Continued

Well I promised to be back today.  My computer repair was successful (whew!!), we had a GREAT golf trip – BUT some other great things happened that have kept me REALLY busy for the last two days.  Exciting stuff!!  Rather than sharing the details today, I would rather talk about them in my next Podcast.  And I will have some other important things to share in that podcast too.

So Stay Tuned to my next Podcast – Episode 128 – on Wednesday May 8!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

What’s Your RESET!!

Make Your RESET Work For You!

 

Reset

On Monday April 14, my wife Diane and I returned from our bucket-list France River Cruise Trip.  I was excited to get “back at it” – to create a new podcast episode, finish building some clubs, do a new custom fitting.  And then…

  • I knew I had some problems with my iMac computer – the one I use to produce podcasts.  Well – the hard drive was corrupted.  It has been at a repair shop for a week – luckily, I had a great backup of the machine – but still, no new podcast.
  • The combination of pushing to get “back at it” and getting blasted with pollen here in Oak Ridge put me in bed with the worst case of broncitis I have had in years.  3 days of nothing but bed rest.
  • And finally – our annual 6 day golf trip starts tomorrow April 24. So no play, no practice ahead of the trip for about 2 weeks.  Not the best way to build confidence!

I realized that all of this was leading me to a personal RESET – just stepping back and relaxing, accepting where I am – so that I can Come Back Stronger.!  The golf this coming week – it will be what it will be – and who knows, maybe being in a more “not caring” mode will help me produce some great results.  

So my next post will be on Wednesday May 1 – most likely not a podcast, but I will be back!  

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ALSO!! – Tuesday April 30 – the day after I return from my golf trip – I look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Mizuno Demo Day and also this year a Centennial Golf Academy Open House!  Come with lots of your golfing friends from noon to about 7 pm (the Demo Day times are from 2 pm to 6 pm) – and I will give you a personal tour of my Custom Fitting and Putting Instruction Facility at Centennial.  I would love to meet you then!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

How About Some Tiger Training!

How About Some Tiger Training

For Your Iron Set Makeup!

Some Tiger Training

Yesterday my wife Diane and I returned from a “bucket list” trip to France – we did a wonderful Viking Cruise.  But wait – no watching the Masters – ug!!  Well, I was able to learn that I could do text messaging from 30,000 feet for free, and my son David and friend Jack Bagocus filled me in while I was on the plane.  I found it particularly interesting to learn that he aimed left of the pin on #12 – where ALL of the greats aim when they play their best.  Guess he knows what he is doing.

Tiger knows a bit about what he is doing about his iron set makeup too.  Last night, I checked on line to see if the iron set lofts he is playing were posted (he plays TaylorMade irons built specifically for him) – and you can see what these are in the picture below…

You should recall from reading posts here in the past that most PGA Tour players play 6 iron lofts of 30 degrees, and typically 4 degree loft gaps.  Tiger though plays with a set that has a 6 iron loft of 32.5 degrees.  No not typical 30 degree standard lofts, and no not the “juiced” lofts that are sold by many companies in some of their iron sets.  32.5 degree loft 6 iron.  He has played these lofts for many years – and since is his I think the best iron approach shot golfer in the world – he must know something.

Being “fit” – or “pseudo fit” for irons that have strong lofts – 26 degree 6 irons? – might make you feel good about how far you hit your 6 iron – and may give you more 6 iron distance – but also may give you less consistency throughout your set.  Tiger has this figured out, don’t you think – if stronger lofts were better, you can guarantee he would play them!

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In case you normally do not receive it, here is the link to my monthly golf improvement newsletter – which came out earlier today…

Game Improvement Golf April 2019 Newsletter

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

127 – Max-Out Your Driving Distance! – Adam Young Interview

Adam Young Shares “The Tech” To Help You

Maximize YOUR Driving Distance!

Driving Distance Welcome to Episode 127 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create Exceptional Golf Clubs – You Shoot Lower Scores!

Show Notes:  

Welcome back Adam Young from Adam Young Golf – author of the best-selling book The Practice Manual.

  • Adam shares some of the recent changes in his life – in particular, his recent move with his wife to Las Vegas, and how they decided to relocate there.
  • Tour Pros who hit the ball far launch the ball HIGH – in the range of 135 feet at the apex.  He shares why this is no surprise to him, and how Tour Pros now work to optimize their driving launch and spin.
  • Adam personally taught himself to increase his driving distance by about 50 yards!  He shares some of the discoveries he made when he created this personal change.
  • In his most recent video, on “3 Things To Guarantee Distance For Golf,” he showed a great chart comparing Average and Optimal Driver Smash Factor, Launch, and Spin.  He talks about the importance of optimizing these three parameters to hit the ball far!
  • Adam shares some of the Concepts (a key word!) he often uses with golfers to help them self-learn to optimize their driving performance.
  • He shares some of his personal knowledge for helping older golfers and female golfers hit their drives longer.  A few surprises here!!
  • Finally, Adam shares how the information in his Strike Plan and Next Level Golf programs can help golfers who want to optimize their club performance and play their best golf.

Thanks Adam for your tireless efforts to create useful golf improvement content for golfers!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Adam Young and Adam Young GolfCLICK HERE!

Learn about Adam’s bestselling book The Practice Manual CLICK HERE!

 

Shout Out! Thanks to Roy Nix, the President and Founder of the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals – AGCP – for your tireless efforts to help true custom fitters learn and improve the art and science of club fitting and club building!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

70!! – Thank You Single Length Irons!

Single Length Irons Are NOT A Fad!!

Single Length Irons

Well readers, I have been Double Jealous for about a week.  In a recent AGCP forum blog post, Gene Brosky of Brosky Golf in Nashville, TN dropped this little goodie.  He is 79 years old, and recently shot 70 – and had his 4th hole-in-one in the past 3 years.  I now call him Mr. 70!!  He did all of this (including all of his hole-in-ones) playing with his Wishon Single-Length Irons shafted with Aerotech SteelFiber i 70 A flex shafts.

Gene’s results are not a fluke.  I recently did a fitting with a golfer who was intrigued with the idea of Sterling single-length irons.  He also was fit with Aerotech shafts – in this case Aerotech SteelFiber i 80 A parallel tip shafts.  Here are some of the things he shared with me about the performance of his new irons…

“My goal setting out was easy-to-hit, arthritis-friendly, one-length golf clubs. Tony at Game Improvement Golf accomplished this for me and more.  I love the way the clubs hit, and have no intention of going back to traditional length irons.  More specifically, the shorter 5 and 6 irons were a hoot from the start to hit – no break-in period.  One surprise for me with the Sterling club head – Aerotech SteelFiber shaft combination is extremely straight hitting.  I am not sure if the shaft or club is responsible, but my default shot is a straight ball for the first time in my golfing life!”  

Some may think that these are isolated results, and that single-length irons are a fad.  Well – large changes often start out with skepticism.  One pretty good golfer – Greg Norman – recently said this about “if I had to do it over again” and playing single-length irons.

Single Length Irons are NOT a fad!! If you are intrigued about playing with single-length irons – and are looking for someone who is a true custom club fitter who has a full single-length iron fitting system – well you know who to contact!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

126 – RotexMotion Returns! – Dr. Joe LaCaze Interview

Dr. Joe LaCaze And RotexMotion Returns!

Restore Joint Flexibility

Greatly Reduce Muscle Stiffness And Pain

RotexMotion Welcome to Episode 126 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

Show Notes:

Welcome back Dr. Joe LaCaze – inventor of the RotexMotion exercise system and machine.

  • Joe shares with us His Story – how his personal health history lead him to develop the RotexMotion system and machine.
  • Three years ago he developed a portable version of the RotexMotion machine.  He shares why he developed this version, and the value of it for all of us.
  • So Joe – are Rotex exercises to good to be true? – I mean simple exercises that can be done in 5 to 10 minutes each day?  Joe talks about why Rotex delivers real results in short periods of use.
  • I talked about why a significant amount of my knee pain went away when I started using Rotex again – and Joe shares why he was not surprised!
  • The “RotexMotion Handheld” device is fairly new.  He shares how the handheld device was developed, how it works, and its benefits for  golfers and all of us. 
  • Joe has created a great partnership with Mike Romatowski and his Mach3 Golf Speed Training System.  He shares the fun story about how this relationship started, and the value of Rotex for Mike’s training system.
  • Finally, Joe shares some wonderful Success Stories – Rotex works!!

Thank You Joe for the amazing things you are doing to help golfers and all of us improve our golf and our personal lifestyles!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn about RotexMotion and Dr. Joe LaCazeCLICK HERE!!

Watch RotexMotion Exercise VideosCLICK HERE!!

 

SHOUT OUT!! – To my brilliant custom club fitting friend – Brian Morrissey from Power Golf in Ontario, Canada!  For first letting me know about Rotex, and for all you have taught me about true custom club fitting.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Fairway Wood “WRIGHT” Fitting Magic!

Yep – Fairway Wood “WRIGHT” Fitting Magic!

ACTUALLY – What TRUE Custom Fitters Do…

Fairway Wood "WRIGHT" Fitting Magic

Doctor WRIGHT Is In!  Actually, I hope you enjoy first reading what my friend Dr. Brandon Horvath wrote me about the work I did to help him create – as he said – his 4 wood weapon!

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“Tony has helped me over the last several years learn about how important it is to find the optimal weight/feel of golf clubs, and how it is measured through the MOI of the entire club.  That number, which is personal, and thus difficult for anyone but a custom club fitter to help you with, is critical to your clubs feeling like weapons in your hands.

An example was my recent upgrade to a Ping G400 fairway wood.  We measured the club, and it was very light for my feel – even though the swingweight was “correct!”  After consulting with Tony, we decided to get a heavier weight for the head, and the club performance immediately improved!

I recently played in a tournament in San Diego where I hit one on a par 5 into the wind from 236 yards, to about 15 feet!  Again, just this past week, on a difficult driving hole with OB right and water left, I hit the fairway wood off the tee 256 yards down the middle!  

Having a club that feels “right” in your hands is really important to making sure your clubs work for you and not against you – and only your custom club fitter can do that!!”

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The start of my efforts with Brandon are as important as the end result.  Brandon wants superior performance from his golf clubs, and he trusts me to create that for him.  Brandon and I know the best total club MOI for his driver that feels best and creates best performance (about 2890).  I find from experience that most often the MOI of a golfer’s best-fit fairway woods will be close to that of his or hers best-fit drivers.

Above Brandon said at the start his 4 wood felt “light” – was it ever!  We found a new screw-in weight for his 4 wood – adding about 14 grams of weight to the club.  The final 4 wood MOI was 2880 – on the money!  And interestingly – the final 4 wood “swingweight” was D-6 – you will not find clubs with that high a swingweight “off the rack.”  The results for Brandon speak for themselves.

Weight Fitting For Fairway Woods Is Hugely Important For EXCEPTIONAL Performance.  Just part of what I – and other true custom club fitters – do!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY