2019 Podcast Highlights 2!

2019 Podcast Highlights 2

MORE Information To Improve YOUR Golf Game!

2019 Podcast Highlights 2

Welcome to Episode 144 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:  The second highlights podcast for podcast episodes completed in 2019!

  • (133) – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris – Creating Putting Stories
  • (134) – Mike Romatowski – Principles for Creating Speed
  • (135) – Scott Young – Directness!
  • (136) – Lance Reader – Driver “Migration” and Bulge and Roll
  • (137) – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris – Importance of 3rd Shots!
  • (138) – AGCP Roundtable 14 – Lie Fitting, and Lead Tape!
  • (139) – David Orr – What Do Tour Players Practice?
  • (140) – Jaacob Bowden – Benefits of Single Length Irons
  • (141) – 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference – Putting Matrix and Toolbox
  • (142) – Mike McFadden – Out To In Tasks, And ONE THING!

Shout Out!

To Gary Nicol, Karl Morris, Mike Romatowski, Scott Young, Lance Reader, David Orr, Jaacob Bowden, and Mike McFadden.

THANK YOU for sharing your golf improvement expertise and knowledge with golfers and with me in 2019!

 

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2019 Podcast Highlights 1!

2019 Podcast Highlights 1

Information to Improve YOUR Golf Game!

2019 Podcast Highlights 1

Welcome to Episode 142 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information in true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Show Notes:  The first highlight podcast for podcast episodes completed in 2019!

  • (122) – Paul Dewland – “Visible” and “Invisible” Skills
  • (123) – David Orr – The Putter Itself, and Speed Control
  • (124) – Gavin Parker –  The Easy and Hard of Teaching Young Golfers
  • (125) – Tom Sterner – “You Have to Be There!”
  • (126) – Joe LaCaze – Changing the Paradigm
  • (127) – Adam Young – Conscious and Unconscious Concepts
  • (129) – Craig Isabel – Target / No Target / Wholeness
  • (130) – Bruce Rearick – Plumbers Neck Hosels / Putting Performance
  • (131) – Eric Burch – Why Club Companies Like New Level Golf?
  • (132) – Ernie Reynolds – Why Club Companies Like Eagle Rebirth?

Shout Out!  

To Paul Dewland, David Orr, Gavin Parker, Tom Sterner, Joe LaCaze, Adam Young, Craig Isabel, Bruce Rearick, Eric Burch, and Ernie Reynolds.

THANK YOU for sharing your golf improvement expertise with me and with golfers in 2019!!

 

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Tony

 

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2019 – A “Breakthrough” Year?

2019 – A “Breakthrough” Year?

“Do The Right Things The Right Way…”

2019 - A "Breakthrough" Year?

What makes a “breakthrough” year?  Can you have one when: a) you have prostate surgery and a three-month recovery, b) and so for three months your golf business is on hold, and c) you play only 30 rounds of golf, and in fact have not played for the last 6 weeks because of weather and other distractions?

Well, here are some facts, and you can let me know what you think!

  • The surgery was very successful, and I am pretty much back “my old self.” Yes, tests every 3 months to be sure no cancer lurks (having one of these tests today), but all in all fortunate that this went well.  
  • And – as the picture in this post shows – I turned 70 and had an amazing birthday celebration!
  • My true custom fitting toolbox got larger – significantly improved driver fittings (shorter and heavier), ability to fit hybrids correctly, lie angle fittings the right way, and knowing how best to fit single-length irons for a variety of golfer’s needs.
  • My putting instruction toolbox also got larger – from the ability to quickly see what golfers are doing to create poor strokes, and also from being better at knowing when the putter itself is a big issue for stroke problems.
  • THE Golf Improvement Podcast (142 episodes) was recognized as one of the Top 25 golf improvement podcasts in the world!
  • Yes, I only played 30 rounds of golf.  But for 8 of them my score was below 80, and I shot 74 once (best score in a few years).  My pitching and sand game improved, and I created a new motor learning pattern and my putting yips are gone.  And recently my driver swing speed has started to climb back up to close to where it was before my surgery (thank you Rotex!!).

What the heck IS a breakthrough year?  Well, I’m sure, or even if 2019 was one for me.  But I do know that doing these things can help create one…

  • Being dedicated to loving to learn and to learning new things every day.
  • Realizing every day that there is still a lot you can learn about anything.
  • For golf, finding something you can do every day to improve – even if you cannot get to the golf course.  This is what your basement is for, right?
  • And finally, knowing that these words from my mental performance coach friend Paul Dewland are true…

“If you do the right things the right way,

it is impossible not to get better.”

 

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Tony

 

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142 – Golf Problem Solving! – Mike McFadden Interview

Golf Problem Solving! – With Mike McFadden

“The Task Leads To The Solution”

Golf Problem Solving!

Welcome to Episode 142 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 Mike McFadden – 38 year PGA golf professional, and Sports Director at the Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort in Jakobsberg, Germany.

  • Mike shares some of his most fun golf and learning experiences from 2019.
  • Why focus on tasks to accomplish to improve your golf game and scores?
  • Mike shares some favorite tasks he helps golfers to accomplish to improve their golf club path and face angle control.  And especially for those outside-to-inside path golfers!
  • He talks about tasks to help improving driver angle of attack – and how improving this is often connected to improving club face path and face control.
  • Controlling Low Point in the golf swing is a major skill – and Mike shares tasks and visuals he assigns golfers to improve this skill.
  • Distance control is important in ALL golf shots – and he presents a variety of tasks he assigns golfers to improve in this area.
  • The ONE THING he would love to have all golfers improve!!
  • And finally Mike’s Final Words for golfers – Have Fun on the golf course!

Mike THANKS For Sharing Your Knowledge (AND For The Jingle!)

Useful Web Links:

View videos on Mike McFadden’s web site – CLICK HERE!!

The Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort web site – CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To my two most valuable custom fitting mentors in 2019 – Keith ChathamPrecisionFit Golf – and Bert ReichGooder Custom Golf Clubs.  

THANKS for all of the great true custom fitting insights this year!

 

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Tony

 

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OPTIMUM Driver Length – THANKS Golf Magazine!

Your Personal Optimum Driver Length:

Thank You Golf Magazine!

OPTIMUM Driver Length

The Golf Magazine article below is one of the best I have seen about driver lengths on the PGA Tour…

Golf Magazine – Average Driver Length on the PGA Tour

The content of the article pretty much stands for itself, and I hope you enjoy reading it.  Just a few additional comments…

  • The quoted average Tour driver length – 44-3/4 inches – is close to the 44-1/2 inch average I have seen quoted in the past.
  • The advice to add weight – by adding head weight or a heavier shaft – if you shorten your driver is sound.
  • I COMMEND Cobra Golf for creating a “Tour Length” 44-1/2 inch option driver – of course, maybe this can be a “mortal golfer” length too?
  • One inaccuracy – if you have a true driver custom fitting, you are not likely to lose distance with an optimized length shorter driver.  You are likely to hit the ball farther and straighter.
  • One final thought – I just wonder – if Tour average is 44-3/4 inches – what is the average driver length played by non-Tour golfers who have not had a true custom fitting?

Again – THANK YOU Golf Magazine!

 

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Tony

 

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141 – Coordination! – 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference

Coordination Was A Major Focus Area

At The 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference!

Coordination

Welcome to Episode 141 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 shares some of his personal highlights from the 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference held on December 7-8, 2019 at the Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.

The presenters and titles of their presentations:

  • David Orr: “7 Principles of Putting Performance”
  • Paul Dewland: “Mental Skills: The Origin of Stories”
  • Biv Wadden IV: “Stroke Times and Acceleration Profiles”
  • Tim Briand: “Putter Fitting Matrix and Tool Box”
  • David Orr: “Your Putter: Helping or Hurting”
  • Dr. Rob Neal: “Generating Speed in 3D”
  • David Orr: “”Coaching the Big Picture in Putting”

Another fabulous putting improvement learning event.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Useful Web Links:

The Flatstick Academy web site – CLICK HERE!!

Find Flatstick Certified Putting InstructorsCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Biv Wadden IV and his deceased friend and Indy Putting Lab partner Leith Anderson – Leith you are missed by many in the custom club fitting and putting instruction community.

 

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Tony

 

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Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

Thanks To All The Presenters

Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

It is Sunday night, about 8 pm.  Usually I write my blog on Monday mornings.  But this week I will be driving home from attending the 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference held at Pine Needles Lodge in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Quite truthfully tonight I am gassed, from fighting a cold that started about 3 days ago.  But what a great two days of putting presentations and information shared!

THANKS to all of the presenters – David Orr (who did 3 presentations), Paul Dewland, Biv Wadden, Tim Briand, and Dr. Rob Neal.  And about 25 other attendees at the event.

I learned a LOT and took 41 pages of notes – including many nuggets to help me be a better putting instructor and coach, and also to help my personal putting performance.  

Thanks again David Orr and everyone at the conference!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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140 – Sterling Single-Length Irons Revisited! – Jaacob Bowden Interview

Update On Sterling Single-Length Irons:

Master ONE Golf Swing!

Sterling Single-Length Irons Revisited!

Welcome to Episode 140 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:

Interview with Jaacob Bowden – Co-Creator (with Tom Wishon) of the Sterling Single-Length Irons.

  • Jaacob provides a personal update on things he has been involved with in the past 2 years.
  • He shares his thoughts on how the single-length iron concept has progressed in the golf world.
  • Jaacob talks about the major benefits of single-length irons for golfers – and any specific classes of golfers who can benefit the most from playing them.
  • He discusses the benefits of single-length – in particular – for beginner and high-handicap golfers.
  • His web site has guidelines for single-length iron setups that work best for different classes of golfers.  Jaacob shares his thoughts about these criteria.
  • He shares a few of his favorite single-length iron success stories.
  • Finally, Jaacob shares some Final Thoughts on the future of single-length irons for golfers, and when they should consider playing them.

Thanks Jaacob!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Sterling Single-Length IronsCLICK HERE!!

Learn more about Jaacob BowdenCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Bob Simms, Head Coach of the St. John Fisher Golf Teams – and a good friend.  Bob and Dan Wesley, Head Coach of the University of Rochester Golf Program, will be starting an exciting new podcast in about six months.  

The 3-minute discussion I had with Bob Simms about their new podcast is in my podcast episode today.  But you can also listened to it at THIS LINK.

 

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Tony

 

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Change SOMETHING – Yippee!

I Decided To Change SOMETHING…

And Achieved Some AMAZING Results!

Change SOMETHING

Two “unrelated” but maybe related things happened recently that I will share with you here.  Both I think are at least partly the result of my decision to change something related to my body and my golf…

 

  • For about the past two months I have been struggling with significant lower back pain.  I have been doing weekly physical therapy for my back, and also some focused RotexMotion exercises that Dr. Joe LaCaze suggested to me. I knew that part of the issue for me is my sleeping posture, and that I needed to find a way to lie in bed that did not stress my back.  Well – yesterday I found a way to lie down that seemed to take help – and IMMEDIATELY no more back pain.  It was hard to believe – and I have not had pain for the past two days.  I believe the change in my back pain resulted from the COMBINATION of all of my recent improvement efforts.

 

  • More than 2 years ago I started having the putting stroke yips.  My “cure” had been to putt with a claw grip – but I have never enjoyed that.  About a month ago committed to a number of “small” but I think significant changes.  At the recent AGCP Roundtable, my friend Keith Chatham suggested I experiment with a large counterweight in my putter shaft located under my right hand – and I installed a 100 gram Opti Vibe weight 3 inches down the shaft.  I also: a) changed to a full swing overlap grip for my putting, b) changed my putting stroke movement pattern, where I now control speed more in my torso and arms; c) practiced the stroke changes every day for at least 10 minutes in my basement; and d) during practice on the putting green hit a lot of really long putts using the new stroke, and did a lot of distance control practice.  Result – in the last two rounds of golf No Putting Yips!

 

Do The Same Things – Get The Same Results

Change Things – Different EXCITING Results Are Possible!

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My partner at the Centennial Golf Academy – PGA Professional Des Mahoney – recently attended a Mach 3 Speed Training Session held in Nashville, TN.  He came back energized by the potential of Mach 3 – and on December 7 will offer a Speed Training session for golfers.  Click THIS LINK for more details!

 

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Guaranteed Speed Improvement Results!

Guaranteed Club Speed Increase – Des Mahoney, PGAMach 3 Speed Training

I recently completed the Mach 3 Speed Training workshop with Mike Romatowski and the experience confirmed my belief that Speed Training will absolutely improve the kinematics and sequence patterns in every golfer. Quote: “Allow greater speed to improve  your mechanics, not the other way around. This intention spawns the technique, not vice versa!” – Mike Romatowski

Golf Speed Training is non-technical. Bogging down in the intricacies of swing technique is like letting the air out of the tires on a dragster. There are two components that universally help all golfers swing faster:

1) Set up in a dynamic, athletic, and balanced posture

2) Create the most speed past the ball.

It is critical to understand that the inside moves the outside, in all stick sports. Ben Hogan said, “The action of the arms is motivated by the movements of the body, and the hands consciously do nothing but maintain a firm grip on the club.” In other words, speed in golf is the result of energy from the rotational center (the body / inside), transferring to the motion of the outside (the hands and arms).

Many golfers (and coaches) question whether getting faster compromises the accuracy and solidity of the strike. Speed optimizes efficiency and efficiency promotes better accuracy. So, we should learn and train our speed & power first, with guidance from a certified specialist, using tools that promote learning and feel, with less clutter. 

The training sessions are not physically difficult and involve a warmup routine and moving from station to station, utilizing the speed training tools. We used a variety of unique teaching aids, which helped me to feel that the core of the body was sending the energy into my arms, producing more speed. I gained 4 miles per hour, which is an extra 12 yards off the tee, and I know that I can add to that!  

I am offering a special Speed Training package of 4 Speed Training sessions, plus a Jetstick Speed Training tool for $399. Each student will bring their driver to each session and we will test for increased driver swing speed at the beginning and end of each session. I guarantee that you will be hitting it farther after this training.

 The speed training sessions will run on Saturdays from 9-11 am starting on Dec 7 and class size is limited. 

 Contact Des at 865-919-2126 to register or for any questions.