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

 

125 – Be The Observer! – Tom Sterner Interview

Tom Sterner Shares More Insights

For Great Golf And For Life!

Tom Sterner

Welcome to Episode 125 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 Tom Sterner – Founder of The Practicing Mind Institute, and author of The Practicing Mind and Fully Engaged.

  • Tom spoke at the 2018 Golf Association of America Convention (GCAA) in December, and he shares some of his insights from this experience.
  • As a result of his GCAA  presentation, he is helping some college golf teams – he talks about how he is helping these teams and their golfers to play their best in competitions.
  • Tom provided some personal guidance to help me improve my short game performance – information you can use for your game!
  • He shared some thoughts about the information in his second book – Fully Engaged – and how we change as we are developing skills – “In a way, it’s ironic…”
  • Finally, Tom shares a story and insights on the critical importance of Setting Goals Using Accurate Data – and how doing so can help us realize our golf and life goals.

It was great to have you back Tom – THANKS for more great guidance for all of us!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Tom Sterner – Click HERE!

Purchase Tom’s second book Fully EngagedClick HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT to my inspiring friend and true custom club fitter

Bert ReichGooder Custom Golf Clubs in Saskatchewan, Canada!!  

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Simple Facts About Driver Ball Speed!

Driver Ball Speed Facts

And EXCEPTIONAL Driving Performance!

Driver Ball Speed

DJ, Justin, Brooks, Phil, and many others are bombing their drives.  And I recently saw a Twitter post talking about Ball Speed Wars in terms of comparing the performance of the new OEM driver head options that are available for golfers.

So – since I like to share the truth with those of you here – what is the Truth, and what are the Facts, about Driver Ball Speed?  The truth and the facts are based on some simple information – so read on and find out!

Yes, one of the things that can help golfers to drive the ball longer is Driver Ball Speed.  

  • Ball Speed comes from two main things – Driver Swing Speed – how fast we swing the golf club, and 
  • How well we Transfer Energy to the golf ball to create Driver Ball Speed.  Energy transfer is captured by a term called Smash Factor which is…
  • Smash Factor = Ball Speed divided by Swing Speed.
  • My very smart friend Dave Tutelman wrote an article how to calculate Smash Factor in THIS LINK.  Smash Factor depends on golf ball and golf club mass, golf club loft, distance you miss the sweet spot of the club face, AND…
  • The Coefficient of Restitution – COR – of the club face.  Most of you I think have heard the term COR.  It is basically the “springiness” of the clubface.
  • The USGA and the R/A rule is that the COR of a club face cannot exceed 0.83.  And every driver being built and designed for maximum performance is being built with a COR as close as possible to 0.83.
  • Because the COR of all driver designs is as close to 0.83 as possible, the Maximum Achievable Driver Smash Factor for all new drivers is between about 1.48 and 1.50.  

So here is the punch line related to all of these facts….

For ALL Well-Designed Drivers

The Maximum Achieveable Ball Speed

Is 1.48 to 1.50 Times A Golfer’s Driver Swing Speed 

In 2019 – In 2020 – In 2025 – In 2030 – In All Future Years

Or Unless The USGA Changes The COR Face Rule.

So you are looking to be fit for a new driver with the desire to hit the golf ball farther?  Here are some simple suggestions…

  • If you hit a driver and the emphasis is totally on driver ball speed and you find one that gives you greater ball speed than your present driver – well, you might accept these results and spend your $500 for that driver. OR you might want to be sure your driver ball speed is optimized
  • Testing for ball speed is not enough if you want optimum performance.  A true custom fitter will also look at smash factor, and will be sure to find out if you are making center face driver contact consistently.
  • And yes there is much more to finding an optimum driver for your game – like launch angle, ball spin, face angle and path at impact.
  • Finally, just a thought – There Are No Short Cuts To Exceptional!

Now you know the Truth About Driver Ball Speed – not everyone does, glad you are here to let me share it with you!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

124 – Planting Golf Seeds! – Gavin Parker Interview

Gavin Parker Is Planting Golf Seeds

And Growing Our Great Game!!

Planting Golf Seeds

Welcome to Episode 124 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 Gavin Parker – PGA Member and Academy Director at the Salisbury Golf Academy at the Salisbury Golf Club in Midlothian, VA.

  • Gavin shares His Story – what drew him to golf and becoming a PGA Teaching Professional.
  • In addition, he shares what drew him to focus on teaching young children to play golf.
  • Gavin shares his enthusiasm for using “Operation 36” and “Birdie Basics” in his teaching programs, and the benefits of these for young golfers.
  • He discusses how he works with young golfers to help them grow a passion for our game, and to develop their own abilities for being self-motivated to improve their games.
  • Gavin talks about his “secret weapon” tool – his enthusiasm! – to help young golfers to learn and enjoy golf.
  • He shares his views on what is easy and what is difficult about teaching young golfers.
  • Gavin discusses how he translates what he does with young golfers to his teaching of adults.
  • Finally, Gavin shares some of his personal Success Stories, and some Final Words for parents, young children, and golfers who want to play their best and be their best!

Gavin THANKS for sharing your amazing enthusiasm and knowledge with young golfers!

Useful Web Links:

Learn about Gavin Parker and the Salisbury Golf AcademyClick HERE!

Learn about “Operation 36”Click HERE!

Learn about “Birdie Basics”Click HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT! – To PGA Professional Susie Meyers and here terrific golf improvement book Golf From Point A – and THANKS for your help Suzie!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!

My Personal “Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!”

Shoot My Age Golf Improvement Plan!

Hit It Longer - Make More Putts!

Here in Tennessee the weather has been ABYSMAL!!  But why not look for opportunities in the midst of the ugliness…they are always there. 

I will be 70 years old in August, and believe that – if I do the right things daily and focus on daily improvement – shooting my age is possible.  I shot 74 three times last year, and in at least one of these rounds I lost a few strokes in the last few holes because I chose to feel pressure about creating a great scoring round. My handicap is 7 – the lowest I think it has been in about 10 years.  

A great recent article – from Richie Hunt – helped me get excited about creating a move forward plan to CREATING THE POTENTIAL to shooting my age.  The main point of Richie’s article is what he calls the “Power To Putting Principle”“Essentially the further the golfer hits the ball off the tee, the more likely the average birdie putt will be shorter in length.”  

So how do I see Richie’s “Power To Putting Principle” applying to me – and maybe to you out there who want to Play Great Golf as you are getting a little older….

  • At my level of play, shorter birdie putts would be great – but also just the ability to hit shorter clubs into greens can pay off to the potential for lower scores.
  • My present driver – Wishon 919 11.5 degrees loft, 44-1/4 inches long, Aldila Rogue Elite Blue 65 R shaft, MOI 2850 – is a terrific fit for me.  At my present 88 mph swing speed, my great shots carry about 210 yards and roll out to 230 yards (sometimes longer).  And my shot dispersion is good when I create good swings.
  • But I am also a realist.  As I keep aging, unless I do something, my swing speed will decrease and my driving distance will decrease.  I am not ready for that to happen yet!
  • I think I would rather aspire to INCREASING my swing speed  – to in the range of 95 mph – and so as Richie suggests increase my potential to score lower.

Some of my club fitting and putting improvement friends – my age – have used the SuperSpeed Golf System to increase their swing speeds by at least 10 mph.  Oh, and this is the system “Phil” used to recently increase his swing speed by 6 mph. So it’s TIME – I cannot wait for my system to arrive!!

Yes there is way more to scoring low than longer drives (like mental game, course management, great iron play, and a great short game including putting). But a well-fit driver that is easy to hit with minimal shot dispersion – and a commitment to a daily habit of working to increase my driver swing speed – it’s going to be a fun ride!  I will keep you all in the loop about my progress.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

123 – Putting Speed Control! – David Orr Interview

Putting Speed Control Golden Wisdom

From Putting Coach David Orr!

Putting Speed Control

Welcome to Episode 123 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 David Orr – world-renowned putting coach and creator of the Flatstick Academy at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, NC.

  • David shares his delight at the results from the First Flatstick Putting Conference held at Pine Needles in December of 2018.
  • He talks about why he wanted to discuss the importance of Speed Control in Putting Performance.
  • David discusses what he calls “Speed Killers” – and the importance of understanding Speed Generators and Energy Transfer issues in controlling speed.
  • “Short Backstroke And Accelerate Through The Ball” – one of the Biggest Lies about Putting Speed Control.  He shares details to help golfers overcome this lie.
  • David talks about how well-fit putters can help golfers improve their Speed Control.
  • He shares his thoughts on some great “Concept Aids” and “Understanding Aids” to help golfers learn the right concepts to control speed.
  • Finally, David shared a brilliant story to demonstrate that when golfers “Do Their Job” that performance anxiety can be reduced and putting performance can be improved!!

Fabulous interview and information for golfers DavidTHANKS!!

Useful Web Links:

Finding David Orr at the Flatstick AcademyCLICK HERE!

Finding a Flatstick Certified Putting InstructorCLICK HERE!

Learn about the new Spider Putt AppCLICK HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT! – Bob Williams, The Pasadena Clubfitter – CLICK HERE!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY