An “Elegant” MOI Golf Club Matching Success Story!

MOI Golf Club Matching – LOWER SCORES

WAY TO GO Jim Brosnan!

MOI Club Matching

One dictionary definition of Elegant is (of a scientific theory or solution to a problem) pleasingly ingenious and simple.”  I think this applies to an MOI club matching success one of my golfing friends – Jim Brosnan – had with me last week.

About a year ago Jim visited me (he now calls my shop THE LAB – I like that!) to have me check the specs of his clubs.  I demonstrated to him the value of MOI golf club matching for some of his clubs.

A few months ago, he decided it was time for him to get some new irons.  He wanted a brand of iron that I do not carry, and was fit for these.  However, he also knew that there was another level of fitting that he could obtain from me – so he paid another visit to me to check his new clubs.

Before our session, I asked him to be sure to hit all of his clubs and provide me with some impressions of their performance.  He said two things in particular. There was one club, his new 5 iron, that just felt terrific to hit.  And he was not having good success with his shorter irons and was hitting a lot of thin shots.

A year ago, his “best performance” club MOI was 2726 kg-cm2.  He wondered if his new 5 iron would have an MOI somewhere close to 2726.  Well yes – 2724 – awesome!

So my “elegant” approach to adjusting his irons was to add lead tape to the hosels of his 6 iron through pitching wedge to achieve an MOI of 2724.  For example – I added 2 grams of tape to the 6 iron, and 7 grams of lead tape to the pitching wedge.

His report on the performance of his MOI adjusted irons? The short irons now performed great, the longer irons “were like rockets,” and he shot his Lowest Score Of The Year this past Friday!

Moment Of Inertia matching – rather than Swingweight Matching – is important to everything I do to help golfers to Shoot Lower Scores.  But YOU are the hero of this story Jim – for trusting me with your golf clubs – THANK YOU! 

 

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Kevin Na – And YOUR Golfing Superpower!

Kevin Na Has Talent And MORE

How About YOU?

Kevin Na

Ok how about these stats – a phenomenal 14.5 Strokes Gained Putting for the week – and a PGA Tour record 556 feet, 7 inches of putts made – these were the stats of Kevin Na this weekend at the Shriners Hospital for Children Tournament. He is an amazing putter, but goodness this is being on, right?  Read this article about his performance at this weekend’s event…

Golf World – Kevin Na’s Winners Bag

But I think there is much more to him that has allowed him to win 3 tour events in the past 30 months.  Take the time to read this article that I found last night about him and his journey in his life and on the tour…

Golf Magazine – Kevin Na, A Case Study

Yes I think putting is one of his golf “superpowers,” but maybe just one of them. Maybe also maybe course management skills.  And maybe also GRIT and ACCEPTANCE.  I mean, making a triple bogey in the final round of a Tour event and winning?  

So how about YOU?  Do you have a personal superpower in your game, one that you can always rely on?  Is there one that you know you can develop?  Food for thought!

KEEP IT UP, KEVIN NA!!

 

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136 – Long Drive And MORE! – Lance Reader Interview

Long Drive And Krank Golf:

Insights For Us “Mortal” Golfers!

Long Drive

Welcome to Episode 136 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 Lance Reader – Owner of Krank Golf (22 World Long Drive Champions!) in Tempe, Arizona.

  • Lance shares His Story – how he got into the world of Long Drive and why he started Krank Golf.
  • He shares some “on the inside” observations from the recent World Championships.
  • Lance describes what long drivers typically look like in terms of lengths, lofts, etc.  And a few surprising insights!
  • He talks about some of the characteristics of Long Drive Shafts – and the VERY interesting shaft that Kyle Berkshire – 2019 World Champion – is presently using.
  • He shares some of the most important technology considerations related to high performance heads.  I learned a fascinating word – MIGRATION!
  • The Female competitors have swing speeds in the range of 120 mph!  Lance shares some of the differences between the drivers that the Female and Senior competitors use.
  • He describes some of the differences between the Krank long drive heads and the heads they offer for golfers with a lot lower swing speeds.
  • Lance talks about his most fun Success Story from past Long Drive Competitions.
  • Finally – Lance shares some Final Words on the future of Long Drive, and things all of us can do to improve our driving performance and our golf games!

Thanks Lance – KEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn More about Lance Reader and Krank GolfCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Chris Hillary (owner) and Chris Jorgenson (CJ) from Aerotech GolfAerotech SteelFiber graphite composite shafts are my personal go-to shafts for golfers over the age of 50.  And Chris and CJ provide me with exceptional customer service for the shafts I order from them. Thanks Guys!!

 

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I Love “Chopsticks!”

The “Chopsticks” Putting Drill

Simple And Effective Putting Improvement!

Chopsticks

Today’s post was going to be related to custom fitting. But THEN I saw a Golf.com article with David OrrFlatstick Academy – demonstrating the Chopsticks Putting Drill.  You need to see this one today! – and so here is the link…

Chopsticks Putting Drill

David showed this drill to me and others at a Flatstick training a few years ago.  It is simple, inexpensive – two alignment sticks and two rubber bands – and the most effective drill I use with golfers for many putting issues.

Many golfers “suffer” from a concept and myth called The Accelerating Putting Stroke.  Short backstroke, long follow through.  Maximum putter speed past impact.  It is a major reason a lot of golfers cannot create great Speed Control in their putting.  When I have them get the feel of a more CONNECTED putting stroke using the Chopsticks Drill, everyone immediately gets it – and they are on the road to an improved stroke and better speed control.  In addition, sometimes issues like pushed and pulled putts immediately improve when golfers create a more connected stroke.

So as David said in the article – super smooth! – give Chopsticks A Try!

 

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135 – ULTRALEARNING! – Scott Young Interview

Scott Young Talks About ULTRALEARNING

Mastering Hard Skills – Like Golf!!

ULTRALEARNING

Welcome to Episode 135 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 Scott Young – Author of the great new book ULTRALEARNING.

  • Scott shares His Story – what lead him down the path to Ultralearning, and some of his personal mindset about learning and taking on difficult and interesting improvement efforts.
  • He shares his definition of Ultralearning and some of the elements of it that are different from traditional forms of learning.
  • Scott lets us in on why he wrote this new book!
  • The book discusses 9 specific principles of Ultralearning projects. Scott shares his thoughts on my personal favorite – DIRECTNESS.
  • My second favorite principle is EXPERIMENTATION – and he discusses some of the most important characteristics of experimentation.
  • A friend recently shared this Lee Elder quote – “The best way to learn golf is to choose one department of the game and get good at it before branching out.”  Scott shares some of his ideas for implementing the book’s principles into improving our golf games!
  • Finally – Scott shares some final words of encouragement for golfers who want to create their own Ultralearning Projects to improve their golf performance.

THANKS For Sharing Some Great Information Scott!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn More about Scott Young and Ultralearning CLICK HERE!

Purchase Ultralearning on Amazon.com – CLICK HERE!

Shout Out! 

To Steven Yellin – Creator of the Fluid Motion Factor program – using Fluid Cues has been a “secret weapon” of my personal golf game!

 

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OWN Your Putter Grip!

OWN Your Putter Grip!

Correct Grip Installation MATTERS!

OWN Your Putter Grip

About a month ago I changed putters, to a Cleveland Huntington Beach 10. I love this putter, and I am making more putts!  I bought a Grip Master leather putter grip to install on the putter – I have always wanted one of these.  But while waiting for it to come, I installed my “old faithful” Winn Tour Pistol grip – and the lineup of the flat side of the grip looked ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.  For now, I am going to stick with the Winn!

Whenever I see a golfer, one of the first things I look at is the putter grip – has it been installed correctly?  Not twisted one way or another – so that the face can be open or closed at address?  There are many ways to install a putter grip correctly – using lasers, or by eyeball are examples.  My personal favorite is illustrated in the picture in this post – here is what I do…

  • I put the putter in my vice, and “zero” out the digital gauge that I have sitting on top of the vice surface.
  • I adjust the putter face so that I get as close as possible to a “90 degree” reading with the digital gauge on the face.
  • Then I install the grip, and visually look down the flat surface to see if it as a start looks to be installed correctly.
  • I then put the little flat plate in the picture on top of the flat surface of the grip – at different locations along the length – and visually see of the grip is installed correctly.
  • THEN I take the putter out of the vice.  And EVERY 10 MINUTES, for at least 30 minutes, I look at the lineup of the grip again and make small tiny adjustments as needed.  Sometimes putter grips can move a little right after they are installed – and I correct for this.
  • I also prefer – if at all possible – that the golfer is with me when I install his or her putter grip.  So that they can see for themselves if the grip is put on perfectly.

So What Does This Mean For YOU?  Here are some simple thoughts and suggestions.

  • First, the next time you get a chance – look at how your putter grip is installed on your putter!  Look down the flat side, and see – is it square, or twisted one way or another?  And is this the way you want it to be an expect it to be?
  • If you get a new putter grip installed, do not assume it will be installed perfectly.  Be there when it is installed if at all possible, and be sure it looks right to YOUR Eye.  It is YOUR Putter!!

 

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134 – Mach 3 Speed Training! – Mike Romatowski

Learn About Mach 3 Speed Training

Average Swing Speed Increase – 11.5 mph!!

Mach 3 Speed Training

Welcome to Episode 134 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 Mike Romatowski – creator of the Mach 3 Speed Training System.  Mike lives in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mike shares His Story – how he decided to get into the field of personal training and golf fitness.
  • He talks about what lead him to develop the Mach 3 Speed Training System for golfers.
  • Mike discusses some of the basic principles that can help all golfers create more speed in their golf swings – some information you may be surprised about!
  • He tells us what a typical Mach 3 training session “looks like” – some of the main things that happen in these sessions.  NOTETathata Golf was mentioned in this section of the podcast.
  • Mike notes some of the different Speed Training Tools that are used in the Mach 3 training.
  • He tells the “real story” about his connection with Joe LaCaze and the Rotex Motion training tools and process.
  • Mike lets us in on some of his favorite Mach 3 Success Stories – with golfers of all ages and abilities.
  • Finally – Make shares some Final Words for golfers who want to learn to Swing Faster!!

Thanks Mike – KEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!

Useful Web Links:

Learn More about Mike Romatowski and Mach 3CLICK HERE!!

Read “More About Mach 3”CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!  

The golfer’s and custom club fitter’s best friend – Tom Wishon from Wishon Golf Technology – now operated by Diamond Golf International. THANK YOU TOM for all of the amazing things you have done and continue to do to promote true custom club fitting!!

 

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YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!

Choose YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge Wisely:

To Help You To SHOOT Lower Scores!

YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge

Let’s talk today about the choice for YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!  However, before we start – enjoy this link about the History Of The Sand Wedge.

Rory McIlroy had a pretty good weekend at the Tour Championship!  I think it is instructive to look at his iron set makeup.  He plays Taylormade P730 irons – 6 iron loft 31 degrees and pitching wedge loft 47 degrees.  And his wedge lofts are 52, 56, and 60 degrees.  Pretty good gapping across his set of irons and wedges.

So he carries a 56 degree wedge – which I am pretty sure is his club of choice for most of his sand shots.  As I do weekly searches of “What’s In The Bag” for Tour winners, the majority of their wedge club setups have two characteristics:

  • The wedge loft gapping is almost always no more than 6 degrees between wedges, and most often 4 to 5 degrees.
  • Most play with a 56 degree wedge – which again I assume is a normal sand wedge for them.

Many OEM iron sets these days are sold with 26, 25, and even 24 loft 6 irons – compared to the 30 degree lofts the tour pros play.  If you play with stronger lofted clubs, you have to “pay the piper somewhere.”  And most often this is in loft gapping between your irons, and the loft choices you have for your wedges.  I have seen some sets of irons that will have 54 degree loft “sand wedges” because the gap wedge lofts are 48 or even 47 degrees.  

So what’s an informed golfer to do? – one who wants to have a great short game and particularly a great sand game?

  • First, know the lofts of ALL of your irons – not just the 6 iron or 7 iron you might be tested with.
  • MAKE SURE that the club you are using as your Sand Wedge is designed to help you create great results.  One that has enough loft to get the ball in the air, and the right type of bounce to allow it to perform well in the sand.  Most often – a 56 degree sand wedge.
  • This may mean – yes – that the loft gapping in your wedges is not optimum. But playing with a sand wedge that is right for your game has to be a priority – for you to score well.

MY Sand Wedge? – the 56 degree Miura K-Grind 2.0 wedge shown in the picture above – it is an AWESOME weapon in the sand!

 

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TONY

 

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133 – The Lost Art Of Putting! – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris

Learn The Lost Art Of Putting

And MAKE MORE PUTTS!

The Lost Art Of Putting

Welcome to Episode 133 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 golf professional Gary Nicol and performance coach Karl Morris – authors of The Lost Art Of Putting.

  • Gary and Karl share their stories – Gary how he became a golf professional, and Karl how he became a performance coach.
  • They talk about the initial spark that lead them to write The Lost Art Of Putting book.
  • One of the major concepts in the book is about the Stories Golfers Create About Their Putting – Gary and Karl talk about why golfers create poor stories, how these stories influence their putting performance, and how they can change them.
  • The book also discusses what they call The Two Questions, and the importance of what golfers pay Attention to in their putting.  They share the importance of asking some great questions, and attending the the most important things when you putt.
  • Gary and Karl believe that Creating Great Speed Control is Job #1 in becoming a great putter.  They talk about why they believe this is true.
  • They discuss why Reading Putts On The Low Side can help all golfers improve their green reading skills.
  • Gary and Karl each share their favorite Putting Improvement Exercise that can help golfers improve their putting skills.
  • Finally – Gary and Karl share some final book conclusions that they know can help golfers to Make More Putts!

THANKS Gary And Karl – for writing a terrific Putting Improvement Book!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about The Lost Art Of PuttingCLICK HERE!

Connect with golf coach Gary NicolCLICK HERE!

Connect with performance coach Karl MorrisCLICK HERE!

Shout Out! 

To Chris Griffin, to my friend and head coach of the Roane State Community College Golf Team – for allowing me to help his golfers improve their putting performance!

 

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Tony

 

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Not Yet Golf!

Let’s Say “Not Yet Golf!”

YOUR Best Golf Is POSSIBLE!!

Not Yet Golf!

It has been 3 months now since my prostate surgery, and (thanks Diane!) I had a wonderful 70th birthday party this past weekend.  BUT I also had a really good golf “kick in the teeth” this past week.

This past Tuesday, I played for the 2nd time since my surgery.  I wanted to walk 9 holes, and ride 9 holes.  After about 7 holes I started to get really tired, and by the 10th and 11th holes I pretty much could not hit any good golf shots.  So I stopped playing for the day.

This Was A Really Great Result!!  Because now I know I messed up by not doing a lot of exercising the month before playing again.  

I am not ready to play below my potential. SO – here are a few things I did this past week – and the past few weeks…

  • First I started walking daily, and I joined Planet Fitness this past week.  And I started eating a more healthy diet. 
  • In the past month, I decided it was time for a putter change (I have played with the same putter for about 7 years).  I used some of the knowledge I have learned from my friend Bruce Rearick and his putter fitting process to find a putter that is a good match for my inside-to-outside putting stroke.  And I did find a great one – the Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach 10 Mallet putter.  Scott Sikorski, head of custom fitting at Srixon / Cleveland Golf XXIO (a good friend) helped me get this putter – and I love it!
  • I also decided it was time to put a new 56 degree sand wedge in my bag – and so I am now playing with the Miura K-Grind 2.0 Wedge.  I bought this wedge particularly to use for my sand game (which is improving, but the new wedge will help).
  • Finally, I am continuing each day to work to get the swing speed I lost as a result of my surgery (it will happen!).

HOW ABOUT YOU!!  Setbacks do not have to be permanent.  Learn from them, and find ways to take YOUR golf game to new levels – and Shoot Lower Scores!

 

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