DECADE Foundations Learning Opportunity!

DECADE FOUNDATIONS Learning Opportunity!

Thanks Scott Fawcett – This Week ONLY!

DECADE FOUNDATIONS Learning Opportunity

Here are two interesting and connected U.S. Open Facts.  First – Bryson Dechambeau had the highest final round Strokes Gained by a winner – 7.9 strokes gained – since Johnny Miller won at Oakmont in 1970.  Second – Will Zalatoris, current Korn Ferry Tour leader, played in his second U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and finished 6th.

The Connection? – both use Scott Fawcett’s DECADE Course Management System.  Hum…

At the start of the Pandemic, Scott created a new version of DECADE that he calls DECADE FOUNDATIONS.  The video in THIS LINK (from Practical Golf) describes the terrific content that Scott has developed for Foundations.  I subscribed in April, and it was well worth the investment.

Well – for U.S. Open week, and for the rest of this week – Scott is giving golfers a one-month free subscription to Foundations.  All of the video content will be available to you.  CLICK HERE to access this wonderful offer.  If you take the time to watch the Foundations videos, your course management process and game WILL IMPROVE!

(And I bet all of you readers thought my post today would be about Bryson playing single-length irons, and how they can improve your game, and how I offer professionally fit single-length irons as an option for golfers – oh, I just did that!!).

 

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157 – Simplicity! – Steven Yellin Interview

Steven Yellin Talks SIMPLICITY

The Golf Improvement Book of 2020

Simplicity!

Welcome to Episode 157 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information on professional club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Show Notes:

Welcome Steven Yellin – Creator of the Fluid Motion Factor program, and author of the best-selling golf improvement book Simplicity.

  • Steven shares what it has been like as he says “chillin” in Iowa during the pandemic.
  • He talks about why and when he decided to write Simplicity, and why he chose this name as the title for his book. (He actually wrote much of the book 3 years ago!).
  • He discusses what originally lead him to realize that using Fluid Cues would help golfers and athletes access Fluid Motion.
  • There are four Fluid Cues that Steven shares in Simplicity – he gives an overview of each of these cues.
  • “Changing A Swing”“Swing Prison”“Hitting The Wall” – these are three of the what I call “encore” chapters in the book.  He provides some takeaways from these chapters.
  • “What if we default to our old bad swing ways when we make a change?”  Steven responds to a direct golfer question with some interesting insights!
  • He shares a bit about his very successful relationship with Scott McCarron, who has had amazing success in the Champions Tour.
  • Finally – Steven shares some final Golden Final Words for golfers who want to use the concepts in Simplicity to Play Their Best Golf.

Congratulations On An AMAZING Golf Improvement Book Steven!

Useful Web Links:

To purchase SIMPLICITY – CLICK HERE!

To access Steven’s Fluid Motion Factor web site – CLICK HERE!

(AND if you like Facebook, friend Steven in his Facebook Page – for some weekly insights to help all golfers play their best!).

Show Notes:

To two very smart friends – Bob Simms coach of the St. John Fischer golf teams in Rochester NY, and Juan Gutierrez, author of the best-selling book Make More Putts.   Thanks for helping me be a better putting coach for the Roane State Community College golf team!

 

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REFRESHED! – Well, Closer…

Refreshed! Or Refreshed?

Lessons From My August “Experiment”

 

Refreshed!

Well Happy U. S. Labor Day and it is good to be back!  My August experiment of no social media was what I needed.  Some of the things that happened include: a) more golf last month than I have played in a long time, c) creating fitting systems for the new Wishon EQ-1 NX single-length designs, b) putting the KRANK Hi-Cor X Driver in play for me (LOVE It!), c) starting the Bruce Rearick on line putter fitting certification training (about time!), d) reading more, e) losing 10  pounds effortlessly (just no snacking!), f) and just enjoying taking a break.

But the past week has been difficult – just not sure how to get back into writing and doing podcasts.  And today I realized why – burnout.  Pushing too hard to HAVE to create something every week.  Just that realization has been helpful to me.  I needed the August break to help me to understand that.

And today has been funny in a way – all of a sudden I have had a flood of new ideas for podcasts and blog posts.

So YES my blogs and podcasts are back – I just love too much finding and sharing great information to help golfers. But in the future if there is not a new post every week – well, realize that something hopefully great and valuable to golfers is still on the way.

Like Next Week – what I know will be an amazing interview with Steven Yellin, talking about his new book Simplicity.  In my view THE Golf Improvement Book of 2020.

And one little professional fitting fact – Mr. Almost 200 mph Ball Speed Tony Finau’s driver length – 44-3/4 inches – guess he was professionally fit!!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Now More Than Ever – STAY SAFE!!

Tony

 

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156 – 71 And Counting! – My August Birthday Present

YES – 71 And Counting!

Learn About My Personal August Golf Birthday Present

71 And Counting

Welcome to Episode 156 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:

  • Happy 71st Birthday To Me on August 3!
  • I have decided to spend more time playing and practicing golf in August as a personal birthday present.
  • So – no podcasts, blogs, or newsletters in August!
  • I will continue to do custom fitting and putting coaching sessions in August.
  • So – back in September!!
  • Game Improvement Golf has been VERY healthy in 2020.
  • One More Thing – The WHOOP Fitness Tracker is AMAZING!!

Shout Out!!

Thanks Lance Reader and the KRANK Golf staff for all you have done the past few months to set up my new and amazing KRANK driver fitting system.

Thanks to ALL OF YOU for being here and for your continued support – you keep me ENERGIZED!!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony – STAY SAFE

 

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The Quadruple Blog Post!

Yep – The Quadruple Blog Post!

(something just a little different…)

The Quadruple Blog Post

How about we change it up just a little bit this week – four small tidbit blog notes…

WHOOP Fitness Tracker.  I have been wondering about WHOOP for a month or so now, and a week ago took the plunge.  It is a wearable sensor that links to your smart phone – and is designed to help you balance your strain, recovery, and sleep.  The PGA Tour Golfers are wearing WHOOP (LPGA too!), and just a few days all of the members of the University of Tennessee Athletic Teams are now using it.  In one week, using the data from WHOOP has helped me to start improving and balancing the stress and recovery in my life.  Listen to this Golf Science Lab Podcast about WHOOP for a good overview.  I am all in!

 

The LA Golf TRONOS Shaft And KRANK.  This week I will be doing a custom fitting with a pretty strong golfer – 115 to 120 mph driver swing speed.  One of the shafts I will test with this guy is the LA Golf TRONOS Shaft75 X.  This is the “Bryson Shaft.”  My friend Russ Ryden – GolfShaftReviews – just published the EI profile for this shaft on line (THANK YOU!).  As you might expect IT IS DIFFERENT!  This does not mean it is a magic shaft, but it will be interesting this week to test with this shaft and others from Aldila, KBS, and Aerotech – and the new design KRANK Formula 11 driver head.

 

Great Mizuno Iron Testimonial!  A golfer waited from March through early June to do a Mizuno iron fitting with me.  Mizuno MP 20 MMC heads, KBS C Taper Lite R shafts, and I rebuilt them to be MOI-matched throughout the set.  Here is his reply after he played his first round with them…

“Hey Tony thanks for checking in. I absolutely love the feel of the new irons. The shots I hit well yesterday I hit really well. Definitely a much better feel than my old clubs. After getting used to swinging them on the front nine I shot the best 9 hole score on the back that I have in a long time. Couldn’t be happier with them and look forward to continuing to see better results on the course. Thanks again for all your help in this process.”

Testimonials like this one always make my day!!

 

See You In September!  I have decided that – during my August birthday month (71, as always all presents accepted!) – no blogs, podcasts, and newsletters.  I will continue to do custom fittings and putting improvement sessions next month.  Rather than talk in more details here, I will share more in my podcast next Monday.  

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony – STAY SAFE!!

 

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155 – The Spargo Golf Tradition! – Jon Pannone Interview

Carrying On The Spargo Golf Tradition

New Owner Jon Pannone Leads The Way!

The Spargo Golf Tradition

Welcome to Episode 155 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 Jon Pannone, true custom club fitter and owner of Spargo Golf in Cranston, Rhode Island.

  • Jon shares his Personal Story as a golfer – he comes from a golfing family!
  • He talks about his journey to become a talented custom fitter and club builder – and ultimately the owner of Spargo Golf.
  • Jon lets us in on his greatest strengths as a custom club fitter and club builder.
  • He discusses some of the biggest Misconceptions golfers have about true custom club fitting – and the benefits golfers get from true custom fitting.
  • Jon shares a bit about what his driver and iron custom fitting sessions look like.
  • He tells us a few of his most satisfying success stories he has had with golfers.
  • Finally, Jon shares some final words about skytrak packages that golfers can use to play their best golf!

Thanks Jon – KEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!

Useful Web Links:

Learn More about Jon Pannone and Spargo Golf in Cranston, RI – CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

Thanks Tom Spargo, for the great legacy and success you created with Spargo Golf, and for sharing all of your knowledge with other custom club fitters!

 

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Tony

 

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Teach Us ClubDoc!

Teach Us ClubDoc!

Some More Richard Kempton Wisdom

ClubDoc

Was it really 2 years ago that I did one of my favorite podcast interviews with Richard Kempton – the ClubDoc – from Simply Golf in the UK?  I have been fortunate to correspond with him and learn from him from time to time – he is one of the world pioneers of true custom club fitting and MOI golf club matching.

 I was “cruising Twitter” this weekend, and found that Richard has in the past spent some time on Twitter!  His Twitter handle is @clubwiz.  A fitting (pun?!) name!  He created some “sound bite” posts related to custom fitting and golf club performance.  Here are a few of these that you might enjoy and learn from!

 

  • ClubFact – For the average golfer, applying a few strips of lead tape ANYWHERE on a clubhead will NOT noticeably change the ball flight.”
  • ClubFact – A surprising number of women golfers need men’s size grips.
  • GolfingTip – Wearing bifocals or varifocals affects posture & setup and could be costing you up to 25 yards with your driver.” ABSOLUTELY TRUE
  • GolfingMyth – I play the same equipment as the Tour guys (only if you have yours made the same way – custom fitted to fit YOU & YOUR swing)
  • GolfingMyth – The more expensive the shaft, the better it will perform (the better the shaft FITS YOUR SWING, the better it will perform).
  • GolfingTip – Unless you want to handicap your young offspring from the start, DON’T give them a cut-down set of your old clubs.
  • GolfingTip – Don’t confuse brand names with FIT. An unknown brand that fits you well will out-perform a well-known one that doesn’t.
  • GolfingTip – For a lot of golfers a #4 or #5-wood will provide better results – and more distance – from the fairway than a #3-wood.”

 

There are more in Richard’s twitter area.  If you like Twitter, check it out! – @clubwiz.  Thank You Richard for your devotion to helping golfers achieve exceptional results!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

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154 – AimPoint Express Success! – Oli Leett Interview

AimPoint Express Success!

Putting Guru Oli Leett Shares How

AimPoint Express Success

Welcome to Episode 154 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 putting guru and good friend Oli Leett – creator of the Leett Putting Hub at the Tim Hall School of Golf in Gorsley, United Kingdom.

  • Oli shares his Personal Golf Story – what brought him to golf, and to becoming a golf instructor.
  • He tells why he has a particular focus on putting, how he created the Leett Putting Hub, and how he landed at the Tim Hall School of Golf.
  • Oli talks about why he loves teaching the AimPoint Express green reading technique, and how he worked toward becoming a Level 3 AimPoint Instructor.
  • He has taught AimPoint Express to more than 700 golfers – from young golfers to tour level players!  He shares a little about what happens in an AimPoint class.
  • Oli enjoys teaching the entire “putting improvement package” to golfers, and he loves putting that putting improvement package together for golfers.
  • Oli’s Final Words to golfers – Find An AimPoint Instructor near you, you will not regret it!  And he also talks about his own wonderful podcast “Read It, Roll It, Hole It!”

THANKS OLI for what you do to help golfers MAKE MORE PUTTS!

Useful Web Links:

To find Oli Leett at the Leett Putting HubCLICK HERE!!

To find an AimPoint Express Instructor near you – CLICK HERE!!

To learn about the Spider Golf Putting Training AppCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Aldila Golf and my contact there Steven Gandalfo – THANKS for all you continue to do to help me create and improve my custom driver fitting system!

 

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Tony

 

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250 to 280!

250 To 280!

A Delightful Driver Fitting Story

250 to 280!

Pleasant surprises are wonderful – especially when they bring big smiles to golfers. THIS one though – I know will always be one of my favorite success stories.

A golfer came to me for a custom driver fitting about 2 weeks ago – he had played college golf and was in his early 50s.  He said he was looking for a bit more distance.  His driver swing speed was about 96 mph – so a combination of about 250 yards carry with at least 20 yards rollout is about expected optimum.

I noticed that most of his shots were pushes to the right.  To me, this suggests that a lighter shaft and lighter club to promote the face closing a bit more at impact could help him get straighter shots – without changing his swing.

We tested with my “trusty” Wishon 919 THI driver head, and with 10.5 degree loft. We started at a driver length of 44 inches (more than an inch shorter than he had been playing) – and found what looked like a good shaft option with the Aldila Rogue Elite Blue X flex shaft.  His carry distances with this combination were about 240 yards – but when I increased the club length to 44-1/4 inches his carry distances immediately jumped to 250 yards, with about 270 total yard distance.  Looked good.

The full club MOI of this test driver was lower than I typically find as a best fit for golfers – but I trusted that it was best for him.

SO!!  A week later I deliver the driver to him and he wanted to hit some range balls with it to see how it performed.  When I handed it to him he said “it feels a little light.”  I found a range flag about 280 yards from where he was hitting – and he started hitting straight drives at least 280 yards in the air!  WITH RANGE BALLS. Big smiles from both of us!  In fact, after the first 3 drives he hit he said “you do not have to wait around any more, this is good!”  But I had to wait to watch more.

So WHY did this happen?  I suspect part of the reason is that the fit of this driver for him was absolutely perfect – to allow him to effortlessly swing the club.  And maybe swing it at faster than he did in the indoor fitting.  And maybe his launch conditions outdoors were maybe a little better than indoors.  

But what REALLY matters is that this custom fit driver performs EXCEPTIONALLY well for him.  And by the way – the Wishon 919 THI driver head design is 5 years old….

 

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Tony

 

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153 – Flow, The Power Pellet! – Gavin Parker Interview

Flow, The Power Pellet?

Well – It Is For Gavin Parker!

Flow, The Power Pellet

Welcome to Episode 153 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 good friend Gavin Parker – PGA Member and Academy Director of the Salisbury Golf Academy at the Salisbury Golf Club in Midlothian, Virginia.

  • Gavin shares some of what his life has been like the past few months, and especially the past few weeks.  Lots of change in our country!
  • What does FLOW mean to Gavin – we learn his amazing story.
  • He shares some of what he has learned about FLOW and especially how to create FLOW states in golf and in life.
  • Gavin and I share the most amazing FLOW experiences we have had in our lives.
  • He talks about how he helps golfers of all levels of interest in the game to create FLOW in their games and their lives.
  • Finally, Gavin ends with sharing a little information about two other wonderful programs for young golfers – Operation 36 and Discover Golf.

Thanks Gavin – Please Keep Being YOU!

Useful Web Links:

Connect with Gavin on Facebook – CLICK HERE!!

Learn more about Operation 36 GolfCLICK HERE!!

Learn more about Discover GolfCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

THANKS to one of my long term trusted golf component suppliers The Golfworks!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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