Wishon Golf – YOUR Fit Matters!

Tom Wishon And Wishon Golf:

Still Giving To Golfers Of All Abilities!

Wishon Golf

Goodness time flies – it is hard to believe that it is almost 2 years since Tom Wishon of Wishon Golf Technologies “semi retired.”  His designs are still available to true custom fitters through Diamond Golf International.  And – coming in the next few months – some really interesting new developments from this “semi retired” best friend of golfers who want to play their best golf.

Tom recently wrote two short articles that can help golfers understand the value of true custom fitting, and the most important factors in being custom fit for a driver. The links to these two articles are below:

Professional Club Fitting And Playing YOUR Best Golf

3 Key Driver Fitting Specifications

The biggest takeaway from Tom in these articles?

 

75% of all golfers who undergo a full fitting

with an experienced clubfitter walk away with some aspect

of the clubs performing better than their previous clubs.”

 

Keep giving to all of us Tom – THANKS!!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

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138 – 14th AGCP Roundtable Highlights!

14th AGCP Roundtable Highlights:

Optimize Club Performance – SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

 

Welcome to Episode 138 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:

Some of my personal LESSONS LEARNED – from the 14th AGCP Roundtable held in Columbus, GA on October 30 to November 1, 2019.

  • Overview of all of the presentations at the 14th AGCP (Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals) Roundtable.
  • Keith Chatham – Fitting for Length and Weight are #1 and #2 for him – and I agree.
  • Dave Kenzie – BE CAREFUL buying grips on line to save money – you MIGHT be buying low quality clone grips!
  • Dave Kenzie – a discussion of a few of the great Shop Tips that he discussed (Dawn dishwater soap, how to sharpen your drill bits, and roughing up the inside of hosels after you bore them out).
  • Dan Burnfield shared some of the innovative ways he presently uses the BLAST Motion Sensor in putter fitting and full swing fitting.
  • Andre Theon – insights from custom fitting and building 750 Sterling Single-Length iron sets – yes, 750!!
  • Keith Chatham Lie Fitting with Grooved Balls presentation – Manufacturer’s Lie Angles may not be YOURS!!
  • Keith Chatham – Tour Pros and Lead Tape on their clubs (watch TV events, you may be surprised!).
  • Roy Nix and Bill Kelly Live Demos – Fitting for Weight Matters.  Also watching a golfer’s Spine Angle at Address.
  • Keith Chatham – Opti Vibe weights and Putting Yips – worth testing!

ANOTHER Great AGCP Roundtable – THANKS To Everyone!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about the AGCPCLICK HERE!!

Andre Theon Golf N Swing New Web Site – CLICK HERE!!

(use Google Chrome to access Andre’s site so that “Translate” will work for web pages)

Shout Out!

To Alan SwisherAlan’s Custom Clubs – for the help and many valuable discussions we had at the 14th AGCP Roundtable – THANKS!

 

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Tony

 

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Shorter And Heavier Drivers – Learn from Ben And Sergio!

Shorter And Heavier Drivers:

Can Be LONGER And STRAIGHTER!

Shorter and Heavier

Enjoy these two short videos of two great drivers of the golf ball – Ben Hogan and Sergio Garcia!

Ben Hogan   —   Sergio Garcia

Ben and Sergio have two important things in common with their drivers.  Hogan’s driver length was 43 inches – and Sergio’s driver is somewhere between 43 and 44 inches long.  The OTHER thing their drivers have in common is that they play HEAVIER shaft weights than most mortal golfers now play in their drivers (often 50 and 60 grams).  I do not know Hogan’s shaft weight for sure, but it looks like a steel shaft so most likely weighs more than 100 grams.  See This Article about Sergio’s golf clubs – his driver shaft weighs about 100 grams, and he also has counterweights in the butt end of his driver.

Oh – reminder – off the rack drivers golfers are “fit” with are typically longer than 45 inches.

Now just think of the word HEAVIER – it just sounds like something that can mean SLOW and SHORT.

This Golf Digest Liam Mucklow article (thanks Bob Williams!) suggests, however, that A lighter shaft rarely leads to a faster swing.”  The combination of a driver length that puts a golfer in a more athletic setup position – to make a better swing and also to create more center contact shots – and a heavier shaft weight in combination with that shorter length often leads to longer and straighter drives.

In my 13 years as a custom fitter, I have only successfully fit ONE driver that was longer than 45 inches long.  All of my driver test club shafts are from 43-1/2 to 44-1/2 inches long, with shaft weights varying from 55, 65, 75, 85, and 130 (yes, a steel shaft!) grams.  

MY recommendation for YOUR next custom driver fitting – START shorter and heavier – you may be pleasantly surprised by the results!

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(Next week I am off to my yearly overdose of custom fitting learning – at the 14th Annual AGCP Roundtable.  We will definitely talk fitting for shaft weight there – and other great topics.  Watch here on my podcast next week for some details!).

 

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137 – The Lost Art Of Playing Golf! – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf

Learn Some Valuable Golf Improvement Concepts!

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf

Welcome to Episode 137 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 new book The Lost Art Of Playing Golf.

  • Gary and Karl share their reasons for writing The Lost Art Of Playing Golf – and a few insights about the final stages of getting this book to press.
  • They talk first about two important concepts – Knowing Your Why For Playing Golf, and The Skill Of Gratitude – why these are valuable for enjoying and playing your best golf.
  • Another wonderful concept in the book is the importance of Third Shots – Gary and Karl talk about this, and note the importance of sometimes accepting that a bogey can be a great result.
  • A recurring theme in The Lost Art Of Playing Golf is understanding the difference of Facts versus Opinions.  They talk about how we often confuse these, and how not to do so.
  • Some of the important words discussed in the book are Flexibility, Consistency, Acceptance, and Intention – Karl and Gary dive into knowing the value of understanding these important concepts.
  • A golf improvement expert, Marcus Westerburg, is mentioned in the book – and they talk about the value of his work to help golfers play their best.
  • Training Exercises! – there are some interesting ones shared in the book – and Karl and Gary each talk about their favorite one.
  • Finally, Gary and Karl share their insights on How To Most Effectively use the information that have given to us in The Lost Art Of Playing Golf.

Thanks Gary and KarlKEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!

Useful Web Links:

Connect with golf coach Gary NicolCLICK HERE!

Connect with performance coach Karl MorrisCLICK HERE!

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf web site (buy the book) – CLICK HERE!

Buy the book on Amazon.com – CLICK HERE!

Shout Out!

To all golfers who trust me to create their golf clubs, and improve their putting performance.  And to all of you listeners and readers of my podcasts, blogs, and newsletters. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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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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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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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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TONY

 

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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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Tony

 

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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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You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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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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