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.
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!
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 David – THANKS!!
Useful Web Links:
Finding David Orr at the Flatstick Academy – CLICK HERE!
Finding a Flatstick Certified Putting Instructor – CLICK HERE!
Visiting the Lynx Golf booth at the 2019 PGA Equipment Show was one of the best show choices I made this year. I learned about their very interesting new driver design – the Lynx Prowler VT. They call their new technology “Switch Face.” Their driver has only one head option, and has a front face plate that screws on. Using different face plates, golfers will be able to be custom fit with this driver for lofts that vary from 8 to 12 degrees, and face angles that vary from 2 degrees closed to square to 1 degree open. The expectation is that the Lynx Prowler VT will be available sometime in May of this year.
I hope that this design is successful! Partly because it is interesting. MOSTLY though – because with this driver design, you will able to sit the driver on the ground at address and the face will show at the actual loft and face angle you were fit for.
The majority of OEM driver designs now available to golfers have “adjustable” hosels. This adjustability allows golfers to set the driver loft at different values – IF you hover the driver face in a square-to-target playing position. So the value of using face angle at address as a fitting parameter – with a specific driver loft – is lost.
I personally want my driver to sit on the ground at address at my fitted loft and face angle. And my Wishon 919 THI driver (my favorite driver head fitting option) does this – 11.5 degree loft and 0.5 degree closed face angle at address.
So the point? Well, you may in fact like the loft adjustability options available in OEM drivers – and if so great. But if you do NOT prefer to hover your driver head at address to get it to play at a specific loft, or if you need a closed or open face at address with a specific loft to play your best – there are custom driver head options available to you. In the end as in all things golf – You Get To Choose!!
Welcome to Episode 122 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!
Podcast Interview with Paul Dewland from Paul Dewland Golf – Mental Performance Coach in Orlando, Florida.
Paul shares His Personal Story – what started him down the road to becoming a Mental Performance Coach.
He talks about some of his personal “A Ha” moments – that helped him to develop the personal skills to help others to perform their best.
Paul discusses the value of understanding things we Directly Control – that we Influence – and that we have No Control Over – and how understanding these can help our golfing performance.
He shares some of the most important Skills that he always emphasizes to help golfers to improve.
Paul talks about some differences in working to help professional golfers, recreational golfers, and young golfers who are starting to learn the game.
He shared his definitions about what Professionals Do, what Amateurs Typically Do, and what Coaches Need To Do.
Finally, Paul reminds us that “If you do the right things the right way, it is impossible NOT to improve.”
Paul THANKS For Sharing Your Inspiring Knowledge With Golfers!
Useful Web Links:
Learn more about Paul Dewland – Paul Dewland Golf – CLICK HERE!
A number of years ago one of my mentors, Dana Upshaw (brilliant true custom club fitter – retired – and still sharing his knowledge!) shared something I always remember. He was VERY proud that he attended the PGA Equipment Show every year. For him, this was part of his yearly training to improve as a Golf Club Performance Expert. His commitment to training always resonated with me.
I have been attending the PGA Show every year since 2010. It never gets old to get to attend, and there is always a tremendous “buzz” at the event. But my motivations have been more about the learning and the connections than about the buzz.
I already have a list of about 75 booths and people I plan to visit – some (like Mizuno, Miura, Diamond Golf, Aerotech, Aldila, KBS, SAM PuttLab, and others) are to catch up with new developments and people. Some (New Level Golf, Eagle Rebirth Golf, Tour Edge Golf) are to learn about new possibilities that can help me be a better Golf Club Performance Expert.
I expect I will discover a few other exhibitors of golf improvement technology that I will learn about, and that will get me excited.
Finally, I will try to sort out some of the “buzz” and some of the “fluff” from companies talking about new equipment technology developments.
I can’t wait to attend the Show again – and to learn new things – and to meet and connect with great golf industry experts – and to get just a little smarter to help Golfers Play Their Best!!
Welcome to Episode 121 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!
Enjoy these highlights from 11 of the 2018 Golf Improvement Podcast Episodes! There is a 4-second silence between each of the highlights. Each of the highlight notes below includes a direct link to the full podcast episode.
Thanks to David Orr, Jeff Sheets, Russ Ryden, John Dunigan, Tom Sterner, Mark Vallier, Gordon Morrison, Christian Marquardt, Keith Chatham, and Mike McFadden for sharing their knowledge and expertise with me – and with all of you listeners!
109 – David Orr – Putting Tempo and Rhythm Misconceptions
110 – Jeff Sheets – Influence of Modifying Iron Loft on Club Bounce
111 – Russ Ryden – Importance of Golf Shaft Tip and Mid Sections
“Put Your Shoes On.” Yes dear! My wife and I know we need to walk each day and get more exercise – and surely this will help my fitness and golf. I now think a key to doing this is to create a daily ritual – to Put My Shoes On each morning. Once we do that, out the door and walk and enjoy getting more fit.
I am about half way through reading what I know will be one of the most valuable Improvement Books Of 2019 – “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. This book was published late in 2018, and if you are looking to create some new improvement areas in your golf and your life – you need to read it.
“Atomic” definition – “an extremely small amount of a thing, and a source of immense energy and power.” “Habit” definition – “a routine or practice performed regularly.” Developing a ritual as a cue to create a new daily walking habit came from this book. Here are a few small snippets to wet your appetite to read it…
The book is organized around what James calls 4 Laws for creating new habits and changes – “Make It Obvious, Make It Attractive, Make It Easy, Make It Satisfying.” All of these make sense, but he dives deep into why these laws will help to create change.
One of the book subsections is titled “Forget About Goals, Focus On Systems Instead.” This concept resonates with me. Yes I want to help to delight more golfers in 2019, and to play better golf and perhaps to shoot my age this year (69 or 70 if you wonder). But I believe that if I concentrate on doing small things to improve my business, my golf, and my life each day – I will have the best opportunity of having these results happen.
Finally, the first section of the book is titled “Why Tiny Changes Make A Big Difference.” Do small things correctly each day – be patient – great results will happen!
One of my cues each day is a note I have in my daily calendar – “Do Something Great Today!” Great doesn’t have to be big – it can be anything to keep improving and growing.
James has also created a new resource called the Clear Habit Journal. Yep, I have ordered it and will have it this week. I am looking forward to using it in my golf and life.
Welcome to Episode 120 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!
Enjoy these highlights from nine of the 2018 Golf Improvement Podcast Episodes! There is a 4-second silence between each of the highlights. Each of the highlights has a direct link to the full podcast episode.
Thanks to David Orr, Chris Hillary, Bob Litwin, Joshua Dunn, Richard Kempton, Rick Wright, Mark Sweeney, and Jamie Donaldson for sharing their knowledge and expertise with me and with all of you listeners!
My wife Diane often says “everything with you is all about golf.” Well – this is not TOTALLY true – but at the same time yes she is pretty perceptive. Here is the backstory.
At age 16 I started to caddy at the St. Clair Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA – my neighbor Nick Londino – the Locker Room Attendant there – actually asked me if I wanted to do this, and drove me there early each morning that the club was open in the summer. I was fortunate through hard work to become one of the top caddies there. Since we would arrive at St. Clair very early on Saturday’s (Nick had to be there) I could go out in the first group that teed off. This group most weekends included Dick Swanson, Marshall Brown, and Duncan Brown. Dick, Marshall, Duncan, and I had a great golf relationship – but also a true personal relationship.
There are many more details I could share – but Nick, Dick, Marshall, and Duncan decided to help me obtain a Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Caddy Scholarship – 4 years full tuition to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. To get to go to school at a place like CMU was the opportunity of a lifetime – and it molded everything about my future. I am not sure I could have ever attended CMU without their help. And the personal lessons I learned from each of them also influenced much of how I am today.
I call Dick Swanson each year around Christmas time just to say hi and again say thanks. This year I found out that he passed away in March. Somehow I knew this before I called – but it was still sad to learn. But I also thought about the gratitude I have for all he and Nick, Marshall, and Duncan did for my life.
Maybe some of you reading this have some type of personal story related to golf and how it has been important to you. If so – enjoy thinking about it during this wonderful season!
Welcome to Episode 119 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!
Welcome Back Mike McFadden – 30+ year German PGA Teaching Professional, True Custom Club Fitter, and Sports Director at the Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort in Jakobsberg, Germany.
Mike shares some of the “fun stuff” he has been able to achieve – and help others to achieve – in 2018.
He talked about some golf improvement efforts that “anyone can try, not just theory!” He noted that “Learning Takes Place Where Awareness If Focused,” and mentioned the great book Be A Player.
Mike noted his concern that many golfers are “not up to date with much of the good golf improvement information that is available.” He shared some examples of information that all golfers who want to play to their potential should use.
He noted some of the most important links between teaching professionals and true custom club fitters and club builders – and how these links need to be improved for the benefit of golfers.
Mike shared his favorite Success Story from 2018 – Achieving The Possible!
Finally, Mike shared some Final Words to help golfers Play Their Best Golf in 2019!
Mike Thank You for Sharing Your Golf Improvement Knowledge!
Useful Web Links:
Learn more about Mike McFadden at True Custom Fitting – CLICK HERE!