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!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

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!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

132 – Eagle Rebirth Golf! – Ernie Reynolds Interview

Learn About Eagle Rebirth Golf

A Golf Custom Component “Hidden Gem!”

Eagle Rebirth Golf

Welcome to Episode 132 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 Ernie Reynolds – CEO of Eagle Rebirth Golf in Murrieta, California.

  • Ernie shares His Story about his golf industry career, and as an accomplished golfer.
  • So why the name Eagle Rebirth Golf? He discusses that, and how he first decided to start a new golf club component company.  And finally why “the timing is right!”
  • Ernie shares some of his thoughts about some of the general elements of club head design that he believed would be successful.
  • He talks about some of the most important challenges in bringing new club head designs to the golf market – and why his company has had some advantages in that area.
  • Ernie discusses why partnerships with custom club fitters has been important for Eagle Rebirth.
  • He provides some insights on a few of the custom head designs that have been most successful for golfers who want to play their best golf.
  • Getting the “Best New Product” award at the recent PGA Equipment Show was important to Eagle Rebirth.  Ernie talks about this success and some others the company has had in the last six months.
  • Finally – Ernie shares why companies like Eagle Rebirth are important to golfers and custom fitters, in the world of golf improvement.

Thanks Ernie – Keep Being “A Hidden Gem!”

Useful Web Link:

Learn more about Ernie Reynolds and Eagle Rebirth GolfCLICK HERE!!

 

Eagle Rebirth Golf – SPECIAL OFFER!

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(7 Club Combination – Irons / Hybrids / Wedges)

Click HERE For More Details

 

Shout Out!! 

To true custom club fitter and great friend Keith Chatham with PrecisionFit Golf in Kerrville, TX.  A master custom club fitter, and someone who shares his knowledge to develop other true custom fitters.  CLICK THIS LINK to learn more about Keith and PrecisionFit Golf.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Be Generous To YOUR Golf Game!

Be Generous To YOUR Golf Game …

TEE IT FORWARD!

Be Generous To YOUR Golf Game

Every morning I do a guided Headspace meditation for 10 minutes – and the topic for the present sessions has been Generosity.  To others – but I think also to myself.

For the last month, I have been preparing to start to play golf again (after my May 13 prostate removal surgery).  This has included efforts to get my driver swing speed back – before surgery it was about 95 mph, a month ago it was 78 mph (ouch!), and yesterday it was 85 mph (little by little!!).  I also do daily stretching exercises, practice to improve my short game technique, and a lot of inquisitive putting practice (more on that later).  

I view all of this practice as a way of being generous to myself – because I see the possibilities of scoring as well or better than I did before the surgery.

All of you I bet can find your own personal ways to be generous to YOUR golf games. But one of the BEST ways we can all do this is to play the tees that fit our games – Tee It Forward!  My friend and deep thinker Dave Tutelman two days ago sent me a web site article he just wrote aboutbeing more generous to his golf game.  Here is the link…

Dave Tutelman “Tee It Forward” Article

A few things that struck me in reading this article – one that may surprise you!!

  • A simple formula – Your Tee It Forward Course Distance = 36 Times Your 5 Iron CARRY Distance – is an easy way for you to estimate the golf course link that will work well for your game.  For me – I expect my 5 iron carry distance is about 165 yards – course length about 5,900 yards – about what I normally play.
  • I loved reading about the joy that Dave writes about because he plays courses that are suited for his golf game!
  • But what about the Average Lady Golfer?  Well, most golf courses that I know of are not really set up to suit their games.  Ladies who hit their 5 irons about 100 yards – using the Tee It Forward Formula – should be playing course lengths of about 3,600 yards.  Most courses I know of do not have total yardages less than 5,000 yards.  What an opportunity to Grow Golf For Women – have course set ups of say 3,500, 4,000, and 4,500 yards – Just One Golfer’s Opinion!!

So Golfers – Be Generous to yourselves – find ways to keep optimizing your golfing potential.  If you really like the challenge of playing courses a lot longer Tee It Forward distances – go for it.  But those of you looking for a great way to keep enhancing your love for golf and to shoot lower scores – Tee It Forward!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

131 – YOUR Golfing New Level! – Eric Burch Interview

Learn About New Level Golf

From New Level CEO Eric Burch!

Images of New Level Golf custom designs

 

Welcome to Episode 131 – of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information about true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

Show Notes:

Interview with Eric Burch, CEO of New Level Golf located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • Eric shares His Story in the golf industry – as a custom fitter, creator of the Club Conex fitting system designs, and now CEO of New Level Golf.
  • He shares why he believed he could create some unique golf club head designs that would be successful for golfers – and talks about some of the general elements of the designs he has created.
  • Eric talks about some of the challenges in creating and manufacturing golf club head components.
  • He shares his philosophy for creating partnerships with true custom club fitters.
  • Eric shares some fun stuff! – where the names for his club head designs came from (902, 1126, 623-M, 1031).
  • He has been pleased that some of his designs have been recognized in the Golf Digest Hot List and in the MyGolfSpy iron testing.  He talks about why this recognition has been important for the growth of his business and for golfers.
  • Finally, Eric shares some final words about why companies like New Level Golf are important for golfers and custom club fitters.

Thanks Eric – Keep Up The Great Work!

Useful Web Links:

Learn about New Level Golf and custom fitters near you – CLICK HERE!

SHOUT OUT! – To a great true custom club fitter and good friend Allen Humphrey Custom Golf Biz in Monroe, GA.  Learn more about Allen and Custom Golf Biz by clicking THIS LINK!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Custom Fitting The Grandson!

When Custom Fitting The Grandson …

Length – Length – Length!!

“Hey Dad – can you build Madux some golf clubs for his birthday?”  Madux Wright is 9 years old, pretty athletic, and left handed.  I COULD just buy him some junior clubs, but building them specifically for him and his size is what a custom fitting expert grandfather should do.

The picture above shows MY driver (44 inches long), and the driver, 7 iron, and putter I built for him.  Custom heads, shafts, and grips. My driver is about 8 inches shorter than his.

Here are some of the specifics of how I approached this “grandson build.”

  • Madux has a wrist-to-floor measurement of 25 inches.  I consulted with good friend Dan Connolly – who developed the True Length Technology process for determining club length.  He created a build length chart for someone with a 25 inch wrist-to-floor measurement.  I built his clubs using the 26 inch chart. (By the way, my wrist-to-floor measurement is 36 inches….)
  • I used very soft flex shafts for the driver and 7 iron.
  • The swing weights and MOI values for the clubs are really really light.  But Dan suggested to not worry about swingweight for these clubs, not really a fitting parameter for a very young golfer.  Length wins.
  • Ultimately I will build two more irons for Madux – a pitching wedge and sand wedge – and a 22 degree hybrid.  His irons will be a bit unique because I am using the Wishon Sterling Single-Length iron heads.  A great way for him to groove consistency for how he will swing his irons.
  • And finally, junior sized grips.

We went to Top Golf in Atlanta this past Saturday so he could start learning to love his clubs.  Check out this Madux 7 Iron Swing Video – the club sets up beautifully for him.  The same for his driver.  He looks comfortable swinging the club, and he created a lot of satisfying results.  A good start for him!

So now for the proud grandpa custom fitter to finish the rest of his clubs.  Length – Length – Length!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

130 – Putter Hosel Designs 101! – Bruce Rearick Interview

Understand Putter Hosel Designs And

Improve YOUR Putting Performance!

Putter Hosel Designs

Welcome to Episode 130 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 Bruce Rearick from Burnt Edges Consulting in Indianapolis, Indiana!

  • Bruce shares some of the interesting things he has been doing since our last interview (about 2 years ago).  Including a “deep-dive” looking back at all of his putter fitting data.
  • A friend recently shared that “my putter preferably needs to be a Plumbers Neck.”  Bruce starts out discussion about how in general putter hosel designs are important in putting performance – beyond “looking good” to the golfer’s eye.
  • He first shares some background about Plumbers Neck Hosels – how they can influence putting performance – and the design differences between Long and Short Plumbers Neck Hosels.
  • What about Center Shafted Putters? – Bruce shares when this style of “hosel” can help golfers improve their putting.
  • Short and Long Slant Neck Putter Hosels – he shares what differentiates these from other hosel designs from a putting performance and visual standpoint.
  • Short and Long Flow Neck Hosels – Bruce loves the look of these (a personal thing!), and also shares when these can be a good option for golfers.
  • Single and Double Bend Putter Shafts – he shares how these are used to create different putting performance characteristics.
  • Finally, Bruce shares some Final Words and Thoughts for golfers who want to “Burn Less Edges” when they are putting!

THANKS Bruce – Keep Doing Great Things!

Useful Web Links:

Read Bruce Rearick’s Burnt Edges Consulting BlogCLICK HERE!!

Follow Bruce Rearick on FacebookCLICK HERE!!

See Toulon Design Hosel Guide Web Page –  CLICK HERE!!

 

SHOUT OUT!! – A return Shout Out to Roy Nix, Founder of the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals (AGCP) – for completing the new AGCP web site.  It contains valuable information for golfers, custom fitters, and club makers.  Take a look at THIS LINK!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Driver Center Face Contact – Get In GEAR!

Driver Center Face Contact And The Gear Effect:

Minimize The BIG Miss!!

Driver Center Face Contact

When you hit the center of the driver face, you will optimize your Driver Smash Factor – optimize ball speed – and help to maximize driving distance.  But – can there be MORE value to center face contact?

Recently I completed an on-line Trackman University training course – and learned and reinforced my knowledge of some important custom fitting basics.  

Driver faces have a bulge or face curvature to make use of what is called the GEAR EFFECT.  The relationship between driver face bulge and gear effect is described clearly in a Dave Tutelman web site article – At This Link.  The driver face bulge compensates for the gear effect for off-center driver face contact.

Now it gets more fun!  It is actually possible to create a straight driver shot with an off-center contact.  How this can happen is described in these two videos – Gear EffectSpin Axis II, and Straight Shot.  As an example – if you have an outside-to-inside club face and face open to the path, you can potentially create a straight shot (or at least less shot curvature) if your contact is on the toe of the golf club.  

But now – how about these combinations….

  • Outside-to-inside path, face open to path, contact on heel – BIGGER Slice, BIGGER Miss.
  • Inside-to-outside path, face closed to path, contact on toe – BIGGER Hook, BIGGER Miss.

So the gear effect and driver design can for some shots help compensate for slices and hooks – but can also sometimes enhance slices and hooks.  You might – on the driving range or on the golf course – look at where you make contact on the face and compare that to the ball flight you created. 

All in all – playing with a custom fit driver that helps you create More Consistent Center Face Contact is the way to go!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

129 – Access What You Already Own! – Craig Isabel Interview

Golfers – Access What You Already Own!

Craig Isabel Shares HOW

Access What You Already Own

Welcome to Episode 129 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!

It is GREAT to be back – Thank YOU for being back!!

Show Notes:

Interview with Craig Isabel – golf teaching professional and Master Fluid Motion Factor Instructor at the Touchet Golf Facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Craig shares his Personal Golf Story and how he first met Steven Yellin, developer of the Fluid Motion Factor Program.
  • He discusses some of the most important benefits for golfers who adopt the Fluid Motion Factor program principles.
  • Craig describes what he did to become a Master Fluid Motion Factor program instructor (there are only 3 Master instructors).
  • He shares a bit of how he teaches the Fluid Motion Factor in full swing and putting instruction.
  • Craig recently won a 90-Player Indiana Sectional Event – he noted that “All of my best rounds and shots begin with high levels of acceptance.”  He shares the importance of this statement.
  • He talks about a few of his favorite golfer Success Stories for golfers who have truly implemented the Fluid Motion Factor in their golf games.
  • Finally, Craig shares two great things that golfers can use NOW in their practice and games to Shoot Lower Scores and have more fun playing golf!

Thanks Craig – Keep Doing Great Things!

Useful Web Links.

Find Craig Isabel at the Touchet Golf FacilityCLICK HERE!!

Craig’s Instagram link is @craigisabel_golf

Learn more about the Fluid Motion Factor ProgramCLICK HERE!!

 

SHOUT OUT!! – THANK YOU for all of the prayers and encouragement during my 6-month recovery from prostate removal surgery.  I have been very blessed.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Self Compassion And Acceptance – A Golf Superpower!

Learn To Access A Golf Superpower!

Self Compassion And Acceptance

A Golf Superpower

You are on the 12th hole and playing and scoring great.  You have high levels of expectation for your final score.  You have a 2-1/2 foot putt for birdie – and you miss it.  BANG – EVERYTHING CHANGES.  You Dummy.  And there goes your great round up in smoke.

My friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama – The Bulletproof Musician – wrote one of his best ever posts this week, a must read.  Here is the link to the post…

Self Compassion – Mental Toughness – Overcoming Setbacks

All I can say is, if you are looking to play better and more enjoyable golf – read this post and the links.  There is information in it for golfers, for coaches, for parents.

Here are a few things you can do on the golf course to apply the principles discussed in Noa’s post…

  • Perhaps start where the golf drama is the highest – on the putting green. Experiment with Accepting Every Putting Result No Matter What It Is.  Then after you putt, rate your degree of acceptance on a 1 to 10 scale – 1 is very low acceptance, 10 is very high acceptance.
  • If you start seeing value to your game in Accepting Putting Results – take it to your Entire Game.  Have an objective of Accepting Every Result.  And then after the shot Rate The Shot.

Compare how you play without Self Compassion to how you play when you Accept All Or Many Of Your Results.  You might like the change!!

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If you did not read my June 2019 Newsletter (published June 15) – here is The Link.  It includes some great Trackman University videos, a Brad Faxon putting drill worth using in your practice, and some discussion on “Variability and Compensations” in your golf game.

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And finally it is Good To Be Back!  My prostate removal surgery went very well and so has the recovery.  I appreciate the good wishes and prayers from many of you.  Now I am ready to get back to true custom club fitting, putting instruction and coaching, and creating great web site content to help golfers Shoot Lower Scores!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY