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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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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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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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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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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Tony

 

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I LOVE Coaches Eye!

I LOVE Coaches Eye Video Software!

A Simple Effective Video Analysis Tool

Coaches Eye

The first time I mentioned the Coaches Eye Software in my blog was in September 2013.  Hard to believe I have been using this simple tool for almost 7 years now. But it has been invaluable to allow me to help golfers achieve their golfing dreams.  I use it now with almost every golfer I work with.

Here are some reasons you should consider it for your personal golf improvement toolbox…

  • There is a free version available for iPhone and Android devices.  The free version has PLENTY of capability. 
  • When you take video with Coaches Eye, you can look at the video in slow motion – and easily see individual frames and details.  
  • You can export video to emails to share with others.
  • You can get others to take normal smart phone video and send it to you –  and import that video to Coaches Eye.  Then you can “slow down the motion” to see details.
  • You can blow up the video and see finer details of what is happening in golf swings and putting strokes.

I highly recommend using Coaches Eye Software if you want to learn more about what you REALLY do in your golf swing and putting stroke. AND to get the maximum from video you take, use the guidelines in This Video Link to create video correctly.

SEE The Truth!

 

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152 – How To Win YOUR Gold Ball! – Bob Litwin Interview

How To Win YOUR Gold Ball!

Creating Gold Ball Days

Bob Litwin Shares His Insights

How To Win YOUR Gold Ball

Welcome to Episode 152 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 Bob Litwin – World Championship Tennis Player, Performance Coach, and author of the best selling book Live The Best Story Of Your Life.

  • Bob shares what the past few months have been like for him during the pandemic – AND some valuable learning experiences he had.
  • In mid March Bob started writing a daily email Bob’s Quotes – he shares how this started, and two of his favorite quotes!
  • Before the pandemic, Bob did a video presentation titled “Finding Your Gold.” He talks about the three important principles that each of us can use to find OUR personal gold.
  • He expands on a few of the important elements of his three principles – Loving Your Personal Process, Training Out What Interferes, and Writing Your Stories.
  • He shares (I think openly for the first time) his recent very positive experiences with doing daily Transcental Meditation and how that is becoming a game changers in his life.

Thanks Bob – Keep Being An Agent For Change!

 

Useful Web Links:

Bob Litwin’s web site – CLICK HERE!

To purchase Live The Best Story of Your LifeCLICK HERE!

To contact Bob directly to receive Bob’s Quotes, and also to learn more information about Transendental Mediation – email him at litwinbob@gmail.com.

 

Shout Out! 

No Shout Out today, just a small portion of one of Bob’s Quotes…

“It’s a tough time, people are on edge and enraged.

Seek to understand, to relate and to find tolerance.”

 

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Tony

 

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3 PM Local Time – Taps Across America

3 PM Local Time – Taps Across America

Listen For It…

3 PM Local Time - Taps Across America

Nope, nothing golf about my post today – just something that tugged at me this past Friday and I wanted to share with all of you.

Last Friday Steve Hartman in the CBS national news program talked about something that might happen in your area today he is calling…

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA

So wherever you are in the United States today at 3 pm your time – listen for it.  I plan to.

And if you don’t hear it in your area, well maybe play click this link and listen wherever you are…

TAPS

Enjoy this Memorial Day – Remember and Honor – Stay Safe.      Tony

151 – Do You LOVE Putting? – David Orr Interview

So – Do You LOVE Putting?

Some Great David Orr Insights

 

Welcome to Episode 151 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 world renowned putting coach David Orr – a 2019 Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and creator of the Flatstick Academy in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

  • David shares what he has learned about the value of doing on-line putting instruction – for golfers and for golf instructors.
  • When you read putting instruction information on line and in magazines, think about what part of that information is Relevant To YOU!
  • The most asked putting question – Using A Line On The Ball.  David shares how to effectively practice using it, and how to know if it helps or hurts your putting performance.
  • One of the best ways to use Indoor Practice is to Lock In Your Stroke Setup.  He talks about the most important ways indoors to practice and improve your setup.
  • Improving your Putting Mental Skills – struggling with Anticipation and Expectations.  
  • We talk about some of the best indoor putting mats that are available for golfers – and things golfers should NOT do when hitting putts indoors.
  • Finally, David ends with sharing that we need to learn to LOVE Putting if we want to become great putters.  And how learning to Watch The Ball Roll Out on all putts is a great training tool.

THANKS DAVID for helping all of us to Improve Our Putting!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about David Orr and Flatstick AcademyCLICK HERE!

Learn more about Wellputt Putting MatsCLICK HERE!

Learn more about the new Visio Putting MatCLICK HERE!

Shout Out!

To my friends at Alpha Golf – thanks for all of the custom fitting and building supply and support you provide to all of us – and the great club designs you have created!

 

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Tony

 

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Bob Litwin Quotes!

Bob Litwin Quotes:

Some Daily Inspiration!

Bob Litwin Quotes

I hope some of you will be saying “What, No Podcast?”  Well, here is a little goodie that you might use as a worthy substitute.

I did Podcast Interview 103 with Bob Litwin, world champion tennis player and author of a wonderful book Live The Best Story Of Your Life. It is an interview you may enjoy going back and listening to.

But Bob has also been doing a daily inspiring email he calls Bob’s Quotes.  Little pieces of inspiration worth reading.  You can subscribe to receive these by subscribing on his web site at BobLitwin.com. We all need a little more inspiration – THANK YOU BOB!!

Me? – I am just keeping on keeping on.  New putter and golf bag coming today, a new podcast interview with David Orr that will be live next Monday – AND hopefully a round of golf this week!  Keeping On Keeping On….

 

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Tony

 

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