125 – Be The Observer! – Tom Sterner Interview

Tom Sterner Shares More Insights

For Great Golf And For Life!

Tom Sterner

Welcome to Episode 125 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 Tom Sterner – Founder of The Practicing Mind Institute, and author of The Practicing Mind and Fully Engaged.

  • Tom spoke at the 2018 Golf Association of America Convention (GCAA) in December, and he shares some of his insights from this experience.
  • As a result of his GCAA  presentation, he is helping some college golf teams – he talks about how he is helping these teams and their golfers to play their best in competitions.
  • Tom provided some personal guidance to help me improve my short game performance – information you can use for your game!
  • He shared some thoughts about the information in his second book – Fully Engaged – and how we change as we are developing skills – “In a way, it’s ironic…”
  • Finally, Tom shares a story and insights on the critical importance of Setting Goals Using Accurate Data – and how doing so can help us realize our golf and life goals.

It was great to have you back Tom – THANKS for more great guidance for all of us!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Tom Sterner – Click HERE!

Purchase Tom’s second book Fully EngagedClick HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT to my inspiring friend and true custom club fitter

Bert ReichGooder Custom Golf Clubs in Saskatchewan, Canada!!  

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Simple Facts About Driver Ball Speed!

Driver Ball Speed Facts

And EXCEPTIONAL Driving Performance!

Driver Ball Speed

DJ, Justin, Brooks, Phil, and many others are bombing their drives.  And I recently saw a Twitter post talking about Ball Speed Wars in terms of comparing the performance of the new OEM driver head options that are available for golfers.

So – since I like to share the truth with those of you here – what is the Truth, and what are the Facts, about Driver Ball Speed?  The truth and the facts are based on some simple information – so read on and find out!

Yes, one of the things that can help golfers to drive the ball longer is Driver Ball Speed.  

  • Ball Speed comes from two main things – Driver Swing Speed – how fast we swing the golf club, and 
  • How well we Transfer Energy to the golf ball to create Driver Ball Speed.  Energy transfer is captured by a term called Smash Factor which is…
  • Smash Factor = Ball Speed divided by Swing Speed.
  • My very smart friend Dave Tutelman wrote an article how to calculate Smash Factor in THIS LINK.  Smash Factor depends on golf ball and golf club mass, golf club loft, distance you miss the sweet spot of the club face, AND…
  • The Coefficient of Restitution – COR – of the club face.  Most of you I think have heard the term COR.  It is basically the “springiness” of the clubface.
  • The USGA and the R/A rule is that the COR of a club face cannot exceed 0.83.  And every driver being built and designed for maximum performance is being built with a COR as close as possible to 0.83.
  • Because the COR of all driver designs is as close to 0.83 as possible, the Maximum Achievable Driver Smash Factor for all new drivers is between about 1.48 and 1.50.  

So here is the punch line related to all of these facts….

For ALL Well-Designed Drivers

The Maximum Achieveable Ball Speed

Is 1.48 to 1.50 Times A Golfer’s Driver Swing Speed 

In 2019 – In 2020 – In 2025 – In 2030 – In All Future Years

Or Unless The USGA Changes The COR Face Rule.

So you are looking to be fit for a new driver with the desire to hit the golf ball farther?  Here are some simple suggestions…

  • If you hit a driver and the emphasis is totally on driver ball speed and you find one that gives you greater ball speed than your present driver – well, you might accept these results and spend your $500 for that driver. OR you might want to be sure your driver ball speed is optimized
  • Testing for ball speed is not enough if you want optimum performance.  A true custom fitter will also look at smash factor, and will be sure to find out if you are making center face driver contact consistently.
  • And yes there is much more to finding an optimum driver for your game – like launch angle, ball spin, face angle and path at impact.
  • Finally, just a thought – There Are No Short Cuts To Exceptional!

Now you know the Truth About Driver Ball Speed – not everyone does, glad you are here to let me share it with you!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

124 – Planting Golf Seeds! – Gavin Parker Interview

Gavin Parker Is Planting Golf Seeds

And Growing Our Great Game!!

Planting Golf Seeds

Welcome to Episode 124 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 Gavin Parker – PGA Member and Academy Director at the Salisbury Golf Academy at the Salisbury Golf Club in Midlothian, VA.

  • Gavin shares His Story – what drew him to golf and becoming a PGA Teaching Professional.
  • In addition, he shares what drew him to focus on teaching young children to play golf.
  • Gavin shares his enthusiasm for using “Operation 36” and “Birdie Basics” in his teaching programs, and the benefits of these for young golfers.
  • He discusses how he works with young golfers to help them grow a passion for our game, and to develop their own abilities for being self-motivated to improve their games.
  • Gavin talks about his “secret weapon” tool – his enthusiasm! – to help young golfers to learn and enjoy golf.
  • He shares his views on what is easy and what is difficult about teaching young golfers.
  • Gavin discusses how he translates what he does with young golfers to his teaching of adults.
  • Finally, Gavin shares some of his personal Success Stories, and some Final Words for parents, young children, and golfers who want to play their best and be their best!

Gavin THANKS for sharing your amazing enthusiasm and knowledge with young golfers!

Useful Web Links:

Learn about Gavin Parker and the Salisbury Golf AcademyClick HERE!

Learn about “Operation 36”Click HERE!

Learn about “Birdie Basics”Click HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT! – To PGA Professional Susie Meyers and here terrific golf improvement book Golf From Point A – and THANKS for your help Suzie!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!

My Personal “Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!”

Shoot My Age Golf Improvement Plan!

Hit It Longer - Make More Putts!

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.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

123 – Putting Speed Control! – David Orr Interview

Putting Speed Control Golden Wisdom

From Putting Coach David Orr!

Putting Speed Control

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!

Show Notes:

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 DavidTHANKS!!

Useful Web Links:

Finding David Orr at the Flatstick AcademyCLICK HERE!

Finding a Flatstick Certified Putting InstructorCLICK HERE!

Learn about the new Spider Putt AppCLICK HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT! – Bob Williams, The Pasadena Clubfitter – CLICK HERE!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Your “Adjustable” Golf Game!

Your “Adjustable” Golf Game…

Make Informed Choices!!

Your "Adjustable" Golf Game

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!!  

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

122 – Do The Right Things! – Paul Dewland Interview

Paul Dewland Shares His Powerful

“Do The Right Things” Message With Golfers!

Do The Right Things

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!

Show Notes:

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 DewlandPaul Dewland GolfCLICK HERE!

 

SHOUT OUT!Gavin Parker, Salisbury Golf Academy – CLICK HERE!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Attending The 2019 PGA Equipment Show!

Attending The 2019 PGA Equipment Show:

Every Day – Every Year – A Little Smarter!

2019 PGA Equipment Show

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!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

121 – 2018 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2!

2018 Golf Improvement Podcast Highlights 2:

MORE Of The Best Information From 2018!

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!

Show Notes:

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
  • 112 – John Dunigan – “Read – Roll – Reflect!”
  • 113 – Tom Sterner – “The Flower Question”
  • 114 – Mark Vallier – Becoming A “True” Custom Fitter
  • 115 – Gordon Morrison – Yip Survey Responses
  • 116 –  Christian Marquardt – Some Effective Putting Improvement Tasks
  • 117 – Tony Wright – Putter Counterweighting
  • 118 – Keith Chatham – Spin Axis, Acceleration Profiles in Custom Fitting
  • 119 – Mike McFadden – Achieving The Possible!

What Was YOUR Favorite Highlight? – PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Supercharge Your Golf Habits In 2019!

Learn From “Atomic Habits”

To Supercharge Your Golf Habits In 2019!

Golf Habits

“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.

Do Something Great Today!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY