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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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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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

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COVID-19 Custom Fitting

COVID-19 Custom Fitting:

Creating A Win-Win Safe Environment!

Covid-19 Custom Fitting

It’s been exciting to start getting golfers to contact me for future custom fittings and putting sessions.  Right now though, I have had to tell them that we will have to wait until at least June 1 to get together – in their best interests and in mine.  I am taking a very careful look at the precautions to put in place to create a safe environment – for golfers and for me.

Some of the “safety first” elements that I know need to be in place for golfers are…

  • First And Foremost – SAFETY for the golfer and for me are THE FIRST PRIORITY.
  • Before any session, send the golfer a note of written guidelines for how the session will be safely conducted.
  • Ask the golfer to, before arriving, clean the clubs he/she brings to every fitting session.
  • Measure the golfer’s temperature before he enters my fitting center, and have the golfer thoroughly wash his hands as the first step to coming in.
  • Set up cleaning stations in the fitting center so that I can clean the golfer’s clubs before testing, and also clean all of my test clubs before and after a golfer hits them.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times during a fitting or putting session.  And I will wear a mask and gloves at all times.
  • Do “One Ball Fittings” – thanks Frank Viola! – and having golfers bring in only the clubs they will need to use during a fitting.
  • Be sure that surfaces in the fitting center – like the portion of the net that the golfer will hit into, and the hitting mat – are clean.
  • And there will be more – I am thinking through all it will take to get back to business very carefully.

Thanks to many of my custom fitting friends who have been providing input on everything needed to get back in business safely.

And to all of you reading this – if you are considering being fit for clubs or working with someone to improve your putting – make sure you know you will be in a safe environment.

That’s it for today -enjoy this Thoughtful Video – Protect YOUR Circle, Stay Safe.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

(AND A Safe Fitting Environment)

You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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Distance Irons – Lower Scores – NO!!

Distance Irons – Lower Scores – NO!!

A Preview…

Distance Irons - Lower Scores - NO!!

Below is a quote from a MyGolfSpy tweet that was posted this weekend.  Pretty important result I believe for golfers who care more about Lower Scores compared to just how far they hit their 7 irons…

“Two Large Scale Iron Tests:

Longest Irons = Worst “Strokes Gained” Scores.

Winning Launch Monitor Battles Equals Sales.

Problem Is The Data Shows It Doesn’t Seem 

To Help Golfers Lower Their Scores.”

No real surprise to me – and I expect for you readers.  When the full results of this study are available, I will share them. Thanks MyGolfSpy!

Stay Safe.

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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150 – Performance Based Club Fitting! – Bert Reich Interview

Performance Based Club Fitting:

Learn From Master Custom Fitter Bert Reich!

Performance Based Club Fitting

Welcome to Episode 150 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 master custom fitter and club builder Bert Reich, owner of Gooder Custom Golf Clubs in Saskatchewan, Canada!

  • Bert shares some of the personal club building efforts he is doing during the COVID 19 shutdown.
  • He talks about three wonderful success stories – a great ball striker and now college golfer, a golfer who “used” to not be able to break 100, and the story about his personal “tried and true” Wishon driver.
  • Bert discusses some of his Most Important Custom Fitting Principles that he uses to create great success with golfers.
  • He talks about the value of using Shaft Extenders to create a more valuable club fitting shaft system.
  • He shares some of the details of his driver and iron shaft fitting system – more than 175 driver fitting shafts and more than 100 iron fitting shafts.
  • Finally – Bert talks about some additional areas that golfers should understand if they want to experience a true custom fitting and Play Their Best Golf!

Well Bert you wanted to return and share more valuable knowledge with us – THANKS FOR DOING THIS!!

Useful Web Links:

Bert Reich and Gooder Custom Golf ClubsCLICK HERE!!

Shout Outs!

To my wife Diane for 23 years – 276 months – of marriage and fun!

To Dr. Mark Bull, a Golf Biomechanics Expert – Bull 3D.  Over the last month, Mark did a 4 part free webinar series sharing some of his extensive knowledge – THANKS MARK FOR BEING SO GIVING!

Finally, thanks to all of you listeners and experts I have interviewed who helped me to create 150 amazing podcast episodes to help golfers Play Their Best!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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Golf Improvement On Line

Golf Improvement On Line:

Stay Home – Stay Safe!

Golf Improvement On Line

Golf Improvement On Line

Wow a first in the 12 years of my blog – TWO images!  These reflect two competing things that are on my mind.

Last week with my fitting friends I got on my soap box and said “I will never create an on-line custom fitting option for golfers.”  Pretty quickly I got a lot of feedback (that is a gentle way to put it!) that I had my head up my ….  Yes nothing will ever be as effective as a face to face custom fitting session.  But right now especially, finding ways to give golfers options may be what they need.  I am now collecting information to put on my web site so that golfers can reach me if they want to pursue a custom fitting on line.

And – how did this happen? – without me even trying to promote it – I had one contact who may ultimately do an on-line based club fitting – and two contacts who I helped to improve their putting performance.  

The second driver for the post today is the second image – thanks to James Ridyard from Short Game Secrets.  I applaud all of the golf pros and their staffs who are doing things to keep golf courses open.  But for me I can live without golf right now – it can wait.  And – again interestingly – I am fully engaged at home with webinars, etc. to help me improve my business and golf game.

So from me to all of you – STAY SAFE!  

If you have issues with your present golf clubs, or are looking for ways to improve your putting performance – reach me through my Contact Page.

AND finally if you are looking for some good on-line content to occupy your time over the next few days – sign up for the April 14-16 2020 Consistent Golf Summit.

STAY SAFE!

Tony

 

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149 – Putter Weighting 101! – Bruce Rearick Interview

Putter Weighting 101

Bruce Rearick Shares Some VALUABLE Insights!

Putter Weighting 101

Welcome to Episode 149 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information and insights about true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Show Notes:

Welcome back putter fitting guru Bruce Rearick from Burnt Edges Consulting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Bruce shares some of the most interesting things he has been doing in the past year.
  • Why Is Putter Weighting Important? – and maybe more important that we have realized it was in the past?
  • Bruce talks about two of the most important elements of Putter Weighting – Total Weight and Putter Head Weight.  He discusses some of the ways these two fitting elements can influence a putting stroke.  AND he also talks about the importance of Putter Weight Balancing to putting performance.
  • Are Heavy Putter Headweights good for golfers – why not or when?
  • Bruce shares some inside information about his personal putter, how he fit himself for it – and what you can learn from what he did.
  • What is the role of Putter Counterweighting in putter performance – how much is right, how much is too much?
  • Final words for golfers – getting the right Putter Weight and Putter Weight Distribution matters to help a golfer to Make More Putts!

A Fascinating Interview And Information Bruce – THANKS!!

Useful Web Links:

More about Bruce Rearick – Burnt Edges ConsultingCLICK HERE!!

(Especially read “Does your putter need to go on a diet?”)

Bruce Rearick’s Facebook page – CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

My personal prayers for everyone who is suffering with COVID 19, and with all of the special people who are helping our country overcome the virus.  Everyone Stay Safe!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

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Stay Safe AND Engaged!

Stay Safe AND Engaged…

Both Are Important!

Stay Safe AND Engaged

The picture above was taken looking out under our deck to our back yard.  SOON there will be a 6 foot wide 8 foot long hitting net blocking this view.  Coming soon also are 2 dozen golf practice balls – and I will enjoy hitting some shots every day simply for enjoyment.  Well………of course also hoping that doing this will help me improve my game when I get back to playing in about 2 months.

In the meantime, here are four fun links – one with some inspiration, one with a sign-up link for daily April golf practice drills you can do at home, and links to two free practice plan videos!

Inspiration From European Tour Pros!

“The Sand Trap” Web Site – April Daily Practice Challenge!

James Ridyard – “COVID 19” Free Wedge Practice Plan

John Graham – “COVID 19” Free Putting Practice Plan

Enjoy my podcast interview with Bruce Rearick next Monday – and STAY SAFE!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

(But Not Right Now – STAY SAFE!)

You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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Loving Boredom!

Loving Boredom Is A Great Skill

In Golf AND In Life!

Loving Boredom

One of my favorite parts of the amazing book Atomic Habits, by James Clear, is his discussion of the importance of loving boredom when you want to create new habits and improve skills.  Here is a little writeup James created about the value of learning to love boredom…

Fall In Love With Boredom – Unlock Your Mental Toughness

I think there has been no time in my life, and maybe your lives, when it is more important to be able the discipline of boredom.  The link below might also help, it is a short video from Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space.  He talks about tips for combating loneliness…

Scott Kelly –  Tips For Getting Through Self-Isolation

Me? – no fittings and putting coaching through at least the end of April, and no golf through the end of May.  I have a bunch of fitting test shaft improvements I have wanted to make for awhile  Writing blogs / newsletters and doing a few podcasts, and daily walks and some binge TV watching should keep me well occupied.

I pray for all of your safety and health – pray for mine too!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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148 – Cap’n Clubmaker, The Book! – Tom Wishon Interview

Cap’n Clubmaker Is Published!

Tom Wishon Shares Some Of The GREAT Content

Cap'n Clubmaker

Welcome to Episode 148 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:

Tom Wishon from Wishon Golf shares some of the stories and information in his newly published book Cap’n Clubmaker – Experiences & Insights From A Life In Search Of The Perfect Golf Club.

  • Tom “retired” in October 2016.  He shares what “retirement” has been like for him – pretty great!
  • He talks about why he decided to write Cap’n Clubmaker.
  • Tom The Storyteller (!) shares 5 of the 53 personal and fun stories that make up the first part of his new book.
  • The second section of the book is titled “The Insights: The Key Points I’ve Learned in the Search for the Perfect Golf Clubs.”  He talked about why he decided to include this valuable section for club fitters and golfers.
  • Two of the chapters in the second part of the book are Iron Head Design and Driver Head Design.  Tom shares some of the information from these two book chapters.
  • Finally, Tom dreams a little in A Look at the Future of Golf Clubs.  You will be surprised at some of the things he discusses here!

Do you love golf and want to play your best? – Are you a custom club fitter and want to improve? – BUY THIS BOOK!!THANK YOU TOM!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Tom Wishon and Wishon GolfCLICK HERE!!

Cap’n Clubmaker is available NOW to custom club fitters and club makers through Diamond Golf International.  In early to mid April, it will be available on sites like Amazon.com.  I will let readers know when it is available for general public purchase. 

 

Shout Out!!  My hopes and prayers for everyone in the United States and the world, that we can join together to defeat the Covid19 Virus.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Tony

 

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