OWN Your Putter Grip!

OWN Your Putter Grip!

Correct Grip Installation MATTERS!

OWN Your Putter Grip

About a month ago I changed putters, to a Cleveland Huntington Beach 10. I love this putter, and I am making more putts!  I bought a Grip Master leather putter grip to install on the putter – I have always wanted one of these.  But while waiting for it to come, I installed my “old faithful” Winn Tour Pistol grip – and the lineup of the flat side of the grip looked ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.  For now, I am going to stick with the Winn!

Whenever I see a golfer, one of the first things I look at is the putter grip – has it been installed correctly?  Not twisted one way or another – so that the face can be open or closed at address?  There are many ways to install a putter grip correctly – using lasers, or by eyeball are examples.  My personal favorite is illustrated in the picture in this post – here is what I do…

  • I put the putter in my vice, and “zero” out the digital gauge that I have sitting on top of the vice surface.
  • I adjust the putter face so that I get as close as possible to a “90 degree” reading with the digital gauge on the face.
  • Then I install the grip, and visually look down the flat surface to see if it as a start looks to be installed correctly.
  • I then put the little flat plate in the picture on top of the flat surface of the grip – at different locations along the length – and visually see of the grip is installed correctly.
  • THEN I take the putter out of the vice.  And EVERY 10 MINUTES, for at least 30 minutes, I look at the lineup of the grip again and make small tiny adjustments as needed.  Sometimes putter grips can move a little right after they are installed – and I correct for this.
  • I also prefer – if at all possible – that the golfer is with me when I install his or her putter grip.  So that they can see for themselves if the grip is put on perfectly.

So What Does This Mean For YOU?  Here are some simple thoughts and suggestions.

  • First, the next time you get a chance – look at how your putter grip is installed on your putter!  Look down the flat side, and see – is it square, or twisted one way or another?  And is this the way you want it to be an expect it to be?
  • If you get a new putter grip installed, do not assume it will be installed perfectly.  Be there when it is installed if at all possible, and be sure it looks right to YOUR Eye.  It is YOUR Putter!!

 

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134 – Mach 3 Speed Training! – Mike Romatowski

Learn About Mach 3 Speed Training

Average Swing Speed Increase – 11.5 mph!!

Mach 3 Speed Training

Welcome to Episode 134 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 Mike Romatowski – creator of the Mach 3 Speed Training System.  Mike lives in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mike shares His Story – how he decided to get into the field of personal training and golf fitness.
  • He talks about what lead him to develop the Mach 3 Speed Training System for golfers.
  • Mike discusses some of the basic principles that can help all golfers create more speed in their golf swings – some information you may be surprised about!
  • He tells us what a typical Mach 3 training session “looks like” – some of the main things that happen in these sessions.  NOTETathata Golf was mentioned in this section of the podcast.
  • Mike notes some of the different Speed Training Tools that are used in the Mach 3 training.
  • He tells the “real story” about his connection with Joe LaCaze and the Rotex Motion training tools and process.
  • Mike lets us in on some of his favorite Mach 3 Success Stories – with golfers of all ages and abilities.
  • Finally – Make shares some Final Words for golfers who want to learn to Swing Faster!!

Thanks Mike – KEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!

Useful Web Links:

Learn More about Mike Romatowski and Mach 3CLICK HERE!!

Read “More About Mach 3”CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!  

The golfer’s and custom club fitter’s best friend – Tom Wishon from Wishon Golf Technology – now operated by Diamond Golf International. THANK YOU TOM for all of the amazing things you have done and continue to do to promote true custom club fitting!!

 

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YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!

Choose YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge Wisely:

To Help You To SHOOT Lower Scores!

YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge

Let’s talk today about the choice for YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!  However, before we start – enjoy this link about the History Of The Sand Wedge.

Rory McIlroy had a pretty good weekend at the Tour Championship!  I think it is instructive to look at his iron set makeup.  He plays Taylormade P730 irons – 6 iron loft 31 degrees and pitching wedge loft 47 degrees.  And his wedge lofts are 52, 56, and 60 degrees.  Pretty good gapping across his set of irons and wedges.

So he carries a 56 degree wedge – which I am pretty sure is his club of choice for most of his sand shots.  As I do weekly searches of “What’s In The Bag” for Tour winners, the majority of their wedge club setups have two characteristics:

  • The wedge loft gapping is almost always no more than 6 degrees between wedges, and most often 4 to 5 degrees.
  • Most play with a 56 degree wedge – which again I assume is a normal sand wedge for them.

Many OEM iron sets these days are sold with 26, 25, and even 24 loft 6 irons – compared to the 30 degree lofts the tour pros play.  If you play with stronger lofted clubs, you have to “pay the piper somewhere.”  And most often this is in loft gapping between your irons, and the loft choices you have for your wedges.  I have seen some sets of irons that will have 54 degree loft “sand wedges” because the gap wedge lofts are 48 or even 47 degrees.  

So what’s an informed golfer to do? – one who wants to have a great short game and particularly a great sand game?

  • First, know the lofts of ALL of your irons – not just the 6 iron or 7 iron you might be tested with.
  • MAKE SURE that the club you are using as your Sand Wedge is designed to help you create great results.  One that has enough loft to get the ball in the air, and the right type of bounce to allow it to perform well in the sand.  Most often – a 56 degree sand wedge.
  • This may mean – yes – that the loft gapping in your wedges is not optimum. But playing with a sand wedge that is right for your game has to be a priority – for you to score well.

MY Sand Wedge? – the 56 degree Miura K-Grind 2.0 wedge shown in the picture above – it is an AWESOME weapon in the sand!

 

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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!

 

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Tony

 

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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!

 

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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!!

 

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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.

 

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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!!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!!

 

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