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.

 

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Putting Capture Speed Revisited!

A New Look At Putting Capture Speed:

Speed AND Line!

Putting Capture Speed

Should you hit your putts a little harder to “take out the break?”  Well, in 2014 I wrote a Putting Improvement eBook, and the image above is from that eBook.  But there was a SMALL but important thing I did NOT discuss enough in the eBook – and I realized it this weekend.

First though, there are two links noted in the image above, and here they are again and they are still relevant…

AimPoint Green Reading –  Capture Speed by Steve Guiliano

How Wide Is The Hole Really?

So what did I miss talking about in the eBook?  Well yes Capture Speed is Important.  But – Face At Impact is ALSO Important.

A quick example.  With die-in-the-hole capture speed, on a 5 foot straight putt your face at impact can be 2 degrees open or closed and you can still make the putt. But if you hit the same putt with a speed that will take it 3 feet past the hole, your putter face at impact has to be less than 0.7 degrees open or closed or you will miss the putt.

The farther you hit a putt past the hole, the more control you have to have on face at impact to make a putt.

So – hit a putt harder to “take the break out?” – in my view, not a great putting strategy unless you are amazing with controlling your putter face at impact.

Now to be clear.  I am not suggesting everyone should be a die-in-the-hole speed putter – capture speeds of 1 to 1-1/2 feet past the hole are very good goals.

I know a great way to practice and improve putting speed control for 5, 10, and 15 foot putts – compliments of my putting guru friend Juan Gutierrez and his book MAKE MORE PUTTS – contact me and I will provide more details!

 

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147 – The Cap’n IS Coming – Tom Wishon’s New Book!

Yes The Cap’n IS Coming

Tom Wishon’s New Book!!

The Cap'n Is Coming

Welcome to Episode 147 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 – the guru of true custom club fitting and golf club design – has written an exciting new book that is about to be released!  Here is the title…

Cap’n Clubmaker – Experiences And Insights From A Life

In Search Of The Perfect Golf Club

Stay tuned for Podcast Episode 148 – where I will talk with Tom about some of the wonderful stories and custom fitting insights he shares in his new book.  Any day now it will be available for purchase (more from me here when that happens!).

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Tom Wishon – CLICK HERE!!

Shout Out! 

To all of my great Association of Golf Clubfitting Professional friends.  I have been sharing information on the AGCP forum about the fittings I have completed this year, and their advise and insights are helping me take my fitting knowledge to a higher level!

Find an AGCP custom fitter in your area – CLICK HERE!!

 

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The USGA Distance Report And YOUR Golf Potential

The USGA Distance Report And YOUR Golf Potential:

One Golfer’s Personal Perspective

The USGA Distance Report And YOUR Golf Potential

The social media buzz and discussion about the recently released USGA Distance Report continues. Last week I read the most fascinating article yet related to this report.  MyGolfSpy commented on a recent response to the Distance Report from Titleist – A Perspective on the Distance Insights Report.  And just in case you might miss this link within the Titlest response, be sure you look at this set of slides called Tradition and Technology.  For certain Titleist has a vested interest in not – as MyGolfSpy says – “rolling back anything.”  But the Titlest response is simply a well-written golf article and interesting read!

We all have the right to have a view on whether or not hitting the golf ball farther is an issue for golf.  Here are my personal thoughts…

  • There are SO MANY WAYS that golfers at all levels of ability can improve their games – optimized equipment, improved fitness, how we practice to improve, game management, the mental side of the game are some of these.
  • The world’s best golfers are the models for all of us mortal golfers on what is possible.  As long as they are working to improve within the rules, they should be allowed to.
  • My view is the BIGGEST reason that Tour Players are hitting the ball farther is they are becoming better and better athletes, and using the now available knowledge and technology to optimize how they can hit the golf ball.  And we ALL can learn from that!
  • So USGA – rolling back technology or bifurcation of the rules is not necessary – let the “best of the best” achieve their personal “sub 4 minute miles” and their “sub 2 hour marathons” – they inspire ALL of us to improve in our desire to SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

 

I would LOVE to hear any views you have in the COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!

 

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146 – “Fluid” Practice! – Steven Yellin Interview

Learn About “Fluid” Practice!

From Steven Yellin –  The Fluid Motion Factor

"Fluid" Practice!

Welcome to Episode 146 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 Steven Yellin, creator of The Fluid Motion Factor – a Revolutionary Golf Program!

  • Steven talks about the great success that Scott McCarron (Champions Tour) and Gaby Lopez (LPGA Tour) have had using Fluid Motion Factor program principles.  Amazing!
  • He discusses some of the basics of the Fluid Motion Factor program and the benefits golfers get from applying it in their games.
  • Golfers and swing changes! Steven shares what golfers need to attend to to ensure they can effectively make meaningful swing changes.
  • He talks about some of the Major Misconceptions golfers have for how to practice effectively – and what REALLY needs to be practiced.
  • Finally, Steven talks about his exciting new partnership with Ikonik Golf – a new digital golf academy builder tool.

THANKS STEVEN for helping listeners to Drink The Fluid Juice!

 

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about The Fluid Motion Factor ProgramCLICK HERE!!

Connect with Steven’s Facebook page – CLICK HERE!!

Purchase The Fluid Motion Factor book – CLICK HERE!!

Learn about IKONIK GolfCLICK HERE!!

 

Shout Out!

To Diamond Golf International – supplier of Wishon Golf custom club fitting components – and dedicated to great service to true custom club fitters around the world!

 

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Center Contact – Yummy!!

Consistent Center Contact Is A Goal

For Every TRUE Custom Club Fitting!

Center Contact

“Hey Tony, Look At This!”  Saturday I did an iron fitting with a very pleasant 79 year old golfer who has been frustrated about his clubs and his golf game.  We were in the middle of testing with a number of club combinations – when we tested with an Alpha HIMO Response iron head and a Wishon S2S White Hybrid shaft. And then his response.  Right then, we had a good sense that we had found the best combination for him – and after about 45 minutes of testing other combinations, I knew we had.

Using hybrid shafts in irons tends to help create a little more launch and often more distance for golfers with slower swing speeds.  This golfer picked up about 9 more yards of distance, 4 more yards of ball speed, 2 more feet of maximum shot height. But ESPECIALLY created irons that also felt good to hit.  Center Contact Does That!!

You can (surely you long term readers know this!) can test your iron contact easily when you practice using Dr. Sholl’s Foot Powder.  Center Contact is what true custom fitting does – and this golfer is VERY HAPPY!!

 

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145 – Stories! – Paul Dewland Interview

Stories And Golf Performance:

Learning From Paul Dewland

Stories

Welcome to Episode 145 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:  Welcome back Mental Performance Coach Paul Dewland from Paul Dewland Golf based in Orlando, Florida.

  • Paul  shares a golfer success story 9 years in the making!
  • Why is the topic “The Origin of Stories” an important topic for golfers to understand?
  • Paul talks about our “mental roommate” and the role of Stories in making up our minds deliberately and unconsciously.
  • He talks about the role of Stories in our Compulsions – and how we can improve our Creativity and Skill Development.
  • One of Paul’s favorite phrases is “Awareness Is Curative.”  He shares a simple and powerful exercise we can all do daily to improve our awareness of our thoughts and strories.
  • Finally, Paul encourages all of us to Find Simple Things To Do Daily – and how attention to simple things can create big benefits for our golf and life.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING PAUL!

Useful Web Link…

Learn more about Paul Dewland and Paul Dewland GolfCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!!

Thanks to Preston Combs, Preston’s Putting in Santa Barbara, California.  For continuing to share your knowledge, and for the yearly invite to the wonderful Preston’s Dinner on Wednesday evening of the PGA Show!  

CLICK HERE to learn more about Preston’s Putting!

 

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My 2020 PGA Show Highlights!

My 2020 PGA Show Highlights

Always Learning!

2020 PGA Show Highlights

 

How would I rank the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in terms of valuable information – way up at the top!  For me, attending the Show is a combination of learning about new things, and connecting with lots of smart people.  Here are a few of the things I learned about at the Show this year…

  • Slopegraide Green Reading Tool  A digital level on your belt?  A fascinating new tool to help golfers learn to improve their green reading skills.
  • Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Woods  A great fitting option for golfers who like to play hybrids – my custom fitting friend Keith Chatham raves about these – and I am adding them to my custom fitting system.
  • Flightscope Mevo+  Impressive in what it measures for a $2,000 price point.  The next step to affordable launch monitors.
  • New SeeMore Plumbers Neck Hosel Putters  A great addition to the SeeMore putter line.  I cannot wait to get two of these to add to my putter fitting system.
  • New JumboMax Ultralite Grips  In the past JumboMax grip weights have been about 130 grams – the new Ultralite XL weighs about 50 grams!
  • Nippon Golf Shafts  Well – these are not new.  But they are high quality shafts with options for lots of golfers.  A shaft line I will add to my custom fitting system this year.
  • Sacks Parente Putters  Interesting, because they come with 30 gram shafts and 30 gram grips! – Light!!

Great information and learning – connecting with really smart friends in the golf industry – another winner PGA Show!

 

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2019 Podcast Highlights 2!

2019 Podcast Highlights 2

MORE Information To Improve YOUR Golf Game!

2019 Podcast Highlights 2

Welcome to Episode 144 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:  The second highlights podcast for podcast episodes completed in 2019!

  • (133) – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris – Creating Putting Stories
  • (134) – Mike Romatowski – Principles for Creating Speed
  • (135) – Scott Young – Directness!
  • (136) – Lance Reader – Driver “Migration” and Bulge and Roll
  • (137) – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris – Importance of 3rd Shots!
  • (138) – AGCP Roundtable 14 – Lie Fitting, and Lead Tape!
  • (139) – David Orr – What Do Tour Players Practice?
  • (140) – Jaacob Bowden – Benefits of Single Length Irons
  • (141) – 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference – Putting Matrix and Toolbox
  • (142) – Mike McFadden – Out To In Tasks, And ONE THING!

Shout Out!

To Gary Nicol, Karl Morris, Mike Romatowski, Scott Young, Lance Reader, David Orr, Jaacob Bowden, and Mike McFadden.

THANK YOU for sharing your golf improvement expertise and knowledge with golfers and with me in 2019!

 

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2019 Podcast Highlights 1!

2019 Podcast Highlights 1

Information to Improve YOUR Golf Game!

2019 Podcast Highlights 1

Welcome to Episode 142 of THE Golf Improvement Podcast!  Dedicated to sharing useful information in true custom club fitting, short game improvement, and effective practice techniques.  I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS – You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

Show Notes:  The first highlight podcast for podcast episodes completed in 2019!

  • (122) – Paul Dewland – “Visible” and “Invisible” Skills
  • (123) – David Orr – The Putter Itself, and Speed Control
  • (124) – Gavin Parker –  The Easy and Hard of Teaching Young Golfers
  • (125) – Tom Sterner – “You Have to Be There!”
  • (126) – Joe LaCaze – Changing the Paradigm
  • (127) – Adam Young – Conscious and Unconscious Concepts
  • (129) – Craig Isabel – Target / No Target / Wholeness
  • (130) – Bruce Rearick – Plumbers Neck Hosels / Putting Performance
  • (131) – Eric Burch – Why Club Companies Like New Level Golf?
  • (132) – Ernie Reynolds – Why Club Companies Like Eagle Rebirth?

Shout Out!  

To Paul Dewland, David Orr, Gavin Parker, Tom Sterner, Joe LaCaze, Adam Young, Craig Isabel, Bruce Rearick, Eric Burch, and Ernie Reynolds.

THANK YOU for sharing your golf improvement expertise with me and with golfers in 2019!!

 

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