141 – Coordination! – 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference

Coordination Was A Major Focus Area

At The 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference!

Coordination

Welcome to Episode 141 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:

Tony shares some of his personal highlights from the 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference held on December 7-8, 2019 at the Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC.

The presenters and titles of their presentations:

  • David Orr: “7 Principles of Putting Performance”
  • Paul Dewland: “Mental Skills: The Origin of Stories”
  • Biv Wadden IV: “Stroke Times and Acceleration Profiles”
  • Tim Briand: “Putter Fitting Matrix and Tool Box”
  • David Orr: “Your Putter: Helping or Hurting”
  • Dr. Rob Neal: “Generating Speed in 3D”
  • David Orr: “”Coaching the Big Picture in Putting”

Another fabulous putting improvement learning event.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Useful Web Links:

The Flatstick Academy web site – CLICK HERE!!

Find Flatstick Certified Putting InstructorsCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Biv Wadden IV and his deceased friend and Indy Putting Lab partner Leith Anderson – Leith you are missed by many in the custom club fitting and putting instruction community.

 

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Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

Thanks To All The Presenters

Another Great Flatstick Putting Conference!

It is Sunday night, about 8 pm.  Usually I write my blog on Monday mornings.  But this week I will be driving home from attending the 2nd Flatstick Putting Conference held at Pine Needles Lodge in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Quite truthfully tonight I am gassed, from fighting a cold that started about 3 days ago.  But what a great two days of putting presentations and information shared!

THANKS to all of the presenters – David Orr (who did 3 presentations), Paul Dewland, Biv Wadden, Tim Briand, and Dr. Rob Neal.  And about 25 other attendees at the event.

I learned a LOT and took 41 pages of notes – including many nuggets to help me be a better putting instructor and coach, and also to help my personal putting performance.  

Thanks again David Orr and everyone at the conference!

 

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Tony

 

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140 – Sterling Single-Length Irons Revisited! – Jaacob Bowden Interview

Update On Sterling Single-Length Irons:

Master ONE Golf Swing!

Sterling Single-Length Irons Revisited!

Welcome to Episode 140 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 Jaacob Bowden – Co-Creator (with Tom Wishon) of the Sterling Single-Length Irons.

  • Jaacob provides a personal update on things he has been involved with in the past 2 years.
  • He shares his thoughts on how the single-length iron concept has progressed in the golf world.
  • Jaacob talks about the major benefits of single-length irons for golfers – and any specific classes of golfers who can benefit the most from playing them.
  • He discusses the benefits of single-length – in particular – for beginner and high-handicap golfers.
  • His web site has guidelines for single-length iron setups that work best for different classes of golfers.  Jaacob shares his thoughts about these criteria.
  • He shares a few of his favorite single-length iron success stories.
  • Finally, Jaacob shares some Final Thoughts on the future of single-length irons for golfers, and when they should consider playing them.

Thanks Jaacob!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about Sterling Single-Length IronsCLICK HERE!!

Learn more about Jaacob BowdenCLICK HERE!!

Shout Out!

To Bob Simms, Head Coach of the St. John Fisher Golf Teams – and a good friend.  Bob and Dan Wesley, Head Coach of the University of Rochester Golf Program, will be starting an exciting new podcast in about six months.  

The 3-minute discussion I had with Bob Simms about their new podcast is in my podcast episode today.  But you can also listened to it at THIS LINK.

 

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Change SOMETHING – Yippee!

I Decided To Change SOMETHING…

And Achieved Some AMAZING Results!

Change SOMETHING

Two “unrelated” but maybe related things happened recently that I will share with you here.  Both I think are at least partly the result of my decision to change something related to my body and my golf…

 

  • For about the past two months I have been struggling with significant lower back pain.  I have been doing weekly physical therapy for my back, and also some focused RotexMotion exercises that Dr. Joe LaCaze suggested to me. I knew that part of the issue for me is my sleeping posture, and that I needed to find a way to lie in bed that did not stress my back.  Well – yesterday I found a way to lie down that seemed to take help – and IMMEDIATELY no more back pain.  It was hard to believe – and I have not had pain for the past two days.  I believe the change in my back pain resulted from the COMBINATION of all of my recent improvement efforts.

 

  • More than 2 years ago I started having the putting stroke yips.  My “cure” had been to putt with a claw grip – but I have never enjoyed that.  About a month ago committed to a number of “small” but I think significant changes.  At the recent AGCP Roundtable, my friend Keith Chatham suggested I experiment with a large counterweight in my putter shaft located under my right hand – and I installed a 100 gram Opti Vibe weight 3 inches down the shaft.  I also: a) changed to a full swing overlap grip for my putting, b) changed my putting stroke movement pattern, where I now control speed more in my torso and arms; c) practiced the stroke changes every day for at least 10 minutes in my basement; and d) during practice on the putting green hit a lot of really long putts using the new stroke, and did a lot of distance control practice.  Result – in the last two rounds of golf No Putting Yips!

 

Do The Same Things – Get The Same Results

Change Things – Different EXCITING Results Are Possible!

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My partner at the Centennial Golf Academy – PGA Professional Des Mahoney – recently attended a Mach 3 Speed Training Session held in Nashville, TN.  He came back energized by the potential of Mach 3 – and on December 7 will offer a Speed Training session for golfers.  Click THIS LINK for more details!

 

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Guaranteed Speed Improvement Results!

Guaranteed Club Speed Increase – Des Mahoney, PGAMach 3 Speed Training

I recently completed the Mach 3 Speed Training workshop with Mike Romatowski and the experience confirmed my belief that Speed Training will absolutely improve the kinematics and sequence patterns in every golfer. Quote: “Allow greater speed to improve  your mechanics, not the other way around. This intention spawns the technique, not vice versa!” – Mike Romatowski

Golf Speed Training is non-technical. Bogging down in the intricacies of swing technique is like letting the air out of the tires on a dragster. There are two components that universally help all golfers swing faster:

1) Set up in a dynamic, athletic, and balanced posture

2) Create the most speed past the ball.

It is critical to understand that the inside moves the outside, in all stick sports. Ben Hogan said, “The action of the arms is motivated by the movements of the body, and the hands consciously do nothing but maintain a firm grip on the club.” In other words, speed in golf is the result of energy from the rotational center (the body / inside), transferring to the motion of the outside (the hands and arms).

Many golfers (and coaches) question whether getting faster compromises the accuracy and solidity of the strike. Speed optimizes efficiency and efficiency promotes better accuracy. So, we should learn and train our speed & power first, with guidance from a certified specialist, using tools that promote learning and feel, with less clutter. 

The training sessions are not physically difficult and involve a warmup routine and moving from station to station, utilizing the speed training tools. We used a variety of unique teaching aids, which helped me to feel that the core of the body was sending the energy into my arms, producing more speed. I gained 4 miles per hour, which is an extra 12 yards off the tee, and I know that I can add to that!  

I am offering a special Speed Training package of 4 Speed Training sessions, plus a Jetstick Speed Training tool for $399. Each student will bring their driver to each session and we will test for increased driver swing speed at the beginning and end of each session. I guarantee that you will be hitting it farther after this training.

 The speed training sessions will run on Saturdays from 9-11 am starting on Dec 7 and class size is limited. 

 Contact Des at 865-919-2126 to register or for any questions. 

 

139 – Great Putting Practice! – David Orr Interview

Great Putting Practice – David Orr

Shares What It Looks Like!

Great Putting Practice

Welcome to Episode 139 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 100 Top Teacher, and creator of the Flatstick Academy in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

  • David shares what being at the 2019 Solheim Cup meant to him.  He also shares what watching one of his students, Suzann Pettersen, make the final winning putt was like.
  • He recently had an article in the October 2019 Golf Magazine issue about the “Chopsticks Drill” – and he discusses some of the benefits of this drill for putting improvement.
  • David talks about the success of the recent Paris Flatstick Conference.  He also shares the agenda for the December 7-8 2nd Annual Flatstick Conference in Pine Needles.
  • He is a big fan of the SpiderPutt putting practice app, and discusses how this app can be used for focused putting practice and improvement.
  • Finally – David takes a deep look for us at what Great Putting Practice is like – how much, block vs random, and creating a practice plan layout.

Wow David Another Home Run Interview – THANKS!!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about the Flatstick AcademyCLICK HERE!

Learn about the “Chopsticks” Putting DrillCLICK HERE!

Learn about the SpiderPutt Practice AppCLICK HERE!

Shout Out!

Thanks to Dr. Joe LaCaze, creator of the RotexMotion Fitness and Training System.  I have had some recent lower back issues.  Joe provided me some guidance on Rotex exercises t0 help my back – Thanks Joe!

 

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Wishon Golf – YOUR Fit Matters!

Tom Wishon And Wishon Golf:

Still Giving To Golfers Of All Abilities!

Wishon Golf

Goodness time flies – it is hard to believe that it is almost 2 years since Tom Wishon of Wishon Golf Technologies “semi retired.”  His designs are still available to true custom fitters through Diamond Golf International.  And – coming in the next few months – some really interesting new developments from this “semi retired” best friend of golfers who want to play their best golf.

Tom recently wrote two short articles that can help golfers understand the value of true custom fitting, and the most important factors in being custom fit for a driver. The links to these two articles are below:

Professional Club Fitting And Playing YOUR Best Golf

3 Key Driver Fitting Specifications

The biggest takeaway from Tom in these articles?

 

75% of all golfers who undergo a full fitting

with an experienced clubfitter walk away with some aspect

of the clubs performing better than their previous clubs.”

 

Keep giving to all of us Tom – THANKS!!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

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138 – 14th AGCP Roundtable Highlights!

14th AGCP Roundtable Highlights:

Optimize Club Performance – SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

 

Welcome to Episode 138 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:

Some of my personal LESSONS LEARNED – from the 14th AGCP Roundtable held in Columbus, GA on October 30 to November 1, 2019.

  • Overview of all of the presentations at the 14th AGCP (Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals) Roundtable.
  • Keith Chatham – Fitting for Length and Weight are #1 and #2 for him – and I agree.
  • Dave Kenzie – BE CAREFUL buying grips on line to save money – you MIGHT be buying low quality clone grips!
  • Dave Kenzie – a discussion of a few of the great Shop Tips that he discussed (Dawn dishwater soap, how to sharpen your drill bits, and roughing up the inside of hosels after you bore them out).
  • Dan Burnfield shared some of the innovative ways he presently uses the BLAST Motion Sensor in putter fitting and full swing fitting.
  • Andre Theon – insights from custom fitting and building 750 Sterling Single-Length iron sets – yes, 750!!
  • Keith Chatham Lie Fitting with Grooved Balls presentation – Manufacturer’s Lie Angles may not be YOURS!!
  • Keith Chatham – Tour Pros and Lead Tape on their clubs (watch TV events, you may be surprised!).
  • Roy Nix and Bill Kelly Live Demos – Fitting for Weight Matters.  Also watching a golfer’s Spine Angle at Address.
  • Keith Chatham – Opti Vibe weights and Putting Yips – worth testing!

ANOTHER Great AGCP Roundtable – THANKS To Everyone!

Useful Web Links:

Learn more about the AGCPCLICK HERE!!

Andre Theon Golf N Swing New Web Site – CLICK HERE!!

(use Google Chrome to access Andre’s site so that “Translate” will work for web pages)

Shout Out!

To Alan SwisherAlan’s Custom Clubs – for the help and many valuable discussions we had at the 14th AGCP Roundtable – THANKS!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

Tony

 

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Shorter And Heavier Drivers – Learn from Ben And Sergio!

Shorter And Heavier Drivers:

Can Be LONGER And STRAIGHTER!

Shorter and Heavier

Enjoy these two short videos of two great drivers of the golf ball – Ben Hogan and Sergio Garcia!

Ben Hogan   —   Sergio Garcia

Ben and Sergio have two important things in common with their drivers.  Hogan’s driver length was 43 inches – and Sergio’s driver is somewhere between 43 and 44 inches long.  The OTHER thing their drivers have in common is that they play HEAVIER shaft weights than most mortal golfers now play in their drivers (often 50 and 60 grams).  I do not know Hogan’s shaft weight for sure, but it looks like a steel shaft so most likely weighs more than 100 grams.  See This Article about Sergio’s golf clubs – his driver shaft weighs about 100 grams, and he also has counterweights in the butt end of his driver.

Oh – reminder – off the rack drivers golfers are “fit” with are typically longer than 45 inches.

Now just think of the word HEAVIER – it just sounds like something that can mean SLOW and SHORT.

This Golf Digest Liam Mucklow article (thanks Bob Williams!) suggests, however, that A lighter shaft rarely leads to a faster swing.”  The combination of a driver length that puts a golfer in a more athletic setup position – to make a better swing and also to create more center contact shots – and a heavier shaft weight in combination with that shorter length often leads to longer and straighter drives.

In my 13 years as a custom fitter, I have only successfully fit ONE driver that was longer than 45 inches long.  All of my driver test club shafts are from 43-1/2 to 44-1/2 inches long, with shaft weights varying from 55, 65, 75, 85, and 130 (yes, a steel shaft!) grams.  

MY recommendation for YOUR next custom driver fitting – START shorter and heavier – you may be pleasantly surprised by the results!

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(Next week I am off to my yearly overdose of custom fitting learning – at the 14th Annual AGCP Roundtable.  We will definitely talk fitting for shaft weight there – and other great topics.  Watch here on my podcast next week for some details!).

 

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137 – The Lost Art Of Playing Golf! – Gary Nicol and Karl Morris

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf

Learn Some Valuable Golf Improvement Concepts!

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf

Welcome to Episode 137 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 new book The Lost Art Of Playing Golf.

  • Gary and Karl share their reasons for writing The Lost Art Of Playing Golf – and a few insights about the final stages of getting this book to press.
  • They talk first about two important concepts – Knowing Your Why For Playing Golf, and The Skill Of Gratitude – why these are valuable for enjoying and playing your best golf.
  • Another wonderful concept in the book is the importance of Third Shots – Gary and Karl talk about this, and note the importance of sometimes accepting that a bogey can be a great result.
  • A recurring theme in The Lost Art Of Playing Golf is understanding the difference of Facts versus Opinions.  They talk about how we often confuse these, and how not to do so.
  • Some of the important words discussed in the book are Flexibility, Consistency, Acceptance, and Intention – Karl and Gary dive into knowing the value of understanding these important concepts.
  • A golf improvement expert, Marcus Westerburg, is mentioned in the book – and they talk about the value of his work to help golfers play their best.
  • Training Exercises! – there are some interesting ones shared in the book – and Karl and Gary each talk about their favorite one.
  • Finally, Gary and Karl share their insights on How To Most Effectively use the information that have given to us in The Lost Art Of Playing Golf.

Thanks Gary and KarlKEEP DOING GREAT THINGS!

Useful Web Links:

Connect with golf coach Gary NicolCLICK HERE!

Connect with performance coach Karl MorrisCLICK HERE!

The Lost Art Of Playing Golf web site (buy the book) – CLICK HERE!

Buy the book on Amazon.com – CLICK HERE!

Shout Out!

To all golfers who trust me to create their golf clubs, and improve their putting performance.  And to all of you listeners and readers of my podcasts, blogs, and newsletters. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

 

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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!

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