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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You Shoot LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

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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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You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

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Driver Center Face Contact – Get In GEAR!

Driver Center Face Contact And The Gear Effect:

Minimize The BIG Miss!!

Driver Center Face Contact

When you hit the center of the driver face, you will optimize your Driver Smash Factor – optimize ball speed – and help to maximize driving distance.  But – can there be MORE value to center face contact?

Recently I completed an on-line Trackman University training course – and learned and reinforced my knowledge of some important custom fitting basics.  

Driver faces have a bulge or face curvature to make use of what is called the GEAR EFFECT.  The relationship between driver face bulge and gear effect is described clearly in a Dave Tutelman web site article – At This Link.  The driver face bulge compensates for the gear effect for off-center driver face contact.

Now it gets more fun!  It is actually possible to create a straight driver shot with an off-center contact.  How this can happen is described in these two videos – Gear EffectSpin Axis II, and Straight Shot.  As an example – if you have an outside-to-inside club face and face open to the path, you can potentially create a straight shot (or at least less shot curvature) if your contact is on the toe of the golf club.  

But now – how about these combinations….

  • Outside-to-inside path, face open to path, contact on heel – BIGGER Slice, BIGGER Miss.
  • Inside-to-outside path, face closed to path, contact on toe – BIGGER Hook, BIGGER Miss.

So the gear effect and driver design can for some shots help compensate for slices and hooks – but can also sometimes enhance slices and hooks.  You might – on the driving range or on the golf course – look at where you make contact on the face and compare that to the ball flight you created. 

All in all – playing with a custom fit driver that helps you create More Consistent Center Face Contact is the way to go!

 

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Tony

 

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129 – Access What You Already Own! – Craig Isabel Interview

Golfers – Access What You Already Own!

Craig Isabel Shares HOW

Access What You Already Own

Welcome to Episode 129 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!

It is GREAT to be back – Thank YOU for being back!!

Show Notes:

Interview with Craig Isabel – golf teaching professional and Master Fluid Motion Factor Instructor at the Touchet Golf Facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Craig shares his Personal Golf Story and how he first met Steven Yellin, developer of the Fluid Motion Factor Program.
  • He discusses some of the most important benefits for golfers who adopt the Fluid Motion Factor program principles.
  • Craig describes what he did to become a Master Fluid Motion Factor program instructor (there are only 3 Master instructors).
  • He shares a bit of how he teaches the Fluid Motion Factor in full swing and putting instruction.
  • Craig recently won a 90-Player Indiana Sectional Event – he noted that “All of my best rounds and shots begin with high levels of acceptance.”  He shares the importance of this statement.
  • He talks about a few of his favorite golfer Success Stories for golfers who have truly implemented the Fluid Motion Factor in their golf games.
  • Finally, Craig shares two great things that golfers can use NOW in their practice and games to Shoot Lower Scores and have more fun playing golf!

Thanks Craig – Keep Doing Great Things!

Useful Web Links.

Find Craig Isabel at the Touchet Golf FacilityCLICK HERE!!

Craig’s Instagram link is @craigisabel_golf

Learn more about the Fluid Motion Factor ProgramCLICK HERE!!

 

SHOUT OUT!! – THANK YOU for all of the prayers and encouragement during my 6-month recovery from prostate removal surgery.  I have been very blessed.

 

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You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

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Self Compassion And Acceptance – A Golf Superpower!

Learn To Access A Golf Superpower!

Self Compassion And Acceptance

A Golf Superpower

You are on the 12th hole and playing and scoring great.  You have high levels of expectation for your final score.  You have a 2-1/2 foot putt for birdie – and you miss it.  BANG – EVERYTHING CHANGES.  You Dummy.  And there goes your great round up in smoke.

My friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama – The Bulletproof Musician – wrote one of his best ever posts this week, a must read.  Here is the link to the post…

Self Compassion – Mental Toughness – Overcoming Setbacks

All I can say is, if you are looking to play better and more enjoyable golf – read this post and the links.  There is information in it for golfers, for coaches, for parents.

Here are a few things you can do on the golf course to apply the principles discussed in Noa’s post…

  • Perhaps start where the golf drama is the highest – on the putting green. Experiment with Accepting Every Putting Result No Matter What It Is.  Then after you putt, rate your degree of acceptance on a 1 to 10 scale – 1 is very low acceptance, 10 is very high acceptance.
  • If you start seeing value to your game in Accepting Putting Results – take it to your Entire Game.  Have an objective of Accepting Every Result.  And then after the shot Rate The Shot.

Compare how you play without Self Compassion to how you play when you Accept All Or Many Of Your Results.  You might like the change!!

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If you did not read my June 2019 Newsletter (published June 15) – here is The Link.  It includes some great Trackman University videos, a Brad Faxon putting drill worth using in your practice, and some discussion on “Variability and Compensations” in your golf game.

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And finally it is Good To Be Back!  My prostate removal surgery went very well and so has the recovery.  I appreciate the good wishes and prayers from many of you.  Now I am ready to get back to true custom club fitting, putting instruction and coaching, and creating great web site content to help golfers Shoot Lower Scores!

 

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You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

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128 – Moments Of Opportunity! – Tony Wright

Some Recent MOMENTS OF OPPORTUNITY!

Tony Wright Shares Three Stories

Moments Of Opportunity

Welcome to Episode 128 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 Wright with Game Improvement Golf shares three personal stories related to golf and life improvement!

  • The Golf Trip Story – applying the Fluid Motion Factor and Levels Of Acceptance to play great golf!
  • The Tennessee Men’s Golf Team Support Story – I talk about recent efforts to help the University of Tennessee Men’s Golf Team to play their best at the upcoming NCAA Regionals!
  • The Since Last August Story – Next Monday, on May 13, I will have prostate removal surgery.  I talk about creating a great Level Of Acceptance related to the surgery, and also about using my recovery time as a Moment Of Opportunity to learn and improve.

Shout Out! – And Useful Web Links…

THANKS TO EVERYONE who has helped me in my journey to my upcoming surgery.  And some particular Web Links to some of those who will be helping me learn some New Great Things during my recovery to help golfers PLAY THEIR BEST!

 

Jay McGrath from Real Feel Golf MatsCLICK HERE!

Tom Sterner and his book Fully EngagedCLICK HERE!

Graham Boulton with Focusband / Neuroself CareCLICK HERE!

Adam Young with Adam Young GolfCLICK HERE!

Steve Yellin and the Fluid Motion FactorCLICK HERE!

 

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You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

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To Be Continued!!

To Be Continued…

The REAL Story Coming Next Wednesday!!

To Be Continued

Well I promised to be back today.  My computer repair was successful (whew!!), we had a GREAT golf trip – BUT some other great things happened that have kept me REALLY busy for the last two days.  Exciting stuff!!  Rather than sharing the details today, I would rather talk about them in my next Podcast.  And I will have some other important things to share in that podcast too.

So Stay Tuned to my next Podcast – Episode 128 – on Wednesday May 8!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

What’s Your RESET!!

Make Your RESET Work For You!

 

Reset

On Monday April 14, my wife Diane and I returned from our bucket-list France River Cruise Trip.  I was excited to get “back at it” – to create a new podcast episode, finish building some clubs, do a new custom fitting.  And then…

  • I knew I had some problems with my iMac computer – the one I use to produce podcasts.  Well – the hard drive was corrupted.  It has been at a repair shop for a week – luckily, I had a great backup of the machine – but still, no new podcast.
  • The combination of pushing to get “back at it” and getting blasted with pollen here in Oak Ridge put me in bed with the worst case of broncitis I have had in years.  3 days of nothing but bed rest.
  • And finally – our annual 6 day golf trip starts tomorrow April 24. So no play, no practice ahead of the trip for about 2 weeks.  Not the best way to build confidence!

I realized that all of this was leading me to a personal RESET – just stepping back and relaxing, accepting where I am – so that I can Come Back Stronger.!  The golf this coming week – it will be what it will be – and who knows, maybe being in a more “not caring” mode will help me produce some great results.  

So my next post will be on Wednesday May 1 – most likely not a podcast, but I will be back!  

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ALSO!! – Tuesday April 30 – the day after I return from my golf trip – I look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Mizuno Demo Day and also this year a Centennial Golf Academy Open House!  Come with lots of your golfing friends from noon to about 7 pm (the Demo Day times are from 2 pm to 6 pm) – and I will give you a personal tour of my Custom Fitting and Putting Instruction Facility at Centennial.  I would love to meet you then!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

How About Some Tiger Training!

How About Some Tiger Training

For Your Iron Set Makeup!

Some Tiger Training

Yesterday my wife Diane and I returned from a “bucket list” trip to France – we did a wonderful Viking Cruise.  But wait – no watching the Masters – ug!!  Well, I was able to learn that I could do text messaging from 30,000 feet for free, and my son David and friend Jack Bagocus filled me in while I was on the plane.  I found it particularly interesting to learn that he aimed left of the pin on #12 – where ALL of the greats aim when they play their best.  Guess he knows what he is doing.

Tiger knows a bit about what he is doing about his iron set makeup too.  Last night, I checked on line to see if the iron set lofts he is playing were posted (he plays TaylorMade irons built specifically for him) – and you can see what these are in the picture below…

You should recall from reading posts here in the past that most PGA Tour players play 6 iron lofts of 30 degrees, and typically 4 degree loft gaps.  Tiger though plays with a set that has a 6 iron loft of 32.5 degrees.  No not typical 30 degree standard lofts, and no not the “juiced” lofts that are sold by many companies in some of their iron sets.  32.5 degree loft 6 iron.  He has played these lofts for many years – and since is his I think the best iron approach shot golfer in the world – he must know something.

Being “fit” – or “pseudo fit” for irons that have strong lofts – 26 degree 6 irons? – might make you feel good about how far you hit your 6 iron – and may give you more 6 iron distance – but also may give you less consistency throughout your set.  Tiger has this figured out, don’t you think – if stronger lofts were better, you can guarantee he would play them!

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In case you normally do not receive it, here is the link to my monthly golf improvement newsletter – which came out earlier today…

Game Improvement Golf April 2019 Newsletter

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY