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!

 

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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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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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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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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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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 – A “Breakthrough” Year?

2019 – A “Breakthrough” Year?

“Do The Right Things The Right Way…”

2019 - A "Breakthrough" Year?

What makes a “breakthrough” year?  Can you have one when: a) you have prostate surgery and a three-month recovery, b) and so for three months your golf business is on hold, and c) you play only 30 rounds of golf, and in fact have not played for the last 6 weeks because of weather and other distractions?

Well, here are some facts, and you can let me know what you think!

  • The surgery was very successful, and I am pretty much back “my old self.” Yes, tests every 3 months to be sure no cancer lurks (having one of these tests today), but all in all fortunate that this went well.  
  • And – as the picture in this post shows – I turned 70 and had an amazing birthday celebration!
  • My true custom fitting toolbox got larger – significantly improved driver fittings (shorter and heavier), ability to fit hybrids correctly, lie angle fittings the right way, and knowing how best to fit single-length irons for a variety of golfer’s needs.
  • My putting instruction toolbox also got larger – from the ability to quickly see what golfers are doing to create poor strokes, and also from being better at knowing when the putter itself is a big issue for stroke problems.
  • THE Golf Improvement Podcast (142 episodes) was recognized as one of the Top 25 golf improvement podcasts in the world!
  • Yes, I only played 30 rounds of golf.  But for 8 of them my score was below 80, and I shot 74 once (best score in a few years).  My pitching and sand game improved, and I created a new motor learning pattern and my putting yips are gone.  And recently my driver swing speed has started to climb back up to close to where it was before my surgery (thank you Rotex!!).

What the heck IS a breakthrough year?  Well, I’m sure, or even if 2019 was one for me.  But I do know that doing these things can help create one…

  • Being dedicated to loving to learn and to learning new things every day.
  • Realizing every day that there is still a lot you can learn about anything.
  • For golf, finding something you can do every day to improve – even if you cannot get to the golf course.  This is what your basement is for, right?
  • And finally, knowing that these words from my mental performance coach friend Paul Dewland are true…

“If you do the right things the right way,

it is impossible not to get better.”

 

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OPTIMUM Driver Length – THANKS Golf Magazine!

Your Personal Optimum Driver Length:

Thank You Golf Magazine!

OPTIMUM Driver Length

The Golf Magazine article below is one of the best I have seen about driver lengths on the PGA Tour…

Golf Magazine – Average Driver Length on the PGA Tour

The content of the article pretty much stands for itself, and I hope you enjoy reading it.  Just a few additional comments…

  • The quoted average Tour driver length – 44-3/4 inches – is close to the 44-1/2 inch average I have seen quoted in the past.
  • The advice to add weight – by adding head weight or a heavier shaft – if you shorten your driver is sound.
  • I COMMEND Cobra Golf for creating a “Tour Length” 44-1/2 inch option driver – of course, maybe this can be a “mortal golfer” length too?
  • One inaccuracy – if you have a true driver custom fitting, you are not likely to lose distance with an optimized length shorter driver.  You are likely to hit the ball farther and straighter.
  • One final thought – I just wonder – if Tour average is 44-3/4 inches – what is the average driver length played by non-Tour golfers who have not had a true custom fitting?

Again – THANK YOU Golf Magazine!

 

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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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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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