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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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. 

 

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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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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An “Elegant” MOI Golf Club Matching Success Story!

MOI Golf Club Matching – LOWER SCORES

WAY TO GO Jim Brosnan!

MOI Club Matching

One dictionary definition of Elegant is (of a scientific theory or solution to a problem) pleasingly ingenious and simple.”  I think this applies to an MOI club matching success one of my golfing friends – Jim Brosnan – had with me last week.

About a year ago Jim visited me (he now calls my shop THE LAB – I like that!) to have me check the specs of his clubs.  I demonstrated to him the value of MOI golf club matching for some of his clubs.

A few months ago, he decided it was time for him to get some new irons.  He wanted a brand of iron that I do not carry, and was fit for these.  However, he also knew that there was another level of fitting that he could obtain from me – so he paid another visit to me to check his new clubs.

Before our session, I asked him to be sure to hit all of his clubs and provide me with some impressions of their performance.  He said two things in particular. There was one club, his new 5 iron, that just felt terrific to hit.  And he was not having good success with his shorter irons and was hitting a lot of thin shots.

A year ago, his “best performance” club MOI was 2726 kg-cm2.  He wondered if his new 5 iron would have an MOI somewhere close to 2726.  Well yes – 2724 – awesome!

So my “elegant” approach to adjusting his irons was to add lead tape to the hosels of his 6 iron through pitching wedge to achieve an MOI of 2724.  For example – I added 2 grams of tape to the 6 iron, and 7 grams of lead tape to the pitching wedge.

His report on the performance of his MOI adjusted irons? The short irons now performed great, the longer irons “were like rockets,” and he shot his Lowest Score Of The Year this past Friday!

Moment Of Inertia matching – rather than Swingweight Matching – is important to everything I do to help golfers to Shoot Lower Scores.  But YOU are the hero of this story Jim – for trusting me with your golf clubs – THANK YOU! 

 

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Kevin Na – And YOUR Golfing Superpower!

Kevin Na Has Talent And MORE

How About YOU?

Kevin Na

Ok how about these stats – a phenomenal 14.5 Strokes Gained Putting for the week – and a PGA Tour record 556 feet, 7 inches of putts made – these were the stats of Kevin Na this weekend at the Shriners Hospital for Children Tournament. He is an amazing putter, but goodness this is being on, right?  Read this article about his performance at this weekend’s event…

Golf World – Kevin Na’s Winners Bag

But I think there is much more to him that has allowed him to win 3 tour events in the past 30 months.  Take the time to read this article that I found last night about him and his journey in his life and on the tour…

Golf Magazine – Kevin Na, A Case Study

Yes I think putting is one of his golf “superpowers,” but maybe just one of them. Maybe also maybe course management skills.  And maybe also GRIT and ACCEPTANCE.  I mean, making a triple bogey in the final round of a Tour event and winning?  

So how about YOU?  Do you have a personal superpower in your game, one that you can always rely on?  Is there one that you know you can develop?  Food for thought!

KEEP IT UP, KEVIN NA!!

 

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I Love “Chopsticks!”

The “Chopsticks” Putting Drill

Simple And Effective Putting Improvement!

Chopsticks

Today’s post was going to be related to custom fitting. But THEN I saw a Golf.com article with David OrrFlatstick Academy – demonstrating the Chopsticks Putting Drill.  You need to see this one today! – and so here is the link…

Chopsticks Putting Drill

David showed this drill to me and others at a Flatstick training a few years ago.  It is simple, inexpensive – two alignment sticks and two rubber bands – and the most effective drill I use with golfers for many putting issues.

Many golfers “suffer” from a concept and myth called The Accelerating Putting Stroke.  Short backstroke, long follow through.  Maximum putter speed past impact.  It is a major reason a lot of golfers cannot create great Speed Control in their putting.  When I have them get the feel of a more CONNECTED putting stroke using the Chopsticks Drill, everyone immediately gets it – and they are on the road to an improved stroke and better speed control.  In addition, sometimes issues like pushed and pulled putts immediately improve when golfers create a more connected stroke.

So as David said in the article – super smooth! – give Chopsticks A Try!

 

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