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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OWN Your Putter Grip!

OWN Your Putter Grip!

Correct Grip Installation MATTERS!

OWN Your Putter Grip

About a month ago I changed putters, to a Cleveland Huntington Beach 10. I love this putter, and I am making more putts!  I bought a Grip Master leather putter grip to install on the putter – I have always wanted one of these.  But while waiting for it to come, I installed my “old faithful” Winn Tour Pistol grip – and the lineup of the flat side of the grip looked ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.  For now, I am going to stick with the Winn!

Whenever I see a golfer, one of the first things I look at is the putter grip – has it been installed correctly?  Not twisted one way or another – so that the face can be open or closed at address?  There are many ways to install a putter grip correctly – using lasers, or by eyeball are examples.  My personal favorite is illustrated in the picture in this post – here is what I do…

  • I put the putter in my vice, and “zero” out the digital gauge that I have sitting on top of the vice surface.
  • I adjust the putter face so that I get as close as possible to a “90 degree” reading with the digital gauge on the face.
  • Then I install the grip, and visually look down the flat surface to see if it as a start looks to be installed correctly.
  • I then put the little flat plate in the picture on top of the flat surface of the grip – at different locations along the length – and visually see of the grip is installed correctly.
  • THEN I take the putter out of the vice.  And EVERY 10 MINUTES, for at least 30 minutes, I look at the lineup of the grip again and make small tiny adjustments as needed.  Sometimes putter grips can move a little right after they are installed – and I correct for this.
  • I also prefer – if at all possible – that the golfer is with me when I install his or her putter grip.  So that they can see for themselves if the grip is put on perfectly.

So What Does This Mean For YOU?  Here are some simple thoughts and suggestions.

  • First, the next time you get a chance – look at how your putter grip is installed on your putter!  Look down the flat side, and see – is it square, or twisted one way or another?  And is this the way you want it to be an expect it to be?
  • If you get a new putter grip installed, do not assume it will be installed perfectly.  Be there when it is installed if at all possible, and be sure it looks right to YOUR Eye.  It is YOUR Putter!!

 

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YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!

Choose YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge Wisely:

To Help You To SHOOT Lower Scores!

YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge

Let’s talk today about the choice for YOUR Trusty Sand Wedge!  However, before we start – enjoy this link about the History Of The Sand Wedge.

Rory McIlroy had a pretty good weekend at the Tour Championship!  I think it is instructive to look at his iron set makeup.  He plays Taylormade P730 irons – 6 iron loft 31 degrees and pitching wedge loft 47 degrees.  And his wedge lofts are 52, 56, and 60 degrees.  Pretty good gapping across his set of irons and wedges.

So he carries a 56 degree wedge – which I am pretty sure is his club of choice for most of his sand shots.  As I do weekly searches of “What’s In The Bag” for Tour winners, the majority of their wedge club setups have two characteristics:

  • The wedge loft gapping is almost always no more than 6 degrees between wedges, and most often 4 to 5 degrees.
  • Most play with a 56 degree wedge – which again I assume is a normal sand wedge for them.

Many OEM iron sets these days are sold with 26, 25, and even 24 loft 6 irons – compared to the 30 degree lofts the tour pros play.  If you play with stronger lofted clubs, you have to “pay the piper somewhere.”  And most often this is in loft gapping between your irons, and the loft choices you have for your wedges.  I have seen some sets of irons that will have 54 degree loft “sand wedges” because the gap wedge lofts are 48 or even 47 degrees.  

So what’s an informed golfer to do? – one who wants to have a great short game and particularly a great sand game?

  • First, know the lofts of ALL of your irons – not just the 6 iron or 7 iron you might be tested with.
  • MAKE SURE that the club you are using as your Sand Wedge is designed to help you create great results.  One that has enough loft to get the ball in the air, and the right type of bounce to allow it to perform well in the sand.  Most often – a 56 degree sand wedge.
  • This may mean – yes – that the loft gapping in your wedges is not optimum. But playing with a sand wedge that is right for your game has to be a priority – for you to score well.

MY Sand Wedge? – the 56 degree Miura K-Grind 2.0 wedge shown in the picture above – it is an AWESOME weapon in the sand!

 

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