Being Cautiously Grateful!

Being Cautiously Grateful

Have A Blessed Thanksgiving!

Being Grateful

About a week ago, I was playing golf and felt a small twinge of pain in my left heel. I think it was only a message to take some time off, and I have done that – lots of icing, wearing an ankle brace my son said would help.  In normal times, it would be pretty frustrating to have to do this, but of course these are not normal times.  

Somehow the phrase “cautiously grateful” jumped into my head this morning.  I am grateful for my health, that most of my family and friends have not had to suffer through COVID – though my daughter-in-law did, and others who I care about did – and that was scary.  I am grateful that my business has been larger than it has been the past few years – amazing, and not sure how that has happened, but grateful.  It has been more difficult to create new podcast interviews – and at the same time, I am really excited about the one I will get to share with you next Monday.

So yes I am very grateful for the blessings our family has had this year.  And at the same time, I know it is also a time to be cautious and careful.

SO – all of you, thanks for being here.  Have the Best Possible Thanksgiving for you.  The BEST Possible One!!

 

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48 Inch Drivers And YOU

48 Inch Drivers And YOU

A Little Background Info…

48 Inch Drivers And You

Yay DJ at the Masters – superb performance!  There was also a lot of buzz before the tournament about Bryson considering playing a 48 inch driver, and I “think” Phil played a 47-1/2 inch driver there – with not exciting results.

So – you know me if you read my posts here – I have not created a professionally fit driver longer than 44-1/2 inches long for years.  But I thought this week why not share some specs about what a 48 inch long driver might “look” like.

The picture in this post shows a 48 inch driver that I mocked up, and a Wishon 919 THI driver that I have played in the past.  Here are some comparison data…

  • The 48 inch driver I show has a 200 gram head that I had on hand.  Most of the drivers I build have total head weights a lot heavier.
  • With a 65 gram shaft and standard grip, the total weight of this “48 inches” is 316 grams.  My shorter driver weights about 330 grams – the difference mostly from some added head weight in my 919, and also a small counterweight in the butt end of the shaft.
  • The whole club MOI of my personally fit driver is 2830 kg-cm^2.  The measured whole club MOI of the “48 incher” is 3215 kg-cm^2.  Even though the weight of the longer driver is lighter, it feels a lot heavier to swing.  
  • Usually the “best fit” whole club MOI of the drivers I create – for men with swing speeds between about 80 to 110 mph – is between 2800 and 2900.  To optimize center club contact.

My belief is that, for most mortal golfers, it will be very difficult to hit a 48 inch driver in the center of the face consistently.  And center contact is what is is all about for great driver performance.  However, who knows – there might be some golfers out there who could hit a driver well at this length.

So – again more for fun and for the experiment than anything else – I have a 55 gram Aldila S flex driver shaft on order – and I will build out a 48 inch driver to have in my fitting center.  Yep I will hit it some and report some results – and anyone in the East Tennessee area who wants to experiment with this demo club – come and see me.  

I will have plenty of Dr. Scholls foot powder spray to use for some fun testing!  And if you cannot hit the center of the face, or even come close – well, the driver head I am using in this club is expendable…..

 

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PROFESSIONAL Club Fitting – What I Do

PROFESSIONAL Club Fitting

Yes – It’s What I Do To Create Happy Golfers!

PROFESSIONAL Club Fitting

 

“Custom” – 14 years ago, learning to be a custom club fitter was everything I dreamed of for a second career.  However, I no longer see the word “custom” as characterizing what I do help golfers Shoot Lower Scores.  Professional club fitting and club making is what I do, and how I help create delighted golfers.

A fitting I did last week was a great example!  A golfer drove 1-1/2 hours to see me because he was interested in being fit for the new Wishon EQ-1 single length irons – he felt that the consistency of this design would help his game.  And so this happened….

  • First, I measured the loft, lie, length, and swingweight of his present 7 iron (I test with 7 irons).  The loft was 26 degrees – the most “juiced” loft 7 iron I have ever measured!  His 7 iron was 38 inches long.  The loft of the EQ-1 7 iron is 32 degrees.
  • Second, I started testing him with one shaft that felt might be a fit, and we first tested the EQ-1 7 iron at 36-1/2 inch length.  The EQ-1 carry distance – with a 6 degree higher loft – was within 3 yards of the carry distance for his 7 iron!!  Since each degree of iron loft typically can result in a 3 yard carry distance difference, I knew we were going to have a wonderful fitting session.
  • Third, we found in testing that a 7 iron length of 37-1/2 inches in the EQ-1 was perfect for him.  So we started testing with other shaft combinations at that length.
  • We found a shaft – the Aerotech i70 R flex – that seemed to be a good starting match for him – but he hit all of his shots on the heel.  But by varying the club weight at the 37-1/2 inch length, he started hitting shot after shot in the center of the face – see the picture!
  • The end result – the best fit EQ-1 7 iron carries 6 yards longer than his “juiced loft” 7 iron – with a shot dispersion half of what he had with his present 7 iron.
  • Next Steps – build his new EQ-1 5 iron through pitching wedge to the exact specs of the fitting club – and then do a fitting for his hybrids, which will also be single length.

Measure – Test – Optimize For Performance – Build To Fitting Specs – what I do as a Professional Club Fitter.  Oh, and get notes back from happy golfers about the performance of their clubs!!

(PS – I spent a day last week removing the word “custom” from my web site and replacing it with “professional.”  And I also realized that there is a good reason for the name Association of Golf Club Fitting Professionals – ha!!).

 

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My Single Length Fairway Wood Experiment!

My Single Length Fairway Wood Experiment…

A Promising Start!!

Single Length Fairway Wood Experiment

It seems to me that if you are to suggest that something works, you should find out if it works for you.  In that spirit – after last week’s podcast interview with Tom Wishon about his new EQ-1 NX line of single length clubs, I decided to build two new fairway woods to put in my bag – the EQ-1 NX 4 wood and 7 wood.

So some background first.  My present set of fairway woods have been Wishon 950 MC woods – 3, 5, and 7 woods.  The 7 wood – 40-5/8 inch length – has always been my most “go to” fairway wood – good shots are about 170 to 175 yard carry, and it is the easiest of my fairway woods to hit.  The 3 wood – 42-5/8 inch length – has always been the most difficult of my fairway woods to hit. When I “nut” it I can carry it at most 195 yards, but most often around 185 to 190 yards – or less.

So I built my new EQ-1 NX fairway woods based on the length and MOI of my old 950 MC 7 wood – 40-5/8 inch length, MOI of 2,800 – and using the same shaft – Aldila NVS 75 R – and same 1 inch tip trimming I used in the past.  EQ-1 4 wood loft 17 degrees, 7 wood loft 21 degrees (like my 950 MC 7 wood).

I finished the new EQ-1 NX fairway woods early Sunday morning and hit some shots on the range on Sunday afternoon.  Initial impressions – promising!  Good shots with the 7 wood as good or better than with my 950 MC, and good shots with my new 4 wood longer than those with my 7 wood.  They are in the bag!

I think playing with the new EQ-1 NX fairway woods is going to be a win for me. WHY?  More Shot Consistency.  Once I fully adapt to the new 4 wood length, I believe I will see good distance but more importantly more good 4 wood shots that I hit with my previous 3 wood.  And quite frankly, for my 71 year old swing speed, a 4 wood loft is a better long fairway wood option for me.

So now a “dilemma” or maybe better an opportunity!  Now with only 13 clubs in my bag, is there another club I can add that will help me eek out some scoring improvement?  Well, I have ideas and more on that later!

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A LITTLE BONUS!  Scott Fawcett, creator of DECADE Course Management System, posted a short video last night with some excellent thoughts related to applying his DECADE Foundations app – Learn At THIS LINK.

 

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Some Golf Elbow Pain Basics!

Golf Elbow Pain – UG!!

Some Helpful Ways To Avoid It…

Just LOOKING at the image above makes me cringe.  Today I am helping a talented golfer who has been suffering from significant elbow pain for a few weeks.  So I thought I would suggest – particularly now since the fall and winter weather is coming – some things to consider so that elbow pain does not become an issue for you readers…

  • First – almost an “of course” I think – get help from a doctor and maybe also from a golf instructor.  Get healed before you hit golf balls again.  And perhaps find out of there is some issue with your golf swing that might be have lead to your pain issues.
  • Hitting golf balls off poor golf mats is a Big No No.  Now that the weather is getting cool, many courses may push you to hit off mats instead of turf.  Resist this temptation as much as possible.  If you HAVE to hit off mats be sure they are high quality and do not hit a lot of practice shots.  I fit indoors and use a super quality mat from RealFeelGolf
  • Playing with the wrong shafts for your game – especially trying to “force” distance with shafts that are stiffer than you need – can lead to elbow issues.  I have had a few instances of this happening with golfers.  Too stiff can lead to ouch…
  • Are you older than 50? – well, some type of graphite composite shaft in your irons is definitely worth considering. Aerotech – UST Recoil – ACCRA – there are many many great options that can not only help with reducing elbow pain issues but can truly be the best fit for you.  “The Bryson” plays graphite shafts – enough said?
  • Finally – if you have to play with steel shafts – having vibration dampers put into the shafts is something that can help.  I am putting Pro Soft Inserts into the clubs that I am regripping this morning.  They are easy to install and THEY WORK.
  • And one more finally – consider Softer Grips.  Anything that can help reduce shock to your elbows and arms.

Love golfing? You can book a break at belton woods golf resort with your friends and family and have fun. If you have golfing friends suffering from elbow pain issues – please share this post with them. And if you have other thoughts to share about reducing and eliminating golf elbow pain – SHARE A COMMENT in the link at the end of this post.  We Need Our Golf!

 

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Creating Options For Golfers!

Creating Options For Golfers

Single- Length Iron Possibilities!

Creating Options For Golfers

“The Bryson” continues to be amazing to watch, and my personal view is he is good for golf.  If you know anything about his clubs, he has played single-length irons for a long time (maybe as long as he has played golf, not sure). 

My take on single-length irons and their value to golfers his MORE than “they can help golfers create consistent swings with all clubs” – and more.  My take is that every time Bryson wins, more and more golfers get exposed to his clubs and wonder – “Can They Be For Me?”

To my knowledge,  here are the five versions of single length irons that are currently available – Wishon EQ-1 NX, Pinhawk, Cobra, and Edel.  (I believe Sterling single-length irons are still available too, but I cannot find a link for them that works).

My Crystal Ball – Bryson will keep winning, someone else (maybe more than one other ultimately) will decide single-length helps them play better will adopt single-length and win on tour – and smart club designers will keep learning how to make them better and better in terms of club performance.  Bottom Line – Great Options For Golfers!

Me? – I now have a fitting system for the new Wishon EQ-1 NX irons, hybrids, and fairway woods – and also for the Pinhawk single-length hybrids.  I see them as a wonderful option especially for golfers with high handicaps who want more consistency as well as more distance with their irons.  But I have also had success with a number of low handicap golfers.  My next personal set of professionally fit clubs will be single length.

My favorite single-length success “sound bite?” “I don’t even think about them being one length anymore Anthony. I just hit them.”

 

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DECADE Foundations Learning Opportunity!

DECADE FOUNDATIONS Learning Opportunity!

Thanks Scott Fawcett – This Week ONLY!

DECADE FOUNDATIONS Learning Opportunity

Here are two interesting and connected U.S. Open Facts.  First – Bryson Dechambeau had the highest final round Strokes Gained by a winner – 7.9 strokes gained – since Johnny Miller won at Oakmont in 1970.  Second – Will Zalatoris, current Korn Ferry Tour leader, played in his second U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and finished 6th.

The Connection? – both use Scott Fawcett’s DECADE Course Management System.  Hum…

At the start of the Pandemic, Scott created a new version of DECADE that he calls DECADE FOUNDATIONS.  The video in THIS LINK (from Practical Golf) describes the terrific content that Scott has developed for Foundations.  I subscribed in April, and it was well worth the investment.

Well – for U.S. Open week, and for the rest of this week – Scott is giving golfers a one-month free subscription to Foundations.  All of the video content will be available to you.  CLICK HERE to access this wonderful offer.  If you take the time to watch the Foundations videos, your course management process and game WILL IMPROVE!

(And I bet all of you readers thought my post today would be about Bryson playing single-length irons, and how they can improve your game, and how I offer professionally fit single-length irons as an option for golfers – oh, I just did that!!).

 

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REFRESHED! – Well, Closer…

Refreshed! Or Refreshed?

Lessons From My August “Experiment”

 

Refreshed!

Well Happy U. S. Labor Day and it is good to be back!  My August experiment of no social media was what I needed.  Some of the things that happened include: a) more golf last month than I have played in a long time, c) creating fitting systems for the new Wishon EQ-1 NX single-length designs, b) putting the KRANK Hi-Cor X Driver in play for me (LOVE It!), c) starting the Bruce Rearick on line putter fitting certification training (about time!), d) reading more, e) losing 10  pounds effortlessly (just no snacking!), f) and just enjoying taking a break.

But the past week has been difficult – just not sure how to get back into writing and doing podcasts.  And today I realized why – burnout.  Pushing too hard to HAVE to create something every week.  Just that realization has been helpful to me.  I needed the August break to help me to understand that.

And today has been funny in a way – all of a sudden I have had a flood of new ideas for podcasts and blog posts.

So YES my blogs and podcasts are back – I just love too much finding and sharing great information to help golfers. But in the future if there is not a new post every week – well, realize that something hopefully great and valuable to golfers is still on the way.

Like Next Week – what I know will be an amazing interview with Steven Yellin, talking about his new book Simplicity.  In my view THE Golf Improvement Book of 2020.

And one little professional fitting fact – Mr. Almost 200 mph Ball Speed Tony Finau’s driver length – 44-3/4 inches – guess he was professionally fit!!

 

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Tony

 

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The Quadruple Blog Post!

Yep – The Quadruple Blog Post!

(something just a little different…)

The Quadruple Blog Post

How about we change it up just a little bit this week – four small tidbit blog notes…

WHOOP Fitness Tracker.  I have been wondering about WHOOP for a month or so now, and a week ago took the plunge.  It is a wearable sensor that links to your smart phone – and is designed to help you balance your strain, recovery, and sleep.  The PGA Tour Golfers are wearing WHOOP (LPGA too!), and just a few days all of the members of the University of Tennessee Athletic Teams are now using it.  In one week, using the data from WHOOP has helped me to start improving and balancing the stress and recovery in my life.  Listen to this Golf Science Lab Podcast about WHOOP for a good overview.  I am all in!

 

The LA Golf TRONOS Shaft And KRANK.  This week I will be doing a custom fitting with a pretty strong golfer – 115 to 120 mph driver swing speed.  One of the shafts I will test with this guy is the LA Golf TRONOS Shaft75 X.  This is the “Bryson Shaft.”  My friend Russ Ryden – GolfShaftReviews – just published the EI profile for this shaft on line (THANK YOU!).  As you might expect IT IS DIFFERENT!  This does not mean it is a magic shaft, but it will be interesting this week to test with this shaft and others from Aldila, KBS, and Aerotech – and the new design KRANK Formula 11 driver head.

 

Great Mizuno Iron Testimonial!  A golfer waited from March through early June to do a Mizuno iron fitting with me.  Mizuno MP 20 MMC heads, KBS C Taper Lite R shafts, and I rebuilt them to be MOI-matched throughout the set.  Here is his reply after he played his first round with them…

“Hey Tony thanks for checking in. I absolutely love the feel of the new irons. The shots I hit well yesterday I hit really well. Definitely a much better feel than my old clubs. After getting used to swinging them on the front nine I shot the best 9 hole score on the back that I have in a long time. Couldn’t be happier with them and look forward to continuing to see better results on the course. Thanks again for all your help in this process.”

Testimonials like this one always make my day!!

 

See You In September!  I have decided that – during my August birthday month (71, as always all presents accepted!) – no blogs, podcasts, and newsletters.  I will continue to do custom fittings and putting improvement sessions next month.  Rather than talk in more details here, I will share more in my podcast next Monday.  

 

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Teach Us ClubDoc!

Teach Us ClubDoc!

Some More Richard Kempton Wisdom

ClubDoc

Was it really 2 years ago that I did one of my favorite podcast interviews with Richard Kempton – the ClubDoc – from Simply Golf in the UK?  I have been fortunate to correspond with him and learn from him from time to time – he is one of the world pioneers of true custom club fitting and MOI golf club matching.

 I was “cruising Twitter” this weekend, and found that Richard has in the past spent some time on Twitter!  His Twitter handle is @clubwiz.  A fitting (pun?!) name!  He created some “sound bite” posts related to custom fitting and golf club performance.  Here are a few of these that you might enjoy and learn from!

 

  • ClubFact – For the average golfer, applying a few strips of lead tape ANYWHERE on a clubhead will NOT noticeably change the ball flight.”
  • ClubFact – A surprising number of women golfers need men’s size grips.
  • GolfingTip – Wearing bifocals or varifocals affects posture & setup and could be costing you up to 25 yards with your driver.” ABSOLUTELY TRUE
  • GolfingMyth – I play the same equipment as the Tour guys (only if you have yours made the same way – custom fitted to fit YOU & YOUR swing)
  • GolfingMyth – The more expensive the shaft, the better it will perform (the better the shaft FITS YOUR SWING, the better it will perform).
  • GolfingTip – Unless you want to handicap your young offspring from the start, DON’T give them a cut-down set of your old clubs.
  • GolfingTip – Don’t confuse brand names with FIT. An unknown brand that fits you well will out-perform a well-known one that doesn’t.
  • GolfingTip – For a lot of golfers a #4 or #5-wood will provide better results – and more distance – from the fairway than a #3-wood.”

 

There are more in Richard’s twitter area.  If you like Twitter, check it out! – @clubwiz.  Thank You Richard for your devotion to helping golfers achieve exceptional results!

 

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TONY

 

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