70!! – Thank You Single Length Irons!

Single Length Irons Are NOT A Fad!!

Single Length Irons

Well readers, I have been Double Jealous for about a week.  In a recent AGCP forum blog post, Gene Brosky of Brosky Golf in Nashville, TN dropped this little goodie.  He is 79 years old, and recently shot 70 – and had his 4th hole-in-one in the past 3 years.  I now call him Mr. 70!!  He did all of this (including all of his hole-in-ones) playing with his Wishon Single-Length Irons shafted with Aerotech SteelFiber i 70 A flex shafts.

Gene’s results are not a fluke.  I recently did a fitting with a golfer who was intrigued with the idea of Sterling single-length irons.  He also was fit with Aerotech shafts – in this case Aerotech SteelFiber i 80 A parallel tip shafts.  Here are some of the things he shared with me about the performance of his new irons…

“My goal setting out was easy-to-hit, arthritis-friendly, one-length golf clubs. Tony at Game Improvement Golf accomplished this for me and more.  I love the way the clubs hit, and have no intention of going back to traditional length irons.  More specifically, the shorter 5 and 6 irons were a hoot from the start to hit – no break-in period.  One surprise for me with the Sterling club head – Aerotech SteelFiber shaft combination is extremely straight hitting.  I am not sure if the shaft or club is responsible, but my default shot is a straight ball for the first time in my golfing life!”  

Some may think that these are isolated results, and that single-length irons are a fad.  Well – large changes often start out with skepticism.  One pretty good golfer – Greg Norman – recently said this about “if I had to do it over again” and playing single-length irons.

Single Length Irons are NOT a fad!! If you are intrigued about playing with single-length irons – and are looking for someone who is a true custom club fitter who has a full single-length iron fitting system – well you know who to contact!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Fairway Wood “WRIGHT” Fitting Magic!

Yep – Fairway Wood “WRIGHT” Fitting Magic!

ACTUALLY – What TRUE Custom Fitters Do…

Fairway Wood "WRIGHT" Fitting Magic

Doctor WRIGHT Is In!  Actually, I hope you enjoy first reading what my friend Dr. Brandon Horvath wrote me about the work I did to help him create – as he said – his 4 wood weapon!

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“Tony has helped me over the last several years learn about how important it is to find the optimal weight/feel of golf clubs, and how it is measured through the MOI of the entire club.  That number, which is personal, and thus difficult for anyone but a custom club fitter to help you with, is critical to your clubs feeling like weapons in your hands.

An example was my recent upgrade to a Ping G400 fairway wood.  We measured the club, and it was very light for my feel – even though the swingweight was “correct!”  After consulting with Tony, we decided to get a heavier weight for the head, and the club performance immediately improved!

I recently played in a tournament in San Diego where I hit one on a par 5 into the wind from 236 yards, to about 15 feet!  Again, just this past week, on a difficult driving hole with OB right and water left, I hit the fairway wood off the tee 256 yards down the middle!  

Having a club that feels “right” in your hands is really important to making sure your clubs work for you and not against you – and only your custom club fitter can do that!!”

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The start of my efforts with Brandon are as important as the end result.  Brandon wants superior performance from his golf clubs, and he trusts me to create that for him.  Brandon and I know the best total club MOI for his driver that feels best and creates best performance (about 2890).  I find from experience that most often the MOI of a golfer’s best-fit fairway woods will be close to that of his or hers best-fit drivers.

Above Brandon said at the start his 4 wood felt “light” – was it ever!  We found a new screw-in weight for his 4 wood – adding about 14 grams of weight to the club.  The final 4 wood MOI was 2880 – on the money!  And interestingly – the final 4 wood “swingweight” was D-6 – you will not find clubs with that high a swingweight “off the rack.”  The results for Brandon speak for themselves.

Weight Fitting For Fairway Woods Is Hugely Important For EXCEPTIONAL Performance.  Just part of what I – and other true custom club fitters – do!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Simple Facts About Driver Ball Speed!

Driver Ball Speed Facts

And EXCEPTIONAL Driving Performance!

Driver Ball Speed

DJ, Justin, Brooks, Phil, and many others are bombing their drives.  And I recently saw a Twitter post talking about Ball Speed Wars in terms of comparing the performance of the new OEM driver head options that are available for golfers.

So – since I like to share the truth with those of you here – what is the Truth, and what are the Facts, about Driver Ball Speed?  The truth and the facts are based on some simple information – so read on and find out!

Yes, one of the things that can help golfers to drive the ball longer is Driver Ball Speed.  

  • Ball Speed comes from two main things – Driver Swing Speed – how fast we swing the golf club, and 
  • How well we Transfer Energy to the golf ball to create Driver Ball Speed.  Energy transfer is captured by a term called Smash Factor which is…
  • Smash Factor = Ball Speed divided by Swing Speed.
  • My very smart friend Dave Tutelman wrote an article how to calculate Smash Factor in THIS LINK.  Smash Factor depends on golf ball and golf club mass, golf club loft, distance you miss the sweet spot of the club face, AND…
  • The Coefficient of Restitution – COR – of the club face.  Most of you I think have heard the term COR.  It is basically the “springiness” of the clubface.
  • The USGA and the R/A rule is that the COR of a club face cannot exceed 0.83.  And every driver being built and designed for maximum performance is being built with a COR as close as possible to 0.83.
  • Because the COR of all driver designs is as close to 0.83 as possible, the Maximum Achievable Driver Smash Factor for all new drivers is between about 1.48 and 1.50.  

So here is the punch line related to all of these facts….

For ALL Well-Designed Drivers

The Maximum Achieveable Ball Speed

Is 1.48 to 1.50 Times A Golfer’s Driver Swing Speed 

In 2019 – In 2020 – In 2025 – In 2030 – In All Future Years

Or Unless The USGA Changes The COR Face Rule.

So you are looking to be fit for a new driver with the desire to hit the golf ball farther?  Here are some simple suggestions…

  • If you hit a driver and the emphasis is totally on driver ball speed and you find one that gives you greater ball speed than your present driver – well, you might accept these results and spend your $500 for that driver. OR you might want to be sure your driver ball speed is optimized
  • Testing for ball speed is not enough if you want optimum performance.  A true custom fitter will also look at smash factor, and will be sure to find out if you are making center face driver contact consistently.
  • And yes there is much more to finding an optimum driver for your game – like launch angle, ball spin, face angle and path at impact.
  • Finally, just a thought – There Are No Short Cuts To Exceptional!

Now you know the Truth About Driver Ball Speed – not everyone does, glad you are here to let me share it with you!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!

My Personal “Hit It Longer – Make More Putts!”

Shoot My Age Golf Improvement Plan!

Hit It Longer - Make More Putts!

Here in Tennessee the weather has been ABYSMAL!!  But why not look for opportunities in the midst of the ugliness…they are always there. 

I will be 70 years old in August, and believe that – if I do the right things daily and focus on daily improvement – shooting my age is possible.  I shot 74 three times last year, and in at least one of these rounds I lost a few strokes in the last few holes because I chose to feel pressure about creating a great scoring round. My handicap is 7 – the lowest I think it has been in about 10 years.  

A great recent article – from Richie Hunt – helped me get excited about creating a move forward plan to CREATING THE POTENTIAL to shooting my age.  The main point of Richie’s article is what he calls the “Power To Putting Principle”“Essentially the further the golfer hits the ball off the tee, the more likely the average birdie putt will be shorter in length.”  

So how do I see Richie’s “Power To Putting Principle” applying to me – and maybe to you out there who want to Play Great Golf as you are getting a little older….

  • At my level of play, shorter birdie putts would be great – but also just the ability to hit shorter clubs into greens can pay off to the potential for lower scores.
  • My present driver – Wishon 919 11.5 degrees loft, 44-1/4 inches long, Aldila Rogue Elite Blue 65 R shaft, MOI 2850 – is a terrific fit for me.  At my present 88 mph swing speed, my great shots carry about 210 yards and roll out to 230 yards (sometimes longer).  And my shot dispersion is good when I create good swings.
  • But I am also a realist.  As I keep aging, unless I do something, my swing speed will decrease and my driving distance will decrease.  I am not ready for that to happen yet!
  • I think I would rather aspire to INCREASING my swing speed  – to in the range of 95 mph – and so as Richie suggests increase my potential to score lower.

Some of my club fitting and putting improvement friends – my age – have used the SuperSpeed Golf System to increase their swing speeds by at least 10 mph.  Oh, and this is the system “Phil” used to recently increase his swing speed by 6 mph. So it’s TIME – I cannot wait for my system to arrive!!

Yes there is way more to scoring low than longer drives (like mental game, course management, great iron play, and a great short game including putting). But a well-fit driver that is easy to hit with minimal shot dispersion – and a commitment to a daily habit of working to increase my driver swing speed – it’s going to be a fun ride!  I will keep you all in the loop about my progress.

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!!

TONY

 

Your “Adjustable” Golf Game!

Your “Adjustable” Golf Game…

Make Informed Choices!!

Your "Adjustable" Golf Game

Visiting the Lynx Golf booth at the 2019 PGA Equipment Show was one of the best show choices I made this year.  I learned about their very interesting new driver design – the Lynx Prowler VT.  They call their new technology “Switch Face.”  Their driver has only one head option, and has a front face plate that screws on. Using different face plates, golfers will be able to be custom fit with this driver for lofts that vary from 8 to 12 degrees, and face angles that vary from 2 degrees closed to square to 1 degree open.  The expectation is that the Lynx Prowler VT will be available sometime in May of this year. 

I hope that this design is successful!  Partly because it is interesting.  MOSTLY though – because with this driver design, you will able to sit the driver on the ground at address and the face will show at the actual loft and face angle you were fit for.

The majority of OEM driver designs now available to golfers have “adjustable” hosels.  This adjustability allows golfers to set the driver loft at different values – IF you hover the driver face in a square-to-target playing position. So the value of using face angle at address as a fitting parameter – with a specific driver loft – is lost.

I personally want my driver to sit on the ground at address at my fitted loft and face angle.  And my Wishon 919 THI driver (my favorite driver head fitting option) does this – 11.5 degree loft and 0.5 degree closed face angle at address.

So the point?  Well, you may in fact like the loft adjustability options available in OEM drivers – and if so great.  But if you do NOT prefer to hover your driver head at address to get it to play at a specific loft, or if you need a closed or open face at address with a specific loft to play your best – there are custom driver head options available to you.  In the end as in all things golf – You Get To Choose!!  

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Attending The 2019 PGA Equipment Show!

Attending The 2019 PGA Equipment Show:

Every Day – Every Year – A Little Smarter!

2019 PGA Equipment Show

A number of years ago one of my mentors, Dana Upshaw (brilliant true custom club fitter – retired – and still sharing his knowledge!) shared something I always remember.  He was VERY proud that he attended the PGA Equipment Show every year.  For him, this was part of his yearly training to improve as a Golf Club Performance Expert.  His commitment to training always resonated with me.

I have been attending the PGA Show every year since 2010.  It never gets old to get to attend, and there is always a tremendous “buzz” at the event.  But my motivations have been more about the learning and the connections than about the buzz.

  • I already have a list of about 75 booths and people I plan to visit – some (like Mizuno, Miura, Diamond Golf, Aerotech, Aldila, KBS, SAM PuttLab, and others) are to catch up with new developments and people.  Some (New Level Golf, Eagle Rebirth Golf, Tour Edge Golf) are to learn about new possibilities that can help me be a better Golf Club Performance Expert.
  • I expect I will discover a few other exhibitors of golf improvement technology that I will learn about, and that will get me excited.
  • Finally, I will try to sort out some of the “buzz” and some of the “fluff” from companies talking about new equipment technology developments.  

I can’t wait to attend the Show again – and to learn new things – and to meet and connect with great golf industry experts – and to get just a little smarter to help Golfers Play Their Best!!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

Supercharge Your Golf Habits In 2019!

Learn From “Atomic Habits”

To Supercharge Your Golf Habits In 2019!

Golf Habits

“Put Your Shoes On.” Yes dear! My wife and I know we need to walk each day and get more exercise – and surely this will help my fitness and golf.  I now think a key to doing this is to create a daily ritual – to Put My Shoes On each morning.  Once we do that, out the door and walk and enjoy getting more fit.

I am about half way through reading what I know will be one of the most valuable Improvement Books Of 2019 – “Atomic Habits” by James Clear.  This book was published late in 2018, and if you are looking to create some new improvement areas in your golf and your life – you need to read it.  

“Atomic” definition – “an extremely small amount of a thing, and a source of immense energy and power.”  “Habit” definition – “a routine or practice performed regularly.”  Developing a ritual as a cue to create a new daily walking habit came from this book.  Here are a few small snippets to wet your appetite to read it…

  • The book is organized around what James calls 4 Laws for creating new habits and changes – “Make It Obvious, Make It Attractive, Make It Easy, Make It Satisfying.”  All of these make sense, but he dives deep into why these laws will help to create change.
  • One of the book subsections is titled “Forget About Goals, Focus On Systems Instead.”  This concept resonates with me.  Yes I want to help to delight more golfers in 2019, and to play better golf and perhaps to shoot my age this year (69 or 70 if you wonder).  But I believe that if I concentrate on doing small things to improve my business, my golf, and my life each day – I will have the best opportunity of having these results happen.
  • Finally, the first section of the book is titled “Why Tiny Changes Make A Big Difference.”  Do small things correctly each day – be patient – great results will happen!

One of my cues each day is a note I have in my daily calendar – “Do Something Great Today!”  Great doesn’t have to be big – it can be anything to keep improving and growing.

James has also created a new resource called the Clear Habit Journal.  Yep, I have ordered it and will have it this week.  I am looking forward to using it in my golf and life.

Do Something Great Today!

 

I Create EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

You SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

My Personal Golf Story

Sharing My Personal Golf Story

Maybe My Life Is “All About Golf”

My Personal Golf Story

My wife Diane often says “everything with you is all about golf.”  Well – this is not TOTALLY true – but at the same time yes she is pretty perceptive.  Here is the backstory.

At age 16 I started to caddy at the St. Clair Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA – my neighbor Nick Londino – the Locker Room Attendant there – actually asked me if I wanted to do this, and drove me there early each morning that the club was open in the summer.  I was fortunate through hard work to become one of the top caddies there.  Since we would arrive at St. Clair very early on Saturday’s (Nick had to be there) I could go out in the first group that teed off.  This group most weekends included Dick Swanson, Marshall Brown, and Duncan Brown.  Dick, Marshall, Duncan, and I had a great golf relationship – but also a true personal relationship.  

There are many more details I could share – but Nick, Dick, Marshall, and Duncan decided to help me obtain a Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Caddy Scholarship – 4 years full tuition to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  To get to go to school at a place like CMU was the opportunity of a lifetime – and it molded everything about my future.  I am not sure I could have ever attended CMU without their help.  And the personal lessons I learned from each of them also influenced much of how I am today.

I call Dick Swanson each year around Christmas time just to say hi and again say thanks.  This year I found out that he passed away in March.  Somehow I knew this before I called – but it was still sad to learn.  But I also thought about the gratitude I have for all he and Nick, Marshall, and Duncan did for my life.

Maybe some of you reading this have some type of personal story related to golf and how it has been important to you.  If so – enjoy thinking about it during this wonderful season!

 

Merry Christmas And The BEST 2019!

TONY

 

 

 

Changing Golfers Lives!

Who Do I Want My Customers To Become?

CHANGING GOLFERS LIVES!

Change Golfers Lives

Did you hear about the big blizzard in North Carolina this weekend?  Well – I’m here in a Morganton, NC hotel room on Sunday, after attending the Flatstick Putting Conference this weekend.  Yes I would love to be home – but the conference was a fabulous learning event (more on that in the future!).

Driving to the conference, I listened to a short, thought-provoking audio book:

Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?

Here is my two-part answer to this great question!

  • For golfers I have custom fit for clubs, or helped to improve their putting – they shoot lower scores, have more fun when they play, are more confident that they will play their best.  This Web Link Lists the golfers I have been fortunate to help in this way.  And I should be on this list too!
  • For golfers who access all of my podcasts, blogs, newsletters, and golf improvement resources – I hope you become more knowledgeable about golf clubs and golf improvement.  And in particular – you understand more about what is true and what is not true about golf clubs and how they can improve your golf games.  I learn – you learn – we all benefit!!

I love this game and helping to Change Golfers Lives – Thank You for being here!!

Any Questions? – CLICK HERE!

 

I CREATE EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

YOU SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY

 

 

 

Thanks Bob Simms!

Thanks Bob Simms!

Our Annual Dunkin Doughnuts Get-Together

Thanks Bob Simms

Well Bob, bet you did not think you would be the topic of my blog this week.  But I had to delay recording my next podcast with Keith Chatham – PrecisionFit Golf in Kerrville, Texas for a week, because of some medical goodies – so that interview will be live next Monday.

But back to Bob Simms – coach of the St. John Fisher College Golf Team in Rochester, New York – and a great friend.  Every year he and I get to do Coffee And Learning when I travel to the Rochester area for Thanksgiving.  I always look forward to our yearly visit.  Here are a few of the things that came out of our get together this year….

  • Bob is a USGA rules official – and he shared this link on the Major 2019 UGGA Rules Updates.  Enjoy this great summary.
  • He asked me a GREAT question – “what about all of the technology we have available, is it helping us to improve or not?”  I believe yes but it matters who uses it and how they use it.  And this is a big reason I am doing my next podcast interview with Keith, to talk about some of the most important ways that Launch Monitor technology can be used in true custom club fitting.
  • Finally the major theme of this year’s coffee – and in fact, most of the ones we have had – is SUCCESS.  What’s it take to be successful – in golf, coaching, custom fitting and putting instruction, anything.  Bottom line – there are no “gimmies” to creating success – if it matters, you have to do the work, and often over a long period of time and often with a lot of sacrifice of other things in your life.

Thanks Bob – you make a huge difference in my life!

 

I CREATE EXCEPTIONAL GOLF CLUBS

SO YOU SHOOT LOWER SCORES!

TONY