Thursday, December 18, 2014

RIP Ben Doyle

Mr. Doyle passed away a couple of days ago. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Impact Drill by Kelvin Miyahira

Here's a video showing an impact drill that Kelvin Miyahira teaches. There is also some good discussion about how the golf swing develops and changes over time.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Wishon 919THI Driver Design

Here's a look at the newly designed Wishon 919THI driver:

Here's some notes from Tom on the driver:

· The 919 All Black as it is called is a matte finish for the black chemically impregnated finish on the sole and face. Not shiny so no glare.

· The hosel is not black because this is a bendable hosel model for changing lie and face angle +/-4* in any direction – we did not want to have the risk of potentially marring the black finish were we to have used that black finish on the hosel.

· The existing 919THI finish version still remains as it is with the satin polish face, mirror polish sole and black metallic gloss finish paint with red highlights on the head. The 919THI All Black is a second cosmetic option for those who like this appearance. No changes in any of the design performance elements of the 919THI as they have been and continue to be.

· 919THI All Black will be available in RH in the 9*, 11* and 13* lofts with hand select options for lofts from 8* to 14* and with the bendable hosel to offer any lie from 4* up to 4* flat and any face angle from 4* open to 4* closed – with all three specs of loft, lie and face angle being able to be delivered independent of each other all on the same head.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Performance Nutrition for Better Golf

Here's a video from Registered Dietician, Tammy Beasley, on nutrition for better golf


Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Golf Spy and the Putter Grip Test

An interesting study conducted by and the difference that putter grips make on golfers' putting strokes. 

 Here's the final results:

There are a lot of interesting findings involved with the study. Most notably that they are basing the putting performance on Putts Made and consistency. But, it is *not* based on actual performance.

For example, we see that the Superstroke Slim putter made 86% of its putts with an average face angle of 0.6 degrees left and a path of 2.24 degrees left. Meanwhile, the round putter grip had the 2nd worst make percentage (68%) and had the worst consistency rating. But, it pulled in the best averages as the face angle was at 0.1 degrees left with a path of 0.42 left.

 What this shows me is the same thing I've seen out of so many SAM Puttlab reports over the years....the consistency of the stroke pattern matters more than getting the face angle and path closer to square on average. If a player is off a bit with their stroke, that is actually okay as long as they repeat that stroke over and over. It appears that players with 'crooked', but very repeatable strokes tend to figure out how to adjust their stroke to make more putts. This is prevalent in the Loren Roberts SAM Puttlab report where it shows Roberts aiming fairly well left of the target at address and then using a 'cut-across' putting stroke. Despite a stroke pattern many would considered very flawed, Roberts was great at repeating the stroke and thus is named the 'Boss of the Moss.'

 What's also interesting is how the round grip promoted a lower dynamic loft on the putter which seems to make sense given that I used to use a round grip and it did feel like the round grip would lower the loft as the roll wasn't quite what one would like.

I think in the end the study gives an *indication* that perhaps the regular putter grip is too small. I used to use a round grip made for Edel grips. They were bigger than the grip that was used in this study, but I think the roundness of the grip shows that it is likely to lead to more inconsistency in face and path conditions along with lowering the loft. Now I'm using the PURE putter grip which is close to the Pingman grip.

I find that it is hard to be consistent, but I do putt better with that grip than the old round grip. I think the Fatso grip is likely too big for some. And other big grips may present an issue with weighing too much (the SuperStroke grips are actually fairly light at about 60-65 grams). So I can see why the Superstroke Slim and Ultraslim may be the best of both worlds as they are big, but not too big and they are not too heavy along with being a paddle grip.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rory McIlroy and the Skateboarder Mentality

One of the things I wanted to discuss in 2014 Pro Golf Synopsis, but I struggled to quantify, is that I think one of the largest myths in golf is that what separates the Tour player from the rest of us is that their bad shots are better than ours.

I find this to NOT be true. And I think that myth leaves golfers more puzzled and they don’t quite understand the mentality it takes to play great golf or to permanently improve their game.

Almost every tournament on Tour I now follow on ShotTracker to a degree. I will follow not only my own clients, but other players as well. And one thing that occurs to me is that the Tour players hit far more god awful shots than most people think they do. I’ve seen Tour player players, even multi-time winners on Tour, hit shanks (even chip shots), snap hooks, ground balls, pop-ups, etc. In fact, here’s the best player in the world hitting a god awful 3-wood:

Speaking of Rory, I have had a few clients that have played with Rory and that have told me the same thing 'I can’t believe how aggressive he is and what shots he tries to pull off.' When asked about it, Rory will say to the effect 'I know I can hit that shot and I’m here to hit great shots and win.' I tend to call this the ‘skateboarder mentality.’ Each summer I’m amazed when watching the Summer X Games because of the various tricks, flips, etc. that these skateboarders pull off:


Watching videos like that one I always think ‘man, if they are only off by a hair, 'that could be the difference between them pulling off the spot or falling and breaking their face.'


Golf has that similarity to it. If you’re off by 1 degree or if you miss by 1 dimple, that could be the difference between a good shot or a terrible shot. The difference between landing it or breaking your face. Here’s a Kelvin Miyahira video showing a skulled 8-iron. As Miyahira states:

"This is why golf is hard. Many think you have to hit the equator or above the equator ball in order to skull it. This club strikes only about a quarter of an inch too high and results in the leading edge compressing the ball creating the skulled shot."

Off by a quarter of 1 inch and you ‘break your face.’

 What’s so beautiful about the skateboarder mentality is that they never seem to even consider being off. They have the mindset of this is the jump I’m going to make instead of worrying about the bad stuff that could potentially happen if they are a little off. As Dr. Bhrett McCabe says, 'your mind only works when you are fully engaged into what you want to happen.' And I believe that is in part what Rory McIlroy thinks…he’s fully engaged in what he wants to do instead of worrying about what potentially bad could happen. He’s making a jump and thinking about landing the jump instead of thinking about being a hair off and breaking his face.

So, if Tour players hit god awful shots, what separates them from the rest of golfers?

They hit far more good-to-great shots than the rest of the non-Tour golfers.

 I’ve seen something like this happen countless times…

A Tour player hits it poorly for the first 6 holes and plays them at +4. Then they get on the 7th hole, a par-5, hit a great drive, a great 2nd shot and make a putt to make eagle. Then they hit a mediocre drive, followed by a great approach to 5-feet and make birdie. Then they hit it poorly on the 9th hole, but save par, and then they sink a 40-foot birdie putt and after 10-holes, they are back to even par.

If you just looked at the score, you would probably say 'this guy is playing decent.' But, if you watched him you would say that he looked awful out there and couldn’t believe how he somehow is playing at even par.

The awful shots have been there, but he hit enough great shots (the eagle on the 7th hole, the approach on the 8th hole and the 40-footer on the 10th hole) to get it back to even.

In essence, I feel that Rory’s mentality is so strong because he really doesn’t care about failing on a shot. If he does and it costs him a stroke…he can always make up for that later on. He may hit a great shot on the next shot and save par. Or he could hit a great shot on the next hole and get himself a birdie. And because he KNOWS he can pull off great shots if he takes an average pass at the ball, he goes out with that skateboarder mentality and hits those great shots.

Obviously, one has to know their limitations and understand the odds. Nobody expects skateboarders to make physically impossible jumps or even low-odds jumps just like Rory isn’t trying to carry water 300 yards long with a 3-wood.

 But, Rory…and many other top-flight Tour players…simply do not let the potential of missing by a dimple or missing by 1 degree make them scared to even try a shot that they know if they ‘do their thing’ they can pull it off.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Over-Accelerating the Putter on SAM Puttlab

Here's a video from golf instructor, Jason Sutton ( on a common problem with amateur golfers, over-accelerating the putter.