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Jan 17, 2017

575 Scott Seifferlein is a self taught golfer who after eight years sought out lessons from great instructors which lead him to a successful career as a player, coach, writer and advisor. In this episode, Scott shares six rules he’s developed for beginning golfers of any age that will get them hooked on the game like the rest of us. If you’re new to the game, or have someone who wants to start, or even if you want to introduce a friend or child to the game, make sure you get these rules before you begin. Scott also shares tips from one his books on how to cure your slice in five swings!
You can find and learn more about Scott at GrandRapidsGolfLesson.com

Jan 17, 2017
575 Premium: 6 Rules for Beginning Golfers of Any Age (and those who want to help them) with Scott Seifferlein

575 Premium: Scott Seifferlein is a self taught golfer who after eight years sought out lessons from great instructors which lead him to a successful career as a player, coach, writer and advisor. In this episode, Scott shares six rules he’s developed for beginning golfers of any age that will get them hooked on the game like the rest of us. If you’re new to the game, or have someone who wants to start, or even if you want to introduce a friend or child to the game, make sure you get these rules before you begin. Scott also shares tips from one his books on how to cure your slice in five swings!
You can find and learn more about Scott at GrandRapidsGolfLesson.com

Jan 11, 2017

574 Jack Sims is a successful businessman, but is also a highly skilled golf instructor. Many of us do business on the golf course, but did you know that there’s a lot to learn about one to help with the other? Jack offers multiple websites on both golf & business that are extremely enlightening.  

JackSims.com 

JackSimsGolf.com 

JackSimsBusiness.com

Jan 10, 2017
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574 Premium: Jack Sims is a successful businessman, but is also a highly skilled golf instructor. Many of us do business on the golf course, but did you know that there’s a lot to learn about one to help with the other? Jack offers multiple websites on both golf & business that are extremely enlightening.  

JackSims.com 

JackSimsGolf.com 

JackSimsBusiness.com

Jan 3, 2017

573 Rick Koscher <TheGolfBetterCoach.com> gets frustrated with golfers and students who complain about inconsistency when they don’t actually understand how to make “golf shots”. He says “You cannot become a scratch golfer by staying on the driving range”. How many distances and locations can you hit a 7 iron? Most of us will say “about 150 yards”, but to be the best golfer possible, try to focus on hitting that club multiple distances, with a variety of ball flights.  If you’re serious about lowering your scores, be creative, use your imagination, and practice on your weaknesses. Instead of buying golf clubs that are popular or new, Rick suggests getting fitted to clubs that "fit your swing".

Jan 3, 2017
573 Premium: Learn to “Play the Game” and Stop Worrying About the Perfect Swing with Rick Koscher

573 Rick Koscher <TheGolfBetterCoach.com> gets frustrated with golfers and students who complain about inconsistency when they don’t actually understand how to make “golf shots”. He says “You cannot become a scratch golfer by staying on the driving range”. How many distances and locations can you hit a 7 iron? Most of us will say “about 150 yards”, but to be the best golfer possible, try to focus on hitting that club multiple distances, with a variety of ball flights.  If you’re serious about lowering your scores, be creative, use your imagination, and practice on your weaknesses. Instead of buying golf clubs that are popular or new, Rick suggests getting fitted to clubs that "fit your swing".

Dec 27, 2016

572: Joe Hallett, PGA is a Master Certified instructor who teaches Golf Teaching Professionals on how to coach us. We also discuss how to improve each round by using advanced course management techniques that includes looking at a hole backwards, the way it was designed, from green to tee. He advises that we strategically take advantage of what the groundskeeper gives us with 6 easy holes, 6 medium, and 6 hard holes, and play aggressively only when appropriate.  

Dec 27, 2016
572 Premium: Advanced Green to Tee Course Management Techniques with Joe Hallett, PGA

Premium: Joe Hallett, PGA is a Master Certified instructor who teaches Golf Teaching Professionals on how to coach us. We also discuss how to improve each round by using advanced course management techniques that includes looking at a hole backwards, the way it was designed, from green to tee. He advises that we strategically take advantage of what the groundskeeper gives us with 6 easy holes, 6 medium, and 6 hard holes, and play aggressively only when appropriate. 

Dec 20, 2016

571 John Kantarski specializes in left handed golf. But after teaching thousands of golfers, he’s also noticed how frequently golfers, left or right handed, also believe they understand what went wrong after each swing, just compounding the problem. No matter how good a golfer is, without proper training, it’s hard to make changes with the knowledge of cause and effect. A Hank Haney certified instructor, John shares his background making changes, fixes, and insights.                           

Here’s the link <https://youtu.be/_fjVwY_IY28> to the bonus video Fred mentioned at the end of the show.  Fred sits down with Rocio Robles, General Manager of El Manglar Campo de Golf (Golf Course) Riviera Maya, Mexico. Operated by Vidanta Golf, El Manglar is a Jack Nicklaus Design 18 hole - Par 54 course. Even though each hole is a par 3, holes from the black tees (2923yds) range in length from 103-276 yards, with 10 of the holes being over 150 yards and 11 having water in play. The four longest holes, #4 (223yds), #13 (276yds), #14 (195yds), and #18 (195yds), all require you to carry either streams or lakes. We wouldn't be surprised if the slope from the back tees are over 133, but no rating or slope is offered. 

Inserted throughout the interview with Rocio, Fred provides commentary, photos, and video from his round and a time-lapse of the sunrise from the beach. 

This is an incredible property on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, south of Cancun, north of Playa del Carmen, that boasts 5 hotels, 14 impressive restaurants, the golf course, a large boutique that provides everything from groceries for your kitchen equipped condo, to a pharmacy, gifts, clothes, and more. Vidanta Riviera Maya also has a custom built 600 seat theatre for JOYA, the only Cirque du Soleil show in the world that has a full hour of pre-show entertainment while you indulge in champagne and an excellent dinner at your table before the show. In the full week that we stayed at the Mayan Palace, we never had a need or desire to leave the property.

Dec 20, 2016
571 Premium: Stop Trying to Change Your Swing All By Yourself with John Kantarski

571: John Kantarski specializes in left handed golf. But after teaching thousands of golfers, he’s also noticed how frequently golfers, left or right handed, also believe they understand what went wrong after each swing, just compounding the problem. No matter how good a golfer is, without proper training, it’s hard to make changes with the knowledge of cause and effect. A Hank Haney certified instructor, John shares his background making changes, fixes, and insights.                 

Here’s the link <https://youtu.be/_fjVwY_IY28> to the bonus video Fred mentioned at the end of the show.  Fred sits down with Rocio Robles, General Manager of El Manglar Campo de Golf (Golf Course) Riviera Maya, Mexico. Operated by Vidanta Golf, El Manglar is a Jack Nicklaus Design 18 hole - Par 54 course. Even though each hole is a par 3, holes from the black tees (2923yds) range in length from 103-276 yards, with 10 of the holes being over 150 yards and 11 having water in play. The four longest holes, #4 (223yds), #13 (276yds), #14 (195yds), and #18 (195yds), all require you to carry either streams or lakes. We wouldn't be surprised if the slope from the back tees are over 133, but no rating or slope is offered. 

Inserted throughout the interview with Rocio, Fred provides commentary, photos, and video from his round and a time-lapse of the sunrise from the beach. 

This is an incredible property on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, south of Cancun, north of Playa del Carmen, that boasts 5 hotels, 14 impressive restaurants, the golf course, a large boutique that provides everything from groceries for your kitchen equipped condo, to a pharmacy, gifts, clothes, and more. Vidanta Riviera Maya also has a custom built 600 seat theatre for JOYA, the only Cirque du Soleil show in the world that has a full hour of pre-show entertainment while you indulge in champagne and an excellent dinner at your table before the show. In the full week that we stayed at the Mayan Palace, we never had a need or desire to leave the property.

Dec 13, 2016

570: Jim Samsing of the Bird Golf Academy career as a golf teaching professional spans more than three decades. A competitive player since 1970, and the winner of the 1973 Montbello Open Pro-Am, Jim also recorded top 10 finishes in several state opens. Jim was also the Head Professional at Mission Hills C.C. in the mid 70’s. His teaching philosophy is to keep the swing as simple as possible, developing strong fundamentals and swing skills, and using the brain as the major tool in the development of these skills. He is the foremost expert in the theory of the “Double Connexion”, a mental discipline used on the PGA tour. Jim is a true master and student of the game, who’s style is successful with players of all abilities. Jim is also an accomplished club fitting specialist. We are proud to have Jim as our West Coast Director of Instruction.

Dec 13, 2016
Premium: Keeping Your Golf Swing Simple with Jim Samsing

570: Jim Samsing of the Bird Golf Academy career as a golf teaching professional spans more than three decades. A competitive player since 1970, and the winner of the 1973 Montbello Open Pro-Am, Jim also recorded top 10 finishes in several state opens. Jim was also the Head Professional at Mission Hills C.C. in the mid 70’s. His teaching philosophy is to keep the swing as simple as possible, developing strong fundamentals and swing skills, and using the brain as the major tool in the development of these skills. He is the foremost expert in the theory of the “Double Connexion”, a mental discipline used on the PGA tour. Jim is a true master and student of the game, who’s style is successful with players of all abilities. Jim is also an accomplished club fitting specialist. We are proud to have Jim as our West Coast Director of Instruction.

For Premium subscribers, here’s a link <https://youtu.be/_fjVwY_IY28> to a bonus video of the Golf Smarter Podcast published December 13, 2016. Podcast host Fred Greene sits down with Rocio Robles, General Manager of El Manglar Campo de Golf (Golf Course) Riviera Maya, Mexico. Operated by Vidanta Golf, El Manglar is a Jack Nicklaus Design 18 hole - Par 54 course. Even though each hole is a par 3, holes from the black tees (2923yds) range in length from 103-276 yards, with 10 of the holes being over 150 yards and 11 having water in play. The four longest holes, #4 (223yds), #13 (276yds), #14 (195yds), and #18 (195yds), all require you to carry either streams or lakes. We wouldn't be surprised if the slope from the back tees are over 133, but no rating or slope is offered. 

Inserted throughout the interview with Rocio, Fred provides commentary, photos, and video from his round and a time-lapse of the sunrise from the beach. 

This is an incredible property on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, south of Cancun, north of Playa del Carmen, that boasts 5 hotels, 14 impressive restaurants, the golf course, a large boutique that provides everything from groceries for your kitchen equipped condo, to a pharmacy, gifts, clothes, and more. Vidanta Riviera Maya also has a custom built 600 seat theatre for JOYA, the only Cirque du Soleil show in the world that has a full hour of pre-show entertainment while you indulge in champagne and an excellent dinner at your table before the show. In the full week that we stayed at the Mayan Palace, we never had a need or desire to leave the property.

Dec 6, 2016

569. Dr. Robert K Winters is a sports psychologist, author, contributor to the Golf Channel, and Mental Conditioning Coach who has helped numerous golfers from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Unlike any other sports psychologist performance consultant in the country, Dr. Bob has an academic and experiential background that allows him to really understand what it means to be an athlete or performer at every level.

Dec 6, 2016
Premium: Positive vs Negative Thinking and How It Impacts Your Golf Game with Dr. Bob Winters

569. Dr. Robert K Winters is a sports psychologist, author, contributor to the Golf Channel, and Mental Conditioning Coach who has helped numerous golfers from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Unlike any other sports psychologist performance consultant in the country, Dr. Bob has an academic and experiential background that allows him to really understand what it means to be an athlete or performer at every level.

Nov 30, 2016

568 Premium: Billy Bondaruk,PGA <@billygolfs> joins us to discuss his blog "The 7 Myths of Golf" and we focus on the first couple myths, but mostly what we learn are a couple of great practice tips and the understanding that everybody has a different swing, so there's no need to try to reinvent the wheel. When you learn to trust the swing that you have, then you'll start getting better results.

Here's a great idea for a unique and useful golf gift this holiday season for your golf buddies or yourself. The KenRickGolf.com Golf Belt! What I love about this belt is that it stores your divot toll and ball marker at the tip of your belt, so that you don't puncture your hand or rip a hole in your pants with your current divot tool. Good news is as a Golf Smarter listener, you get a 10% discount on your full purchase with the checkout code "golfsmarter". Check out the variety of colors and styles at KenRickGolf.com

Nov 30, 2016
Key to a Better Golf Swing? Trust Yourself! with Billy Bondaruk

568 Premium: Billy Bondaruk,PGA <@billygolfs> joins us to discuss his blog "The 7 Myths of Golf" and we focus on the first couple myths, but mostly what we learn are a couple of great practice tips and the understanding that everybody has a different swing, so there's no need to try to reinvent the wheel. When you learn to trust the swing that you have, then you'll start getting better results.

 

Here's a great idea for a unique and useful golf gift this holiday season for your golf buddies or yourself. The KenRickGolf.com Golf Belt! What I love about this belt is that it stores your divot toll and ball marker at the tip of your belt, so that you don't puncture your hand or rip a hole in your pants with your current divot tool. Good news is as a Golf Smarter listener, you get a 10% discount on your full purchase with the checkout code "golfsmarter". Check out the variety of colors and styles at KenRickGolf.com

Nov 22, 2016

567: In our previous episode, actor Malcolm McDowell talked about his favorite golf book ever, which so happens to be mine too. “THE MATCH: The Day The Game of Golf Changed Forever” by Mark Frost was published in 2008, but is a great read of nonfiction and in today’s 24 hour news cycle, an unbelievable story that was never told before this book. The audio book and book are both available at Amazon and here’s the write up to the story:   

The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. Lowery challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue. Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them. In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day--legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played--comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.”  

This interview was originally published in 2008. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2016
567 Premium: A Thanksgiving Feast of the Greatest Golf Book Ever! THE MATCH with author Mark Frost

567: In our previous episode, actor Malcolm McDowell talked about his favorite golf book ever, which so happens to be mine too. “THE MATCH: The Day The Game of Golf Changed Forever” by Mark Frost was published in 2008, but is a great read of nonfiction and in today’s 24 hour news cycle, an unbelievable story that was never told before this book. The audio book and book are both available at Amazon and here’s the write up to the story:

The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. Lowery challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue. Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them. In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day--legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played--comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.”

This interview was originally published in 2008. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2016

Actor Malcolm McDowell is passionate about golf. This was an incredible opportunity to sit down and chat with him about his love of the sport, history and strategy, his appearance in the movie "Stroke of Genius" about Bobby Jones, “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and his first hole in one. Malcolm McDowell’s resume includes a wide range of roles that started in 1964 and includes Clockwork Orange from 1971 and continues today as a distinctive voice on video games like Call of Duty, the antagonist on the entertaining Amazon Original series, Mozart in the Jungle, and HBO’s Entourage.

Nov 15, 2016
566 Premium: Show Me An Actor That’s a Good Golfer, And I’ll Show You An Actor That’s Not Working! With Actor Malcolm McDowell

Actor Malcolm McDowell is passionate about golf. This was an incredible opportunity to sit down and chat with him about his love of the sport, history and strategy, his appearance in the movie "Stroke of Genius" about Bobby Jones, “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, and his first hole in one. Malcolm McDowell’s resume includes a wide range of roles that started in 1964 and includes Clockwork Orange from 1971 and continues today as a distinctive voice on video games like Call of Duty, the antagonist on the entertaining Amazon Original series, Mozart in the Jungle, and HBO’s Entourage.

Nov 8, 2016

Jim Delaby, PGA wants to let you know that getting tired near the end of your round is preventable. There are specific foods, and ways to consume food and beverage during your round that will keep you focused on energized. Jim’s believes that anyone can get into The Zone, and even achieve a SuperZone state with the right tools which we discuss in the episode. 

http://www.Jimdelaby.com

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

http://GolfSmarter.com

Nov 8, 2016
565 Premium: If Fatigue is Impacting Your Round, It Could Be Your Nutrition! with Jim Delaby

Jim Delaby, PGA wants to let you know that getting tired near the end of your round is preventable. There are specific foods, and ways to consume food and beverage during your round that will keep you focused on energized. Jim’s believes that anyone can get into The Zone, and even achieve a SuperZone state with the right tools which we discuss in the episode. 

http://www.Jimdelaby.com

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

http://GolfSmarter.com

Nov 1, 2016

Manuel De la Torre was born above the golf shop at the Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro in Madrid, Spain, where his father Ángel de la Torre was the head golf professional. Angel was five-time Spanish National Golf Champion. Manuel's father's instruction and that of his father's friend and colleague Ernest Jones, served as the basis for de la Torre's instruction. His concepts for golf instruction have stood the test of time for over 60 years. He was head golf professional at Milwaukee Country Club teaching amateurs and tour professionals for more than 60 years.

Recorded in 2009, this conversation is just as valid today as it was when we originally spoke. Unfortunately Manuel De la Torre died in the Spring of 2016, but we were honored to hear his opinion on why golfers spend too much time focusing on their body parts during the swing. Every body is unique and moves it’s own way. That’s why understanding the role of the golf club may allow you to be a much more successful, and less stressed ball striker.

His book and DVD “Understanding The Golf Swing” are still available online. Here’s the address for the hardcover in Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Golf-Swing-Manuel-Torre/dp/1886346518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478020703&sr=8-1&keywords=understanding+the+golf+swing

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

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Nov 1, 2016
564 Premium: A Club-focused Swing Can Be More Effective Than a Body-focused Swing

Manuel De la Torre was born above the golf shop at the Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro in Madrid, Spain, where his father Ángel de la Torre was the head golf professional. Angel was five-time Spanish National Golf Champion. Manuel's father's instruction and that of his father's friend and colleague Ernest Jones, served as the basis for de la Torre's instruction. His concepts for golf instruction have stood the test of time for over 60 years. He was head golf professional at Milwaukee Country Club teaching amateurs and tour professionals for more than 60 years.

Recorded in 2009, this conversation is just as valid today as it was when we originally spoke. Unfortunately Manuel De la Torre died in the Spring of 2016, but we were honored to hear his opinion on why golfers spend too much time focusing on their body parts during the swing. Every body is unique and moves it’s own way. That’s why understanding the role of the golf club may allow you to be a much more successful, and less stressed ball striker.

His book and DVD “Understanding The Golf Swing” are still available online. Here’s the address for the hardcover in Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Golf-Swing-Manuel-Torre/dp/1886346518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478020703&sr=8-1&keywords=understanding+the+golf+swing

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.
http://GolfSmarter.com

Oct 25, 2016

Marc Solomon of Golf Made Simple shares his entertaining passion for golf instruction and it doesn’t diminish when we discuss video swing analysis. If the key to trusting your swing is clearing your mind before each shot, then he may have a compelling argument. 

http://GolfMadeSimple.com

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

http://GolfSmarter.com

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