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Dec 28, 2015

520: This is our 6th annual skewering of the PGA Tour & Players as the MattyB Awards takes center stage with comedian/actor/TV Personality Matty Blake. As he’s done in the past, these awards have a tendency to upset some PGA Tour fans, so this year we make it a drinking game! Each time Matty says something offensive, we take a swig (Matty:beer / Fred:vodka) so the show gets a little…OK, a lot out of hand. This year’s awards include the David Duval MattyB for Courage, The Hottest Wife, the best & worst golf related Media Appearance, the Middle Finger Matty, Mr. Blake-well’s best & worst dressed, Player and Moment of the Year…and more! Watch the entire episode from our live Blab event here.

And here's the link to the article written about Matty's first hole in one!

 

This is also our 10th Anniversary of weekly episodes since 2005! Thanks to all the friends I've made through the podcast, to everyone who has enjoyed Golf Smarter over the years, to those who sent in congratulatory messages, and to all those listeners who I've had the pleasure to play golf with over the last decade. 

Dec 28, 2015
520 Premium : 2015 PGA Tour MattyB Awards & 10th Anniversary Celebration!

 520: This is our 6th annual skewering of the PGA Tour & Players as the MattyB Awards takes center stage with comedian/actor/TV Personality Matty Blake. As he’s done in the past, these awards have a tendency to upset some PGA Tour fans, so this year we make it a drinking game! Each time Matty says something offensive, we take a swig (Matty:beer / Fred:vodka) so the show gets a little…OK, a lot out of hand. This year’s awards include the David Duval MattyB for Courage, The Hottest Wife, the best & worst golf related Media Appearance, the Middle Finger Matty, Mr. Blake-well’s best & worst dressed, Player and Moment of the Year…and more! Watch the entire episode from our live Blab event:

We also learn that MattyB got his first hole-in-one this year, so Fred awards a MattyB for a friend! Here's the video

And here's the link to the article written about his accomplishment. 

This is also our 10th Anniversary of weekly episodes since 2005! Thanks to all the friends I've made through the podcast, to everyone who has enjoyed Golf Smarter over the years, to those who sent in congratulatory messages, and to all those listeners who I've had the pleasure to play golf with over the last decade. 

Dec 22, 2015

519: Starting on January 1, 2016 anchored putters will be banned from tournament use at all levels. It was no surprise to club designers that the USGA and R&A banned those long putters. It’s what they didn’t do that has club makers, retailers, and golfers confused and angry. Tom Wishon (wishongolf.com) the unofficial spokesperson of Custom Club Making Industry, and frequent Golf Smarter contributor explains what exactly the ruling means and whether or not it effects your game.

Because of the timely nature of the content, this is a replay of episode #363, which is part 1 of 2 published on December 25, 2012. This is because we had technical difficulties with our show this week featuring Ken Doherty. We had a great conversation, but it didn’t survive the recording process. So we will get him back soon to discuss his latest article “A Quiet Mind for Golf…I Hope I Don’t Miss This Shot”. 

Through the end of January, 2016 our holiday present for you is that each new free Golf Smarter episode will not be shortened as usual. Each of these new shows will be the complete interview intact!

Dec 22, 2015
519 Premium: The 2016 Ban on Anchored Putters with Custom Club Maker Tom Wishon

519: Starting on January 1, 2016 anchored putters will be banned from tournament use at all levels. It was no surprise to club designers that the USGA and R&A banned those long putters. It’s what they didn’t do that has club makers, retailers, and golfers confused and angry. Tom Wishon (wishongolf.com) the unofficial spokesperson of Custom Club Making Industry, and frequent Golf Smarter contributor explains what exactly the ruling means and whether or not it effects your game.

Because of the timely nature of the content, this is a replay of episode #363, which is part 1 of 2 published on December 25, 2012. Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties with our show this week featuring Ken Doherty. It was a great conversation, but it didn’t survive the recording process. So we will get him back soon to discuss his latest article “A Quiet Mind for Golf…I Hope I Don’t Miss This Shot”. 

Dec 16, 2015
518 Premium: Why Your Golf Swing is Hurting You LESS Than You Think

518 Premium: This week Jim Waldron of the Balance Point Golf Schools returns for a full hour to discuss his new video series and The Arm Swing Illusion. Jim breaks down in detail why so many of us are concerned that our consistency issues are not what we think. 

 

Episode 520 means it's our 10th Anniversary and we want to share it with you! Join us for our live Blab.im session with comedian Matty Blake for the 6th Annual PGA Tour MattyB Awards. We'll be live at 5pPT/8pET on Thursday, December 17 @GolfSmarter on Blab.im. 

 

If you can't make the live show, then send us a video with your favorite Golf Smarter anecdote or story before December 28. Send it to GolfSmarterPodcast@gmail.com or click on the Hey Fred button at the all new GolfSmarter.com!

 

Join us at the recording of episode #521 as we welcome back the guest who helped us launch episode #1. Dr. Joseph Parent, author of golf’s most popular golf mental game book of all time, Zen Golf. Dr Joe and Fred will take your questions on Monday, December 21 at 5pPT / 8pET @GolfSmarter on https://Blab.im

Dec 9, 2015
517 Premium: Club Up or Come Up Short! with Game Golf CEO, John McGuire

517: John McGuire, CEO of Game Golf returns to introduce us to their newest product, Game Golf Live. Unlike the Classic model, LIVE allows you to track your shots, and view the hole via GPS on your smartphone while you’re playing. They even have a new tracking system for Android users that doesn’t require wearing a unit on your belt. We also discuss what has been learned from the data collected, which PGA Tour players are using Game Golf, and since we’re live on BLAB, answers questions from our audience. 

Game Golf is offering Golf Smarter listeners an exclusive free gift with the purchase of a new Game Golf Live. Use the checkout code “fredgreene” and get the $99 Android tags FREE! Android phones use an NFC chip that isn’t available on iPhones. These Game Golf tags can be used as a second set with Game Golf Live or stand alone with an Android phone. Just tap your Android phone before each shot and gather all the same data as you would with the belt clip unit. This exclusive discount expires January 5, 2016. Click here to learn more about the entire line of Game Golf products and get your FREE Android tags, go to 

John explains the importance of your pre-shot routine, and how to lock your mind in preparing your next shot. This segment is part of the Premium episode, but can be seen on video at GolfSmarterTV.  

Each new episode of GOLF SMARTER will be live on BLAB, which allows you to participate with your own questions. To receive an automatic notification of our next recording time and date, use Blab or Twitter to follow us @GolfSmarter.

 

Dec 1, 2015
516 Premium:John Abendroth Co-host of Hooked On Golf Radio and former PGA Tour Pro

516Premium: John Abendroth is well known in the San Francisco golf community from growing up playing against guys like Johnny Miller, playing on the PGA Tour, and his two plus decades hosting the “Hooked On Golf” radio show. He makes his first appearance on GOLF SMARTER to share some wonderful stories of his three years on the PGA Tour playing against some historic figures.

This episode was conducted at Blab.im and the full video is available at GolfSmarterTV. <https://youtu.be/l4ahQktn-xw> Each new episode of GOLF SMARTER will be live on BLAB, which allows you to participate with your own questions. To receive an automatic notification of our next recording time and date, use Blab or Twitter to follow us @GolfSmarter.

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Nov 19, 2015
Jim Venetos reviews Fred's latest swing

Thought you may be interested in my progress with the "Venetos Stillness" swing. The video was recorded on my phone at a grass driving range. What you'll see is Jim's comments.  

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Enjoy!

http://www.powerchalk.com/video/102708_GZ22-1OX0-9437-C6Q4-CHLK/play/embed

Nov 18, 2015

Here's just a taste from the live public BLAB event with Jim Venetos. You can watch the full interview at YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV. To hear the entire hour, join Premium Access and take advantage of more than 500 episodes of golf improvement podcasts. 

Nov 18, 2015
515 Premium - Greater Distance. More Consistency. And Don't Call this Swing Stack'n'Tilt! with Jim Venetos

515: Jim Venetos returns in a live video BLAB conversation to give increased clarity and details on how his method of weight shift and stillness will make every golfer better. One story he shares is about a celebrity who was on the Golf Channel complaining about his game. Jim found a way to get in touch with him knowing he could help. And he has. He helped me and can help you too!

This episode was conducted at Blab.im and the full video is available at GolfSmarterTV. <https://youtu.be/Cv7UjcB2b2c> Each new episode of GOLF SMARTER will be live on BLAB, which allows you to participate with your own questions. To receive an automatic notification of our next recording time and date, use Blab or Twitter to follow us. @GolfSmarter.

Nov 11, 2015
514 VIDEO: Is Confidence in Golf Overrated with LPGA Tour Player Daniela Iacobelli

514 Premium: Here's a little tease lifted from this week's Premium Episode featuring LPGA Tour Player Daniela Iacobelli on the importance of confidence.

This segment is NOT in the free episode. 

Free Episode: 19:18

Premium Episode: 62:33

Nov 11, 2015

514: Golf improvement is so much more than hitting the ball farther. Compiling stats and using the metrics to lower your golf scores is a logical and scientific approach to becoming a better, happier golfer. In this episode we have two guests. Josh Marris is a former Touring Pro who is the founder of GRGS, or Get Real Golf Stats, which is both a website and mobile app. Our special guest is Daniela Iacobelli, who played on the Symetra Tour in 2015 and after compiling stats using the GRGS App for just one season, she has improved enough to be in the Top 10 of the Symetra Tour and will be competing in the LPGA Tour for 2016.

Free Episode: 19:18

Premium Episode: 62:33

The GRGS App is free, but as a Golf Smarter listener who plays at least twice per month, you are encouraged to take advantage of either the Gold or Platinum subscriptions and get a significant discount. Go to GRGS.cc/golfsmarter to sign up. To receive the discount, you must sign up at the website, not the app. This discount is applied for the lifetime of your account, so each renewal will be at the discounted rate. You can cancel at anytime. No credit card is required to create a free account. If you already have a membership and want the discount, email info@getrealgolfstats.com and mention Golf Smarter Podcast to take advantage of this incredible offer.

This episode was conducted at Blab.im. Each new episode of GOLF SMARTER will be live on BLAB, which allows you to participate with your own questions. To receive an automatic notification of our next recording time and date, use Blab or Twitter to follow us. @GolfSmarter.

Nov 11, 2015
514 Premium: LPGA Tour Player Daniela Iacobelli and Get Real Golf Stats Founder Josh Marris

514: Golf improvement is so much more than hitting the ball farther. Compiling stats and using the metrics to lower your golf scores is a logical and scientific approach to becoming a better, happier golfer. In this episode we have two guests. Josh Marris is a former Touring Pro who is the founder of GRGS, or Get Real Golf Stats, which is both a website and mobile app. Our special guest is Daniela Iacobelli, who played on the Symetra Tour in 2015 and after compiling stats using the GRGS App for just one season, she has improved enough to be in the Top 10 of the Symetra Tour and will be competing in the LPGA Tour for 2016.

The GRGS App is free, but as a Golf Smarter listener who plays at least twice per month, you are encouraged to take advantage of either the Gold or Platinum subscriptions and get a significant discount. Go to GRGS.cc/golfsmarter to sign up. To receive the discount, you must sign up at the website, not the app. This discount is applied for the lifetime of your account, so each renewal will be at the discounted rate. You can cancel at anytime. No credit card is required to create a free account. If you already have a membership and want the discount, email info@getrealgolfstats.com and mention Golf Smarter Podcast to take advantage of this incredible offer.

This episode was conducted at Blab.im. Each new episode of GOLF SMARTER will be live on BLAB, which allows you to participate with your own questions. To receive an automatic notification of our next recording time and date, use Blab or Twitter to follow us. @GolfSmarter.

Nov 4, 2015
To Mulligan or Not To Mulligan...Is that really in question?

Want a taste of this week's podcast episode? Check out this video with host Fred Greene and author Richard E. Todd

Nov 4, 2015
513 Premium: Legal Mulligans! When It's OK to Play 2 Golf Balls with author Richard E. Todd

513: Author Richard E. Todd talks about the new golf rules for 2016, but in this edited episode,  host Fred Greene is baffled to learn that there are actual rules that allow you to play 2 balls on a single hole. Richard's new book is called "Short Stories from the Long Links - A collection of golf related tales". He's also just published an adult golf coloring book. His other books include "The Golf Rules - Etiquette" and "The Golf Rules - Stroked Play".

http://TheGolfRules.com

Here's a link to a short video from our conversation: https://youtu.be/h8zBzEGJ4Jw

Follow us on Twitter and BLAB @GolfSmarter so that you can join the conversation and ask questions of our guest when we're recording our next episode.

Oct 27, 2015
512 Premium: Make Sure Your Intention Matches Your Golf Performance with Tony Manzoni

Tony Manzoni, Coach of College of the Desert golf team joins us to dissect the golf swing from weight shift, position of the hands, arms, shoulders, head and how to incorporate all of those to make greater contact, get more distance, and be more consistant. 

Here’s a short video tease from this Golf Smarter episode.

As a Premium Subscriber, you can have access to watch the full video of this interview. Just write to Fred@GolfSmarterPodcast.com to get the unlisted, private link

Guide to complete Golf Smarter Library

Oct 20, 2015
511 Premium: Off Season Golf Conditioning to Keep You Sharp and Ready To Go with Jeff Ritter

511: This week Jeff Ritter @mttgolf returns for our inaugural podcast episode recorded via the new community building platform, BLAB.im. In addition to multiple off season conditioning tips, Jeff invites us to enter his Win a Pebble Beach Golf Vacation  This BLAB session and the Premium Access episode is nearly an hour. As a Premium subscriber, if you'd like to see the video of our conversation, email Fred@GolfSmarterPodcast.com to receive an unlisted viewing link.  

Here's a link to his closing video tip. https://youtu.be/VhTBAZXbSGk

Follow us on both Twitter and BLAB @GolfSmarter so that you can join the conversation when we’re live, as we plan to use BLAB to record all future podcast episodes. BLAB allows Golf Smarter to be a podcast and a talk show, and we really look forward to your participation!

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Oct 19, 2015
More Jim Venetos video feedback

Hi, Fred here. I'm back on the course again, but over the past 8 weeks since my leg injury I've been working with Jim Venetos on incorporating his swing method / position into my game. Here's the third video he's reviewed that I'm happy to share with you. My favorite aspect of this is that he sees our front side, from the leg up, as the center of the swing, NOT the spine. This relieves so much back pressure, plus it really helps to make solid contact each time.

Went out for my first round this past weekend and shot 12 over par. Other than my putting being stale from lack of practice, I was pretty excited for my results. I was hitting a draw consistently of the first time, had more distance, and even my short game was pretty good. 

Take a look for your self as to what Jim had to offer and let me know what you think! Fred@GolfSmarterPodcast.com 

http://www.powerchalk.com/video/102708_HWA2-V3O2-0RH9-59LH-CHLK/play/embed

Oct 13, 2015
510 Premium: Taking One Shot At A Time…Easy To Think. Harder To Do!

510: Jim Venetos has exposed us to a entirely new thought process on ball striking over the last few Golf Smarter Podcast episodes, and the feedback from listeners has been incredible. If you’ve been paying attention to his advice, you’re probably hitting the ball more consistently, with a draw, and probably even further. But Jim also talks about having a balanced “Mind. Body. Soul.” approach to the game. In this episode, we dig into visualization, which is what he considers the ‘soul’ aspect of the game. This is the ability to be creative, to see the shot before you hit it, and the ability to feel the shot before you hit it. We close the show with a tip that is also a video on our GolfSmarterTV channel. If you’ve been listening to Jim on the podcast, you really owe it to yourself to watch the really helpful videos that compliment the conversations. The latest is called “How To Make Your Next Golf Shot Using Visualization” 

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Oct 9, 2015
Jim Venetos Reviews Video of Fred's Setup

My rehab progress is going well! While working on my new Jim Venetos setup, I was ready to send him a video for his review. Wanna see what he had to say?

http://www.powerchalk.com/video/102708_31SQ-62V7-7GRV-HFKF-CHLK/play

Oct 9, 2015
Jim Venetos continued explanation

Over the last few episodes (with one more on the way), Jim Venetos has been sharing his very compelling swing method that answers the biggest concerns of most amateur golfers.

  1. More consistency
  2. More distance
  3. Cure my out-to-in swing path

Oh, did we also mention that you'll experience increased distance?!?

What's not to like? No other teacher that we've had on GOLF SMARTER uses this method, and many have not heard about it.

But according to his students, it works! And works well.  

Somethings have me very interested in incorporating this method into my game.

  • I want to hit a consistent draw
  • My new Ben Hogan irons are blades after only hitting cavity backed clubs my entire golf career.
  • Since injuring my leg, I like the idea of less movement during the swing. 

With that said, I thought you may enjoy watching and hearing Jim's lessons directly to me.

Here's the first where he gives some graphic examples of weight shift.

http://www.powerchalk.com/video/102708_PWRO-Q5IQ-J6BE-5X06-CHLK/play

 

Oct 6, 2015
509 Premium: Confidently Take Your New Swing From The Range to The Course with Jim Venetos

509: In the third of our four part series with golf instructor Jim Venetos, we discuss and analyze how to confidently take your new swing mechanics from the driving range to the golf course. Need a little more explanation and want to see what he’s talking about? Click here to see Jim’s video tip that is a Golf Smarter exclusive.

Guide to complete Golf Smarter Library 

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Sep 29, 2015
508 Premium: Stillness. Shaping Shots Trajectory. #2 of 4 with Jim Venetos

508 Premium: In the second of our four part series with golf instructor Jim Venetos, we dig deeper into his method of “Stillness” by discussing where you should have the ball positioned for each club during your swing, what type of trajectory is optimum for this method, and how to shape your shots so that you utilize a draw, fade, or straight shot. Now that, like thousands of his student, you’re getting the hang of this new swing and seeing positive results in your practice sessions, in our next episode, we’ll discuss taking your game from the driving range to the golf course. Need a little more explanation and want to see what he’s talking about? Here’s the link to Jim’s video tip that is a Golf Smarter exclusive. 

Guide to complete Golf Smarter Library

I'm participating in the Walk To End Alzheimer's on October 24 in Washington DC.  Please make a tax deductible donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's.  For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide. Click here to donate to our team. Thank you!

 

Sep 22, 2015
507 Premium: Fine Tuning Your Swing During the Off-Season with Jim Venetos

507: Jim Venetos returns to amplify his teaching method of body stillness during the swing. Golf Smarter Host Fred Greene has suffered a leg injury and is not going to be able to play golf for a number of weeks. Jim says that injuring his right leg was injuring the correct leg because there’s no movement required from the right leg during the swing, and that 70% of your weight is shifted to the left leg during the swing.  While recovering, Fred has decided to record four short episodes with Jim that will be published over the next few weeks. 

Watch Jim's exclusive video tip on "How To Stop Micromanaging Your Club During the Swing"

Guide to complete Golf Smarter Library 

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Sep 16, 2015
506 Premium: Golf Courses Don't Have To Be Harder To Be Better with Course Designer David McLay Kidd

506 Premium: Golf Course Architect David McLay Kidd designed the first course at Bandon Dunes to be like the courses he grew up with in Scotland. But he also wants to create golf courses that provide the amateur golfer with hope, not frustration. David tells us how he got the bug by spending a lot of time learning and working with his father, golf course superintendent Jimmy Kidd. He also shares his design philosophies, and how the average player can take advantage of his layouts for their own success.  

 

Guide to complete Golf Smarter Library https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HN-mL1wFdwM73O5WXjhRIpbkPhKJPihisd8Z78LPlas/edit?usp=sharing

 

Here's the video from this week's show

 

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