GOLF SMARTER

GOLF SMARTER

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Golf's most popular podcast in iTunes and Google since 2005! Weekly in-depth interviews provide regular "ah-ha" insights for beginning to expert golfers, including weekend hackers like the show's host, Fred Greene. Entertaining conversations with experts on the mental game, course management, putting, mechanics, equipment, fitness and more. Enjoy these free episodes, but these are not the full interviews! Don't miss a minute! You can only hear the complete conversations when you join PREMIUM Access. Our global community of subscribers get even more valuable advice with exclusive entry to the complete library of more than 500 weekly episodes. All the experts agree, you play better and enjoy it more when you GOLF SMARTER. Join PREMIUM Access at GolfSmarter.com

Episodes

6 Rules for Beginning Golfers (and those who want to help them) with Scott Seifferlein  

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

G.A.S.P.: Grip / Alignment / Stance / Posture work for both Golf & Business! with Jack Sims  

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

Advanced Green to Tee Course Management Techniques with Joe Hallett, PGA  

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.  

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 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.

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.

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.

Key to a Better Golf Swing? Trust Yourself! with Billy Bondaruk  

568 Premium: Billy Bondaruk,PGA 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.

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567: 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!

566: 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.

565: 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.

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564: 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.

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563: VIDEO Swing Analysis May Not Be As Helpful As You’d Like with Marc Solomon!  

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.

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562: Don't Change Your Clubs, Change Your Attitude for More Fun and Lower Scores!  

562: Tommy Masters has been named Golf Digest Top 100 instructor multiple times. Among the great pieces of advice he shares in this episode is acknowledging that occasionally (or in host Fred Greene’s case frequently) you will have bad shots. Don’t brood over them, don’t even get upset. See a bad shot as an exciting challenge. Focus on how you will get out of trouble. Just remember Fred’s favorite saying “Never follow a bad shot with a stupid shot!”  Also, Tommy advices to practice a variety of shots with each club so that you won’t be intimidated by tough situations. 

http://www.TommyMasters.net

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

561: A Revolutionary Putter with a HUGE Sweet-spot that Delivers Truer Lines with Creator John Ambrose  

561: John Ambrose is a retired airline pilot who has succeeded in developing a unique putter that takes USGA specs to their limits. The major manufacturers continue to produce putters that are the same basic design from 100 years ago. But John wasn’t satisfied. When you pull this putter out of your bag, you’ll find two things happen. First, your playing partners will want to try it and talk about it. Most importantly,  on your first stroke you’ll discover that the ball will go down your intended aiming line. In this episode, John and host Fred Greene talk about the advantages, history, and concept behind his L2 MOI MAXX putter.  While looking down the line before his first stroke, Fred realized why his putts were brushing the right side of the cup. Now his confidence to stay on his intended line has dramatically increased. You can watch this complete interview, unedited to see what John’s talking about on the GolfSmarterTV channel at https://youtu.be/DrYjRfDuMSc . For an added bonus, we’ve also published a short interview with John on the practice putting green as Fred and others take their first strokes with the putter. https://youtu.be/4lKObEvF1H4  This putter cannot be found in any retail location or pro shop, only at L2Putters.com. Regularly $169US, save $15 by entering “golfsmarter” at checkout on his website.

 

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

560: Improving Your Golf State of Mind: Mental Game Training with David MacKenzie  

560: David Mackenzie is a golf instructor that understands the value of mechanics, but believes, like we do here at Golf Smarter, that your fastest path to better golf and high performance is through winning with the mental game. It goes well beyond strategy, it’s how you deal with every shot from the driving range, to the tee box, approach shots and definitely on the greens. He offers articles, tips, video, online coaching, and a free mental game assessment at GolfStateOfMind.com

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

559: Play Better Golf Using Your Imagination with Dr. Glen Albaugh  

559: In his return to Golf Smarter, Dr. Glen Albaugh, author of “Winning The Battle Within” talks about “playing with your imagination” and “playing with your athletic mind”. In addition to being a professor at University of the Pacific, Glen has been a mental coach and advisor for some of the great coaches including Bill Walsh and Pete Carroll as well as many PGA and LPGA Tour Players. In this return conversation, we talk about how your can be your own “Coach of the Future” using your creative mind, taking practice swings with your eyes closed, post-shot awareness, and how we can be positively influenced by great writers (“When we play our best we see things in paragraphs, not sentences”), and the passing of The Legend, Arnold Palmer.

Watch the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

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This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

558: Meet The 19 Handicapper That Played In A Country’s Open…And Lived To Tell Us About It!  

558: In 2014 Justin Kreibich, who, in his mid 20’s and a bogie golfer with a 19hcp, signed up to play in the DPKR (yes, that’s North Korea) Amateur Golf Open. Knowing the risks involved and how good of a golfer he wasn’t, he knew that this may be the only opportunity to play in an Open Championship. So he signed up, was granted a spot, flew to China, then boarded a flight to Pyongyang City without the knowledge or permission of the US Government. There were only 20 players in the field and it was a single round. On the 18th tee he was in second place, but the realization of the consequences got in his head.  This is an outrageous and crazy story that could easily be a movie "based on a true story”.  He’s never shared this story with anyone outside of his friends and family…until now. 

Free episode length: 21:50

Premium episode length:  48:27

Watch the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/Q8ZXR9Xp0mo

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

557: If Custom Fit Clubs Cost Are The Same Price, What’s Holding You Back? Featuring Frank Viola  

557: We continue the discussion of getting custom fit for your golf clubs to improve your consistency and your game. This time we head to Boston to speak with the US Vice President of the International Club Makers Guild, Frank Viola. This time we discuss the various components of the club and how important it is to not concern yourself with popular brand names, but to focus on getting the right parts that work best for you. We also talk about pricing variations of custom club making vs off the shelf clubs.

In the Premium episode, our host, Fred Greene, doesn't understand what all the numbers mean in a computer print out from a launch monitor after comparing five shots each with a blade 6 iron vs a cavity back 6 iron created by the same manufacturer. Frank explains the significance of each number and teaches Fred on which are the most important results in selecting the right club.

Free episode length: 26:59

Premium episode length:  52:37

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/UI4T_3oggP8

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

556: Thinking About New Clubs? Don’t Buy Anything Until You Hear About Custom Club Fitting with Jacques Intriere  

556 Premium: Getting fitted for golf clubs. You may hear a lot about the advantages, but most of us ignore it, especially if we have a friend who is raving about his club and we take a successful swing with it. Our guest this week is the President of the International Clubmakers Guild, Jacques Intriere, who also has a very successful club fitting and club making studio. The surprise is that custom club makers like Jacques don't necessarily want to provide you with brands you're not familiar with, they take the components from the most popular manufacturers and build the club that is exactly right for your game, whether your a beginner or scratch golfer. We also break down a lot of technical terms that are familiar in the industry but may not mean anything to the average golf consumer.

http://InternationalClubFittersGuild.org

Free episode length: 20:25

Premium episode: 40:36

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/nXUVT22UB0c

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

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