City of Madison WI Golf Subcommittee to decide fate of Madison City Courses

In an article written by Logan Garcia on Wed 3/14/18 on the Madison Commons website the fate of two City of Madison golf courses rests in the hands of the City Golf Subcommittee.  Story  Golf Subcommittee to decide fate of Yahara and Monona

Swing Science FC-One Plus Adds Driver, Fairway, Hybrid and Putter

Swing Science has added to their FC-One Plus line a new driver, fairway, hybrid and putter.  This completes the FC-One Plus line!  A golfer can be custom fit from driver all the way to putter at a very attractive price.

The new FC-One Plus Driver comes with a 14 deg. 460cc head to help entry level and mid to high hdcp.  golfers launch the ball high enough for better carry along with taking off side spin with more loft.  The new FC-One Plus Fairway head is 20 deg. and 185cc again not a huge head but large enough for slight off center impact and able to be hit off tight lies on the turf.  The FC-One Plus Hybrid is 24 deg. and 130cc for the same reason as the fairway head and blends right into the FC-One Plus royal blue or light blue irons and wedges.  All the new heads have the same graphics as the other FC-One Plus line and look very smart.  FC-One Plus M Putter is a goose-neck offset mallet head design slightly heavier 375g head that golfers prefer.

The new driver, fairway and hybrid can all be custom fit with the various Swing Science Legacy shafts for the correct fit for the specific player profile.

NEW Swing Science FC-One Plus Driver, Frwy and Hybrid

I will have these available spring 2018 in various custom fitting options.




Madison, WI Demand for Golf

On edit 01/05/18 additional information in new article on Madison Golf Enterprise.  Madison’s Golf Enterprise wouldn’t be sustained just by closing courses

According to a study done by Edgehill Golf Advisors for Madison, Wi city officials demand for golf will decline in the coming decade as baby boomers play less golf.  In a story done by Madison Newspapers written by Chris Aadland which appears here. Madison, WI Demand for Golf

Chris said in his article that….”There are “considerably fewer” golfers in the 18 to 44 year-old age group than those between the ages of 55 to 75, who play more often than their younger counterparts, according to the analysis.  The good news is the report….”found that the number of golf-playing Wisconsinites is twice the national average of about 7 percent, the number of golfers nationwide has steadily decreased from a high of 12.1 percent in 1999.”

There are two choices being considered by Madison City Golf Subcommittee to take to the City Common Council.  #1) Close some (it is unclear whether City Golf is considering closing all of Yahara) of the Yahara Hills Golf Course 36 holes which has had large drainage issues for many years and keep Monona open. #2) sell and close the Monona 9 hole course course to pay for the 4 million needed to repair Yahara Hills.  Odana Hills 18 holes and Glenway’s 9 holes are not effected.

It is this writers opinion that Yahara has been a leaking sieve for a multitude of years.  It makes one wonder why wait all this time to address the issues.  This isn’t something that is new business.  This along with many poor business decisions now in the present and over the years has left the Madison City Golf Enterprise exposed to these decisions.

With global warming and it’s wetter spring, summer and fall almost a given as we have seen these past few years.  It doesn’t make sense to try and reclaim Yahara built on a flood plain where Monona is dry upland and hasn’t been closed for wet grounds since 2008 to my recollection.

Add that Monona has the best driving range in southern Wisconsin while Yahara’s range is one of the worst, it surely doesn’t make sense to close it for that and so many other reasons.  Monona being a 9 hole course and a very walkable mature course for juniors, seniors and the golfing public.  And where Madison and Dane Co. are seen to be an above average stay in shape community why close the walkable mature course to keep open a harder to walk 36 hole Yahara Hills course where many need carts to even play the course.

Stay tuned more decisions will be on the way come spring 2018.


Positive Impact Golf Review

Positive Impact Golf – The Easiest Golf Swing for Seniors?

Ross Reinhold, guest author

Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below the article.

Brian Spark’s videos and methods (that he calls Positive Impact Golf and maintains it is the Easiest Swing in Golf for Seniors) were first recommended to me by Scott Starks in 2016. I watched a few but put it aside as I was concentrating on other methods. But in the spring of 2017 I found that over the winter something had changed to affect my iron play. I couldn’t hit my mid-length irons much further than my nine iron. I was also spraying my iron shots left and right.

So I took another look at Brian’s videos. Studied a few of them, did some of his recommended practice exercise sessions – what he calls La Danse du Golf – in my living room. Then I went out to my home golf range with my 5 iron. I took a very relaxed swing and the ball traveled 150 yards straight out, at least 30 yards longer than I had been able to accomplish earlier when my effort to swing the club was much greater. Wow, I think I may have found the Holy Grail!! (article continues after the video)

So I bought Brian’s book, Positive Impact Golf, and studied a few more of his online videos and that of one of his associates, Julian Mellor (some are cited at the end of this article). Brian and Julien’s methods are definitely body-friendly; their golf swing is effortless and uncomplicated. The PIG method is based on a set of 6 principles that are as much mental as physical: turning, weight shifting, rhythm, balance, coordination, and souplesse (supple and relaxed).

Brian also identifies 3 “deadly don’ts”- commonly held golfing ideas which complicate the golf swing: keeping your head still and eye on the ball; keeping your left arm straight; and keeping your left foot firmly planted in the backswing.

Brian’s book probably ought to be sub-titled the Psychology of the Golf Swing. While I found Brian’s book interesting and somewhat helpful on the mental side of my game, I found it too short on details of how to engage his 6 principles in my game. Part of this fits Brian’s Easiest Swing in Golf method in that he feels people over-think their swing. His top ten swing thoughts are no swing thoughts! The book and his videos are also light on swing mechanics details. Brian explains his lack of “how to” details because he believes in customizing his teaching to the student. For example, the particulars of the best grip that Brian or Julien might advocate to one golfer may be different to another.

I also think Brian wants the emphasis on your body, not your mind. He wants your body to learn the 6 principles and naturally avoid the 3 deadly don’ts. Doing daily exercises such as La Danse du Golf and a few others he illustrates in his videos go in that direction. Ironically his book, though, focuses on the mind. Because he believes our minds most often interfere with a balanced, natural, rhythmic, and easy golf swing – basically the mind most often prevents application of his 6 principles. Tension and negative thoughts are the enemy.

Brian’s videos and his book hit home with me. I get what he is trying to do. I also recognize I am a particularly hard case to correct. As a senior golfer, it is difficult to break lifetime habits that in other spheres have been part of my success: analyzing and thinking; attending to details; learning through reading, watching, and listening; expending maximum physical and mental effort, never giving up; concentration and focus; and the list goes on. I am guilty of all the sins he lists as blocking a natural golf swing.

I am finding these lifetime habits very difficult to change. Sometimes I’ll make a relaxed, balanced golf swing that sends the golf ball far and straight and I think “I’ve got it” but then later I lose it. And then I start thinking “what happened” and begin making adjustments and I’m down the primrose path to a bad round. Maybe I am not doing the La Danse du Golf often enough or doing it correctly. Maybe there are habits in my swing I don’t realize. I need coaching but to date no one in the USA is teaching using Brian’s golf coaching methods.

Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below.

Some links to more videos:

Brian Explains Rationale for La Danse du Golf
6 principles of Positive Impact Golfing – Julien Mellor

Transferring weight in the Golf Swing – Julien Mellor
Slow-Motion Analysis of Brian Sparks Positive Impact Golf Swing

Ross Reinhold, guest author

Custom Fit/Built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged Irons

A local client Albert H. from Madison, WI took delivery 7/13/17 on his custom fit and custom built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish irons 4 – PW shafted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 .355 taper and PURE Pro Birdie Blue grips.  The Pro Forged irons were custom fit to Series #5 True Length Technology and swing weight heft matched for Albert.

Albert had played Mizuno MP-32 blades in standard length and lie and commented that the new Pro Forged irons were…..“more forgiving on slight miss hits and more solid.”  Albert’s general miss was a heavy draw and the new shafts with corrected lie and heft match cut down on his draw and made them more playable.

Here are a few pics.  Enjoy Albert!!!

Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish 4-PW sole view
Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish 4-PW cavity view

Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid Going Into Production!

Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid heads going into production.  These should be available end of August.  Designed for the mid to high handicap player.  These heads will mate well with the many Swing Science models of shafts especially the Series 200 and 400 graphite shafts.  The Plus series follows the FC-One Plus irons and offers a full set up for various player skill levels.

FC-ONE PLUS model going into production!

Posted by Swing Science on Friday, July 7, 2017

Swing Science FC-One A Fairway Wood

Swing Science has a new adjustable hosel fairway wood that can be fitted and perform well from 13* to 17* lofts with open +3.5* to  closed-3.5* face angles and in between.  The adjust ability allows various shafts of various shaft profiles and shaft weights to be tested and fit to perform great for the individual golfer.

The black matte finish on the honeycomb crown with a black polished sole are beautiful to use and look at.   Swing Science designed this head with a lower CG to get the ball airborne easily and it’s 170cc volume size is easy to hit off tight lies in the fairway or for those players that like a smaller shorter playing length club off the tee.

There is also a matching adjustable hosel Swing Science FC-One A driver.

Call or e-mail for your fitting today!

Swing Science FC-One A Frwy

Swing Science FC-One A Frwy

Golf Club Iron Fitting – Lie Angle

The top video explains what the correct way to dynamically test your lie angle on your irons and wedges.  The bottom video explains why lie boards – LIE.  Are your clubs fit this way?  If not this is one of the factors you may have in ill fit golf clubs.

One of the reasons, I use True Length Technology or TLT is for the best performing playing length/lie angle correlation.  Based on a math model there are 16 Series for adults and 10 Series for juniors.  Every golfer fits in one of these TLT Series correctly.

Lie boards – LIE.

Impact Snap

I thought, I would deviate from equipment discussion here and discuss a training aid that has been out for a number of years that many great golf teachers have been using.  It’s called The Impact Snap and was developed by Kelvin Miyahira of Hawaii.  Kelvin developed this tool which will show the golfer how to correctly release the club.  See video below.

This device (Impact Snap) is what I show players about the release. Supination, Flexion and Ulnar Deviation. These three facets are talked about in Homer Kelly’s The Golfing Machine. Helps maintain the Flying Wedge.

Once you develop a medium to later release you up club head speed, don’t add loft and have the need for less and less offset and closed face angle metal woods.

I have no connection to Kelvin and have found this tool to be one of the best out there.