If you’ve been “lurking” all winter – reading our inspiring emails about getting better at golf – but you haven’t done anything about it – yet – here’s your chance.
We’re offering our “Welcome to Scientific Putting” session for half price – and you can bring a friend for free.
You will be a hero this year making scramble putts.
For the next two weeks we are offering evening and weekend hours on Friday and Saturday. Get your best partner and book a time with Bob Pegram. 650-654-1770.
If you’re looking forward to all the promises and guarantees, keep reading.
John Ruark leads the “Welcome” session. It is 1.5 hours long.
John starts with a check of YOUR aim with YOUR putter. If you aim outside the hole – like most golfers who have not trained themselves to aim – your stroke will “compensate”. That means you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s not what you want.
Most putters are too long. Incorrect putter length can force you into an awkward stance. That makes putting even harder. You don’t want that either.
Stance and putter length are examined. The goal is a balanced, athletic stance, eyes over the ball with arms hanging loosely from your shoulders. Stand that way and have your partner lay a putter in your hands if you want a self-check for putter length. It will be at least an inch too long – or too short. You probably never measured your putter before.
Putters can be lengthened and shortened in our workshop and returned to action.
The essence of a natural, repeatable stroke is to let “gravity be your friend”. Tempo and timing of a player’s stroke are tested. Drills are demonstrated to players who “swat” the ball in order to smooth out their strokes.
With the basics covered, we step up to science. Player’s strokes are tested with the Science and Motion Putt Lab. The SAM is the state of the art gizmo for analysis and training. Every aspect of your stroke is recorded. We will describe how tournament players use the SAM for training. “Knowing your stroke” is required for successful putting.
Here is a link to the Science And Motion (SAM Putt Lab) website.
These examples show some of the SAM feedback about your swing:
There is more on their website (see link above).
Another part of the presentation is an introduction to “thought management” using the Focus Band. The Focus Band is a gizmo that detects the source and intensity of brain waves. It is in latent discovery by a few PGA Tour players who have shown improvement and credit the Focus Band. The Focus Band detects when a player is “in the zone”. It also detects “interruptions”. The Focus Band is useful in developing a “seamless” pre-shot routine.
That’s our approach to scientific putting – a lot of experience in an hour and a half. It is a great way to spend some time with a friend. We’ll never tell that you got a free ticket.
LOCAL RULES: This is a very aggressive promotion. We are doing it to bring new customers to the Golf Lab. It’s a bargain for us if a happy customer brings a friend who has never been to the Golf Lab before. If two Golf Lab Customers want to come together – great. Please be generous and pay $75 each.
About John Ruark
John has been coming to the Golf Lab from Marin County for over ten years. He’s one of those guys who have a deep interest in golf clubs and performance under pressure. Over the years he chased every theory of clubmaking – experimenting with over length, single length and short clubs.
He proved his mettle a few years ago winning the Senior Championship at San Geronimo. That’s a great accomplishment for a 77 year old pilot who weighs 150 pounds.
Then a physical challenge set in that prevents John from making a full swing. But he can still putt so he resolved to learn everything that he could about putting.
John became our SAM Putt Lab (SAM) Specialist. To learn the SAM, John read and indexed every page of the masterwork on the science of putting by Lanny Johnson and Howard Twitty – There is More to Putting than Meets the Eye. The Johnson and Twitty book combines an MD author and trained scientist with a Tour Player known as one of the best putters of his day. Five years’ work, 500 pages by the authors. Hundreds of hours of study by John.
If you have a serious interest in putting you should get a copy. This could be one of the most important books ever written on putting and no one even knows about it. Now you do.
John is the Golf Lab contact with Focus Band. He is in frequent contact with Henri and Graham Boulton – the Australian inventors – via SKYPE. This is another technology that is very early in its life cycle. Rod Pampling is the poster boy.
In the Bay Area, Alex Murray is the instructor who has done the most personal work with the Focus Band. He brought one of his students – Gavin Coles – to the Golf Lab for an introduction a few months ago. John and Alex have developed a relationship based on exploring the Focus Band technology. They’re coming up on 100 hours of “practice” over several months. This is cutting edge technology that is getting attention from Tour Pros. As you can see, it is still in early experimental stages.
John is offering these “Welcome to Scientific Putting” sessions to give Golf Lab customers a good chance to get acquainted with the breadth of services to help players get to their “Next Level”.
From the “Welcome” session, several options are available for players who want to develop a training program for putting.
Leith Anderson and the Golf Lab Gang
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