Hi from Pleasanton,
There’s plenty of “good stuff” to report this week. The “Five Most Important Shots in Golf” clinics kick-started the season. The clinics are the core of our “Performance-Based Golf” program.
But the clinics were never intended to be “one and done”. Rather, they are a welcome entry point for golfers who want to examine an important part of their game – and develop a plan for real improvement.
Performance-Based Golf is not about reaching minimum skill levels with basic clubs. We’re looking at the other end of the scale.
Your ultimate goal is “Peak Performance” whether that’s to shoot your career best round or just to finish with the same ball.
The next step – “Leveling Up” after a clinic – is a “Two-Man Intensive”. That’s two 1.5 hour follow-up sessions with just two players to develop a higher level of skill. Levels II and III are well worked out for the Driver – Eric focused on “Balance, Alignment and Leverage” principles and drills from his “5 Keys to Distance” book. His goal is a 10 MPH increase in swing speed with correct shot shape. I saw that happen on Sunday for two amazed and delighted clients.
Level III introduces advanced concepts of “Target Awareness”.
We are putting the finishing touches on Level II and Level III for our “Scoring Clubs” and “Putting” clinics. You will receive invitations to help us polish the content of our “Next Level”. We are planning “Two-Man Intensives” for clubfitting and training as well. If you would like to be in the vanguard for the “Next Big Thing” in golf – get in touch. If there is a specific skill that you’d like us to address, please let us know.
Performance-Based Golf Clinics are the “laboratory” that Eric is using to create a complete course of instruction. If you would like a little more insight into what’s involved with the “Big Picture” – here’s a link to his “Introduction to Performance-Based Golf”. He is writing the final scripts and will film the entire course within the next couple of weeks. Keep in mind, this is draft material and could change considerably between now and then – but as of now, it’s the best description of the framework of Performance-Based Golf.
Here is a link to Eric’s “Welcome” script:
Current Clinic Offerings:
We have “sold out” our Driver Clinics for May 18 and June 1. We’re now scheduling all “Most Important Shots in Golf” clinics for the rest of the summer. Here is a link to June, July and August.
Book with Bob Pegram at 408-871-9983.
Please plan ahead and book your “Five Most Important Shots” clinics now. Filling the schedule will allow us to focus our attention on “Leveling Up”.
There is plenty of room in the Putting Clinic scheduled for 2:00-4:30 on Saturday afternoon, June 1 at The Bridges.
We have no room to expand our Saturday schedule so there aren’t that many clinic spots available for the rest of the summer. Just six players per week. Please refer your friends and playing partners. It would be great to “sell out” the rest of the summer. We could then turn full attention to developing “new content” rather than booking clinics.
Insider’s Tip from the Byron Nelson
I just got off the phone with my friend Russ Ryden who is filming the Byron Nelson. He posted a video on YouTube yesterday from the Nike Tour van. How’s that for speed? The video was filmed yesterday and posted last night. Check out the DevotedGolfer.com YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/DevotedGolfer/.
The “scoop” is that Tiger pulled the Graphite Design shaft that he’s been using and went back to his Whiteboard from Mitsubishi. Another example of a player going back to a shaft that’s six years old.
Russ has been working on his website www.golfshaftreviews.info. Check it out if you want the inside story on golf shafts.
Insider’s Group Launched
We are starting our “Insider’s Group”. All Golf Lab “friends and family” are invited to make themselves known if you would like to receive a “more intimate” level of communication.
Our concept is to manage our “Insiders” list with Salesforce.com and convert our focused communication to group email. There is a lot of “business as usual” that doesn’t fit broadcast over the Internet.
As an example, I owe everyone an explanation of what happened at The Bridges a week ago. I’m going to post my “personal travails” on the blog and not send out the full bloody description in a newsletter. Contact Bob Pegram if you want to hear about The Bridges.
On the same note, I’m planning to take a lot of the detailed clubfitting story out of the newsletters. That subject has it’s loyal following – but just does not interest everybody. We’ll locate that in the blog back on the http://calgolflab.com/blog website.
Our “core group” of insiders is the 50 clients who have participated in one or more Clinics in the last two months. You guys are already “Insiders”. Any other reader is invited.
Next Steps for THE PROJECT:
Beta Test for “Two Man Intensive for Clubfitting”.
Leith is looking for two volunteers for a “Two Man Intensive for Clubfitting”. I have in mind a better way to fit irons.
Since irons all need to be tested outdoors from a natural grass surface for ball flight and feel – why not do that first? Feel and ball flight can be dialed in for wedges and six irons from our “Magic Fitting Bags” from Mizuno and Edel.
It only takes a few swings to compare shaft performance for ball flight and feel.
If you would like to be one of the “volunteers” who works out the method for fitting irons on the range first – by feel and ball flight – and then honing in on the final performance metrics with radar – get in touch by email. Leithander@gmail.com.
Ultimately, outdoor fitting with radar support is going to be “state of the art”. If you have to go to the range anyway to verify performance – why not start there? Schedule to fit around “coaching hours” Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 and 1.
Putting Clinic Passes “Beta Two”
We are ready for prime time with our “Putting Clinic”. We’ve been through two “beta test sessions” and we’re confident that we have a good framework in place.
We’re making our “half price” fee of $99 permanent. The next presentation of the Putting Clinic is Saturday, June 1 from 2:00 until 4:30 at The Bridges. The Driver clinic is booked for that morning but we still have openings for putting.
We plan to offer the Putting Clinic every other Saturday afternoon – following a morning Driver or Scoring Clubs clinic. That allows the player who wants a “full day” of golf to have his fill. It also provides an easy way for a “newbie” to get acquainted with our approach – mastering one key skill at a time.
Level II – Putting
We need a couple of “volunteers” who have been through the Putting Clinic to step up for a “Two-man (or woman) Intensive”.
Eric has a theory that Level II will take quite a lot of remedial work for most of the players we’ve seen come through the Putting Clinic. If you think that your putting stroke needs work – and hopefully if you’ve completed the Putting Clinic – we’d like to work with you to find out for sure.
Call Bob (408-871-9983) if you would like us to find a partner for a “Two Man Intensive” to focus on your putting stroke. “Beta volunteers” are accommodated with a $99 per session fee. You’ll have a chance to work with Eric, Leith and John Ruark as we study and perfect the process for the first couple of times out.
Final Opportunity – Beta for “Greenside”
The “Five Most Important Shots in Golf” actually includes three shots from “greenside”. The chip, the pitch, and the lob. Eric is planning to use the chipping green at The Bridges for the “Greenside” session.
It is a small space. Only four players can take part.
We want to run a “beta” for that session. It will involve Eric, Leith, John Ruark and four clients. You will get more attention for your greenside manner than you have ever imagined. It is sure to be a fabulous experience.
The session includes hanging around afterwards for a drink and conversation. $99 (beta price) for the afternoon. Call Bob to register. We will negotiate convenient times and could schedule weekdays for players who can control their time.
Please, please – book the clinics that you haven’t taken. Then get in touch with Bob if you want information on “Two Man Intensives”, scheduling or the “Insiders’ Group”.
Leith is on email morning and evening: firstname.lastname@example.org. Eric is “out of the loop” for new ideas until he finishes his video filming (three more weeks).
Leith Anderson, Eric Jones, Bob Pegram, John Ruark, John Greenwood.