Are you a golf instructor that is looking to find more income? 40% of strokes during a round of golf is used with a putter but only 6% of lessons are given yearly in putting. How many putting lessons or fittings do you give? View the video above to find out why you should join SPi. Click here to begin your process to increase your lesson revenue. The SeeMore Putter Institute presently has over 315 global instructors teaching putting based off of Pat O'Brien, SPi and the SeeMore putter. Our SPi instructors teach and play with a SeeMore putter. Therefore the student "sees" during the lesson how well he/she can improve their putting with the knowledge and tool that they are learning and ask, "how can I get one of these putters?"
If you like to "think outside the box", then SPi is a place for you! SeeMore has launched the SeeMore Putting system to golfers in the form of introducing the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi), where golfers and instructors will be able to come together in person and online to share these fundamental ideas about how to improve putting performance. Presently over 315 global instructors are utilizing SPi to generate more lessons, more revenue and more game improvement!
SPi is a learning system based on the simple fundamentals of finding the proper grip, alignment, stance, and posture. This allows for a natural, free, and simple putting stroke on each and every putt. It is based on the technology built into the SeeMore putter itself, and on the refined teachings of SeeMore Global Ambassador Pat O'Brien. O'Brien has worked with Zach Johnson, and many other PGA Tour and developing players. O'Brien has been teaching the SeeMore System around the world for more than 12 years, ever since he watched his good friend, the late Payne Stewart benefit from the SeeMore putting system to win 1999 US Open and lead the tour in putting statistics that year.
Becoming SPi Certified will help golf teachers formulate a complete teaching plan to help their existing students and recruit new students to become great putters using the SeeMore system that has won 2 Major Championships and set numerous putting records on the PGA Tour. It is a complete game plan, which will give any golf instructor a new level of confidence in the proper teaching and fitting involved in putting instruction. Becoming certified to teach the system initially consists of online training, but also includes personal coaching. Visit - SeeMore.com
In the fall of 2012, following my first season at Park Ridge CC, I was faced with several options for off season instruction. None of the the options were overly appealing primarily due to the commute for myself and my students. Randomly, I happened to come across a room in the clubhouse that was used for storage. How I never saw this space in my first seven months is beyond me but if it wasn’t for a errund to locate an item in storage, I still may not even know it exists. I proposed converting the space into a golf environment and with unanumous member support I began the project.
Today we have wall to wall turf (non-directional turf from Wittek) and a hitting cage. The space accommodates use of FlightScope and video.
The turf in Picture 1 is glued directly to the cement floor.
A significant amount of lighting was added to enhance video recording and make the space more welcoming. Painting the walls was also a way of trying to cover up the “unfinished basement” feel.
The putting green was built on a wooden frame which allowed us to intall regulation size cups. The turf was installed over a medium grade carpet pad. This pad allows a ball to “check up” almost as well as a regular green.
The putting green measures 18’ x 24’ for a total of 430 square feet. The far left Picture 1 side, as you look at Picture 2, was shimmed up 3 inches. This allows for practice with a slight break. A comfortable number of students putting at one time is six.
Putter fitting in the winter months is very beneficial for the student because I get to spend more time with them compared to the busy golf season.
Adding a fitness program to off season
training is a must these days. In addition to the resistance bands seen in Picture 3, we have TRX, Medicine Balls, a Swiss Ball, and a PreCor Stretching Machine.
The fitness equipment is used year round. The indoor facility is perfect for rainy day and controlled environment lessons too.
We added a television to enhance the FlightScope and video experience.
On weekends several members will also watch football games while getting in some practice.
The new CLIQ system (Picture 4) will make fittings so much easier for me and a better experience for the students.
Steven Tiley arrived on the radar of world golf when he shot a 66 in the first round of The 139th Open Championship at St Andrews, and the Englishman will continue his Major love affair at Muirfield next week hoping for more success.
The 30 year old has become something of an Open qualifying specialist, succeeding three of the last four times he has attempted to play in golf’s oldest Major, the latest of which came when he won Local Final Qualifying by three shots at Musselburgh earlier this month.
Tiley is in fine form heading into the season’s third Major, carding rounds of 68 and 65 on the first two days of the Swiss Challenge to lie two shots off the lead at the halfway stage.
“Everything’s good at the moment and I’m playing nicely,” said the Herne Bay resident. “It was nice to qualify again. I only missed by one shot in the only qualifier I haven’t made. That was annoying as it was for Royal St Georges in 2011, which is near where I live in Kent. That was the one I really wanted to play.
“I know I can do it, so I think that gives me extra confidence. It’s just a question of trying to play half-decent, and if you do you’ll be in with a sniff. It’s almost like a lottery. And if you don’t play well it’s not the end of the world. If you qualify it’s a bonus; there’s nothing resting on it.
“It’s a brilliant tournament so I’m really looking forward to getting up there. I’ve never played Muirfield, so I’ll be heading up on Monday morning with the family, and I’ve rented a house about a hundred yards from the course.
“I missed the cut by one in 2004 when I was an amateur, finished 68th in 2010 and missed the cut last year by one. I’ve played alright, but there’s not been anything outrageous. No Chris Woods yet.”
While it is surely a bonus for any player from golf’s second tier to compete in a Major Championship, Tiley realises a week away from Challenge Tour duties is not ideal for his ultimate goal.
“The target is obviously to get to The European Tour through the Challenge Tour Rankings,” he said. “So next week is not going to help that cause – not unless I finish in the top five and earn enough money through The Race to Dubai.
“It would be nice to have a good week here in Switzerland – not particularly for confidence or anything like that as it’s a completely different type of golf up there, but because next week I’ll be missing the Challenge Tour.
“Obviously it’s always good to get to play in The Open, but it’s not part of my schedule.”
Asked who would comprise his dream three-ball for the first two rounds, Tiley replied: “Tiger and Rory. Or any of the top guys really. That would be great.”
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Last month I tried to persuade readers to treat the flat stick with respect when it comes to practice and lessons (You can read it here). In this follow up, I’ll address the so-called fundamentals of putting — grip, alignment, posture and ball position. You’ll also find some useful drills to help you practice putting with concrete objectives and feedback at home or at the course.
Keep in mind that while this piece is somewhat long, many of these ideas are the ones that have been the foundation of great putting careers of players like Payne Stewart and Zach Johnson and countless players who used the SeeMore putting system only in training because their staff contracts with other equipment manufacturers.
We only need to turn on the Golf Channel, or read articles about ongoing debate over anchoring to know that the putting grip is the most hotly debated topics in golf right now. I am not going to address the validity of belly or long putters here, because that’s not the purpose of this article. As far as a conventional putting grip goes, rule No. 1 is that the hands should oppose each other (as if palms were facing each other) because we don’t want either side fighting the other.
It’s notable that Tiger Woods recently regained his putting prowess after Steve Stricker pointed out that the stronger left hand grip Tiger uses for his full swing had crept into his putting. Once Tiger neutralized his grip so his hands were facing each other, he started putting lights out again. Rule No. 2 is that the club should rest in the fingers of both hands with minimal tension. A phrase I use with my juniors is “hot dog in the bun.” This will have a few positive effects — it will prevent your rear hand (the right hand for right handed golfers) from rolling over the front during the stroke, which can easily happen when you hold the grip in your lifeline. It will also get the shaft of the putter to look like an extension of your forearms (when viewed from behind) — a key to a consistent stroke. What many golfers don’t know is that good posture at address can greatly reduce the effect of the rear hand in the stroke, but I’ll get to that in a moment. So, to summarize, the keys to a conventional putting grip are hands facing each other and grip cradled in the fingers with minimal tension.
There are great players who have not lined their body up parallel to the target line when they putted. Jack Nicklaus used an open stance and Jim Furyk stands closed to the target line. The point I try to make to my students (as kindly as possible) is that none of them have the combination of a PGA Tour player’s long-term muscle memory, practice time and physical gifts. Most amateurs need a simple and neutral putting stance because that makes it easy to repeat under pressure with a limited practice schedule.
Standing parallel to the target line with your eyes and shoulders parallel sets you up to make a simple and repeatable stroke without any manipulation. The real alignment key is that the putter absolutely must be aimed at your intended target because face angle, not path, exerts the majority of control over the direction the ball travels.
The first step is to figure out whether you are in fact aiming at your target. The first thing I do with my students is measure their alignment using a device made by SeeMore called the Triangulator which can be purchased for $15 on the company’s website. There are a variety of laser aiming devices that are much more expensive, but the Triangulator does the job just as well. The vast majority of players I work with, including low handicap amateurs and a few professionals, aimed substantially wide of their target on a ten foot putt when I first measured them.
Once you establish what your aiming fault is, you can begin working to correct the alignment of your body and the club face. I use a SeeMore putter and encourage my students to do the same because they are the only putters that help a golfer learn to consistently line up the club and their body while they practice, and keep them on track while they play. So, if you wanted two catch phrases for the keys to putting alignment, they are “putter face aimed at the intended target” and “eyes, shoulders and feet parallel to the target line.”
Paul Kaster is the Director of Golf at High Bridge Hills Golf Club in scenic Hunterdon County, N.J. He learned the game on Chicago’s only 18-hole public golf course, Jackson Park G.C., and went on to play Division I college golf, and on mini tours including the Tar Heel Tour (now EGolf Tour), and the 2001 Golden Bear Tour (now Gateway Tour). After leaving the golf business to successfully pursue a career in law, Paul returned to his first love to share his passion for the game and for learning with his students. He is a Certified SPi Putting Instructor with the SeeMore Putter Company and a member of Bridgestone Golf's professional staff.
Here are some great stats of Z vs. field in the 2007 Masters.
He dominated the field. Yet his Master's score is an asterisk as
highest winning total at Masters. So I compared same exact comparative
stats in 2010 Colonial, where his winning score also dominated field and in
this case was the all time low record for that event.
Very Interesting! He was 3.3 shots on average better than
the field at the Masters, and 3.8 shots on average better than the field at
Colonial. So very close! More interesting, his great final round of
64 at Colonial was 4.5 shots better than the field average for the week.
Which was fantastic. He made 100 feet of putts on the back 9 Sunday
to shoot the 64.
But his Masters final round of 69 was 6.5 shots better than the
field for the week! That final round 69 at the Masters must go down as
one of the great final rounds to win the Masters in History!!!!! 27 Putts
in final round (a chip in birdie on 8 and 5 putting birdies). On maybe
the toughest greens ever at Augusta.
SeeMore Putter is unveiling two putters for the 2013 golf season, and company co-owner Jim Grundberg is pursuing another venture that aims to bring together teachers and golfers to discuss and dissect putting.
What most golfers know about SeeMore is the red-dot method, called RifleScope Technology: Line up the black bottom portion of the SeeMore shaft between two white lines so the shaft covers the signature red dot on the heel. Once this is accomplished, the hands, arms, shoulders and eyes should be in proper alignment with the putter face.
There is, of course, much more to the SeeMore putting system. The purpose of SPI is to initiate and continue communication among golfers and instructors. Take a close look at PGA Tour players on the putting green: They might practice every day, but they rarely do it alone. They have incessant dialogue with coaches and observers.