Ted Gallina has been with the SeeMore Putter Company ever since its rebirth under new ownership in 2007. Prior to joining SeeMore, he was the head golf professional at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, for more than 10 years. He was named by his peers and the PGA of America as the PGA National Merchandiser of the Year for his contributions at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. “I guess you could say that was my 15 minutes of fame!” he says. As the SeeMore’s director of instruction, he heads up the SeeMore Putter Institute (a.k.a. SPi), a national network of putting instructors dedicated to helping golfers raise their game. We caught up with Ted to learn more about SPi, and how it is making a difference for golfers across the United States. Following is our exclusive interview:
What is the SeeMore Putter Institute? The SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) is where golfers and instructors come together in person and online to share fundamental ideas about how to improve putting performance. Presently over 350 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. Pat has worked with Zach Johnson and many other PGA Tour and developing players. He 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 U.S. Open and lead the tour in putting statistics that year.
Becoming SPi certified helps 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 two major championships and set numerous putting records on the PGA Tour.
How can golfers around the country connect with SPi? What is the cost and commitment? Golfers can go to our SPi locator on SeeMore.com to find the closest instructor. We also have a SPi Cyber Coach for online instruction if they are unable to find an instructor close to them. All of our SPi instructors enjoy giving a putting lesson. Their putting lesson is based off of the SPi method. Cost varies from each individual SPi instructor.
If someone is interested in taking a putting lesson from a SPi instructor, we suggest they contact the instructor directly. The student receives a quality putting lesson that will give them the “why” behind the putting stroke. They will also be shown how the fundamentals of golf such as posture, stance, alignment, grip are so important in the putting stroke. Length of a putting lesson varies per instructor, but our goal is for the student to walk away knowing how a SeeMore putter reinforces how important feel and the fundamentals of golf work together.
All of our SPi instructors gradually “break you down” and then “build you back up” with a solid foundation. We give you the “why” during the putting stroke.
We have recently been dedicated to helping those who struggle with their short game. This putter is something that can truly help your score. When I first heard I was getting a SeeMore Putter, I was pretty excited. We have all seen how well Zack Johnson has been doing on tour and, of course, he uses a SeeMore Putter. This Center shaft putter has an amazing look and feel. The putter I am reviewing is the Precision Tour Milled Blade, Platinum, 33’’, 70 Degree Standard lie angle. Here is the Golf Review Guy’s golf review on the SeeMore Putter.
SeeMore Putters have a look unlike many others. They are modern with few, clean lines. When I pulled this putter out of the box, I could not wait to show it off. Something about the SeeMore brand makes you want to hit the course. I believe the good looks may be due to the center shaft or the big modern lines. Also, the standard head cover is fancy and clean. Either way the SeeMore Precision Tour Milled Platinum Blade Putter is extremely nice to look at.
This SeeMore putter has a great feel and touch. I am confident in my putting stroke and we all know confidence is key. My speed has drastically gotten better since I have been playing with the SeeMore. There is something about center-shaft putters that allow you to hit the golf ball at just the right speed. This putter is designed to lowering your score and make putting a more enjoyable part of your game. I have played with many putters this last year and this SeeMore is now in my bag. If you have been looking for a new putter with a nice feel, SeeMore may be the right choice for you.
Putting is can be one of the most rewarding part of the game and can be the most disappointing part of the game. Players are realizing that one of the most important investments is in a putter because they will get the biggest return for the dollar. Why you ask? Because approximately 2/3 ‘s of your score is on the flat plush surface we call the green.
So the old saying, “Drive for Show and Putt for Dough” really means something. We can smash it down the middle of the fairway, hit all the greens in regulation, but if we can’t sink even a three footer, there is no chance we will see our index drop at all. They don’t give you a great handicap because you have split every fairway. You get handicaps based upon the score you post and the last, and arguably the most important, is the putt that drops in the hole. The Putter is your means to an end.
There are so many putters to choose from when you step into a golf shop. Offset this, two-ball that, long, short, grooved, smooth….but in the end what really matters is how it feels in your hands and most importantly is that it sets up squarely to your intended target. This is a marriage and you want something you can live with and be kind to.
This is where the SeeMore Putter comes in. We had the chance at Bunkers Paradise to give the SeeMore FGP USA Special Tour Putter a real run for the money. The testing was grueling on the course, in a tournament and at the practice putting green and it kicked the ‘putter butt’ of all others. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the SeeMore Putter stand out and give you a true internal smile.
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.