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Insider Interview: SeeMore Putter Institute by PutterZone.com

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Insider Interview: SeeMore Putter Institute by PutterZone.com 

Ted Gallina is a PGA professional and the director of instruction for the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi), which is operated by the SeeMore Putter Company. Since 2007, Ted has been teaching golfers to become better putters through “improved fundamentals, focus, and consistency,” all revolving around SeeMore’s RifleScope alignment system. Recently, SeeMore launched its SeeMore Putter Institute as a nationwide network of golf instructors dedicated to putting improvement. We caught up with Ted to learn more about SPi and what it offers. Following is our exclusive interview:

SPIlogostacked-2In a nutshell, what is SPi, and what makes it different?
The SeeMore Putter Institute equips instructors with a system for teaching that will drive more game improvement for their students, as they generate more revenue through lessons and putter sales as a leader in putting instruction. The SeeMore Putter Company is perfectly built to support SPi Instructors because all SeeMore Putters feature RifleScope Technology (RST), which reinforces a consistent alignment, setup and stroke on every putt. SeeMore putters combine performance and beauty with theory. SPi instructors are the tool to vocalize the theory to their students and equip them with a system for game improvement.

Why did you start SPi?
Statistics show that putting accounts for about 45 percent of strokes during a round of golf. The P.G.A. reported that only 6 percent of golf lessons include putting instruction. SeeMore identified that instructors have opportunities to learn how to be an expert instructor with the full swing, but many top instructors are not equipped with the tools and methods for properly teaching putting. The SeeMore Putter Institute fills the gap and will provide the answers on putters and everything related to putting.

What are the performance typical gains you see in a golfer who takes lessons from an SPi instructor?
After a student receives SPi instruction and is correctly fitted for a SeeMore putter, they continue to improve and grow confidence in their putting because a SeeMore putter continues to reinforce many of the foundational keys that a SPi Instructor speaks about in their lessons. Pat O’Brien, SeeMore’s Global Putting Ambassador, first used SPi teachings when he introduced Zach Johnson to SeeMore on a mini-tour in 2002.

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ESPN Milwaukee - SeeMore Putter Institute Dir. of Instruction Ted Gallina Talks with Host Chuck Garbedian

ESPNMilwaukeeSeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) Director of Instruction, Ted Gallina, talks with Radio Host, Chuck Garbedian, about the SeeMore Putter Company and its SPi program.  Garbedian is the host of Garbedian on Golf which airs every Sunday morning on ESPN Milwaukee.  

Garbedian has worked nearly two decades in the golf industry as a writer, broadcaster, instructor, salesman and just about every other capacity. 

A member of the Golf Writers Association of America, Garbedian was the Director of Media Services for the U.S. Bank Championship and writes an occasional golf column for OnMilwaukee.com. Listen in every Sunday to get the latest golf news!

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SeeMore Putter Company Pays Tribute To Passing Of Original Founder Jim Weeks

Jimweeks3Jim Weeks, who created the SeeMore putter and its patented and proven RifleScope Technology in the 1990's, passed away suddenly this past Tuesday, April 17th.

Mr. Weeks revolutionary idea of a simple alignment system that would help golfers of all skill levels become more proficient in putting has been used by thousands of golfers around the world, including the winners of 2 Major Championships, Payne Stewart at the 1999 US Open, and Zach Johnson at the 2007 Masters. The SeeMore Putter Company is grateful to Jim for helping to launch a technology and a brand that has continued to gain momentum around the world every day.

While Mr. Weeks has not been involved with the SeeMore Putter Company for the last 6 years, he remained personal friends with owners Jason Pouliot and Jim Grundberg, as well as SeeMore Tour and Instructional Ambassador Pat O'Brien. 

Below is a quote from O'Brien (www.patobriengolf.com) on his thoughts of Jim Weeks.

PatPhotoO'Brien (@patobriengolf) tweeted today - "Jim Weeks, the inventor of the SeeMore putter, passed away suddenly yesterday. He gave me my start in this business and was a one of a kind. A grizzled Vietnam vet, Jimmy lost an eye in a freak accident several years ago on the golf course. To recover some perception when he came back, he invented one of the simplest yet greatest products ever in golf. I will miss him dearly. RIP Jimmy

My favorite Jim Weeks story was at an Outback in Iowa in 2000. Jimmy is flirting with a server who discloses she is studying to be an optometrist. Jimmy says "Oh yeah have you ever seen anything like this? " and proceeds to take a fork and stab his fake eye! As I was spitting out my drink, she got weak in the knees but to her credit, she did not go down..."

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SeeMore has also recently 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, including the new discussion about belly putters.

SPi is a learning system based on the simple fundamentals of finding proper grip, alignment, stance, and posture that allow a natural, free, and simple putting stroke on each and every putt.

"SeeMore has been working on the roll out of the SPi idea for several years now, and in fact had a soft launch of the program during 2011 with a global team of instructors, where we really ironed this out to be a program that first and foremost worked for the needs of the hundreds of teaching instructors who told us they had a real void when it came to putting instruction," stated Jim Grundberg, SeeMore's CEO. "It is based on the teachings of our key global teaching and tour instructors, and the input of many of the tour players they work with, which have used SeeMore putters and the SeeMore system for years to improve putting performance in practice and in play on all tours."

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 and personal coaching. For more interest, contact Ted@SeeMore.com

RST Technology
SeeMore's patented RST, known by a visible gun sight on the top line, allows the golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the 
heel of the top line. The process is like locking radar onto a target. The two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke.

SeeMore Facts
SeeMore originally became recognized when Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open playing a SeeMore putter in the greatest final round putting performance in US Open History. The brand was re-launched in 2007, and immediately regained worldwide prominence as Zach Johnson used a SeeMore FGP to win the 2007 Masters. Pat O'Brien, SeeMore's Putting Ambassador, developed his unique putting philosophy and teaching based on his friendship and observation of Payne Stewart, '99 US Open Championship winner. 

O'Brien, putting coach of Masters Champion Zach Johnson and fellow Ryder Cup team member and perennial Tour putting leader Vaughn Taylor, began coaching both Taylor and Johnson as they advanced from the Hooters tour to the Nationwide tour, PGA tour, the Ryder Cup and to the Masters championship in seven years. Their success was based on the strength of consistently good putting. Taylor and Johnson have also both won tour putting titles using SeeMore putters.

In 2011 D.A. Points used a SeeMore putter to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Also in 2011 to two Nationwide tour players used a SeeMore putter to secure a 2012 PGA Tour card. Russell Knox won the Chiquita Classic and Kyle Reifers received the 1st place check from the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. SeeMore's website at www.seemore.com and www.seemoreputtersblog.comhas many new features about SeeMore's remarkable legacy, technology, and tour success. SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN

 


SPi Tip - Focus on Distance and Speed Control (SeeMore Putter Institute)

SPIlogostackedSpeed instincts?  Every year, the speed of the greens at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the main discussion points at the Masters.  Below is a thought from Pat O'Brien and SPi Instructor John Higgins.

When consistent contact is achieved, a golfer can correctly develop feel for distance control. By having a correct, neutral setup, the putter can swing as it was designed.  Essentially, only one variable remains - the length of the backswing will control the length of the putt. When the golfer does not have to worry about stroke related thoughts, the focus can be on creating a good picture and tapping into the instincts. This is the only true way to match line and speed.

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Speed Instinct Drills
 
1.     Draw-Back
Either alone or in competition, draw-back is one of the best games to develop better speed instincts.  Every putt that doesn’t reach the hole must be drawn back a club length farther away from the hole.  So if a putt is left three feet short of the hole, the player will end up hitting their next putt from approximately 6 feet (If putter is around 35 inches).  Each putt that reaches the hole or travels past the hole we will be played traditionally. 
 
Of course, if one competitor is putting with a long putter, hopefully their competitor with the shorter putter will show some mercy and allow everyone to only move the ball back about three feet. 
 
Draw-back teaches the golfers to consider speed when preparing for the putt, because it promotes every player to get the ball to the hole and give it a chance to go in. 
 
2.     Eyes Closed 
After setting up to the ball utilizing RifleScope Technology (RST), practicing hitting putts with the eyes closed enhances feel and can build confidence in speed control. 
 
3.     Fringe Putting
To promote a player to not focus too much on the line of the putt, it’s often effective to practice a speed drill that does not reward a good line.  On the green, practice hitting short and long putts while trying to have the ball stop as close to the edge of the green without touching the fringe. 
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SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) Certifies 75 PGA Instructors From Across the United States and 20 Countries at 2012 PGA Show

SPi Seemore Banner Stand-1The SeeMore Putter Company formally launched the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando this past week.  SPi gives the golf instructors the finest system in the world to teach putting.  SeeMore is the #1 independent putter brand in the world.  SeeMore focuses only on putters and putting performance. SeeMore’s patented RifleScope technology (RST) is the most logical, proven putter technology in the world. 

Throughout the four days of the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, SPi platinum instructors certified over 75 instructors across the United States as well as from 20 different countries.  These PGA instructors took the initiative to improve their putting instruction by becoming a SPi Certified Instructor.  These certified instructors now have a platform or a base to begin teaching putting.

Why did they become certified instructors?  “During a round of golf, putting accounts for 40% of strokes, but research shows that only 6% of yearly lessons are focused on putting,” says Ted Gallina, PGA Teaching Professional and SeeMore’s Director of the SPi Program. “The main goal of any instructor is to help the student to enjoy the game more through improvement. Putting improvement is one of the fastest ways to improve one’s game. And improved technique and having a reliable system for putting is crucial in achieving the goal. SeeMore created the SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) for this instructor,” continued Gallina, who has been an active PGA member for over 12 years.

Gallina and Pat O’Brien, SeeMore’s Global Teaching Ambassador and putting instructor to PGA Tour players who have earned over $30 million using the SeeMore putter and the SeeMore putting system, developed the SPi concept and system jointly over the last 5 years.  “SeeMore is now ready and geared up to roll this great resource out to any golf instructor interested in teaching more putting lessons,” stated Gallina.

SeeMore’s patented RifleScope technology (RST) is the most logical, proven putter technology in the world.  This is done by “hiding the red dot” the golfer implements a system, which leads to perfect alignment, perfect set up, perfect stroke, and perfect roll. The same every time. It has won Major Championships. Set tour putting records. And helped golfers of all levels find greater enjoyment through a consistent putting system.  Most of all, it is a system that can be readily learned by any golfer, and a system that works hand in hand with the fundamentals based teaching of most golf instructors. 

“SeeMore has been working on the roll out of the SPi idea for several years now, and in fact had a soft launch of the program during 2011 with a global team of instructors, where we really ironed this out to be a program that first and foremost worked for the needs of the hundreds of teaching instructors whotold us they had a real void when it came to putting instruction,” stated Jim Grundberg, SeeMore’s CEO. “It is based on the teachings of our key global teaching and tour instructors, and the input of many of the tour players they work with, who have used SeeMore putters and the SeeMore system for years to improve putting performance in practice and in play on all tours.”

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 and personal coaching.  For more interest, contact Ted@SeeMore.com

RST Technology

SeeMore’s patented RST, known by a visible gun sight on the top line, allows the golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line.  The process is like locking radar onto a target.  The two parallel white sight lines frame the shaft and serve as an indicator that the golfer is in perfect position to make a consistent and reliable stroke.

SeeMore Facts

SeeMore originally became recognized when Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open playing a SeeMore putter in the greatest final round putting performance in US Open History.  The brand was re-launched in 2007, and immediately regained worldwide prominence as Zach Johnson used a SeeMore FGP to win the 2007 Masters.  In 2011 D.A. Points used a SeeMore putter to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.  Also in 2011 to two Nationwide tour players used a SeeMore putter to secure a 2012 PGA Tour card.  Russell Knox won the Chiquita Classic and Kyle Reifers received the 1st place check from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.  SeeMore’s website at www.seemore.com and www.seemoreputtersblog.com has many new features about SeeMore’s remarkable legacy, technology, and tour success. SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN.   

Two Great Sites that picked up the story - TheHackersParadise.com and GolfWRX.com                                              

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