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How far would an extra 20 yards take your game?

I have been a club fitter for nearly 10 years now.  It amazes me how far technology has come in that time; every single year I learn more and more about the technology behind fitting golf clubs to certain swing types.  Every golfer is different and purchasing a set of clubs off the shelf, or from a buddy, will definitely save you some money but it will most likely cost you strokes too.

Would it excite you to know that being properly fit for clubs could add 20 yards of distance to your drives, with the exact same swing you have right now?  Well, believe me when I tell you it can!  How far would an extra 20 yards take your game?  How much easier would it be to hit a 7-iron into a green instead of a hybrid?

There is NO DOUBT in my mind that any golfer that chooses to invest time, or money, in their golf game should be professionally fit. There are tremendous benefits to having the proper shaft with the correct stiffness, length, and weight – as well as the correct club head, loft/lie angle, and grip. A professional club fitting could go a long way towards eliminating that 60-yard slice and help you keep the ball in play way more often!  Now wouldn’t that make your weekend money matches a bit more enjoyable?

As a golf performance coach and fitter, I constantly try to emphasize the benefits of having properly fit clubs.  With the correct clubs, a player WILL see immediate improvements in distance, trajectory, dispersion, and overall consistency.

Another HUGE benefit to being professionally fit is that it ensures that your club specs are are accurate, and that each club goes the distance it should go. Believe it or not, iron lofts tend to change over time.  You may have a sand wedge that was 56º when you took it out of the box a few years back, but the more you use it the more it has a tendency to bend slightly or in some situations it could be several degrees.  But let’s say that sand wedge of yours did bend 3º – that’s almost a full club difference. In that case , you might as well have hit your gap wedge – which probably changed too… ugh!  See where I am going with this?

At KOHR Golf Center we offer a variety of club fitting options for both junior and adult golfers.

For junior golfers, we highly recommend suiting your Junior Golfer up with a set of US Kids Clubs. US Kids clubs are absolutely the best clubs I have come across.  Super easy fitting system and the best quality out there for beginners and younger competitive juniors golfers.  A quick easy static measurement will do the job.  Check out the US Kids Golf Club fitting chart on the right.  Like I said, super easy!

For adults and advanced junior players, we have a partnership with Cool Clubs – in my professional opinion also the best in the biz!  Cool Clubs operates out of our brand new golf studio and is available for custom fittings 6 days a week ALL YEAR LONG. The Cool Clubs headquarters is based out of Scottsdale, Arizona and they often get visits from PGA and LPGA Tour Players, the best players in the world!

Glen Sutton, the owner of Cool Clubs Boston, says “The combination of the Cool Club approach to fitting and KOHR Golf’s new facility will provide customers with one of the best club-fitting experiences in the entire country.  Our technology combined with the ability to see ball flight at KOHR makes for a truly unique experience.”

So in closing, I cannot stress enough how important an annual checkup can be.  Seeing a local club fitter is a huge component to lowering your scores and enjoying the game more.  Changes made to your swing or to your body make it almost a necessity.  If you grow, if your posture at address changes, or if you make any improvements to your swing, then an equipment change should be considered. A quick tweak to the loft and lie of your irons, or even swapping out your shafts to improve launch conditions could be HUGE!

Be sure to put a club fitting on your to-do’s this year and you will NOT regret it!

by Coach Daniel Boisvert

 

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The Greatest Golf Lesson I Ever Took

I was lucky enough to be mentored by, one of the greatest golf instructor of all time, PGA of America Hall of Famer Bob Toski.

So the story goes like this:

Super hot, but breezy spring day down at the Toski-Battersby Driving Range in Coconut Creek Florida. The year was 1995.

I was a young struggling college golfer. Growing up, I had the opportunity to take lessons from Bob since my father had taken lessons with him when he was a professional golfer.   I had not seen Bob in a couple years since I moved back to Boston. I pulled into the dusty lot, parked my car, and remember sitting in my car for a few minutes thinking about how much work I needed to do on my game. At the time, I remember feeling like I was months away from hitting it well. Forget about hitting it straight! I was more interested in keeping the ball on the planet. In those days I had a tendency to exaggerate ha!

Anyhow, I grudgingly pulled my bag out of my broken down 1985 Volvo and proceeded to walk towards the back of the driving range, where Mr. Toski gave the majority of his lessons. I decided to get there about an hour before I was supposed to start my session but I got about halfway back when I heard a golf cart driving up behind me. “Mr. McInerney!”  I turn my head and see that it was Bob. He must have seen me hanging my head and decided to get right at it. Bob would NEVER hesitate to give a student WAY more than you could expect from an incredibly busy coach. “Where have you been?” Bob asks me. “I’ve just been grinding away trying to figure this game out Mr. Toski.” Bob then said “Well, let’s go figure it out,” in a very confident and excited tone, “Let’s get it done!”

So, right off the bat, I already started feeling better. As great coaches do, Bob has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time.

As we were heading out to the back of the range, Bob and I went over the specifics of what I had been working on in my golf swing, what my miss was (where the ball was going when I hit it poorly), and what I thought might be going on to create that miss. I was hitting a massive slice at the time and for a player that was trying to take his game into a competitive arena, this was not a super good shot to have in the bag.

We spent a few more minutes sitting in the cart at the back of the range while I was finishing telling Bob my sob story. Bob then got out of the cart, even as I continued to rant about my life, he pulled out a 5-iron, and started ripping low bullet hooks. He then hits a few low stinger slices around one of the old tilted palm trees growing back there. He hits another hook, this time it was a towering one over a different palm tree. Then he hit a huge high slice around the same tree. He continues to mix up his shots, low right to left, high left to right, high right to left and so on. All the shots looked effortlessly struck with perfect divots. He hit all of these shots while asking me random questions about how my family was doing and talking to me about his cats.

After about a dozen shots or so, I finally caught on to what was going on here. Bob was giving me my goal for the day without saying a single word. Before I could finish laughing about how one of his cats was starting to really piss him off, Bob drops his brand spanking new 5-iron (which had the name Ryobi-Toski written on the back, his club brand, how cool is that?), and RUNS to the back of the golf cart.

The range I practiced at with Mr. Toski

He pulls a huge bushel of old beat-up Top Flight range balls from the back of the cart, dumps it out about 30 yards short of one of the palm trees he was firing balls under, over, and around, and starts kicking them all over the place. He then picks up one ball from the pile and guns it right at me. Luckily, I snag it before it knocked out the only real front tooth I had left (I lost the other one from my hockey days). He picks up another one and lobs it way up high in the air; I catch that one as well. He then says, “I’m done here, going to head back in and get some work done in my office.” Of course, I was a little caught off guard considering I had just flown down from Boston to see him for the day. He then hops in his cart and starts driving off before he turns around and says “I want you to aim at that red pin out there, and don’t move a single ball, play them all where they lie.” HE finished by saying, “Oh, and if you hit the tree, make sure you duck!” The tree was literally in the line of flight of every single golf ball I was about to hit.

Ok, so at this point, I’m sure you understand what Mr. Toski’s intention was. Needless to say, I hit the entire bushel of golf balls and I hit every shot towards the red flag I was ordered to take aim at. Nearly every single shot I had hit was either a hook or a slice to avoid the tree. I hit some low and some high. After a few hours, and about 300 shots, I actually left that range hitting the ball better than I ever had in my life.   To that point, Mr. Toski didn’t give me a single piece of swing advice. Mr. Toski’s message to me was to be an athlete, be an artist, don’t think, just react. Hit golf shots and don’t think about making golf swings. The club face with an iron is flat and the ball is round.  In racket sports like ping pong, tennis, or racket ball, I knew how to work a ball. I knew how to spin a tennis ball, I could hit it high or hit it low- without even thinking!

WOW! I cannot tell you how lucky I was to have a coach like Mr. Toski. Even though I had an intense desire to learn everything I could about the golf swing as a coach, this was a lesson that I never forgot. It changed the way I thought about the game forever. Unknowingly, it helped me develop into a multi-dimensional coach. He helped me understand how to make learning fun and golf even more fun.  Mr. Toski also taught me how to think outside the box and problem solve.

To say I am grateful for Mr. Bob Toski in my life would be an understatement. His lessons are those that you never forget and he is a person that you NEVER forget. Every message he offers is delivered in a unique way. Every day that I coach, I remember one of Mr. Toski’s lessons and I try to pass on his wisdom.

Thank you Bob Toski!

 

Some of Mr. Toski’s books:

 

by Coach Bill McInerney

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Coach Bill Recognized as Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach in USA

The FCG Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach Award started in 2015 recognizes coaches who specialize in competitive players ages 13-18. Their players compete at the highest levels of junior golf and regularly develop into college golfers.  This is the 3rd year Future Golf recognizes these top coaches for their efforts and is the second consecutive  year Coach Bill McInerney has been awarded this honor.

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Practice Smarter Not Longer This New Year!

Super pumped to kick off this part of our blog and share with you our first can’t miss tip.  Let’s get right to it!

This week’s hot tip – DELIBERATE PRACTICE

WHAT IS IT & WHY WE NEED IT

Wikipedia defines deliberate practice as repetitive performance of intended cognitive or psychomotor skills.  Rigorous skills assessment, specific information feedback, better skills and performance.

To dumb it down a bit I would think of deliberate practice as picking something very specific to improve on –  then figuring out what the one or two things that you would need to work on in order to improve that particular skill.

Lets take a look at a real-life example:

Joey has a very good golf swing and a very low green in regulation percentage (GiR).  He spends hours upon hours working on the mechanics of his golf swing but his GiR doesn’t budge.  Joey’s coach is stumped so he decides to go watch Joey play a round of golf.  Coach is happy to see that Joey’s shots are very solid but he is either coming up short or flying shots over the green.

After recognizing Joey’s tendencies his coach builds a deliberate practice session for Joey that looks like this:

STEP 1

Using a launch monitor to measuring the average distance Joey hit 10 shots with each golf club.  The goal here is to calibrate the average carry distance of each club.  It is also helpful for Joey to know how far the shortest shot and furthest shot with a particular club is for him.  At KOHR Golf Center we use a tool called Trackman to measure the distance the ball carries.  For those that do not have the luxury of using a trackman KOHR Golf Center has yardage cards for all of our greens which makes calibrating possible.

STEP 2

After calibration we recommend challenging yourself with a game.  We call this game-like type practice, Battlefield Practice at KOHR Academy.  Battlefield Practice (otherwise known as random practice) is when you are in your game-like mindset and trying to achieve a certain score.  Joey pulls out 18 golf balls and sets them aside (we use 18 shots to pretend like you are playing 18 holes).  He is then assigned a different target for each of those 18 golf balls – hitting 6 shots with his short-irons, 6 shots with his mid-irons and 6 shots with his long-irons and hybrids.  His goal is to see how many greens in regulation he would hit with those 18 golf balls.  At KOHR Golf Center a game like this is easy because we actually have real greens to hit to, making practice SUPER FUN!

Check out Phil Mickelson talking about one of his key battlefield games, which he calls the 3 Foot Circle Drill, to where he has to make 100 three foot putts in a row… YIKES!

 

Below I have listed some awesome books and articles that talk about the importance and research behind deliberate practice.  Enjoy and keep us updated on your progress.  We would love for you to share some of the ways you structure deliberate practice sessions or some of the challenges you all may have in achieving a deliberate practice session.

Either way, make DELIBERATE PRACTICE your goal for 2018 and you will not be disappointed.

BOOKS

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • In summary Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.
  • The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner
    • Sterner’s message is to be process oriented, be present and have a very specific intention and stay ware of your intention.
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
    • I love this book!  Josh Waitzkin writes a book on his personal rise to the top of the chess and Tai Chi world, by explaining the mindset, proper ways to practice and how he built habits to take him to the top of the world in his professions.

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By KOHR Golf Coach Bill McInerney

Happy New Year from KOHR Golf Center

Hey there everybody…

2017 was such an awesome year for KOHR Golf.  Towards the end of the year we completed one of the most unique PUBLIC Golf Driving Ranges and Practice Centers in the country. When planning out this facility we LITERALLY considered every component of the game, which has always been KOHR Golf’s ultimate goal.

Our team designed a facility that offers the TOTAL beginner a relaxed and enjoyable place to take up the game , areas of focus that allows the advanced players an opportunity to hone every single aspect of their game, and even just an awesome place to hang out with your family and friends.

This coming year we will also bring you some exciting new things. One being our new blog where we will share awesome practice tips, golf fitness tips, the latest and greatest golf training tools, equipment ideas and other cool things.

We have An Incredible team that will deliver this information to you.

Anyhow… you have to come check us out at KOHR Golf center. Bring a friend, bring the family, bring a date – you won’t be disappointed.  We can’t wait to see you and we wish you all a happy new year… 2018 is going to be AMAZING!!!

BOSTON GLOBE BUSINESS PLAN – KOHR Golf Center

KOHR GOLF CENTER

BY CINDY CANTRELL | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT

After following his father’s footsteps into professional golf, Bill McInerney Jr. of Natick discovered that his real passion is coaching.  To help others reach their golfing potential, the award-winning instructor launched KOHR Golf Center in Natick last month with business partner Oliver Segal of Wellesley.  Open to the public, the year-round driving range and practice center features 14 bent grass target greens, 61 hitting stations, three USGA practice greens and bunkers, a golf fitness gym, private lessons, clinics and group practices, memberships, an ELITE Junior Academy, and club fitting powered by Cool Clubs.

Q. What inspired you to switch from competing to coaching?

A. I took more pleasure in helping others get better and reach their potential than I did in shooting low scores. Then my life changed when I received a letter from a young man that I had taught years before. He thanked me for helping him with his golf game, but the main focus of his letter was how I was able to give him more confidence. I went from a primary focus on golf’s fundamental skills to using golf as my vehicle to build confidence, self-esteem, and make stronger people.

Q. What makes your golf center special?

A. Typically, you go to a driving range and see a few flag sticks sticking out of a flat field. The KOHR Golf facility looks more like you are playing golf holes and hitting to real greens with bunkers. This makes hitting golf balls and practicing golf super fun, as it gives our guests an experience that simulates on-course play.

Q. How does it appeal to all levels?

A. One of the reasons the sport isn’t growing is because it takes four or five hours to play, but here [you] can enjoy a golfing experience without having to go to a golf course.We have real greens and real cups, so beginners and youngsters can feel what it is like to knock a shot into a hole and more experienced players can compete with their buddies. It’s really like playing games within a game.

Q. What is your vision for the company?

A. This facility is one that will contribute to growing the game of golf. People who come to KOHR want to come back.

Kohr Golf scores as a haven for the game

NATICK – Sitting in a cart as the mid-morning sun illuminated the verdant Kohr Golf grounds, Bill McInerney spoke of the importance of the game as a driver for self-confidence, personal growth and teamwork.

McInerney, Kohr’s CEO and co-founder, has recently opened the Speen Street-based facility and academy, offering a haven for all things golf.

The Natick land was a golf facility before, McInerney said, but it was not well-maintained. He said, when he was looking for space of his own, this was a natural fit.

“I live on Pond Street, so I’ve been driving by this space for 14 years,” he said. “It’s such a beautiful piece of land.”

Kohr offers practice opportunities that normal driving ranges simply don’t, McInerney said. Its greens look like golf course greens. It has bunkers. Golfers can even hit from uneven lies, so they can learn how to best make shots from a slope.

All this helps reduce the massive time investment required by golf. McInerney said he believed one reason people leave the game is because it can take an entire day to play a round; at Kohr, all the game’s situations can be simulated in a fraction of the time.

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