Archive for the ‘Putting’ category

John Graham on Golf in the Life

September 29th, 2014

For those of my subscribers that don’t spend much time of Facebook or Twitter, I wanted to share this three part podcast interview I did a few weeks ago. This interview goes into the backstory of me and how I worked social media and my business into my life schedule.

Hope you enjoy it and if you do, please consider sharing using the social media buttons located on the Golf in the Life Website.

Golf in the Life Part 1 – Becoming the AimPoint/Putting Guy

Golf in the Life Part 2 – Building a Business Around Your Specialty

Golf in the Life Part 3 – Crafting a Lifestyle

Mark Brodies Stat Report – Hunter Mahan

August 27th, 2014

Mark Brodie is credited for creating the PGA Tour’s Strokes Gained Statistic. It’s a very interesting one and I highly encourage all of you to purchase his book “Every Shot Counts” to learn more about it. I appreciate Mark because of how objective his writings always are and wanted to share his latest one. This article discusses Hunter Mahan’s latest win and how big a role the short game played in his victory.

Hope you enjoy it.

If you enjoy it, please feel free to share it around.


Thanks, JG

Is it Important to Start your Putts Where you Aim your Putter?

February 18th, 2013

I asked this Question on twitter and Facebook as a poll type question limiting responses to Yes or No. Many wanted to be able to explain their answer but I tried to eliminate that and just get a Yes or No response. As of this writing, the poll has been out for about 4 hours and the results are 50 for No and 35 for Yes.

I find this very interesting as I think it goes to a philosophically different way of approaching things. Those differing thoughts revolve around “this is what the best players actually do” and “this seems theoretically logical”. I don’t know if that is what people are actually thinking but that’s just my guess on it. I was surprised at the evenness of those taking opposing views and it makes me wonder why there is such division on this seemingly simple question.

As I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook, I believe it is important to start your putts where you aim the putter. As you can see from the above results, I am in the minority. I think I understand the idea that the only things that really matter are target, starting line at the target and speed for that line but here’s why I fall on the side I fall on.

The main reason I think it is important to start the ball where you aim it is because it leads to more consistency in terms of read as it relates to look and aim. If a players reads identical putts from opposite sides of the hole differently and can make them, we know they have a situation where they aim it different than where they start it. To me, I think that this can cause conflict and doubt and a preference of one type of putt over another. The big question is can a player tell the difference between aiming 4 inches off the edge vs 8 inches assuming a 2 inch pull bias and a read of 6 inches? I think they can and I think this difference should be avoided.

One of the arguments for why it’s not important is that no tour player does it or that no player does it. Let’s talk about the first one first. I’m not sure it is appropriate to use Tour Players as the model for the best putters. Certainly the model for the best golfers but might be a stretch using them as the best putters. Recent papers have been trying to show that ball striking is more important than putting at the highest levels so that would certainly support not using tour players as the model for the best putters. If the papers are accurate, then Tour players are the best ball strikers as that weighs more heavily in their success. Quite fair to say they are the best putters among the best hitters.

The other piece of no one doing it is worthy of discussion as well. The thing I would like to see is do the best putters currently have a higher propensity to have an aim and start that are closer to each other than those that don’t. I think we would all agree that at some point the difference between aim and start would cause issues if it was too large. I’m curious where you all think that line is. What is the outer limit of aim and start difference that still allows for putting success as being defined by makes? I also think it’s fair to say that there is some range of aim and start that is not exactly starts where they aim that would be appropriate and depending on where that line was might change some people’s answers. With that being said, I don’t know who would be the best model for putting skill.

In a world where exact targets can be predicted to be accurate I think the ability to start the ball where you aim it will become more important especially for the reason I mentioned above about read conflict. It’s possible that only those that use a system for target prediction will work toward an aim and start harmony and I for one will be very interested to see what the future holds.

I know there are many out there that think it is completely unnecessary and I understand their viewpoints without accepting them. In my poll I originally limited responses to Yes or No. Please use the comment section below to expand on your answer if you wish to do so or to leave a comment about my thoughts above. Please consider sharing this as well to get as many opinions as possible on this very divisive issue.

Look forward to reading your thoughts.

Putting and Social Media Workshop with Jason Sutton

February 2nd, 2013

Jason Sutton and I will be conducting a 1 day workshop on Monday, March 18th at Carmel CC in Charlotte, NC.  Jason is quickly becoming a very recognized coach throughout the US attracting Tour Players to Charlotte and his fantastic facility at Carmel CC. It is a great honor to be asked to join him for this 1 day workshop to discuss putting, green reading and social media.

This workshop includes classroom discussion and live lessons using the SAM putting station.  We want to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to see what changes and why but also the how so you can bring it back to your facility and students right away. I will be discussing an intro into AimPoint Green Reading and a talk on the use of Twitter to grow your business.

This will be an interactive day of mentoring, sharing and improving you’re teaching skills. Here are topics that will be discussed:

  • The 5 Mastermind Skills that every teacher should know – The CGA Framework
  • The art of moving and manipulating the student to create pattern changes
  • How to use technology to speed up the learning process
  • Teaching Putting at the Next Level – Learn the 5 Most Important Aspects of Putting  and how to teach them
  • S.A.M. Putt Lab Data and research will be revealed that will dispel the most common myth in putting
  • Live Putting Lessons using the S.A.M. Putt Lab that will teach you how to move the numbers and help your students improve faster
  • How to use the 4 corners of social media to drive business, create brand awareness and improve your teaching skills
  • An Introduction to AimPoint Green Reading


9:00 – 2:00 (classroom presentation)

2:00 – 4:00 (Interactive Live Lessons and Q and A)

4:00 – 5:00 (Aimpoint Green Reading and Speed Control Drills)


9:00 – 11:00                         Learning the masterminds Skills – The CGA philosophy (JS)

11:00 – 12:00                       Understanding twitter and how it can grow your business (JG)

12:00 – 1:00                         Break for lunch

1:00 – 2:00                           The 5 things that all great putters do and how to use SAM to

                                                  help your students. Research and case studies that dispel

                                                  putting’s biggest myth (JS/JG)

2:00 – 3:00                          Live Putting lessons on the SAM Putt Lab

4:00 – 5:00                          Introduction to AimPoint and Time Drills (JG)

The cost for this full day workshop and lunch is only $100 per person. PGA members will also receive 5 MSR Education points. Location and registration information is below.

Place: Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte, North Carolina

Email Jason Sutton to reserve your spot

7 Nights of the Twitter Academy

December 11th, 2011

Twitter Academy Logo7 Nights of the Twitter Academy. This idea born from Jason Helman is designed to match the Golf Channels 7 Nights of their Academy. It will feature 7 Top Coaches that have extensive Twitter followings. Each night, one of the coaches will showcase a subject specific video with each coach taking on a different subject.

It should be a great opportunity for golfers to get some additional information from some top coaches. It starts tomorrow night, Dec. 12th at 8:00pm and runs for 7 nights. Topics covered will be Putting, Driving, Chipping, Approach Irons, Mid and Long Irons, Bunkers and Club Fitting with the order of information from the green outwards.

I know all of these coaches well and I’m really looking forward to see what they have come up with. I also hope that this starts some kind of regular thing because I think it is a great idea to showcase great information in a medium that is different than where most go to find good golf information. I can tell you from experience that Twitter is one of the best places to go for good golf information and I hope the 7 Nights of the Twitter Academy brings home that point.

Here are a couple trailers to view.

In order to watch the Twitter videos, you’ll want to follow the presenters. Here’s is the order they will appear and their Twitter Usernames so you can follow them. Click on their name to go to their website and their twitter handle to follow them.

December 12th – Rob McGill @golfprorob – Putting

December 13th – Jason Helman @jasonhelmangolf – Greenside Chipping 3 shots

December 14th – Sara Dickson @sara_pga – Bunkers Green side and Fairway

December 15th – Jason Sutton @golfgurutv - Approach Irons

December 16th – Andrew Marr @andrewmarrgolf – Mid and Long Irons

December 17th – Kirk Oguri @kirkoguri – Shaft Fitting, Launch Monitor Info & Benefits

December 18th – Dennis Sales @dennissalesgolf – Closing the week with Driving and TrackMan Data

I hope you watch and enjoy. If you think others might be interested in this, please consider sharing by using the social media buttons below or by forwarding this email to friends.