A sit down with Dennis Sheehy

My first interview is with Dennis Sheehy.  Dennis started teaching golf at a very early age (17) and has become well known worldwide.  I met Dennis 10 years ago through the “Cat” (Pete Daffern).   Pete shared many great stories about Dennis and how he’s worked with some of the world’s best players.  Word is he almost landed Tiger at one point!!

Dennis is an affable and courteous gentleman, and I can see why so many people have migrated to him.  I think his approach to the game is simply to maximize the abilities of his students, in three different capacities; mental, physical and emotional.

Dennis resides and teaches in the San Diego area and has students worldwide.  Please check out the interview and ask any questions you have for him.


An Afternoon at the Bridges in Rancho Santé Fe

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to play The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe with three very good guys; Brendan Oneil (founder and CEO of Cahir Capital), Scott Lucas (our host and Chief Strategist of Candellacandle www.dreamcandles.com) and Pete Wlodkowski (founder and owner of Amateurgolf.com)

This is what I love about golf…here we are 4 guys having a complete blast in a setting that is hard to top.  For 4+ hours I was able to forget about life’s challenges and just enjoy a great day of golf.

I must take a moment and mention a word or two about each of these great guys.  Brendan Oneil is a fellow Olympian and friend.  Brendan has recently founded a new fund called Cahir Capital.  In my 25+ years in the financial services business I have yet to meet a money manager I respect and like more than Brendan.  Today, Brendan’s highlight was a chip in for eagle on #7 after a bombed drive and 5 metal just short of the green.

I’ve known Pete Wlodkowski for over 15 years and greatly appreciate and enjoy our friendship.  Pete has done an amazing job building AmateurGolf.com into a major golf portal.  I personally have enjoyed competing in many of his events and am looking forward to his flagship event next weekend at Stevenson Ranch called The California Mid-Amateur.

Scott Lucas (our host) is another successful, but humble, guy that has a passion for innovation along with a love for the game of golf.  Scott, in his early days, ran a 100+ Billion dollar mutual fund and decided it was time to slow down a bit.  Since his retirement Scott has founded several companies and is currently involved in a great new product that you can find at www.dreamcandles.com I think you’ll be impressed with this product line.

That’s a little about the great group we had today.  I won’t mention where the money ended up, but it was a beautiful day and I highly recommend playing the Bridges if you get the chance.


Pelican Hill Visit

Pelican Hill Golf Club – Today I witnessed a hole in one……

Even being from Northern California it’s hard not to like the amazing beauty and weather in Southern California. I had the privilege to join three fine gentlemen on Sunday – David Brokaw who I know from the Olympic Club and his two friends James Schermeyer and Dr. John Walen.

The great thing about golf is the new people you meet and new friendships that are forged out of spending 4-6 hours together in amazingly beautiful places like Newport beach on a perfect day. The course was quite nice and I recommend it highly for its views of the Pacific Ocean. Although not to difficult a course with a 73.3 rating and 133 slope, if you spray the ball wildly you will lose many balls and perhaps not enjoy the vistas while digging through the knee high bushes.

The great thing about playing with two new acquaintances through David, I was able to make two new friends, AND get another game TODAY at Pelican Hill. Today the group was Brendan Oneil, Dr John Wahlen, and Dr Pete Piampiano.

This was a great group of single handicap players and the two doctors are quite good players with a 5 & 6 handicap. But today was going to be very special as Dr. John Wahlen made an amazing hole in one on the second hole playing 205 yards into a slight breeze. His shot hit on the right side of the green and began rolling sideways towards the hole……and then in the hole.

The odds of an amateur making a hole in one are 1 in 12,750 or basically you’d need to play 3,187 rounds before the average amateur makes a hole in one!! http://golf.about.com/od/faqs/f/holeinoneodds.htm

That means you’d need to play 318 rounds a year for 10 years or play almost daily for ten years before making a hole in one. Or you’d need to play 31 rounds a year for 100 years to make a hole in one. HOWEVER, I bet the odds of making a hole in one are 2x-3X tougher on a hole over 200 yards!!

It gets even better…after the round we noticed Natalie Gulbis http://www.nataliegulbis.com/

Putting on the practice green so we decided to ask her if she’d give Dr. John some love by posing for a photo with him…she graciously accepted (photo below).

Golf is a wonderful game that never ceases to surprise me, even though I didn’t make the hole in one, I will spend the rest of the day and evening celebrating with Dr. John and others while attending the Billy Idol concert at the Roth Conference in Laguna Nigel. I hope to have more photos of the good doctor tomorrow during his hole in one celebration…..

More to come tomorrow…thanks for tuning in, and check out the photos of Pelican Hill Golf Club!!

Taylor Made “Kingdom” in Carlsbad. Interview with Daryl Dyte.

Taylor Made has a real “KINGDOM” in Carlsbad CA

I had the pleasure to meet with player’s relations specialist Daryl Dyte at the “Kingdom” in Carlsbad (North San Diego County). As always it was an amazing experience and one I recommend HIGHLY.

It is my personal opinion that Taylor Made has the most complete selection of golf equipment in the business, the new R-9 series of drivers, 3 metals and irons, give you some great options.

Previously I did use Titleist equipment and balls for over 25 years and won close to 100 amateur tournaments over that span of time. Clearly both these fine companies make great products for golfers of any skill level, but my reason for the switch to Taylor Made was I thought my chance to play at the highest level possible would be with Taylor Made equipment.

It’s really no secret that these companies want the top amateurs and pros to play with their balls and equipment. As an amateur we are not paid to play with their equipment, so our only motivation is to play with the equipment we believe gives us the best chance to win.

For me in 2009 at age 50 I was seeing great results using Taylor Made equipment (and a Titleist ball for half the year)- NCGA Player of the Year, 9 tournament victories, Olympic Club Champion, and qualified to play in the British Senior Open. I’m mentioning this because I do feel the ball and equipment do play a significant role in your performance.

The ball was another story though; I started the year using the Taylor Made TP red ball, and switched back to the Titleist Pro V1x ball in May. The reason was I felt a little more comfortable in my ability to shape my shots using the ProV1x as opposed to the Taylor Made TP red. I must admit though after one round using the new Taylor Made Penta TP, I am most likely going to put that ball into play. I was impressed with the feel, and flight of the ball, and the durability was amazing!

The purpose for my visit to the Kingdom was to re-tool my bag to be eligible to compete in the US Open, US Senior Open and British Senior Open Qualifiers. Any club with over 25 degrees of loft needs to conform to the new groove standards set by the PGA Tour, and USGA.

As you’ll see in one of the video clips, the launch monitor is a key tool in determining the proper shaft and club combination that will show key results like ball spin ratio, launch angle and ball speed.

I personally don’t think I’ll see a huge difference in my game, unlike many of the top Pro’s that have their games dialed into the exact spin they create, especially out of the rough will be an adjustment for them.

I again thank Taylor Made, Eddie Erkmanis and Daryl Dyte for the opportunity to get a real tour custom fit at the “Kingdom”. Please view the onsite interview I took of Daryl Dyte, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.