A comedian gets his comeuppance.

I lived at PGA West in La Quinta (outside Palm Springs) for almost 10 years. Great practice facilities and courses to work on your game.

During the summer it was great. While everyone else was trying to beat the heat, the facilities and courses were empty for practicing at will.

The driving range had tees on both ends and one day the wind was blowing really hard straight down from the club house to the far end. I decided to go to the far end and work on my knock down shots into the wind.

While I was practicing, one of the assistant pros thought it would be funny to hit balls from the clubhouse end, downwind and have the balls roll up on me over 300 yards away…thinking the wind was way too strong for me to return fire.

One landed right near me and I waved to him and he kept hitting and waving back to me. Little did he know I had my long drive competition driver with me and I tried to hit a low bomb back at him. Reminded me of the BB gun fights we used to have as stupid teenagers.

The first couple went high and to the right, then I killed one but pulled it too far left for him to notice.

About the fifth or sixth one I nailed right under the wind, right at him…only it carried right over the top of him and hit his golf cart on the fly. He turned around and looked at the cart having no idea what just happened…not only did he not know I had hit that ball, he also didn’t know I had immediately launched another one that landed about 10 feet from him while he had his back turned to me.

It obviously scared him and as he tried to run to his cart in haste, his legs and feet got tangled with his driver and he ended up stepping on his driver shaft and snapping it in two.

The moral to the story. Don’t mess with an angry, pent up, hostile long driver who trains by eating Skittles and drinking Gatorade.

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16 Comments

  1. Joe Danowski

    Have you ever looked at the somaxsports website or read his book the efficent golfer? Any comments on golf-tec or k-vest instruction. Thanks,Joe

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am not familiar with any of those things, so I don’t want to lump them in automatically…but I have found that most “systems” are not tailored to the individual and basically say there is one right way to swing for all. I happen to disagree with that premise.

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  2. bob puntch

    i would be interested in how and why you started to play the game.

    i recently went to the s.i. website and watched two video clips of the monte swing. one was from ’94 or thereabouts and one was ’08. i would enjoy your take on the two swings

    bob

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      My swings are on the s.i. website? Can you send me a link?

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  3. bob puntch

    i will try.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Thanks.

      I got started in golf because I injured my pitching elbow and needed something to do till I could pitch again. I had played before, but just did it fooling around.

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  4. bob puntch

    well my computer skills are pedestrian. so what i did was googled your name ………….one of the things that came up was monte scheinbum in something called the s.i. vault. i clicked on that and got the old video, when i clicked on that the old video and the new one came up.

    bob

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Thanks Bob. The old one is one I posted on you tube from the ESPN telecast from 1993, I also have the one form 1992 that was my winning drive. Those were long drive swings.

      The recent one is one that someone else posted when they asked me what I would look like trying a Stack and Tilt. I didn’t do it right, because it felt horrible.

      If you look above, I answered your question about how I got started :-). My dad was a major league baseball player and I wanted to follow.

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  5. bob puntch

    the two things i think i noticed in the videos
    in the old one it seems your upper body moves back slightly before the swing starts
    in the newer one you deliberately tilt your spine away from target before swing. is that tilt in the stack and tilt?

    bob

    your dad had pretty good years in ’72&’73

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      The new one is not the way I swing. It was a one day experiment. The old one was not my regular swing either, it was my long drive swing where I made a big lateral move to generate power.

      My swing today looks better than both of these. Have not take a recent video.

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  6. Hackinator

    Is your dad Richie Scheinblum?

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  7. B. Kozel

    Hi , Monty. Back when you were the champ, how important was the shaft- head- swingspeed and all the other combos by todays standards? If you can tell us what driver, shaft, ball you were using.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      There was not as much available equipment in those days. You had to make do with what felt good to you.

      When I won I took a 45″ Aldila Low Torque, extended it to 50″ and melted a fishing sinker and poured it into the extender. The head was a Tour Precision (no longer in existence) Jumbo 747…Jumbo, LOL, it was about 250 CC.

      No body cared or knew about swing speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rate…because that info was not available…other than swing speed.

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  8. hackgolfer

    isuckatgolf.net? lol

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  9. tony grubiak

    Wow an All Star an player of the month in 72 that’s good stuff.
    Harder than being a golf pro.That balls movin..
    Took a hardline position on a noble cause.
    I imagine that could have been tough.

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  10. Al

    In other words, you backweighted it? Do you still do that today?

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