A few things I learned yesterday…

that are going to help me and help all of you.

As painful as it was to be so terrible, I actually had fun playing golf for the first time in a few years. It’s because my mind was clear of mind numbing mechanics and I was just out there playing the game.

All of the problems I had are directly attributed to rust from not playing rounds of golf for the better part of a year. However, keeping the thoughts simple and to a minimum allowed me to do a few things well. I hit two bad drives, but the other 11 were very under control. My chipping was surprisingly good.

The bad iron play and shorter than average drives for me was another issue that is easy to work on with more play. Being aggressive through impact and committing to the shot. That is something that players at every level need to have as their #1 priority and thinking too much about perfect mechanics and multiple swing thoughts prevents that from happening.

That is what I learned today first and foremost. Commit to the shot and be aggressive. Many years of too many swing thoughts has atrophied that ability in me and that is what I will now focus on in my practice.

You guys wanted to know more about course management…there you go. Learn to commit to every shot, right or wrong. Their will be some bad shots, but the cumulative outcome will be far superior. Steer jobs hardly ever work.

Talking about my game is definitely helping me and I also think it has benefits for anyone reading the blog. I will continue to post all of my thought processes and results no matter how seemingly inane. Most things I spout will make some sense to someone and help the way they approach their game.

I think committing to the shot as the #1 priority will help pretty much everyone, while other details might only help one or two people…but that is the point.

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  1. banchiline

    Get em Monte . It takes big balls in cow-town .

    Wise man say tear out the rear view mirror…….so you never have to look back

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    • carrera

      “Wise man say tear out the rear view mirror…….so you never have to look back”

      Wasn’t that the Italian driver in Gum Ball Rally?

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      • Bob34

        Oh yeah, that brings back memories. Great movie! I had my first real date going to that movie 😉

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      • Bob34

        But I think the real quote was; “Whatsa behind me does notta matter.”

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  2. mship99

    “Being aggressive through impact and committing to the shot. That is something that players at every level need to have as their #1 priority and thinking too much about perfect mechanics and multiple swing thoughts prevents that from happening…Commit to the shot and be aggressive. Many years of too many swing thoughts has atrophied that ability in me”

    Great advice Monte! I am sure this applies to most of us as well!

    Can/will you try to qualify at another site?

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  3. Bob34

    Yup, commiting to the shot is huge. All though I know this, it seems I have to learn that lesson a lot. When I played in NC last weekend, the only club in the bag I was committed to was driver cause I was hitting it off the T. Every other shot was pretty tentative cause hitting off hard tight lies just freaks me out. 🙁 Come to think of it, I can’t remember ever hitting a really good shot I wasn’t committed to…

    I’m glad you’re staying with it Monte, and you’re right, the things you learn, help us out too.

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    • Al

      “Learn to commit to every shot, right or wrong. Their will be some bad shots, but the cumulative outcome will be far superior. Steer jobs hardly ever work.”

      I’ve sorta tried to do this for years, with mixed success; now hearing it from you Monte, I’m definitely adding it to the pre shot routine. Best of luck to you Monte in your quest for “the card.”

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  4. Steve Bishop

    Consistently I have found that iron play is the #1 factor in separating the good players from the best players. Just hitting the green is not enough. If you want to shoot in the 60’s, you need to average no more than 20 feet from the flag when you’re on the green.

    Short game is important, but it’s only there to keep your head above water.

    Also it’s important to remember your distance off the tee isn’t nearly as important either. If you hit it 300 but in the rough, it’s far worse than 270 but in the fairway. The best players swing within themselves even when they hit driver.

    It’s the CLUB that makes the ball go further, not the player.

    I still think we need to fix that balance of yours Monte. If I were you, I’d be hitting bucket after bucket with eyes closed until you can hit balls in your sleep. You’ll learn more about your balance in 15 minutes than you have in your life.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Agree on iron play.

      Shooting low is not a problem for me and never has been. Not shooting high when I am off has always been my issue.

      IMO, balance is not something you fix. It is a symptom of another problem. Fix that problem and the balance gets better.

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