A theory on why golfers cast.

IMO, I think today’s post is epic in understanding why we create bad swing faults. Swing faults that are universal. I believe if golfers can wrap their minds around the concept in the next paragraph, they will take the first step toward simplifying their game and getting better.

I believe all well known swing faults happen as a result of the body being smarter than we are. We do something stupid and the body creates some sort of compensation to make up for it. We whip the club too far inside and get it way behind behind us…and the body knows to come over the top to get it back in front. Way OTT is terrible, but it beats swinging on the same ultra inside path we whipped it in on.

A cast is not a compensation, as much as it is an effort to get to the right place because we don’t know the right way to get there.

If you look at every great and near great golfer (anyone who made the Tour and some who didn’t quite), you will find they all have a similar thing happening immediately after impact.

The arms are in full extension and make a triangle with the shoulders, with the shaft going right up the middle of the triangle. After this position, the right forearm rolls over the left. That is a full and proper release. Even players with a hold off swing like Trevino, or a player with a more classic swing trying to hold a shot off…everyone gets there at some point.

All a cast is, is an effort to get to that perfect post impact triangle…it’s just the wrong effort.

Trying to purposely create lag, especially by trying to hold the angle with the hands and wrists, makes it difficult to swing in sync as the body wants to get to that post impact triangle. More often than not, the body will stall in order for that extension triangle to take place…and there you have a flip.

If you allow your body to release the club the way it naturally wants to, you won’t cast and you will create the amount of lag your body can create naturally and automatically.

I think I will now re-post my 5 part series on the release…starting Monday. I promise you something. If you watch the 5 videos next week and use what you see (especially day 2)…your golf game will get better, your body will hurt less…and you will definitely have more fun.




  1. Wally

    The clubhead wants to go through the ball at the bottom of the arc of our swing, all we have to do is LET IT

  2. s.

    You are right on.

    Another way of saying it is the we want to release the “lag” ourselves–rather than just letting it hinge due to our turn back to the ball.

    That “oomph” we give it means that the golfer is pushing or flipping instead of pulling. If we pull, the post-impact triangle is a result. If we flip then there’s no triangle, just a scoop.

  3. Calvin D

    Just watched a vid by senior long driver Eric Jones. He said that stalling out the body turn causes early release and flipping. He thinks that keeping everything turning insures proper lag and increases clubhead speed. He said that a good way to feel it is to swing without a ball and try to hear the whoosh as far on the target side as possible. It was interesting and his thoughts seemed pretty well in sync with yours.

    • carrera

      Funny that you mentioned Eric Jones. I know him…he works out at my gym and I had no idea he had all this material available. Haven’t seen him in a few months…he must still be on the mend from his shoulder surgery.

  4. Doug B

    I find as I go along that 60% of the battle, at least with my game, is making sure I have a proper setup (Monte – your video on setup and posture was extremely helpful in that regard). About 30% is making sure I keep my hands in front of my chest on the takeaway, and avoid whipping the club too far inside. The other 10% (for me) is the transition and downswing.

    If I get to the top in good balance and posture (from the proper setup) and have my hands in a good place (from the proper takeaway), then the biggest way for me to screw it all up is to think something like “OK, now I have to send pressure point #3 to my aiming point, which is directly in front of my left foot.” If I let the transition and downswing happen instead of trying to make something happen, I hit the ball much better.

  5. Eric32

    Is there any good drills your aware of monte where we can hit the drive about 30% power and learn from it??
    Was hitting some soft drives today to try and figure out what my body was doing on my full shots..

    Funny thing was, even at 30% i was hanging back on my backfoot sometimes lol

  6. Monte Scheinblum

    I don’t like 30% drills with driver. It teaches you bad things, IMO.

    I like 30% drills with like 5-8 iron.

    One is standing on your left foot, the 9 to 3 drill and the right foot left foot drill. If you don’t know what any or all of those are, let me know.

  7. Eric32

    Are those drills for the driver?

  8. Steve Bishop

    I think a lot of people are looking for the answer in the wrong place when it comes to casting.

    It’s all about the clubface!

    Contrary to popular belief, OTT is NOT the #1 swing fault. The #1 swing fault is not getting the clubface closed. The way many golfers try to overcome an open clubface is by closing it sooner!

    Guess what happens when you try to rotate the clubface sooner in the downswing? You roll your arms counter-clockwise. When you roll your arms counter-clockwise you are not just closing the clubface, but you are throwing the club out toward the ball. Voila! Insta-casting!

    As better players try to cope with casting they fix it by actually getting more UNDER plane on the downswing before doing the cast/arm roll. They can then cast/roll as hard as they feel is normal and produce halfway decent results but can be erratic if the timing or ball position isn’t perfect.

    I am willing to bet a lot of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

    • Calvin D

      OK, that’s the question. Now what’s the answer?

      • Monte Scheinblum

        The answer t9o to learn to release properly…and that’s what next week is about.

      • Steve Bishop

        Not all casting is bad. However, if you do cast too soon there is a good chance you are not tilting at all and have problems with your hip turn.


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