A video on why the hips/lower body don’t lead…or do they?

Look what happens if you turn and release everything in sync.

You will see that if you turn away properly, the hips will automatically lead on the downswing if everything turns together. You will also see the merits of a level shoulder turn and how to see if you do it by putting a shaft in front of your chest.

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  1. Doug Shepherd

    Monte , One of the best pieces of advice and video to date. Along with some lessons I read Jack’s Golf My Way 30+ years ago and always overdid his “start from the feet and hips up”. Consequently had to make a mental effort to quiet the lower body. Sounds like I have been over complicating it.

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  2. efnef

    You are slowly, but surely building up one of the best repositories of straighforward, easy to understand explanations of how to swing the golf club available anywhere. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your daily offerings. You really cut through the bs that’s out there.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      It’s great to hear comments like this. I really suffered through the bs as well and I wish I could reach a wider audience as I really enjoy making the game easier and more fun for everyone.

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  3. Chris Puente

    Monte, awesome post! I’ve been struggling the last 15 years with all the bs found in golf instruction books, The Golf Channel, and golf magazines. At times I could play well but one day I would shoot 72 then a month later 92. Everything I’ve been reading in your blog makes sense and I intend to stick to what you are saying. Keep up the good work and go Bruins!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      It’s great to hear from readers who are making it more simple and getting better. Anyone have any ideas on how I can reach a wider audience…or do you guys not want that so you can beat all of your friends. 🙂

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      • Chris Puente

        Do you have a Facebook page? I think that would definitely help spread the word as far as recommending you to other Facebookers.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          Yes. Monte Scheinblum…Don’t do Monte L Scheinblum as that is a secondary one I was going to do something else with…So Monte Scheinblum without the L.

          Greatly appreciate the effort…looking forward to the Chris Puente friend request. 🙂

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  4. bob puntch

    thanks for what you are doing here. it makes me feel like i will be able to play again. after undergoing cancer treatment last year and losing 35 lbs i came back to the game this past summer more eager than ever. unfortunately my body /brain no longer had a clue how to swing. sort of started over and got away from just swinging a club to…. thinking about how to swing a club. once i got trapped there i was stuck trying to figure out my every move. i am still down about 25 lbs or so, and not as strong so some things are different. but i still hit some good shots so there is hope.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Bob, you are a perfect example of what I am talking about. People with health and physical problems are no longer able to implement crazy movements and positions and very much need to get down to the very basic fundamentals of simple body movements.

      Good luck and hopefully you will be back to 100% soon.

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  5. george walczyk

    Young fella, you have a true gift for teaching and illustrating what the golf swing is all about.
    Even though you may not make it on the PGA tour, I think that your fellow golfers will definitely
    benefit from the straight forward wisdom you so ably impart. Your reputation will surely grow
    with time. I wish you success and fortune for your future. It won’t be easy, hang in there, work
    hard, the quality of your teachings will bear fruit sooner or later.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Thank you George. The comments from you folks are much appreciated and may we all have continued success with our golf.

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  6. frank b

    I really enjoy your commentary. You do have a wonderful knack for taking golf swing instruction and making it simple.( for dummies like me) Keep up the good work.

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  7. matt

    One of the best lessons ever Monte. Too many times I’ve heard and read about turning ones hips back to the target and this often leads to people spinning out (ask me how I know). I was lucky enough to find a pro that knows what he is doing and helped me find the proper way to start the downswing for me.

    You took it a step further and showed why contact is worse and power is lost when the hips spin out – I never thought of that – great video Monte!!

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  8. Mark

    It is very interesting that I ran across this video on GEA today. For the last two days I have been doing exactly what your video shows. My drives have never been straighter or longer. However, I am having a little trouble with my irons. The tendancy is to hit them fat or hit straight pulls (left). Any thoughts or solutions to my problem?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      First and foremost and the most likely problem is that your timing has completely changed and it is easier to time a driver that is teed up.

      I am speculating, but if you are more in sync, you will get better extension and initially that can cause fats and pulls.

      IMO, without seeing your swing, I would just keep doing what you are doing and your timing will come around.

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      • Mark

        Thanks for the reply to my question. I will keep at it.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          No problem. We all have to realize that making things more simple will make us better 6 months from now. Quick fixes might makes us play well tomorrow, but 6 months form now we will be dazed and confused.

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  9. Don Peterson

    Hey Monte,
    Many people in golf (and anything in life) who try explain or teach often get sidetracked by what they think they do, what they feel they do, and what they actually do. For teaching purposes, you should always explain what actually happens (or should happen) even though you may have to “explain” in another way, or have them “feel” it in another way. The key statement in your video blog was “if you’re out of sync you don’t want to lead with your hips”. Almost any one could agree with that. However, if you are in the proper positions, and in sync you may be much better off leading with your hips. Research from Centinella hospital years ago even established the hips lead on the backswing as well as the downswing. First movement found during the backswing was a “relaxation” of the muscles in the trail hip, while the first movement to begin the transition back to the ball was the “firing” of the muscles in the hips. But you could be correct if we consider the brain a muscle…then everything starts in the upper body!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I can’t argue with what you said. Just like I can’t argue with the physics of more lag you have, the farther you can hit the golf ball. What works on paper, in the lab and on 3D slowmo video analysis of iron byron doesn’t work often in the real world. I am just taking a different approach and simplifying things. It has been my experience golfer that makes a conscious effort to lead with the lower body (or add lag/delay release) on purpose, gets out of sync. Where if they try to turn everything together, the lower body does have that split second lead that is what you are talking about.

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  10. richard grime

    Just found your site today from golgwrx. very good indeed. like the ides of keeping radius of swing arc constant and not narrowing on the way down. I tend to come to much from the inside on the downswing and loose my height. keeping less width on the backswing and more width on the way down I think will help. Thanks from rainy England!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      “keeping less width on the backswing and more width on the way down I think will help”

      Great comment Richard and I agree.

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