Active Cast vs. Passive Cast.

You can have both of the following situations at the same time, but I am going to separate them for it to be easier to understand and the video will help as well.

An active cast is when the right hand grabs the club and throws it at the ball, losing all angle and the power and energy the rotation of the body creates. It doesn’t take advantage of centrifugal force unwinding the hands and squaring the club.

A passive cast is where the backswing is so long, there isn’t enough strength or body rotation to get the club back to the ball, so the club essentially just drop on the ball through force of gravity. People need to understand (as I said in the “full turn” post and video) that having a short swing is OK…actually, it’s often better. JB Holmes has one of the shortest swings in golf and is one of the longest hitters in golf.

You must start simple and build from there. The simple answer for the active cast is to maintain a nice medium grip pressure (equal in both hands) and take some of the control from the hands and give it to the turn.

The simple answer to begin solving the passive cast is to shorten the swing till you reach a point your body can accelerate the club all the way through impact.




  1. SteelyDan

    Another one that makes perfect sense to me. My pro also adviced to shorten my swing in order to get rid of casting. The problem was that a short swing always felt wrong, so on the course, I’d still overswing and cast.

    Luckily, your tip to control the backswing with the shoulders (stopp when the shoulders are done) seems to be successful. Thanks for that!

    Take care,


  2. bobbyp

    Excellent video, Monte! It makes a lot of sense. Last year I remember hitting 3/4 7 iron shots (well, reduced backswing shots) and my ball ended up 20 yards past my playing partner even though we generally hit our irons the same distance. I could not understand how I could do that until seeing your video’s on shoulder turn and the correct backswing. Thanks!!

  3. Dennis

    Your video about forced lag & natuaral lag along with the shoulders in relation to the spine are the 2 greatest insights about the swing I have heard in my 20yrs of playing. Thank you for simplifying what I have made complicated. Forced lag took my handicap from a 5 to an 11 trying to put it out there with the big dogs. Watched your videos and read your posts and went out and shot 73 at Harmony in Florida from 7000yds first time out. I am amazed at how much bull…. I let creep into my game. I have turned all my golf buddies on to the site. Only 1 took the time, now he & I are consistently putting $ in our pockets when we play our 12 man skin matches. We respectfully refer to you as Mr. Cargo Pants.
    Thank you Monte so very much.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      That’s great Dennis and I love the nickname…and what you have done is exactly what the blog is about. Not confusing yourself with doing everything I have said since May all at once. It’s to find the one or two things that make the most sense and use that as a base for improvement.

  4. Mike

    Monte, your posts on the vertical spine tilt on the downswing and the active cast could have been descriptions of my swing. I realized this year in using video for the first time that I’ve been humping the goat, and Jim Hardy does touch on it in his book, but he doesn’t do nearly as good or complete a job as you do. Everything you’re saying is making sense, and I’m a carbon copy of what you’re talking about. You’re going to transform my game, and I can get it around pretty good already just on athleticism. I can’t thank you enough for this information.


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