An old post with more on the subject. “Low and Slow”

I have been seeing a lot of swings lately with the same problem. They are too “low and slow.” This is a cliche that eventually ruins everyone that tries it. I am putting up the original post from June, with some added info I should have included the first time.

I agree 100% that lifting the club with your arms and having a swing tempo and/or backswing that is too fast is a bad thing. However, “low and slow” makes your golf scores go “high” and does it “fast.”

The “low” part makes you initiate your arms too much in the back swing and gets the club too far to the inside. This restricts the shoulder turn and causes that over the top slice that is the bane of many amateur golfers. Another foul residue from going back too low is it pulls the head down and toward the ball trying to get too much extension or widening the arc…thus making a significant change in the spine angle. Those things are, “…all bad. You do that, you go to the box for 2 minutes and you feel shame…” (For you Slap Shot fans)

The “slow” part causes people to slow down their back swing so much, it ruins their rhythm and causes a poor transition and a downswing that is out of sync. You have seen this. A back swing that you can count two or three “Mississippis” during. Guess what folks, Tour players have faster golf swing than most of you and the more you slow them down, the worse they get. When you hear someone say, “I got quick on that one,” they usually have just misused that saying. Rhythm (quick or not quick swing) is about one thing and one thing only. How good your transition from the back swing to the downswing is. The slower your back swing, the more difficult it will be to make a nice transition. Slow or fast backswing have nothing to do with good rhythm. Amateurs all over the world have slow backswings and terrible rhythm. Nick Price had an extremely fast backsiwng, but excellent rhythm.

Having good rhythm and a good transition helps you turn everything in sync.

As long as you are turning your shoulders, the “low” part takes care of itself and as long as your swing tempo feels like a “One (back swing)…two (down swing)” and you can feel a nice transition from backswing to downswing…the “slow” part is taken care of.




  1. Adem

    I have been having difficulty with having my shoulders initiate the backswing/takeaway. I have become too accustomed with using my arms, which, I believe, introduces tension and causes my over the top move and causes me to hit big @$$ pulls/hooks. Struggled with this all season…

    I’m determined to work on this over the Winter…

    How would you suggest we initiate the takeaway? I read something recently to “feel” like your left shoulder is pushing/leading the one-piece trinange (shoulders, arms, hands). I’ve also read that you should feel like you turn your back to the target…

    Any guidance you can provide is most appreciated.



    • Monte Scheinblum

      Do the drill in this video by holding the shaft in front of your chest with your hands. It will teach you how to move your shoulders without your arms.

  2. Peter Balogh

    I need an example of such a swing please.

  3. Eugene

    This is exactly what I have been having difficulty with my take away, makes more sense to me especially with my hand path, any thoughts on staying connected to when you whant to increase your width from the takeaway transition to half way back, to completing your shoulder turn as you mentioned on the top video? … thanks for the info.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Eugene. You DO NOT want to increase width during the back swing. That makes it almost impossible to maintain it on the way down. You actually never want to increase width, you want to maintain it.

      If you check the links on the right side of the home page you will find a video about maintaining width.


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