Analyzing PGA Tour players’ swings

is going to be educational for all of us.

It is going to show us that the best players in the world have the same swing flaws, or even worse than what all of us have. None of them have perfect swings and that shows us we don’t have to either.

In addition, they all have room for improvement and the difference between them and us is more approach and short game than quality of swing.

As you saw with Ben Curtis, a laundry list of swing flaws can be fixed with one subtle change…because one good things leads to another. To be redundant, it’s not about perfecting the swing on purpose, it’s about finding what bad things are getting in your way and fix those things. If Ben Curtis tried to fix everything wrong with his swing at once, he wouldn’t be able to break 80. However finding the one simple thing creating all the problems (shoulder turn) will fix the rest naturally.

As you will see tomorrow, a perfect swing doesn’t insure being a great player. The swing you will see tomorrow is from a guy claiming to be near scratch..that tells me 1-3 handicap. You will also see that his swing is better than any PGA Tour player that I am going to analyze in the next several weeks.

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  1. peter

    Monte: great post….love the swing analysis….and your concept of eliminating the flaws…so much easier

    Are you saying to NOT roll forearms in takeaway, only in release?

    Thanks
    Peter

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      The forearms will roll naturally if you turn it away level to the spine with your shoulders. They would also roll naturally on the down swing too if many of us weren’t preventing it from happening after being taught to do it that way.

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      • peter

        so if we release early from the top and stay in sync with the turning of our bodies, our wrists are closest together after impact?

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  2. Monte Scheinblum

    To peter…that sounds about right. I am going to put another video this week that is going to put a lot of things in perspective…including the release.

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    • peter

      terrific…

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  3. Sean

    Sorry, how about analyzing Strickers’ swing?

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  4. Ringer

    I would like to see you look at Adam Scotts swing.

    BTW, I tried to think about your suggestions and how I might be able to put them into one simple change. I came up with “keep elbows out in front of my chest”. The reason is that 1st it shortened my backswing. The extra motion I get in my backswing was from right elbow flying and left arm folding accross my chest. Keeping elbows out in front forces more emphasis on shoulder turn and not having any “arm run-off”. 2nd, it also made for a better release since my hands weren’t trailing the turn. Everything turning out in front of me allowed my hands to release later.

    The reason you saw the hard roll on my follow through is because I WAS doing the roll early. In fact, I was releasing too early just so that the clubface would get square. My tendency is to have open shoulders and hands trailing way behind me. Since they were behind me, they had to rotate early.

    This change of elbows out in front allowed my hands to get deeper into impact position before releasing the club.

    Anyway, just thought I would keep you updated.

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