Coming up

As I said Monday is going to be some real eye opening observations about golfers at the chipping green. None of them are profound and that will be the point. I will also discuss some of my feels and results.

Tuesday is a shameless plug for my website, but it is a nice story. Someone broke 80 for the first time.

Wednesday I am going to post videos of me hitting wedges and discuss the feels. Like Monday’s post on chipping, you may be able to get something for yourself about feel and making your own feel better.

Also, please feel free to post a topic you want me to talk about.

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  1. Paul

    Can’t wait for the short game videos. Just wanted to say, your advice on chips about flaring the front foot to the target and having the back foot parallel to the lead foot has improved my chipping tremendously. One of my challenges around the green is my miss is always short–I think I’m grinding too much trying to be perfect and the ball ends up outside my make range. Any advice on freeing up the swing (or mind) so I can improve my up and down ratio?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    Btw, your journey to get back on tour and willingness to share your progress and results with us is very admirable and sure to help us as well. Your approach is truly unique and I can’t think of any pros out there that would allow us inside the ropes like you do. Good luck and we’re pulling for you.

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  2. banchiline

    Monte this may be a little off topic but I have something I’m curious about .

    If a guy is hitting a stock 9 iron 145 & 8 iron 155 , 7i 165 to 170 & so on through the set………with true lofts & no wind, up or down hill……………I don’t include wedges in this mix because I play them as specialty shots rarely ever hitting them full .

    What should he realistically be able to carry Driver distance ……….providing the proper Club & shaft parameters are fitted for him?

    Any thoughts?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I don’t know how to answer this question. There is no set answer for what is “normal” but those are some pretty long irons so you should be carrying driver quite a ways also.

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  3. Gunnar

    Monte, this doesn´t refer to this thread, but I don´t know where I could post my question(s):
    If I do a good backswing with my shoulders, which also stops where my shoulders stop moving, how do I have to make the downswing? You often mentioned that one should (more or less) release the club through the whole downswing. Is this a move I do on purpose with my arms and hands, or do you rather think, that this release works automatically if I´m in a good position on top and do not try to hold the lag etc.?
    On your “message board” somebody (shoot54today – I hope you don´t mind that I refer to your experience) told that he found a new feeling of how to release the club through the whole downswing:

    >>I used to feel like I was releasing from the top and felt like I was throwing a ball with my back arm. I stood there with my wedge in my right hand and would take it back and then just throw it down with the right arm. I start throwing 60-yard darts at the flag. Cool. I grab a 6-iron and just freaking hammer it. <>In short, I am using my hands and arms too much and not my turn enough.<<

    Aren´t these statements a bit contradictorily?
    Should I use my arms or my body turn in the downswing or should I actually not do anything on purpose in the downswing?

    I hope you understand what I what I´m talking about Monte.

    Thank you for this blog – I really enjoy reading it

    Gunnar

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    • Gunnar

      I´m Sorry, I did something wrong with this copy+paste stuff – in the post are two quotes:

      first quote by shoot54today:
      >>I used to feel like I was releasing from the top and felt like I was throwing a ball with my back arm. I stood there with my wedge in my right hand and would take it back and then just throw it down with the right arm. I start throwing 60-yard darts at the flag. Cool. I grab a 6-iron and just freaking hammer it.<>In short, I am using my hands and arms too much and not my turn enough.<<

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      • Gunnar

        huh – wrong again. I do not know what is going on with my computer. The first long quote is by shoot54today, the second shorter quote which says the he (the author) used his arms too much was done by Monte when he refered to his own swing!!

        I´m really sorry for these two extraposts, where only one was necessary – something is wrong about my pc.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Gunnar. Everything should happen automatically. However, when we have bad habits we must sometimes do things purposely until the body adjusts and does it automatically.

      I have always used my hands too much to delay the release. I am now trying to find a feel to make the club release on purpose so in time it will happen naturally.

      It is contradictory when you have to retrain your body. I always say it is like retraining yourself to walk after you have an injury and have limped for a while.

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      • seveonsunday

        so your feeling like “I have to throw a ball with my hands” to release the club may seem like using too much of the hands, but this is becuase your using only shoulders and are not in sync. Using more hands syncs everrythig up? I’m kinda wondering about this too, I don’t want to get “handsy” but my hands need to do somthing they normally don’t do naturally to release the club. It feels very “flippy” but its not really in video.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          It’s never flippy if you are releasing properly. Watch this again.

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  4. Bob34

    Gunnar,

    I hope Monte agrees with this but why not use the forum for those questions? That way it’s easy to do the quotes.

    BTW: I enjoy your posts over on Spicey golf.

    -Bob

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  5. James H

    I’d like to hear your thoughts on ball position. I’m just curious to see what kind of simple, clever explanation you’ll give us.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Specialty shots aside, I like LW in the middle, Driver off the front instep and everything else staggered in between.

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      • Calvin D

        Funny! 🙂 So you won’t be joining Tiger in the gym. 🙂

        However I wasn’t asking about how to hit it long but rather how to insure that you won’t be physically frazzled from four days walking five miles in the sun. Twinkys wear off pretty fast.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          I do a lot of stretching and some light cardio. That’s about it.

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  6. seveonsunday

    Solid Gold! I’m understanding this much better

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