David Leadbetter had the shanks

This was one of the first dozen or so posts I put up. It was enjoyed by all who read it, even those who like what Leadbetter has to say.

I would hope I could have a sense of humor if this happened to me.


I have seen David Leadbetter on TV many times talking about…well, nonsense.

IMO, he ruined the tail end of Nick Faldo’s prime with that stupid yellow bean bag with his name on it that you see at every driving range. If you swing into it too many times, it throws off the rhythm of your golf swing. Ask Nick what he thinks of the yellow bean bag if you ever see him.

Impact Bag? The only impact it has is to sprain your wrists and give you lumbago.

IMO, it is no coincidence that after Ernie Els started working with him, he was not seen on the top of the leader board in any majors. No more DL for Ernie, he is back on the leaderboard.

It is also my opinion that it is no coincidence that after Michelle Wie started working with him, she went from almost winning majors on the LPGA Tour, to not being able to break 80 for a while. No more DL, she gets her first win.

Several years ago, I used to live at PGA West where they have played the Skins game, The Bob Hope and Q-school.

I was playing the Palmer course one day and there was a film crew and several carts in the middle of the fourth fairway. I decided to go watch and found DL shooting an instructional video. I decided to listen along with 10 or 12 of my fellow members.

I won’t go into the specific technical nonsense he was spouting because I don’t want to expose you to what can only be considered the golf version of pornography. Needless to say, I disagreed with it, but I want to tell you what happened.

He spouted his nonsense, tried to implement it by hitting a shot to the green…dead 90 degree shank.

Take 2…same nonsense verbally, tried to swing that way…El Hozel about 4 feet from the first one.

Take 3…same nonsense into the camera…I would like to tell you he holed out door #3, but alas, it was another right turn special.

He slammed his club on the cart and it broke.

I would like to tell you what happened next, but I couldn’t contain my laughter and had to drive away.

Moral to the story. Why is much of the world trying to improve their golf game by listening to a guy who gives out info so bad, it gives himself the shanks?




  1. Wally

    Do you know if David Leadbetter ever passed the PAT (Playing Ability Test) that the PGA requires for the rest of us mortals to become PGA instructors
    I played Christmas Day did not have one shank had five GRI for nine holes.( only played nine) Maybe David could help me with my swing

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Wally, that is a good question. I doubt he would have trouble breaking 80 twice in a day on a course from the white tees.

      There is a funny story about my try at the PAT. I will put a post about it in a few days.

      • banner12

        Let me guess. You shot 88, 66 and passed by 2 shots.


    Another anti-lead blog, we do sometimes tire of these envious onslaughts but as David says its like water off a duck’s back.

    We do however have a duty to correct misleading information, therefore:

    Ernie has been working with david again since January, not a bad year eh? you should have checked that before claiming that he got better without “Lead”. It appears he has got better with him!
    Michelle is still working with David and always has been, same story there then.

    By the way so is Suzann Petterson and Ian Poulter and Trevor Immelmann… Charles Howell… Villegas etc..etc..

    You guys really tee up the questions for us.

    Have a happy new year!

    • Monte Scheinblum

      So what you are saying is, telling a humerus story that I witnessed and having an opinion about his teaching in over 600 posts makes this an anti-Leadbetter blog?

      Sounds to me like your judgment is off and you need a little thicker skin.

      I would bet less than 1% of the content on this blog even alludes to Leadbetter. Not everyone agrees with what I say and I don’t consider their comments, “anti Monte Scheinblum.”

      I worked with one of his disciples, had a terrible experience with the method and have relayed my opinion.

      I have done the same with Pelz, Haney, Mclean and others.

      This is an anti-modern golf teaching blog, but thank you for participating and have a good day.

      PS-Try your reading comprehension. This is a re-post from 2009, when my facts were correct.


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