Didn’t watch much of the golf yesterday,

so I have a few thoughts on my practice yesterday.

I am making a full circle. I started by having no idea about the swing and just hit the damn ball. I got more and more knowledge and technical with my swing and got worse and worse.

I got worse using the knowledge and theories of others.

I have spent the last ten years coming up with my own ideas about my swing and the last three about the swing in general. Some of my ideas overlap, while others are from a slightly different perspective.

Every day, week and month I feel a little closer to being able to just swing and not have my body feel like a foul ball is coming (which I believe Tiger is going through right now).

It’s this simple, if you can get your club and hands to line up coming into impact, it’s a green light. If the club is even a little behind the hands…two way miss flip special.

I have been in situation two for longer than I care to remember and I am having more and more days in situation number one.

As soon as I can get the club and hands to line up without having to manipulate it there, I can start playing golf again and stop trying to swing the club…and that is the place I hope to get all of you.

In the coming weeks and months, I am going to have a lot of posts and videos addressing common issues in a different and I believe innovative way that is going to help a lot of you simplify things in a very non intrusive manner.

Like I have always said, I am trying to help all of you learn from my mistakes.




  1. rojoass

    Club & hands lined up……….it makes sense. As ruff around the edges as Two Gloves is…….that’s one thing he does at impact.

    Same with Josh. Swings cross-handed but lines up at impact.


  2. S.

    Two things you missed yesterday. Tommy Gainey’s swing, and Petterson’s swing. Both refute the idea that you have to be cookie-cutter to be good. (But, I don’t think Gainey will be giving clinics at age 72.)

    “Club and hands to line up coming into impact?” That could be a good “feel” for you, but I’m not sure that it’s literally true. Like this random picture (I think of Holmes) that I Googled. Hands seem to be slightly ahead.


    Here’s another theory: don’t try to manipulate the club in any way. What I want is for my body to work together…front & back, upper & lower, right & left, pushing & pulling. That’s what it’s designed to do. Any CONCEPT that messes with it is asking for trouble, sooner or later.

    I believe that if I can coil & un-coil, load & fire, and let my body get my hands to the ball, the club will be right behind.

    I don’t care what the shaft does, or where the clubhead is because I can see them anyway. All I want the club to do is show up at impact.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am talking about a different place for the hands lining up. Your hands are supposed to be ahead of the club at impact.

      • north

        This past weekend my swing key was having my hands in front of the ball when I made contact. Absolutely nutting my irons and fairway woods. I scored well even though I only hit 3 fairways.

        Bloody driver was that two way miss. I just haven’t figured out how to have my hands in front and still hit up on the driver.

        good points Monte

      • Monte Scheinblum

        Ball position dictates angle of attack.

        When you hit up on driver on purpose, it makes the path come more from the inside, the right shoulder is lower, the left arm is more separated from the left side, the club is open and behind the hands….VIOLA, two way miss.

  3. Calvin

    No athletic move is as confusing as the golf swing.

    I just watched a promo for long driver Bobby Wilson. His swing looked to be all arms and shoulders with the lower body just an after thought. He claims to be the longest/straightest driver ever. Maybe Monte knows.

    The video looks like the usual shtick: “power triangle”, knock over a bunch of tees in a row, etc.

    Anyway, it’s fun watching Monte evolve.

      • woody

        Here’s a Bobby Wilson tip that I don’t care for. It might be good for it to happen, but I don’t want to be thinking “width,” especially visually.

        I guess I do feel it though. I think I get what width I have from centrifugal force, not from artificially straightening my arm.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0oUpUTziZA (1:55)

      • Brett

        I believe Bobby is a gifted athlete, and I wish I could even come close to getting the width he gets.

        If you get to watch him in slow motion, you’ll see that his heels even come off the ground at impact. He told me that’s to make room for his swing. His position at the top of his backswing is absolutely incredible, and I’m sure it gives him a lot of leverage. He’s one of the best long drivers ever (speed, distance and accuracy), and he can still give the young guns a run for their money.

        But, I can’t swing like that. 🙂

      • Brett

        I forgot to mention that he was also an Olympic handball player, qualifying for the 1980 team that was not allowed to compete in Moscow. He’s more athletic than most people. I’m sure that helps him, and it probably helps explain why I can’t swing like he can. That’s my excuse, anyway. 🙂

  4. Wally

    Take a break and take the wife and kids on a trip down to EL COLORADO, its a wonderful ski resort in Chile

  5. Calvin

    I will assume that by “getting the club and hands to line up” you mean that when the club reaches parallel to the ground it is also parallel to the target line? And not crossing the target line either way?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      To clarify, you have the position correct. The closer the butt of the club points to the target and not to the right (for stronger players) or to the left (for higher handicappers), the better.

      Pointed to the left you are going to have to have some crazy late hip clearance or hand manipulation. Pointed to the left is OTT.

  6. Adam

    I’m really looking forward to the upcoming videos Monte.

  7. Brett

    What were the first things you started changing when you got more technical? Just curious. We might learn a lot from knowing what you went through in the beginning. Thanks.


    • Monte Scheinblum

      I was trying to hit positions by manipulating the club there instead of trying to learn by feel what synchronized movements got it there.


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