Don’t solve problem “A” by doing the opposite of problem “A”

(Read carefully, as my writing goes in circles sometimes. Actually, you can get all you need to know from the last sentence, so you can skip the mumbo jumbo. 🙂 )

If you try and solve problem “A” by doing the opposite of problem “A,” you will end up with problem “B.”

What you want to do, is just do it correctly…but if you are doing it correctly, it might feel like the opposite of “A.”

OK, now that I have you all good and confused, I will give you some examples and you will understand completely.

If you are aimed too far right and you know this and want to change it, you should try and aim square to fix it. You should not try and aim too far left or you will eventually be aiming too far left.

Guess what? If you change where you are aiming to square, you should feel like you are aiming differently.

Still confused?…me too.

This is the same concept when I was talking about lag. The opposite of a cast is not holding the lag/delaying the release…it is a proper release. You don’t cure a cast by using your hands to hold the lag, because you are just introducing a different problem. If you make a better swing you won’t cast.

If your hips are over rotating, you don’t restrict your hip turn. You figure out why your hips are over rotating and fix that. That is usually a shoulder turn problem. Once you start rotating your shoulder properly, your hips will stop over rotating without restricting them.

The whole point of this is just understand one thing. You don’t want to fix a problem by replacing it with a different problem…then you have two problems and all you can do is pray they cancel each other…and that almost never happens.

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9 Comments

  1. Frank Knox

    To many golfers subscribe to the theory,” If a little bit is good, a whole bunch is better”.

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  2. steve lyons

    I totally agree with you guys. On the other hand, there are countless times, myself included, that we think we are doing something new and we’re just barely making a change. It feels weird or uncomfortable and without another set of trained eyes or a camera, we don’t believe we’re not doing the change enough.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      So true. Another big factor is most golfers don’t understand that change takes place over thousands of shots. Instead they believe a major swing change can be made in a large bucket and be implemented immediately into3 shots off their handicap.

      My favorite line…”that was my worst round in two months. Improvement in golf is not linear. Tiger Woods would be shooting 32 by now if it was.

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  3. HisAirness

    Hi Monte!

    I think you are dead on with your problem solving idea.
    A good teacher looks for the original fault and not for a fault in the middle of the chain reaction caused by the first fault. That’s only fixing and not solving the problem and is far away from making the swing better.

    I wrote you on YouTube that the shoulder isolation drill helped me a lot to understand a proper shoulder turn. Additionally it solved my takeaway problem: Until then I started with turning the hips to make a one-piece-takeaway. That led into a too inside takeaway and a way too flat swing with the irons. My fix was to strech the arms away from the body and that led into a too wide swing arch.
    To make a long story short: I think I found my first fault and the following faults disappeared by themselves.

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  4. Carrera

    What is this hips over-rotating problem…I’d like to get some of that. 🙂

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  5. TonyK

    My whole swing used to be an assortment of band-aid moves to solve a whole bunch of bad things I was doing with my swing. Now I’m in the process of peeling each one of them off one-by-one. Every one I remove causes pain and temporary bleeding, but will serve me well in the long-run.

    My swing now is as simple as it has ever been and I’m hitting the ball better than I ever have. If only I had a teacher like you during my jr. circuit and college days…aargh.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      You and me both Tony. I wish I had someone like me to point out simple things.

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  6. mygolfer

    This is what I love about reading this site. Monte keep it up about the lagging of the club, its total bull if you want distance!:D But probably blame it on Peter Kostis and Sir Nick Faldo everytime they make a commentary on their swing analysis of long hitters.

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