For those of you interested in following the up and downs of my game…here you go.
During tournament rounds I’ll brag and cry and whine over the good and bad. “Birdie, birdie, quad, eagle…I’m even par, sweet!”
If something interesting or funny happens during a fun round…maybe the marshal yelled at me for waiting for the group to clear the green.
While I am practicing or giving a lesson I will throw some talk on there. “This kid’s dad just told me I was wrong for saying holding the lag was bad.”
That happened and he questioned my knowledge…as I was giving his son a free lesson that he asked me to do after seeing me hit some drivers.
Maybe I get a strange feel you might laugh at or might click for you. “I putt better when I picture Holly Sonders running naked down the 15th fairway at Augusta.”
Mr. Stanley…all I can say is well (expletive deleted) done. I am thrilled for him and I expect him to win majors…plural. Maybe not now…but he will.
On Spencer Levin. Excuse the term if you find it offensive, but it works. His swing sucks. He is obviously a great golfer, but his swing is holding him back.
You might say swings don’t win golf tournaments and you’d be right. To be fair and clear, my swing sucks and Jim Furyk’s swing is beautiful.
Most of you are scratching your heads saying, “Monte, your swing looks great and Jim Furyk’s swing is about as pretty as the south end of a north bound defecating elephant.
You would be incorrect…and you would have fallen into the modern golf trap. If a swing is aesthetic, it means it’s good.
A swing is good if it repeats. Jim’s does and Spencer’s and mine don’t.
Spencer sets the club in a different place every swing. That’s how he can lead a tour event and shoot the highest score among the top 20 by 5 shots.
I am no longer about swing crack and having my swing be perfect. I am about putting my swing in a place where it works the same every time…and on Sunday I took another step.
If my hands set between my right shoulder and head in a down the line angle…I have two choices. Take the same steep angle to the ball and be forced to manipulate at impact…or shallow my hands and have the shaft be too shallow and be forced to manipulate at impact.
I have been setting my hands in this bad place for a long time and have not been able to find a feel to get it to a place where I can shallow the club properly and not be forced to manipulate.
I had a small breakthrough Sunday. I am hitting it beyond awful but can feel how much easier it is going to be when I get used to it. It is easier on my body for sure.
I am going to twitter tomorrow while I am playing a practice round.
You will be hearing things like…”I bombed a drive and it was more effortless than it has been since my 20’s, wedged it to two feet…then laid the sod over a 6 iron on the next tee and managed 40% of the way to the green.”