The Phoenix Open…and Twitter

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.”

@montescheinblum

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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.”

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13 Comments

  1. Wally

    Hey spencer, QUIT SMOKING< maybe you braing will get more oxygen and you might be a better blayer

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  2. woody

    “It is easier on my body”

    –You know what makes it easier? Not micromanaging. It’s like Moe said, “Fire, don’t direct.”

    In the past year, starting with nothing I got close to achieving my potential. There were three influences, and one of them was Monte-ism. Of Monte-ism, the indispensable pieces are:

    1) Don’t hold the lag, release from the top.

    2) Have strong abs. Abs are super-important.

    3) Sync. This is the idea that in golf more than one thing is happening at once, rather than trying to choreograph it by the numbers: First this, then that, then another thing, etc.

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  3. Matt

    I never studied his swing before, I just figured he had an odd Floyd/Treveno follow through. I then read your post and looked more closely at his move – you’re right he has a different position at the top and that causes him to change his follow through for almost every full-swing. His balance is awful as well.

    …holy s#!t it’s my swing !

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  4. Bob Saunders

    Monte. Is your new preference to set the club more above your shoulder? Just wondering……

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Yes. My problem with consistency has always been the inability to shallow my hands and shaft.

      This will allow me to do it.

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      • Doug Benner

        Monte. About the way you set your hands. Is this a bad place for anyone, or do you find that it is a bad place for your individual swing?

        I’ve been working to keep my hands more in front of my chest to the top of my swing. This has been working well, but it does give me a more upright swing and I find that I set my hands between my neck and shoulder – a different place that when I snatched the club inside too soon and set my hands over my right shoulder. Of course, my goal is to consistently break 80, not join the tour – so is there something I’m missing here?

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          The answer is it depends on your swing and how you shallow the club. It not necessarily bad, it’s just bad where I set it.

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  5. Doug Benner

    Maybe I’m being dense, but I’m not sure what you mean by “shallowing the club”. Could you elaborate a bit?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      It’s just a term you need not worry about. It just refers to a situation where you don’t get steeper in the downswing…which I do.

      I could go into detail, but it would just be confusing.

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      • woody

        I’m thinking that you kinda know why. For one thing you don’t like “vertical shoulder turn” on the downswing.

        Also, you apparently think of “shoulder turn” on the backswing. Whatever you go back with, you’re gonna wanna come down with.

        Perhaps shoulders are a two-edged sword. Maybe that idea is part of what gives you your prodigious length…but is also responsible for your misses.

        If the choice was finding a thought that was more reliable, it might cost you length. A lot of length.

        Tour driving leader, Jamie Lovemark 314.5, 2012 earnings $11,368, made 1 cut out of 3

        154th in driving, Steve Stricker 280, 2012 earnings $1,142,000

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          Anything that makes your swing more efficient is not going to cost you distance.

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  6. Brian

    Monte, do you do any weight lifting/plyometrics to supplement your practice? It seems that you’ve gotten pretty far off natural talent, but you may want to consider a program that will make you better as you get older (I don’t mean that negatively in any sense).

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