From a reader

This is an email I received and makes what I do gratifying. Even though my reach is small right now, I hope it grows as I think golfers will have more fun using my approach. Now only if I could take my own advice…LOL.

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Monte,

I just had to tell you how things have been going with my game since my video lesson a month ago. I am having a lot of fun and I wanted to share it with you because you are responsible with helping me so much. Not just the video lesson, but your youtube videos as well. As you may recall, I’m the guy who hadn’t played in over 10 years because of a back condition, which was finally repaired surgically a little over a year ago.

Your recent blog post about practicing the wedges to help with the rest of your game really resonated with me because last fall when I got medical clearance to start swinging again, I was told to start out with short irons only, so I threw my wedge and 8-iron in the back of my car and for several months that is all I hit at the range. I built an indoor hitting area in my basement so I could continue to swing over the winter, but because of the ceiling height I can only hit the shorter irons indoors.

This past month has been my first time on a course in over 10 years. I feel so fortunate to be able to play again (and be totally pain free). I am driving the ball surprisingly well, even though the first time I swung a driver in all that time was on the first tee a few weeks ago. Everything is off to a pretty solid start. I am averaging around 40 for nine holes (with a still-lousy short game). At 61 years of age I am hitting the ball as well, or better than, I did when my bad back forced me to quit years ago. I have surprised myself with how well things have gone, but probably a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was forced to relearn the game by only hitting short irons for months. If I were teaching someone from scratch I would take all their other clubs away from them and have them swing only a wedge and practice putting for at least two months before they even thought about another club. Of course I wouldn’t have been smart enough to figure that out on my own – if it were not for my physical limitations imposed by the surgery I would have been out there whalin’ away with my big old driver from day one.

Monte, I know your methods are applicable to golfers of any age, but I think seniors in particular would benefit from your wisdom. You teach a medically responsible way to approach this game and seniors more than any other age group need that. I don’t know if you would ever consider developing a business model which would target that segment of the population. If you do, you can count on me for a testimonial.

I know you are busy – don’t feel like you have to reply. I just wanted to let you know how much fun I’m having playing this game again because you are largely responsible for that enjoyment.

Thanks again and best wishes,

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  1. Calvin D

    Monte, have you received an answer from your local qualifier application for the U.S. Open?

    Reader, props on coming back to the game after back surgery.
    Monte’s approach should be ideal for your back and the wedge work
    was a great way to re-condition yourself.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      It’s next Wednesday and I am playing like a cold turd. In other words, the opposite of hot ****.

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      • Calvin D

        Then it’s all about management and patience.
        You will do this.

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  2. Andrew

    Great stuff Monte (and reader)

    I am currently taking a break due to bad golfer’s elbow. Recovery process is good so hopefully I will be able to swing a wedge or two this month. I keep trying to remind myself as I stroll the course with a chipping club (changes each day) and a putter that I am doing my long term game a lot of good.

    Testimonials like this give me great hope.

    Keep up the great work
    Andrew from Addis

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