How to get better at golf

The range, chipping green and putting green are for working on things.

The course is for playing golf.

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There is a HUGE difference between working on your swing on the course and having a swing key or two. Mindless golf swings often end up as bad as those with 15 step check lists.
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PS-I am putting on a little show at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine tomorrow, May 7th. Come by and say hello.

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  1. Bob34

    I’d like to get an opinion. This is probably going to sound dumb to some of you but I’m gonna throw it out there anyway; The few times I’ve been able to play this year until this past week, I’ve had no swing thoughts. I just line up, see the ball flight to the target and swing. I haven’t been playing very good. At the range, I’d been working on my grip, hip (right butt cheek) movement and hitting the ball really solidy. For the past 3 days, I’ve played 9 after work & I consciously made sure my grip was right, have a take-away thought and a transition thought. Best score was 35 and worst was 38. I think I’ve over done not having any swing thoughts on the course so as to play golf and not golf swing. I’m not changing my swing during a round just using these swing thoughts to do what I’ve been practising as my grip and hip movment aren’t automatic yet and will desert me while playing if I don’t think about it. Do you guys consider having a couple of swing thoughts on the course as “working on things”?

    Thanks,
    Bob

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      • Calvin D

        Bob, The butt cheek movement works for me. It works better if it is not abrupt or extreme but rather a smooth fairly subtle transition. It’s okay as a swing thought but I think is better used on the range to condition your brain and body. Great idea though. Thanks.

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  2. rojoass

    NO. You can carry anything to the extreme. My suggestion is do “those thoughts” from behind the ball……..once you’re in your set position……….fire.
    Things are gonna go wrong at times when you play golf. The best players make adjustments during their round………..to salvage a score.
    Having a thought or two on the course can keep you centered on what you should be doing………or trying to do……but that doesn’t mean you have to hit the bong during your backswing.

    Swingcrack is a terrible thing.

    http://rojoass.com/

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  3. Bob34

    Thanks! That brings up another thought, Maybe I need to change my preshot routine. I don’t take practise swings or waggle and I’ve planned my shot (alignement, setup, ball position, etc… I need to hit the shot I want) while others are teeing off. No one has ever accused me of being slow. My take-away thought is “5” which means start sliding the top of my right pant pocket towards 5 oclock and the tansition thought is 7, start sliding top of right pocket to 7. I’m also using that for tempo. Anyway, maybe I need to take one or maybe two practise swings with those thoughts, step to the ball and fire. That way the two bong hits I’ve taken will have freed me up to just hit the shot… 🙂 Make sense?

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    • Bob34

      What a moron, I wrote 5 & 7 backwards; should read take-away 7 and transition 5…

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      • gwlee7

        Maybe you should lay off the bong hits.

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      • rojoass

        Bob……wasn’t too long ago we mused over the DA award. I haven’t heard from you?

        The 5 & 7 made me think of it though……..lol

        http://rojoass.com/

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      • Bob34

        Yeah, I Read it every day when I get home, just don’t get to post much.

        gw, you more than anyone should know I need a little sumpin sumpin to slow me down :O

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  4. Brett Picotte

    Hey Monte. What course will you be playing next week in the U.S. Open qualifier, and what do you think of it? Just curious. Go Monte!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Newport Beach. One of my favorites. Played Open Q there three times before and made it twice.

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      • Brett Picotte

        Awesome! I’m really excited about it. Go get ’em!

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  5. Lawrence (parteeboy)

    Monte,good luck with the qualifier and show. Can you do a video of the show so you can post it here when you get back?

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  6. Doug B

    Bob34 – great question. I’m one of those who needs one or two thoughts to keep myself focused. If I stop with the conscious reminders altogether I find it easy to drift into bad habits. I have to be careful not to “overcook” things, though – today’s solution can become tomorrow’s problem.

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    • Bob34

      Thanks Doug 🙂

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  7. Wally

    Bob what happens if you wear sweat pants with no pockets playing golf? Cut out all this technical crap feel the clubhead and play some golf you will get better at it. Do you think of where your right elbow is when you throw a ball? Try this put set up ten tees an inch apart, swing your driver as hard as you can, the next time you swing see if you pass through in about the same place. this is your strike zone.

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    • Bob34

      Wally, I hear ya, I just wont be able to wear sweat pants 🙂 Seriously, I think having a swing trigger is not being overly technical and being able to shoot 1 under for 9 holes is fairly decent golf. Played 18 today and shot 77. I’m not gonna make the tour anytime soon but it’s much better than I had been playing.

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  8. henry

    Hey Monte,
    looking for your opinion of this swing key….thanks

    Feeling as if the full release occurs when the hands are just outside the left thigh. I don’t feel like this is holding the lag or anything forced. For me it’s more of feeling of a fully extended arms and wrists when the hands are just outside the left thigh.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      If it creates what you want in ball flight, the feel you pick is great.

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