I shot 62 yesterday

It was less thrilling than it sounds. A semi tight 6200 yard par 70. There is some OB in play if you insist on hitting driver over 300 yards. I birdied the first four holes and just meandered around the last 14. Here are a few important details of why I posted this.

I am taking the first steps to playing by feel instead of by a 10 step swing checklist and yesterday was a perfect example of how you don’t have to hit every shot perfect to shoot low.

I missed a par 5 badly in two with a 6 iron, missed the green with a wedge twice, but missed all three of those shots in a place I could get up and down easily.

I didn’t bomb in any putts as the greens were less than average. Drove the ball well, chipped well and made all my 3-8 footers.

The big news is my new release ideas are easy to use as they are feel oriented versus position oriented. I still have a ways to go mentally when it comes to believing I can get it done again, but these last two rounds I have posted about were so much easier than what I have experienced up until a month or so ago.

Having one general feel from a chip all the way up to driver is also huge in building comfort and confidence. This is a concept that is cast aside by most gurus and swing aficionados, but I believe it is central in building a consistent game through the bag.

I have played a few tournaments here and there to test where I am, but need more to build better mental stability when I play.

I have been nearing mechanical competence for a year or so, but kept falling off the wagon. I believed I have reached that point as of today, so now I must regain some mental competence and yesterday was a good first step.

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  1. Bob Saunders

    Awesome. Playing by feel. No mental checkist. Low scores.
    Sign me up!

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  2. Calvin

    62. A joyful noise!

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  3. Girl Golfing

    62! Only in my dreams. congratulations!

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  4. BernardP

    “One general feel from a chip all the way up to driver” (and even with the putter) is the Holy Grail I have been looking for. I’m looking forward to find out what you have discovered.

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  5. woody

    “made all my 3-8 footers”…ding! ding! We have a winner.

    “Having one general feel from a chip all the way up to driver”…that’s gotta help.

    “playing by feel” … your swing is less likely to desert you in crunch-time because you won’t be interfering with it.

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  6. Doug B

    Monte – you don’t talk a lot about putting. Do you subscribe to the same general approach as you do for the long game – i.e., build a stroke around your own physical tendencies rather than a cookie-cutter philosophy? I have been a bad putter for a long time, but this year I have finally jettisoned all guru-based advice and tried to rebuild a stroke from scratch that works for me. I’ve had consistent improvement over the last couple of months. I hope I’m not fooling myself, but I feel like I’m developing a stroke that I “own” and understand. No offense to Geoff Mangrum – I know he’s a smart guy, but his Optimal Putting book almost did me in. I think cold fusion is easier to grasp.

    My long game improved immensely when I simplified things and narrowed my thoughts down to a few fundamentals. Now I’m seeing the beginnings of a decent short game with the same approach. What do you think?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I think you are on the right track. Like I have said before. The best putter I ever saw was an old man who couldn’t hit the ball 100 yards. He said if you can make putts by putting the grip of the putter in your backside and wiggling your hips…then putt that way.

      There is no right way to putt if you can make putts.

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      • Doug B

        Hmmm…I think I’ve tried every putting idea except that one. I hope the old guy meant holding it between the cheeks, and not actually put it…uh, you know where. Because I that’s where I’d draw the line. At least I think that’s where I’d draw the line. Unless I rolled in a couple of nice 10 footers.

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  7. Mike Z

    Nice round.

    I am also trying to play by feel, as you suggest, but it’s really hard to stay consistent. My 9-holes splits are often very big (5-7 strokes) and it’s because my swing will just disappear for long stretches where I can barely hit the ball on the face. When I have the correct feel I can hit great shots and my playing partners ask where I played college golf (Answer: I didn’t. Not nearly good enough then or now).

    Is there anything you do during a round to help find a feel if you lose it?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I would adjust ball position and alignment to a place I could hit the ball till I could get to the range and fix it.

      The last few years, I was just terrible and had to deal with it.

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    • Andrew from Addis

      I was very much like you Mike. Now when things are going awry I simply do the plane and release by feel exercise. I swing my shoulders standing up and holding the club out in front. I then bend over and hit the ball thinking of nothing but the shoulder turn.

      It really is starting to work, getting me unstuck and free swinging when things start to crumble.

      I am now trying to find a similar idea for putting, working on choosing a line, stepping up and hitting it. No practise, no fiddling just concetrate on where you want the ball to go. This is still a work in progress but I have been shooting consistent if not yet great scores.

      Andrew from Addis

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  8. banner12

    Monte,

    What course was that? I’ve played most in your area.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Cresta Verde in Corona. Easy and short…with 3 or 4 tough holes.

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  9. Brian

    Great round Monte! Curious as to what course you played. I broke 80 for the first time two weeks ago on a similar track here in Pasadena. 3 birdies, 27 putts and a great short game resulted in a 76. The difference between this round and others? Confidence versus overthinking the course and having a head-full of swing thoughts!

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