I was the worst golfer alive from 2005-2008

When I say that, I obviously mean in a relative sense.

That being said, I find it hard to believe that any golfer alive was worse relative to his skill level than I was. Most would say it was mental, but it was almost completely physical and that made the mental manifest itself.

It is very important as it applies to a lot of amateurs today. My swing path was so far from the inside, I had no chance of doing anything but blocking it 50 yards right, or flip hooking it left with every club.

It was a result of 10 years of people telling me I was too steep and getting me to swing to right field, shallow it out, come more from the inside, etc. I did not understand what I do now.

It also affected my chipping.

Injuries in 2003 and 2004 didn’t help, but the bad golf was a result of what one of our favorite “commentors” calls swing crack.

Everyone told me how great my swing looked, yet I felt like a folded up lawn chair inside a phone booth. People had no idea what they were looking at and basically said I was an idiot for playing so bad and I was doing it all to myself mentally.

Therein lies the point. No one knew what they were looking at.

People will say impact is all that matters and I slightly disagree. Obviously all that matters is impact, but if you aren’t approaching impact is a repeatable way, impact will suffer.

That is what a golf swing is all about. Not how perfect your back swing is, not how perfect your finish is and not how perfect you can make your whole swing look.

How many of you can point out 5 guys who frequent your range and course that have PGA Tour looking swings and scratch finishes, but can’t get the club face on the ball?

Jim Furyk has a beautiful golf swing if all you look at is the club face coming into impact.

Tiger’s swing during the World Golf championship this year was awful in this same context. Significantly worse than the local 2 handicap that has a funky move but seems to hit every shot straight.

That is how you measure the effectiveness of a swing. How the golf club approaches impact.

From 2005-2008, to the untrained eye I had a PGA Tour swing, but in actuality, I approached impact as bad as any 25 handicap. I had just experience and skills to save it and make it look good.

Using this context (how the club approaches impact), I am down to a scratch with the irons and about a 5 handicap with the driver and 3-wood.

I was about a 10 handicap for most of last year and this year, so I have made huge strides just in the last few months and am still making them. That is why I have been able to start shooting some scores as of late.

All of my posts and videos are about one thing. Trying to help people improve their ability to get the club in a good position coming into impact…because that is where the beauty of the swing is.

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  1. woody

    Yeah, impact is the only thing that the ball knows.

    The thing here would be not to try to steer the clubhead or shaft…on purpose. With only .3 seconds for a downswing, there’s not enough time to do it consciously.

    Maybe you’re influencing a swish, rather than something tangible.

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  2. Calvin

    Great post and an honest straight forward self appraisal.

    I am still reaping benefits from your rhythm/release drill; Every round I have at least one nine in the 30’s. An unexpected benefit of the drill is that it’s made me so aware of the path through impact that I started visualizing the path on course when playing and it seems to be more useful than visualizing ball flight.

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  3. Wally

    Monte if you really want to improve your game, train with persimmon woods. You can get American made form either Louisville golf, or Joe Powell golf. If you have never used persimmon you will be surprised how much fun they are. Both of these companies clubs are really great. The feedback you get from these clubs you simply cannot get from “metal woods”.
    Wally

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