Improvement in golf is not linear

I know the blog has seemed like all Frank, all the time, but what better model for success and insight can I use to help all of you, more than a two time winner on the PGA Tour who I am trying to help recover or even surpass his former glory?

I keep telling him that Steve Stricker is his role model…and he would like to follow a similar path.

It was Frank’s job to be angry that he didn’t make it yesterday when he should have.

It’s my job to tell him all he did was run out of gas after playing 32 solid holes after flying in the night before from half way across the country at the last minute…and that is right where he needs to be for his long term success.

Success in golf is not linear. It’s almost a ten steps forward, nine steps back process and most or all of that is mental.

I can use my example for Frank and all of you. Physically speaking, I am as good as I have ever been…or better. The problem is I have forgotten how to play well. I continue to go out there and make golf swings, instead of playing golf.

Frank has not forgotten how to play, all he has to do is to begin to trust what he is doing a little more and get comfortable with it.

He has obviously had success doing that already.

Now on to all of you. If you want to improve at golf, take Frank’s path. Hook your coattails on a simple swing change you know fits you and go grind it out until your vast improvement becomes apparent…then build on that success.

Frank was fortunate enough to have a huge success immediately and has been doing well ever since. He nearly qualified again in North Carolina losing in a playoff and was probably one more day’s advanced notice away from heading to Scotland in July.

I am really anxious to see how well he starts doing after his performance in Texas moves him up in the reshuffle after Memphis…and he starts getting in 1 out of 3 events

My belief is he will qualify for the US Open and at the very least, make the cut.

For all of you, it’s about building on small successes in both your execution of your swing and your scoring.

I have yet to be able to make this jump as I am not fighting a few bad rounds, I am trying to mentally and physically overcome about 15 years of slowly deteriorating technique and confidence.




  1. rojoass

    The evidence of swingcrack is overwhelming. Swingcrack is non-selective.
    Think about it……….if it can ruin a tiger……..WTH kinda chance do mere mortals have?

    lol……you better listen…..

    Wanna learn to “play” again ? Take everything outta yer bag except a 3 wood, 5 iron, 7 iron & PW………and yer putter……….for the next 3 months.

  2. jaybee

    Sorry to hear that he missed out on qualifying, the guys who did shot some unreal numbers though. Your prior statement that the PGA tour is a tough place seems to be quite right- if it’s any consolation the Open is on the IMHO (scenically) worst course of the rota and it’s not taking place in beautiful Scotland either this year…
    Maybe this article can provide some inspiration in the non linear improvement area.
    I don’t like everything he said in the past (X-F) but many of those ideas seem to be very good. Worse ball at No 10 is what Faldo often did in his prime.
    But you two might just have to play some more FIG golf and do some of the other stuff Alred makes Donald and Harington do during practice (ie variety shots as a surprise).
    Fingers X-d for his US Open qualifying and for your blood test result.

  3. Lawrence (parteeboy)

    Love the title of this new post. Improvement or progress in anything is never linear. It comes in quantized steps. No progress, then sudden progress, no progress again, then sudden progress, etc… 🙂

  4. Jason

    All ture Monte. You will never get better from 1 bucket of balls and a quick tip………….

    Did you ge a chance to see those vids I posted? I guess you may not like Shawn.


  5. Mike Divot

    “…then build on that success.”

    OK … that’s the missing link. How?

    Monte, you sound like a great guy, but I think that is the one thing you don’t have an answer for.

    As you say, “The problem is I have forgotten how to play well.”

    Check out for the missing link.

    I am not shilling. I really believe you should read that blog. I have no connection with that blog other than as a reader. But it is every bit as good as this one.

  6. Robert Johansson

    Most practice wrong.
    deep short focused quality is key.


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