Interrupting your feel will help your game.

What this means is changing something small in order to get you out of a feel rut when you are struggling. All of the following can be done for a round or two and then go back to your norm. The change in feel can help you if parts or all of your game are a little stale or if it is just terrible for no apparent reason.

Remember, only for a round or two, unless the change is a consistent improvement.

1. Change your putter. One that is balanced and feels completely different than the one you use now. Don’t buy a new one, just borrow one if you don’t have another…but I am sure most of you own at least 5 putters. 🙂

2. Change the club you hit different chips with. Instead of an L wedge out of the sand, use a sand wedge. Instead of hitting a bump and run with a 7 iron, use an 8 or 6.

3. Tee off with three wood or a hyrbid and leave the driver in the bag.

4. Change the side of the tee box you normally play from.

5. If you work the ball often, reverse the shot you would normally hit. In other words, if you think you want to hit a draw, hit a fade instead and vice versa…and do it on every shot.

6. Change your style. If you are aggressive, play very conservatively. Lay up on par 5’s, tee off to the fat part of the fairway, play for the middle of the green, lag all of your putts outside 10 feet and when in trouble, chip out.

If your are conservative, go for it, even to the point of being stupid. Ram those short putts. Go for the green when you think there is very little chance of pulling it off.

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I am sure you all can increase this list to 20 or 30 more ideas, but you get the gist. Here is what the insanity I have listed above accomplishes. Most of you have seen Tin Cup. This is like the scene at the US Open when McCivoy has the shanks on the range. Romeo tells him to turn his visor around, empty his pocket and put the stuff in the other pocket and put a tee behind his ear.

We all think too much and it screws our game up. Every once in a while we need a break for a few rounds and mixing things up and taking ourselves out of our comfort zones can help clear our minds.

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  1. Smegmitis

    Dude, the only thing that I would add more of would be current topics that create drama in the world of pro golf. ie, Tom Watson at the British.
    I wouldn’t be afraid to blast John Daly, Tiger for ignoring his caddie at the British when he sent one right of Hooper, Padraig trying to fiddle with his move etc.
    Drama sells period. As Norman Mailer put it, he speaks in the hyperbole…. you are the master of the hyperbole.
    Use the ‘human element’ of – what are these ‘ducks’ thinking?- then apply that to your own thoughts and methodologies, rants etc.
    Nobody wants to be blasted by a pent up arrogant dildo but people love to know what others are thinking. I would red-line at the onset then back off and let the reader decide to join in. Hopefully you can stir up enough so that people are passionate on both sides of the argument.

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    • Matt

      Huh?

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  2. Matt

    Can’t figure out what the last guy was saying but keep at it Monte. Changing things up is a good idea and will help get people out of a rut.

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  3. Tony Kim

    Smegmitis, lol. Nice handle.

    Sometimes my game improves when I switch from swing A to swing B, or from swing C to swing D. I have about ten of these different kinds of swings…thanks to all the tinkering I do. When you see me on the range, I’m sure the differences are hardly discernible, but in my mind…the swing thoughts are completely different… i.e., load up on the right side ala Jimmy Ballard style, vs. keep head still, etc.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Actually what you are probably doing is going from band aid A to band aid B and so on. 🙂

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      • Tony Kim

        Yeah, I think you’re right…because the improvement is only temporary. I go back to my blocked shots/duck hooks sooner or later after switching.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          If you suffer from both blocks and duck hooks that is a club underneath the plane and an open club face. You either continue down that line and block it, or shut things down and flip it left.

          You need to start releasing it sooner and that that will get the club back on top and square. A pull is over the top. A duck hook is underneath and flipped.

          When I say release, I mean rotation, not a throw.

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  4. geoff duncan

    Pretty good advice. I was having putting problems so I tried it out. I use a Newport and follow Utley. I switched to a face balanced Oddesy and started taking the putter straighter back. When I went back to the Newport I started making a lot of putts. I think I was taking it too far inside and a little shakeup worked well. Thanks.

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