It’s a fine line

between understanding what is happening and micromanaging positions and movements.

Actually, for the golfer, there should not be a fine line. The fine line is what the instructor has to walk in order to make it easier for the golfer to self diagnose and rectify.

I get better at this every day and continue to try and get better.

It’s a different issue withe every student and I explain the same issue differently to different students.

Let’s say student X gets in front of the ball with the upper body.

It is not helpful to most (although it is to some) to know all of the body angle and path issues that this creates.

So, I have a understanding of their misses and a dialogue with the person and it comes down to something like this.

“If you start having deep divots with irons and week push fades with driver, just feel a greater sense of tilt at impact.”

My goal is to make it this easy for every golfer who comes to me.




  1. Calvin

    I like your approach Monte. I just read the following text and it makes sense too. Probably too late for me since I have spent years doing drills but if true it is cautionary for golf pros. Comments?

  2. Paul

    Look, Monte, for a high handicap student, it’s very simple, and you know this, fix the one massive weakness and the student will improve markedly. Problem is most students aren’t patient enough to focus on one area and improve. They want to run to the first tee after the lesson and shoot 70.

    Most golfers have an overgrown garden of swing tips and thoughts they pick from, unable to differentiate between good and bad. They flit like a hummingbird among the flowers and weeds, lost and unaware. Golfers need to weed the garden, and reject the cult of golf tips. Improving your one main weakness will most likely fix other swing issues as well.

    • snaphooker

      Dude…..that’s just, well, profound


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