Keep the car in between the lines.

I have used this term privately to some readers, in a comment or two and buried in the middle of a previous post, but it is an apt comparison and I wanted to give it more consideration.

The golf swing should not be about hitting every “perfect” position and body movement. What a perfect position is changes between body types and skill levels.

Being “on plane” or “in the slot” should not be a pin head sized window throughout the whole swing.

A car is a relatively large object to keep in a small freeway lane doing 60-80 MPH, but many of us do it quite easily, even while dealing with unruly children, talking on a cell phone, listening to the radio and putting on makeup at the same time (obviously I was talking about the women with the makeup 🙂 ). You just have to pay attention to where you are going.

However, if I told you to drive your car at that speed while keeping the front left tire a constant 19.141519″ from the left line, while keeping your left elbow bent at 32* and your right foot is to depress the gas pedal in a specific motion while keeping your right knee…you get the idea…too much thought for a simple process and I would crash the car if I did all that.

Wow! Guess what happens when you do that with your golf swing? The golf equivalent of an auto accident…hitting it though the stained glass window of someone’s house.

Getting the club in the right positions is just like driving a car. In a car you need to have the seat setup properly for you to comfortably control the steering wheel and pedals…and you need to avoid excess movements that will prevent you from keeping the car in between the lines. The same holds true for a golf swing.

It’s a bit over simplistic, but then again, it isn’t. Driving was hard to get used to when you first did it, but now, it’s an almost automatic process. Just like in driving, when swinging the golf club you just need to do what it takes to keep it in between the lines and allow yourself to create the movements automatically…so you can pay attention to where you are going…the fairway green, flag stick or hole.




  1. peter mies

    Hi Monte:…you never mentioned what kind of car….okok….
    I know that simple is better but isn’t there a point of diminishing returns…and I know you have written how all we need to do is to bring the shaft back to position it had at set up. But isn’t there a preferred way to take the club back to top before downswing? I know of many but are you saying..”just pick one”?
    And what about the basic stuff like ‘stay on the chi line’, or keep your head relatively down and quiet…I guess I’m wondering if there are any of those fundamentals that you suggest?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Proper setup, shoulder turn, no lower body restrictions,allow the club to set, release and turn in sync. All that other stuff is marketing nonsense.

  2. peter mies

    really…looking forward to the lessons….

    btw……no arms …just a shoulder turn? just turn back on axis? I have never used a shoulder turn…what’s your reason for that vs the others..

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Your arms will obviously move some to get the club in position. There are two important factors, IMO. One, you initiate the turn with the shoulders and not the arms. Two, once the shoulders stop turning, the arms don’t continue to increase the length of the back swing.

      This is all my general theory and it is not set in stone. I use my general theory as a guide, but I am all about doing one thing at a time and tailoring to the individual.

      • peter mies

        worked on shoulder turn an release…and man what a difference….ball flight had a lower and more penetrating trajectory…do the shoulders rotate around the spine on the backswing?

        • Monte Scheinblum

          Yes. There is a post about it. Click on the “advice and instruction” link on the right side of the page and there are two or three posts talking about this.

  3. Carrera

    Actual post from today on the Swing forum at

    Decided recently to take a week off to work on the swing a bit and try and achieve a bit of consistency, Here is a brief synopsis of the week. (i say brief but this is as brief as i can make it/

    Long game, Posture – TRIED to sharpen up a bit example Adam Scott, abandoned after sore back, TRIED weight more forward to improve takeaway line, abandoned after taking club to far outside and then in. TRIED weight more on heels to improve rotation but abandoned after club started snatching inside, TRIED ball position more forward to stop my blocks abandoned after 6 shots after hitting pulls, TRIED getting hips more forwaard at address to improve angles, abandoned after stuck on back foot.

    Alignment – TRIED a closed stance in order to hit a bullet draw, abandoned after 3 blocks in a row. next TRIED open stance and hard rotation through the ball for a power fade, abandoned after 2 pulls and a weak cut. TRIED.

    Swing – 1= tried keeping elbows closer together on takeaway to get clubhead working more
    2 = tried right forearm takeaway, 3 = tried keeping butt of club below belt line to stop rolling open, 3 =tried 1 peice takeaway 4= tried takeaway method in golf digest involving club moving first and forearm rotation 5 = tried mike weir rehearsal swing to get club online 1/2 way back 6 = tried peice from todays golfer magazine involving keeping shaft between elbows, 7 = tried bringing hands in more quickly whilst pushing down on grip to keep on plane, 8 = tried taking hands straighter back and getting face angle to match spine angle 9 = tried getting arms and shoulders working on same plane, 10 = tried getting hands in higher position to be able to drop to inside more,11 = tried martizez method of pulling right arm back,

    Still with me??, are you mad
    DOWNSWING 1 = tried letting arms fall into slot, 2= tried initiation with left hip and left knee to get on plane,3 = tried getting hips more linear motion 4= tried increasing lag using float loading, 5 = tried gradual cocking of wrists and maintaining right wrist angle, 6= staying square at impact like brian gay and finishing high 7 = tried open hips with bent right arm like David Toms, 8 = tried getting hands as far forward as possible and sustaining line of compression, 9 = tried 3 different left foot positions to increase left side bracing. 10 = tried to hit knucklefade with open stance and hard rotation

    SHORT GAME = Tried hinge and hold method from micklesons dvd, tried pelzs clock face system, tried altering speed to change distance, tried, ball in middle and ball back for trajectory, tried stiff wristed chip n run method saw in magazine, tried hard rotation through impact to keep face square, tried square impacts and letting left wrist dictate shot height and distance

    PUTTING = Tried nicklaus “right arm piston method”, tried uttley arc stroke, tried pelz pils stroke, tried, 9 different routines from olazabal 15 looks at the hole to baddley one look and go, tried standing more upright, tried shorter putter and getting over it more, tried cross handed, claw, langer grip, 2 thumb grip, forward press, and many more

    This was what i worked on for 2 practice sessions lasting about 4 hours each!, (i havent got the time or energy to write the other stuff i tried but rest assurred if it has been on this forum, magazine article, tv coverage or a drunk person on a street corner shouting that he has the answer i will have tried it.

    Still here?. I dont expect anyone to get to this point. It was really an exercise for me to just write down and see how stupid i am for doing this. Am starting my winter break until April 2010, arthritis stops me in winter, to cold, and have serious doubts about whether to bother next year, am sick of putting in the work and getting nothing back, ah well, we will see, Cheers all

    • Monte Scheinblum

      LOL, that was funny. The sad thing is, this is not far off from what many people do to improve their game.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Good rhythm and a pretty finish are often mistaken for a good golf swing.

  4. doug shepherd

    Good analogy Monte that makes sense. You did omit the fact one usually needs some drivers training ( lesson or lessons) before getting behind the wheel.


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