I might not be “Da Man” yet…but…

(Please respond to my request at the end.)

I have walked the line between arrogance and false modesty for quite a while now and I am through with that. I am crossing the line into “I know better,” because no one has what I have or done what I have done.

In the coming weeks and months, I am going to be posting more videos and doing articles that get to the root of the problems that people of all skill levels have.

I am going to simplify the entire swing into two basic concepts that will work as long as your setup is decent.

1. “The Power Tilt”

2. “The Connected Rolling Release”

I know…cheesy catch phrases, but I am willing to sell out a bit in order to get my point across.

Most of the problems I have had with my game were two fold.

1. I got all the wrong info and based my swing on old and incorrect assumptions and cliches. I have tried to dispel as many as possible because this is the problem most amateurs have and what I have with most of my students. Correcting all the incorrect preconceptions.

2. I have used myself an a guinea pig to figure out what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s simple, what works and what can be universal. I have taken some wrong turns in figuring things out. I am close to rediscovering my high level of golf and it’s some of doing what I have figured out …but mostly it’s mental and regaining some confidence.

No more flinching at shots of all shapes and sizes…just committing to them.

I want to give you the information you want. You will not hear me boast about being an expert on biomechanics, ball flight laws, Trackman data or any other technical data…though I believe I have a necessary understanding of all these subjects to do one thing…

I believe I have become one of the leading authorities on how to make things easier on how to hit the ball farther, better and in the simplest way.

Seems like a large boast, but what other person can claim…

1. World Long Drive Champion

2. PGA Tour level golf

3. Thousand of hours of study of golf swings of all skill levels

4. Intense study of the ideas of old and new golf swing theories and data

5. My skills to use as a laboratory in clinical trials

I have broken down my swing and rebuilt it several times and through study and trial and error and I have found what is important. My swing is still a work in progress as I get rid of all the stupid stuff that still infests it.

I believe I am the only instructor out there that can boast a resume that has a history of high level success of hitting the ball far and shooting scores in tournaments.

Couple that with me having the will and fortitude to put myself out there in both tournament and long drive competitions to learn from failures to gain even more insight.

Put all of this together and you have an individual that has all the tools, desires and lack of fear to produce results.

What I need from all of you is this…

Tell me what you want to know. What can simplify the game for you? What misconceptions would you like me to disprove? What shots would you like to see me hitting on the course and explaining in a video?

Anything I can do to help you understand something or make your game better.

I still have some on the list from when I asked this at the end of last year and I will get to all of them (have done about 3/4 so far).

I only have a small following now, but it is hard to argue that anyone out there has more to offer in this arena than I do as far as knowledge, accomplishments and willingness to fail in real life situations in order to learn.

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  1. Ron

    Well there you go… “I am going to simplify the entire swing into two basic concepts that will work as long as your setup is decent.”

    Let’s start with a decent set up. As you say without it the rest is lost. This should include ball placement. Does it change for different clubs?

    Others could be how to hit a draw, how to hit a fade and how to keep that elusive mental toughness to stay focused throughout a round. I know there has been a lot written about the “staying focused” concept and it was a reason that I was interested in following your effort to qualify for tournament golf.

    How about a video of you playing 3 holes in which you discuss each of your shots for all of the holes.?

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  2. rojoass

    I don’t think there has been an accurate amount of info about what the hands wrist & arms do from the beginning of the swing until transition.
    Instruction has been too “body” oriented resulting in people getting all contorted trying to get into some dumbass “position”…
    The “so called 1 piece takeaway” left out what the hands ,wrist ,& arms really do in the backswing. Therefore people do much or too little of something with them.

    http://rojoass.com/

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  3. T.Peters

    Looking forward to your “new deal”. The last two years yours are the only swing instructions I read.
    /T

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  4. Wally

    I want to know what the life cycle is for a titanium head on a driver

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  5. woody

    “Tell me what you want to know”

    Your views on trajectory. Both Moe Norman and Tiger Woods said that they played in height. Say that I want to hit a wedge 40 ft in the air, 60, 80, or 100. What’s your take on it?

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  6. Calvin

    What I want to know.

    Why is over-the-top an instinctive move?

    If you isolate the hands your rolling release is over-the-top in nature so why is it it good for the hands but bad for the shoulders?

    Why do some of the world’s best players cultivate an over-the-top feel? Watson, Pavin, Sluman, etc.?

    When you are properly addressing the ball what is in your field of vision and how do ball, clubhead, feet, hands etc. relate to each other?

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  7. The "ENVISIONIST"

    A great way to hit a golf shot is to envision yourself in a saloon, drinking beers, and not giving a crap about how or where the ball goes.

    There’s a drill that goes along with this …. grab a few six packs — lift/gulp/down,
    lift/gulp/down. Do this until you realize that golf is a very simple game of getting the ball in the hole.

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  8. Bob Saunders

    Monte,

    You have a lot to offer. Keep going for it!

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  9. Jason

    OTT is instinctive if the ball is your focus. If you have too many thoughts, you forget about the target and default to the ball.

    Monte you have a lot in common with Shawn Clement, some differenced sure but he has a massive following and is great at getting the message across, maybe you could check out how he goes about it. I know you are planning on redoing your website so have a look at http://www.shawnclementgolf.com/

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  10. billo

    “Tell me what you want to know” Very difficult question – you allready provide a wealth of information – and importantly from many different angles which is great because I’m sure we all have different perceptions of the same swing thought or issue. Being a visual creature it would be great if we could have more videos. I read titles like “the right hip goes up and away”, “the shoulder turn drill”, “the connected rolling release” etc and sit here thinking – I hope Monte has a video for this !

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  11. Mike Divot

    Monte, you ARE “da man”!

    I want to know: why do so many golf instructors & swingcrack addicts, hang on Ben Hogan’s swing as the be all and end all?

    How many times have you seen or heard these guys go on and on about what Hogan did, what Hogan didn’t do, how he held it, how he smoked it, how he picked up the morning papers, etc etc.

    But not a word about Hagen, Snead, Nelson, Thompson, Player, Palmer … (fill in your own list of classic swings or big time winners).

    My question is not so much “Why Hogan”; it’s more like “Why Hogan but not any of these other guys?”

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    • woody

      “Why Hogan”

      Hogan was dominant in the sport and put his name on instructional books.

      Snead was all “feel.”

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      • Mike Divot

        The others were all dominant and all wrote instruction books.

        There’s something wrong with “feel”?

        Why Hogan but not the others?

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    • woody

      There’s nothing wrong with Snead or feel. But, he didn’t write a book about it.

      Who was as dominant as Hogan and wrote an instructional book?

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      • Mike Divot

        How about Nelson, Thompson, Player, Palmer, Miller, Watson, and probably a few others.

        Oh, and that blond haired guy with the German sounding name. He wasn’t bad at it either.

        Why Hogan and none of them?

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      • Calvin

        It’s the accident, the comeback, the hat, the cigarettes, the pants up to his armpits, the Gary Cooper attitude, Herbert Warren Wind and Anthony Ravielli. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Plus 9 majors mostly around 40 years of age.

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  12. Wally

    Monte, can you tie a Bowline around your waist with one hand? I can with either hand.

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  13. bobs34

    Rojoass’ post reminds me of something I’d like to see discussed that I’ve never seen. I’ll start with an example and then ask the questions: I’m at the range the other day practicing my short game, The last dozen or so shots I hit are flop shots over a bunker to a tight pin with what little green I have severely running away from me. After that I go over and hit some full 9 irons. My swing for months now has just been all about rotating my body with the arms just along for the ride. Unfortunately, that aint working at all as I hit those 9 irons, all I get are these weak high shots and I can’t figure it out. What happened to the beautiful compression I’d been getting for the past few months? My swing felt funny but I couldn’t quite tell why… Oh here comes the swing crack. So I just stop and think to myself, what am I forcing to happen that’s bad or what am I not allowing to happen? It dawned on me that I when I was hitting those flop shots, I was not allowing my arms to rollover through impact. In a dozen shots, I had programmed myself to hold off my release. I hit some 9 irons allowing my arms to release and life was good again. I was lucky this time. I was able to figure it out but most times I woulda took a huge hit from the crack pipe.

    What or how do pros realize what is going on when things like this happen to them? Do the pros even realize that sometimes when hitting a specialty shot, that can affect their next normal shot or before each shot when they’re taking practice swings, are they looking for the right feel for that next shot? I’m starting to think that sometimes with the way the inner mind works there’s no such thing as just being on automatic…? Maybe itโ€™s a matter of how I practice hitting a bunch of the same shots in a row instead of hitting different shots every time?

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  14. Spanky

    Practical side :- How you recommed hit fades and draws.

    More swing building side:- What your major swing components/feels are, and a real must is, what priority each of them have.
    If you trawl the internet for swing tips, there are millions, even if you concentrate on one particular swing guru/exponent, they never give any information on which components have what priority. If someone had only told me when I started, that clubhead weight and the constant sensing of it via soft hands/arms was the No.1 priority, I could of saved years instead of figuring it out for myself.

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  15. MSGolfer

    I would pay a good bit of money for the data I’m going to describe.

    I want to know about trajectories, specifically the difference between the average hack and what is on TV. They were talking at the Honda about how “Boo Weekly has the coolest ballflight on Tour” and while that’s great, I would take standard operating procedure boring old ballflight that gets the job done (somebody on tour has to be described like that?). Getting the job done means minimal curve, minimal ‘jump’, maximum consistency. Working backwards what exactly has to happen in the impact area (or swing) to get that accomplished. Aka spin control.

    I can hit shots with that cool, ‘boring’ trajectory, however 1/3 times the ball goes 30 yards too long, another 1/3 the ball curves off the planet. For example the old adage of getting your hands as far ahead of the ball at impact as possible has wrecked my game, the club digs straight into the ground and squaring it up is a nightmare. I want to know the Tour truth.

    Help me Monte Scheinblum, you’re my only hope.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      That whole hands ahead of the ball is crap. It made you pull the handle.

      Trajectory is all a function of setup and maintaining tilt.

      Ball back in stance, spine tilted but in front of the ball at address…maintain tilt, make regular swing…lower ball flight with distance control.

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      • MSGolfer

        Ha thanks I’ll give it a whirl, it’s not as dire as my Star Wars reference made it sound don’t worry.

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  16. grego

    I want to know your thoughts and better player’s thoughts about “hitting down” on the ball. My best shots and most compression come when I try to send the club head to china. I hear I’m supposed send the club head to the target but that gets me hitting up on the ball.

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  17. Jason

    Monte – one thing I’d like to see is some help to get my shots from 150 and in consistently closer to the pin. I can hit it….125 for the PW, 150 for the 7 with predictable gaps…but from those distances my remaining putts should be closer than they are….

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  18. Jordan

    Write and publish an ebook Monte, I would be willing to pay up to 30 dollars to purchase a digital copy.

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  19. Jason

    Hands in front of the ball happens natrauly. When taken literally and manipulated or forced, that causes the issue. With ball flight I get high ball flights with spine tilt. I’d like to see videos on tempo. The longer the clubs longer the tempo, not the opposite as most of us do. What do you think Monte?

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  20. Westy

    Transition. How to get the lower body forward while keeping the upper body back while still making a proper shoulder turn.

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  21. HoldTheLag

    You need to monday qualify into a PGA event, then contend as you know you can. Once there, make sure the media gets a load of “your story so far”. The rest will take care of themselves.

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  22. Exilgolfer

    Been outside on the range today for the first time this year. Feels good, spring is coming slowly.
    What I want to know is, how to start the downswing with a shoulder turn and not your arms. I am not really turning my body much first part of the downswing.
    Another thing, I guess they are related… How do I shorten my back swing, I try and try and try and it does not work.

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  23. BernardP

    I would like to know how to put my practice swing on the ball. I have a free-flowing and powerful practice swing. My ball swing is visibly full of tension, and I can feel that tension.

    If I could put my practice swing on the ball and observe the results (let’s say, for example, a slice), I could then build on this sound/repeating swing to make the necessary adjustments.

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  24. Jason

    That’s because the ball has become your focus. You’re making sure of this and that, and “I better hit this ball I only have one shot” is my club on plane, are my hands right blah blah blah. As soon as you do that, you default to the ball and that is when tension will build. Make the ball blurry in your vision and focus on your target.

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  25. BernardP

    Thanks Jason. Although my concept is to have the ball merely in the way of the swinging clubhead, and I don’t worry about mechanics, I have to admit you are right.

    Despite my wishes, my brain persists in remaining ball-focused. Subconsciously, it seems I have little confidence of hitting the ball correctly if I don’t overcontrol the club.

    Of course, this is self-defeating.

    It is a trap I would like to get out of. I am ready to accept extremely bad shots, if only I could hit them with my practice swing.

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