Not bad for a man of my advanced age.




  1. Jake Gilmer

    If you keep cranking out practice sessions like you had here in the heat, I wouldn’t bet against you

  2. Calvin


  3. IPM

    Monte is your long drive swing different from the swing that you teach and play with?

  4. north

    I find it interesting how your right heel does not come up off the ground until way after impact.

    I really like your position at 7 seconds into the video. Both feet at solidly on the ground, your knees and hips are square to the line and your right elbow is returning to your side. You look perfectly set to wallop the ball down the line with nothing getting in the way.

  5. Don Lissen

    That’s a very good video. The reason is that it’s not exactly “face-on.”

    That gives it a little depth perception and therefore gives a better picture of what you are doing.

    In my opinion, face-on and the Haney view (down-the-line) are the least informative, and that’s what is traditionally shown just about everywhere.

  6. Neil

    Was a lot of fun watching you wreck shit on Saturday. I couldn’t believe how fast you got around.

  7. north

    I don’t see right shoulder out in transition.

  8. jean

    I noticed that about midway into your hip turn (i.e. when they are about 30° to the left, when your right foot is resting on the front ball of the toes) your hip turn seems to stall. I wandered why, and came up with the following explanation: at that time you are unwinding your shoulders. In order to do so you have to apply a torque with the muscles in the mid section of your body to your torso. That in turn exerts the same counter torque to your hips, if they were not locked by your right leg pushing into the ground they would turn to the right, hence they stall. And when you have finished turning your shoulders (no more torque ), the inertia of your upper body then pulls them for a complete hip turn at finish.
    If I am correct it means that you are actively turning your lower body until mid-way into its rotation, then actively turning your torso. Very well synchronised (but not together). It makes sense: midway into their turn hips have probably reached the maximum speed they can muster,relay is then taken by the torso which rotates much faster,and reaches its maximum speed at impact. How about that?

    • Don Lissen

      “…the torso which rotates much faster…”

      How about this? The torso can’t “rotate much faster.” The torso and the legs are both attached to the hips. The torso muscles aren’t really very strong, and the torso can’t rotate faster than the legs have dictated.

      Where does the power come from? Craig Stadler: your legs.

      If your torso got tightened in the backswing, it acts as a relay station, not a power multiplier.

      • jean


        Sorry but I don’t agree. What moves your shoulders from a 45° right of your hips to a 45° left of your hips? the torso(I don’t see what else). And this rotation is indeed much faster than the one of your hips powered by your legs (which have to rotate the whole upper body arms and club).The torso muscles might not be as powerful as the leg ones but they only have to move arms and club

        • Don Lissen

          Golf is a lot like a magic show. What you think you see may not be what is actually happening.

          For example, take this “study” of Rory (LINK).

          From that, I could conclude that golf is all about jack-knifing the club with the left arm.

          People may do that for various reasons…maybe physical considerations, or maybe they only think that they’re doing it and they’re really doing something else.

          If you have a model that produces satisfactory results, stick with it.


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