Oh why, why, why?????

This is going to start as a rant, but if you pay attention, you will be a better golfer on Easter than you are today.

Why do golfers continually think that improvement in golf is immediate and linear?

A golfer is slicing, asks me why he is slicing, I tell him why and what to do, he attempts to fix what I said and hits a 15 yard slice instead of a 30 yard slice and says…”Why is the ball still slicing?’

He hits a straight ball, then hits a 30 yard slice followed by 5 straight balls that slice only 15 yards.

“The ball is still slicing.”

A golfer will have a bad round after 3 good ones and quit doing what he was working on because, “I haven’t had a round that bad in 3 weeks.”

Would all of you be mad if your 401k went down 3% because the DOW dumped 600 points even though it was still up 8% for the year. Probably, I guess it’s just human nature…but if you want to get better at golf, you need to see the big picture.

Doesn’t matter if it’s a new setup, swing thought, strategy, or mental approach…or just dumping everything and keeping it simple…the new direction takes time for you to get comfortable with it.

The object of golf is to be better 6 months from now, because you aren’t going to get better in a small bucket of balls.

Miracle bandaids make you quit golf 6 months from now.




  1. woody

    There is some truth in what you say.

    However, you can also have an immediate linear change for the better if you previously had a totally wrong concept about what has to be accomplished in a golf swing, and begin doing the “right” things.

    In other words, you’re not just doing bad things better. More likely, you stop doing everything that you were doing before.

  2. Ron

    I agree with this post. It makes sense. An analogy would be if you start working out, you won’t see changes right away and over time you will see small changes build into bigger changes.

    HOWEVER, Monte, I’m a bit disappointed you didn’t comment on yesterday’s post. I expected you to give your view in today’s post. I’m sure you posted it with an idea on your mind. So with that said, I would be interested in your ideas.

  3. cdnmike

    Good luck today Monty. Try not to grind to hard. It’s just one round of golf.

    • cdnmike

      I just looked at that PGA link. It said there was a tourney yesterday. Weren’t you doing qualifying today?

      • cdnmike

        Ahh, okay. I’ll be watching the leaderboard.

  4. Calvin

    Band-aids. The destructive tendency of golfers to try to go straight to the bottom line.
    Read George Leonard’s little book on Mastery. To master golf you have to know or be shown the proper path and you must stay on the path even when you seem to be making little or no progress. You have to learn to love the path more than the goal.

    Most of us allow doubt and discouragement repeatedly throw us off the path. You simply can’t go straight to the bottom line.

    • Calvin

      Personally, I don’t want to master golf I just want to get the knack for it. I just want to ride the bicycle not race in Le Mans.

  5. Jabrch (Jason)

    Golf is unlike many other sports where it is clear that the players are “different” than you and me. I can look at a 6ft 4in, 230 lb quarterback and tell you that I will NEVER be as good of a football player as he is – without ever seeing him play. I’ll be right 99% of the time…If you line up a Major League Center Fielder, with an average accountant, an average construction worker and an average college student, you will pick the professional athlete more often than not.

    However, golf isn’t the same. Line up Phil, David Toms, and a few others, with your group of Normal Joes and it isn’t clear who is the professional golfer. There is little unique distinguishing characteristic that identifies what professional golfers do as being unattainable to mere mortals – other than watching them play golf. So when we see them, we want to be them…and when we are so far off, and can’t fix it, the brain tells us we should be able to – and should be able to do it now…

    Some of us understand the path to mastery requires time and committment. Good instructors explain that – early on – rather than promise more immediate results….then again – bad students often ask good instructors for what they want – not what’s best for them – and good instructors can choose to make money, or to stand on principles…I guess it depends on how hungry your family is?

    • Calvin

      I could pick out the pro golfers. They have hairless forearms and a look in their eyes like they are watching something way off in the distance. 🙂

      • FredL

        and have dark arms and head…white everywhere else…save for the legs sometimes.

      • Monte Scheinblum

        My arms are hairy. I am the first generation of my family to live in doors. I come from a long line of Sasquatches.

        I have that far off look, but I am looking for someone I can hit into that is playing too slow.

    • woody

      Here’s what makes it worse.

      You accidentally hit a shot that clicks off the clubface, and flies straight and far with very little effort. So you know you can do it…if you just knew what you did.

    • Jabrch (Jason)

      @Rojass – huh?

  6. pcb_duffer

    Simple: The average Joe simply doesn’t understand, and isn’t willing to attempt, how much practice & repetition it takes to get good, and to groove an improvement. If you tell them that Vijay hits 1000 balls a day on the range, or Yo-Yo Ma practices his cello 8 hours a day, their eyes just glaze over. But there seems to be a lot of truth to the 10,000 Hour rule.


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