Peter Kostas strikes again.

(prepare for another of my patented soapbox rants)

I have been mono-maniacally redundant about my disdain for mainstream golf instruction, especially the big name gurus. They have infested us with visions of perfect swing systems, tips based on copying all time greats, tips based on the idiosyncrasies of current Tour players, etc.

Hank Haney trying to teach Tiger to swing like Mark O’Meara and making him swing like Charles Barkley. Thousands of instructors telling us to copy Ben Hogan when it took him 10 years of hitting balls 8 hours a day to perfect that swing and others telling us we should copy Dustin Johnson’s bowed left wrist when it creates a really funky move that only he, with his phenomenal athletic ability, can perform.

Now we have Peter Kostis (one of the pro Dustin Johnson, bowed left wrist people) who spends every week telling us about perfect swing mechanics and what parts of Tour players’ swings we should be copying.

He had a chance yesterday to help tens or even hundreds of thousands of golfers with their game and he fumbled the ball. He criticized Bryce Molder’s “over the top swing” and ended by telling Jim Nance that no one should copy that move.

YOU IMBECILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First off, Molder doesn’t have that classic, amateur, over the top move that creates a big pull slice and terrible weight transfer. He whips the club a bit too far inside and gets it back out in front of him by releasing the club properly.

Instead of convincing ams around the world to rebuild their golf swings according to the arbitrary standard (most of which have less than 10 hours of practice time per month)…this is the move that they should be trying to take something from. A move that is more like theirs. A move that had a guy on the verge of winning a PGA Tour event with the same type of flaw most of them have. A move that is made more efficient by just releasing the club properly, which doesn’t allow the hands to reroute over the top so much and create that horrible pull slice.

I don’t claim to know everything…and there is no one right way to do things…but at least I understand that some “outside the box” thinking is required to help golfers with their swings and games. No two people are built alike, think alike, or have the same skill set. There are general guides of proper fundamentals and more efficient ways of doing things, but no “right way.”

I am going to make a video of how watching Molder’s swing can help those with major over the top problems…but not for copying…LOL.

Bravo Peter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my day by proving my point for me.

Peter Kostas and Hank Haney should shave their heads, put them together and make an ass of themselves.

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13 Comments

  1. Calvin D

    :):) Really good post.

    Makes me think of “Leaky” Lietzke. I guess Kostis would say not to swing like Bruce too.

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  2. s.

    You write, “They have infested us with visions of perfect swing systems, tips based on copying all time greats, tips based on the idiosyncrasies of current Tour players, etc.”

    Mostly, they are “video teachers” or snapshot teachers, why rely on theories derived from 2-dimensional images. They draw all kinds of conclusions that have nothing to do with generating or applying force. They freeze the brain by suggesting micromanagement of the swing.

    There aren’t any angles, planes, or positions in golf (except address, and to some extent impact). If it was rocket science, kids couldn’t golf like this 7 year-old:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWOHhSDagJQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

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  3. Mike

    Thx Monte, but please stop everybody barking on Jim Hardy, because that is preferred Hardy OPS route and safes you from a ton of problems, especially under pressure, credit where credit is due. So, it is not one plane as it concerns the club head, its about the shoulders and how to not get stuck, if one has a problem with that, Bryce is defenitely the way to look at.

    Keep going Monte!

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  4. seveonsunday

    this should fire things up…

    I once had an instructor/crook that was a protege of the great peter kostas. To get that awesome bowed wrist at impact he put a pencil in the glove of my left hand point side up… This didn’t work

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  5. banner12

    Monte, just saw your clip of yourself in the 90’s when you had a pronounced sway in your swing. I didn’t start hitting the ball consistently until I incorporated that move into my swing several years ago.

    Of course, all we ever hear from main stream instruction is NOT to sway so there you go…

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  6. Mike

    you do whatever you like as long as you get to hit the ball and it flies the way it should on a consistent basis

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    • Erik

      This advice should be given to every person that takes up the game of golf.

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  7. walter nizza

    Monty,
    These swing guru’s on TV ger TOOOO TECHINCAL for the rest of us mortals. I took your advice that when the shoulder stops turning the back swing ends, and guess what, all my shots are within ten degrees of my intended shot line.

    Peter eat your heart out Monty is the real swing guru
    Waay

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  8. betyoudidntknow

    Fact: 90% of amateur golfers have an over the top swing and without constant practice and periodic lessons, they always will. Accept that you are among this group.
    Fact: There are a thousand guys out there who say they can fix, correct, or cure your over the top swing but only one guy who can teach you how to do it right. All of you are smart enough to find him on your own. Whether you are smart enough to buy his $25 DVD, I can’t say.
    Fact: It worked for me!

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  9. Walter Nizza

    Monty
    bowed left rist is an optical illusion. the instant the clubhead make contact with anything(ball, ground, etc) there is some resistance. It is one of thoses things that just happens with enough practice. I try not to thing about any of that stuff and just swing the stupid club using your suggestions and getting better all the time

    Wally

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    • seveonsunday

      ya the bowed left wrist is just a cool looking bi product of a sequence of events. You can’t think “bow left wirst now!” exactly at impact.

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  10. Shallowface

    A couple more players who used an “in an over” swing were Sam Snead and Bobby Jones. I think even Peter Kostis would agree they were a couple of pretty good sticks.

    IIRC, about fifteen years ago Billy Harmon did a series in Golf Illustrated advocating this type of swing. If Tiger were to go to work with him, IMO everyone else would be playing for second place in very short order. Exactly the right medicine to rid Tiger of the results of The Haney Project.

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