(Make it all the way to the end of the post before you hate me. As usual, please don’t be offended if you feel I am making fun of you. Plus, how would I know about any of these things if I wasn’t guilty of all of them…except for one. 🙂 )

Our priorities have gotten out of whack.

Perfect swings, perfect equipment, perfect golf courses, perfect outfits, perfect weather. I say Bah Humbug, especially about the first two.

Knowing what your lag angle is at 9 o’clock and what frequency your driver shaft is, isn’t going to help you when you are staring down a shoot of trees 30 yards wide with a 20 mph cross wind.

Let me start with equipment. I have hit almost all of the major golf company (heads and shafts) equipment and component equipment. Guess what? It is all made from the same material and manufactured on the same block…sometimes the same building in the far east.

If you have a set of irons that are cavity back and frequency matched at a 6.3 flex that was measured to match your swing on a day when you felt great and it was 80 degrees…at a cost of $1238.43…do you really think when you slept wrong on your shoulder and you have a bad week in 50 degree weather you should pay another $648.15 to have the shafts changed to a 6.2 flex to get your draw back? Just so you know, you didn’t have to change the shafts. You could have put one piece of lead tape and change the frequency that much. I know, I know, that changes 2/3 of a swingweight.

Better yet, you pay another $1623.69 to get a set of forged irons because you like the workability and need to be a 5.9 flex to help you get a little more trajectory because the center of gravity is higher.

All of that effort and money when you are a 14 handicap and most PGA tour players can’t even tell the difference in the performance of the above sets of clubs and just play the clubs they get the most money to play. Many guys on the PGA Tour have had the same putters and wedges for years…and the only reason they change equipment is because their manufacture sponsors require it…or at least encourage it. 🙂

Perfecting your swing? What does that mean? The three greatest players of all time (Jones, Nicklaus and Woods) all have terrible swings according to today’s standards.

There is no such thing as a perfect golf swing. There is no such thing as the right way to swing. Studying how Iron Byron, Ben Hogan and Moe Norman swing and seeing what made their swings work so well and using some of those fundamentals as a guide…that is a wonderful idea. Copying their swings down to every position…LUNACY!!!!

Trevino, Player, Miller, Singh, Furyk…all would have their swings taken apart by your average teaching pro because of their multiple flaws. If those guys nitpicked their swings the way most of us do, they’d never break 75 because of the constant swings changes and lack of attention to getting the ball in the hole.

Dustin Johnson? I can go to any range in the world and find 5 guys with handicaps over 10 with golf swings more sound than his.

Lag? Guess who wrote the best book ever on lag? Miguel de Cervantes.

Now that I have pretty much made everyone in the golf world angry. Let me say a few things.

Having a set of clubs that fits you is important and the wide variety of manufacturers makes it great for all of us to find something that not only works for us, but fits our eye. Plus, getting new clubs is fun. I have no problem with what any of the club manufacturers do. They make good stuff. The problem is you should get new clubs because it is fun, not because you want to solve something wrong with your game.

Improving our swings is a wonderful and often times fun pursuit, but constantly nitpicking our swings until we always feel like our swings stink is not fun.

Here is a list of golf priorities.

1. Have fun
2. Shoot lower scores…which is a byproduct of #1

We need to stop making the priorities getting the perfect equipment and having the perfect swing and understand those two things are a way of achieving #1 and to a lesser extent, #2.

Here is how to treat equipment. First off, get something that looks good to you. That is the most important factor. The right shaft and lie angle is next. Just like everything else in golf, getting the right shaft is not a pinpoint project. There is a wide range of shafts that will work for you in both flex and brand. If you want a forged blade because it looks better, great, but if you shoot in the 80’s or higher and you get forged clubs for workability, you are taking yourself too seriously and it is hurting your game. I know many will chime in with other factors, but why do we need to know some of these things.

Like I said, buying new equipment should be for fun, not for changing your game.

As far as your swing is concerned. If you are working on more than one thing right now, not only are you making it hard on yourself and ruining your enjoyment of the game, you are not going to get better.

Really folks, I am not evil. I want to simplify everything so we can have more fun and shoot lower scores.

We need to use technology to make things easier, not more complicated. Before you tell me all of the contradictions I had today and throughout the blog…let me say this.

You are not having near enough fun when you play.

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17 Comments

  1. Peter Balogh

    Oh you would hate me for my equipment all perosnally fitted stuff not from the Pro shop shelf and I love it! LOL

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  2. T

    Since I’m on your wagon now – that felt good!
    T

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  3. radioman

    Cargo-Bro,

    You have a scary amount of common sense!
    Did you get it from your mom or dad — or perhaps
    your wife is ghost writing your blog?
    Seriousely, I did buy one moderately expensive
    set of Mizuno irons. I did so because I thought
    they would force me to become a better ball
    striker, and also because I read that they would
    feel so much better because they were forged.
    They DID help me become a better ball stiker,
    but they DO NOT feel any different than my
    old hand-me-down irons when I strike
    the ball.

    Cheers

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  4. banchiline

    monte, i love it when you tell the truth .

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  5. KD

    I’m a club ho of the highest order, but I agree with everything you said, Monte. I have no delusions that this stuff’s going to make me any better. I do it for the same reason I play golf…because it’s fun. Everybody likes getting new toys!

    I love the blog. Great stuff every day. Keep up the good work!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      There is nothing wrong with being a club ho. As long as you find it enjoyable to buy new stuff and go try it. I just don’t want anyone overpaying for a new club fitting every 3 months because they think it will help their game. It won’t and it takes the fun out of getting new stuff.

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  6. Mike Z

    Last summer I bought a ton of used clubs on eBay for cheap to try different flexes, models, and lofts. Trying forged blades (I shot a career best my first round with a set of MP33s I got for $200), and stiffer/looser shafts combined with different Driver lofts was a blast and I couldn’t wait to get back on the course or range to try the next thing. If something doesn’t work, I can just put it back on eBay and get the cash back.

    Rather than spend $200 on a club fitting to find out what flex shafts I should play in my irons, I just bought a set and compared it to my old irons. Now I know what flex is best for me from experience, and I have an extra set of irons to keep/loan out to friends/sell.

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  7. bobbyp

    I have a buddy who will reshaft for me. Last year I experimented with 4 different shafts in my irons before settling into my current ones (original Hogans). Didn’t do it to fix anything … just for fun … and I didn’t need to invest in buying/selling clubs. If I was more Ebay savvy, maybe I would go to that length, but I love the irons I’m playing now (and for the last 5 years). Thanks again for the insightful post, Monte. Can’t wait for your web lessons site to come online.

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  8. geoff duncan

    Not so sure that Jones was better than Hogan. Who’s your top 10? And since no one has the same top 10, it might make for some interesting debate.

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  9. Carrera

    Monte you might as well add Hogan to your Top 4 golfers and avoid the inevitable endless debate.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Nah, I don’t want to perpetuate and support all of the lagholding teachers out there. 🙂 I am going to put Hogan behind Sarazen, Snead, Nelson and Hagen too. So there.

      Before you all burn me in effigy, I am just kidding. I have a great respect for Hogan, but I purposely left him out because his swing is revered.

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  10. geoff duncan

    Ok, that’s 8. Player has to be there so there’s 9. Most would include Palmer, if for no other reason than being the guy who was there when TV took off, let alone 7 majors. A huge contributor to golf, but there’s something about him that makes me want to rank him 11th. But when speaking of contributions to golf, I think Vardon has to be on a top 10 list as we all use his grip along with 7 majors Watson might think he belongs with 8 majors. I actually know a guy who thinks Watson doesn’t belong because 5 of his wins were British Opens. I guess he missed Turnberry and Pebble. Oh yeah, I liked the original thread. I went to Ping a few months ago a got fitted for the first time and really had a great time. i have no idea why they gave me what the did but i’m hitting them real well.

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  11. steve lyons

    In line with the traditional February issues of Golf Magazine and Golf Digest – don’t you love it when an 18 handicap reviewer gives his comments on how a club feels? Or its performance? Huh?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Steve, I am the last person who wants to ruin anybody’s fun, but that is so unproductive.

      Like I said in the post, buying and hoarding equipment should be fun, not a technical pursuit.

      It’s like someone without a math degree trying to count cards on a 6 deck blackjack shoe in Vegas. Not only are the skills lacking to do it correctly, it takes away from the fun and rush of playing the game.

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      • steve lyons

        I know. I meant it in the spirit of light-hearted fun. I would feel rediculous to hand a club to a pro and tell him how it performed as if that would have any bearing of how it would feel or perform for him. Sorry if it came off as a different vibe than your post.

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          Steve, I knew exactly what you meant and I agree with you.

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