Protect your body when you play.

(Monday I am going to have a post on my observations of chipping and pitching practice from yesterday. It’s mostly observations on why so many people are bad at this…as it is way more simple than I assumed to be decent and astounding as I watched the 7 other people at the practice green kill themselves with all sorts of gyrations.)

Who cares about…”The Rules of Golf” and how to swing “The Right Way,” when the round is for recreational purposes.

Today is going to be a short post, but important. If you are injured, or just getting a little long in the tooth and still enjoy this terrible game of ours, why make it harder on yourself than need be?

Use a swing that doesn’t cause pain no matter how unorthodox the setup or movements are.

As far as the rules are concerned, you are not playing in the US Open. I am all for calling penalties on yourself like Mr. Davis did in tournament play, but is it really worth it to play the ball down and hurt your wrist when the rough is up, or play it as it lies when you have a funky lie in a fairway bunker and risk hurting your hip?

I have seen this on the range and course with many friends…don’t take it so seriously. Bending the rules to keep your body in one piece and inventing a swing to do the same…is a direction 10’s of thousands of golfers should be taking right now and aren’t.

Have fun this weekend and stop grinding. It does not sully the spirit of the game to have fun playing with your friends. Grinding on your perfect swing and playing according to the USGA and R&A are not the road to fun or waking up the next day feeling fine.

OK, not so short. 🙂




  1. Calvin D

    Great post. I might add: If your ball is next to a big root move the ball!

    Grinding: The greats never seemed to be grinding. They appeared to have ascended to a mental plane that was impervious to adversity almost. So how do you reach that plane?

    I’ve watched them come down from that plane when victory became impossible. It’s like letting the air out of a balloon. A plainly visible phenomenon.

  2. mship99

    I am not sure how I feel about this…I am all for moving the ball if there is something that can break a club b/c we are not millionaires but also not without penalty.

    Not so much if you are in deep rough or in a bunker. I don’t know…I guess I can see it both ways but just can’t come to a consensus.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      mship. Remember, this is not for most golfers. This is for those that are temporarily or permanently dealing with an injury or pain.

      • mship99

        LOL…definitely me then 🙂 recovering from hip surgery

  3. Bob34

    If it’s truely just for recreation, not competition, you’re not submitting your score for handicap, & if nobody in the foursome cares, I agree, it’s no big deal. However, golf is the last ‘competative’ sport that has any indiviudal integrity & responsibility left in it. If I’m competing whether it’s just for fun, small bets, in a tournament or whatever, I’m gonna play by the rules. That’s a large part of what attracts me to golf. If I’m playing purely for recreation, enjoying a day on the course with family and/or friends or practising, I don’t care about the rules because I don’t care about the score… (BTW: That’s rare for me)

    The other part of this post is hugely important to me, as I work on my swing, I’m finding I care less and less what it looks like. I’m much more interested in how my body feels after a round or a range session 🙂 What that really means is that I’m no longer inclined to DRASTICALLY change what my body naturally wants to do. I know there are changes that I need to make that are good for me but I’m no longer going to feel like I’m turning my body into a pretzel to meet someone elses definition of a proper swing as all the previous instructors I’ve had before Monte have tried to get me to do…

  4. bobinpa

    I built my entire long game around a shoulder injury the past year. It’s only now that I’ve started PT that my range of motion has improved that I found out just how much I compensated for it. During that painful period I skipped many holes after a “stinger” or just accepted I would have to layup to get over the water. I guess I went through this because I love getting out with my friends. And, they didn’t mind if I improved my lie – anywhere. Good bunch of guys. Thanks, Monte.

    p.s. I developed a pretty reliable short game by just hanging around the practice green when the pain was too much for full swings.


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