Science vs. feel and common sense

As I have said before, I am not going to argue ball flight laws, The Golf Machine, Trackman stats, studies done on lag and club speed, the merits of Perfie making every putt using square to square, or any other scientifically proven method out there today.

I am sure they are all correct on paper.

I am promoting one thing. Finding a comfortable feel that produces good golf shots by allowing the body’s basic mechanics to be the guide.

Good posture, balance, reduced tension, 90* shoulder turn to the spine, etc. and finding these fundamentals through improved feel will get you more disatnce and lower scores than forcing yourself on plane at PP3 and trying to create a 110* to 73* lag angle when the club is 23.5″ from impact.

It’s less intrusive both mentally and physically. Which leads to more fun.

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  1. yellowtrash

    Monte,
    Thank you so much for this web site. I think you have an important message that applies to 99.9% of the golfers out there. After trying to play golf using positions and machines, my game only get worse and I had no consistency. I finally found a local instructor that emphasizes feel and was all about developing a free and natural swing. He refuses to talk about positions, or lags, or planes. Everything has been about not being stuck, and setting/aligning the ball correctly in the path of a natural swing. It really needs to be that simple for those of us who don’t practice all day every day. As a result, my game has improved dramatically and most importantly, i’m having fun again.

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  2. S.

    “90* shoulder turn to the spine”

    This is something that can’t be taken too literally. Does every good player have a good “shoulder turn” Yes. Is it from turning shoulders? No.

    As an experiment, stand up in an address position without a club. Try to turn your body just using your shoulders. For me, it doesn’t happen because the arms, shoulders, and shoulder blades have a hot of range-of-motion. They move, but the torso doesn’t turn. There is too much resistance from the torso to get much of a turn.

    Your back has a lot of muscles that are used in turning the torso–but they are “out-of-sight, out-of-mind.” People, especially coordinated people, use their back to do things without ever being aware of it.

    Generally, it’s a bad idea to pay too much attention to specific body parts, but (to de-toxify the effects of instruction), I have to include what I perceive to be the right side of my back (below shoulder blade level) in the turn that begins the backswing.

    Just turning shoulders will not produce the effect in the video below–notice his right bun turning. It’s mis-labled “hips,” but the hips aren’t doing this any more than the shoulders are. The guy in the video would do it better if he resisted with the inside of his right foot and turned more with his back (probably obliques are involved too).

    I say that lack of shoulder turn is only a symptom–something that cannot be fixed by more shoulder turn.

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

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  3. S.

    Eh, that’s “a lot of range-of-motion,” not the typo, “hot.”

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  4. Wally

    All this Mumbo-Jumbo. Don’t go over the top, keep it inside out. OOOOhhh your swing doesn’t look like it’s on plain enough. Why are trying to swing like tiger or phil? Why not swing like Craig Stadler, yep the Walrus, he made a good living with his swing 13 pga tour wins including one masters. Besides most of us are built like him anyway. Go to the range, figure out how YOU want to work the ball, who cares what it looks like take a couple of Montes’ tips(not RULES) and play some golf.
    Wally

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