I have received dozens of emails about how to practice setup.

The first thing you need to do is to figure out a starting point.

A baseline ball position, amount of bend at the waist/hips, tilt, distance from the ball, etc.

Things that allow you the freedom to swing, yet aren’t getting you out of position at address.

A combination of what’s generally correct and what’s correct for you.

Then you must practice how to get into that setup.

People spend hundreds of hours figuring out how to get the proper face angle at P3 and no time on how to get setup. I am guilty and I am changing that. Most of my practice lately has been on finding the right setup for me and learning how to repeat it as close as possible.




  1. Dave Dunlop

    its an odd feeling for me at the minute trying to get my shoulder turn more vertical on the backswing with some tilt added at setup, feels like tilt at setup makes me want to turn my shoulders even flatter?

  2. Calvin

    Well be quick about it. 🙂

    Just read Doug Ferguson’s article on slow play. He says it’s not fair to compare tour pace with local club play; That’s total BS. Says in club play the pins aren’t four paces from the edge behind bunkers; hell yes they are and worse because sometimes the “setters” don’t know what they are doing. Says greens aren’t firm as hardwood; No but you might have to repair three pitch marks on your line. Says putts aren’t worth $399,000; I’ll give him that one.

    I can totally destroy his argument just by mentioning that I play sometimes with guys who get around in three hours while taking 100 plus strokes while the tour guy is taking 70.

    How about this: After two warnings make him Monday qualify before he can play again. Then give him the last tee time for a year.

    The Na thing was a little different because he was in agony and really trying and it was entertaining. Get him some counseling. Some of the “pros” are just assing around with totally useless crap.

  3. Calvin

    Just read an interesting article by Mike Adams in Golf Magazine at the Dr.’s office. Says if you stand upright with elbow at shirt seam and bend your elbow like a hitch hiker where your thumb winds up determines your ideal swing plane. Below shoulder joint is flat, above is steep and right at is mid-track. I love this sort of thing. It might be as useless as the X-factor or square-to-square but it’s really fun. I now have documented “proof” that my ideal swing plane is the shaft plane at address.

  4. Bob

    Monte, Are mirrors good to check setup? Or do amateurs need another set of eyes? Or both?


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