All of these methods about copying robots, famous players or mimic the movements of mating rhinos are all destined to have the same results. The people who increase their practice time in order to “get it” will get better just as a default of more time and effort. Those will be the poster children for all who fail by reverting or quitting.
I guarantee (the sad part is this is unrealistic and I can’t prove myself right) that if you gave me 5 young stars and I taught them to swing exactly like Jim Furyk, down to his mind numbing putting routine, I would have one or two failures, one or two serviceable mini-tour/web.com pros and one guy who made the tour at least once. Coincidentally, the same success level those guys would have had if they worked as hard as they would without the Monte does Jim Furyk swing system.
As long as they practiced the 6-8 hours a day as all of the “success stories” of all the other method followers did…and I taught them to play golf correctly, it would turn out the way I said.
Then all of chops and ducks would flock to me and the only ones who would get better are the ones who practiced more than they did before they came to see me and the rest would quit.
Actually, swinging like Jim Furyk has as much or more merit for the average golfer than any other method or mimicry system out there.
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Add a Sylvester vocal and he’s got a hit.
This is the BEST column that you have ever written.
It all boils down to something that you’ve hinted at before–namely that something in any known method will end up blocking free movement. Golfers need to learn how to stay out of their own way.
Here’s a guru who got it right: “The sections of the brain that control movement do not communicate the details to the conscious mind.” (Not that his system had much merit.)
Here’s a relevant blogger comment:.“I see many young golfers at my range who have had limited instruction, but have great swings and can play. They don’t know how. They just can.” Same with some very young golfers on Youtube.
It all boils down to the same scenario as the old old joke about the out of luck busker in New York. A tourist who was lost asked him “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The busker answered “Practice, practice and then more “practice”!
I make a comparison all the time. Playing good golf and shooting free throws under pressure are hard because it demands 2 things at the same time:Total concentration and total relaxation. You’ve done it 100,000 times. Just relax and do it. I’ve never played above the State Am level at golf, and I played D1 basketball. It’s always easier when you’ve given up control. The trick is to get your mind to give up control on the first tee. What happens, happens. Concentrate, and do what you do. Try again tomorrow.
“shooting free throws” — And, don’t forget to put some leg into it. (Not that anyone could tell you how or why that works. Otherwise, Shaq would have been a great free throw shooter.)
Oh, and I guess the bio-mechani-cists failed with Tebow. He was successful, but they tried to fix him, and now he’s been cut.
“What happens, happens? Concentrate and do what you do. Try again tomorrow.”
I love that advice. Spent the last three days playing three tough tracks in Monterey, one of them Pebble. I was invited to this event a month ago, took a couple of lessons from Monte to get things going in the right direction and then did exactly what this poster advised. Played each shot the best I could and let go of the rest of it, expectations, score, impressing my friends etc. The result? I played really well for the most part and the inevitable bad hole didn’t bother me at all. On to the next shot playing my game to the best of my ability. My swing, not someone else’s.
Pull the plug, Monte. True commentary in your post I have to agree. “Give me five young stars…….”; that assumes that the tykes are already players. As an aging hack who has struggled with the game for forty years of weekends your words are sour but ring true. You have to put in an enormous amount of time practicing. Weekenders who can play will tell you when questioned that they spent their summers growing up at the Club. Those of us who don’t have time or inclination to spend 6 hours a day whacking balls have to learn to enjoy shooting 80, 85, 90. I can do that. I could probably also take “five young stars” and get at least one of them to the dance as fast as you could. It’s like the boy band promoters; you first find guys who can sing and then you can be a genius.
But….Dan Boever tells me he can teach me to sail tee shots over short par fours. Money back Dude. 🙂
“Weekenders who can play will tell you when questioned that they spent their summers growing up at the Club.”
Truer words have never been spoken. My 7 year old can think of nothing more fun than having a marathon 3 hour chipping and putting contest. Shockingly, he can already spin a golf ball. Ask him how, and he’ll look at you like you’re crazy. (As a great side effect, my short game is pretty damn good again.) As long as he wants to “play” I’ll foot the bill. As soon as it becomes something he doesn’t love, we’ll do something else. I have NEVER asked him to go to the club with me (other than to swim!) He asks me to go with him all the time. I love it.
Crack and whores….my lesson in two weeks can’t come soon enough now. 🙂
But I want my swing to look just like Hogans’s. Lol!
First get reconstructive surgery. Hogan was slim and had looong arms. Moe Norman, not so much.
Moe said that he and Hogan were doing the same thing. Essentially, Moe was right. So was Hogan’s book, in regards to these quotations:
1) Some measures long esteemed…are really not important at all.
2) Trying to do a great many difficult things perfectly is neither possible nor advisable, or even necessary.
3) Doing things the right way takes a lot less effort that the wrong way does.
4) The goal is one smooth overall movement.
Hogan was built like an orangutan. Try to picture John Wayne swinging like Hogan.
SwingCrack is still available in many styles. It’s just packaged different depending on the dealer. The END results are the same for all those addicted.
Interventions are often attempted but prove if the therapist desires a beneficial exorcism more than the patient both are peeing in the wind……….
I don’t give a damn what my swing looks like. I just want to hit it predictably, preferably straight. If i put in the time on the range with some direction from Monte, that’s all I need.
I like this article combined with the GolfWRX article on expectations. While I don’t necessarially need my swing to look like tigers, I also don’t expect to play like tiger even if my swing is similar. People look to systems with unrealistic expectations, then get frustrated when they are shooting the same scores or worse 2 months after the change. Repeatability is my goal for lessons. Confidence should be the end result and scores will follow to a certain point. Lessons with Monte have helped my repeatability and eliminated the shank or frustrating shots that I had every round. My scores have improved, but haven’t achieved my goal of breaking 80 (81 so far). I enjoy the game more, swing better and I’m not focused on degrees and angles at various positions. I think position systems would have me so wrapped up in thought that I would have probably quite the game by now. Developing a natural swing for a golfer with the help of an instructor that works with what the person is capable of at that time will keep more golfers enjoying the game.
No one has ever helped my golf game more than you, Monte! Thanks again!!