The Butterfly Effect

This video is going to illustrate why you need to work on one thing at a time, because each change you make, changes the way the motions work that follow what has been changed.

You guys will have to forgive me on this one. I choked several takes as my wife showed up with my son and he kept crawling after this puppy and this was the best of the bad takes. Actually there was an awesome take where I included making a “full turn” and getting the club way past parallel, but the puppy came and jumped on me. Anyway, the point will come across. I hope 🙂





  1. radioman

    Very reasonable and sane advice Monte.

  2. ric

    I am becoming a real fan!
    you can use this video as a test to see if an instructor is worth thier salt!
    I look forward to more pearls.

  3. Bogeydog


    I love the analysis. Do you have any thoughts on Peter Lonard, Paul Azinger or Tom Lehman and how they swing the club?

    Keep up the good work.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Haven’t really paid attention to Lonard. Azinger used a shut club to cut the ball and control ball flight to perfection.

      Lehman…sigh, I have to admire his accomplishments but also have to wonder if he wouldn’t have had way more success if he didn’t come from so far underneath the plane and dive at it.

      • Bogeydog

        I don’t think there is a player I’d rather watch swing than Paul Azinger. To each his own I guess.

        With Lonard, I like the way he has a unique setup with almost straight legs, turns with little wrist set and explodes into it, hitting a low punch. I was somewhere that the launch angle of his driver was around 8° and he still hit it 280+. Unique swing that fits him. Pretty cool.

        I love your analysis and stories. Keep it up…

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Nice, I like it. If I was working with him I would only work on setup and rhythm. He has a tendency to get quick.

      I also like Azinger’s move.

  4. Nigel

    You do realise that the PGA will be sending a cease and desist letter soon, right? All joking aside, I can`t tell you how many PGA pros I`ve been to for lessons that were nothing more than the golf technobabble of the day, rehashed poorly by someone who didn`t understand the idea in the first place.

    Do you know the teaching of Leslie King? Here`s a link,

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I have tried to avoid knowing who all the teachers are. I have no idea what this guy teaches, but his mission statements sounds good.

      I frequent two message boards. GEA and Golfwrx. Both great places to talk golf and some of the info is very good. However, some of the “fellows” that pass themselves off as experts make me cringe with what they tell people.

      What makes me cringe even more is when someone who is struggling mightily comes on and spouts all sorts of cliches and technical jargon that they are working on and I just want to give them a hug.

      I am having a hard time not responding in every thread and coming off as a know it all or a spammer, but I really think people are getting some bad info and it’s making golf way too complicated…and not fun.

      • Eric D

        Monte, just wanted to say thank you for making golf fun again! For the last couple of months, I’ve been feeling really burnt out on golf… my swing didn’t feel right at all, and I had no desire to play. But reading your blog has given me hope… I’ve been working on setting up correctly and just focusing on making a correct, level turn as you demonstrated in your one video with the ball teed up to chest level(by far, the best golf lesson I’ve ever had… in my mind, it simplified the golf swing and made it natural for me). With some new found confidence with your help, I was able to shoot even par for the last 13 holes at Rancho Park yesterday… hitting many quality golf shots, for me. Golf was a lot of fun again!

        I always look forward to your posts. I’ve told all my golfing buddies about your blog. Keep up the great work, Monte! And once again, thank you!

        • Monte Scheinblum

          That’s great Eric. Easier and more fun…that is what I am promoting. 🙂

      • Nigel

        Leslie King has been dead for 30 years or so. He taught from the 1930s to the 1970s in England and only wrote one small book and produced no DVD`s at all, so obviously not a serious teacher! His ideas still have a lot of validity, at least to me they do. He taught numerous major champions.

        I frequent GEA occasionally, but I do not get involved with anything remotely close to instruction. It`s just far too difficult to give good info sight unseen. Like you I do feel for the posters trying to work on the inane crap spouted by Golf Digest and the like. My brother-in-law has a great attitude. He doesn`t want to get technical because he gets more fun out of playing the game if he tries to hit the snot out of everything than if he shoots 79. He really has a lot of fun on the course and rarely breaks 90. More power to him for having fun and not getting caught up in the game of “perfect swing” a lot of people aspire to.

        • Monte Scheinblum

          That makes sense. Only people who have passed on know what they are talking about. 🙂

  5. The Veal

    I can’t believe nobody has asked for the obvious here –

    Please post “the puppy take.”

  6. John Mack

    Hello Monte
    I just stumbled on your website tonight and found more sense than I have seen for years. Just one small thing makes me scream-‘centrifugal force’. Check with any proper scientist- no such thing. Everything yuo attribute to centrifugal force can be explained by clubhead momentum. I look forwards to using your site more.
    John Mack



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