The Hyundai

You look at the field of the Tournament of Champions and you can see there is a HUGE changing of the guard.

If you took your 2009 (or even 2010) self and looked at this leaderboard, you would want to know who the heck these guys were, assumed it was a mistake by PGATour.com and they accidentally put the leaderboard from The Nationwide Panama Classic into the website and what had Steve Stricker done to lose his card.

Run on sentences aside, there is a lot of new blood at the top of the PGA Tour.

After watching Sean Foley implement the changes I suggested and he stole from me (tee he he), I believe Tiger is going to have a good year. Whether he is able to compete and win majors is another story, as that is a mental and confidence issue he must recover from after some horrendous play.

I believe we will see even more fresh faces on Tour this year. I believe many of the big name guys have made the same mistake I made. They learned to play the game…with a few swing ideas thrown in, and once they joined the perfect swing movement, their swings and games got worse.

On to this last week’s golf.

Steve Stricker is a perfect example of a guy who didn’t buy into all this “swingcrack” and just kept it simple and did what worked.

Notice a guy with “no lag” and a simple short swing with “no power” is not only winning at 45, he is getting better and not worse.

Johnny “The Dolt” Miller looked at his swing out of a nasty lie in the rough that he hit near the hole…”He has very little lag.”

You could tell in the context he said it that it was negative…and I resorted to name calling because it is this kind of comment that makes the golfing public lag crazy.

Miller’s context…”Well I know he is winning the Tournament of Champions at 44 and just dug a ball out of the rough under pressure, but his swing sucks because he has no lag.”

If there was ever an example of someone who released it from the top yet didn’t cast, this is the guy.

He also putts with the heel of his putter off the ground, which Johnny Miller said, “No one does”…again, in a negative context.

To Miller’s credit, he did make a comment that it might be a swing that would be copied because there is so little timing needed for it to work, but had to slip in that it was not a powerful swing.

He does what works, not what’s pretty or what anyone else thinks is the right way.

PLEASE TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM THAT.

One more thing…and this is the hard part of golf. To distinguish between something funky that works for you and something funky that you just think works for you.

The position or the aesthetics is not what is important. The ability to reproduce it and the ability to deliver the club to the ball is the litmus test…and sometimes, you need a trained eye to know the difference. A trained eye that is informed and not bias to one way of doing things.

That is why golf is so hard. People like me are hard to find. They are out there though.

Anyway, I would love to see Stricker win a major this year and the importance of lag and power will be less of a priority and simplicity of movement for each individual becomes the focus…which in turn, will ironically produce lag and power.

I guess that is a pipe dream with all of the marketing that “swingcrack” has going for it.

I am trying to run my own international methadone clinic.

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16 Comments

  1. Calvin

    Because of Monte, for good or bad, I have redefined “lag” for my personal self as a positive swing attribute that means strictly “hands ahead at impact” and nothing else.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      That is a good way to look at it. I have said many times that lag is meaningless and forward shaft lran at impact that isn’t forced is the real important factor.

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  2. Ron

    I’m sure Johnny Miller’s negative comments are done with a concern to make sure the average golfer doesn’t pick up any bad habits that the pro’s exhibit. LOL

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  3. cdnmike

    WOW!! Somewhat of a compliment? for Foley and optomistim for Tiger. Monty, I’m concerned…. are you feeling okay? Did someone hack your blog?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      One, it’s Monte and not Monty… 😀

      Second, you have always assumed I had an agenda, when I was just saying what I thought and I was right.

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      • cdnmike

        The full Monte?

        Curious as to what your take is on Hank Haney writing a book on Tiger. I see it as just another way he is milking his time with Tiger into profit. If I’m another tour player, there is no way in hell I would work with a coach that wrote a book on his experience with a past student.

        Seems like a violation of confidentiality to me. You wouldn’t do that, would you?

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  4. rojoass

    fantastic post Monte……….aside the predicktions of course. I noted Millers remarks on Strickers swing & threw up…………

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am torn about Johnny Miller. I respect that he doesn’t care what people think and says whatever he thinks, but he says so many things that are incorrect and harmful to the golf public.

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  5. woody

    “Steve Stricker is a perfect example of a guy who didn’t buy into all this ‘swingcrack’and just kept it simple and did what worked.”

    –Eh, not so fast. If we go down memory lane, we recall that not too many years ago Stricker was washed-up…and then made a resurgence. Why?

    From Wikipedia, after 2001 “…Stricker went through a slump, and lost his tour card in 2004 after several years of poor form. In 2006, relying on sponsor exemptions, he managed seven top-10 finishes and was voted PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.”

    A commentator once mentioned that Stricker and his guru worked very hard on his swing. Of course, after a successful beginning to his career, maybe it was a guru who sent him into the trashcan.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I see what you are saying, but the point I was trying to make is he is now doing what works and not what the mainstream crap says is right and is being successful well into his 40’s.

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  6. wally

    If I tried all that forced lag bull with my fourteen ounce persimmon driver I would break my wrists

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    • woody

      Someday, I should get hold of Mike Hebron’s book, “See And Feel The Inside Move The Outside.” I don’t know how he phrases things, but the concept is correct for a Tour Pro.

      As my man Moe Norman said, “Golf is a circular move”…that is, rotary. Instead of holding the lag, the lag simply holds itself because the move begins somewhere else…for Tour Pros (although I’m not sure what Bubba does because he is the only one who seems to be off-balance).

      If you hold it, you’re gonna have to cast it….and your follow-through won’t look pretty….among other things.

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  7. Jason

    Yeah that’s sounds about right Woody. I’m working on relaxed arms as I shift my weight forward and turn, letting gravity and CF square the club.

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    • woody

      Well, here’s the illustration from Hebron’s book (from the squirreliest golf guru on the Internet):

      http://perfectgolfswingreview.net/HebronLag.jpg

      The quotation with it leaves something to be desired. The way I see it, there are 2 elements in rotation–your right bun (for a rightie) which is a “hip rotator,” and your obliques which are trunk rotators. You have to use both to get it to work, initiated the correct way. And, that’s assuming a proper backswing.

      And, it takes another Moe idea to avoid spinning: “I don’t play on top of my legs; I play into my leg.” ~ Moe (And that would give you the Monte tilt.)

      I sure hope it’s right because it took me a year to get it.

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