The real epiphany from Wednesday’s practice. It doesn’t get any easier.

I am not arrogant or self righteous enough to think that what follows is the best way, but I find it hard to believe it is not the simplest way.

I picked up a club and practiced yesterday for the first time in 4 months…the ten balls I hit to warm up the other day not really counting. This is about as virgin a feel as I have experienced since I took up the game. It gave me a chance to purge all of the garbage that had crept into my game the last 10-15 years.

This practice session confirmed what I had surmised. A golf swing can be categorized into three issues.

1. THE MAIN ISSUE-A good shoulder turn and proper release are the base for hitting the ball solid.

2. Issue #2-Setup (including grip and posture), rhythm and balance. The better these are, the easier it makes #1.

3. Issue #3-Basically the category much of this blog has covered. The things that get in the way of allowing #1 to happen…and how to avoid them.

It used to take me 2 weeks to a month to get some semblance of touch and feel after a month layoff. I went out there today after 4 months of no golf and chipped with nothing but shoulder turn and release. It was literally the most consistent I have chipped since the mid 90’s. I also had no problem controlling spin and trajectory on wedge shots. That was always an issue in my game. Considering the layoff was due to allowing an elbow injury to heel and I have a history of lower back issues…I stopped at wedges. I know this for sure. I used to have a harder time with chipping and wedges after a layoff than driver…and I expect this time to be no different.

As far as some thinking issue #2 is a higher priority. I tried some experiments. I added bad posture, balance and rhythm one at a time to a good shoulder turn and release. I still chipped fine, but it was not as easy.

I then setup perfectly, with perfect balance and rhythm and threw a flat shoulder turn…then separately…a few different bad releases. I layed the sod over most of those.

This is a small sample size to to think I have confirmed my hypothesis, but here is how I feel.

After today, there is no question in my mind that I will be a Tour level player again. The PGA Tour players better hope I don’t find a sponsor and an affordable nanny. It would be really embarrassing for them for a 43/44 year old man to come out on the Tour, “out of nowhere,” and have a respectable finish on the money list and lead the Tour in driving distance.

Actually, that would be more embarrassing for the gurus with complicated systems. πŸ˜€

I’m fired up!!!!!!!!

Link to




  1. Bob

    Good for you Monte. Do you beieve you can generate chart topping distance with your simpler swing? I thought the improved swing was designed for consistency and scoring as opposed to raw distance.

  2. Brett Picotte

    That’s great, Monte. Can I be your caddie? (kidding)

  3. shoot54today

    We are on paralell paths. I had screwed up my swing to the point of not wanting to golf. I took the opportunity to go build my business as the perfect excuse to just walk away early last fall even though I had paid for a club membership. The game I loved and was passionate about, no longer was interesting. Since last September, I have played two rounds of golf and none since Columbus Day in October. The break has been good and like Monte, I am starting anew. Hopefully, all the garbage is cleared out.
    When the snow clears, it is one instructional site, This One, and back to the simplicity that I used to preach. Let’s go Get ‘Er Done!


    • Bob34


      Remember rotate and rotate? I will admit that tying in Kelvin’s spine engine with CQ’s rotation of the obliques has been a good learning experience for me. I think tying that in with the “Ultimate Drill” To keep the shoulders 90* to the spine angle assuming you have a good grip, aim, setup, balance and tempo is it. I finally get to hit the range today after a few months of crap weather so a long with you and Monte we’ll see if that last sentence holds true… I’ve been drilling the crap out of rotating from my obliques (at speed) hitting almost balIs in my garage and that’s pretty much ingrained. I ‘m very hopeful there’s not going to be a lot going on with my ‘full swing’ this year other than tempo. Short game, short game, short game πŸ™‚

      Speaking of which, Monte suppose I hit the ball really well this afternoon, what’s your thought on still taking a video lesson? I’d guess it’d still be worth it to have your trained eye to see if I’m doing something that’s holding me back from a little better distance and/or accuracy? I was a decent golfer 2 years ago playing to a 6 handicap. It jumped to 12 last year as I let myself get pummeled with the FUBAR method πŸ™‚


  4. Adem

    So, go out there and win a Monday qualifier to prove yourself correct. πŸ™‚

  5. Christian

    That’s great Monte! Hopefully you will still have time to review our swing videos between tour stops :-). I can’t wait to get back on the course myself with my new simplified swing. If only this snow would melt. We just got another 6 inches yesterday…

  6. s.

    ” good shoulder turn ” — You are a coordinated person and an athlete. Let me give you some insight on this, from the point of view of a spastic.

    I suggest that you are using shoulders (or left shoulder) as a mental checkpoint, which is great if it works for you. However, apparent shoulder-turn is a composite. With a whole-body turn, when you turn below the shoulders, shoulders are carried as if on a turntable. So, if there is movement resulting in a 30ΒΊ hip-turn, that is 1/3 of your apparent shoulder turn. If there are thirty-three vertebrae in humans, and each vertebra can only turn 1-2 degrees, the cumulative total seen at the shoulders might be another 20-25 degrees. Also, I can move my left shoulder to my chin without turning at all, and this shoulder “dislocation” might result in another 20-30 degrees.

    What I am driving at is that the 90ΒΊ shoulder-turn is a composite of coordinated body movement, not an analogy to a propeller spinning on a shaft.

    But, 90ΒΊ to a spaz means trying to get it all by cranking the shoulders around, having that move force everything else–instead of letting it all flow together like you do.

    P.S. It would be great to see you on Tour. The flat stick might be the key because it sounds like you’re in the zone for the rest of it. Judging from your screenplay, finding a good caddy might be a hangup too.

  7. carrera

    Monte, you mean to tell me that you didn’t pound an impact bag for a half hour?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      C, do you know what I would like to do with impact bags and most other training “aids?”


  8. gwlee7

    I’ll be playing for the first time in a while on this Saturday and Sunday. I am only going to think about “swinging level to the ball” and see what happens. I can already chip and putt.

    It can’t be any worse than loading into my right glute and right heel while keeping my right arm straight and getting the proper amount of shoulder elevation before letting my right arm fold so that I can swing back on the correct plane so that I can then press down with my left heel in order to begin to pull with my left oblique while sitting into my left glute so that I can throw my right hand at the ball.

  9. sevenonsunday

    to go along with what you are seeing. My chipping and…. (drum roll please) PUTTING has been a lot better since I have focused on a shoulder turn. who’d a thunk…


Leave a Reply

Share This