The T of C…

or whatever male enhancement drug sponsor it is referred to as now.

Every Monday, I am going to offer my thoughts of the previous weekend’s PGA Tour event. I did this some last year and I got several emails that I need to do this more often, so I will make it a weekly thing. I may also add some thoughts during the weekend, especially during majors and big tournaments like The Players.

I am not going to pull any punches or be politically correct. If I hate or love the course, thought someone pulled some nonsense…whatever, I am going to let it all out. Some weeks I will watch more of the telecast and will have more to say. Other weeks I may just be making comments from the highlights I saw as I will not always be able to watch all the coverage.

That will open up for comments from all of you.

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Don’t say it was all about Stricker’s putting. Through 3 rounds he had 17 birdies from 8 feet and in. I continue to say this is the best golf swing on the PGA Tour and the easiest to emulate if you were in to such things.

You know I am against copying what other people do mechanically, but if you wanted to pick a simple move to copy, Stricker’s is it. He’s 43 and still able to be among the top players in the world because that swing is not hard on the body and easy to repeat.

Yet we are told Hogan, Iron Byron and Dustin Johnson’s bowed left wrist are things we should copy for better golf.

HOGWASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carl Pettersson…apparently over the top is so evil, no one can play good golf doing that. I wounder if Carl could break 90 if some guru got him to swing inside out and hold the lag.

These are my observations early in the round. Leaders through 4.

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McDowell thru 14. Do you need any more evidence that perfect swing mechanics are entirely unnecessary?

Many will call me a hypocrite for talking about how great Steve Stricker’s swing was when he was leading and now that GM is leading, I say you don’t need a perfect swing.

Actually, both comments prove my ideas about the golf swing. There is no perfect swing and the guy who does have the most perfect, simple swing is criticized because it has no power and no lag…and more importantly, both of these guys know how to play golf.

What we all need to strive for is how we individually can find a swing we can play golf with. This is where I think I am providing the information. I provide a basic guide to start from and help you eliminate the things in your way…then you end up with YOUR swing.

Tough putt for McDowell on 18. Might have hit it too hard, but that was a solid putt.

UNBELIEVABLE shot by Garrigus on the last hole of regulation. That is playing golf folks. Think he was thinking of his swing checklist on that shot?

Byrd’s putt on his last hole of regulation was a mistake amateurs make all too often on mo ostf their putts that aren’t under pressure. Fall in love with the line and try to steer it in.

Garrigus’ chip in the first hole of regulation looked like he was afraid of the lie and didn’t release it, versus a bad misread.

To me, Byrd made the same putt he did at the end of regulation. He didn’t make his normal confident stroke and he tried to wish it in. Not a criticism, just an observation. I have done this many times myself, as have most golfers.

The first hole on this course does not look easy. I see why so many get off to bad starts.

Sad way to see the tournament end on a missed short putt.

I am not as big of a fan of Byrd’s swing as I am of his game. I have always liked the way he plays golf…the key word is he plays golf.

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8 Comments

  1. Wally

    Monte
    You have done it again. The best thing about Steve Stricker’s swing is that he stays within himself. As you have said “When the shoulder turn stops it is the end of the Swing”
    Great Post

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  2. s.

    What about this statement, “perfect swing mechanics are entirely unnecessary”?

    Well, I don’t expect that you’ll be watching any of Haney-Limbaugh on Golf Channel. I promised myself I wouldn’t either, but it might be like a train wreck…can’t look away.

    Maybe once will be the charm, and I’ll be so disgusted with Haney that I won’t stick around to see if his trophy wife is still trying to get face-time on TV.

    Rush…first impression from the clips, he’s too right-side dominant, too much pushing, not enough pulling. Probably fits into the category of Over The Top.

    Mechanics are not about “The Look,” but there probably are mechanics.

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  3. dayo

    Just curious to hear about your critique of Byrd’s swing. You mentioned you’re not a fan of it…

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  4. Calvin D

    Looks pretty good to me Monte:

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Calvin, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any major issues with it. My critique of his swing is more about a critique of the analysts on TV’s view of his swing being “perfect.”

      Maybe a more accurate statement is I am not as bag of a fan as others.

      His arms are a bit behind his chest in the backswing even though his club is on plane. This is a position most amateurs will come over the top from and use too much hands as they are not flexible enough, talented enough or practice enough to get the club back to the ball.

      Since amateurs are told to and want to emulate swings on the Tour, Byrd’s swing is a bad one to do this with.

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  5. Rex

    Monte, I like Steve Stricker’s swing too, but what would be helpful to me is to have you do a video showing Stricker’s swing with your commentary and lines drawn on the video on why and how it differs from the other pros, as I don’t have the good eye that you do for the slight differences in swing styles. The main thing that I noticed in Stricker’s swing and the video of Byrd’s swing that Calvin posted is that both seem to have fairly straight right legs at the end of the backswing, whereas the advice often given for the rotary swing is to keep the right knee fully flexed. A key element of the Stack & Tilt swing is to straighten the right leg to get more hip rotation and shoulder turn, but I don’t think Stricker or Byrd are regarded as practicing S&T. What is your feeling about keeping the right knee flexed or straightened at the end of the backswing? I also noticed that Stricker doesn’t seem to cock his wrists in the backswing as much as the other pros. Is this actually the case, or is it an optical illusion?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Stricker has very little wrist cock and that is something people who don’t know what they are talking about criticize for being short on power…because he doesn’t download that angle and create false lag.

      I like that part of his swing.

      As far as straightening the right leg…as long as it doesn’t lock, it’s OK. Keeping the flex was during that X-factor phase where we were supposed to restrict hip turn.

      Proper hip turn will be dictated by proper setup and proper shoulder turn. Increasing it or restricting it on purpose is bad, IMO and that is one of my issues with S&T. I think it promotes a shoulder turn that is too flat and too much hip rotation.

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