The Tour Championship/Fed Ex Cup

First off, I take every opportunity to make fun of Johnny Miller…because…he deserves it. During the playoff he said Bill Haas hit it right because he didn’t release the right hand. This is the same man who tells people to pull the butt of the club into a wall in front of you.

So Johnny, are we supposed to hold the lag, or chuck the right hand at it?

I am sure if you go back and read everything I have said, you will be able to find contradictions, as my theories have evolved, but that is pretty funny that Miller had it wrong twice on both extremes…LOL.

Aaron Baddeley had a circus bogey 6 after a perfect tee shot on #9 Sunday. An example of a great player, at his best, leading a major event, still has the ability to completely butcher a hole.

High handicappers take note, it’s not just you. Good players take note…you are allowed to hit bad shots and have bad holes.

The more everyone realizes this…THE LESS OFTEN IT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN.

Protecting against bad holes and/or forcing yourself to not hit bad shots…just causes more bad shots and bad holes.

I said something earlier this year that Bill Haas was an emerging star. I know he tried to gag it away at the end, but when you gag and still win, that shows how good you are and this will just give him experience for the next time. He has shown me he can win majors.

I mean really? That shot on the second playoff hole? Under that pressure?

Speaking of gagging, the next time you are a little whiny about a few bad shots or a few bad holes, think of Jason day bogeying the last two holes to cost himself $10,000,000.

As I said last week about the FedEx standings, I thought the Webb Simpson angle was played beautifully by the television coverage. though I have poked some fun at the FedEx cup, it really did increase my enjoyment watching the golf. All of the sharpie board math scenarios were actually fun.

Back to Hass. I like his swing a lot. He isn’t trying too hard to swing inside out, or keep the club on a perfect plane. My eye is telling me he is doing whatever he can to keep the club in front of him and stay in sync…perfect takeaway be damned.

His dad has the same type of idea in his move, so I know where he got it from.




  1. Wally

    It takes BALLS to win. On Sunday Bill Haas had them, and Jason Day didn’t.

  2. cdnmike

    Winner Last wk: Justin Rose…. Sean Foley Student
    2nd this wk: Hunter Mahan… Sean Foley Student

    • Monte Scheinblum

      For the record. The only criticism I have offered of Foley was what he did with Tiger.

      • cdnmike

        Really?!?!? I’ll have to take you at your word on that. I don’t want to go back and look.

      • Monte Scheinblum

        Everything I have said about Foley is in context of Tiger.

    • woody

      Don’t over-credit Foley for the performance (or failure) of his students. Who knows what aspects of Foley they integrate, and which they blow off?

      The more Foley tries to imprint his methods on them, the worse they’ll be. You have to tailor your coaching to the talent you have, in any sport.

      O’Hair was a LOT better after he dumped Foley.

      • cdnmike

        O’Hair has other things going on other than coaching.

        Foley has said that sometimes players will win because of coaching and sometimes in spite of it. He was referring to himself and other coaches. He is aware that sometimes coaches get too much credit and too much blame.

      • Monte Scheinblum

        I agree with Foley there and if I find out Tiger took a couple of comments Foley made and built this piece of caca move he has now on his own thinking, I will recant my criticism. Until then, I think Tiger’s move is awful.

    • Calvin

      Multiple 2011 winners and their coaches:
      Steve Stricker – Steve Stricker’s wife’s Daddy
      Mark Wilson – Jim Suttie
      Bubba Watson – Bubba Watson
      Webb Simpson – Ted Kiegel

  3. Jason

    As an Aussie all I will say is that they have been mega consistant in the 2nd half of the Year. Although he hasn’t won, Jason Day probably has been the most consistant of all, and he has a great swing.

  4. Doug B

    Monte – you mention about Haas keeping his hands in front of him. Maybe you could explain this concept a little bit. I’ve worked on this a lot and I found it difficult to implement, but since I’m getting more comfortable with the feel it has made a tremendous positive difference. The main problem was that taking the club too far inside felt very “natural” and that ingrained habit was very hard to break. Keeping the hands in front felt awkward for a while – it felt like I was practically lifting the club straight up. I found that shortening the backswing, which you’ve talked about a lot, also helps to implement the hands in front concept.


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