There are always two things wrong

This is an important axiom in teaching that usually prevents people from getting better.

Lack of understanding that there are always two things wrong. One, the major swing flaw that is preventing improvement…and the one or more compensations that have developed to make up for that flaw.

Fix that flaw and leave the compensation, you end up with a different problem. Most often you do nothing about the compensation and the body gets rid of it because it is no longer needed, but this needs to be explained and understood by the person making the change or he/she will revert.

Now we come to me. I have been a long time sufferer of a swing path that is too far to the right. In my younger days it resulted in a big nasty block to the right and a balky wedge game. In recent times it has turned into a two way miss.

Well, I am getting close to beating it as I am getting my right elbow in front of my right hip on the way down and allowing my turn to control the club instead of hand manipulations.

Problem is old habits die hard. I need to focus hard when I play with Frank this week on not only his game, but trusting my new found freedom.

I have US Open qualifying on the 15th. If I trust what I am doing, it should be no problem.

It’s a strange feel not to be stuck anymore on nearly every swing.

Each time I find another level of freedom in my swing, my bad golf gets a little bit “less bad” and my good golf becomes more frequent.

It’s so mental for me now and I just need to put all of the bad golf I have played behind me. Easier said than done.




  1. rojoass

    Sounds to me like between now & the 15th you need to just hit shots when you practice. When you play you just need to play & quit worrying about where yer elbow is.
    If you make it on the 15th ………make it cause you played golf. If you lose it on the 15th…don’t lose it cause yer still smokin Swingcrack……..

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Not swingcrack at all…just a naturally occuring position as a result of my natural swing improvement. It just feels different.

  2. Bob Saunders

    Thank you for posting another gem. Another reason to have another set of eyes on a swing. You are the best!

  3. Wally

    This will fix your game , take a trip to Las Vegas, stop at the Carnegie Deli in the Mirage Hotel, Have a Pastrami sandwich, (on rye of course) their huge four inches thick no kidding. Fly home ,the taste will be in your mouth for a week and you will play better golf.

  4. jaybee

    Well said, along the lines of:
    “The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors.”
    Good luck Monte, you can and will make it with that attitude and if you don’t get agro!

  5. FredL

    One thing I noticed is that when I feel relatively comfortable with the “new” swing is when the “old” swing starts creep in. Like you said, old habits die hard.

  6. theMIKE

    Perhaps you give Mr. Hardy a second glance, he says that some 7 out of 10 persons are only one fix away from hitting better golf shots, only 3 out of 10 are real 2 fix golfers. It matches my observation than in those 1 fix cases the compensation is not really there and will disappear from alone. It takes only a mind free of prejudices and many years of experience, a bid of luck and some try and error to find the right fix. If a fix does not show results within very few shots, it is likely bad information. Many if not most tips and without very few exceptions have their right to exist. Holding the lag is a good tester if someone was casting and if delivered with the right explanation (ie. “Thats only a temporary measure, don’t do that on the course, back off from that asap”), or others. I really would wish that this blog, as funny as it is, would be a bid less dogmatic in its nature. It sometimes is for me a bid too much in the one size fits all category, the web is already full of that.

    One persons medicine can be the other persons death.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      LOL. I think you will find you are in the vast minority. I am the opposite of a one size fits all approach. Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that.

      • theMIKE

        Monte, each and every time you say “a is good and b is bad”, you delivered good advice for some and do risk failure with others, that’s the nature of that (at times very difficult game), I would really love to hear more about how you “feel” your swing.

        • Monte Scheinblum

          Mike, you are making my point for me. I deliver advice and my disclaimer is this is one way to look at it. If you don’t like it, don’t use it.

          I say this consistently.

  7. Ed

    Hi Monte,
    Great site. I was wondering if you could expand on or direct me to a video on the concept of the right elbow in front of the right hip on the downswing. I also read this concept when you were discussing Frank L. swing. Thank you.


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