Tiger’s ability to play golf…A+

His golf swing…In college my buddy would give an unattractive girl a D- if she had most of her teeth.

I’ll give his swing a D- because he doesn’t injure himself.

Wait…make that an F.

All of the people who like this swing, are only looking at positions and don’t understand what 120 mph feels like when you have no room and have to aim way left not to hit it right of Rush Limbaugh…then you get a two way miss.

When he lets go with the right hand…I know that feel and all of the people who call me out do not.

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  1. Jim D.

    You can see the frustration in his face after every swing. It seems like it is getting worse every round he plays. I’m not even close to a teaching pro, but even I can see what you are pointing out. Those floating wedge shots that he loses short right are something that he never used to do in the past, even when his driver swing was bad. He has to be close to dumping Foley no matter what he says to the media.

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  2. Mike

    Hey Monte,

    The right of Rush Limbaugh comment cracked me up. Just watched him set up left on 17, the 205-yard par 3, with a 5 iron, and come up short right. He made some comment about not hitting it solid (instead of his usual “#*$ damnit!”). My question is, what would you have him do if he came to you for instruction? Do you think you could get him hitting it solid?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am bold (arrogant) enough to think I can in a very short period of time.

      He needs to level out his shoulder turn on the way down and he will be able to accomplish that by establishing his secondary tilt much earlier in the swing. His ST happens way too late and is created by an extremely vertical shoulder turn.

      He has always had a vertical shoulder turn, but it’s worse now and his hips aren’t firing as open as they used to, to make up for this….protection for his bad knee.

      His hips will turn more freely, his hand path will go more left without him forcing them that way and his instances of early extension will likely disappear all together.

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      • Mike

        So basically the same crap I do in a sense, shoulders moving up and down instead of around the spine?

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        • Jake Gilmer

          Mike, you would be amazed how many faults we share with tour players. As Monte says, their parts just match up much better! Agree with Monte 100% as you can see this stuff going on in his swing day after day. Even these guys on TV that don’t generally know much about the swing are commenting on how far left he is aimed. Watch him approach impact in slow-mo, and he actually pulls his arms in a little towards his body so he won’t bury the club in the ground

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      • Scott

        Would your swing fixes alleviate his back problems that caused him to pull out of the tournament?

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  3. rojoass

    The truth never goes away……An abundance of Swingcrack

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  4. RS

    No sooner do I read this thread do I see his approach into 3 on Sunday. First, Bubba is about 75 yards ahead of him. He sets up way left, and dumps it short right in the water.

    To also prove that the announcers have no idea, Faldo says “he was trying to hit a big high fade over the trees” and the on course guy say “he caught that so heavy”. Neither of which is true.

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  5. Larrybud

    “I’ll give his swing a D- because he doesn’t injure himself.”

    So much for not injuring himself!

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    • Don Lissen

      Let’s wait and see if he tees it up at the PGA.

      I saw no grimace or wince during or after any shot–only when he saw the result. Frustration at having a bad day, so far down the leaderboard that there was no point in finishing…

      Based only upon what I saw, I think the only thing it proved is that he doesn’t need acting lessons.

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      • Peter Billinghurst

        Am finding it hard to disagree with you Don – as an “aussie” – i don’t want to denigrate an icon with a great record but it seems its all gone “tits up” “local expression” for him. It appears that there are no grimaces on the “good” swings. Having had some lower back issues myself – I’m sure the winces happen on the good and the bad for me. It appears that he is very good at toughing it out ?

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      • Monte Scheinblum

        I faked injuries to withdraw many times. You know what it’s a sign of?

        Confusion and lack of motivation to play because your swing feels so horrible.

        Two choices, quit that day, or quit period.

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  6. James

    Monte, I have had both my knees replaced. Pain is gone but it still similar to playing on two bad knees since the knees don’t fully function as a natural knee would. I’ve found that, for me anyhow, a little more spine tilt at address and a bit more foot flare helps the knees and lessens the stresses on the back. Just my experience and I am not sure this is even what I should be doing but it works.

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  7. Jim D

    Monte, I hope you got to see that exchange with BC and FN on the golf channel! It was high comedy. I normally don’t like BC but I have to say he seems to be right on this one. Would love to hear your take.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Didn’t see it. Two people made jokes that is sounded like Brandel got it from my blog…lol.

      Who is FN?

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      • Jim D

        Fn is frank nobilo

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      • Mike

        Chamblee is saying that Tiger has a ton more forward shaft lean than he used to, which for irons osnt so bad, but with the driver and that much forward shaft lean he has to lean back (i.e. increase his spine tile to the left when looking at him face on) to have enough loft on the driver to get it in the air, and that it’s this huge tilt that’s giving him the back problems.

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  8. Steve Bishop

    His steeper shoulder angle helps him get the hands ahead for impact so long as he gets his left side as tall as he can for impact. He’s taught himself to square the club at this position for impact. Change that rotation and you have to reteach him to release the club.

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      • Steve Bishop

        Yup, not too long for him to learn… but I think it would be hard for him to be consistent with for the first year. I do think this change is what he needs if he is going to play in his 40’s. Otherwise he will have never ending back and leg problems.

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  9. Chris

    Tiger will withdraw again. Nothing new. I’m in the camp that he needs to shut it down the rest of this season, heal, fire Foley, hire a new swing coach and retool over the off season. Otherwise I’m afraid we’ll see a repeat of all this BS next season as well. Maybe we should hire a plane to airdrop Monte’s business cards all over his house.

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  10. Matt A

    What are your thoughts about the recent debate between Chamblee and Nobilo when it comes to Tiger’s swing and his back issues?

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