Tipping point flaw

Everyone, no matter how good the player, has flaw(s) in their swing that has a direct affect on the score. On good days they manage it, on bad days they don’t. I call it the tipping point flaw.

Problem is, we are all either blind to what our flaw is and/or what the tipping point is…and most importantly finding the best way to keep that flaw from reaching the tipping point.

I know that’s what kept me off the tour. Not knowing what it was and obviously not knowing how to manage it.

You search and search, trying to correct flaws that are not actually flaws, or don’t wreak havoc like we assume they do because they are not on the “perfect golf swing” checklist…and you end up causing more damage, some irreparable. This is why you need someone who knows what they are looking at, helping you with your game and not some cookie cutter looking to prefect your move by nitpicking it to death.

There is a better than 50-50 chance I discovered mine. My lateral upper body move and matching ball position. Somewhere in between Stack and Tilt and my long drive swing is an amount of lateral upper body movement off the ball that works for me. It is not a pinhole, it’s a window. I was told to eliminate it completely and that ruined my feel and game. That was outside the window too. I just need to stay near the middle of the window, so I don’t reach the tipping point where I have too much lateral movement, or less likely…not enough.

Don’t know where it is yet, but I am now searching. There is only upside here. If it is not the fatal flaw, finding my optimum level of movement will only help.

Can’t have too much or too little.

That is the key to each person to find their optimum golf. Find the fatal flaw and learn how to manage it properly.




  1. Robert Johansson

    Your a swing guru, analyze your swing, fix it.
    How hard can it be seriously?
    If you continue to search for flaws instead of you know establish a sound action that always works you will always find flaws.
    I find people who seek swing flaws often lacks the mentality and focus to do what needs to be done when playing. Its not a game of perfect its a game of managing your misses.

    • Robert Evans

      Its harder than you think, otherwise Monte would have been a well-know name on the PGA Tour. You would have seen him win many tournaments. It really must be pretty difficult Mr. Johansson b/c I don’t recall seeing your name on the PGA Tour roster.

      • Robert Johansson

        Oh, I am really sorry, wait for me to get a PGA tour level accreditation then I will write things that is you know fine and correct in line with any licensed stuff and legitimate that match your criteria of a well defined post according to your guidelines and I make sure I check with you if its ok to post first also.

        Its only hard when you dont know what you do.

        Monte is suppose to go on golf channel and cant even diagnose his own swing and fix it?
        I give him cudos to posting and saying it.

        I am simply adressing his flawed thinking.

        • Monte Scheinblum

          You have missed the point. I have known this is the issue with my swing for a while. The point is this is the one that makes the others not relevant.

          For example, if I am getting the club a little inside, it won’t be a big deal as long as I have my spine in the proper position with the proper ball position.

          I have a habit of standing too close to the ball, no big deal, as long as my spine and ball position match.

          I know what all my flaws are, but I can’t monitor all of them on a constant basis. If I monitor this one particular flaw, the rest won’t be so troublesome.

  2. blacksox

    Lateral motion in a golf swing is open for debate. More often than not, it is misunderstood completely. Flexibility, agility and coordination are the variables that produce a dynamic flow back and thru the ball. Depending upon your skill level, the dynamic is reduced to efficiency. If your lower half remains centered on the backswing and “Lateral Left” on the downswing, this will give the upper half a chance to find “a sweet spot” or room to maneuver. The reason? The spine angle is NOT constant or stagnant throughout. Undertanding how you move through a ball, especially under pressure, is the journey for anyone who plays the game. The process is complicated and time consuming. Somedays are better than others. I agree, find the optimum level of movement and let it flow from the finsh back to the top and from the top to the finsh. Elimate trouble spots by giving yourself a place to move in a positive direction.

  3. Robert Evans

    Dude you hit the nail on the head!!! Excellent, excellent article. That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to get a lesson from you, to help me figure out what my tipping point is. Mine is the overswing/swing too hard/hit impulse “syndrome”.

  4. calvin

    Oh God, I cried.
    My valuable dream has died…………..


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