Today is the first day of the US Open

The irony is hundreds of thousands of golfers across the world will be grinding harder on their swings, yardages, routines and shots more than most of the guys playing the the world’s toughest test.

The thought of the day is eliminate your thoughts, movements and checklist down to a very few.

Don’t find exact yardages. Eyeball the nearest yardage marker, pick a club and just try and hit it solid with one simple swing thought like…”Natalie Gulbis is hot even though she wears too much makeup.”

Don’t grind on your setup, green reading, throwing up grass or type of shot you should hit.

Visualize the shot, give the line of you putts a once over, put the ball in motion and enjoy the game.

Today is a day to celebrate how great and fun golf is…not grinding the fun out of it with 4 minute pre-shot routines and 15 step swing checklists.

I did all this stuff in the past and it kept me from being at Pebble this week and the 15 previous Opens, as well. I played much better when I had one simple thought, pulled the club from the bag and hit it all in one motion.

Look at me as a former drug addict trying to be a one man intervention and help the golfing public learn from my mistakes.

One might feel the hypocrisy in my statements as I talk mechanics almost every day.

The difference is I am throwing everything I can think of out there so that all of you can find one thought (and one thought only) to put you in the right direction.

If you play in the next four days, play as if you knew nothing about golf other than hit the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible…before their were sprinkler heads, laser finders and video.

I am trying to travel this path and I bet you shoot just as low or lower, but you will have more fun and not leave the course exhausted, or like you just visited the proctologist.

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  1. gwlee7

    ” just try and hit it solid with one simple swing thought like…”Natalie Gulbis is hot even though she wears too much makeup.””

    That made almost spew coffee all over the screen. Well played sir. 🙂

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  2. Calvin D

    “….even though she wears too much makeup”. That’s one too many thoughts Monte.:)

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  3. Bob

    “Today is a day to celebrate how great and fun golf is…not grinding the fun out of it with 4 minute pre-shot routines and 15 step swing checklists.”

    I’ll drink to that! Great post, Monte! Thanks.

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  4. S.

    “The difference is I am throwing everything I can think of out there so that all of you can find one thought (and one thought only) to put you in the right direction. ”

    Here is the genius of that. First, feel is not real, so somebody might not be doing what they think they’re doing.

    Second, different people will perceive the same action in different ways. If you are both pushing and pulling, some people will see it better as pushing, others as pulling–regardless of what is really happening.

    Third, the way to making something happen might not be by trying to make it happen, as you point out with LAG.

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  5. Christian

    I got one step closer to this in my round yesterday. Even after all your rants about slow play, I still take a little longer than I should – better than last year, but I still think too much. Yesterday I had to beat a storm that was going to arrive in an hour and 15 minutes or so and was trying to fit in 9. I had also just come off a terrible round Monday night so I decided to forget about writing down stats (or even score) and to play as fast as I could. I got around 9 in just under an hour and shot my best round of the season.

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  6. Michael

    I’ve seen her in person. She’s still pretty damn hot man, even with the makeup.

    Girl does need a cheeseburger or somethin. She’s got little chicken legs.

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  7. meateater

    Great post, monte. Can I add one thing? If people are waiting behind you, play with a little urgency. I politely waited and waited in the fairway the other day for the group of older gentlemen on the green to finish. Then I saw that three of them were standing there waiting for the fourth to get off his fucking cell phone. That’s the kind of crap that leads to problems for everyone. And really, would it hurt them to walk BRISKLY off the green?

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