Transition sequence is everything.

That’s why you see all sorts of different swings be successful at every level.

Of course a more efficient backswing makes the transition easier…but this is where I focus most of my teaching. Your transition has to link things up and makeup for what ever idiosyncrasy (flaw) your swing might have.

The “just get quick crowd,” lag losers, OTT, EE…etc….all that stuff can at least be managed by transitioning more patiently and better.

Last year I learned a lot practicing for the Remax on this subject.

I make a big lateral move in my long drive swing…when I don’t, I slow down.

When I get that far off the ball, if I pull the handle, I EE like a man fresh out of prison.

The shaft gets steep, elbow gets behind the right hip, I EE and slow down.

When I send my right shoulder out, everything links up. The swing feels and LOOKS slower.

I didn’t have my Flightscope today as I forgot to charge it. I did have my SSR, which I have calibrated to be about 8 mph faster than the FS.

When I transitioned properly I barely felt anything and was getting 137-140 mph consistently. Two people watching said it looked like I was barely swinging.

On Several, especially as I got tired, I pulled the handle and got hoots and hollers. 129-133 on those…and not solid.

This is the issue people have when they shorten the swing and don’t like the change as, “It feels powerless.”

LESS WASTED EFFORT feels slower and less powerful…and a poor transition and exertion looks faster to a bystander…but the measuring devices and ball flights don’t lie. The idea of just swinging easy is masking a poor transition.

I hope my old, fat, out of shape, injured body holds up.




  1. Daniel

    So true.

  2. Mark

    Monte, this transition is something I’d like you to look at when we hopefully see each other next month. My driver swing is all out of sequence and I can’t seem to link up.

    Great stuff as usual.


  3. Calvin

    Why does this work?

    • Don Lissen

      Who said it works? You don’t know where his target was or where the ball landed.

      At around (6:19)he says, “SNAP back this left leg.” Do we know any 70-time winner, former #1, left-knee-broken pros who have had to deal with the consequences of that?

  4. Dogballz

    Right shoulder out?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      When a shoulder turn is too vertical, the right shoulder goes more toward the right hip. When the shoulder turn is more around the spine, the right shoulder will work out toward the ball more.

  5. Don Lissen

    “EE” ??

    –Electrical engineer??

    “swinging easy”

    –Maybe it’s just a feel that pros get without depending on their arms. (Pros are the only ones saying it.)

    If you watch Moe Norman on Youtube, he said things like, “never brute force…effortless power…never any violence…no strain…no struggle…”

    And, yet people who personally played with him or saw him hit have said that he “wasn’t short” and “could carry it 265,” well after his competitive days.

    [This is not a commercial for Moe. He said, “Don’t copy me, you’ll be sorry.”]

    • Jake G

      EE= early extension aka an “action” that monte would censor with a goat

      • Don Lissen

        Thanks, Jake.

  6. sa79

    I have a very fast tempo swing. A few instructors have told me to slow down my backswing. Sometimes this has helped my ball striking, but other times it has not.

    I think my tempo stems from my playing style in basketball, being a goalkeeper in soccer, and sprinter in track. Everything was quick motions.

    Recently, I have gotten multiple remarks on how smooth my swing is which is shocking considering the quick tempo. This is only every few rounds when I am hitting the ball well and I can feel the smoothness on those swings too. Other times it seems violent and forced (obviously, the days that I don’t play well).

    Bottom line, I am experiencing this first hand. My quick tempo is fine as long as I transition well- for me it’s letting the club fall then leading with the right elbow. Although, the past few weeks, my backswing and hip movement have this transition impossible..

  7. John

    I recently read Harry Vardon’s book, published in 1922, THE GIST OF GOLF. I don’t have it in front of me so this quote isn’t exact, but it’s close.

    “When my cleek is being peevish, I shorten my normal three quarters swing to a bit past half, and soon all order is restored.” He states many times in the book that he only takes a full swing on “the odd occasion when necessary”preferring a three quarter swing as his stock move. It struck me as very Monte like, which is why I remembered it. Note he didn’t say he didn’t swing forcefully, just a 3/4 backswing which he felt greatly increased his consistency. Every time I am struggling, and think to shorten my swing, it works, with no loss of power, in fact increased distance is the norm. Every time.

    The low scoring average on tour is called the Vardon Trophy is it not?

    So Monte, your teaching is in very good company. Great post.

  8. Martijn Bruins

    “Right shoulder out”, monte, what do you mean with that?

  9. Roddy

    Exactly what you’ve got me working on right now!! Still struggling to consistently get the shoulder to work out, but when I do the results are great!

  10. north

    Where/When does the transition start?

  11. Duncan

    Monte student here. I’ve become 3/4 and slow looking and increased impact, consistency and ‘effortless’ distance as a result.

    BUT! This is where it fails and I see others fail. It’s an internal problem. You swing 3/4 with good grip pressure, bump dump and the turn gives you beautiful impact – THEN your brain thinks “hey, this rocks, let’s try a little *harder* and see what THAT can give us!” Before long you’re (I’m) overswinging, casting and fatting the **** out of it wondering what the heck went wrong. That positive feedback of crisp strikes can literally ruin me. It’s hard to notice and control throughout a round.

    • DaveMD

      I agree. That’s exactly my experience. Lately, I’ve been ignoring the inner Gorilla and all’s well.

  12. Chuck Schreiner

    The irony of this is when I am trying something new that I believe is hard, my whole tempo gets faster. It’s almost like a phase of learning for me to calm it down. The last step tends to be patience in transition. Especially when I am working on transition things like r elbow or zipper away. It’s like a panic and unneeded effort. I think this is why practicing half swings is so hard…the lust and panic to see ball go far makes the patience hard for me to come by.

    So that’s my personal takeaway from this. Patient transition in half swings.

  13. chris mcveigh

    well monte im seeing you on sunday i hope watching me doesnt screw up your thoughts for the remax

  14. Tom

    Do you see too vertical turn going back in good players, and too vertical in downswing as response?

    I know your plane release vid proves that it’s easy to turn at 90 to the spine when you don’t factor in any arm lift….for me it feels easy to turn too vertical in the first half of the backswing especially if you lift arms enough to be parallel to target line at 9 o’clock

  15. Larrybud

    I think a proper sequence looks slower because there are fewer moving parts.

    It would also be interesting to see what the SS is on the club head at each moment of the down swing, so as to measure acceleration/deceleration. I think pulling the handle *might* have a SS increase, but it happens before impact, and the club head is actually decelerating at impact because you have to dump all that lag too soon.

    Obviously SS at impact is what counts.


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