This post is going to be very simple and let the video speak for it. Having a good transition is about having good rhythm and turning everything is sync together.

We all know backswings that are too fast are bad, but slow backswings and initiating the downswing by isolating body parts are much, much more of a problem with rhythm and transition than fast backswings.

Leading with the lower body on purpose or trying to add lag with the hands are just two of the many examples of isolating body parts to create something that should happen by itself…all these “isolations” do is throw off the transition and take the swing out of sync.




  1. Peter Balogh

    I think my watch went backwards when he showed the fast swing LOL.

  2. Brian

    Another great post. What are your thoughts on the Tour Tempo concept that the ratio of backswing to down swing is (or should be) 3:1. I have recently revisited the book and loaded the 27:9 tones on my iPod and find I have very consistent, balanced ball striking. Listening to the tones seem to take my “brain” out of the swing resulting in a smoother swing with a more natural transition. Before, my biggest question was how to start the downswing. Again, a great post!

    • Monte Scheinblum

      The thing about concepts is…if they work for you, they are good. I know that is not very profound, but it is the simple truth. I listen to books on tape and music on my ipod while I practice to take my brain out of it.

      To me, starting the downwing is about two things. Understanding what a proper release feels like…and making everything (release, shoulder turn, hip turn)work in sync to start the down swing.

  3. Carrera

    One benefit of the Tour Tempo concept is that for many people it SPEEDS UP the backswing, which makes the swing more natural in that there is less time to build tension and downswing swing thoughts.

    Folks with slow backswings often build up tension and use the backswing to think about what they want to do in transition or in the fraction of a second downswing.

    On driving ranges, I see many more people with backswings that are too slow, than the opposite.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I can always count on Carrera for a good comment. I agree with him 100% that slow backswings are a bigger problem than fast ones. Like I said in the video, when the backswing is too slow…having a quick transition is about your only choice.

      • BruinMel

        Monte, do you remember our conversation about “Tour Tempo”. I do agree it speeds up your backswing. The question is whether you should use 21/7 or 24/8. LOL.


  4. Andrew

    I’m guilty of the too slow backswing. I know I have too many thoughts in my head. I started thinking of when I throw a baseball. I don’t think of where my elbow is halfway thru or where my wrists angles are. I just throw the d*&^ ball!!! Is this what golfers who began at a young age do? They look at the target and swing? no? How in the He!! do I get this point? The ipod thing sounds good. It’s driving me crazy. Monte I’m signed up for lessons and will get video loaded maybe this weekend.


    • Monte Scheinblum

      Great. we are going to simplify things and get you into one swing thought and not worrying so much about positions of body parts.

  5. Paul

    Good video. I guarantee you, you can get lost real quick and for many years in a bad way if you try and isolate moves throughout the golf swing. Imagine for instance, trying to perfect the X-Factor and a transition move, to improve your game. These two subject areas alone generate more ink and fill up more golf editorial calendars and generate more ad revenue, making the industry very rich and happy. Meanwhile, we’re stuck at the range and on the course trying to find our way. (Oh, but have fun, enjoy nature, enjoy your day.)


    I’ll bet you there aren’t many pros, if any, that think, let alone understand what happens in the golf swing on the mircro level. For example, if you look at very high speed video say of Tiger or Padraig, (see Kelvin Miyahira’s work), you’ll see that in their transition, they execute a closed hip bump accompanied by a clockwise rotation of the hips before they release the club. Try taking that to the range! Does this happen because they work on it? No, it most likely happens because they work on athleticism, tempo and speed.

    I think the two most important videos on this website are ones that talk about plane/proper release and “hips lead dowswing or do they”? The “hips leading” video especially helped me forget about trying to manipulate a transition and let me begin to add athleticism and SPEED, in balance, into my downsing. There is one move, however, I make off the ball which helps me in transition and DS and that is lagging the clubhead on the takeaway. If I let my shoulders start the BS with no arm or hand manipulation, LCT occurs naturally. It’s not a big move. It just happens and pays dividends later in the swing.

    Monte’s work in these two videos has liberated me to think about what can improve my ballstriking. Kelvin’s theories on doing speed training to increase clubheead speed, not slow motion or position training, is the next step in my education.

    Brillant work, Monte. Thanks for helping me learn more about the golf swing–simplifying it and letting nature takeover.

  6. RexTak

    Great video! I have one of those really slow backswings, as you pointed out in the video I sent you. The problem for me is that when I try to speed up my backswing, everything else that follows in the swing speeds up, including the transition and the downswing. The counting doesn’t seem to help me. Maybe I’ll try your iPod idea to see if that helps.


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