“Well (Insert famous tour player name) does it, so that means it’s OK. “

Just because a famous golfer has some anomaly in their swing and succeeds in spite of it, doesn’t mean it’s ok for you to keep doing it.

There’s probably a good reason why a only handful of great golfers do move X, whatever it may be. It makes things harder and through thousands of hours of practice, he/she made it work.

What’s even worse is when the anomaly is given credit for the success by the golf media.


So if you have a move in your swing and someone who knows what they’re talking about suggests you eliminate it to make things easier on you, responding that Joe Stick won the 1942 New Hebrides Open as a reason it’s OK, is a recipe for never improving.

Jordan Spieth isn’t good because of the left elbow poultry, he’s good in spite of it.

We all have inefficient moves in our swings, even Adam Scott and Louis O. (Dont make me spell it).

Great players have learned to match the parts with that anomaly, if you’re a 15 handicap, you have not. 😜



1 Comment

  1. Marek

    Just a side comment: Spieth’s bent left arm in the follow-through is not a flaw but him fighting the centrifugal force, keeping the club close to his center as long as possible and preventing the club face from flipping over. He knows what he is doing and it is a great skill to be able to do it that way. His follow-through intent helps to shape the rest of his swing. Nevertheless Monte is not saying it is a flaw, he is using it as an example of an unusual move, which I agree with. Same for the main message of his post.


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