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  1. Have you put an aiming magnet on your club face to check alignment? What looks open to many is actually square.
  2. I gained 10 mph in clubhead speed and lost 20-30 yards on my average drive due quality of contact and accuracy issues. A theory that I've heard, which I tend to agree with, is that speed training helps the low handicappers who already have excellent mechanics add speed. It also helps high handicappers who need to swing faster and more athletically in general. For mid-handicappers like myself, the swing sticks can magnify swing flaws, which certainly happened in my experience. Now, I'm working on my swing mechanics. I hope to get my mechanics in good enough spot that I can go back t
  3. I think I heard that too, but his swing mechanics would make hitting a curve ball extremely difficult. First, he had a lot of head movement, making the pitch harder to track. Second, a curve ball is breaking down, so to maximize your window to hit the ball, you need to swing up (an exaggerated visual from Ted Williams book is in this post). By swinging down on curveballs, he took his margin of error to almost zero. I’m really impressed he was ever able to hit a professional curveball the way he swung. It would have been fascinating to see what he could have developed into if he had s
  4. There is a live thread going about baseball vs. golf right now, which got me thinking about the time that Monte played and how instruction was so different in both sports. Michael Jordan was the best athlete on the planet and tried his hand at baseball during the same timeframe Monte was doing well on the Korn Ferry. I found his ability to hit as well as he did incredible. Some of the best hitters I ever played with likely would not have been able to perform as well as he did. And yet, the instruction he got from Walt Hriniak was miserable. Baseball back then, but now t
  5. Just my hypothesis, but I feel like a lot of amateur practice swings look smoother, but have the clubface wide open. Golfers intuitively sense that they need to get the clubface closed in some way when hitting a ball, so the "ball swing" loses some of visual smoothness, but hits the ball more effectively.
  6. Yeah, reading The Big Miss by Haney was pretty illuminating. The book provided good insight into Tiger's desire to always improve, but I couldn't help but think how much better Tiger might have been had he worked on developing his skills differently. In much of the book, it seems like Tiger is working on areas that seemed to me to be largely aesthetics-driven. Imagine if he had worked on increasing the driving distance gap between himself and the field. For iron play, it seemed to me like he would have benefited from an externally-focused goal instead of an internally-focused on changing
  7. For me, the issue is not the act of chasing perfect positions, it’s the act of chasing positions that have no impact/detrimental impact in play (but someone believes they are perfect positions). Every player has to work to get better, but they need to work on the right things. In every sport, the competition is getting better every year. Even if you are a top player now, in a few years that same level of play will leave you on the outside looking in. To be successful, you need to make changes and improve, but so many of us went down the wrong path and spent our precious
  8. Thanks Monte, Read your other post; it is awesome. I love the story. I knew your Dad played in the MLB from one of your posts or videos, so I had looked him up on Baseball Reference and saw he played a year for the Cardinals. I didn't put it together that he played the year Brock broke the record; that had to be really cool. I've always thought that era of baseball would have been really interesting to play in, so I'm sure your Dad has some great stories. With the Busch family owning the Cardinals, it seems like it had more a family feel back then if he interacted with them at
  9. Monte, Thank you very much for sharing; this is a great story. The big takeaway for me is that I really need to understand the swing mechanics that I am targeting and focus on improving in that direction. If someone at your level can get poor instruction, a recreational guy like me can certainly get it. I always find these types of stories fascinating. Behind a lot of great players is a great coach. I'm sure there are a lot of guys on tour right now that would tell you they wouldn't be there without the help of a certain coach. It is just one example, but Billy Horschel credit
  10. Monte, I don’t think I have heard the story about you chasing aesthetics, which led to studying the swing more. I’d love to hear more about that (or maybe you can point me to a post/link if you have already discussed it.) I have found some of the best coaches share a similar background. They were pretty talented in their field, practiced a lot, but did not improve or even got worse, so they focused on really studying how to teach and improve. Nick
  11. Yes, I am spending a ton of time working on swing mechanics, including working with a coach who trains some long drive competitors. Primarily, I just want to play better, which for me means more consistent center face contact (driver and irons) and controlling the clubface better to manage curve. But, it is a lot of fun to work on more swing speed as well. Right now, he has me working a lot on getting loaded in the backswing and getting more a body-driven downswing. It is always hard work to make swing changes, but I'm really excited to see where I'll be at next summer with a few m
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