Guy by the name of Monte Scheinblum, who is a golf instructor out of California.
I looked at his swing back then and wondered why he was swinging planted-heel style when his best action years ago had been the classic floating heel action.
For long drive, you’re going to wreck yourself trying to swing planted-heel, and for an example, former Remax Champion Ryan Winther has fallen out with injuries just about every year since his win back in ’12 (at least, he did in ’13 and ’14, though I don’t know about last year).
So, this was Scheinblum’s action back when he won the ’92 World Long Drive Championship:
Compare that to a video of his swing from a couple of years back, and you’ll see all of the bad stuff that happens with you swing planted-heel for power:
Restricted hips, less than 90% shoulder turn, and no natural leverage (broken kinetic chain), leading to the need for more muscle power, and of course, increased risk of injury.
Monte dropped in to comment after that posting, and he said about his planted-heel:
I thought you’d be entertained to hear I was told to dump the floating heel when all the swing gurus were tearing my swing apart.
I had missed at second stage of Q school several times in a row and was ignorant enough to listen to the experts. I haven’t done it for so long, it feels unnatural when I do it again.
Fast-forward to this year, and Scheinblum is taking a shot at the Seniors division in the former Remax, now Golf Channel/Long Drivers of America’s WLDC next week, and he’s now floating his heel again:
Monte Scheinblum Long Drive Practice
The floating heel return is a definite improvement:
And check out the erect posture, relaxed spine and angled stance he’s got going on dtl:
All of that is good, of course, but there is one area where, unfortunately, he’s not improved, and in fact has gone from good to bad:
To be fair, there is a slight tilt in the picture of his ’15 address stance, but no tilt can obscure that he’s hugely left-biased in his address stance.
Nearly vertical spine where he had the right-ward tilt in ’13, and this is why he’s jumping off the ground through impact.
No one should be swinging with a left bias, and if you’re going to do it in long drive… remember what happened to Tiger Woods’ back trying to bomb it from a left-biased stance… so a big caution flag there.
Combine his ’13 address with his ’15 swing action, and he’s there.
But not yet…