Driving For Distance – Remember Impact

impsI have blogged on this topic before, but I cannot stress enough the importance of having optimal impact conditions when trying to drive the ball longer.

Improving impact will get you more distance, and faster, than trying to increase club impact speed.

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The “More Outside” Takeaway – DJ’s “Perfect Pivot” Swings

dj watts impact driverHere are some swings, face-on and down the line, of what my swing looks like taking the club away a little more “outside” than the “straight inside” path I’d been using since completing my personal¬†MCS “Perfect Pivot” swing model.

As we discussed before, it seems that you can use the outside takeaway to eliminate both a too-right and too-left path at impact.

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Dustin Johnson Is Simply Awesome

dustin johnson topIf you’ve been paying attention to this season’s PGA Tour events, you may still have missed out on the sleeper player of the year so far, and that’s Dustin Johnson.

It’s not just the first major win, taking the U.S. Open at Oakmont – that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of a season that is taking on epic proportions for DJ.

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Once Again – Why Jack Nicklaus’ Swing Was So Great

jack nicklaus - blake elliottI’ve held Jack Nicklaus up as the greatest golfer of all time, and for more than just that he won 18 majors.

He won 18 to Tiger Woods’ 14, and throw in 19 runner-up finishes to Phil Mickelson’s 11 to date.

The most majors ever, won over a span of 25 years (a quarter century!), compared to Woods’ 11 years of major winning, the most runner-up finishes, and the 3rd most total wins on Tour.

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Jordan Spieth On Hitting Wedges…

spieth wedgeGolfdigest and Golf.com are publications who just always seem to be posting face-palm type articles, most likely because of the lag time in publishing something in a magazine after the initial thought.

You know, the type of articles that look more like a tongue-in-cheek poke than actual advice for the struggling golfer.

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Back In The Saddle (Swinging Again!)

djI got the swinging bug again down in East Texas a couple of weeks ago – there was a moment when Blake had mentioned just sitting and watching me swing myself, and taking notes.

So one morning, I said, “So you want me to hit some balls?”

He nodded, and that was that.

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High vs Lower Heel Impacts (Blake With Iron)

heels at impactThe irony of working with Blake Elliott of McNeese State on his swing is that we haven’t tried to do anything to increase his power and distance – it has just increased as we increased his leverage and efficiency in order to make him more consistent with his ball-striking.

I’ve said that the optimal technique for increasing accuracy and consistency will also be the model for combining it all with optimal power and swing speed.

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Congrats Henrik Stenson, Champion Golfer Of The Year!

Henrik Stenson of Sweden tees off on the first hole during the final round of the British Open golf Championship at Muirfield in ScotlandA hearty congratulations to Henrik Stenson, Champion Golfer of the Year with his Open Championship victory, and what a historic win it was!

Imagine if someone had told Phil Mickelson that, going into the final round back 1 stroke, he would shoot a score of 65 and lose, he’d have thought you were insane.

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Open Sunday – Phil or Stenson?

phil-mickelsonIf I said that I had any clue who is going to win the Open this weekend, even going into the final round, I’d be lying.

I’m sure, of course, that it will be either Phil Mickelson or Henrik Stenson, who are 5 & 6 strokes ahead of 3rd place, but it’s Scotland and the weather could be a factor.

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125 MPH Club Speed? Come On…

dj imp momentusI had to relinquish my title of “Longest Driver I Know Personally,” last week down in East Texas, because I couldn’t keep up with Blake when he got going with that leveraged swing.

I’ve got him by probably 80 lbs (35 kilos), but he’s producing so much power that I’d have to start working out again to match him (as in swing work, not gym work…).

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