I have to say, I haven’t actually watched much of the Remax Long Drive in years past. Something about not really caring anymore by the time they aired it over two months after the fact. Kind of hard to get pumped about a competition when you already know what happened.
Last night was different, and a treat. I missed the first half-hour so I got to fast-forward through all the build-up and get right into the swinging by the time I sat down.
And I didn’t get up, except to make a cup of tea, for the next two hours.
I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was by the technical improvement on the long drive swing since I last watched it. Sure I’ve seen video on Youtube of the winners, but out of the October 8, I’d say 5 or 6 had swings that look as good as you can expect, technically, from guys who don’t have the mechanical blueprint to the perfect swing.
All night long, I kept seeing moves in the swing that are part of the mechanically correct sequence. Obviously lots of flaws, but how cool was it for me to watch this and see that the two Canadians, Tyler Kellet and Jamie Sadlowski in the event (and hey, a nation of less than 35 million providing 1/4 of the world’s 8 Finalists!) had the best swing, technically?
Probably the two smallest guys as well – which shows you, technique can take you a long way (even to two Championship wins for Sadlowski) against bigger and stronger guys.
A perfect swing technique last night, either Tyler Kellet or Jamie Sadlowski could have won. They were that close.
Tim Burke put three balls out of the entire night in play, and they were all over 400 yards, the best being the winning blast of 427 yards to set a new Remax Finals record.
I was little surprised by how much lower the club speeds were for most of the competitors. Not low as in bad, but most were in the 130-140 range, when the world record is now north of 155mph. Shows you that the records for club and ball speed probably didn’t include a requirement to hit a grid with the swing.
This is the thing about technique. You can have a perfect swing and still lose to someone bigger and more powerful who just generates more leverage and power with their imperfect technique than your perfect one.
Tim Burke could use some technical work, but he’s taller than 6’6″ and has levers much longer than Kellet or Sadlowski. So, even with a flawed motion, he just overpowers them. The fact that Kellet and Sadlowski were even in the October 8 at their size shows how far technique can take you.
So, a great night overall, and I’ll be doing analysis of Sadlowski, Kellet, Burke, Miller and a couple of others, to be sure.
There is a big pool of athletic guys out there who could do some scary things with a perfected swing motion.