Part of the reason hardly anyone on Tour can drive it the way Jack Nicklaus did in his day (if you take persimmon and balata era drives that Jack hit, perhaps 2 or 3 players today could even come close when you factor in the equipment tech advancements since then, not to mention the run-out fairways that are quicker than yesteryear’s greens) is that he had a huge back swing.
That back swing was generated by the “floating pivot” and of course the “floating heel” that comes with this mechanically-correct move.
What people have forgotten in their quest to re-engineer something that didn’t require it (namely, the swing mechanics of the classic era) is that elastic tension between the hips and torso isn’t what creates a great back swing and shoulder turn.
It’s one way to do it, sure, but it is not the proper way to do so. If it were, you’d see baseball players swinging with their feet nailed to the ground, and pitchers winding up with their feet nailed to the ground.
So, the simple recipe for a great back swing is a big turn and arc. Jack Nicklaus did that, and even though you’d say I have a longer back swing than him, his was longer than mine.
Here’s how you can see:
If you look at the indicators of a great pivot, the left arm and thigh, you’ll see that Jack’s got more left gate than do I, and if you straightened my left arm, my arc would be slightly smaller than Jack’s.
Not only that, I like to relax my wrists to feel the weight of the club at the top, and a standard 90-degree angle to my left arm to the club shaft would make my back swing top position close to Jack’s, with his being a little longer than mine.
And he did that all with the hips and legs, not by rubber-banding his torso against his hips.
Jack would KILL it today. Kind of like this guy:
And Jack’s no fan of the modern swing, either.
The greatest ever player and one of the best ball-strikers ever when he was at his best, and no one is trying to swing like him?
I don’t get that at all.
If you want to hit it longer, then get more hip turn in your back swing.
And you’ll still be able to walk when you’re done playing golf.