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…).
We were hanging out at the range down the street from his home, near the end of my week there, and I grabbed the heavy driver (Momentus, 36-40oz) to demonstrate how you can still hit long drives with it – not by muscling it, but by leveraging it.
I was not too bad, hitting 280 yard drives or so (carry distance) with the limited-flight balls at that range (we had the trees and telephone/powerline posts laser measured out to always know how far the balls were flying), and then when I hit Blake’s driver, I was able to get some to the far end on one bounce.
If you are leveraging the club properly, you will not hurt yourself, or at least you shouldn’t, because you’re swinging the whole body with an MCS swing.
Well, if I was pleased with that, Blake eventually wanted in on the action, so he grabbed the Momentus – and was hitting it out of the range on the fly, just past the start of the heavy brush and tall grass.
I was steaming. I grabbed the Momentus back from him, and managed to get some balls out where I had already sent them, but not out of the range.
I swung that thing as hard as I physically could – to no avail.
To add insult to injury, when Blake switched over to his driver, he was sending limited-flight balls OUT of that place, over the power wires lining the end of the range.
20 feet in the air, out of the range, with limited-flight balls.
Gone, baby… GONE…
I grudgingly conceded defeat, and Blake generously offered the consolation that I was swinging in my sandals, not golf spikes.
It didn’t matter – he started hitting his 3-wood, and those balls were leaving the range on the fly.
Unfortunately, that 3-wood didn’t survive my trip – he must have broken it, because something began rattling around in the head, and I’m wondering if TaylorMade has the capacity to make fairway metals that don’t break – it’s his 3rd broken TM metal head this year, and now I know why.
After he dropped me off at Dallas Forth Worth airport, he went to GolfSmith to check out some clubs, and while I was relaxing before boarding the flight to D.C., he reported to me that he was hitting some off-the-shelf drivers at 125 mph club impact speed on their tester.
So, this is how you drive the ball crazy distances, friends – not by hitting the gum, but by improving your swing efficiency.
And look at the club speed numbers of the top guys on Tour:
That number, my friends, you can take to the bank. I know he was in the 100-teens before we began working on his swing at the end of May, but he is gaining more and more power, the more he gets into that MCS leveraging stuff.
Because it’s leverage, not muscle power.
Big, BIG Leverage…
I made a comment a few weeks back, half in jest, that Blake is a long driver who plays golf, and I’m not laughing anymore – he has the game to make huge waves in the NCAA Div-1 golf pool in the future, if he gets going.
So I’m officially no longer the “Longest Driver I Know Personally.”
But to be honest – I’m quite alright with that, considering who it is who took my title…
PS: DJ doesn’t like to lose, so there may be some working out and range-hitting going on soon… fair warning, Blake!