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.

I have never had a problem hitting the ball a long way, but there is no comparing how I drive the ball now, with a positive impact angle (where before it was negative or “hitting down”) and having a less outside-in path.

Those two things alone allow me to drive the ball longer with less effort than I was doing even four or five years ago.

And how do you get those impact conditions?

By following MCS principles, of course!

Here are 3 Impact pictures showing Jerry “BT” Crowell, Blake Elliott and yours truly:


What you see from a PGA instructor & tournament player (Jerry), a Division 1 college player (Blake) and the guy who built the MCS swing model (DJ) are essentially the same impact conditions for a long drive, using the MCS swing model.

You have the body with the proper right-biased spine tilt at address, the body itself well “behind” the ball position, and then of course the beautiful “upward” attack angle at impact, getting that ball launched on a low-spin and high-trajectory flight.

It helps as well to have a higher club impact speed, of course.

I won’t deny that my maximum ball speed last year was 195 mph (which translates to a minimum 130 mph club impact speed with a 1.5 Smash, and a higher club impact speed with a lower Smash than 1.5).

I also won’t deny that the 51 year old Jerry Crowell has over 120 mph top impact club speed, or that the 5’9″ & 140 lb Blake Elliott tested at 125 mph club impact speed a couple of weeks ago at GolfSmith.

But here’s the thing – when I worked with both Jerry and Blake on MCS‘ing their swings, the work was largely on Address Position, and then some modification of their actual mechanical action.

Their speed increases from the 100-teens came from improving their address positions as much as any modifications to mechanical action.

Three MCS Address Positions


Here are the 3 address positions – for 3 different swingers who have different builds and physical specs – remarkably alike, yes?

That’s because it’s the MCS address stance, and would be the same, from every MCS video since the “MCS – Ultimate Leverage” video from my 2014 work with Jerry on his swing model.

So, what does that mean for you?

If you have any of the MCS videos, especially the last two on the MCS full swing (“Kinesiology of the MCS Golf Swing” and “MCS – Perfect Pivot”), and you haven’t been paying special attention to your address setup – then here is your problem if you’re struggling.

You must take a hard look at your address position, and that means usually a picture or taking a still from a swing clip – either way, you have to make sure you’re in proper position with your eyes and not just, “I feel like I’m in the right position…”

We’ve talked about how feel can be misleading, and so you can’t rely on feel if you’re trying to change your stance and swing.

You have to make sure.

And then, you’ll be nearly done, because 90% of the golf swing is being in the proper position from which to make that swing!


2 thoughts on “Driving For Distance – Remember Impact

  1. Jess LEUNG

    Sorry for asking questions that are not related to this post, but I would like your opinion on the technique of Seve Ballesteros.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I looked at his swing years ago, Jess – a very long and loose swing, with good power. He learned to swing hitting a found 3 or 4 iron around the beach where he grew up in Spain, if I recall.

      There are tales of his being wild off the tee, which he could be at times, but his real problems with control were likely from the brain tumor that eventually took his life – it’s not as if there wouldn’t have been ill-effects from the disease before it was great enough to garner a diagnosis.

      I could whip up a little piece on him if you like…


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