The Final Step – Part Two! (Long Drive)

OK, so I said the other day that I had found my optimal setup and mechanical action for the golf swing.

Well, that’s correct, but I omitted something – I am going to do the same thing with my long drive swing, because – you guessed it – the long drive swing is slightly different from the regular driver swing that you use for playing golf.

And by different, this is what I’ve observed when swinging the clubs this season between irons and the driver.  I talked about how there was effortless power when you combine the leveraging of the leading side with the power of the “push” side, but that is with the “regular” swing.

MCS “Regular” or “Cruising” Driver Swing

And, if you accept that there is a difference between the regular swing and the all-out long drive swing, then you’re mostly there.

This is why, and we’ve all been there, you have the following scenarios:

  • Why do you always hit the ball so squarely with a “regular” swing and then when you try to swing even just a little bit harder or faster, when you want to “put some mustard on this one,” things usually go awry?  Sometimes you tag it, most other times you end up watching your ball sail off-line, even if you smashed it?
  • Why do long drivers, who study and train for long drive, still have issues through impact even when their swings are nearly flawless?
  • Why did the smooth-swinging Mike Dunaway struggle to play scoring golf when he gave the Senior Tour back when he turned 50?

The answer to all of these above questions, I believe, are to be found in the one or two subtle differences in the setup of the driver swing between regular and long drive (and most everyone is setting up for the long drive swing as if it’s a playing swing), and I will be testing this theory out on the weekend.

I am pretty sure of what I’ll find out, because of this:

This swing above is an example of “using the ground” in the proper sense, and not the ridiculous “using the ground” you hear on TV when the swinger in question has a left foot that is jumping or twisting all over the place.

Here’s a simple and yet seemingly obvious rebuttal to the “using the ground” guys on TV – if you’re in the air, you can’t be using the ground

I mean, did I really just have to write that?

Watch my right foot on that down swing above, and you will see, as I’ve mentioned, how the heel left and step-around are delayed until I’m past parallel with the SwingRite on the follow-through.

That is because I am actually using the ground, or the floor in this instance, on the down swing, for that all-out leveraging action.

So, why can’t you use this type of action for a regular swing?

For starters, it isn’t designed for that – you don’t have to hit a ball 200 yards with a 9 iron, even if you can.  That’s what a 7, 6 or 5 iron is for, depending on the conditions, and the proper club for the situation is not the one you can use only if you swing out of your shoes.

“Regular” 7 Iron

Granted, if you have to get the ball over a tree and only a 9 iron will do it, and you have 190 to the green, you may just say, “To hell with it, I’m not punching out, I’m going for the green,” and in that situation, sure, swing the way you see me swinging the SwingRite.

Second, you’re going to have a hard time playing 18 holes and swinging that hard on every shot.  A four-round tournament?  Good luck with that.

Smooth & Steady

So, the swings I showed in the clip posted yesterday show the regular “playing golf” swing technique that I’ve finally built for myself using the standard MCS Golf Swing model, and now I’m taking a look at the subtle difference between that action and the long drive action.

It will still be the MCS Golf Swing model, as you will see when I have some video, just a little different, because of the purpose and goal of a long-drive swing – absolute, all-out power, combined with mechanical-correctness for the optimal long drive action.

More to come!

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2 thoughts on “The Final Step – Part Two! (Long Drive)

  1. Laser

    “if you’re in the air, you can’t be using the ground…”

    –Here’s one difference between golf and long drive: how high they tee the ball. And, if you’re predominantly (or exclusively) using the right leg for power, then the left foot had better be in the air because violently transferring all that momentum to an anchored left side could do some damage.

    In baseball, the ball is comparatively much higher than in golf, and you’ve shown photos with the batter’s left leg quite high in the air.

    In regular golf, the combination of left-right might produce better accuracy, less chance of injury, and less fatigue…and it’s better adapted for hitting down with lofted clubs.

    1. D Watts Post author

      And, if you’re predominantly (or exclusively) using the right leg for power, then the left foot had better be in the air because violently transferring all that momentum to an anchored left side could do some damage.

      Well, that’s WHY they do that, as I told Frank Nobilo back when he gave me the shout-out during the Sony Open – but that’s improper.

      We have two legs. To use one leg only is flawed mechanics, because two legs are better than one.

      So, how NOT to end up like that is to use both legs, and yes, I’d have more right leg in my long drive swing than my regular swing, because I’m swinging to produce more speed and power than my regular swing – but you won’t see me launching myself into the air to use more right leg… I’ll just use more right leg!

      You should all know that when I say I’m working on something, that there will be something revealed…

      Stay tuned 😉

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