So I knew something was going on today when I got home with video.
For those of you who want to do this for yourselves, it takes a little practice to time the landing of the ball with the signal you give (I usually tap my thigh with my hand), but when you get it right, you can then time the impact-to-landing pretty accurately.
Now, you can have a high hang time for various reasons – if you pop the ball up and it just balloons on you – I’m talking about smashed drives with a nice, high and flat arc that you have to shade your eyes sometimes to see landing, but let’s not get caught up in that – I just knew on that drive that I smoked it and you’ll know why when I get the video edited.
So – who says you can’t use the Ben Hogan-inspired “perfect pivot” action for a long drive swing?
Because, these are the best I’ve ever made with any model…
For now, I guess the 3rd time this season was the charm, because if I’m not “there” with my long drive swing, then I will really be excited once I am, because I added more leveraging elements to the long drive swing model I’m working on, and knew right away when I went from “not bad” to “OK, what just happened?”
What happened… here’s the fun part in that I’m trying very hard to keep a “feel” of what I’m doing so I can compare the “feel” to what is going on when I look at the video, and I could see the transition when I stood taller, put a little more “kick” into the right knee at address and remembered to “stay back” with the head on the down swing.
These are things that will become automatic with reps, but it’s so much quicker in the progress (and most importantly, so I can describe it to you all) when you can remember what the “feel” was, and how much better the swing got when it clicked in.
So, when I remembered to stand taller, over the feet, to “kick in” that right knee a little more than I’ve been doing with the regular swing, and to “stay back” on it – wham, bam and “ma’am, I was there…”
Another thing I was doing was trying to hit an entire bucket with no more than 20-30 seconds between balls, because if you’re going to do long drive, you don’t get all day to prepare for a swing.
It wasn’t exactly “rack’em and smack’em,” but I like to keep a crisp tempo and not dawdle over the setup.
So, if I can get a couple of adjustments to sink in and stick while I’m hitting balls, I not only get a rapid feedback on the striking difference, but it will help if I decide to compete, in which situation you really need to be able to decently hit about 3 balls per minute when there are time limits.
I’m now going to take it up to the next level – going after them but good, and using the Momentus Heavy Driver to work out with (no weight program yet), because I can’t think of better training to swing a golf club than to swing a heavy golf club.
Then I’ll start getting some numbers.
One last point – I don’t know how it takes the modern swing guys all the time they take to “warm up” before swinging or playing – I hit three balls with the 6 iron and then two or three with the regular driver, and then it was on.
An hour of long drive swinging later and while my left hip and lats feel “stretched out” (the added leverage components, because I’m a lefty “puller,” after all), I’m good to go, and I certainly didn’t hurt myself.
So… they’re doing it wrong…
More to come!