I had just gone out to get some exercise and make some full swings, but I predicted late last winter that I’d be increasing my numbers with the tighter pivot that I had worked on.
You’ll remember that I had said I’d be able to get some numbers following the “E = MCS” video project completion… however…
I warmed up with a half-dozen irons and grabbed my
TM RBZ Ben Hogan CS3 driver, circa 2006, since I had broken the face on my RBZ last week.
Now I know why…
I ripped some drives with the Ben Hogan, then a few with the KZG PFT300, some drives with the Geek Dot-Com-This, and finally the SMT Nemesis long driver.
One thing I noticed was that I can no longer consistently hit the Geek nor the KZG very well, as the shafts just can’t take the loading – everything with them was going right of right.
I was absolutely pounding the SMT, with a heavy, mushy feeling at impact that I haven’t experienced before with that driver.
I went back to the CS3, which has a 7.5 degree loft with an Aldila NV-H 70-S shaft on it (yeah, it’s an oldie but a goodie, right, Chief?), and after a couple of massive drives, I couldn’t resist getting the Swing Speed Radar out to get some ball speed numbers about halfway through the bucket.
I was in the high-170s-to-low-180s in ball speed with my CS3 driver and kicked myself for not having gotten the camera out when I hit 183, because I like to get proof of the things I say I’m doing (no need to embellish when you’re swinging MCS, as anyone who has hit balls with me will attest), so I got it out and…
I Hit 187 MPH With the Ben Hogan CS3
I was surprised, because I’m not really in swing shape – I’ve probably hit balls 3 times in the last two weeks, and that includes today, and I did it with a driver I haven’t really used much at all and am only using now because I haven’t had time to get a new “go-to” driver since breaking the RBZ.
I recorded 188 mph ball speed with the SMT Nemesis a bit later, but was disappointed because I had been crushing that club before I got out the radar and camera and was running out of juice by the time I got the radar going for the Nemesis. I figure I was in the low 190s at the least at some point early on, but I’ll have to wait to get those numbers later.
And before I tuckered out completely, I registered 161 mph with the Momentus Power Driver – you saw guys yesterday on TV in the 150s and 160s, at the U.S. Open!
Now, I was getting pretty tired at the end (the regular driver is no problem to swing all day, but the longer long drive club and the Momentus will take it out of you if you hit enough balls with them), but I’m looking very realistically at 200 mph with the Nemesis, and at least 165 with the Momentus, if I take the numbers when I’m fresh, or perhaps after increasing my stamina over the next few weeks by swinging more.
Just saying… how does a 47 year old guy who is just a swing researcher, analyst and very nearly the definition of a couch potato (with a back back, scoliosis) who doesn’t work out or even hit balls every day, get this kind of ball speed?
Wax Nation knows the answer of course – technique, namely the MCS “perfect pivot” and leveraging which I maximize with the new setup procedure that will be in the new video.
Ironic that I was swinging a Ben Hogan driver and using his pivot action, wouldn’t you say?
And if I hit 200 mph ball speed, I’ll be taking a serious look at a trip to Oklahoma at summer’s end to dip my toe in the long drive pool, Senior section…