What I found was that it wasn’t just the head that weighs more – the entire Momentus driver has a mass of – are you ready for this? – 500 grams, which is actually more than one pound of weight!
Comparatively, the standard modern driver (like, say, my dearly departed TaylorMade RBZ) has a mass of “between 250 & 280 grams, depending on the shaft type…”
Now, remember that I have posted about swinging the Momentus, and that I’ve actually recorded ball speeds averaging nearly 160 mph with it (with a high currently of 161 mph, and that was after an hour of swinging different drivers, when I was getting tired), and that the Tour average ball speed with those featherweight modern drivers is 165 mph:
Keep in mind that I don’t work out in the gym or do any other type of strength training. The only “workouts” I get are the one to two times per week I go to hit balls, either to test out something new or simply to get a little bit of free swinging in.
Because, I don’t have to swing all day, every day, or even anything near to that, to maintain my MCS swing model – once you have it down, it’s like shooting free throws.
You can go years without playing basketball and then, given 5-10 minutes to warm up, you can hit free throws as easily and many as when you were playing every day.
DJ Hits 187 MPH Ball Speed
The day I got up to 187 mph ball speed using an old Ben Hogan CS-3 driver (the same day I recorded the 161 mph with the Momentus), I hadn’t swung a club in over a week.
So, it’s just fascinating to me that the “Modern Golf Swing” proponents are always talking about how much power and speed it produces, when it really doesn’t.
Just saying it doesn’t make it so.
I was watching part of the PGA Tour Travelers event yesterday, and while Jordan Spieth was making a driver practice swing, a remark was made on television about “quite a bit of speed there!”
“Compared to what?” I thought, knowing that Jordan is among the lowest-speed producers on Tour…
I immediately checked – Jordan Spieth’s average club impact speed is 112 mph, my friends.
That is not to bash him, as he’s just won his 10th Tour event at the age of 23 – just saying what is what.
This is Jordan Spieth trying to get all of his average of 168 mph ball speed out of his driver with his modern golf swing:
And here’s a 47 year old couch potato swinging a driver twice as heavy (or thereabouts) than 23 year old Spieth’s, and getting a little lower average speed than his, and watch my head and leading foot on the down swing and through impact:
Young Spieth, by the way, is of course a professional golfer, who stands 6’1″ which is my height – and he’s also the son of a former collegiate baseball player (dad) and collegiate basketball player (mom) and whose brother plays college basketball as well… so no, it’s not a lack of athletic talent.
It’s the swing model he uses.
Imagine what this kid could do with a proper swing.
And – pardon me, but – I can fall out of bed and produce higher than that speed on demand, and many have seen me do it, so that’s not an outrageous claim I’m making – and I don’t play golf for a living and practice and swing every day, so… “speed?”
Not really, Golf Channel/CBS announcer…not when he’s ranked lower than 100 in each of the driving distance, club impact and ball speed categories.
It’s rather…un-speedy, to be honest.
Let’s face it – if a lowly swing researcher like me can produce ball speeds approaching Tour average, using a golf club that weighs nearly or actually twice as much as what they’re using, and if I can hit a whole bucket of balls with the Momentus while these Tour players are all going down with swinging injuries…
Something’s wrong, and it isn’t with me… perhaps it’s with the way these guys are swinging?
DJ Swings Momentus & Modern Drivers – Same Swing Model