If the Modern Golf Swing doesn’t…
I heard all of the uproar about Rory McIlroy’s drive at the PGA Championship venue Quail Hollow this week – a 365 yard carry with the driver is impressive!
I couldn’t wait to get a look at his numbers – I mean, the winning long drive distances from the 90’s were in the 360-380 yard range, and these guys had 135 mph club and 195-200 mph ball speed to get those distances in total, meaning carry and roll, not just carry.
So, I shook my head when I saw this:
“Hmmm,” I thought – 181 mph ball speed produced a 365 yard carry – and the 181 mph ball speed means Rory’s club impact speed was between 120-124 mph (since perfect impact produces a Smash Factor of 1.5, the minimum club speed to produce 181 mph ball speed is a fraction over 120 mph, and since he got 365 yards of carry on that drive, I’d bet the Smash was between 1.47-1.5).
“Hmmm,” I thought further… Rory McIlroy is able to carry the ball distances with a ball speed of 180 mph that would have won the Remax Long Drive championships hands-down as recently as 10 years ago…
We Interrupt This Posting For The Requisite Conspiracy Theory
Now, call me cynical, but Rory has just made a big splash and fuss the past few months with a major equipment change – his ball – and while I would never accuse anyone of fudging around with the algorithm** on the launch monitor (because it isn’t actually tracking the ball all the way, it calculates distance using launch specs and algorythms) in order to sell balls – not without evidence, that is… the recent ball change and accompanying hype did come to mind when I saw the numbers…
“Hmmm….365 yards Carry With 181 mph Ball Speed…”
(Note: I had a long driver who has been in the past few World Championship events tell me a while back that you can fiddle with the metrics on the launch monitors to produce varying distances and speeds on the same swing, which can be abused in the stores to sell equipment… just saying….)
We Will Now Return You To The Initial Posting
So, dispensing with the conspiracy theory, if those numbers are accurate – that means, it isn’t Rory – there are 15 Tour players right now averaging 120+ mph club impact speed, which would produce the same 180 mph ball speed with 1.5 Smash – it’s the equipment, namely, the ball…
No wonder he says this about his ball:
“The best ball I’ve hit in… ever…”
The modern equipment is wrecking the game, and will soon make every course obsolete.
I mean, next thing you tell me, a guy will be able to hit a ball so far off course that it goes 100 yards sideways – and still far enough forward to get it close to the green on his next swing…
Wait… Never Mind…
Although I’ll say this – if your swing was bad enough that you drove the ball that far off line with a persimmon club, you’d be parking the expensive cars and not driving them.
But there’s nothing to see here, move along…
I just saw Rory hit a drive on the 9th hole at Quail Hollow and, with 180 mph ball speed, he carried the ball 304 yards. He had 172 to the hole remaining on 488 from the tee box, which makes it about 315-320 yards with carry and roll…
That is completely in line with what I’d expect.
So, I’m inclined at this time to call “BS” on the 365 yard carry with 181 mph ball speed as delivered by the launch monitor… I know that launch conditions will vary from drive to drive and produce various carries, but 60 yards difference with only 1 mph difference in launch speed?
I don’t buy the 365, and that’s my personal opinion, which does not reflect the opinion of this blog… /update
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