Proper MCS Setup = Longer Drives (Attack Angle, Spin & Carry)

The raw numbers data for this posting can be found on the top page & a previous posting.

The numbers session with the GC Quad provided some data that will interest those wanting to know how to drive the ball longer without killing yourselves.

Along with power and speed, you want optimal impact conditions to drive it long with efficient effort and you want the mechanics to provide this action so you don’t increase risk of injury and of course to maximize your performance.

You can see clearly if you look at the impact picture in this posting how the Driver head is arcing upward into impact, creating what one calls a “Positive” Angle of Attack or Attack Angle, which is what you want with the Driver.

Driver Head Is Arcing UP At Impact…

This will effectively increase your Launch Angle (the angle at which the ball leaves the tee, where zero is a flat-line launch), which will lower your spin rates, which will create a longer carry!


Because with a lower Launch Angle, you will need more Back Spin to get the ball higher into the air, and backspin is the enemy of distance when it comes to the Driver.

The higher the Launch Angle and the lower the Back Spin rate, the longer and further you’ll carry the ball with the same ball speed as one with a lower Launch Angle and higher Back Spin.

Looking At Some Data

I hit 5 drives for this session with the Callaway Rogue driver, a 9 degree club set to 8 degrees and with a 46″ Fuji Pro 2 6X shaft, and the average carry distance was 302.8 yards with an average total distance of 324.6 yards.

So, how does a 48 year old swing researcher and analyst do this without hitting balls every day and working out in the gym, and without a club speed of 125 mph?

Well, it’s this – on those 5 drives, I got an average Attack Angle of 4.5 Degrees Up, and Chris at TXG Golf (my analysis technician) was telling the Welshman and me before I picked up the Rogue that the optimal AoA has been shown to be about 4 degrees Up….

I’ll show you the first 2 drives with Attack Angle, Back Spin and Carry highlighted:

Drive 1

Drive 2

Additionally, Chris had commented that low 2,000s in Back Spin rate is “perfect,” so if you want to know how DJ Watts can drive the ball well upwards of 300 yards without a 130 mph club speed or 190 mph ball speed, it’s because I was nailing those two specs (AoA & Spin Rate) just about perfectly.

You’ll notice as well that even though my 1st drive had a 1.4 mph faster Club Speed and slightly higher Ball Speed, the slightly higher AoA & slightly lower Back Spin on the 2nd drive gave it virtually the same length carry as the 1st, 306.6 to 306.5 yards, but notice also that it produced a longer total drive, 334.3 yards to 327.7 yards!

Spin Rate & AoA will affect your driving stats as much as Ball Speed will, my friends.

So, you can drive it much longer with the same swing speed if you don’t have 4 degrees Positive Attack Angle and low-2000’s Back Spin.

It all ties in together – higher Attack Angle reduces the need for a high lofted Driver to get the ball up, and the lower loft produces less Back Spin than a higher one.

That all equals longer drives with the same speed numbers.

This will lessen your reliance on muscle power to produce higher club and ball speeds, and that will lessen your risk of injury.

The Good News?

The MCS Golf Swing model I’ve built is designed to produce those 2 factors, provided you follow the setup procedure to build your Stance – that’s what I’ve been doing all these years.

I first began finalizing this MCS Golf Swing model back in 2014, and notice that earlier that year in the spring, I was getting a negative AoA on the ball with the higher Back Spin, even though I was using a lower-lofted driver (RBZ at 7.5 degrees to the Rogue’s 8 degrees) and got slightly higher ball speed – the carry and total distances were shorter:

DJ Drive – April 2014

Notice as well that I’m nearly 5 mph faster in club speed at 48, a month into the season, than I was 4 years ago a month in (this year’s season due to cold weather began a month later)!

So, without my finalized MCS model, I couldn’t get a positive AoA to save my life, but now, I’m getting upwards of 4 degrees positive, and if I showed you some stats from the Ben Hogan CS3 driver from that day, I was able to get over 6 degrees positive with it!

It’s all MCS.

Add to that the fact that MCS will help you reach your highest speed and power numbers without increasing your risk of injury because it’s the model of the way the body is built to move and therefore swing a golf club.

How else does a 48 year old guy who doesn’t work out and has had less than a dozen practice sessions in the last six months average 118 mph swing speed and around 170 mph ball speed on those 5 drives?

Technique plays a big part in that equation.

So, in addition to increasing your speed and power with lowered injury risk, if you follow your MCS setup procedure, you should be able to produce the same AoA and Spin numbers that I got hitting a Driver I’d never seen before that day.

Note: And if you already have the “E = MCS” swing video with the supplementary “EMCS2” video or the “MCS Golf Swing” eBook, which lay out the setup procedure quite extensively, I’ll be dealing with more of this data in the upcoming “Project 2018” video – but the window on the discounted Advance Order price closes tonight at midnight!

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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing:

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6 thoughts on “Proper MCS Setup = Longer Drives (Attack Angle, Spin & Carry)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks Tom – it depends on the size of the Driver and steepness of the face, but I do tee the ball up higher than standard, because with a 4 degree or more positive AoA, I’d hit the ground behind the ball at the bottom of the swing arc…

      So it’s variable depending on the driver head size, but high enough that the ball center is level with or near to the top of the head, usually:

      1. targettom

        Gotcha. I found I have better control if I tee it a little lower than that, sometimes I get too much draw spin when it is high. Last year I tried an Epic Subzero and was getting 1700 rpm with 5 to 7 degrees + AOA. The Trackman website online simulator says that should be ideal but the Callaway rep fitted me to an Epic that was more like 2000-2200 rpm. I havent gone back to test this year’s crop of drivers yet. I havent hit 300 yards yet but I’m optimistic.

        1. D Watts Post author

          I have no idea why Trackman would suggest 1700 RPM, that’s way too low and the ball won’t “float” the way it will in the low 2000s.

          The Callaway rep had it right at 2000-2200 I daresay, because that’s what I’m getting and I have no issues. Plus, I already know that low 2000s is the optimal spin rate, even before Chris mentioned it… he just confirmed what I already knew.

          Look at Justin Thomas’ drive at altitude in Mexico City…

          Spin is a hair on the low side but with 178 mph ball speed and +5 AoA, he’s closer to perfect than if he were at 1700 RPM…

          Keep up the work and you’ll hit 300 yards, especially if you get the right impact conditions!

  1. Van

    These are eye-opening numbers DJ.

    As you say about yourself: a 48 year old swing analyst who doesn’t even play golf, generating these numbers!

    I don’t know why the pro’s are not beating your door down for this knowledge. Mystifying. I love the data, thanks for providing this and please keep it coming!


    1. D Watts Post author

      Thanks much Van! I have actually just posted the data for the 7 and 5 irons, which I was compiling as you left your comment – I’ve got it on the header page and will be posting this to the blog feed right now – hope you like! 🙂 DJ

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