Video: How Quiet Is A 330 Yard Drive Swing When It’s MCS?

I have a swing on video from the May session at TXG Golf that didn’t make it into the 5 drive series that I compiled to look at the Launch Monitor specs, this one being from my “warm-up.”

It was actually one of my longer drive carries, at 307 yards, and I just wanted to show how “quiet” a swing is when you leverage it properly.

You won’t see any big head drops, no jumping or snapping leading foot, none of that “trying to kill it” kind of stuff you see when some people are trying to get it out there.

Just quiet leverage – in fact, Chris, the TXG technician who took care of me last week when I went back in to get some more data from the Foresight GC Quad Launch Monitor and check out my club path through impact, remarked to me that I didn’t look like I was swinging hard at all.


So, how many good things can you see in that screen grab of the data, since it didn’t save to my session?

  • Roughly 169 mph ball speed, higher than the PGA Tour average of 166 mph,
  • 118 mph club speed at impact, higher than the PGA Tour average of 116 mph,
  • 4.3 degrees positive or upwards Attack Angle, when anything around 4 degrees is optimal,
  • 2192 RPM spin, when low 2,000s is what you want for the best ball flight
  • Near dead-center contact, just a shade off, which would account for the 1.43 Smash Factor (best is 1.50), and which is why the ball speed wasn’t 175+ mph
  • That all adds up to 307 yards carry and 331 total yards, just 8 yards off center-cut!

I like that the camera was slightly to the left of of exactly down the line, because that allows you to see my leading foot through the entire swing, which you usually can’t on a straight dtl shot – and if you watch that foot and my head on the down swing, you’ll see complete stability:

The only thing I would change – which I did – is the high hands at the top, which made the club shaft not slot optimally (the behind-the-back angle makes the swing plane look much steeper than it was, but it wasn’t optimal), causing the -4.4 degree out-to-in club path.

That’s all I’d change, and that all I did change, because as you saw from last week’s data, I hit a drive last Thursday that was nearly identical in specs, except for the club path, which went from -4.4 out-in to +0.6 in-out:

A difference of 2 yards in carry, 1.2 yards total distance, 0.3 mph in club speed,  0.03 mph in ball speed, 0.3 degrees in the Attack Angle and a mere 61 RPM in back spin, when you compare the two drives.

Like I said… nearly identical drives.

But I like the second one more, because of the club path, which would make my overall driving more consistent and accurate than one with a pronounced out-in club path.

So, if you think it takes a Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods to drive a ball 330 yards, and it means either being 6’4″ and built like a basketball shooting guard (DJ) or having to pump iron in the gym all day and destroying your back and knee in the process (TW), then guess again.

A 48 year old couch potato who lifts more pints of beer than dumbbells can do it, walking off the street and hitting a few warm-up drives, or even after a full week off swinging.

How do you do it?

The easiest way is… through technique, which provides all the leverage you require to produce that kind of speed power.

The equation for that swing of course is “E = MCS,” which breaks down to

  • Proper Setup
  • The “One Major Move”
  • Leveraging the Down Swing With The Legs and
  • The “3 to 9”  Sequence Through Impact

Put all those together, mix well, and enjoy!!

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Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency? 

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

“E = MCS” The Swing Video

8 thoughts on “Video: How Quiet Is A 330 Yard Drive Swing When It’s MCS?

  1. Uncle JJ

    DJ – You’ve always been a big hitter, but these numbers are eye-popping. Good on ya!

  2. Mr. McJohn

    As we always say in martial arts, technique over muscle power. That’s the key to efficiency and power. I completely agree with this. Economy of motion equals accuracy, where proper pivot and body coordination equals power.

    For one thing, I could pivot into my punch and knock someone down onto the ground without any effort, whereas if I were simply to punch hard without pivot it would be close to useless.

    Technique over muscle power. No injuries there, and plenty of power and efficiency.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Welcome to the comments section, Mr. McJohn. And you put it all into a nutshell:

      Technique over muscle power. No injuries there, and plenty of power and efficiency.

      That is exactly the purpose and the premise of the MCS Golf Swing model and theory. No more, no less! 😀

  3. Jason

    Cool DJ. Like the old school flying elbow, though this is something you have since changed a bit since this summer along with the hand position?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hey Jason! Burning that midnight oil I see? 😉

      Yes, I got rid of the flying elbow, not because it’s not mechanically-correct, but because it’s not optimal in the MCS swing model. I tend to get steep when I swing with the flying elbow. It doesn’t matter when simply hitting balls, but on the course, it can get to be a problem when you’re trying to hit a fairway or green.

      As is always the case, the worst of your swing habits will come out under pressure, so it’s better to try to swing optimally for the best results at all times.

      As you see, I had no problem getting the ball out there with the flying elbow, but I didn’t lose any power getting the swing more on plane, in fact, I probably added some, as I alluded to in the other day’s post.

      So… I always say, swing as the model dictates for the best results. That includes yours truly 🙂

      1. Jeff

        “As is always the case, the worst of your swing habits will come out under pressure, so it’s better to try to swing optimally for the best results at all times.”

        And there are my struggles right now in a nut shell. On the range, I am pretty close to a machine (for me at least) – even when switching clubs after each ball. Routinely get the ball to carry 275+ with the driver and irons really good too. Everything pretty much on target. Even received a few comments and one guy asked if I could help him with his swing, which HAS NEVER HAPPEND in the past. 🙂 Step onto the course, and it’s horrific. Right now I am in the “it’s a mental game” part of things I guess. Old habits and too much thinking come rushing back when I am on the course. Always been my problem.

        But man do I love the range! So I got that going for me… which is nice.

        1. D Watts Post author

          Hi Jeff!

          A good way to prepare for the course is to use the range time as a simulation, Jeff. When at the range, treat every shot as you would one on the course.

          It’s easy to fall into a rhythm of raking and banging balls, and the hand-eye coordination takes over because there’s no pressure, allowing you to stripe balls in a groove. If that’s not what you do, then this is an opportunity to tell others not to do it.

          There is no groove on the course. If you look at my swing clips, I treat every shot as if I’m on the course – look at my target, make a practice swing or two, then get over the ball and pull the trigger. Even if I get careless or just plain make a bad swing, I will step away and repeat the routine rather than pull over another ball and hit it.

          On the course, I try to do the same thing – take in the info, decide on a club and target, then make my practice swings, step in and pull the trigger.

          Oh, and of course – try to have one swing thought and not a bunch when making a swing! 🙂

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