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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