I’ve said that the scourge of Modern Golf Swing instruction and practice is that people who have no business injuring themselves swinging feather-weight clubs in the modern age are doing so.
I mean, how do you hurt yourself swinging today’s driver?
It’s because the clubs and balls have evolved from the Classic Golf Swing era, where if you couldn’t hit the tiny sweet spot on the persimmons you couldn’t play golf, let alone for a living.
Now with the super-material clubs of today with balls that let you drive it as far off the toe, heel or any other part of the face as you would on the sweet spot of said persimmons, players are not only able to play with swings that are less than ideal, they have the confidence to swing much harder than they would if they had to hit that little sweet spot, thereby increasing the torque strain on the back, muscles and vulnerable joints.
I’ve also said that if you gave today’s players the old balls and clubs of, say 50 years ago, they’d quickly put themselves in traction trying to move the ball any kind of distance with these wonky swing models.
Now, imagine giving one of these heavy clubs to an X-Factor swinger and telling him to let it rip.
Yes, keep the emergency medical services number on speed-dial.
You see, mechanically-sound technique is exactly that – if you wouldn’t swing or try to swing a Momentus Heavy Driver with the swing you use for a regular club out of fear of injury, then you know right away you’re not swinging mechanically-correctly.
I wrote a post back in 2017 about having achieved 161 mph ball speed with a Momentus Heavy Driver and range balls, comparing that to the PGA Tour average (at the time) of 165 mph ball speed with modern clubs and balls.
Momentus Swing – 2017
This swing above in real time motion shows how I’m swinging the club with leverage and not lower back twisting or muscle strain, and I’m not jumping out of my shoes, I’m just employing natural leverage that comes with a mechanically-sound action.
Now that I believe I’ve fixed all of my swing issues with regards to replicating the optimal model of the MCS Classic Golf Swing, I’m going to take another crack at that 161 mph ball speed when I’ve had a few swing sessions.
Say, could I get 170 mph ball speed with the Momentus?
In fact, I’m toying with the idea of starting all of my swing work (after a warm up) with a few balls using the Momentus.
With the SC300i launch monitor, I’ll be able to track the speed each time I use the club.
Considering I was able to swing the Momentus with the exact same swing motion as I did with my TaylorMade Rocketballz driver:
Momentus vs Rocketballz
… I expect of course to be able to swing it in the same manner as I do in the optimal MCS model.
In fact, that would be the test of the model – if the model and the motion are indeed optimal, then I would be at the lowest risk of injury swinging the Momentus.
I’ll keep you updated on how this goes.
This brings up an interesting question. Will hitting a heavier club with a slower swing speed equal more force to the ball? More distance? In other words, can I make a smoother swing with a heavier club and end up with more distance?
That would be correct, BM – if Force = Mass x Acceleration, then more mass equals more force applied to the ball. If Momentum = Mass x Velocity, then more Mass again increases Momentum. You just have to balance the reduction in momentum (luckily, a properly swung club, even a slightly heavier one, will still have acceleration into impact) and the amount of increased mass.
Ideally, you want an accelerating club head with high velocity for optimal impact conditions. However, I’d need a physics degree to tell you how to optimize the difference in mass, velocity and acceleration.
About ten years ago however, I took an R7 Quad driver and put heavier inserts into it (I had a TaylorMade rescue club that used the same inserts as the Driver but heavier), and I did notice that I got a lot more pop with a slightly slower swing than with the regular inserts. It’s not scientific, but it is something anecdotal that goes along with the science.
You could likely hit a club fitter and see what kind of results you get – and of course, I could see if I can dig up the old clubs I used for that experiment (I rarely discard clubs, and it’s getting to be a problem) and re-conduct that rudimentary test, now that I have the SC300i launch monitor!
I have some new rear weights coming for my Ping G400 max. I will report my findings. I’d like to see what effect they have.