I Have A Baseline – 170mph Ball Speed (And Stance Change)

My three best drives on Tuesday averaged 170.3 mph ball speed so let’s just say 170 is my baseline for beginning the season.

I won’t bother to post session data for 2 reasons (I’ve actually already cleared it from the app this morning).

For one, it was my first day hitting balls in 10 months and it would be silly to post data generated before I’ve got some swinging done with more consistent ball-striking – it wasn’t bad but nowhere near what it would be with regular swing work.

The Setup, The Setup, The Setup

Second, I wasn’t swinging the way my new model work says to swing, so the data is not really pertinent if the swing mechanics weren’t up to snuff, but the ball speed is the ball speed.

I actually proved without trying to prove my point that the setup is all-important and the motion flows from that, because there was nothing really wrong with my swing mechanics as starting from the setup position.

In that regard, I am now wondering if I will be featuring two swing models on my site and with the MCS Golf Swing theory, because I am only interested in the best method of swinging a club… the optimal method.

Tuesday was the first time I didn’t swing with a left-dominant setup and motion, which was a huge triumph for yours truly, and it was evident in the fact that I was able to crack 170 ball speed after a ten month hiatus.

I have no doubt that, were I to continue to swing the way I was swinging on Tuesday, I would have gotten above 180 mph ball speed with regular swing work – you’re looking at an increase of 6-7 mph in club impact speed.


There was actually a moment yesterday when I went over the swing to see why I was early-rotation through impact, as I wrote in the previous post, that I realized, “Hmm, this is the setup that I was supposed to build, and I wasn’t doing that…”

It goes deeper than that – I hadn’t actually built the setup I am supposed to be using, because I was under the impression that removing the left-dominant feature of my stance and swing was the only change I needed to make.

That would have been it, except I could tell by my movement through impact that I wasn’t going to like this model of standard Classic Golf Swing if there were a more efficient way to swing.

I was going over the setup and swing motion this morning and the very first thought I had when I figured out why the setup had to be changed was, “Well, if this is the best setup for the best possible swing action, why would I swing any other way?

It may very well be that some people will be very happy with a proper, optimal way in which to swing in the Classic model, but if it’s not the best model, you’re only talking about the best way to swing in a certain manner.

I personally would only be and only am interested in the best. way. to. swing. period.

So, some thinking to do as I move on with the season.

My next session will be to make sure of the setup from which I want to swing in order to see the impact phase I want to see, and look at video.

At that point, I’ll start looking at swing data but I have a hunch which model I’m going to prefer, if I nail it.

More to come.


4 thoughts on “I Have A Baseline – 170mph Ball Speed (And Stance Change)

  1. Mr. McJohn

    I always found that given the body is built one way, that there would be one proper way to swing, barring natural deformities.

    I assume it’d be based on the joints, and how they move to create a good motion. I mean, if you are twisting or moving a joint incorrectly, then it would be harmful. If they move correctly for a free action without forcing the joints to move a certain way, it’s optimal. But given the body is built a certain way, there should be basically one proper way to do it, which is my point here.

    Again, setup is indeed the key component. I’ve always found that to be the case, simlar to your findings.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      Only in golf would this even be close to controversial.

      Swinging at a stationary ball, while standing on both feet – it all begins and ends with the setup.

      The model I’m working on, I just realized is the absolute simplest way to swing from the optimal setup.

      If I’m correct about it, I will be at a loss as to how anyone can struggle at the motion if they have the setup.

      Time will tell.

  2. BM

    Looking at your setup prompts me to ask a question about it. You setup with the trail knee several inches inside of your trail foot. Does that impede full rotation of the lower trail side? Does the MCS suggest as full a rotation as possible? What I mean to say is this: The resistance of that setup would perhaps stop a free rotation of the trail leg into the backswing. Is that a goal of the MCS? Suppose you had a trail leg hip replacement? How would that impact the setup and rotation aspects of the MCS? Much thanks for your deep dive into this…

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      Hi BM – there’s nothing restricted in my pivot, and yes, as full rotation as possible. The kicked-in knee is to facilitate a proper setup (one hand is lower on the shaft than the other so adjustment elsewhere is required) and you’ll see that on the pivot, the knee straightens, so there is no restriction to the pivot rotation.

      As far as a hip replacement, it shouldn’t be an issue if the hip joint has full mobility after surgery/recovery/reb.

      Nothing more to it than that 🙂

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