I will admit to being a little bit, er, myopic, when it comes to what other people are doing.
If I were a song-writer, my response to others asking if I wanted to hear their music would be, “Not really, doing my own thing here.”
So I would never claim to have taken interest in something other golfers do, since I’ve been doing my own thing with my swing research, but I found this graphic from Arccos Golf staggering when I came across it just now:
It’s been years since I played regular golf, so perhaps my memory is just fuzzy and I was playing with retired fellows and night-jobbers (I had a night job that season and so spent my days on the links with late morning or early afternoon tee times) who were hitting it that short.
Then again, your average retired player will likely be driving it longer than the average person the same age due to having much more time to practice and play, so perhaps the gents with whom I played were a little longer than these age averages for 60 and up.
I’m just amazed by the numbers. This is not a physical or athleticism issue, I’m positive, but a purely technical reason – it does not take huge strength to swing a 13 oz or lighter driver fast enough to get it out there, trust me.
You’ll recall my friend David D., who participated in a little project showing me working with someone else in “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video shot in the fall of 2016 – he was 73 years old at the time, and look what I had to say about him then:
By the way, I made an error a few weeks back when I said that David D. was 67 years of age – he told me yesterday that while he appreciated my shaving a few years off his chronology, he is actually 73 years young (which shocked me, because he has the swing of a 60 year old, and I told him so).
And he’s swinging better than he ever has in technical terms, with the new concepts and the work we’ve done.
Yesterday, he flew a handful of drives over the green where the flag was at 250 yards from our hitting station – which means he was flying drives 260 yards in the air!
If you’re reading this blog and have been following my posts, then you know that I’ve declared my research into the Classic model of the MCS Golf Swing finished and that I’ll be polishing my own swing while I work on a final video for this particular model.
Additionally, if you’re reading this blog and you’re not happy with your distances, especially with the driver, then you should be enthused about this upcoming video (no timeline as of yet, I haven’t begun shooting and likely won’t until the range is much quieter after return to school), because this graph will seem a joke to you in time.
Unless you have a serious physical limitation that prevents you from swinging a club in anything approaching optimal technique, then you will almost assuredly gain distance.
I remember promising a young college player who was struggling with his swing and back issues that he’d be at least ten yards longer when I was finished with him (and he was already killing it well over 300).
At the end of the week, I asked him if I’d been right or wrong about the extra ten yards.
“Wrong!” he exclaimed, laughing – “more like 20-25 yards!”
This is the thing about technique and why I’ve spent years working on it, studying it and building my own models – the better your technique, the better the results with less effort.
I nearly gave myself a hernia trying to drive it 250 yards when I was 25 and just picking up the game (I never swung a club in my life until I was 25 and a half), and now I can – well, just watch me at 43 and a half years of age, nearly two decades later, hitting 4 irons on the range with far less effort than back then:
A few points about this video clip:
- if you look closely, you’ll see how dirty that 4 iron face was, as I’d been hitting balls for some time with all clubs before I shot this clip, also:
- “Look Ma, no glove!”
- those were pretty worn balls, as it was getting near the end of the summer season,
- that 4 iron is my still-in-the-bag Tommy Armour Silver Scot, so its loft is a 90’s loft for 4 iron at 24 degrees,
- this swing model was the old “New MCS” model from 2013, which was the last model before I began building the current MCS Classic model, so it’s not even as good technically as the current one and
- I’d been at the range for likely 90 minutes to 2 hours by the time I shot this clip before heading home.
I’m telling you right now, there’s no reason the average golfer, one who struggles not from strength or mobility issues but technique, shouldn’t be able to drive the ball at least as long as I could hit a 4 iron when I was 43.
Because, you swing best using proper leverage over muscle effort.
All you need is to harness that lever system that is your own body, and you’ll see results you won’t believe.
I snuck out yesterday afternoon and played a round at a local muni with a visiting friend (when you live on Cape Cod, expect visiting friends in the summer!). One of the signature holes at Cape Cod Country Club is #12, a dogleg par 5. Ideally, you hit the drive out to the corner, then face 200 + yards into the breeze over a gully and up a hill to a small green. Missing left is a no-go, missing right and/or short leaves you a steep uphill approach to a small green you cannot see. Thinking about the effortlessness of your swings in recent clips, I set up my drive with a touch narrower stance, a typical strongish grip for me, and completed my back swing, from there starting the downswing with pressure into my left foot and letting my body unwind, I crushed it – Admittedly, the courses around here have had zero rain so I am sure the baked conditions aided the roll. But I hit the ball into the breeze and it ended roughly 307.453 yds from the tee! I had some challenges with a number of other iron and fairway wood shots that tended to go left or hook. But overall, for me, a fully completed backswing sets up effortlessness! My age? 66 yrs. THANKS – Your insights over the years have been nothing short of golfing wisdom…
Sorry, Peter – you mentioned Cape Cod and I had to reread your comment as I was dreaming of chowder the first go 😋
300+ in any conditions is a good pop and into the breeze means it’s a good’un, mate! Well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Very gratifying to know my musings provide assistance, let alone any of my videos. Thanks much for the positive feedback 😊
Chowder….anytime my friend! We can ship chowder base up to you – add heavy cream and you will be smiling…
Chowder….anytime my friend! We can ship chowder base up to you – add heavy cream and you will be smiling…and I do look forward to your next video!!
That sounds intriguing and very delicious, PA. I will shoot you an email when I have a moment! Clam & seafood chowders are my all-time fave soups, up there with Japanese ramen and Cantonese Hot & Sour.
Kudos Peter. I hit a couple over 300 today on the course at Fraserview and I’m the same age. Its all due to technique
What are the main differces from your last video compadres to what you are working on now ?
Hi Mike, long time no see, hope you’re well and playing again.
The next video is simply an update to the EMCS series from 2017-‘18.
Same model, just with some improvement to the setup & pivot action and of course much better execution & demonstration from yours truly 👍🏼
Hi DJ, I’ve just watched you smashing a 4 iron 250yds and noticed the shaft lean (almost a straight line from your left arm through the club shaft). Could you shed some light on the topic of shaft lean as I’m fascinated by your writing, provocations & insights. Thanks, Neil
Hi Neil – that is just a coincidence influenced by several factors – you want a forward-leaning shaft with any club at setup that is designed to contact the call with a descending impact, my hands were much closer to the middle of my stance at the time and I had quite a pronounced shaft lean with my irons when I swung in that style.
So because my left arm was angled inward due to the inside hand position, I would get that straight or nearly straight line with the leading arm and club shaft with certain clubs.
I don’t give it any significance but yes, you would certainly want some shaft lean with the wedges and irons in the setup as the swing bottom with descending impacts is beyond the ball itself.