Update – I found a swing clip where Blake was working on hitting some wedges and irons with his eyes closed.
The reason for that, of course – if you can adhere to the MCS principle of swinging with a stable head, then it shouldn’t be too hard to find the back of the ball, especially for the shorter clubs (shorter swings).
The irony of working with Blake Elliott of McNeese State on his swing is that we haven’t tried to do anything to increase his power and distance – it has just increased as we increased his leverage and efficiency in order to make him more consistent with his ball-striking.
I’ve said that the optimal technique for increasing accuracy and consistency will also be the model for combining it all with optimal power and swing speed.
I got Blake on video playing the 340 yard 2nd hole at Pine Dunes the first time we were on the course together last week, and this isn’t the -1 round that he shot after some swing changes – that was a couple of days later.
This was the day he played the front 9 trying out the first day’s changes, I mentioned that after playing some different shots from places on the 1st hole, he went -2 on the 8 holes afterward – here is an easy birdie on the 2nd.
I am preparing for the drive back to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, but not before a lunch-time stop at Whataburger, which I’ve been told has great burgers.
Speaking of vittles, while in Bullard, I have had some of Ribmasters‘ excellent Texas BBQ (brisket, potato salad and pinto beans), and also Legends‘ massive “Hulk” burger, New Orleans style (two 1/3 lbs ground brisket patties, and N.O. style means with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, thick sliced bacon and sweet bourbon sauce) with toasted jalepenos (and I got to sample a piece of Trey’s fried catfish from the same place), so I have not been wanting for great Texas eats while down here.
I followed Blake and his father around Pine Dunes Resort Golf Clubyesterday (rated #1 golf course in Texas by Golfweek Magazine), which plays a little over 7,100 yards from the tips and has a difficulty rating of 74.4/131.
If you’ve never seen this course, it is tight, lined with pine trees down both sides of every hole, and if you don’t control your ball (you can miss a fairway by only 3 to 5 yards in places and never find your ball), you will score off the planet – the perfect venue for Blake to see if he could control the ball with the swing changes he’s making.