We’ve had no snow on the ground for weeks now but the temperatures stubbornly refuse to climb above freezing, so we hold…
All of this ball speed and club speed talk has reminded me of the day I was trying out the Geek Dot-Com-This driver I had received from Jerry Crowell, the teaching and playing pro with whom I worked on his swing a couple of years back.
You would never know looking at his swing in the Instagram posting I saw on my feed this morning that Tim Burke is a 2-Time World Long Drive Champion (2013 & 2015), because this looks nearly like a standard swing.
I would love to see this same swing in a face-on view as you can never see everything in a swing from one angle, but down the line, Tim is looking nice, to say the least:
He not only eliminated the #1 Ranked swinger (Maurice Allen) the day before in the Round of 32, he’s got the classic lifting heel pivot, the awesome right-tilting spine at impact with the head behind the right knee, and a flawless left side position.
You can also watch the live streams of head-to-head matches on the World Long Drive Facebook page, as competition is already under way (Round of 32).
This will be the first year in a decade that we won’t see Jamie Sadlowski (Champion in ’08 & ’09), as he has hung up the long drive clubs to play tournament golf.
That’s got to be what happened, because the only other explanation for showing a Rory McIlroy drive carrying 365 yards on Wednesday at the range would be that there’s some fraudulent representation going on somewhere.
I will admit that my initial thought when I saw a 365 yard carry with 181 mph ball launch speed was, “My God, the balls are going way too far!”
Of course, that would be anyone’s initial thought if you figured everything was on the up and up, right? But then… I thought a bit and…
If the Modern Golf Swing doesn’t…
I heard all of the uproar about Rory McIlroy’s drive at the PGA Championship venue Quail Hollow this week – a 365 yard carry with the driver is impressive!
I couldn’t wait to get a look at his numbers – I mean, the winning long drive distances from the 90’s were in the 360-380 yard range, and these guys had 135 mph club and 195-200 mph ball speed to get those distances in total, meaning carry and roll, not just carry.
I dug this old post up from the former blog, as looking at JT’s address and swing motion here are nearly bang-on with the MCS model and address position, especially the current MCS as shown in the MPS “B” or Playing Swing video.
Hello to JM, who sent me this book to look at back then!
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If you look at this video compilation of Mike Dunaway’s swings back when he was the dominant driver on the planet (John Daly said MD was longer than him, Greg Norman called him the best driver of the ball that ever lived, etc.), you’ll see what I was talking about in my posting on the knees being “shock absorbers.”
I want to also mention Mike’s website Dunaway Long, for those who weren’t aware that he has returned to golf after a lengthy absence.
It has always been a mystery to me why Mike Dunaway wasn’t a household name in golf from the ’90s going forward.
Swing techniques have improved over the years, but you still won’t see a better swing action than Dunaway’s from years ago.
When I did, I saw something even I’ve never noticed before (not that I sat around watching javelin throwers, I was always on the track when I competed, no field except for high and long jump).