So I knew something was going on today when I got home with video.
You all know that one of my pet peeves on golf swing analysis is the ridiculous “using the ground” excuse the analysts use when they simply have no clue what’s going on and still want to sound knowledgeable about what you’re seeing on your screen.
Simply, launching one or both feet into the air while swinging a golf club does nothing to add speed or power, rather it is an anti-injury move because the swinger is either not using a proper weight shift to the leading foot and/or doesn’t want to damage the leading leg or hip.
I hit some awesome balls today after struggling through the first half of the bucket, all because I got sloppy with my posture – but when I realized what I was doing and straightened back up to a taller address, it was game, set and match.
Rory Mac is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, and he’ll be moving up on that list, if these numbers below carry out… and if you want to know how he’s doing it – athletic talent counts for a lot, but if you haven’t noticed this, you haven’t been paying attention!
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’ve been taking a little break from things after returning from California on Saturday evening. After a week of intensive swing consultation, it’s nice to unpack and just relax a little.
One thing that came back to mind was how amazed I was that Blake Elliott could generate the distances he got with his driver. I’ve always felt that my driver distances were a little short of what they should be, based on my irons and wedges – and Blake showed me I was correct.
If you aren’t familiar with Mike Dunaway, he is largely regarded as the father of modern long driving and who passed away last year around this time.
I must confess, I’ll never lose that drive for the maximum distance and power, because I’ve always been a power swinger.
What I set out to figure out, around ten years ago, was how to make that power more consistent and repeatable, so that I could keep the ball in play and, even better, out of trouble with missed shots.
Many of my readers will remember my postings in earlier days on the “trebuchet” effect found in the golf swing.
Now, the “trebuchet” concept I brought up from time to time didn’t really work for some people in the sense that it was more a vague notion explaining the “drop” of the head to the rear and back during the down swing.
It seems there would be another way to explain leading side leverage however – the trebuchet!
It seems winter is conspiring against me, knowing how eager I am to get back out there for the 2014 season and seeing how it’s still freezing out there. At least most of the snow and ice are gone with a recent couple of days above zero, but come on… last year, we were out of doors (with some ranges, including my facility) by mid-March.
I have nothing, absolutely nothing today, as I can only wait and stew. Thought I’d dig up a favorite posting or two from my Smash Golf blog… as I said, I’m dying to get back out and start playing golf again….