Tag Archives: Long Driving

Claude Harmon III & “Using The Ground…” Oh Boy

We’ve all been amused and confused by the continuing litany of this new concept in Modern Golf Swing instruction called “using the ground,” and this is installment X of “What On Earth Does That Mean?!?!?”

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John Daly – Still An All-Time “3 To 9”

If you’re looking to see how much power and speed you can generate when you get a proper down swing release action from the “3 To 9” phase, John Daly is still an all-time example.

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Luke List – How About That Swing?

If you want to see what I would call a great swing on the PGA Tour (because I don’t say that about many swings in this Modern Golf Swing era), I got a look at Luke List this week.

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Long Drive + “Perfect Pivot” = WOW (Day 2)

OK, you can probably tell I’m having some fun working out the last little details on my long drive swing action, but today was extra fun when I got home to look at the video.

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.

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Rory McIlroy Showing How It’s Done – Crazy Driver Stats!

rory mcilroyIt looks like Rory McIlroy is finally getting some proper equipment (I mean, who really plays Nike clubs without being paid to do it?), and the results are spectacular.

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!

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PGA Tour Gurus Don’t Understand Release! (Tony Finau)

finau release*An Archived Posting From December 06, 2015

I was looking for a good swing clip of Tony Finau today for whatever reason – I wasn’t going to profile his swing or anything, although he’s a prodigiously long hitter.

I was just looking to see what he pivot action looks like, and it’s not bad, but the one thing I learned about anything today while looking at Finau’s “Golf Digest” analysis was – and this is embarrassing to have to point out, I assure you – the swing gurus to the PGA Tour players don’t understand the release action of a proper golf swing…

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“I’m Going Back To The Tee…”

blake rancho california 5 teeI’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.

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Mike Dunaway’s Swing Mechanics

Mike-DunawayThose of you who have been around for the past few years might remember my constant harping on my view that Mike Dunaway’s swing was not the same model as Mike Austin’s.

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.

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Jack Nicklaus – Effortless Long Driver

Nicklaus-SwingCentersJack Nicklaus wasn’t as long a hitter as, say, Sam Snead, but he was a power player for sure, and he blew it past even players like Arnie Palmer as a young gun.

Whereas Palmer player bomb and gouge golf compared to the likes of Hogan and Byron Nelson, Nicklaus was a long driver who like to keep it in play, and he used his prodigious length off the tee to overpower courses.

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Dustin Johnson’s Ball Speed

dustin numbersUpdated With Newer Swing Clip From June 11

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.

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