I’m still on hiatus and will likely remain so until the spring, but I wanted to touch base briefly with you all to discuss very briefly my plans for this coming outdoor season.
Improving impact will get you more distance, and faster, than trying to increase club impact speed.
He won 18 to Tiger Woods’ 14, and throw in 19 runner-up finishes to Phil Mickelson’s 11 to date.
The most majors ever, won over a span of 25 years (a quarter century!), compared to Woods’ 11 years of major winning, the most runner-up finishes, and the 3rd most total wins on Tour.
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’ve got him by probably 80 lbs (35 kilos), but he’s producing so much power that I’d have to start working out again to match him (as in swing work, not gym work…).
The question will invariably arise in the wake of Brandel Chamblee’s book on the Classic Golf Swing and how terrible the Modern Golf Swing is – “OK, so where are the classic golf swingers?”
It’s all about technique, not brute muscle power, if you’re looking to increase your speed and distance in your golf swing.
I told you all about Blake’s specs – 5’10” and about 140 lbs (a generous estimate, he says himself on his mass), and how he was pumping out drive after drive over 300 yards – including the show-stopper, his 330+ yard pop from the Black (Tour) tee box, uphill and into the sea breeze on Torrey Pines South course’s 12th hole (Par 4, over 500 yards).
I just followed Blake around Torrey Pines South course, where he shot a 1 over par 73 playing from mixed black and blue tees.
So, I have told the story about how, with MCS, you’re virtually finished with the swing when you set your address over the ball.
I proved it again on Monday when I accompanied Blake on his practice round at Rancho California.
As I mentioned yesterday, this trip to California was to consult with a friend and Wax Member’s son (Blake), who is a Division I college player just finishing his freshman year at MvcNeese State and who was looking for more consistency in his golf swing.
We’ve been working on his stance and mechanics, and Day 2 into it, I saw some impressive things.
I don’t get impressed much watching people hit balls. I have enjoyed watching Big Toilet play and hit balls, and I told him today that if we can Blake anywhere near his technique with regards to the swing mechanics – I can’t even predict what he’ll do with the ball at that point.