I’ve got an interesting video for you that shows hard numbers to support what I’ve been telling our students for quite some time. Don’t hit down, hit up on the ball? The launch angle needs to be much higher than many club fitting experts claim and again here’s proof below.
Our subject picked up about 50 yards just by changing his tilt and path through the golf ball. He went from a launch angle of about 8 degrees to 20 degrees. He didn’t change drivers either so so much for buying a new driver thinking that you will pick up a ton of distance. An extra 4 or 5 yards maybe?
If you’re not sure if your swing path is what it should be get out your cell phone and video your golf swing from front and down the line and email it to email@example.com
Yes you probably don’t believe it but I am going to prove it to you on the video below of Gene Littler and Byron Nelson playing a match on The Shells Wonderful World of Golf show in 1962. Heck I was 12 years old then. I remember the golf balls we had then and the golf clubs. Sure golf clubs were heavier and shorter. The golf balls were soft and curved a lot more.
We never heard of blades because the typical blade golf club was all we had! Every kid I knew started out with a set of Sam Snead Blue Ridge. I started out with a set of wooden shafted irons and one ladies three wood, Louise Suggs.
Heck when I played in the 70’s we used to carry a ring which hung from our golf bags that you could use to push the golf ball through the ring to make sure it was still round. We would use a golf ball for only three holes on tour then. Yup, three holes and into the shag bag it went! What’s a shag bag? Well we hand to carry our own practice balls back then and our caddies would stand out on the range and catch the golf balls and put them back in the bag.
I looked all over Google and could not find a picture of a driving range full of caddies. Maybe you can find one and email it to me. It was amazing they didn’t get killed out there.
First take a look at the video below, (only 10 minutes long) and notice that the drives from Byron Nelson and Gene Littler were going 230 to 240 yards at the longest. One par three was 225 yards and they hit their drivers! They were using 5 irons from 160 yards! Boy how the game of golf has changed.
Another bonus is you’ll get a peak at Pine Valley Golf Club.
The show was held at the very secretive Pine Valley golf club. You can read a nice article which was forwarded to us by one of our valued lesson members Howard Casway.
Alright macho man, Bloomberg television showed a short clip on the making of Dustin Johnson’s driver and it shows that he was building a 10.5 degree lofted driver. I bet you thought that all these long hitters were using low lofted drivers, like 7.5 or 8.5. You must take into consideration that Dustin has a very closed position at the top of his back swing. The closed position actually reduces the loft on the golf club. So, his 10.5 plays like an 8.5.
To reach what is “effective loft” you must add the loft on the golf club itself, the angle of attack of your swing path and the club face angle at impact. That is why I insist that it is not necessarily the brand of golf club or the fitting system, it is the ability of the fitter to understand and recognize the idiosyncrasies of the golfer’s swing and how the golf club fits into the golfer’s swing pattern.
Here’s a great interview with Butch Harmon on Dustin Johnson, (his student) that is well worth watching. Butch also supports a teaching philosophy that is very, very, very close to what we do here at Quick Fix Golf. Personalized instruction allowing you to use your personal assets and tendencies.
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