I went out and played 9 holes today and, although I don’t regret not playing much this year in order to work on the MCS 2.0, I can’t wait to get out there and start playing next season.
It was a glorious sunny yet cool autumn day, and I was very disappointed to reach the end of 9 holes. I could have kept playing all day, it was so nice. And I played fairly good golf for not playing more than 10 times all this year. Of course, my short game was still not anything to be desired, but that’s something I’ll be working on next season.
I’m finished with the lab work on the MCS 2.0, from the way I was swinging today, and all I’ll be doing the rest of the season is shooting swing video and working on the tutorial portion of the new MCS. Oh, and making it out to the Callaway fitting centre to get my specs for new equipment.
A few thoughts on the current year:
- Swinging Easier – When I play golf starting next season, I’ll be dialing back my swing from an all-out go-for-broke swing to mostly shots at 80% or less. When I was playing today, I deliberately swung at less than all-out on my shots, and the control and shot shapes were great. I still had plenty of power (on a 522 yard hole, I hit a drive just inside the blue stake, making for a drive of about 330 yards, and it wasn’t all-out by any means, more of a “let’s get it out there a good ways near the blue marker…”). I nearly hit the damned thing too, so if I could steer drives of 330 right down the pipe, I wouldn’t really need to hit much longer drives (perhaps on a super-long Par-5 or a drive-able Par-4 of less than 370 or 360 yards) than that to play decent golf.
- That goes for irons as well. Swinging easy with lots of power in reserve worked very well today (I made birdies with less-than-full gap wedges on two holes, both from about 120 yards out in the fairway, for example). On another hole, a downhill Par-3 at 235 yards, I hit an easy 5 iron and still ended up over the back, but if I had blasted a full 7 iron with my driving range swing, that ball would have been in the parking lot behind the green. So, an easy 6 iron would have been the club, but it wasn’t a disaster with the easy 5. With my distance ability off the tee, I could likely play most courses without ever having to hit a hard iron shot to get to the green from the fairway.
- Balls – They make a difference. I had a few Pro V 1′s in my bag today, so I decided to play them instead of the regular Titleists/Callaways that I usually play. I probably lost a bit of distance with the driver with the increased spin compared to the harder-cover balls I usually play, but as you can see from my mention of how I was hitting my irons, I believe the Pro V’s made a huge difference hitting to the green. Lesson- if you can afford to lose a few yards off the tee (and I can, apparently), the softer, higher-spin balls are just so much better for fairway-to-green play.
- New Equipment – I played today with my old Nike Sumo 5000 SQ driver with the stiff shaft and 9.5 degrees loft. Swinging easy, I still hit a 330 yard drive today, but with a 7.5 degree lofted driver, who knows how many more yards I’d get? I would say I was swinging at about 120-125 mph today with the driver, so with a lower loft, much less spin and less ballooning, I could see the same 330 yard swing from today getting 350 yards with a driver more compatible to my swing speed and impact angle. And of course, when I decide to lean on one…
That’s about it. I haven’t been blogging much lately due to end-of-summer commotion, but the kids are back in school and there are about six good weeks of range weather for shooting video, I imagine. If I could get all of my video shot by the middle of October, I would be in great shape to begin the editing and video production.
I won’t be rushing this, so 2.0 probably won’t be completed until November at the earliest, and perhaps later. My main focus is getting the video shot so that I can take my time with the production and not feel pressed.
This is why I’m not making any hard estimates for the available date- I learned my lesson last summer with the Smash Golf MCS on how production can take twice as long as the estimate. Plus, this will be a more involved video than the original MCS, so I foresee a longer production time.