The weather has been barely above freezing since then, and will be around freezing until things start to warm up again around Sunday/Monday.
Look where Jimmy put his club head on the ground before actually swinging.
I have always loved how quickly Moe Norman would address the ball and then fire a perfect strike at the target while most guys would have still been wiggling and writhing into position over the ball, not even close to pulling the trigger.
That said, I was talking the other day about my little experiment regarding swing speed vs club head mass, and I have actually made a significant swing speed increase with the heavier R7 Quad.
I should be taking it for a test run sometime next week, as I’m waiting for the practice greens to dry out, firm up and quicken up a little. They’re still winter-soggy, and putting or chipping on them won’t give do anyone any good as far as simulating playing conditions go.
I conducted an un-scientific experiment yesterday at the range with two drivers. The first was the Taylor Made R7 Quad driver, 8.5 degrees loft, that has weight inserts, which I had made 24 grams heavier than the standard weighted R7 Quads.
After four months off swinging, I’m still getting back to where I have the feel for the swing and the tempo, etc. I’m thrilled to say however that this is the quickest by far that I’ve been able to get back into swing shape after a winter layoff.
This swing clip is from Friday, and I’d say the swing is looking as good as it did at any point last summer.
Basically, Jim McLean in a video clip describes how Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman were among the longest and best drivers of the game, and that they “threw” the golf club.
Well, video analysis (why did I just have a voice yelling in my head, “Let’s go to the tape!”?) shows that it’s not a new move, just something that someone noticed and that I only recently began to look at with regards to my own swing.
Well, I got out to the Academy today to hit balls for the first time this year, and of course the grass tees will not be open until sometime in April. I don’t particularly care for the mats, but you do what you do when that’s all there is.
I hit nearly two jumbo buckets’ worth, leaving a dozen or twenty due to having to get home, but I couldn’t believe how well I was hitting it today after a four-month layoff.
This is a good deal warmer than the historical averages, but it is what it is, and I’m getting a good four weeks’ head start on my season, which is awesome.
Tiger Woods WD’d from the WGC at Doral this afternoon with a left leg injury (not disclosed whether it was the knee, but he said “leg” and not “blister” or “Achilles”), and he did not look good leaving the course.
He went straight from the course to his courtesy car, climbed in and drove away with barely a comment.
Nothing like a flash blizzard to brighten the spirits, is there? No need to panic however, since the ground is not frozen, we’re forecast for sunny high of 15C by Sunday, and this irritating little white stuff will be a distant memory by Monday.
After some extensive thought/drilling, I am confident that it will become an integral part of the MCS, but since the original post was merely my “thinking aloud” on the blog as I am wont to do, I have decided to take down the posts and wait for such time as I have established the proper principles of the new concept.
It was while watching her that it suddenly struck me why her swing always looked peculiar to me, while of course being utterly devastating on the LPGA Tour.
I had an email conversation last week with a gent who has been implementing the MCS swing philosophy, and he wrote me that it has really been helpful in allowing him to keep playing golf with a left hip that he knows will have to be replaced.
I asked him if I could share some of his sentiments, and Neil readily agreed. It’s really the stories like this one that give me a great deal of satisfaction in trying to convert golfers to a more mechanically-sound golf swing technique.