I say I “played” because it was the first time out and I had no intention whatsoever on playing for score. I just wanted to see how I played using the Formula.
Well, I guess there was a reason I so loved the TaylorMade RBZ when I tested and bought it. I still haven’t hit it yet, but I might take this driver and my new Geek out to the range today when I go out to work on the New MCS and Short Shots video clips for my Members.
Apparently, the RBZ is the best distance driver to get according to this testing conducted by MyGolfSpy. So what are the best drivers to get this year? Let’s take a look!
I have used this model or a similar on occasion, as when David D. came out to the range last summer with his, and I was finally able to get the distance to the mounds at the back.
(No, I don’t remember, because I zapped it out of curiosity and neglected to make a mental note. But I’ll get the distances now!).
Here’s an article I found while reading Geoff Shackelford’s blog this afternoon (one of the very few golf writers/bloggers I read regularly) on the eternal question regarding golf clubs, especially drivers – Old vs New?
I have been thinking about this in light of the fact that I have been struggling with the Driver this year, and I have my suspicions as to why.
David D., as I mentioned on Wednesday, came out from Toronto to discuss the swing with me and we had quite a chat.
I said that he had taken some video with his own personal camera and David was able to send it to me. There were several clips of less than 10 seconds in length, but put together, they show quite a bit.
What I found was startling – I already have the proper plane on my back swing, except perhaps for the Driver at times, and what Steve P. saw on the golf course was a change in my normal action, something caused completely by mental factors!
Playing best-ball (or whatever you call the format where each man hits a ball off the tee, and then each following shot is played from the preferred ball position by the players until the ball is in the hole), we shot a 6 under par 64, with no bogeys, and a fistful of missed birdie chances that had me nearly spitting with disgust as we finished the round.
Second, I knew today that I’m ready to start some serious playing. I’ve been hitting the ball great all week, but I have never hit the ball better than I was hitting it today, so I’m now switching focus to short game practice with an hour of hitting balls.
And the driver- well, let me tell you about the driver…
I am hitting multiple drivers while I figure out what is best for me right now, everything from 8.5 degrees to 9.5 degrees.
(Update: Commenting Feature now back on) We talk a lot about maximum driving club head speed, which is really only a factor in Long Drive competition or when you’re trying to get one way out there off the tee during a round.
I recently started talking about “cruising speed,” which is what you’d use for a standard tee shot where you’re not trying to kill it, but still hitting driver and going for maximum distance with good accuracy.
I was watching some old video from my Smash Golf video folder, and I was struck by something while watching footage from a day early in the autumn of 2009, when I had a swing that wasn’t anywhere near what it is now.
(Note: This is a pretty long posting, laying out my plans for next year. Those who aren’t that interested in my plans can just watch the video where I sum up the gist of this blog posting with a voice-over.)
I’m firmly decided on what I’m going to be doing next season – what I had planned on doing this past season before I decided to take one more summer to explore the MCS mechanics and establish my swing into one I felt comfortable with and trusted completely – and that is to begin preparing to play tournament golf.
My Smash Golf friends will remember Steve Pratt, who used to comment quite frequently over there.
I obviously don’t play golf with my all-out, 110% swing, just as no one else does, really. You want to have a good swing speed, but swinging as hard as you can is for long drive, not the course.
I made mention earlier this season about looking into shortening my swing. This was for the purposes of accuracy and efficiency while playing golf.
I have a very long back swing, as anyone who follows this blog would know already, but maximum distance on every swing has nothing to do with actually playing good, scoring golf.
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.
I got out to play nine holes yesterday and I have to say that the adjustments I’ve made to my MCS model had me striking the ball as well as I ever have with my irons.
I’ve been giving some numbers on yardage while working on perfecting my MCS technique, and now that I have the changes to my Fundamentals Trifecta hammered out, I am turning my attention to my swing length.