Okay, onto the very beginning of age proofing plan ...... and Step 1 is now complete. (Step 1 ..... of god knows how many)
Step 1 being to............ modify the grip on my Titleist driver, by taking off a few wraps of tape. (There was about 5 layers under the midsize Golf Pride MCC +4 grip)
The theory being, that having a thinner grip will encourage the wrists to work a little more through the hitting area than they currently do. (This follows on from the theory of using a fatter grip on the putter to take the wrists "out" of the stroke).
I was watching some golf channel program recently ...... and they were talking about Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, and their ceremonial drives at Augusta this year, and how even at their advanced age, they managed to get their two drives "out there" a decent distance.
The explanation according to the golf channel guru's was that they are now using, and releasing, their wrists a lot more these days in order to maintain speed through the hitting area.
What I've noticed myself is that releasing the wrists adds a fair bit of speed to the swing, particularly as the arms slow down and the momentum is transferred through to the hands via the wrists unhinging.
This is how I usually hit a draw, by slowing the arms down just prior to impact and releasing the wrists (and subsequently allowing the clubface to slightly close thru impact).
So with a thinner grip on my driver ( 1 wrap under a standard grip) I should hopefully ... be transferring a bit more speed into the back of the ball, and thus generating a little added distance off the tee. I will need to control the clubface a bit more though to avoid spraying it either one side or the other.
I figure for my next comp round I'll be paying a lot of attention to the clubface position at address, and also the feeling of release through the hitting area ... in order to try and get the right combinations, and to have some sort of consistency with it.
What I've also done though ...... is to take a bit of loft off the clubface. I've set my driver back to standard in terms of its adjustable head. It's now set on D4 ........ which for a leftie, is 8.5 degrees of loft. (I did have it set for 9.5 with an added touch of draw).
When I was fitted for the driver several years ago, that was the setting that the Titleist rep said gave me the optimal flight & roll conditions ..........
So, it will be a bit of experimentation over the next few comp rounds, but I've got a few "free hits" in terms of my handicap before I lose a flagged round, so I might as well use the next few rounds as a learning opportunity.
If it works well with the driver, then I'll make the rest of the grips in the set a touch leaner as well ........
Edited by GPJ_Longdriver, 17 April 2018 - 05:26 PM.
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