I competed in my first real long drive contest in 15 years today (Saturday).
I was the #1 qualifier in the preliminary rounds, hit the longest drive of the day (381) in the semi-final and lost in the final to Vince Ciurluini 375-373.
Vince has finished 2nd at the last two Remax World Long Drive Championships in Mesquite.
I don’t want to sound like the typical turd who says he didn’t have his A game, because I did hit very well. I filled up the grid. What I will say is I was getting my upper body in front of the ball and hitting the ball slightly low and in the heel.
The point is not to make an excuse for losing, Vince was great and deserved to win and I am thrilled with how well I did. My point is I have room to improve before Mesquite in 3 weeks.
For you numbers guys, there was a Trackman there and I topped out at 130 mph club speed and 193 ball speed. That being the case, I am easily capable of putting up 135 and 200.
I also learned alot about the setup of my club. I had a lighter shaft in a 6 degree and a heavier shaft in a 5 degree driver. I got more club and ball speed with the lighter shaft and the same launch angle, but the 5 degree spun less. One might say the lighter shaft caused the higher spin, but I read the numbers and felt the shafts…the lighter shaft flexes the same, but the lower loft always produces less spin.
Thanks to Steve Pratt for answering all my questions…it helped a great deal to have the Trackman there to adjust to optimum levels.