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    Posted: 18 January 2008 at 8:37am
Wow.  What a breakthrough week.  My CHS had been stagnant for about 6 weeks, with no improvement in the best speed, although the bottom speeds were rising steadily.  Blame it on the 200 dozen Christmas Cookies I consumed this Holiday Season.
 
Anyhoo.  On Sunday I hit a new Personal Best of 121mph clubhead speed while hitting balls.  Then yesterday, I upped it to 123 mph.  I matched Bubba Watson.  J.B. Holmes is next at 126!
 
Just goes to show that an older guy, with average genetics, can train the body to move and perform an athletic motion faster.  Planning on hitting the simulator on Monday to check on the soundness of the swing; impact, angle of attack, and ball/clubface contact.
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Geez, Michael, you're turning into some kind of speed freak! Only championship courses for you now, buddy.
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Wow, the clubhead speeds you're reaching are incredible, Hayes    During my absense from the forum, I think I missed the exercises/training you've been doing to get there.  Last I remember, you were very into the Speed Chain thing, but I gather you've either moved on to other techniques or added them to Speed Chain workouts.  Which is it?  I saw your mention of an "overspeed" device and some "explosive" exercises.  Is that the secret, pards?  You're a young fella, but maybe I'm not too old at 67 (in a couple of months) to up my CHS.  I'll settile for a consistent 105. 
  
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Hayes, my man, that's fantastic! I'm curious to know how the speed training you are doing works in conjunction with rotary swing or hitter fundamentals. I hit 126 today, my personal best, on the swing speed radar at the range today. I'm getting excellent contact, but my spin rate is well over 3,000 at these speeds. I'm currently using a Matrix Ozik X con 6 in an SX flex with a tour issue TM 460 in 9.5. I'm planning on going back to an 8.5 and X flex now that my speed has come back up. It dropped pretty bad while I've been working on my Hitter fundamentals because I've been so mechanically tied up and am settling in more now.
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BTW, what are you using for measuring CHS?

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Chuck,
 
I have a Sports Sensors SSR/TT  doppler unit. 
 
I am going the hitter route.  I have been working hard at gettting square at impact and using my arms more with a far more active release.  Trying to train my arms to move faster.  I do speed calisthentics, swing an overspeed device (lighter than a driver) and do a few lifting exercises fast.  As stated previously, I even take swings sitting on a stool to use the arms more.  Been working real hard on anchoring the front side and stretching away.
 
I do a lot of reading and most of the longballers are using lofts in the 6-7* range and going with the Component heads as the OEM's promote spin and high launch for the average player.  The heads are the Geek Dot.com This, MOI Intruder and Krank Golf.
 
Take a look at this Trackman Newsletter and read the Tour Data Section and the Angle of Attack.  Fascinating to read about Vijay's clubhead speed and carry distance.  Have fun.
 
 
 
 
 
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I am speechless Hayes.  I know you have improved the absolute speed, but this got to have equally to do with sounder mechanics...
 
just speechless :-)
 
Chuck, hire this youngster in as a physical "moderator" ;-)
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Great article Hayes. I spent time at the PGA Show with one of the designers of the TrackMan and we had very interesting conversations about all the data. I was measured with a -4 degree angle of attack and 2700 rpm's at 115 mph at the show and every club manufacturer was telling me I need more launch, etc. However, it goes to show that the more penetrating flight this provides is preferred by some of the best ball strikers on tour like Tiger Woods and Charles Howell III. I was able to change and start hitting with a +8 degree angle of attack and carry the ball further, but solid contact become much less consistent.
 
Oh, and one more thing to get you to keep shooting for Hayes, I hit 127 last night and nutted it in on my Swing Speed Radar. Keep coming big guy!
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Thanks, Hayes,

  Very interesting discussion of Angle of Attack.  Interesting that Fred Funk, The Driving Accuracy guy on Tour for years, has a negative Angle of Attack with the Driver. 

  I inferred from what he was saying that a slightly negative Angle of Attack was optimum for Driver Accuracy.  But, a positive Angle of Attack was optimum for distance.  The two were mutually exclusive to an extent, i.e. You couldn't have your cake and eat it too. 
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Did anyone note Rory Sabattini hitting those low rockets in Hawaii last week and how they ran out forever?  I used to hit the ball like that and everyone told me that I hit it too low.  Personally I prefer a ball that rolls out. 
 
The Trackman data on Vijay was interesting in that he did not have any of the top CHS but he has something like 8 of the top 42(?) carry distances.  Angel Cabrera just hammers it.
 
When I was on the simulator several weeks ago, my AoA was +3.1 to +4.1,
 
So the young fella hit 127!  There goes my lower back latter today.  Remember, that the hare does not always win the race.  You will peak, and I will progress on steadily.  I have a secret advantage that I will reveal at a later date.  Collecting data now. 
When the young fella peaks, I may just be so kind as to put one in his hands and see if we can get him moving again.  Stay tuned.


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