Tyler Parsons here again with Parsons Golf Performance doing another entry for my long drive training log.
Been wanting to hit for quite awhile.
It's Kentucky, it's winter time, weather is obviously hit and miss.
It's been more miss than anything.
A lot of snow.
First decent day still in the thirties but going to muster up and sort of get a baseline for where everything is.
For those who again, haven't seen it I'll spin around here and sort of show you.
This is where I'm lucky enough to get to hit as well as to work.
We've got swing catalysts.
We also use body track and then track man.
Going to be hooking that up, using that today to check some numbers.
With that being said, something that I think is important for a lot of you is you're not going to have access to a track man.
That's perfectly fine but I've seen that instant feedback is extremely key.
Find some sort of radar that you can use.
There's a bunch of them they make for around a hundred bucks.
I'm not going to say that they're perfectly accurate, especially when we compare them to track man which I've done many times.
At least there you get to compare apples to apples.
An increase of a couple miles an hour should hold up and be a couple.
The reason I say should be is there's certain radars that you can sort of trick and settle a different way.
Unfortunately, a lot of long drop people have done that and then they sort of show their speed of a 150, 160 whatever.
At the end of the day, club hit speed only matters because we're looking for ball speed.
Ball speed can only be at highest, should be 1.5.
It can be, you'll see some 151 out on tour and everything.
The ball is only going to take off a certain mile per hour faster than that club head speed.
Again, at the end of the day we're looking for ball speed.
We're going to check that.
I'm looking today just at club head speed to see how far off I actually am.
Let's get started and let's see what we can do.
I'm hoping that we're in the mid 130s today.
With it being cold and not hitting for a couple of months but stay tuned and we'll see.
Some of these first few, I'm already warmed up but I haven't actually hit to warm up.
I'm always making sure that everything is loose and good to go.
These first couple are always extremely rough out of the gate especially when you're trying to go as far as you can.
These first few are mainly hit how I go out and play.
The first two were relatively solid considering I haven't touched a club in, oh boy, probably since October.
It's now mid February so not expecting a lot for today again.
Just showing you how I get back into it.
They're actually carrying pretty good today which is nice and fun.
One of the really big things that I've got to make sure that I'm always checking since it is cold outside, one I don't want a cold driver.
If it's been sitting in the car or whatever your doing, terrible idea.
It's like hitting rocks.
The other thing is the actual ball, making sure that they are not freezing cold as well.
Always make sure that they're nice and toasty.
It's starting to go a little bit harder here.
Wasn't hit as solid.
That ones getting way closer to how I want it to feel.
One of the fun things, everybody's hit one that they've hit really solid.
It feels great.
There's no better feeling coming off the club.
Whenever I hit one good, I can really feel the ball compress and it feels like a marshmallow.
Yes, I can feel it on the club but there's really no feel or anything there.
Those are the ones that I know are just going to be monsters.
We're looking to hit those all the time.
That was a pretty close one.
I'm pretty happy right now.
I'm not worried about the speed just yet because I'm still not warmed up.
I'm getting there.
I'm always trying to keep up with the number of balls I'm hitting.
One of the real good things is you want to try to build up the stamina and endurance because at events we have to continuously stay loose to go up there and hit our six balls and then back down, it can be depending on how far in the round we are, 15 to 45 minutes before we hit again.
Really just try to build up to where everything can work the way we want it to work without getting stiff.
There was my little marshmallow ball so I'm very happy with that one.
We'll cut though.
I like to take quick little breaks just to again, try to get a little bit stiff that way I've got to work through it.
Here's the range.
It's like any other range.
I'm going to zoom in and do you see the clock right in the middle? That clock is 393 away.
At the far end we have mats, our lay around obviously unless the weather is terrible at least in the mid season I like to hit.
The mats are at 375.
If there is anybody on the range, this guy can't hit.
That's one of the big issues that I run into on top of a busy schedule, training, and teaching the golf swing.
The downtime that I do have here I can sometimes disappear pretty quick.
Just because if anybody shows up, and it is a golf course, they're here to play golf.
That sort of kills my day.
Just coming off of that break.
I can tell where I'm tight, where I'm tired, where I'm fatigued.
I make note of all of that and then I've got to get into the gym and fix it or it's going to be a very very long and rough day whenever I go to hit and compete.
Regardless, I know that later tonight and tomorrow is absolutely going to be miserable because this is a hundred percent like a workout.
Whenever your lifting weights and you get sore, I mean I'm sitting there going literally over a hundred miles an hour.
As hard as I can, I haven't done it in forever.
My body is not too happy right now.
We're going to finish up this set, we're going to look at some numbers and call it a day.
The marshmallow's definitely tend to have higher ball speeds.
That's what we're looking for.
Good launch, low spin, high ball speed, it's called you win.
Or I hope I win.
There is my fastest club head speed of the day.
Not a very good ball speed so that was not the marshmallow.
I find that pretty typical that some of my best ball speeds come on what I feel like is a fast swing but they typically clock a little bit lower.
Nonetheless this is just to show again, all my journey.