From the putter to the driver today.
Long session on a FlightScope X2 with video and impact tape. Good news and bad news.
Good news: Hitting it dead nuts center of the face almost all the time. Eight shots with impact tapes -- only one outside the center ring. Confirmed on the monitor, average smash factor for the session was 1.49 and over half of the individual shots were reported at 1.50. Impact is good -- seeing between 10 and 11 degrees of spin loft, AoA averaged around +0.5 degrees -- and the pattern is not a problem. Swing direction around 2.5 degrees right, path around 2 degrees right, face slightly open to roughly square. Average spin axis tilt was -0.5 degrees. Hard to get in too much trouble with that little curve.
Bad news: Averaged only 90 mph club head speed. Have lost almost 10 mph, and I didn't have much to spare in the first place. Mother****er! There are 90-year-old men who hit it harder than that, I'm sure. The funny thing is that I haven't seen any distance loss on the course. In fact, if anything, I hit it further now than a few years ago -- because my power transfer is so much more efficient. I was way down and way left before, for a very glancing blow. Smash used to be around 1.42, which is dismal.
Anyway, the takeaway is this, I'm optimized for where I am. 90 club, 135 ball, perfect launch gets you about 220 carry at best. And I'm right around there on the box and in actual play. The only way I can hit it significantly further is to get the club head moving faster. So that's going to be my focus for the rest of the year.