Re: What is your swing speed and carry?Have 'yall seen Jason Zuback (sp?) play in the exhibition at the beginning of the Albertson's Nationwide event? Talk about swingspeed.....and yet, the guy has no game at all.
I was at Riviera last week at one of the holes with a swingspeed radar that they were using to accumulate data for Shotlink (I think). I was following John Daly's group and also I saw Phil on a few holes. On this particular hole with the radar (#12, where all the guys I saw used driver), Daly's swingspeed was 116, and his playing partners were 106, and 103. I asked the guy manning the radar what the highest swingspeed of the day was, and he said Bubba Watson at 119. Daly wasn't swinging out of his shoes, but he definitely went after it (the others didn't really leave anything in the bag either). So what's the point? They all hit their drives over 290 (lots of roll) and in the fairway. Jason Zuback has tons of speed, but he's probably not better than a 10 hcp. Plus, a lot of amateurs with high swing speeds are doing so with really whippy shafts. All these pros are using x-stiff, heavy shafts.
I used to use a 983E with a Graffaloy Prolite Stiff, and my swingspeed was 118-122, but I was hitting it all over the place. Now I use a 907 D2, with a Proforce V2 85 X-stiff, and my speed is down to 110 or 112. My carry hasn't changed that much, but I get more roll and less backspin.
Take it from me, don't worry about swing speed. I think I read in Golf Digest said that the average tour speed is 113, and yet they hit the ball pretty far because of roll and great conditions. But we don't play on courses that long. Just keep the ball in play and learn to chip and putt. You can't score with the driver, but you can sure screw up a good score with it. Plus, on #16 at Riviera (par 3, 155-170 depending on pin placement) most guys were hitting 7 iron when I was there (no wind) and that pin wasn't in the back. These guys aren't hitting it as far as the tv announcers are saying.