Originally Posted by Lihu
"Optimum swing" is not even in the picture if he flips his clubs at impact.
Flipping takes a very large amount of the power out of the shot. In some cases up to 10%, and distance is robbed by up to 50% because the ball generally goes really high. If he hit his PW 150 yards with a flip and a high shot, his swing speed would be unbelievably high and does not make any sense. If he is accurately measuring and reporting his distance, then he is very likely thinning the PW 150 yards, and has created a swing that flips and hits low on the face. Which would not even close to a good swing and far from optimal.
This is why it is important to get the correct information before any real advice can be given. Everything is a guess.
To be honest, I had a bit of an epiphany regarding the golf swing. I was myself, trying out the so-called Mike Austin- swing style at the range.
I was hitting very good iron shots with that swing style. Color me impressed, because it was only my second time I was trying out this new swing style ever.
The gist of this swing seems to be the early release of the club at the beginning of the downswing (what Nicklaus described about his own release from the top move)
What prevents it from being a legitimate casting move, is the violent weightshift to forward leg, which allows the hands to stay fast, through, to the impact zone.
Hard to gauge exact carry distances, but my 9-iron distance improved for sure, at least about 10-20 yards with this new swing. I was hitting 9-iron total distance 150+ yards.
My normal yardage for the golf course used to be, 9-iron 130 yards. That's what I play with at the golf course for better or worse!
I also hit some mad distance with my 5-iron, total distance 200+ yard. I could hardly believe the distances I was getting.
Like an instant boost 5mph to clubhead speed. Now, admittedly the rolls are good at the range because it's artificial turf, but I was legitimately excited about those results.
Driver was also more consistent it seemed. I was getting 260ish carry distance quite readily with the new swing (rolls were impacting the back fence). There was also a couple legit 270 carry distance drives. (impact back fence in the air)