Mitch McDowell Long Drive Q&A | Swing Man Golf

Age:                 32

Height:           6’1″

Weight:          250 lbs

Driver Specs:

Krank 3.5*/ 47.75″ xx

Sponsors:

Krank Golf, XPHLEXXX, 2nd Guy Golf Apparel, Chiscan

Special Accomplishments:

I have made it to the sectionals of US Open qualifying, and I have shot 60 multiple times. And I was lucky enough to win a LDA tour event.

What is your longest drive in competition?

481 yards

What were the conditions of the drive?

15mph down wind, there was a hill at 390 i hit ghetto back side of it at it took off.

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

SSR 160mph, Trackman 141 mph… kinda makes you wonder what’s real huh!?

NOTE: This actually makes sense as a Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar measures the fastest part of the club head (typically the toe) whereas a Trackman has an algorithm to measure the center of the club face.

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

12 years of trial and error, and sponsor changes

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

A straight ball

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

Over speed training, I use an alignment sticks with a grip on it.

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

I have never really trained for long drive, but I did Crossfit for fun, I think that helped a lot.

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

Swing faster more often, treat speed like any other part of your game…

Read the rest of what Mitch has to say about the Long Drive in the January 2017 Monthly Handicap Improver here:
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