Case Study 2018: Doug G. (Part I)

See how Doug added over 30 yards to his drives.

Case Study 2018: Doug G. (Part I)

51 years old, 7 handicap

Before:

On Flightscope
CHS – 112-116 MPH
BALL SPEED – 163-167 MPH
Distance – 270 carry/295 total
(Negative AoA and High Spin)

Summary:

I was running a long drive contest for a charity event and Doug came thru with pretty good speeds for a 50 year old. I told him that if he ever wanted to take it to the next level to give me a call. I knew he had potential as I saw some power leaks in his swing.

He called in me in Feb. of 2018 and we got together for our first indoor session. Doug is a strong guy and also a good athlete, so I wanted to tap into both of these attributes and stay away from any mechanical thoughts. Thus, I took him thru our basic drills with our patented training aids:

Speedball – Drivers/1 arms/Throwoffs

Lagman

Power Whip

The Speedball with Power Module got him to use his lower body (he was previously all upper body) and the cool part was that I didn’t have to tell him anything verbally to do that. When you present the body with resistance (power module), the body figures it out on it’s own. Throwoffs are amazing for creating lag without thinking, check this pic with Doug before and during a throwoff. The lag difference is huge and that’s why he’s increasing speed!

The Power Whip got him to feel the angle between his left forearm and the shaft (he previously didn’t have much lag, so major power leak), plus when you use the power whip on the throwoffs, you get a great synergy.

The last key to Doug’s swing was loading the backswing. He didn’t have much of a turn. So we did Lagman loading drills to put the right glute/hip on stretch and really load the system with a great hip/shoulder turn. Look at this before after photo, paying particular attention to the shoulder turn and also the rounded spine (thoracic flexion limits rotation) and then extension and rotation in the after!! Major power position!

We work together once per week and he does swings at home once or twice per week, we keep the sessions short (30 minutes) so we can be fully engaged both physically and mentally.

The results were/are incredible and even surprised me. The reason I was surprised is that it’s one thing to add 30-40 yards to 220 yard drives. It’s entirely another thing to pick up 30-40 yards once you are already 50 years old and hitting the ball 300 yards.

Doug’s initial swing speeds with the Speedball were sub 120 mph (on SSR). After training and showing him our key concepts he quickly jumped into the 125 range and then broke 130!

We had to find out if these results would work with a real ball and club… I’m sure by now, you know they did. His first session on the Flightscope produced the following numbers:

CHS – 119-124 mph
BALL SPEED – 173-177.5 mph
Distance – Carry 300/total 336 yards
(Better AoA/Spin)

Check out these Incredible Results of Speed/Distance Increase:

CHS – Increased 5-8 mph!
BALL SPEED – Increased 10 mph!
Distance picked up 30 yards!! (well actually 40 yards, but who’s counting??)

Furthermore, he was hitting the ball straight and solid, so that was a plus. (his ‘before’ numbers were from last summer, his ‘after’ numbers were on a cool day, so can’t wait to see what happens this summer!)

Doug was so excited we went back to our training and in our last indoor session he put up 5 speeds in a row in the 130’s with a high of 134 mph!! I’m really looking forward to part 2 of this Case Study when we get a few more training sessions done and also get to some warm weather.

Stay tuned, I’ll post part 2 hopefully in early May and he might be hitting it (gulp) 350!

John Novosel Jr.

John Novosel Jr. has worked and consulted with golfers of all abilities – including Major Winners on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour Players, Nationwide Tour Players, and also top amateurs through beginners.

His teaching puts an emphasis on the golfer achieving a consistent, PGA Tour-type tempo and maximizing clubhead speed at impact. To achieve this he utilizes his extensive experience with the Tour Tempo® training tools and optimal biomechanics.

He has worked with his father to develop the concepts of Tour Tempo® and also has co-patented 4 training tools with his father.

At age 49 and despite being under 170 pounds, he can generate clubhead speeds over 130 mph and ball speeds of 190 mph. He has competed in World Long Drive events, his longest drive in competition is 402 yards.

He has presented the concepts of Tour Tempo® all over the world. In 2008 he presented to the PGA of Sweden. Later that year he presented at the World Golf Fitness Summit. In 2011, he made the trip to Amsterdam where he was part of the PGA of Holland’s coaching summit. He most recently made the trip to Orlando, FL to present at the 2013 PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit.

He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor I, Golf Professional 2, and Golf Biomechanist 2. Also, he is certified with SSC Golf Swing as Level 1 Speed and Power Instructor and Level 2 Spine Engine Instructor.

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