(Login Snakedoc) Blake Moderator Emeritus Posted Jan 20, 2011 8:13 PM
Blake was indeed trying to describe the feel a golfer achieves when he compresses the golf ball, but he wandered into some speculative rationale regarding the nature and duration of ball compression. It's certainly true that he was doing his thinking and research when tools such as extremely-high-speed film were not available. He concluded that longer duration compression was possible with his "high pressure" (though lower speed) swing in which the legs ("connected" in a precise way to the upper body) provide all the swing power. I think physics has shown that variation of impact duration is not a factor in an elite swing, rather, clubhead/ball impact is a "pure" collision occurring after release. We get superior compression feel when we make a good swing with square and solid impact and it doesn't have to be a high-speed swing. My best shots, with greatest compression feel, are often lower-swing-speed pitches when I have made solid and square contact with the ball. As Mindy put it, the feel is as if the ball has been scooped up and "catapulted" into the air. Jim
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