Sun Prairie, WI >
Please, Lord, let me be worried about whether I should hit my 44- or 46-inch driver when I'm 81. James, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Shorten the circumference of your swing (by gripping down, in this case) and you will tend to lower your swing speed. In Kim's case, he believes it makes sense because: "The driver is made for someone 6 feet tall, and I'm a lot shorter than that, so I grip down to compensate." In your case, if you can swing that 46"-driver with just as much control as the 44-inch driver, go for it. Personally, I've always believed in the Bob Toski mantra, "It's a game of how near, not how far." Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Balderson, Ontario Canada__
Ron, Butch Harmon has just the thing for you. It's a new video on the very subject that just went up on golfdigest.com. Among other things, Butch says: "Golfers who have lost some flexibility can get the pop back in their swings by making a better wrist hinge. At 65, I don't have a long swing, but I can still get pretty good distance by making a full hinge going back and releasing it through impact..." But there's a lot more to Butch's advice...check it out.
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