Saturday, November 17, 2012

How to Destroy a Golf Simulator

I'm sure by now you've heard about Jamie Sadlowski's trip to GC's Morning Drive... and his subsequent destruction of their golf simulator. In case you missed it, here it is:



Note that Gary says Jamie had expressed some concern before hitting his drive; he didn't believe the net would stop the ball. And clearly it didn't, as the ball punched a hole through the net, through the screen, and then ricocheted some 15 or 20 yards left of the simulator. As I understand it, the ball finished on the practice putting green... proving, I suppose, that Jamie Sadlowski can drive almost any green.

And as J.B. Holmes says about the ball in his Callaway commercial, "I'm pretty sure it has a dimple on it now."

I'm certain more than a few of you are curious as to how Jamie did it -- so you can avoid doing the same thing, of course. ;-) For you, I found an analysis of Jamie's swing by Peter Kostis that shows the "lengths" some guys will go to in order to crush a golf ball:



Bear in mind that most power hitters have slightly more than a 90-degree angle when their hands reach waist high on the downswing. Jamie has something like 35 to 45 degrees of wrist cock. Added to that ridiculous shoulder turn -- probably around 110 to 115 degrees from his address position -- it's no surprise that he generates 140mph club head speed and well over 210mph ball speed.

One interesting thing to me is that he "chicken wings" his followthrough. I guess he has to do that to keep the club head from flipping over and duck-hooking the ball. I also wouldn't be surprised if he had to do it in order to keep from slamming his back with the club shaft!

So there you have it. Now you know why, if Jamie Sadlowski asks to use your golf simulator, you should follow the advice of former First Lady Nancy Reagan and "just say no."

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