Age:                                66

Height:                          5-10

Weight:                         185

Driver Specs:

Tour Edge Exotics 10.5 stiff and mid flex (used Alpha primarily when I competed)


Callaway staff member (no sponsors – I would be a bad investment)

Special Accomplishments:

Two-time American Long Drivers Association super senior national champion and five-time RE/MAX world long drive finalist

What is your longest drive in competition?

348. That’s Jaacob’s 5-iron.

What were the conditions of the drive?

Off a cliff. Actually a flat grid and a little soft. Very warm day and the ball carried at least 340. Have no idea where that came from.  A gift from the heavens, I assume.

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

Fastest number I ever saw was with Jaacob at John Wells Driving Range quite a few years ago and it was 128. Perhaps it accidentally measured my ball speed. 🙂  When I was actively competing I was probably 115-120 pretty consistently and could fly it 310-315 without straining in my mid to late 50s.

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications? Trial and error.

When I won my first ALDA title Pat Dempsey loaned me a driver 10 minutes before my first round. You just have to finds something that works for you and not copy someone else’s stuff.

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

Mid to high draw. I tried (and still try) to keep my spin rate under 2500 RPMs.

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

Swing fan. Also try to do things to strengthen my forearms and my glutes.

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

When I was competing I worked especially hard on flexibility, which was somewhat easy for me as I had been a yoga practitioner for decades. Also worked on core strength. I used mid to light resistance and tried to move explosively during the reps.

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

Do Jaacob’s speed training program. Because I don’t compete any more, I have gotten into lulls lately where every portion of my swing is too slow. When I just think speeding up…

Read the rest of what John has to say about the Long Drive in the July 2014 Monthly Handicap Improver here:

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How to increase golf swing Speed Golf Swing Speed Pro Pablo Martin

"Jaacob's work is great. It's pretty straight forward. There are no magical tricks and it doesn't mess with your golf swing. If you follow his advices, you will drive it further."

Pablo Martin, 3-Time European Tour Winner, Increased Max Swing Speed from 119 mph to 128 mph


Swing Man Golf Premier Member Gary S

"Working with Jaacob's swing speed training programs I increased my speed by 12 miles per hour in one month. The game is a lot more fun with the driving distances I'm hitting them. Now I'm reaching greens in two more often. Swing speed training really works."

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Premier Member increased Golf Swing Speed to 130 Mph

"When I first started the swing speed training I was very skeptical it would do anything for me because I was already swinging at speeds close to 130 mph. But I wanted to get to the next level and be able to compete in Long Drive Events. So I gave it a try. I gained 13 mph in just one month of the basic swing speed training."

24 Years Old, Premier Member