I bring this up just for the idea of conversation. It will be interesting to hear opinions on this…
In this month’s Golf Digest, I noticed Jim MacLean had an article on power. In his swing assessment of many top pro’s, he has come to the conclusion that distance, and power are related to the degree of angle in what he calls the “V” Factor.
For those of you who haven’t read it, the V Factor is referring to the angle of the club taken at shoulder height on the way back. Looking face on, that would be kind of like this: \ Then on the way down, the club angle is reversed at the same point in the down swing, like this: /
Put them together and you have a "V’ shape. Measuring the angle between these two moves: \ / Gives you your ‘V’ factor.
Jim goes into detail how the more ‘uncocked’ the club is on the way back, versus how cocked it is on the way down relates to distance, and club head speed. He takes the measured angles of Lorena Ochoa, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, and Freddy Couples, noting they have immense ‘V Factor’. They all have a fairly slow cocking (uncocked) club on the way back, but on the way down the club is extremely cocked.
Conversely, Jim uses some player with very little ‘V Factor’ as examples of ‘slower’ club head speeds. One example he uses is Fred Funk who averages 260 yards on tour and he shows pictures of his club on the way back is nearly straight up and down, and on the way down it almost mirrors the same position equating to a very low ‘V factor’ angle.
Does any of this make sense? Do you think this is another attempt at coming up with a catch phrase as ‘cool’ as ‘X-Factor’ (remember that theory?).
I hope my explanation above is understandable. It’s difficult to describe his ‘V factor’ idea without pictures. In the article he shows the shaft angle differences between all of these players. Right away though I couldn’t help but notice he didn’t use J.B. Holmes or Alvaro Quiros who both have slightly shorter back swings and are MASSIVE hitters of the ball. (I have a feeling they would break his theory).
Did anyone else read this article?