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World Long Drive Championship.....Is it a thing now?

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  • mosesgolfmosesgolf Members Posts: 6,896 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The winner's feats are amazing both men and women. However there hasn't been a standout dominant name attached to long drive lately. Zuback, Sadlowski - I loved watching them compete. But these days it's a different winner every year.

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  • golftejasgolftejas Members Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭

    @mosesgolf said:
    The winner's feats are amazing both men and women. However there hasn't been a standout dominant name attached to long drive lately. Zuback, Sadlowski - I loved watching them compete. But these days it's a different winner every year.

    Tim Burke is probably the closest to what you're looking for ... if he had been able to win last night (he finished 2nd) he would have won it three times in the last seven years ... that would have been a great win given the competition level now in the sport. But I agree that Zuback was amazing to watch, even though his four-peat is now 20 years ago. Several guys, including Sadlowski, have two championships.

  • PoolPondPoolPond Members Posts: 74 ✭✭

    About 10 years ago we had a young gun driver out to the course as part of a Friday stag day type of deal. This kid was about 22 and was driving the 10th green which is about 378 yards. I watched him do it for about 3 hours straight. He must have hit 75 balls some of which were short of the green but I don't recall many if any going OB. But I do get amazed watching these guys now on TV who will go 0-8 or 1-8. They'll certainly pipe a few but there are some incredible bad drives too. I played a round with a long drive guy once and we shot the same score. He drove it 340 and I drove it 280 yet we both walked off most greens with the same score. If we could have reveresed our drives I would have probably beat him by 10 shots. Needless to say his touch was a little iffy

  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 22,240 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    At 400 yds the margin for error is tiny. I believe earlier in the season the announcers mentioned that it was like us mere mortals (250 yds) trying to hit a fairway that was 31 yds wide.

    Jerry Foltz generally handles the "on course" interviews for the WLD Tour. He's the lead Golf Channel on-course reporter for the LPGA tournaments.

    Like many of you, I fast forward through much of the telecast, and focus on the spin numbers. Anything that looks great but is spinning at 2500+ is going to fall out of the sky and/or get little rollout.

  • JClarkGolfJClarkGolf Members Posts: 77 ✭✭✭

    I love the long drive. It's so much more hype than regular golf!

  • Titleist99Titleist99 Members Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭

    Kyl> @Argonne69 said:

    At 400 yds the margin for error is tiny. I believe earlier in the season the announcers mentioned that it was like us mere mortals (250 yds) trying to hit a fairway that was 31 yds wide.

    Jerry Foltz generally handles the "on course" interviews for the WLD Tour. He's the lead Golf Channel on-course reporter for the LPGA tournaments.

    Like many of you, I fast forward through much of the telecast, and focus on the spin numbers. Anything that looks great but is spinning at 2500+ is going to fall out of the sky and/or get little rollout.

    I do find the statistical part of it very interesting. The number are not 100% predictable for the shots result but very close.

  • Titleist99Titleist99 Members Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭

    @JClarkGolf said:
    I love the long drive. It's so much more hype than regular golf!

    LOL! …...Hype Machine! Just like WWE.....LOL!

  • Titleist99Titleist99 Members Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭

    @PoolPond said:
    About 10 years ago we had a young gun driver out to the course as part of a Friday stag day type of deal. This kid was about 22 and was driving the 10th green which is about 378 yards. I watched him do it for about 3 hours straight. He must have hit 75 balls some of which were short of the green but I don't recall many if any going OB. But I do get amazed watching these guys now on TV who will go 0-8 or 1-8. They'll certainly pipe a few but there are some incredible bad drives too. I played a round with a long drive guy once and we shot the same score. He drove it 340 and I drove it 280 yet we both walked off most greens with the same score. If we could have reveresed our drives I would have probably beat him by 10 shots. Needless to say his touch was a little iffy

    I thought the ladies competition was very entertaining and more eye pleasing...LOL! Seriously though, like the announcer said.....you only need one in the grill. One would think that the strategy would be a nice smooth swing to get the first one in.

  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members Posts: 7,730 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Ryan Winther was the biggest beast the long drive ever saw. I think he touched 230 ball speed a few times. Problem was he could never keep it on the grid.

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  • mcputtermcputter Members Posts: 983 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think the kid who won this week-Kyle Berkshire has a pretty good chance of dominating for a few years.

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  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,444 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 6, 2019 6:16pm #72

    @mosesgolf said:
    The winner's feats are amazing both men and women. However there hasn't been a standout dominant name attached to long drive lately. Zuback, Sadlowski - I loved watching them compete. But these days it's a different winner every year.

    With Berkshire's stock rising the way it did this year, I wonder if anyone will still be thinking this next year?

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    April 16 Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun Runner-Up

  • HankshankHankshank Members Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 7, 2019 3:47pm #73

    A pity Jamie S is not doing this any longer.

  • nichhonichho Members Posts: 2,003 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    It makes for a good highlights package.

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  • golftejasgolftejas Members Posts: 451 ✭✭✭✭

    @Hankshank said:
    A pity Jamie S is not doing this any longer.

    But fortunately Grandpa Jamie keeps his legend going!

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