Imagine swinging your driver in excess of 150 miles per hour and generating ball speeds of more than 200 mph! It seems unfathomable but those are the kinds of numbers that the world’s longest hitters will be producing next week when they convene for the 44th annual World Long Drive Championship at WinStar World Casino and Resort. Golf Channel’s live coverage begins Tuesday night, September 3rd, with the Women’s and Masters Championship, and concludes Wednesday night, September 4th, under the lights with the Men’s Championship.
To get you ready for next week’s championships, we’re running a long drive tip each day this week from Golf Channel Academy lead coaches Paul Horton and Bob McArthur from the Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Horton and McArthur have worked with numerous professional golfers and athletes, including six-time World Long Drive champion Jason Zuback (pictured) and eight-time Canadian Long Drive champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk.
Talk about speed! Zuback’s longest-ever drive in competition was 463 yards and his fastest-ever clubhead speed was measured at 163 mph. His fastest ball speed eclipsed 223 mph.
In today’s video tip, McArthur demonstrates how to make a proper release, which is one of the biggest speed multipliers in the swing. Get the club’s leading edge to match the shaft after impact, and you’re going to get a bigger smash factor, higher ball speeds and more distance. Learn how to check this important variable in the tip below.