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Drive for Dough
As golfers, we all want to hit the ball further. For some, if we can hit it past the 250 meter markers (273 yards), we would be pretty happy. In fact, we would probably celebrate in the Club House afterwards.
However, this year, you will see golfers hit so far, that tracking the trajectory of the ball may be hard to achieve initially, as the ball travels a lot faster and a lot higher than an average player. With some of the world's longest drivers coming together for a battle of 'who can hit it further', this will definitely be the golf event of the year.
The World Long Drive Championships will be held at WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma from 06 to 12 October. One of the greatest advantages of any long driver is having perfect conditions which will help the ball travel further.
Thackerville is 264 m (866 ft) above sea level, which means the air will be thinner and the ball will travel further. Of course, all drivers will be in the same environment, so it will really come down to who can muscle up the furthest drive.
Davyn Nola from New Zealand, holds the longest record for New Zealand, hitting it 440 m at sea level. Six years on, with an official long drive golf tour, spectators can expect to see golfers hit it just as far. Technically, if you hit the ball this far, one would only need a driver and a putter to play a game of golf.
The rules of Long Drive are fairly simple. You have 6 balls, 2:45 minutes to hit it as far as possible within a 36.5 (40 yards) width of flat terrain and a minimum distance of 270 yards (men) 230 (women) to qualify for the next round. The longest out of your 6 balls counts.
For the average golfer, one would assume that you only need one ball. However, when you wind up to hit the ball, you end up creating an immense amount of torque, which in turn will create an enormous amount of club head speed through the ball. One can deduct that things can go wrong under these circumstances, and often they do. Many balls fail to qualify as they roll out of the grid.
Notably, this is not a male only sport. There are women that hit the ball an impressive distance. And while they may not be all 'grunt', they definitely offer flair and elegance to the sport. This year Rebecca McGinley qualified with 299 yards (275 m). That might put a few club golfers to shame!
Tickets to watch this event are free, however seating is limited. Being a week long event, one could book into the WinStar World Casino Hotel and making it a golfing getaway. I would not be surprised if you picked up a few tips on how to hit it further.