SurfDuffer, on 08 June 2018 - 02:19 PM, said:
hdr_ric, on 08 June 2018 - 02:11 PM, said:
Watching golf channel coverage now, announcers were yammering about a handful players doing a long drive thing earlier in the week - and making a big deal of of one then hitting it 276.
276?? Wtf?? How is that a big deal?
The long drive event was a flop. Cool heavy air and lots of rain. Right at sea level. No roll out at all due to the soft wet conditions. The men weren't hitting it very far either compared to what TV viewers are used to seeing at world long drive events. There is a reason they hit it 450+ yards in LasVegas.
Yeah, it was a bit of a joke for both the men and women. I believe they were using a 45 yard wide grid, instead of the usual 50 yards. That, paired with the wind meant that 90% of the balls were landing OB. A few matches came down to sudden death when neither player could hand a ball in the grid. The men struggled to reach 360 yards, and the women were under 300 yards. One of the men finally grabbed a 45" driver, and put it in play.
Four LPGA players made an appearance, and it was embarrassing. I think the big problem is that they were trying to hit 48" drivers with 4" tees with no warmup.
Edited by Argonne69, 08 June 2018 - 02:46 PM.