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Kyle Berkshire smashes ball speed world record…again

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Kyle Berkshire, two-time winner of the World Long Drive Championship, has blown away his previous ball speed record, now setting the bar at an eye-popping 236mph.

Put into perspective, Cameron Champ, current leader of the ‘ball speed’ averages on the PGA Tour, can muster an average of 188.94mph through 56 rounds, his fastest figure being 194.64mph. Whilst driving it on the course is completely different to a wild slash, Berkshire remains over 41mph faster.

Filming alongside fellow 2021 Long Drive competitor and host for the day, Bryson DeChambeau, the pair were providing content for pro golf net supplier The Net Return when Berkshire hit the new unofficial record.

Having warmed up with figures in the DeChambeau region of 220, the Foresight GCQuad recorded his first few shots at between 230 and 232mph.

And then the big one.

Broadcast live on his Instagram account, Berkshire was confident he could reach 235mph, itself a record – “100 percent I can do it.”

He then did.

With a 5.5? Cobra LTDx LS driver in hand, Berkshire stopped the speedo at the record 236mph, with his host seemingly more excited than the player himself.

 

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The comments on his social media show that the distance travelled may have been incorrect – ” plenty will point out that “it only carried 291 yards” (this is due to a misread on spin… at these speeds spin is very hard to pick up when the ball only travels a short distance)” – but as the camera pans down to the screen, it clearly indicates the stunning figure.

Addressing those of his 191k followers that may have watched live, or will see the clip, Berkshire commented, “the fact is when you spend your life doing what you’re passionate about, it brings about a special feeling of happiness and satisfaction with life. This is how I feel about the sport of long drive (and breaking speed records/pushing limits) and I hope everybody reading this finds their passion in life and takes it as far as they can ????.”

Having abandoned his idea of getting a PGA Tour card, Berkshire is currently miles clear in the 2022 Professional Long Drivers Association standings, and will start a red-hot favourite for the world championships at the end of September.

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  1. Benseattle

    Aug 19, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Interesting, isn’t it, that this is what turns Bryson D Shambo on these days.. rather than competing against the best golfers in the world in the FedEx Cup playoffs? Welcome to anonymity, bryson.

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Aug 19, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    That poor net..

  3. Mike

    Aug 18, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Gey

  4. Joe

    Aug 18, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Yay

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Cam Smith enjoys meme poking fun at Rory McIlroy at latest LIV event

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The LIV Golf Series continues this week in Chicago, where the Champion Golfer of the Year Cam Smith will make his second start.

The Australian’s move to LIV has been one of the biggest stories of 2022, with Smith reportedly signing a deal worth north of $100 million with the breakaway tour.

Ahead of this week’s event in Chicago, Smith was shown a meme by the DrunkByTheTurn team, with the Aussie seemingly entertained, laughing at its content alongside fellow pro Pat Perez.

As revealed by the DrunkByTheTurn Twitter account, the meme in question was poking fun at LIV’s biggest critic Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy has continuously criticized both the LIV Golf Series and its defectors, just this week saying that he believes no LIV player should be a part of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

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Report: Major TV network the leading contender to strike deal for LIV Golf media rights

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The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week, with those looking to tune in once again having to fire up YouTube to watch the 48 professionals do battle.

LIV has yet to strike a media deal that would allow a network or streaming service to broadcast their events, and while rumors surrounding a deal with Apple were circulating, Barstool’s Dan Rapaport reported this week that they deemed LIV to be “too toxic.”

According to a report from Front Office Sports, Fox Sports is now the leading contender to acquire LIV’s U.S. media rights.

While not going into specifics on whether a deal was close to being struck with Fox, Will Staeger, LIV’s chief media officer, told FOS that they are currently in discussions with “virtually every major media company.”

“We want exposure. We want broad viewership. We want to be on a platform where viewers are accustomed to watching sports.” he added. “Golf needs it, actually. Quite honestly, listening to golf on TV gets rather boring. Because everybody says the same thing every time about everybody.”

Interestingly, Fox Sports fired Greg Norman from his announcing role back in 2016, just a year after being in the job, with the Aussie telling FOS last year that he felt that he got “rolled under the bus.”

Earlier this week, Norman revealed to Kap & J. Hood on ESPN 1000 that they were in discussion with four different networks, and it appears that Fox lead the race to land a deal that should be a game-changer for LIV.

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Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger for creating LIV Golf

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Bryson DeChambeau was one of the biggest names to jump ship in golf’s civil war, with the 29-year-old reportedly earning over $100 million to sign with LIV Golf.

The Golf Scientist will tee it up in Chicago this week for the latest LIV Golf Series event, and ahead of the 54-hole tournament, Bryson opened up on his decision to leave the PGA Tour.

“This is the biggest decision besides choosing my agent that I’ve ever made in my entire life, and I couldn’t be happier to be over here.

“I have no buyer’s remorse. I have ultimate respect for the PGA Tour and what they’ve done for my career, as I’ve said from day one, and they’ve allowed me this opportunity.”

Then, Bryson revealed that he must thank Tiger for creating the opportunity.

“I have to look back and thank Tiger for this opportunity because he’s the one that’s ultimately created this.”

Bryson didn’t go into specifics on the latter comment, however, it echoes the sentiment he shared two months ago when the Californian told media: “I have high regard for Tiger; look, this wouldn’t be existing if it weren’t for Tiger. So I have the utmost respect for what he did for the game of golf, what he did for the PGA Tour that allowed us to have this opportunity.’’

Back in July, DeChambeau also revealed that a once close relationship with Tiger had now gone cold since the PGA Tour/LIV Golf divide.

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

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