The Longest Golf Drivers Ever
Every golfer at one point or another has the dream of perfecting their drive, of being able to launch their ball far into the distance, and hopefully right into the area that they want it to land. Golfers spend years and even decades working on their drives, testing out different strategies and strengthening the necessary muscles.
Over the years, there have been a number of drives hit by professional players that flew exceptional distances. These are distances that were so far that they made headlines around the world, and all of them went down in the annals of golf history.
Jeff Sluman might not be known to that many people, and he didn’t spend a lot of time at tournaments, but some do know him for the range that he was able to achieve with his drives. The skilled former PGA Champion longest drive to date was during the 3rd round of the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which took place at PGA West. During the round, he was able to achieve a distance of 432 metres with a single drive, which was the highlight of the event for many.
Although Tiger Woods has since cut back significantly on the amount of time he spends playing professionally, there was a time where he was essentially the king of the sport. One of the reasons that he dominated so early on into his career was due to the range that he could shoot off the tee, something that allowed him to get ahead of his competitors quickly.
The 18th hole of the 2002 Mercedes Championship was proof of his skill, he was able to hit a shot that measured 455 metres in total. It was so far that it set an entirely new record as being the longest drive on the PGA Tour over the course of 40 years.
Dustin Johnson is well-known for being one of the best drivers in the world, so much so that his likeness can be found on everything from video games to online pokies. His longest drive took place at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and it was such a solid hit that it’s arguably why the event became so popular among golfing fans. Unfortunately, the swing wasn’t publicly televised, but he managed to get the ball 447 metres from the tee off, something that very few other players have managed to pull off.
Most other long drivers tend to be no more than the around 450 metres or so. But this isn’t always the case, and in 1992 a new world record was set when Carl Cooper hit a drive that came close to reaching 731 metres – which isn’t that far off from a full kilometre. The drive took place during the 1992 Texas Open, and Cooper had started off the incredibly impressive drive from the par four 3rd hole. Unfortunately, and despite the record that he set, the round ultimately cost him a double bogey and ruined his chances at success.