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Gary Player, after hitting an awesome drive, handed the driver to his caddy and said... "Careful, it's hot."
Professional long drivers average over 350 yards in competition, compared with 300 yard averages from the top PGA Tour drivers and 200 yards for an average amateur.
The record recognized by Guinness Records as longest drive in a competition is 515 yards by 64 year old Mike Austin in 1974 at the US National Seniors Open.
Contrary to popular belief, the best long drivers are usually scratch players, sometimes skilled enough to play on the PGA Tour.
The current "World Long Drive" Champion is Mike Dobbyn with a distance of 551 yards.
Here are some statistics on Mike:
Height 6' 8"
Weight 300 lbs.
Club Head Speed 157 mph.
Ball Speed 227 mph!