If you are a golf fan, odds are you have probably asked the question who holds the record for the longest drive in golf history? In today’s game, the long drivers are well known. But do you know who holds the record for the longest drive ever recorded on the tour?
Everyone knows of long drivers like John Daly and Tiger Woods, but many probably have no idea that the guy who hit the longest drive in PGA tour history is not well known in the world of golf today. Before I tell you who holds the longest drive in golf history I will tell you who holds the second longest drive in golf history. Davis Love III ranks second with his 476 yard bomb that he hit in 2004 ever since the PGA started keeping the official stats in 1992. He ranks number 1.
In fact it is interesting to note that Tiger Woods ranks near the middle of the list of long drives with his 425 yard bomb. John Daly is believed to have hit the ball between 414-440 a couple of times but his longest drive ever recorded was 399 yards.
So who exactly is it that holds the record for longest drive in golf history?
The longest drive ever recorded in golf history was hit with a persimmon driver. The man who did it was 64 year-old Mike Austin who crushed a monster of a drive 515 yards on Sept. 25, 1974, at the National Senior Open Championship at Desert Rose, Las Vegas.
The longest drive in golf history was more than just a fluke
The conditions were prime for Mike Austin on that day, because of the dry arid climate. Dry air is thin, and allows the ball to carry a longer distance. The fact that Austin also held a degree in Kinesiology, and knew how to generate enough torque with his swing, also aided his long drive.
Austin acknowledged the key to long drives is not in raw physical strength, but in muscle synchronization.
Here is a video by Rocco Mediate explaining the keys to hitting a longer drive.
Video footage of Mike Austin in the 70′s when he was able to hit the 515 yard bomb with his wooden Driver:
Featured image of Tiger woods taken by Keith Ellison
Longest drive in golf history.