September 14, 2011
Not to take anything away from the immense talents of long drivers like Jamie Sadlowski, pictured above, but I've always seen them as something like the Harlem Globetrotters of the golf world: insanely talented in one very specific element of the game (dunking, passing, twirling a ball on your fingertip) but lacking in the complete skill set that would let you compete in your sport on a professional basis.
Now, though, the two-time Re/Max World Long Drive champ is going to test that theory when he tees it up at the Albertsons Boise Open this week. The Nationwide event will be Sadlowski's first-ever PGA Tour-sanctioned event. Sadlowski and John Daly participated in a hammer-down demo drive event on Monday morning, and Daly was reportedly left astonished at Sadlowski's distance off the tee.
How far can Sadlowski hit it? His estimated clubhead speed of 148 mph can set a ball in flight at a speed of 215 mph, and he's put drives as far as 440 yards in competition. There are plenty of par-4s which aren't even close to that distance, so maybe he can lay up on those.
Anyway, it shouldn't be that tough. When you can drive the green on a par-4, all you've got to do is learn how to putt, right?
[Via Press Tent]