THE LONGEST GOLF BALL OFTEN REQUIRES USE OF THE LONGEST GOLF BALL RETRIEVER



So, you want to feel the longest golf ball ever, as you crush the biggest drive of your life, hear that bang as the ball explodes off of the head of the Big Dog, see the ball fly straight down the middle and roll like Dale Jr. at Daytona.

Me, too!

Like most regular guys, I, like you, hit the long (275? 300?) ball...Yea, once, or maybe twice a year. Not often, but we just keep trying, don't we? Every single time we step into the tee box.

Now, I'm gonna go out and get me some of the longest golf balls known to man, those "maximum distance" golf balls.

But which one...Nike..Titleist..Srixon..Top Flite.. Bandit?

Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but there just ain't no such animal as the longest distance golf ball! (I know, I was crushed when I found out, too...made me want to go out and find the steroid guy.)

You see, the United States Golf Association and the R&A have very specific standards that a golf ball manufacturer must follow as to how far a conforming golf ball can fly. It is currently 317 yards. (A test figure that compares all golf balls. Heck, Tiger could do that in the 3rd grade.) Any golf ball that goes farther is illegal.

With today's advanced golf ball technology, all golf ball manufacturers produce a maximum distance "longest golf ball." And they just aren't all that different from one another.

To see the complete USGA Conforming Golf Ball List, go to:

USGA Conforming Golf Ball List


THE LONGEST STRAIGHTEST GOLF BALL


Generally we want our longest distance golf ball to also be our longest straightest golf ball. Our drives should wind up in the same zip code as the golf course we teed off in, and.....be in the short grass.

Most of the really long drives that I hit require me to use 'Deep-Woods Off' before even looking for my golf ball.

Most distance balls are:

  • high compression (90-100+)
  • 2-3 piece
  • good back-spin
  • reduced side-spin


    EXAMPLES OF DISTANCE GOLF BALLS


  • Top Flite XL Distance ($10.95/doz.)
  • Wilson Ultra Ultimate Distance ($12.95/doz.)
  • Nike Power Distance ($17.95/doz.)
  • Taylor Made Noodle Distance ($15.95/doz.)
  • Callaway Warbird ($15.95/doz.)
  • Taylor Made Burner ($19.95/doz.)
  • Titleist Pro V1x ($45.95/doz.)
  • Bandit (non-conforming) ($24.95/doz.)


    REGULAR GUY TIP


    Go to a large discount golf store, pick a maximum price that you will pay, pick the brand that will make you look and feel cool, look for the word "Distance" on the package, and buy 'em.


    LONGEST GOLF BALL FUN FACTS


    The longest golf drive with one hand is 282 yards by Cristian Sterning of Sweden at St. Andrews, June 18, 2005.

    The longest carry was 458 yards by Jack Hamm, July 20, 1993 at Highlands Ranch in Colorado.

    The longest drive in a PGA event was 515 yards by Mike Austin (then 64)on September 5, 1974 in the US Seniors Open at Winterwood Golf Course in Las Vegas.

    The Guinness World Record longest drive was 684 yards by Kelly Murray on September 25, 1990 in Fairmont, British Columbia. The drive was on an airstrip, 30 yards wide.



    "I CAN AIRMAIL THE GOLF BALL, BUT SOMETIMES I DON'T PUT THE RIGHT ADDRESS ON IT"


    JIM DENT





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