Tuesday in Denver was a remarkable day in long drive – especially for the women, who are incredibly talented right now.
While the men put up drives as far as 485 yards on the firm grid at over 5000 feet in elevation, the ladies broke through what was thought to be a barrier far out of reach.
Chloe Garner from South Africa started it off with a record smashing drive of 400 (not a typo) yards. Just 2 balls later in the same set, Sweden’s Sandra Carlborg, a 4 time world champion, edged Garner at 401.
Not to be outdone, Southern California’s Troy Mullins jumped in a couple sets later with a 3rd new record of 402 yards.
Then during live TV coverage on Golf Channel that evening, during the semi final match, Carlborg appeared to have reigning champ Phyllis Meti of New Zealand well beaten.
No question Meti got one of the best bounces forward in the history of long drive, but it counts. Her 406 yard smash became the 4th new world record in the same day.
Mullins went on to win the title, with one of the most consistent swings ever in long drive. It is hard to imagine her ever missing a fairway with her silky smooth move through the ball. It is astonishing how that swing can create so much speed.