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What is the longest recorded drive in golf?

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2013-08-21 15:11:00

In 1975 George Bell of Australia shot a drive of 550 yards on

the 577 yard 6th hole at St. Michaels in Sydney Australia. (He

three putted for birdie) Because this was not in a PGA event, the

record is not recognised. Bell was also recorded as driving 319

yards on the fly at the 1971 King of the River Driving contest at

Penrith. (Source: The Complete Book of Australian Golf, By Terry

Smith 1978)

Mike Austin is the holder of the "Longest Drive in a

Competition" title, with a 515-yard drive, way back in 1974! John

Daly's best in competition is either 414 or 440 yards. Mike Dobbyn

is the current "World Long Drive" Champion, with a distance of 551

yards.

The longest drive recorded in a regulation golf match was a 515

yard drive shot by "Mighty" Mike Austin during the US National

Seniors Open Championship on Sept. 25, 1974. Although if you

consider long drive competitors, Mike Dobbyn owns this record with

an amazing 551 yard record, making him the current Long Drive

Champion.

Since the question did not specify location, one should include

the efforts of Alan Shepard, when on the Moon, he took a golf club

and sent a golf ball flying for "miles and miles and miles."


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