- Aug 10, 2006
So I pop out to the range during lunch to hit a bucket of balls. I am about half way through when 2 young guys show up. They are about 18, and both big boys. They start hitting balls next to me. Well the guy right beside wasn't bad and hit them pretty good. Then his buddy starts hitting. Well the sound caught my attention immediately. Without even looking I knew this guy was pounding them. So I take a few steps back and watch this kid hit a few. First of all this kid is about 6'4 230, and quite athletic looking. The range is big, and according to my laser has a fence at the boundary that measures 295 yards, the fence is easily 40 feet high. This guy is hitting them over the fence, one after the other. I watch him hit about 10 balls in a row over before I had to ask him a few questions. I just couldnt help myself. I asked him if he has ever been fitted, or does any LD competitions. He said no, he only golfs about 5 times a year, as he focuses all his time on hockey. I asked him if he has ever had his swing speed measured, again he says NO. So I ask him if he would like to, and he says sure. So I bring over my portable swing speed radar and have him hit some balls. In all my years I have never seen anything like this, not even close, not even in this ballpark. I told him to seriously pursue some LD comps as this guy would be a winner, possibly even a world champion. I wish I had my camera there so I could tape his swing. I gave him my card and he said he will call and come see me. I sure hope he does. Here is a pic I took of the radar when I got back home. This was a hammered high draw that cleared the fence by a good 30 feet and had to have gone 450 yards.