Monday, June 13, 2005

Bombs Away

Victor Schwamkrug made his first appearance of 2005 on the Nationwide Tour this week. For those of you who don’t know Victor, lets just say that he F’ing kills the ball. I know that when you talk about long hitters the conversation is limited to John Daly, Tiger (pre swing change #1 in 1998) and Hank Kuehne. Well, Victor hits it further than any of them and it’s not even close. And he is trying to hit it further everyday. In 2004, he led the Nationwide Tour in driving distance at 327 yards. That was his average driving for the year. This week he advantaged 331.8 yards for two days. But the numbers don’t really tell the story.

In 2002, at the Knoxville Open, I witnessed the awesome power that is Victor Schwamkrug. On Monday afternoon, we were on the range getting ready to play a practice round while Victor was hitting some drivers. He started getting into a rhythm. Most of the players on the range were hit drivers that rolled out at the end of the range to the base of a row of pine trees. Behind the row of pine trees was a second row. Then there was a house. As Victor started getting into a groove, he started flying them in the pine trees. Then he started flying over the pine trees. Then he started pelting the house. I pulled out my laser and measured the base of the house at 363 yards. The next day we got to the range and saw a sign that said to aim away from the house because 3 second story windows were broken the day before. That’s 363 yards, two stories up! He is by far the longest hitter in professional golf. If you get the chance, see him play. I pray that he makes it to the PGA Tour one day.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw victor at a nationwide event in 2004. I'll never forget this par 4 hole. It was 335 yards, about his average drive. But there was a large lake in front of the green. THe other golfers drove to the fairway about 240 yards way to the left. But victor went right to the green and actually struck a palm tree in back of the green!

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