Australia’s Brendan Moylan will tee it up with the world’s longest hitters this month in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships, held in Mesquite, Nevada. Having competed in the Australian Finals of the RE/MAX Long Drive Tournament in May, Moylan qualified for the Mesquite event via eye-popping drives like his early-round 321m blast, which could have been even longer had the tournament not been affected by head winds, cool temperatures and soft ground.
Brendan now has an intensive period of training before the World Champs, which will involve gym fitness and technical work at the range.
“I am getting the power and strength up in my legs and lower back mostly, but still training the whole body,” he says. “Hitting lots of balls at Golf Central BNE, a state-of-the-art driving range that mirrors the long-drive fairways I will be facing, will take place in the final month before I go.”
Brendan will travel to Mesquite Nevada, a 50-minute drive NNE from Las Vegas. The small town of Mesquite is home to a purpose-built, $13 million dollar venue with the RE/MAX Longdrive tour in mind. Some of the factors that make this the longest grid in the world are its location 600m above sea level, low humidity, hot air as well as dry firm grass on the grid and gusty. Drives are regularly in the 350 to 380m range, with these distances capable due to a combination of the environmental factors and club head speeds over 144 mph.
Brendan states, “I just recently invested more money into new shafts that are designed to help me hit it higher and further, specifically suited just for the Las Vegas event. I will be one of 128 guys from all over the world, competing over three days, to make the top-8 final. A one in 16 chance to take the win is pretty good odds.”
The top eight players will return to Vegas in October for the final shoot out, to be held at Paiute Golf Club. The winner will take home $250,000 in an all-or-nothing final that will be aired on the Golf Channel worldwide.
“I plan on flying out to Vegas on Sept 17th, a full 6 days before hitting,” says Moylan. “This will be the longest lead up I’ve had to a World Championship, and hope it is just another of the small things that will aid my performance.”
For more information on Golf Central BNE:www.golfcentralbne.com.au