Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly

Height:                 6’3”

Weight:               275

Driver Specs:

Callaway XR16 4*



Special Accomplishments:

My Top 16 finish at the 2018 World Long Drive Championships

What is your longest drive in competition?

427 yards

What were the conditions of the drive?

Fair weather at the best grid in the world in Mesquite, NV

Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

FlightScope: 147.9 Trackman: 145.5

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

I switched in the middle of the 2018 season from Krank to Callaway just to try something different. I ended up doing well at Worlds and they offered me a contract. When it comes to shaft selection I don’t really get caught up in specs or brand. If it feels good and the Trackman numbers look good, I go with it. I went with the Fujikura Pro 53k XX tipped an inch all year.

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

I’m always looking to hit a draw, but you have to adjust to the conditions. Big high fade if it’s wet like it was this year at Worlds.

Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

I use a homemade SuperSpeed stick I made out of an old shaft and a 5/8 socket. If you try and make your own, use Gorilla tape. I used duct tape on the first go-around and put a hole in my garage.

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

I have a home gym and do a lot of free weight exercises. I mix in golf specific exercises with resistance bands and kettlebells. I usually mix in and try the stuff you see Justin James and Ryan Steenburg doing online. Those guys seem to know what they are doing.

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

I know everyone says it but using the ground properly is what it takes. You have to get the lower body…

Read the rest of what Bryan has to say about the Long Drive in the January 2019 Monthly Handicap Improver here: