Krank 6* degree, XXX House of Forged LT2, 48.5inches (LDA).
Krank Golf, House of Forged Shafts
5th place finish at the Mile Shootout in 2011, 16th place finish at the World Long Drive Championships in 2012, 2013 Master’s of Long Drive Champion presented by American Power Golf, World Long Drive finalist in Mesquite Nevada 2011 – 2013.
What is your longest drive in competition?
409 yards. Longest on-course drive was 445 (#2 at Wolf Creek)
What were the conditions of the drive?
Early morning set in Mesquite Nevada, calm conditions.
What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?
The fastest swing speed recorded on Swing Speed Radar – 161 mph
The fastest swing speed recorded on Trackman – 148 mph
What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?
I met with the Krank golf team at the PGA show in 2011 and entered their indoor open long drive exhibition. I qualified for the finals and ended up winning the championship beating out Landon Gentry and Ryan Winther. Beyond that they provided me with the opportunity to kit their equipment and work into the role of a sponsored athlete.
Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?
Normal shot shape is straight or fade.
Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?
THE GYM is my training aid. I have been a sports performance coach for many years and certified in golf fitness through TPI. The combination in using traditional training methodologies for building strength and power with a golff’ish twist has proven to be successful for myself and many of my clients.
Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?
Power lifting, Olympic lifting, Functional Training, Sprint conditioning etc…
Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?
Seek out a certified professional and get screened in an effort to understand your bodies limitations physically, functionally…
Read the rest of what Ryan has to say about the Long Drive in the February 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here: