3-degree Krank Golf F5 custom
Krank Golf, Sligo, Tornado Tee, Champ Spikes, Pure Grips
2nd – 1996 Canadian junior long drive RCGA
3rd – 2008 Desert launch (Palms)
2nd – 2012 Desert Launch (2nd to Winther by 2 yards)
3rd – 2013 World Long Drive Championships
7 earned qualifying exemptions of last 9 world championship appearances
What is your longest drive in competition?
462 yards, 2008 Warner Springs Team Championships (grid record)
What were the conditions of the drive?
5-10 mph tail wind, level tee area, firm grid, 4-foot weeds at 450…
What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?
Swing Radar – 163 mph (driver)
Speed Whoosh – 194 mph
Trackman – 148 mph
Flightscope 146 mph
What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?
Years and years of research and testing.
Phantom Camera testing (100,000 frames/sec).
Krank Golf has also given me the tools to study myself, and their products, and develop a perfect setup for my swing to function as efficiently as possible with their equipment. Not too mention, they have 16 World Long Drive Championship titles and make the fastest most durable high-speed drivers in the World (the current Guinness World ball speed record 217mph was set by Ryan Winther using a Krank Golf driver). Krank has dominated long drive for the last half dozen years, 4 consecutive Open Men’s World Championships 2010-11-12-2013. (Longest manufacturer streak in history – this will never be broken)
Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?
Power draw or power fade, depending on the conditions.
Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?
The Speed Whoosh, believe it or not, just getting your muscles to wake up and move faster than you could ever swing a driver, it will actually help you to swing a driver faster too by using more “awake” muscles, and their small fast twitch muscles that give you speed.
Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?
I lift regularly. Olympic lifting for speed and power.
Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?
Get in the gym!
Lift heavy, lift hard, do yoga, stretch, anytime your moving weight at speed, your developing power through your body. The golf swing is the most athletic move in sports and demands the highest physical training to reach peak limitations…
Read the rest of what Tyler has to say about the Long Drive in the November 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here: