Why It’s Almost Impossible to Drive a Golf Ball 450 Yards (ft. Dustin Johnson) | WIRED

  • Published on Jun 14, 2019
  • WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez looks at carry vs. total distance, breaks down the biomechanics of the tee shot, and gets tips from Dustin Johnson, one of the top drivers on the tour, to find out why it's Almost Impossible to drive a golf ball 450 yards through the air.

    Special thanks to the Lake Chabot Golf Course.

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    PGA Average Driving Distances (Total Distance):

    Dr. Jessica Rose's Research on Pro v. Amateur Golfers:
    Study: journals.humankinetics.com/doi/10.1123/jab.27.3.242
    Press Release: med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2011/07/study-of-golf-swings-pinpoints-biomechanical-differences-between-pros-and-amateurs.html
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Comments • 584

  • KammaQwazi
    KammaQwazi 17 hours ago

    Nah, I'll take my draw that jumps around like a wounded jackrabbit after landing.

  • Brin Bennett
    Brin Bennett 18 hours ago

    Everything is possible so stop saying stuff is impossible

    WILL MSN 21 hour ago

    It’s further not farther

  • Phong Vong
    Phong Vong Day ago

    Desired designed drivenized.

  • Clifford Steinberg

    Jesus. Why are you even attempting to teach a game you don't know? We are all now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Mdmchannel
    Mdmchannel Day ago

    I was playing with a guy who hit it a long way but often in the next fairway. I hit a 7 iron and a 60 degree wedge on a 190 yard par three and got a par.

  • Mdmchannel
    Mdmchannel Day ago

    My longest drive is 230 yards and that includes rollout. It’s hard to know your carry distance because you’re on the tee

  • Black Light
    Black Light 3 days ago +1

    Unless you were Mike Austin at age 64; 450+ carry and 515 yds total in a Senior PGA event.

  • GalactiNaut
    GalactiNaut 3 days ago +3

    Now I want to see a driving competition with a concrete fairway with half mile distances XD

  • Shane K
    Shane K 3 days ago

    If you were 7 feet tall with really long arms, could you drive farther?

    • Matt Coffee
      Matt Coffee 3 days ago

      Less. Club would be like a putter and can only go 48in club 😜😜

  • Daniel McBride
    Daniel McBride 3 days ago

    when I was young in the 70' s and 80' s I was a very long hitter. Now that I am 64 I consider a 180 yard hole a drivable par 3! 😀

    • Mdmchannel
      Mdmchannel Day ago

      I have to use a hybrid to hit 180. My 3 iron goes 170 tops

  • peter green
    peter green 3 days ago

    I didn't even know that anyone had even driven a ball 400 yards. To me thats nearer twice how far I hit it last time I played golf (over 10 years ago, with crappy driver). 330 yards is nearly 3.5 football pitches and I walk past a park with 3 such pitches all in line and it looks a looooong way lol. Watching this really made me miss playing golf though!

  • Mason Tillman
    Mason Tillman 3 days ago

    I absolutely love this series!

  • mt89
    mt89 4 days ago

    If u can’t carry ur drive at least 250 yards, something is seriously wrong with your swing.

    • Mdmchannel
      Mdmchannel Day ago

      I can only hit 230 tops but that’s with my 14 degree mini driver

  • P L
    P L 5 days ago

    hit a ball in "mile high" Colorado....lol....would that make a difference?.

  • Ice King
    Ice King 5 days ago +3

    Just watch so long drive competitions, I’ve seen balls hit over 470.

    • Matt Coffee
      Matt Coffee 3 days ago

      Compressed balls, illegal clubs...derp

    • Matt Coffee
      Matt Coffee 3 days ago

      Watch the video, its in it lmao

  • Gary D
    Gary D 5 days ago

    can you still solve a Rubik's cube?

  • Andrew Burns
    Andrew Burns 6 days ago

    What’s the point in this video if it is actually possible

  • A. Wheeler
    A. Wheeler 6 days ago

    There should be no rules in long drive other than ball size , maybe. I wonder what setup would be best with no rules. Another option would be no club rules but a standardized ball.

    HENRIC NORDHOLM 6 days ago

    The fact that he can say 787 yards, almost half a mile w/o hurting his brain is impressive. You americans and your stupid system :)

  • • BTSuga •
    • BTSuga • 6 days ago +1

    Next up: Why it’s almost impossible to eat 40 atomic bombs in one sitting

  • derek lee
    derek lee 6 days ago

    knn this dog

  • Nolin Spuzak
    Nolin Spuzak 7 days ago

    10:27 10 minutes into sports science and chill.

  • yousaidwinglikeabirdswing

    I hope not! the distance in the game is getting so all the great old courses are becoming chip and putts

  • Adam Duerwachter
    Adam Duerwachter 7 days ago +1

    A friend of mine drove it 400+ as an amateur

    It bounced and rolled on the cart path all the way to the hole.

  • Andrew H
    Andrew H 8 days ago +20

    You never answered the question other than ''its hard''. You could have gotten a bit more into the physics of the balls momentum and air resistance and its asymptotic relationship to total distance driven.

    • Maxwell Buhler
      Maxwell Buhler 5 days ago

      @Andrew H yeah, you misunderstood. long driving equipment conforms to USGA standards

    • Andrew H
      Andrew H 6 days ago

      @Nicholas M Maybe I misunderstood but I thought he said even in unlimited driving contests they were barely able to go much past 450?

    • Nicholas M
      Nicholas M 6 days ago +2

      He did answer the question. Its a limit based off the rules and regulations of the USGA.

      If you had a company throw the rules out the window and made a special ball and driver for distance, you could overcome 450.

      No company would do this because that isn't something that would sell.

    • Canjuju
      Canjuju 7 days ago +1

      they didnt answer the quesstion at all lol

    POPPINSY’ALL 3018 8 days ago

    I’m 14 and hit it 210 🙃

  • Sam King
    Sam King 9 days ago

    Great video! More...please...

  • nonlinearmind
    nonlinearmind 9 days ago +1

    When I used to play golf, bouncing off the cart path was a major part of my game.

  • Tim Melley
    Tim Melley 9 days ago

    Does this include long drive?

  • joseph dragojevich
    joseph dragojevich 9 days ago +2

    "its corn syrup.." i died

  • UrbanLikwid
    UrbanLikwid 9 days ago

    But Taylor Made M5 promised me I would be able to drive 450 yards.

  • ILikechips
    ILikechips 9 days ago

    Its so stupid this series is almost impossible so it means it is possible

  • bob smith
    bob smith 10 days ago

    Carry distance is still affected by the course's geometry. It's only a truly accurate metric on a completely flat course, which probably doesn't even exist

  • Craneman
    Craneman 10 days ago

    It's not just the pro's doing the almost impossible. It's anyone playing me.

  • Ben Grimm
    Ben Grimm 10 days ago +4

    A 7 foot tall person could drive 450 with ease.

    • Calum Thatcher
      Calum Thatcher 7 days ago

      Just search worlds tallest golfer on youtube, 7 foot 5" former basketball pro. Hes good but cant drive 450 yards carry.

  • Gary Sutton
    Gary Sutton 11 days ago

    Mike Dobbyn 551 yards. Nuff said.

    • scoolzdevries
      scoolzdevries 9 days ago

      @Gary Sutton - LOL. Yeah I suppose. In the video they also said somebody's ball went over 700 yards with roll. So carry distance is the only way to measure what the ball will actually do by being struck with a club.

    • Gary Sutton
      Gary Sutton 9 days ago


    • scoolzdevries
      scoolzdevries 9 days ago

      @Gary Sutton I know. You have to watch the video.

    • Gary Sutton
      Gary Sutton 9 days ago

      Yeah it really said that in the title.

    • scoolzdevries
      scoolzdevries 10 days ago

      450 yard CARRY.....not total distance including roll.

  • Da Shretter
    Da Shretter 11 days ago

    Stop saying everything is “Almost impossible” because the word is “IM Possible” and one of these days someone is going to prove all these videos wrong

  • Tasty Rainbro
    Tasty Rainbro 11 days ago

    Wow i've learned something about golf. Thx youtube -,-

  • Pokémon trainer Parker

    Man you did everything twenty years ago

  • Jason Poletta
    Jason Poletta 12 days ago

    I beg to differ, Happy Gilmore accomplished that feat no more than an hour ago.

  • touchen thao
    touchen thao 13 days ago

    What about Happy Gilmore? Haha

  • Eric Davis
    Eric Davis 13 days ago

    stupid video

  • Fun With Gage
    Fun With Gage 14 days ago


  • Bullrunner15 Games
    Bullrunner15 Games 14 days ago

    Dustin Jones I can drive a golf ball the furthest
    Mark Rober hold my brain

  • Janan Patel
    Janan Patel 14 days ago

    10:25 damm she shoots

  • emily truong
    emily truong 14 days ago

    Do a video about volleyball!!!

  • Jay Smith
    Jay Smith 15 days ago

    This was an awesome overview! Great video!

  • Eric Zhan
    Eric Zhan 15 days ago +4

    "Why it's almost impossible to drive a golf ball 450 yards"

    Mark Rober: Am I a joke to you?

  • spim randsley
    spim randsley 15 days ago

    Two words: rocket powered golf clubs

  • New England Views
    New England Views 15 days ago +1

    I once hit a ball 500 yards. Driver, then 3 wood 💥
    Missed the 🦅 putt 😭

  • Trevor Lebert
    Trevor Lebert 15 days ago

    How about hockey slapshots

  • Timhouse
    Timhouse 15 days ago +15

    "why its almost impossible to drive a golf ball 450 yards"

    Scene1 :
    host: "The PGA says you're not allowed"
    End scene
    roll credits

  • John Boeger
    John Boeger 16 days ago

    This series makes me mad, like its interesting and cool to see everything in detail but it shows how close we are as humans to the limit

  • Jean-Claude Francois Baroud de la Lombardiere

    Precise AND accurate ? WOW ! That's.. Amazing !

  • Aaron Thompson
    Aaron Thompson 16 days ago +3

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO you spent 15mins to tell us that its totally possible?

    • Aaron Thompson
      Aaron Thompson 9 days ago

      @scoolzdevries yeah he said at the long ball at the end that a guy carried it 450 with a total distance of over 470yards....its a piece of crap

    • scoolzdevries
      scoolzdevries 10 days ago

      Ummmmmmm, no. He said you can't CARRY the ball more than 450. Which is accurate. NOT total distance including roll.

  • DerParadonym
    DerParadonym 16 days ago

    I now recommend watching Mark Rober's video with rocket powered golf.

  • Mario Vargas
    Mario Vargas 17 days ago

    Why is it almost impossible to break 5:20 in 2000 meters on an erg

  • Rizwana Rafi
    Rizwana Rafi 17 days ago +14

    Why is it almost impossible to bowl faster then 161.3 km/h in cricket

    • Crowblack
      Crowblack 8 days ago

      STFU It's more popular than either American football or Baseball

    • xManfro - Plugin Developer
      xManfro - Plugin Developer 10 days ago +2

      @Mike Barnes Cricket is the second most viewed sport in the world

    • Mike Barnes
      Mike Barnes 13 days ago

      Nobody cares about cricket that's why

  • avengednightmare1
    avengednightmare1 18 days ago +1

    Long drive guys will pass this in a few years. And their drives are regularly 400plus. Technology will find some rarer metal or material that launches ball even farther soon enough.

  • a random person
    a random person 18 days ago

    Why it’s almost impossible for me to get a girlfriend

  • Josh Smith
    Josh Smith 18 days ago

    That’s pretty neat

  • Pikeandslippers
    Pikeandslippers 18 days ago

    What a great video.

  • Jimmy Gonzalez
    Jimmy Gonzalez 19 days ago

    If only is was 420

  • Kripy Kamp
    Kripy Kamp 19 days ago

    Your swing is terrible bud

  • Alls hymerz
    Alls hymerz 19 days ago

    "corn syrup"

  • Cyruscheung Does Stuff

    Just. Use a rocket

  • Ashley Zinyk
    Ashley Zinyk 21 day ago

    12:35 It's perfectly possible to drive a golf ball 450 yards. It's only almost impossible because of an arbitrary set of rules.

  • Matt Bonneville
    Matt Bonneville 21 day ago

    "Watch me for a little bit?"
    "Ok" as Dustin Johnson looks up and away. 🙄

  • Siya Bhutani
    Siya Bhutani 21 day ago +2

    doesnt wind affect carry distance?

    • ytubepuppy
      ytubepuppy 19 days ago

      Big time if it's strong enough. The PGA stops tournament play if the winds reach 45 mph. Also, sometimes a tail wind is as bad as a head wind because it will tend to blow the ball down instead of creating lift.