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 • 673

  • AsmodeusClips
    AsmodeusClips Day ago

    Yards and miles... can you Americans start using some civilized units of measurement?

  • Robert Tucker
    Robert Tucker 3 days ago +1

    Why it's impossible to take a dump larger than 20 pounds

  • Mark Stratton
    Mark Stratton 5 days ago

    All that video to basically say it's NOT impossible to drive a golf ball 450 yards.

  • Foreman1329
    Foreman1329 6 days ago

    Biggest complaint I have about this series (which I absolutely love) is that you do not even mention the metric system. When you say 700 yards, you have to realize that 90% of the world doesn't get it. I would rather prefer you saying "700 yards which are x meters"; I don't think it would be a lot of effort but it would certainly improve the quality of the video for non Americans.

  • Haydenater S
    Haydenater S 9 days ago +1

    Mans clearly never seen Happy Gilmore in action

  • The App Store Chronicle

    PGA Tour, not PGA. Separate entities.

  • Jeremy Broussard
    Jeremy Broussard 18 days ago

    Distance is determined by velocity of swing, not power.

  • KennyTheKid
    KennyTheKid 18 days ago

    The Happy Gilmore approach could give more distance to pass the limit

  • Andres Rossbach
    Andres Rossbach 19 days ago +2

    Wired:releases video
    Happy Gilmore: am I a joke to you

    • Jeff Parker
      Jeff Parker 14 days ago

      I literally watched that movie a couple days ago 😂

  • sawy78
    sawy78 19 days ago +1

    I just completed reading these golf swing tricks “Jοmtοnο Naha” (Google it) a week ago before going out and putting the exercises to the assessment. I had been at it for 30 years, but I was astonished that my swinging skills was still boosted. The drills have aided with small details I had never paid much attention to.. .

  • Raymond Lee
    Raymond Lee 19 days ago

    I'm also highly consistent... highly consistent all over the place

  • Sanichuka kun
    Sanichuka kun 20 days ago

    farther? yards? Stop being so american, it is annoying.

    • Sanichuka kun
      Sanichuka kun 20 days ago

      Talks about miles and 10 seconds later measures in metric...

  • Thumper 1968
    Thumper 1968 23 days ago

    What the dimples do is make the ball fly and be able to be controlled by the player. If you hit a ball without dimples you will mostly hit knuckle balls with crazy movement.

  • 1K subs without video challenge?

    Oh yeah well tell that to Happy Gilmore

  • A Geary
    A Geary 27 days ago

    Just a clever Taylor Made advert......

  • Seize The Day
    Seize The Day 29 days ago

    Mark Costello just hit it 455 yards at the 2019 World Long Drive World Championship. There are two types of people: Those giving excuses why it can't be done, and those doing what they say can't be done.

  • sandman4224
    sandman4224 Month ago

    One name - Mike Austin.

  • Tommy Wilson
    Tommy Wilson Month ago

    COR needs a revisiting fellas... always a point of diminishing returns. Every PGA will surpass it with a "nonconforming face".

  • Jim M
    Jim M Month ago

    AAAAnnnd... almost 15 minutes later, the question wasn't answered! LOLOL

  • Joey Cortez
    Joey Cortez Month ago

    Idk what's worse Dustin Johnson choke or Atlantas to the pats

  • Charlie Martin
    Charlie Martin Month ago

    Buddy in the long drive competition hit it 455 the other day........

  • responsiboul
    responsiboul Month ago


  • David Hedvall
    David Hedvall Month ago


  • Michael McGraw
    Michael McGraw Month ago

    Dustin Johnson 489yds? But it says 450yds in the title I’m confused

    • Myles Fecundo
      Myles Fecundo Month ago

      I think he meant, he land it in 450 and roll it to 489

  • Samuel Bippus
    Samuel Bippus Month ago +4

    It has been hit over 450 many times by some world long drive champions.

  • Henry barker
    Henry barker Month ago

    At least his swing is better than Charles Barkley.

    • SAM IAM
      SAM IAM 23 days ago

      everyone on earth can basically swing better than Barkley.

  • YoiBoiEgg
    YoiBoiEgg Month ago +4

    450 yards equals 411.48 meters
    You’re welcome rest of the world

    • YoiBoiEgg
      YoiBoiEgg Month ago +1

      @randoliof No literally almost the entire world uses meters. Go to school kid.

    • randoliof
      randoliof Month ago +2

      The rest of the world uses yards in golf, soooo

  • danish
    danish 2 months ago

    Because real estate becoming expensive.

  • Perfect Gentlemen
    Perfect Gentlemen 2 months ago

    Zzzzz this is boring.

  • josh s
    josh s 2 months ago

    dj lookin baked

  • Talen Turnbaugh
    Talen Turnbaugh 2 months ago

    Long drivers have entered the chat

  • Ezra Murti
    Ezra Murti 2 months ago +12

    Jamie Sadlowski: Hold my maple syrup

  • Crystal Davis
    Crystal Davis 2 months ago

    I would just like to hit the ball 300 yards.

  • wordpressobsessed
    wordpressobsessed 2 months ago +3

    It's also impossible to break a score of 18 on a golf course.

  • Lee Doak
    Lee Doak 2 months ago


  • Luke Busby
    Luke Busby 2 months ago

    Great Taylor Made advert!

  • Cruel Abduhl
    Cruel Abduhl 2 months ago

    I hit a golf ball 450 yards once... two lucky bounces off a cart path and a third bounce to kick it back into the fairway. One in a million shot.

  • Charles Neill
    Charles Neill 2 months ago

    Just drive of of mount Everest 8000,000,0 yards

  • Marc
    Marc 2 months ago

    The longest drive was done by Michael Hoke Austin on 25-9-1974 (471 m).

  • Théo Dietrich
    Théo Dietrich 2 months ago

    230 yards after not playing for 20 years wtfffff

  • remmy100
    remmy100 2 months ago

    Didnt Mike Austin drive over 520 yards?

  • Golf Guys
    Golf Guys 2 months ago +1

    Quality video. Very clear and understandable explanation.

  • maskenmakkan
    maskenmakkan 2 months ago +1

    10:27 me busting a nut XD

  • Thomas Simon
    Thomas Simon 2 months ago +1

    For not swinging a club in the last 20 years, your swing is quite impressive.

  • edmund blackadder coc
    edmund blackadder coc 2 months ago

    John Daley?

  • Brandon Spiegel
    Brandon Spiegel 2 months ago


  • zach olson
    zach olson 3 months ago

    Did this video answer the original question? Not really imo

  • Roberts Zubkāns
    Roberts Zubkāns 3 months ago

    *when i here that 700-something yards is about half a mile* Whyy don't you just use metric? It's much more simple

  • KammaQwazi
    KammaQwazi 3 months ago

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

  • William Emerson
    William Emerson 3 months ago

    It’s further not farther

  • Phong Vong
    Phong Vong 3 months ago

    Desired designed drivenized.

  • Clifford Steinberg
    Clifford Steinberg 3 months ago +2

    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 3 months 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 3 months 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 months ago +1

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

  • GalactiNaut
    GalactiNaut 3 months ago +3

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

  • Shane K
    Shane K 3 months ago

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

    • Matt Coffee
      Matt Coffee 3 months ago

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

  • Daniel McBride
    Daniel McBride 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • peter green
    peter green 3 months 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 months ago

    I absolutely love this series!