Club head speed, smash factor and yards. Those are the numbers, especially yards, that have put the sport of Long Drive on the map. But for last Tuesday’s RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship winner Jeff Flagg, the only number that mattered was measured in inches.
Flagg, a 29-year-old former minor league baseball player, edged Jeff Crittenden to win the $250,000 grand prize in Las Vegas, Nev. by booming a 365-yard-drive that landed a mere 13 inches past his competitor. It was the shortest margin of victory in the event’s history.
I have some swing feels and positions that I try to get into — that’s all I’m consumed with — just trying to hit those spots. — Jeff Flagg
Cold weather and a stiff crosswind challenged all eight finalists who competed that night. Five matches were decided by 2 yards or less. Surviving the battle of attrition weren’t the sport’s big guns — the Jamie Sadlowski’s or the Joe Miller’s — it was Flagg, an unheralded second-year player who didn’t even have an equipment sponsor until the showcase event in Las Vegas.
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