Long Drive Champion, Jeff Flagg

Going Deep: Interview with Long Drive Champ Jeff Flagg

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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