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The Need For Speed – Golf Balls vs Cars

Joe Miller Flightscope (Photo: Joe Miller)

Later this month the longest hitters on the planet will arrive in Oklahoma to try and crush a golf ball as far as humanly possible.

Contending for that World Long Drive Championship will be England’s Joe Miller who won the title in 2010.

The 6’4″, 265 mammoth hit the ball 414 yards to earn his world title.  He has also recorded a drive of 560 yards at his local course.

Based on a Tweet on October 6th he is ready to compete for a second title.

In response to a fellow long driver the Callaway sponsored masher posted this image of a Flightscope capture of his swing. The radar tracking system captures the critical data of his club and golf ball.

Joe Miller Flightscope (Photo: Joe Miller)
Joe Miller Flightscope (Photo: Joe Miller)

Please note the club speed and the ball speed. 155.7 mph and 217.6 mph.

To give you some context the average male golfer has a club speed of 94 mph and a ball speed of 139 mph.

The average on the PGA TOUR? 113 mph club speed and 167 mph ball speed.

So just how fast is the club speed and ball speed Miller is creating?  How about I put it into context with cars that go the equivalent speed? Thanks to a compilation of car at Autosnout.com, I can. (See below)

The scary part?  Joe Miller has actually hit a golf ball faster before.  225mph during his run to the World Championship in 2010. (Equivalent to a Noble M600, if you really need to know)

Cars With A Top Speed of 156mph

Ferrari 308 GTB QV 3.0l V8 – [1982]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Ferrari 308 GTS QV 3.0l V8 – [1982]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Ford Mustang Mach 1 – [2003]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Lamborghini 350 GT 3.5L V12 – [1964]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Lotus 2-Eleven 1.8 Supercharged – [2007]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Mazda RX7 FD Turbo – [1993]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Mazda RX7 Turbo – [1992]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Nissan 300ZX 3.0 V6 Turbo – [1990]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Nissan Skyline R32 GTR – [1990]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Nissan Skyline R34 GTR – [1999]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Toyota Supra 3.0 Turbo – [1993]

Top Speed – 156 mph (251 kph)

Cars With A Top Speed of 217 MPH

Bugatti EB110 SuperSport – [1992]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Ferrari Enzo 6.0 V12 – [2002]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – [2011]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster – [2013]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50th Anniversario – [2013]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce – [2014]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

McLaren P1 3.8 V8 Hybrid – [2013]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Mercedes SLR Class McLaren Stirling Moss – [2009]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

Pagani Zonda Cinque 7.3L – [2008]

Top Speed – 217 mph (349 kph)

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