Golf Digest Videos

Justin Thomas Crushes a 250 Yard Drive With a Mini Golf Putter

Justin Thomas is one of the longest golfers on the planet because he has an insane smash factor, which is ball speed divided by club speed. In other words, Thomas swings crazy fast and has amazing hand-eye coordination. Thomas's peak smash factor is on par with Dustin Johnson. Golf Digest wanted to find out what his smash factor would be with a kids club, tennis racket, baseball bat, shovel, wiffle ball bat, and mini-golf putter. The results were astounding.

Released on 4/11/2017

Credits

Starring: Justin Thomas

Transcript

00:00
[Narrator] This is Justin Thomas.
00:02
Pound for pound he is one of the longest golfers
00:04
on the planet.
00:05
300 yard drives?
00:06
No problem.
00:08
400 yard drives?
00:09
He's done that too.
00:11
Why?
00:12
His smash factor is nuts.
00:14
But what is that?
00:15
Ball speed divided by club speed equals smash factor.
00:19
Justin swings crazy fast
00:21
and has insane hand-eye coordination
00:23
which allows him to hit the ball on the sweet spot
00:25
as hard as he can.
00:27
The springlike effect of the sweet spot maximizes distance.
00:30
The harder you swing, the more spring in the face,
00:32
the farther the ball will go.
00:34
Think of a trampoline.
00:36
If you bounce in the center you will jump higher.
00:38
Justin's peak smash factor is 1.52.
00:42
The longest guy on tour, Dustin Johnson, peaks at 1.51.
00:46
Justin is a beast with his driver.
00:48
But what's his smash factor with these crazy other things?
00:51
Kids club.
00:52
Tennis racket.
00:54
Baseball bat.
00:55
Shovel.
00:56
Whiffle ball bat.
00:57
Mini-golf putter.
00:59
Here we go.
01:01
(funky electronic music)
01:07
(Justin laughing)
01:10
(electronic music)
01:21
Oh!
01:22
Yeah, broke.
01:26
Oh, that was good.
01:28
(electronic music)
01:36
I got it.
01:37
(electronic music)
01:54
(shovel tinging)
02:00
(orchestral electronic music)
02:08
Oh!
02:09
Tried to hit too up on it.
02:12
(cheering)
02:18
(electronic music)
02:30
(laughing)
02:31
Crushed.
02:33
(electronic music)
02:38
(bell ringing)
02:43
(lively marching music)
02:50
(laughing)
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