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In two-plus years, the strapping 6-foot-3, pound, year-old Berkshire has moved to No. Berkshire's golf balls routinely fly off his clubface at more than miles per hour, peaking at a record mph ball speed during his win at the Tennessee Big Shots in August. At the same time, I know everyone is going to be taking their best crack at me. All I can worry about is performing the best I can. A post shared by Kyle Berkshire kyleberkshire. As Berkshire notes, though, there will be plenty of stiff competition swinging extra-stiff-shafted drivers.
Defending champ Maurice Allen recently was said to have hit a golf ball across Niagara Falls. Unfortunately for his opponents, Berkshire, who sports his ature long hair and a rocking motion before pulling his Krank 4-degree driver back, has a knack for bringing his A-game. Although, the landing space seems generous, at those swing speeds, even being a degree off at impact produces huge misses.
Recruited Big Fairway world chat North Texas from Crofton, Md. Instead, a freakish gain in distance between his freshman and sophomore year wound up leading him down a different career path. They certainly saw something special one day during practice of his sophomore season. Berkshire tells the story of three North Texas threesomes playing as a ninesome the final two holes at Lantana Golf Club to finish quicker.
And North Texas head coach Brad Stracke recalled his own practice-round moment of first being flabbergasted by Berkshire—a yard 3-iron on the 13th hole at Gleneagles Country Club. And the rest was history. After training for a couple months, Berkshire won his first long drive qualifier.
He then decided to play a year on the circuit thinking it would build his confidence and help him when he returned to competitive golf. But the money—and Berkshire—simply became too good to walk away. Now, Berkshire, a former junior golf All-American, never even plays golf. Instead, he trains and works with swing coaches Bernie Najar and Bobby Peterson yes, long drivers have swing coaches, too year-round on his newfound profession. Golf Channel began televising long drive events in before buying the Long Drivers of America, the sport's governing body, and rebranding it as the World Long Drive Association in Instructor Sean Foley has compared Champ to Usain Bolt because of his ball speeds that top out in the mids.
But if Champ is Bolt, then Berkshire, who produces ball speeds 30 mph faster, is Bolt wearing a jetpack.
But first things first. Life is good when you have a head of long hair and are capable of hitting longer tee shots than anyone on the planet. And yet Berkshire remains optimistic that things are only going to get better for himself and his fellow hitters.
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