DANIEL Lee last year became the youngest golfer to win the Australian long drive title — now he is the first to go back to back.
The 26-year-old took the title at Logan golf course, near Brisbane, last weekend.
The Thurgoona five-handicapper’s best was a 348.3-metre monster — remarkable, given it was the first time he had swung a club in four months since injury.
Now he will be in Mesquite, Nevada next month for his second tilt at the world title where the world’s best send the ball into near orbit in rarefied air at altitude.
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A top-eight finish and Lee will be back in the US in October for a show on the Golf Channel — under lights in Las Vegas.
Do that and a lucrative circuit of corporate days with the best paid up to $10,000 beckons.
“I choked last year but I’ll use the experience this time around,” Lee said.
“I hit one about 415 yards (380 metres) last year but then the wind got up and some of the boys were bouncing it into the barrier 475 yards (435 metres) away.”
Everything about the way Lee plays golf is long.
His 4 centimetre tee sits almost as high with the golf ball in place, the shaft of his specially made Moi driver is 49¼ inches (122 centimetres) about 10 centimetres longer than normal.
The custom-made shaft is extra, extra, extra stiff.
His club head speed when he swings has been measured at 233km/h, the ball coming off the 5 degree face of his driver, about half the loft of your club golfer, at more than 320km/h.
“I’ve always had a fast swing and, when I was young, the golf pro said ‘hit it as hard as you like — I can always teach accuracy later’,” Lee said.
“You get six balls to register a distance on the grid about 50-metres wide but my best are always dead straight.