Could You Hit an 18’5” Club?

With America still licking its wounds after the whooping the Europeans gave the U.S. team last month in the 2014 Ryder Cup, along comes American Ashrita Furman, pictured breaking a Guinness World Record atop an elephant. Last month, Denmark’s Karsten Maas set the record for making and hitting the longest golf club in the world. This week, Furman answered the challenge. U-S-A! U-S-A!

While the golf world waits for Tiger Woods to heal so that he and Rory McIlroy can lock horns and entertain us with a real golf rivalry, we’ll have to settle for American Ashrita Furman vs. Denmark’s Karsten Maas, who are taking turns holding the Guinness World Record for making and hitting the world’s longest club.

Last month, Maas set the record of 14 feet, 5 inches. Check out the follow-through that Maas required as he hit with this monster club (see video below).

Perhaps stung by the Ryder Cup results, Furman, who holds the the most Guinness World Records at over 500, said no mas! He built a driver, using a graphite/steel shaft and a Callaway Big Bertha clubhead, that measured 18 feet, 5 inches and weighed 7-1/2 pounds. However, to claim the record, he had to be able to hit his creation. Talk about pressure! Check out how he did earlier this week in the video below.

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