When I was growing up in West Texas, one of the games we played on the golf course was to choose a hole and play it with just one club from the peg to bottom of the cup. The biggest challenge was to play the longest par 5 using only your putter.
One of us would occasionally make a par. That was quite a feat, but nothing like what Martin Kaymer – who won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last month – and Bernhard Langer – who on Sunday – recently accomplished with their putters.
As part of a Mercedes-Benz promotion, the two German superstars challenged each other to a long-drive contest using only regulation-length putters. The results, recorded on a Trackman ball flight analysis device, were quite impressive.
Each player got three whacks, and each gained more distance with every swing. The 57-year-old Langer said he was most pleased that he didn't break his putter, but his drives were pretty outstanding – especially considering that Kaymer is considerably larger and almost 30 years younger. The final result: Kaymer went 212.3 meters (that's 232.17 yards), while Langer's best was 190.2 meters (208 yards).
Here's the video of their showdown: