The man who holds the Guinness World Record for most Guinness World Records just couldn't let this one go without a fight.
New Yorker Ashrita Furman, who claims to have broken more than 500 Guinness World Records since 1979, saw that Denmark's Karsten Maas used a club 14 feet, 5 inches long to set a record for the world's longest usable club. So Furman set out to beat it.
WORLD'S LONGEST DRIVER: Karsten Maas shows how he swings it
Furman created a graphite and steel driver with a Callaway Big Bertha club head that's 18 feet, 5 inches long and weighs 7.5 pounds, or four feet longer than Maas'. Not surprisingly, Furman couldn't grip this club with a regular golf grip or swing it higher than his waist. But the Guinness World Record doesn't account for form. It just states "longest usable club." So when Furman recently used his monster driver to hit a ball about 25 meters -- about 82 feet -- that was enough to break Maas' record.
Here's the video from the Guinness folks:
So after that, there are many questions to be answered.
Who's next to try and eclipse Furman's new mark? Is there a 20-foot driver swinger out there, waiting to be discovered? And even more importantly, how does one get an 18-foot golf club to the course in the first place?