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Guinness World Record holder opens up about longest 'usable' golf club
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, November 07, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
Earlier this week, we brought you the story of Michael Furrh, the Arlington, Texas, man who set the new Guinness World Record for longest "usable" golf club with a 20-foot, 6-inch driver.
Furrh, a Caddie Master/Event Director for Caddie Club Golf, actually held the Guinness Record in 2013 with a 14-foot, 2 1/2-inch driver that he hit over 146 yards.
In September, Karsten Maas of Denmark achieved a new record for longest "usable" golf club with his 14-foot, 5-inch driver that went just over 180 yards.
Naturally, Furrh was looking forward to reclaiming his record and that's what he did on November 3 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Dallas. See the official video from the Guinness World Record feat below:
All told, Furrh's shot carried 63 yards. We caught up with him to learn more about the world-record setting club.
"I build all my own clubs," Furrh told us. "I used steel shaft extentions to lenghten the club, and it weighed a total of 52 ounces."
That's a 3 1/4-pound golf club -- heavy stuff. On top of setting the record, Furrh -- a golf professional since 2002 -- wanted to maintain the integrity of the golf swing. He explained to PGA.com that people who have attempted the record in the past have done so with a hockey-style swing.
"I was making a great effort to swing the club in a conventional golf method taking a full backswing," Furrh said. "I broke two ribs in an accident two weeks before the record so it was extra special to bring this Guinness World Record back to Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Membership and all of Texas."
Furrh tells us the new record club length of 20 feet, 6 inches was actually a surprise to the 30 or so family, friends, media and members that were in attendance.
His first attempts of the day were with a 19-foot, 5-inch graphite driver weighing 36 ounces.
The existing record was broken with a shot that carried 89 yards, as measured by Mike Rausch of Golf Ect with a Foresight Sports GC 2 Launch Monitor.
After that, Furrh pulled out the 20-foot, 6-inch club that he built in the cart barn at Rolling Hills, which he says takes up five parking spaces.
On the first swing, he hit the ball 45 yards on the fly to establish another record. After a few more shots, his longest carried 63 yards.
"I've had this club built for quite a while and I've been waiting for someone to hit a long club," he said. "Now everyone sees my response with this 20-foot monster. Just wait and see what I have lined up for my next swing."