Mike Benzie is managing editor of PGA.com.
See how far Ken Griffey Jr. drives golf ball at PGA Demo Day
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 2:07 p.m.
Ken Griffey Jr. was among the longest of several Nike athletes driving golf balls into the massive 42-acre circular driving range at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day Tuesday. Griffey Jr. hit about 30 balls with the Nike Covert 2.0 driver.
Here's a look at his swing:
His drives, calculated by Nike as he hit them, ranged from 270 to 290 yards and he was the longest of all the athletes attending, according to Nike. Also there: Griffey Jr.'s father Ken and brother Craig. Former baseball star Fred McGriff, saxophonist Mike Phillip, former NBA star Ron Harper, and former NFL stars Sterling Sharpe and Ryan Longwell.
Griffey Jr. said he's about a 9 handicap. He normally uses less loft - he prefers about 8.5 degrees, but Nike had him adjsut to 10.5 degrees with the driver. Griffey Jr. lives in Winter Garden, Fla. (where Demo Day is located) and plays his regular golf at Isleworth Golf and Country Club, also in Orange County.
Longwell is the top golfer among the group, said Nike, boasting a 0.5 handicap. He was topping out at around 280 yards on his drives, according to Nike. Longwell said he grew up around the game with his father Paul a golf pro in Seattle. (By the way, Longwell said he's all-in with the Seahawks for the Super Bowl).
Approximately 100 golf companies attended the show at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden,