WITH a club speed of 240km/h and the ball clocking upwards of 300km/h, it's little wonder that Valley local Brendan Moylan can break a piece of wood with a golf ball.
Moylan, who demonstrated the feat at the recent Yamba Pro Am, is in full preparation for the upcoming World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nevada.
He'll come up against some of the biggest names in the world, with Jason Zuback, Joe Miller and Jamie Sadlowski all part of the 140-strong field.
"I went pretty well throughout the year," Moylan said.
"I was leading the comp for most of the year and actually qualified first for the final round."
The top six ranked long drivers enter the final round which is played in a head-to-head format.
"I hit the ball 368 metres in the semi but ended up being beaten by 50 centimetres," Moylan said.
"There was a bit of headwind which slowed the ball a bit but that's just how it played out on the day."
With the World Championships being played in Nevada, Moylan believes the conditions will favour him and the other Australian entries.
"In Australia we play on golf courses and driving ranges which aren't too much above sea level," Moylan said.
"The majority of golf courses and ranges are watered and maintained more for golf than anything so it reduces the amount of bounce."
On the other hand, Mesquite is located just outside Las Vegas in the middle of the desert approximately 600 metres above level.
"Due to its location the ball should travel further," Moylan continued.
"There's less air resistance on the ball, and the ground is much more firm and drier which should allow more bounce."
Moylan made special mention of businesses across the Clarence Valley for their support, including East Coast Restorations who have helped fund the trip.
"They're based at Towns End and have really supported me for this trip," Moylan said.
"I really appreciate the support they give me and hopefully I'll go well over there."
Going on form alone, Moylan should feature in the later stages of the competition which he begins on October 20.
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