Once a WWE superstar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now a full-blown movie star and budding business magnate. He’s also one of the longest drivers in the world…apparently.
On the set of his HBO show “Ballers,” Johnson posted the following picture of himself and his rippling biceps crushing a drive on Instagram Tuesday. Check this thing out:
The world record longest drive is 515 yards set in 1974. My drive here measured an estimated 490 yards by the scientists holding the rulers. I failed math when I was a kid, but I think that’s kinda close. One fun day I will break the world record. Great day on the links shooting scenes for our HBO’s #Ballers. Subsequently, I also hit two other great balls… when I stepped on a rake. Ok, no more bullshit haha.. back to work. Have a productive day. #OnSet #Ballers #LasVegas #TheGolfingBeast 🏌🏾 Big shout out to my bud and the man himself @jordanspieth for my gear 👊🏾
Let’s just drill down on the claim here. Unless he’s joking, this is what the Rock would have us believe, “My drive here measured an estimated 490 yards by the scientists holding the rulers. I failed math when I was a kid, but I think that’s kinda close.”
While it’s unclear what “scientists holding the rulers means,” beyond the fact that the drive was almost certainly not measured by actual scientists holding rulers, Johnson somehow arrived at the number 490.
Could he really have hit it that far? For the sake of comparison, using a weapon calibrated for long drive, Joe Miller’s longest drive en-route to winning the World Long Drive Championship last year was 439 yards.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) October 13, 2016
Do we really think The Rock, obscenely jacked elite athlete that he is, is capable of generating the sort of club head speed Mr. Miller does? Really? How much golf does he even play? Certainly not as much as the pros, who average 275 yards off the tee. Even Miller, who broke the grid at the World Long Drive Championship, doesn’t hit that long. We’re going to need some golf scientists to believe this little bit of hoopla.