Last February (also known as three years ago), Rory McIlroy gave us a glimpse at his ‘stock’ distances for the week in Mexico City, where he was competing in the WGC–Mexico Championship. The numbers were absolutely mind-blowing – 169-yard pitching wedge, 235-yard 6-iron, 300-yard rescue. And these were all ‘carry’ distances, by the way.
Of course, the numbers were aided by the fact that the Northern Irishman was playing at Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is about 7,600 feet above sea level, translating to a 15 percent difference. That’s not to say McIlroy doesn’t hit it extremely far anyway, but that week the air helped him hit it extremely, ridiculously far.
Incredibly, McIlroy’s stock numbers in Mexico are almost identical to World Long Drive champ Kyle Berkshire’s stock numbers. The difference being: these are Berkshire’s regular stock numbers without any altitude help. Here’s a look courtesy of GOLFTV:
We asked World Long Drive champ, @KyleBerkshire, how far he hits each club.
Here's what he said. pic.twitter.com/p8T14yi6n1
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) November 4, 2020
Pure insanity. What’s particularly crazy about these, is that Berkshire is likely leaving a lot of distance off the table with these answers. These are more than likely his 80-85 percent swing stock numbers. Remember, this is a guy who once hit a ball 492 yards (450 metres) in competition.