Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours - world record set by Nigel Mangan
ORLANDO, Fla, USA -- Nigel Mangan, a 34-year-old
Irishman who has never played an 18-hole round of golf, used
a teeing system made by the company he works for, Egan Golf,
to hit 7,721 balls - setting the new world record for the
Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours.
Photo: The second he hit the record breaking
photo) Nigel Mangan hit 7,721 balls
at a pace of one every 3½ seconds, with a few short breaks.
Each shot had to travel 100 yards and be accurate within 30
“It was 12 continuous hours of hitting golf
balls approximately every 4 seconds, I only took six five-minute
breaks throughout the whole day, it was tough”.
Nigel has been in training since November,
even through the recent severe weather conditions, and has
suffered blistering and bleeding on his hands along with muscle
strain in his knees and shoulders.
“The pain was worth it in the end” he says, “I
knew it wouldn’t be easy when I agreed to do it but we love
nothing more than a challenge. Some people also said that
launching the Egan Golf Center to the market during a recession
wasn’t going to be easy but, like this record attempt, it
only made us more determined to succeed”.
Egan Golf have developed an innovative golf
home training system, Golf Center, which provides people
with training drills and tees up each ball automatically,
which helped Nigel on the day of his record breaking feat.
This world record for the Most
Golf Balls Hit in 12 Hours wasn't just some publicity
stunt, though. The attempt was made in a benefit for the Folds
of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to families
of American soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mangan hit his first ball at 6 a.m.
and continued until 6 p.m., taking only a few short breaks.
By noon, he already had hit more than 5,000 balls.
"It sounds fairly simple, but
you wouldn't believe how tired you get trying something [like]
this," Piranha Golf president Steve Collins said of Mangan,
who hit more than 5,000 balls by noon and easily eclipsed
the previous Guinness world record of 7,350 in a half-day.
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