“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
No doubt that will be the phrase on the mind of Golf Channel executives as they are forking out $40,000 for a new golf simulator for the second time in a year. Both occasions, the culprit was World Long Drive Champion, Jamie Sadlowski.
Sadlowski is a professional long driver (yes, that is a profession). He claims to have hit a drive over 400 yards aged 16, and has since won the World Junior Long Drive Championship in 2005 and 2006 and the adult World Long Drive Championship in 2008 and 2009.
His personal best is 445 yards, and he’s not even 6ft tall.
Last November, the Golf Channel invited Sadlowski to visit the studio to film a segment on Michael Breed’s “The Golf Fix” show.
Sadlowski, who swings the club at over 150 mph (25 mph faster than anyone on the PGA Tour), crushed a driver through the re-enforced screen of the simulator.
Breed joked it off then, but the Golf Channel ended up needing to buy a new simulator.
Fast forward to this week and Sadlowski was invited back to the Golf Channel, with one condition, no driver. He was limited to a 7-iron by the show’s producers.
How much damage can you do with a 7-iron right?
Watch as Sadlowski repeats his simulator-crushing feat with a 7-iron. Pay special attention to the slightly different reaction from the show’s host, Michael Breed:
Possibly more amazing that the fact he broke a golf simulator with a 7-iron, is the fact that if you watch closely, his simulated ball flight appears to touch down just a few yards short of 300 yards.
It is unconfirmed whether the Golf Channel will say “third time lucky” and invite the Long Drive Champion back again, perhaps limiting him to a putter.