Blake hit 12 of 14 fairways. Needless to say, Jay Don told Pat that no one else will ever build his drivers again - Horsepower Golf rocks!
Pat understands the mechanics of the golf swing and the equipment. Owner ofHorsepower Golf, Dempsey is also a PGA tour Rep for UST Mamiya golf shafts (which, by the way, finished #1 driver shaft on the Nationwide Tour)
Because Pat specializes and competes in long drive - he is constantly pushing the limits of both golf mechanics and golf equipment, to the extreme. Recently winning his 3rd ReMax World Long Drive Champion Title, Pat Dempsey knows that it takes that kind of understanding of the body, golf swing and equipment to properly fit a player to custom built driver. Jay Don Blake's switched to a tour issued TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 driver with a UST Mamiya TourSPX VTS shaft - a proven champion driver.
Now that Jay Don Blake has the confidence in his driver, he steps on to the course with assurance that is equipment is fine tuned and that the rest is all up to him.
Jay Don Blake has proven that he is a true champion!
What an exciting week at the ReMax World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite , NV.
My favorite player- Pat Dempsey, was the first competitor in the history of the sport to qualify in all 4 divisions - at the age of 55 to boot!
I know first hand the amount of time he put into preparing for this event. For a solid year he has disciplined himself to working out every day, and practicing as much as his job would allow him. It meant a lot of sacrifices in other areas of his life and thank goodness he had/has the support of his family and friends.
He truly is an incredible athlete and a gentleman with great character. I'm not saying this because I am partial - but because I witness it on a daily basis.
It was very exciting to watch Greg Walker and Pat up on the tee together - they are best buddy's and have been helping each other all year long. Of course I was happy that Pat went on to win but had the tables been turned it would have been just as exciting to see Greg go on to win. Bobby Wilson, an incredible long drive competitor and also a 3 time world champion, lost to Pat Dempsey this week 3 times - in the Grand Championship, Super Seniors and the Senior Division. Pat placed 3rd in the Senior division hitting a 448 yard bomb.
I was able to take video of the first 2 competitions - the Grand Champion Division (age 55+) and the Super Senior Division (age 50+). The video's are 8-13 minutes but I believe they capture the feel of the competition. Hope all of you can make it to Mesquite, NV next year to experience the event for yourselves.
ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast a 90-minute highlights show on December 24 and 25.
On Christmas Eve day, the Long Drive program starts at 1pm eastern on ESPN.
On Christmas Day the show airs on ESPN2 beginning at 12:30pm eastern time.
All the driver heads used started as 8.5*. Some were bent to 6.5*, 7*, 8*.
#1 in Driving distance on the Champions Tour – AT&T Championship PGA Tournament Champion – Largest purse Gold Medalist in Long Drive at the Senior World Games Only driver in history to qualify in four divisions by a single competitor for the RWLDC Only driver in history to qualify for the Open Division of the RWLDC by a 55 year old competitor Only driver in the history of Long Drive to have never gone O-fer in a set – Apparently it is impossible to miss the grid with this club! Has won more than 70% of the Long Drive events it entered.
Tour Tempo is excited to announce their first Tour Tempo Distance School – Hit Longer Drives with Pat Dempsey. 2002 Senior World Long Drive Champion Pat Dempsey will be teaching along with John Sr. and John Jr.
The focus of the school will be distance. Our main goal is to increase your clubhead speed and then from there, max. out your smash factor. Pat is the PGA/Nationwide Tour Rep for UST Shafts and he will be bringing with him ‘tour issue only’ shafts and heads. As an added bonus to the instruction, we will custom fit you with the ‘tour only’ driver/shaft combo that fits you. If you have other aspects of your game that need help, we will have time set aside both days to look at those specifics.
August 19th & 20th, 2011 Lawrence, KS (fly into MCI)
Arrive around noon on the 19th and leave early on the 21st.
Transportation to/from the airport, Hotel, & food are included in the VIP price.
What you get:
Instruction from the Tour Tempo creators – John Sr. and John Jr.
Instruction from World Long Drive Champion and Tour Rep Pat Dempsey
Tour issue only UST shaft and Taylor Made Burner Head custom fit to you
(I’d put a price on this, but you can’t buy them!)
Flightscope ball launch analysis
Hi-Speed Video analysis
Tour Tempo Analysis
Tour Tempo products – Micro Player, SpeedBall System, Power Tools (Driver & Iron)
Titleist Performance Institute Screening & Workout Program plus Functional Movement Tubing and Training
Cost is $2950
If you have attended one of our schools before, cost is $2450.
We are limiting this school to 6 golfers, so please contact us asap if you’re interested.
Here is a post written by a Champion LD competitor Sean Fister I'd like to share with you:
I have been competing for more than two decades and through all the BS, bitching and raging envy, I rarely see something that made me stop and watch in awe of another competitor for any reason.
I was what I thought was the last competitor to leave the Regional 4 competition at Red Tail Golf Club in Decatur, IL and driving out of the parking lot, I glanced over at the practice range and saw a lone competitor picking up the last of the massive trash strewn all over the practice tee that made it look like a small post concert venue consisting of empty beverage bottles and significant trash left by yes...our fellow competitors for the venue that was gracious enough to have our ungrateful competitors basically trash the place. I pulled into the parking lot and he was placing the last pieces of trash into an overflowing trash can and I immediately felt guilty that I had not been doing the same and even more so that it needed to be done in the first place.
It was obvious that he was tired as he slowly bent over picking up those final pieces of trash and neatly stacking them onto the pile on top of the trash can. He wasn't doing it to get credit or to be noticed for being a good guy, everyone was gone...he just did it and it speaks volumes about his character.
I drove away thinking about all of the times I have been embarrassed by less than virtuous actions by many competitors at so many events put on by generous people in the golf communities around the country that after they experience having a group of long drivers at their facility, they vow...never again, stating the false sense of entitlement and lack of respect for others that is rampant in this sport.
In this day and age when corporate dollars are gone, endorsements and appearance fees have dried up for the most part, long drivers think the world owes them respect and in fact demand it whether they have won a world championship or placed 32nd in a local. All because they can hit a golf ball 400 yards. It should be the exact opposite...way opposite! We should be making every effort to accommodate those that provide the very thing we crave...an opportunity to showcase our passion.
I was embarrassed at myself for not being right there beside this lone, tired competitor, but it was too late...he already picked everything up. I got schooled. He didn't do it TO school anyone. He just did it. This guy competed for 8 hours in a grueling competition in the heat and humidity and dispatched more than 70 open division competitors advancing to the world championships.
It was 54 year old Pat Dempsey. A former Major League Baseball Player and World Long Drive Champion. He established a mark that may never be broken by qualifying to compete in 4 divisions including the hardest, the open division. How does he cap off his day?
No entitlement, no attention.
He earns respect. He certainly earned mine and makes me want to be better.
Being a member of the LDA Hall of Fame, I get to cast a vote in each LDA Hall of Fame selection and among the criteria for selection is Character. Pat Dempsey is loaded with it.
Sean "The Beast" Fister
3 time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion
LDA Hall of Fame