Just when you think it’s impossible for Mike Trout to be any more impressive, he does this.
Mike Trout hitting rockets isn’t exclusive to the baseball field. pic.twitter.com/tuEyIzxqQ5— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 2, 2020
Trout’s drive, which happened at a TopGolf in Arizona over the weekend, is one of the most impressive sporting feats we’ve seen by an athlete outside of their primary sport. And it isn’t just the club speed or the contact he makes on the drive. If you watch the video closely, there’s a TV next to the range that captures Trout’s ball flying over the net. He hit a dang home run in golf, but what does that actually mean? By all accounts, the average range at a TopGolf is 250 yards long, and the net is 150 feet high. This means the drive was not only long, but WAY out there, with enough height to clear the net.
Without knowing the club speed it’s difficult to accurately estimate exactly how far Trout’s drive traveled, but it’s safe to say this was well over 300 yards — which is absolutely astonishing for a baseball player just goofing around on an off-day.
There are anecdotal reports that the exit velocity of Trout’s ball was 180 mph, meaning his club speed was around 150 mph. This means that Trout was well above the averages of professional golfers, based on 2014 data from PGA Tour players. The truth is, we might never know just how amazing this swing was.
If we learned anything here, it’s that Mike Trout is secretly Happy Gilmore.