Tallahassee, FL - Maurice Allen carries about a dozen clubs to the golf range. They're mostly drivers because those clubs have driven him to the top.
"I'm doing the long drive tour right now," said Allen, a FAMU alum. "Doing very, very well. Sitting 10th in points standing so far this year."
Allen, who ran track at FAMU, is a professional long driver.
"It's wierd. It's wierd," Allen said. "I'm still starstruck by it. I'm still getting used to the whole thing."
He discovered he had this ability two years ago.
"My friend Steve Harrison, who used to own Golf Xcetterra around here, bet me that I wasn't athletic enough to hit a golf ball, not knowing that I grew up around the game of golf," Allen said. "And I hit a 7-iron about 230 yards."
Allen's swing generates power with record-breaking club speed. He once topped 161 miles per hour. His shot averages about 370 yards.
"Not even close to a technique," he said. "I just figure stuff out as I go along."
His swing may not be technically sound, but his style is just as sharp.
"Swag is everything. You can't do anything without style," he said.
This September, Allen will captain the U.S. Long Driving team.
"I just can't wait until Mexico and then get ready to go to the Long Drive Championships," he said. "So, just getting ready, man. Big season coming up."
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