I can’t stop watching this
Let’s not waste any time in the intro here. Do you wanna see Mike Trout hit a golf ball as hard as he can? Of course you do.
It’s just so satisfying to watch. The sound of the impact is like a gunshot. I must have watched it 20 times by now.
It’s also a rare opportunity to see a bit of personality from Trout. The way he grins before he addresses the ball—fully aware of what he’s about to do, almost saying, “watch this”—is as cocky as I’ve ever seen Trout be. And he delivered. The reaction of the onlookers tells you everything you need to know.
One person says, astonished, “180!” which must refer to the exit velocity of the ball. That would be an elite figure on the PGA Tour. The top average exit velocity off the tee on tour last year was Cameron Champ’s 190.7 mph—and that’s using a real golf ball, not the reduced-flight ones Topgolf uses. Bubba Watson, who was sixth in driving distance, averaged 181.2 mph off the tee.
The Pujols Family Foundation, which works with children who have Down syndrome and their families, held an event at a Topgolf in Arizona on Sunday night where they invited MLB stars to smack the hell out of some golf balls. Trout was there, along with Dodgers players Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Austin Barnes.
Bellinger also punished a ball, but let’s be honest: it was nowhere near as impressive as what Trout did.
Seeing Bellinger’s swing just makes Trout’s wallop seem even more impressive. Sure, Bellinger also hit the ball super hard, but look how awkward his swing is. His takeaway is so stiff and his hips don’t move at all in the backswing. On the other hand, even though a golf pro would cringe watching the Trout video, you can tell that he has a good swing that he’s just turning up to 11 so he can show off. That shouldn’t be a surprise, though. Trout has never won a playoff game, so he’s had plenty of time to work on his golf game.
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