World record set for fastest golf ball hit into a moving car

Sharon Wong
Source: Mercedes Blog
Source: Mercedes Blog

In the wake of an eventful PGA Championship, Jake Shepherd pursued his own form of glory off the course. It still had a lot to do with crazy wicked golf skills though, and a Guinness world record. After much practice, he was finally able to whack the fastest (only?) golf ball to catch up with a moving car. More specifically, he hit it into a Mercedes SLS Roadster being driven by former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard. Shepherd stood 275 meters away from the tee and sent the ball soaring towards its moving target at 178 mph (286 km/h), faster than the car itself at 120 mph (196 km/h).

A delighted David Coulthard did not actually see the ball land in the car, but knew exactly when it landed in the open cockpit of the vehicle. Sure enough, they found the ball wedged neatly between the seats. Amazing work on his part too, especially when you consider that he had to take his eyes off the road for a split second to catch the ball. While he was driving at 120 mph. Let that sink in.

Our guess is that the ball was smoking and very hot to the touch when he picked it up. After all, for a few memorable split seconds of its life, it was actually a meteorite.