157: Justin James: The Longest Drive in the World

By on September 17, 2017
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Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Justin James. Justin is the Long Drive World Champion 2017.In 2015, Justin James hung up his baseball spikes and picked up the driver. After growing up watching his dad, Gerry, compete in long drive, Justin decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps. In his rookie season, he finished T-3 at the 2016 World Long Drive Championship.

In 2015, Justin James hung up his baseball spikes and picked up the driver. After growing up watching his dad, Gerry, compete in long drive, Justin decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps. In his rookie season, he finished T-3 at the 2016 World Long Drive Championship.

In 2017, Justin won three events including the biggest of them all – the Volvik World Long Drive Championship. Justin cemented his spot as #1 in the world with a 435-yard walk-off winner. The longest winning drive ever.

In addition to performing and speaking at corporate and charity golf events across the country, Justin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who consults some of North Florida’s top golfers.

Justin James’ Background

  • Justin graduated from Trinity Baptist College with a B.S. and M.A. in the Bible, and served as the College’s Head Golf Coach for two seasons before turning professional in 2016.
  • He played baseball in the MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays, among others.
  • Justin’s approach: Athletes should develop the absolute simplest program that meets the physical demands of their 

Highlights from this Episode

  • The differences between driving in golf, and the Long Drive competition. We talk about regulations, equipment, body type, ball speed and other nuances between the two subsections of the sport.
  • How Justin made the transition from baseball to golf, and eventually became TPI certified and a strength and conditioning coach for some of Florida’s top golfers.
  • The importance of speed in golf – not just long drive. Justin believes speed development should be a golfer’s number one priority when training from a strength and conditioning standpoint.
  • How Justin approaches training for speed. We get into the exact movements and exercises that Justin views as the most important if you want to improve your drive.
  • We talk about the longest drive Justin has hit – it was a big one (listen in to hear how long). We also touch on if any of the PGA Tour players would have a chance in the Long Drive competition.

Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore

What would be your “walk-up song” to the tee?

 Harlem Shake

Who would you want to spend a day on the course with, and where?

My dad

Parting words of advice?

Take your workout and ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Where to find Justin James: 

Website: https://www.justinjamesgolf.com/

Twitter: @justinjamesgolf

Instagram: @JustinJamesGolf

Facebook: Justin James Professional Golfer

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Jeff Pelizzaro

About Jeff Pelizzaro

Golf Fitness Professional | Physical Therapist | Golf Enthusiast. I love playing golf and training golfers. I get to do this stuff for a living (training that is, not playing). I hope this site encourages you to take some action so your time on the course is much more enjoyable and productive. If you're on Twitter, say hello: @JeffPelizzaro

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