That’s not to say Towns is some next-level player who could go golf on Tour if he wanted to put the time into it. As much as his general length helps in terms of power, it can also be a hindrance.
Bryson DeChambeau is seemingly pushing the limits of power in the game of golf. The U.S. Open champion leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, averaging 321 yards off the tee. He hit a 414-yard drive in the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
DeChambeau is the Tour’s gold standard off the tee. Known as golf’s “mad scientist,” DeChambeau has spent the last couple years looking for any power advantage he could gain via equipment, swing speed and body type, and it’s possible he may be close to maxing out his power.
“I think as time goes on, there’s not much more to gain from technology side of golf club manufacturing, building,” DeChambeau said at the Masters. “There are little things we can do, but where the massive gains will be is in athletes.”
“Once you get somebody out here that’s a 7-foot-tall human being and they are able to swing a golf club at 145 miles an hour effortlessly, that’s when things get a little interesting,” DeChambeau said. “That’s when I’m going to become obsolete, potentially.”
Enter Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves center is a known fan of golf who enjoys playing recreationally. He’s hinted at his power off the tee in casual conversations in the past. So the question is, how far can Towns strike it off the tee?