There are six games remaining before Minnesota Timberwolves 7-footer Karl-Anthony Towns can spend the summer relaxing, vacationing and working on his 400-YARD MISSILES OFF THE TEE. That’s right, Towns tells TwinCities.com, in no certain terms, that he wants a piece of PGA bad boy Bryson DeChambeau off the tee.
OK, so I sorta put words into KAT’s mouth, but he’s dropping distances in the press and that immediately smells like a challenge to DeChambeau, who leads the Tour with a 321.1 average, to a drive-off that needs to happen. Towns doesn’t seem impressed by those numbers.
“I’ve gassed it to above 400, for sure,” Towns told TwinCities.com.
“I’ve been with people and they’ve seen me, multiple times, drive greens that are 400-plus,” Towns said. “My 4-iron is going 320 max, 300 average. So I think the driver can do that.”
That’s right, the man said he averages 300 with a 4-iron. For comparison, Tiger Woods, a few years ago, was hitting a 4-iron 200 yards.
Jeff Munneke, the Timberwolves vice president of fan experience, claims that he hits a driver in the 270-yard range and has seen Towns’ 4-iron blast past his drives. “He’s got a lot of torque in that shot. He takes it back, but it’s not an out-of-control swing,” Munneke told the outlet. “He just swings hard. He puts some juice behind it, and when he connects, it’s going to go.”
So what does Towns do with this crazy golf game of his? He says pro-ams aren’t fun for him, and he’s not interested in competitive golf after the NBA season. “I want to go out there and have a good time with friends, try to shoot great scores and have a drink or two with them and call it a day,” Towns said.
Look at that, KAT’s pretty much like the rest of us on the course, minus the 400-yard drive aspect. Buy that man a beer if you see him out there Happy Gilmore-ing a ball this summer.