Man smashes Guinness record at Demo Day

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Every product at the 57th PGA Merchandise Show is bigger, better, longer – hyperbole be damned.

At Demo Day, while thousands of PGA professionals were testing the latest and greatest equipment at Orange County National Golf Club, one man showed off his company's product while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most golf balls hit by an individual in a 12-hour span.

Utilizing a Piranha Golf hybrid club and Egan’s Golf Center training system that delivers a ball to a tee automatically every 1.5 seconds, Nigel Mangan of Piranha Golf eclipsed the previous record of 7,350 balls hit by a person in a 12-hour period. Mangan started firing practice balls at 6 a.m. and took only a few short breaks until 6 p.m. on his way to hitting 7,721 balls.

“It sounds fairly simple, but you wouldn’t believe how tired you get trying something this. He’s going to smash the record if he keeps up this pace and avoids fatigue,” noted Piranha Golf President Steve Collins, when Mangan had already hit more than 5,000 balls at noon.

The Guinness World Record attempt was made in a benefit for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to families of American troops killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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