Surely you have heard about Apollo 14 mission in February 1971. Maybe you even know that Alan Bartlett Shepard was the 1st American to travel to space… but did you know that Alan secretly packed a Wilson six-iron and two golf balls with him? That’s right. On February 6, 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard hit two golf balls on the moon. It made him the first person to take the game literally out of this world.
You can even see the famous shots for yourself from the video below
Got More Dirt Than Ball
As you can see from the video, he failed his first try. “Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again,” said Alan preparing for the second shot. It was a success and the ball travelled for long distance. He himself jokingly said, “miles and miles and miles” That’s exaggerated obviously (if you’ve played golf, you know it’s rather common to exaggerate amongst golfers), but it is quite probable the golf ball travelled rather long distance. Much more than it would have on Earth due to less gravity on the Moon.
Nobody knows how far the ball really went, but it’s possible Alan didn’t exaggerate and the ball really did travel for miles and miles and miles
If you think that it could have been the longest drive in the history, you’re wrong. That belongs to Matt Bowen.