Ben Stokes pitched up at Sunderland Golf Centre recently – and astonished onlookers with the sort of power hitting he normally serves up for the England cricket team.
The Durham CCC all-rounder is known to like a game of golf, plays off a handicap of 12, and certainly impressed Sunderland Golf Centre owner Chris Pope on his visit to the 42-bay floodlit driving range as part of a Callaway and American Golf custom-fitting day.
“As you might expect, Ben plays left handed,” said Chris, “and he gives a real belt. He hit a seven iron all of 225 yards while warming up on the range.”
The England vice-captain joined his skipper Joe Root to take part in a longest drive competition at Woburn last season and Stokes won with an impressive 295-yard shot.