News & ToursOctober 30, 2013

Watch guys hit the ball a quarter of a mile for a quarter of a million dollars

By Alex Myers

So, you think you can hit a golf ball far? Prepare to feel inferior.

The finals of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship is tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. Eight competitors, dubbed "The October 8," will compete under the lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Related: A long drive champion's swing up close

Here's a preview of what viewers can expect:

The setup looks pretty cool, but as Geoff Shackelford points out with this series of pictures, conditions may be a little trickier than normal for the contestants. Add a $250,000 winner's check and suddenly, ripping 400-yard drives becomes a little more stressful. Should be fun!

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