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September 14, 2017

Wayne Gretzky's clubhead speed is EXACTLY what you'd think it would be


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This is just too perfect. Wayne Gretzky, AKA The Great One, AKA 99, hit a tee shot on a hole with a radar set up at Wednesday's BMW Championship Pro-Am. His clubhead speed? You guess it. 99.

Austin Johnson, brother and caddie for World No. 1 Dustin Johnson -- who you've probably heard is engaged to Gretzky's daughter, Paulina -- captured the moment:

Gretzky also nearly hit his famed hockey jersey number at Golf Digest's 2010 U.S. Open Challenge at Pebble Beach. Gretzky thought he had broken 100 -- the goal of the four participants -- by one, but a triple bogey on 18 actually put him at 100 on the nose. Bummer.

Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, was never known for a blazing slapshot so him failing to hit triple digits on the radar gun in the pro-am isn't a surprise. That's still pretty good speed for a 56-year-old, although his future son-in-law, who has an average swing speed of about 125 MPH, might give him a little ribbing.