Troy Mullins

Troy Mullins

Words: Garrett Leight
Photos: Joshua Spencer

Troy Mullins, 31
Occupation: Golfer, Long Drive Champion, & Tutor
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Residence: Mid-City, California
Handicap: 1
Home Course: Brookside Golf Course,
Pasadena, California

Troy Mullins is the one time world record holder of the women’s longest drive at 402 yards, a fact which merely scratches the surface on what a brave and talented human being she actually is. Let’s just cut to the chase on the fact that she’s a black woman excelling in a white male dominated sport and popular because of her strength. That’s right people, Troy is literally stronger and hits the ball longer, than 99.9% of men who golf. If that’s not fucking rad, I literally don’t know what is. And if you as a golfer have a problem with her driving the ball 50 yards past you every time, then you’re the problem. Furthermore, she’s a Cornell graduate, college heptathlete who decided to chase her dreams of a golf career by starting a tutoring business educating the youth. That’s not it. Perhaps her most ridiculous talent, she picked up her first golf club at 22 and by 25 placed second in a World Long Drive competition using her own regular length drivers. No sponsors. No special shaft or loft on the club head. Just pure grit, athletic talent, and mind over matter. What I love most about Troy is she’s a true lover of the game with a happy disposition and some serious style. She has a head of hair that rivals 1970’s Diana Ross, with a hint of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu in there as well. Let’s not forget she’s draped in head to toe J. Lindeberg pure drip at all times, and her swagger is one that the game of golf desperately needs. Let’s fuckin GO!

When and where did you learn to play golf?

I learned at Westchester Golf Course in 2009 at the age of 22. A multitude of people taught me starting with my godfather, but I was frustrated by the game even though I was good. So, I went to Rick Sessinghaus and spent all my money and then taught myself from there.

Describe your golf style.

I favor the long game. My favorite club is my 3 iron. I’m pretty conservative when I play; I don’t go for all the crazy shots. I definitely wear my emotions on my sleeve. I like that golf is classy, and I like to keep that up. I wear a lot of polos, turtlenecks, mock necks, long sleeves and of course my hair. I like it out free and wild.

George Carlin said golf is an arrogant, elitist, meaningless, and mindless activity engaged in by white, well-to-do male businessmen who use the game to get together to carve this country up a little finer amongst themselves…

I think that’s true. I feel the same way. However, golf is a great sport, and I want to break the mold of what it used to be. And the old elitist people need to accept that anyone can be good at it. When I go to country clubs that’s how I feel, and it shouldn’t be that way. Being a woman and hitting it as far as the men, you see so many fragile egos in this game. And I like that I am part of the change from what golf used to be.

Why do you love golf?

You meet incredible people. I have new co-workers every day. It’s really introspective. It’s one of those humbling sports where you are always a beginner. I’ve learned a lot about myself. You learn about patience and letting things go. And when you converse with anyone who golfs you are gaining knowledge everywhere.

What do you want the future of golf to look like?

It would be nice if we could break down the barriers of country club elitism. I wish there was more of an inclusive culture. More women, more races, and more accessible for people that aren’t as wealthy. It’s an incredibly expensive game to play, but it’s a great game.

What’s your greatest personal golf victory on a golf course?

When I broke the long drive world record at 402 yards. I had no idea that I did it. I was competing in the long drive and it was a head to head match. When you look at the leaderboard it says your name, but I was looking at my competitor's numbers. So I’m literally swinging as hard as I can, because I thought I was losing, and the crowd was going wild. So, after I hit all my balls, it said that I broke the world record, and I was just in shock.