Sometimes the legend becomes greater than the man; however, at 6’5” in height and 265-pounds in weight in his hayday Sean “The Beast” Fister is a very, very big man… and, he does have three championship titles under his belt (in 1995, 2001, and 2005) along with a lifetime ticket to the LDA Hall of Fame in 2002 to his credit.
As a multi-sport athlete at the University of Florida, Sean Fister chose track-and-field (specifically pole vaulting for the Olympic decathlon competitions) at the expense of a baseball pitching career; however, that proved to be a costly choice when Sean missed the pit following a pole vault and he took a sixteen-foot fall during a track meet.
As the story goes, “The Beast” wasn’t a golfer; however, while playing golf for the first time during his senior year in college he is said to have driven a 345-yard Par 4 hole and he was hooked.
In 1995 “The Beast” became the U.S. National Long Drive Champion despite the fact that he was involved in a car accident a week earlier, and he suffered from a broken finger, a fractured sternum, and a torn meniscus in his knee. Sean later commented that the fractured sternum bothered him the most, as it was “burning” the whole time.
Although he was a contender for several years, Sean didn’t get another win, and in 2001 Brian Pavlet was in a class by himself at the World Long Drive Championships right up and until The Beast caught him on his sixth and final ball in the TV Finals, which remains one of the most storied drives in long drive history.
Hitting into a stiff breeze, the Beast’s ball travelled 376-yards to beat Pavlet by just two-yards. The event was telecast under the lights at the Las Vegas Hilton Country Club and shown on ESPN through PGA Tour Productions. The persona of “The Beast” was out in full force that night and the viewing public loved what they saw, no doubt prompting Long Drivers of America to induct Sean Fister into the LDA Hall of Fame in the following year.
In 2005 “The Beast” gained his third world long drive championship to come within one title of Jason Zuback’s four wins; however “Golfzilla” produced his fifth win in 2006 to seal-the-deal and put “the Beast” into permanent Second Place all-time status.
In 2008 Sean published his New York Best Selling book “The Long Drive Bible – How you can hit the ball longer, straighter and more consistently,” which features his “Ten Commandments of Distance.” That book is still sold through Amazon and other book publication outlets.
That same year Sean moved with his family from his native Little Rock, Arkansas to Charleston, South Carolina where he established the FISTER GOLF Company in order to market his new personally designed driver – the Fister Model 1, and just to stay busy he launched the Fister Golf Power Academy.
In 2013 at age 51 “The Beast” was still competing in long drive in the Masters division, despite having gone through four back surgeries in the past three years.
Over the course of his career, “The Beast” conducted more than two thousand exhibitions, and he has generated more than $3,000,000.00 in career earnings. His worldwide schedule of competitions as well as his corporate charity and celebrity appearances has included stops in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Paris, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia the Phillipines, Venezuela, Mexico, and Canada.
Most recently, on November 23, 2020, the Dustin Johnson Golf School in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina announced that Sean Fister is a new member of their staff, who will be serving as a Coach at the Dustin Johnson Junior Golf Academy.
1995 World Long Drive Championship: 1st
2001 World Long Drive Championship: 1st
2005 World Long Drive Championship: 1st
First to eclipse the 400 yard barrier in the final
Inducted to the Long Drivers of America Hall of Fame in 2002
Inducted to the Poplar Bluff Sports Hall of Fame in 2005
Inducted to the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2008
Swing Speed: 150 mph