Anyone who plays golf will tell you that there are some fundamental principles you need to keep in mind to be successful at the game.
The most obvious is that it’s a very mental sport, one that requires the right balance of a variety of skills, as opposed to what would first appear to be just the sheer force it takes to hit the ball some 230 yards or more when teeing off.
That lesson becomes even clearer watching pros like Rickie Fowler, thanks to an exclusive invite from Mercedes-Benz to the 2015 PGA Championship at the breathtaking Whistling Straits golf course in Wisconsin.
It also brings to mind five guiding principles Mercedes shares with golf that we hadn’t considered before test-driving several of their vehicles in this setting. To wit…
Driving the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT-S, a 2016 Mercedes-AMG S Coupe, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 and a 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 luxury sedan, you really get a sense of how important finding one’s form is, much like in the game of golf. All four of the vehicles, which are some of preeminent players in their respective classes, offer something unique to the Mercedes line-up. For example, the sleek, race-inspired lines of the long hooded GT-S coupe and the more luxurious, detailed forms that define the interior of the Maybach.
As one of the chief elements of golf, a great “drive” represents both the figurative and literal tools needed to be successful at the game. Both are essential in the sport, especially at the the PGA Championshipm with numerous impressive players vying for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy and $1.8 million in prize money. The same can be said about standing out in the world of luxury automobiles, given that regardless of what features an automotive brand offers, the driving experience really defines the car. Mercedes-Benz certainly understands that concept, as evidenced by how well the brand has balanced the performance and luxury found in models like the Mercedes-AMG S Coupe and their S550 luxury sedan.
The Power of Prestige
Anyone who’s ever attended an event with the caliber of the PGA Championship will tell you access is everything, whether it’s securing prime seating near popular holes on the green or having the proper credentials to get into the most exclusive chalets. That kind of exclusivity has become an important part of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Accordingly, at major sporting events the brand sponsors such as the PGA Championship, the Masters and the U.S. Open, Mercedes-Benz owners receive preferential parking with lot attendants ushering drivers to prime locales known as “Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Lots” that are closer to the action.
Attention to Detail
From what’s considered proper attire at an event like the PGA Championship to the kind of time pros like Bubba Watson take to line up what seem like the simplest of shots, the attention to detail surrounding the game at this level is unmatched. The interior of the new Maybach, which has been crafted as a much more luxurious spin on the Mercedes S600, is a striking parallel. Every detail has been executed with care, from the hand-stitched door trim to the embossed Maybach crests. Even for true driving enthusiasts, it makes being chauffeured around in the $190,000 Mercedes (almost) as exciting as being behind the wheel of the luxury sedan.
Will to Win
There has arguably been no greater will to win in a championship golf tournament in recent years than that displayed by Jason Day at the 97th PGA Championship. He won while recording the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par in the history of major-championship golf, finishing 20 under par overall. That kind of tenacity is reflected in the Mercedes-Benz brand—most clearly when you slide behind the wheel of the race-inspired GT-S. Although surprisingly comfortable for a casual driver, the true spirt of the 500-plus horsepower, 193 mph GT-S lies pushing it to the limit. We got a chance to do so on some deserted Wisconsin back roads and felt like champions ourselves.