Although he is an amateur, he takes the sport very seriously.

The 2003 Mount St. Joseph graduate, who played four years of varsity baseball and caught current Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd for two seasons, draws on his baseball background.

"It all matters about your swing speed," he said. "If you can get your swing speed up and create good club lag, you are in good shape."

Baseball helps because he says, "It's very similar, just a different contact point."


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His job as president of Baltimore Professional Baseball Training involves video analysis and he used that to try and perfect his golf swing.

"I take a video of my golf swing and I compare it split screen with the other top long drivers," he said.

Bent, who will be married on June 8, 2013, also was helped when he joined a class called Bikram Yoga with his fiancé Angela Restivo.

It's yoga in a sauna of about 109 degrees.

"I had to work on flexibility and it's one of the hardest workouts I've done," he said. "You just hold stretches and stuff. I've sweat off seven pounds in the class."

Although Bent is self-taught, he does train and take tips from his co-worker at the Baltimore Professional Training Center, Paul Winterling.

"It's nice having a training partner like Brian," Winterling said. "We motivate each other."

Winterling, who also played minor league ball in the Orioles organization, went to the world long drive championship last season, while Bent was still recovering from back problems stemming from a car accident.

"It was a great time," Winterling said. "I'm really excited for Brian."

The rush of adrenaline can be intimidating, but Winterling was undaunted last year because of his baseball experience.

"Honestly, the experience of playing in front of thousands of people in the minor leagues prepared me for it," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Winterling, who finished in the middle of the pack.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bent generally hits a straight ball or power fade, but he's capable of hitting a draw and he uses either a club head with a five or six degree loft depending on the conditions.

"His swing is much prettier than mine," Winterling said. "He's got a long backswing and he creates a lot of leverage."

Winterling's strength is accuracy and Bent knows that is the key.

"The hardest part is keeping the ball in the grid," said Bent, noting the grid is 50 yards wide.

Playing golf with his friends, where he is a 10 handicap, helps with his accuracy, but when he plays in best-ball tournaments, some of his partners don't even bother teeing off.

"I try to let them go first," he said.

Practices at some driving ranges aren't normal either.

He sometimes has to hit from well beyond where the tee boxes are set up for conventional golfers.

Bent has also been asked to leave at one driving range because his blasts were hitting houses 400 yards away.