While most of his rivals are using this weekend’s Zozo Championship to prepare for the rescheduled Masters, Bryson DeChambeau skipped the tournament to work on his already-ridiculous drive.
And he just reached an incredible milestone that many laughed off as impossible just years ago: smoking a drive for over 400 yards of carry (distance from tee to first hitting the ground).
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DeChambeau shared a photo of his training measurement app, which showed the ball carried a whopping 403.1 yards (368.6m), reached a speed of 211 miles per hour (339.6 km/h) and remained in the air for 8.2 seconds.
The numbers are truly staggering – and an affront to course designers and golf purists everywhere. But there is one big caveat: he was apparently aided by a 20mph (32km/h) wind in his favour.
DeChambeau’s record drive is 423 yards, which he recorded at The Memorial Tournament in July, though he had the help of a friendly cart track in that instance.
But his average drive of 322.1 yards during the 2020 PGA Tour is more than 25 yards above the average, and he wants to go even bigger.
He has stated he wants to use a 48-inch driver shaft when he takes to the Augusta National for next month’s Masters, a move which could see him extend his driving range even further.
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He wrote on social media that his 403.1-yard monster was not using a 48-inch driver, which is the maximum allowable length.
Many had thought DeChambeau’s monster drives wouldn’t pay off at last month’s US Open, given the unforgiving course design at Winged Foot. But he proved the doubters wrong with victory by six strokes.
And the Augusta National, while tricky and punishing in its own right, certainly doesn’t pose the same danger for DeChambeau and his long-bomb game.
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