Bryson DeChambeau bombing away at Winged Foot, with 48-inch driver on deck
MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Bryson DeChambeau has mapped out his method for Winged Foot.
“I’m hitting it so far as I probably can up there,” he stated after a observe spherical Tuesday on the U.S. Open. “Even when it’s within the tough, I can nonetheless get it to the entrance edge or the center of the inexperienced with pitching wedges or 9-irons. That’s the great thing about my size and that benefit.”
DeChambeau’s technique, not surprisingly, runs counter to a few of his friends, who stated they have been going to emphasise placing the ball in play extra typically to keep away from the lengthy, gnarly tough. In actual fact, just some minutes earlier than DeChambeau’s presser, Rory McIlroy spoke within the interview space. “I’d nonetheless take hitting fairways over hitting it 350 within the tough right here,” McIlroy stated.
However DeChambeau disagrees, saying that he’ll nonetheless be capable to muscle any shot out of the tough and advance it close to the inexperienced, particularly with so many shaved areas in entrance permitting a ball to run up onto the placing floor.
“For essentially the most half,” he stated, “I’m going to be attempting to go after it as a lot as I probably can.”
And much more size might quickly be on the horizon.
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After this week, DeChambeau stated he’s going to start testing a 48-inch driver shaft – the utmost size allowed below the Guidelines of Golf. He’s tinkered with that size earlier than – he usually makes use of a 45 1/2-inch mannequin – however didn’t have the right shaft stiffness and “that factor went in every single place. I had no management.” He and his group are presently working to develop a shaft steady sufficient to the touch 210-mph ball pace – and that, when prepared, he’d make use of it in a Tour occasion.
“If it’s as constant as what I’m doing now, there’s no motive why (he would not use it),” he stated. “If I used to be 205-mph ball pace, I’d be utilizing it in every single place out right here. It will be much more of an asset to me.
“There’s this level of no return the place in the event you’re round 180 and also you attempt to get quicker, but it surely will get that rather more drastically off-line, it actually doesn’t show you how to that a lot. You don’t acquire that a lot. However when you begin getting 195 to 200 to 205, regardless that you’re lacking it that far off-line, you’re to date up near the inexperienced, it’s too massive of a bonus to remove.”