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Bryson DeChambeau preparing to put 48-inch driver in play 

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Bryson DeChambeau is on the hunt for his first major this week at the 2020 U.S. Open, but ahead of the second major of the year, the Californian teased a significant equipment change for the near future and the spectacular results it could yield.

Speaking to media in New York, DeChambeau revealed that he plans on using a 48-inch driver which could see him consistently hitting an astronomical 210mph ball speed.

“We’re working on testing a 48-inch driver after this week. It’s just going to happen, too. So we’ll see how far I can go. I’m working with LAGP to build a shaft that’s stable but that I can use to get my ball speed up to 210mph. That would be fun.”

Asked would he be comfortable putting the driver in play on tour, the 27-year-old was transparent in letting everyone know that the change may come sooner rather than later.

“A hundred percent, yeah, why not. If it’s as consistent as what I’m doing now, there’s no reason why. If I was 205-mile-an-hour ball speed, I’d be using it everywhere out here. It would be even more of an asset to me. That’s the way I look at it.

There’s this point of no return where if you’re around like 180 and you try and get faster but it gets that much more drastically off line, it really doesn’t help you that much. You don’t gain that much. But once you start getting 195 to 200 to 205, even though you’re missing it that far off line, you’re so far up close to these greens, it’s too big of an advantage to take away.”

As for this week’s test at Winged Foot, Bryson will have his regular 45.5-inch gamer in play. The strategy for this week probably won’t surprise you either, as the golf scientist plans on using the club as much as he can regardless of whether or not it’s flying straight.

“Even if it’s in the rough, I can still get it to the front edge or the middle of the greens with pitching wedges and nine irons. That’s the beauty of my length and that advantage. 

Obviously, if it’s into the wind and there’s some of those situations going on, it’s going to be different. There are certain holes I might lay up on just because of the situation but for the most part I’m going to be trying to go after it as much as I possibly can. 

Even if I hit it in the rough, I still feel like I can make birdies out here. I still feel like I can run it up the middle of the green and make a 20-footer.”

DeChambeau tees off for round one of the 2020 U.S. Open at 8.16 AM ET alongside Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. joro

    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Clown ? What a bunch of dopes who can’t break 120 on a good day. This guy has a goal, how about you. Just cut the BS and mind your own business and leave the guy alone. You know nothing about the game or the people playing it.

  2. HKO

    Sep 29, 2020 at 11:56 am

    PGA soon to be 5 rounds of 18000 yds double black teed 27 holes on one day and no doping test.

    • phizzy

      Oct 14, 2020 at 9:20 am

      PGA tour drug testing is a joke to begin with. I have a buddy who did play on the Mackenzie tour(won’t mention his name) who has the inside scoop on testing and says players are warned ahead of time and keep things hush hush for the most part especially for the top players due to the fact that the tour wants to keep a clean cut image so as to keep sponsors and what not. I like Bryson and what he’s doing. Bomb and gouge. It’s the way I play golf and I will say it makes the game a bit easier having wedges into greens rather than a 7 iron or up.

    • geohogan

      Oct 19, 2020 at 10:37 am

      and new commissioner will be Steph Curry
      with renaming of PGA to Holey Moley III, Partie trois, Sequela.

      Play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore, color commentator Rob Riggle
      finally MC who understand Americans and what they want.
      “Make American Golf great Again” MAGGA

  3. JTB

    Sep 23, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Bring back shot-making to modern golf courses. This is ridiculous. I have a hard time believing he can control and work a 48″ driver left/right, but if modern day courses don’t require this, then he can just bomb away. Please don’t let Bryson turn the game into a joke.

  4. geohogan

    Sep 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Tiger was at top of his game and golf swing in 2000. He couldnt leave his swing alone
    and tinkered himself into one injury after another.

    Bryson isnt the first and wont be the last.

    • Cody

      Sep 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

      He tinkered his way to 15 majors. You can speculate that he could have won more with his old swing(s), but reality is that his constant search seem to work pretty darn well.

    • phizzy

      Oct 14, 2020 at 9:23 am

      I agree. It wasn’t just the PEDS but also his violent swing that put a lot of stress on his back and knees which ultimately led to his injuries and multiple surgeries. I don’t like Tiger as a person, but he has tremendous talent and grit and is a once in a generation golfer. q

  5. geohogan

    Sep 21, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    There is no way a 48 inch shaft can be controlled the same as 46 inches, unless the diameter of the shaft tip and hosel are increased to maximum currently, 0.370 inches

    Question will be whether shaft or his body give out first.
    Self destruction either way.

    • Johnny Penso

      Sep 27, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      His shafts are as stiff as rebar. Adding another 2 inches won’t make much difference.

      • geohogan

        Oct 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

        Top driver shafts have 0.325 inch tip. This diameter is the limiter
        for control as shaft gets longer and longer.

        Its why 45 inches is about the longest the pros will play.

        Increase thetip diameter and the mechanical properties allow somewhat longer controllable length, but that involves changes to the hosel as well as the shaft.
        IMO, the USGA would be smart to get ahead of this madness and limit the tip diameters.

  6. Dennis

    Sep 20, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Let him search for his ball by himself then, no ball spotters! That would be fun to watch 🙂

  7. james sickels

    Sep 19, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    It will be great for courses with little ruff, but in deep ruff then the control of the second shot is very poor. He is experiencing that in the US Open on his green approach shots. Also as mentioned by other comments, the kinetic force going into his eco-skeleton is tremendous. He will have TWs banged up body 10 years earlier. Most of the many long drivers have all kinds of injuries to include rib seperation, knees, shoulder, and spinal issues. He’s fun to watch, but he may be in for a world of hurt in the future.

    • Bryson's Bro

      Sep 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      How’d he do in the US Open?

    • phizzy

      Oct 14, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Yes I agree. Look at Jaime Sadlowski and Jason Zubak who have lower back issues now. Putting a tremendous amount of stress on the lower back and knees from such violent swings will eventually give way to serious injuries. I myself am no slouch off the tee and have herniated discs in my lower back due to injuries from doing very heavy squats and dead lifts in my younger years from bodybuilding. My swing also isn’t doing any favors as my joint health is concerned either.

  8. Speedy

    Sep 19, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    If he wore elevator golf shoes, he could go to 50″. Pray for Bryson.

  9. Jason

    Sep 19, 2020 at 11:42 am

    What he isn’t taking into account is that at 48 inches, he will probably create more force than his joints can handle, which will cause his swing to breakdown biomechanically.

  10. Trevion

    Sep 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    He’s not wrong. If he can actually hit 200+ mph ball speed and 350y+ carries consistently, he could dominate golf courses. All he’d need to carry around would be a driver, 4 wedges, and a putter. As he gets faster though he really needs to dial in his wedges better or it’s all going to be for nothing, really.

    • Johnny Penso

      Sep 27, 2020 at 11:21 pm

      I don’t know. I heard he won a tournament a couple weeks back so he must be doing something right.

  11. Stephen Pearcy

    Sep 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

    I wonder how many tournaments are considering graduated rough,especially at 325-400 yards. Graduated so a really wayward shot is (at minimum) a 1-2 shot penalty.

  12. KJ

    Sep 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Sure he’s a bit of a clown, but I really enjoy that he’s willing to tinker at the highest level.

    • Dave

      Sep 29, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      me too. he will be trying a 48inch driver. it doesn’t mean he will be making it work & be worth it in tournaments. let’s just wait & see. if it does provide an (unfair) advantage then we can discuss that in the future. my personal metric is if someone drives the first at Augusta then Houston we may have a problem.

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Golf 101: 5 Tips to building your golf bag with CH3 (+ Charles Howell III WITB)

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I think at this point it’s safe to say that Charles Howell III is the adopted son and patron saint of WRX.

Not only is he a member of the site and visits regularly, but he’s also an avid club nerd and tester. I’ve become friends with CH3 over the past couple of years and have had some fun gear geek sessions with him. Want to know the coolest thing of all? He’s still as passionate and curious about gear as we are and not just Titleist (who he is on staff with) he’s curious about it all.

So who better to ask about how to build a great golf bag than with a man who knows it, does, and plays for his livelihood week in and week out?

These are 5 Charles Howell III golden nuggets that any golfer can learn from—and oh yeah, his take on the future is spot on.

Rule #1: Stability over speed no matter what

“Even for the guys on tour, stabilizing the clubface is paramount to good driving. One of the reasons I love testing shafts so often is to see if there is that magic combo of speed and control. However, the stability of the clubhead and shaft have to be there—I could find a combo that’s 20 yards longer, but if it’s something I can’t control, it doesn’t have a place in my bag. Extra yardage is fun until it isn’t.”

Rule #2: Find wedges that can do it all

“I chose the Vokey SM8 M Grind in the 56 and 60, because as the grind spectrum goes, they fall dead in the middle for me but everyone is different. I discovered that finding a middle ground grind wise solves the “different wedges for different grass problems” some players find themselves in. Even at Augusta, there was more Bermuda sticking out than normal which made shots from behind 15 different for example a little trickier. Not only are you chipping back towards a downslope with water behind, but it’s also now into the grain. Knowing I had wedges to combat either scenario made it that much easier. As a player, you have to put all the grinds through the paces and see what one checks off the most boxes. It might be something you never considered.”

Rule #3 Forgiveness looks different for every player

“Iron set makeups have changed so much in recent years. Pay attention to the soles when choosing your irons, even in the longer irons. It would be easy to think that bigger heads wider soles would be a no-brainer to hit, but to be honest, it’s not that simple. Sometimes finding a sole that will help the club get in and out of the ground easily will get you that center contact you were looking for. Although guys on tour may choose beefier long irons, it’s pretty rare to find one with a really wide sole. Soles that large encourage a player to try and sweep it off the turf which is counter-intuitive with an iron in your hand. When getting fit, pay attention to attack angles and center contact with your longer clubs; you may find that thinner soles help you more than anything else.”

Rule #4 Enjoy the process of learning and testing

“Obviously playing for a living gives me the advantage of testing a ton of stuff, but it’s just as fun doing the research at home (online) and understanding what certain equipment can do and the idea behind it. I still rely on testing as much as I can to see what works but it’s the pursuit of knowledge that keeps it all fresh week in and week out. Technology is so good these days but like anything you have to ask questions, look around try some stuff and then make a decision. Remember it’s your golf bag, take some pride in demanding that every inch of it works for you.

Eyes on the future…

“I think as we go down this Bryson/distance chase, the ultimate result on tour will be a lot of two driver bags. Look at it this way, having a 47-inch driver for long bombs, and a 44.5 inch for tighter drives, and a 4-wood isn’t all that hard to imagine. Players can tweak lofts in the irons and wedges easily to adjust to gapping. It’s not rocket science, and I don’t think we are that far from seeing multiple players on tour doing it that way.”

Charles Howell III WITB

Driver: Titleist TSI3 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX

3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 8 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees @20)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-6) 620 MB (7-9)

Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F @47, 52-12F, 56-08M, 60-08M)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/3/20): Mavrik SubZero, rare Scotty Cameron, Wilson Staff

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member CLRMTgolfer – Wilson Staff forged combo set

This is one extremely nice custom combo set of irons from Wilson golf – from blades, all the way to the Staff utility, this set has everything you need for shotmaking.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Wilson staff iron set

Member EHSgolf1 – Callaway Mavrik SubZero driver

Your chance to get an almost new Callaway Mavrik SubZero for less than new price!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Callaway SubZero

Member Champ 2430 – Scotty Cameron Timeless longneck prototype

As they say “if you know you know” and this rare Scotty Cameron Prototype longneck is a thing of beauty – the only thing is I really hope you have a big golfing budget.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rare longneck Cameron

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Adidas X Vice Golf launch The Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas

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Adidas has teamed up with Vice Golf to launch the new Vice Golf Shoe inspired from off the course which includes a dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime x Adidas golf balls.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas contains ultraboost and a signature lime-green colorway to accent the designs for life both on and off the golf course. The shoe features a camouflage pattern in gray and white on the top of the shoe, while a brand-new drip pattern decorates the boost material at the bottom.

The shoe features branding “discoverables”, such as a subtle Vice logo on the tongue of the shoe while a collab logo is celebrated within. The company’s motto “Embrace Your Vice” runs down the spine of the heel, while another Vice logo lives underneath the 3-stripe caging on the inside of the foot.

If golfers want a brighter color pop, the alternate neon lime laces give that option.

“Based in Bavaria like Adidas, we have always looked up to this global ambassador and brand that has made big moves in both the golf and footwear in recent years. It is a great honor to finally present the result of 22 months of work with tears of happiness when the final pair of shoes arrived” – Vice Golf founder and CEO Ingo Duellmann

In addition to the shoe, the packaging of the Vice Golf Shoe by Adidas is made to look, feel and act exactly like their signature golf ball packages. 

The bottom of the box is wrapped in a neon lime camouflage pattern, and the top cover features the exact, embossed Vice logo colored in neon lime drip pattern as seen and felt on the brand’s golf ball packaging. The connection continues after lifting the lid and discovering an actual box of Vice Pro Drip Lime golf balls, with Adidas logos, sitting in its own compartment.

The Vice Golf Shoe from Adidas (plus one dozen Vice Pro Drip Lime X Adidas golf balls) costs $219.95 and is available to purchase from December 7, 2020, 11 AM EST at ViceGolf.com.

 

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