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Bryson DeChambeau’s 48-inch driver set for the Masters; damages car behind range at Shriners



Bryson DeChambeau’s strategy to put a 48-inch driver into play got the golf world’s attention last month, and it looks as if the golf scientist will be implementing the strategy on the game’s biggest stage: The Masters.

Speaking ahead of this week’s event at TPC Summerlin, DeChambeau revealed how his progress was going testing the 48-inch driver in practice, and how providing all continues to go well, he will be putting the club in his bag next month at Augusta.

“For me, it’s about Augusta. I’m looking forward to trying to put in a 48-inch driver and see what that can do for the golf course and what opportunities it will present for me.

It’s going well. I think there is a lot of, I don’t know, I guess you could say advantages to having a 48-inch driver and being able to put it in play and keep it in play. So working on that, and we still need to get some things worked out, but so far it’s been pretty amazing.”

DeChambeau’s prodigious length off the tee has resulted in plenty of success for the Californian in 2020, but on Tuesday on the range at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, that length caused a few issues for the 27-year-old.

Per GolfWeek, with golfers given a forward tee position on the range, Bryson’s drives were flying out of the back of the range and onto the street behind the range where the trucks were parked – a carry of almost 360 yards.

DeChambeau was moved back from the forward position soon after, but not until he had damaged the car of Aaron Dill, the PGA Tour rep for Titleist Vokey Design wedges – hitting and denting the back bumper of his rented Infinity QX70.

The 27-year-old tees off for his opening round at TPC Summerlin today at 10.15 AM ET.

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  1. Tony

    Nov 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Don’t know how much longer his body can take that sort of punishment.Will be interesting to see how his short game holds up at Augusta.
    Think I’ll stick to my 45″ driver thank you!

  2. william elliott

    Oct 10, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Anyone who suggests peds use–doesn’t know anything about weightlifting or peds. You can easily gain like Bryson with weightlifting and legal supplements like creatine. Now if he gained 30-40 pounds and didn’t have a belly–that would make me go “hmmmm.”

    • phizzy

      Oct 13, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Not true at all. I train high level amateur athletes and have 2 clients at the pro level. Not just golf but other sports. Won’t mention their names for obvious reasons. I also hhave a bodybuilding back round as well have 20 years lifting weights among other types of training in the gym. You cannot gain 40 pounds of mass regardless of whether it’s a combo of muscle, fat and or fluid retention like Bryson has in only 8 months and I’m a huge fan of him. Creatine can only assist so much in gaining weight and most of that weight comes from fluid retention underneath the skin. He has also become quite a bit stronger as well in such a short period of time and that doesn’t happen naturally either. It takes years of hard work in the gym to gain a lot of muscle mass and strength naturally. Bryson is definitely not natural but to his credit has put in a lot of time and hard work to get to where he is.

      • Derek

        Oct 15, 2020 at 9:21 pm

        I’m glad someone with relatable knowledge and experience chimed in. Firstly, Bryson was already relatively stocky before his strength explosion. But what impressed me the most (You mentioned 8 months, but the timeline for his gains is actually closer to 4-6 months) is how much MUSCLE he’s put on underneath that trim of chub that people are using to explain away the PEDs. His neck got twice as thick. I know guys who’ve been working out their entire lives professionally with IFBB Pros as coaches and dieticians and sports nutritionists… The whole 9 yards who would kill to see gains like DeChambeau’s 6 month journey. The dude is without a doubt on a PED of some kind. But, what I think people are missing, is that a PED can only take you so far. You can sit on the couch and pump Test and gain some muscle and lose some fat… But it takes hard frikkin work, a strict diet and dedication to make PEDs work for you the way they have for Bryson. The guy still deserves credit.

        Besides, are you trying to tell me that Tiger wasn’t taking something to help him recover from all of his surgeries? Dude was bed ridden for 5 years and somehow comes out in better shape than before? Yeah right. It’s common knowledge in the industry that pretty much all top tier athletes in major sports are using some kind of PED. Whether it’s bloods, HGH, steroids or other substances I couldn’t speak to… It’s kind of the norm.

        • geohogan

          Oct 16, 2020 at 1:19 pm

          No doubt about it. From Potus to Wall Street, Bernie Madoff to MLB, the USA is a cesspool of systemic cheating. Any wonder why Pew Research polling of international leaders rate Putin and Xi higher than the USA.

          No surprise to hear praise for cheaters, from Americans.

      • Benny

        Oct 16, 2020 at 6:13 pm

        Phizzy is absolutely 100% correct. Look at Brysons back and shoulders. Anyone taking steroids these are the areas that get big quick. Especially entry level ped like I mentiined above. There is NO WAY a 27yr old can just add 30-40lbs in 3 months let alone 8 months. You cannot even add that much fat. (Remember the guy who ate McDonalds for a month). Every body has its limts. Nt on,y in gains but in losses. Bryson is on steroids and the fact people defend this is crazy because we have all seen it in other sports. But PGA does not openly detail their testing or process.

      • Been there done that

        Nov 14, 2020 at 1:27 am

        Phizzy is correct, nobody “easily” makes gains like that with just creatine and cheeseburgers. Take this from a former juicer.

    • Benny

      Oct 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      William Elliott you are completely wrong. I have done a number of steroids, pills and injectables. I also worked out and lifted with anyone from power lifters to AM body builders to a couple Mr Olympia placings. The most common choice to start is DBol or Decca. You gain a ton of weight through muscle, fat and water. These are choices for body builders to “bulk up” because its impossible to gain muscle eating healthy. So when the body builder “cut weight” they move to Winstrol or other stackers to help lean them out, lose fat and water weight.

  3. Connor

    Oct 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    The clubs he’ll be hitting into the greens at Augusta will be insane. Even with Northwest winds, lower temps and slower fairways.

  4. Imafitter

    Oct 8, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    What goes around is coming back around! Before Bryson was born, I played with a guy who carried a 48″ Killer Bee, with a driver head equal to today’s hybrid! LOL! I remember hitting it on one hole, got a lot of distance, but absolutely no control. It was weird to say the least. Last year a long-drive contestant came into my store to practice in our bay and he let me take a swing with his 48″ Callaway…LOL! I’m lucky I didn’t kill anyone or sprain my back swinging that driver! Look out Augusta if Bryson shows up with a 48″ driver! Can’t wait!

  5. Erik

    Oct 8, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    So he’s using a driver that the WLD players are using … I didn’t think they were to PGA specs… Wow if Tiger would’ve done this I can imagine all the cat calls bellowing about PED use .

    • Travis

      Oct 8, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      48″ is the longest driver allowed on the PGA Tour. It’s in the rule book and Tiger could’ve done it if he wanted to.

    • Connor

      Oct 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Dude was already on PEDS. He was linked to way too many PEDS guys. That’s why his body was ravaged.

    • phizzy

      Oct 13, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Tiger was clearly using PEDS during a short period of his career. His body composition changed dramatically during a few years. I’m a big fan of Bryson minus his demeanor, but he has also gone down the same path. As a PT who trains high levels athletes and a couple pros, I have nothing but respect for those who choose to go this route as it’s the talent and hard work that produce the results. Anyways, Bryson will make playing Augusta a lot easier with his increase in distance.

  6. J

    Oct 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Have to ask, any privy to what the swingweight will be on that 48″ driver??? He’s not going to make it far trying to wrestle a D8 driver around the course.

    Fat grips and counter-weighted for sure, to what degree though?

    • Travis

      Oct 8, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      He’s already taken like 12g out of his driver head weight at normal length. I think it’s down to 184g or something. I’m sure he’ll balance the grip and head weight to get the swing weight fairly normal. It’s all about the speed.

      • geohogan

        Oct 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm

        Force=mass x acceleration

        Reducing the mass of the clubhead has a direct negative effect on Force.

        • Double D

          Oct 24, 2020 at 9:42 pm

          Not if acceleration is up. I’m sure he’s tested numerous swingweight combos and is gaming what he feels is the best combo

        • Cary G SPADONI

          Nov 16, 2020 at 12:47 am

          12 grams is not a lot of weight and will minimal effect.

    • joro

      Oct 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      You can easily change the headweight through counterbalancing, but that won”t change the overall weight of the club. You can S/W a Telephone pole to a D-0 but it still be a Telephone Pole in overall weight. The way the bring the whole thing down is through lighter parts which is what the makers of the club do.

  7. A. Smith

    Oct 8, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Interesting that there is no PED discussion. #steroids

    • Eric B

      Oct 8, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Comments like this drive me nuts. Bryson has put in an incredible amount of work in the gym and also paying attention to his diet. Clearly you have never seen the benefits of using a gym and how quickly you can see changes. Give the guy some credit for all of the work he has done to increase his speed and also the thought process on how golf is played!

    • J

      Oct 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Only people who suggest steroids are weaklings and &^%$# who can’t swing it.

    • Aztec

      Oct 11, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      Russian troll no doubt…

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Rory McIlroy hits back at stinging criticism from Tom Weiskopf



Rory McIlroy recently came under attack from the 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf, and it has prompted a passionate response from the Ulsterman.

Earlier this week, Tom Weiskopf spoke to GolfWeek where he claimed he didn’t feel Rory McIlroy had it in him to add more than one major championship to his current tally, citing a lack of determination, as well as laying into the 4-time major champion’s putting.

“I look at Rory McIlroy and I think golf is something just for Rory to do. I’ve said it for a while now that I don’t think he’ll win much more than the four he’s got, or maybe five, because I don’t see that determination and will to be the best. I think it is there in Dustin Johnson. I think he finally figured it out and this could propel him to win all four in one year.

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“I know Rory works out but I bet if you watched them both work out, Rory would be a lot of laughs and giggles and Dustin would be balls to the wall and forcing a little bit more on himself and that’s what he’s done.”

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“I’ve never met Tom Weiskopf in my life, he’s never met me, so he’s obviously making a statement based on what he sees from the outside, but I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. I’ve shown throughout my career that I care, that I want to win, that I want to be the best. And I’ve been the best. 

It’s not as if I’m out there in the clouds and not thinking about it. I try my heart out on every single shot, every single tournament that I play.”

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“I maybe deal better with disappointment than I used to. I saw the interview where he said he sees no frustration. Like, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I mean, look at the Zozo. I’m breaking clubs, so there’s a bit of frustration there. Obviously, he didn’t watch that round of golf.”

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