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Matthew Fitzpatrick accuses DeChambeau of ‘making a mockery of the game’; Bryson responds: ‘Hey man, I’d love to help out’

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They weren’t playing on the same tour or continent this week, but Matthew Fitzpatrick took time out while in contention at Wentworth GC to hit out at Bryson DeChambeau and his immense distance gains in 2020.

Speaking while at the European Tour’s BMW Championship, the Englishman, who averaged 28 yards less off the tee than DeChambeau in 2020, claimed that Bryson is ‘making a mockery of the game’, while also expressing his view that the ability to hit the ball a long way is not a skill.

“He’s in the rough and miles up, and he’s just hitting wedges everywhere. It just makes a bit of a mockery of the game, I think.

I really hope they do (governing bodies potentially curtailing distance) It’s not a skill to hit the ball a long way, in my opinion. I could put on 40 pounds. I could go and see a bio-mechanist and I could gain 40 yards; that’s actually a fact. I could put another two inches on my driver. I could gain that, but the skill in my opinion is to hit the ball straight. That’s the skill. He’s just taking the skill out of it, in my opinion. I’m sure lots will disagree. It’s just daft.

I don’t necessarily think people will try and copy him, putting all that weight on, but I think you’ll see people going harder at it.”

DeChambeau responded to the views of Fitzpatrick, choosing to take the comments as a compliment while stressing his opinion that the ability to hit the ball as far as he does is absolutely a skill.

“I appreciate that, it’s a compliment to me honestly. A year ago I wasn’t hitting in anywhere near as far as I am today. It took a lot of work, a lot of hours to work through the night to figure out a lot of this stuff.

I would say it actually takes more skill to do what I’m doing, and albeit my fairway percentages are a little bit down, I still believe I’m hitting it straighter than what I was last year with the distances that I was hitting back then.

So I actually appreciate those comments. I think he’s looking out for certain set of players, and I appreciate that. My whole goal is to play the best golf I possibly can, and this game has given me the opportunity to showcase something pretty special.

You know, I actually appreciate it, because I would love to have a conversation with him about it and say, ‘Hey, man, I would love to help out. Why couldn’t you do it, too?'”

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  1. geohogan

    Oct 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    IMO FEEL is a big part of golf.
    Bulking up, lifting weights has done in many golfers careers,

    either by loss of feel or by injury due to bulking up(damage to proprioception).
    It happened to Johnny Miller more than 40 years ago.

    Jason Day admitted recently he did the same.
    Brookes Koepka is trying to return after knee and hip trouble.

    if Bryson can maintain feel at US Open that allowed him to sink 90% of putts 10 feet and under, more power to him, but I doubt his feel will hold up. Once proprioception is damaged, we dont see many recover the FEEL. Time will tell.

  2. phizzy

    Oct 13, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I’m a big Bryson fan and I think it’s great what he’s doing but let’s be real he’s taking “supplements”. As a personal trainer who trains high level amateur and pro athletes, I know a thing or two about this subject. I will say kids coming through high school and college will follow in the foot steps of this young man very soon and we will see a slew of guys over 6 feet tall weighing 230 plus who look like body builders or power lifters.

    • phizzy

      Oct 13, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Remember kids, strength plus flexibility and a technically sound golf swing equals distance off the tee. I could get into detail about activating fast twitch fibers but it would be a long and boring discussion so I’ll stop here. Also, weight doesn’t necessarily correlate with distance. Look at Rory who is barely a buck 60 at 5’9 who can generate ball speeds in the 190’s when he wants to.

  3. phizzy

    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Bryson and what he’s done to change the game, but let’s be honest, he’s using steroids among other PEDS which presents an unfair advantage. I work part time as personal trainer to both amateur and professional athletes which I will not name but I assure you folks there is rampant PED use in the ranks of sports period. Golf is no exception. You cannot bulk up 40 pounds over an 8 month period albeit a combo of muscle, fat and fluid from just adding calories to your diet. Steroids do in fact help a golfer hit it further because it increases strength overall and reduces recovery time from intense workouts. Look at all the LDA guys who clearly juice and are over 6 feet tall and 250+ pounds. Ryan Steenberg comes to mind. I digress, but Fitzpatrick’s comment about dialing back the golf ball are ludicrous because then it would level the playing field where distance would become null and void. The PGA tour is notorious for being hush hush about putting out public info on any of their players getting popped for any PED or drug especially when it comes to their top money makers ahem high profile players. I say keep the game as is and either be transparent with the drug testing or let all the players use PEDs.

  4. Dyson Bochambeau

    Oct 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Cant wait for Bryson to make a mockery of Fitzpatrick in the next Ryder Cup

  5. Erik

    Oct 13, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Uhhh Matthew just tighten up worry about your game .. just because Bryson is hitting it damn’er a mile doesn’t mean he’s going to win every tournament so if you want more distance then do the things that require it.. Come on bro you have PGA touring card.. so obviously your skill is among the best of the best. .So young man Put your big boy draws on and get after it.

  6. Xander

    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:58 am

    That’s why all you fools have day jobs, lol….

  7. Donald T Coen

    Oct 13, 2020 at 6:47 am

    It’s not how its how many mr. Short knocker.

  8. Rcab

    Oct 12, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like a lot of but hurt.

  9. Peter Crocitto

    Oct 12, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    You know I amazed how all these Pro’s are complaining, expect if they where doing it themselves! My suggestion to all of them stop whining and start figuring away to compete with him. I didn’t hear anything when Jack, John Daily, Tiger, Rory, Champ and other where driving the ball 50 yards father than any other players.

  10. Larry Hoover

    Oct 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    lol. im not a huge bryson fan but winning the US Open with no skill? is this guy out of his freaking mind? And lemme Shaq had no skill while he was crushing fools for 15 years in the NBA

  11. ckbeech

    Oct 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    And sissy boy ranks where in the world standings??

  12. Osnola Kinnard

    Oct 12, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Matthew Fitzpatrick sounds like a whiny baby. Hit the weights and swing hard and quit your whining…or GET BETTER!

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Tiger weighs in on the distance debate: ‘They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now’

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The distance debate in golf continues to rumble on, and this week, the greatest player of his generation had his say claiming that the game’s governing bodies should have been worried a long time ago about the surge in distance amongst Tour pros.

Asked before this week’s Zozo about the recent urge players have to find more distance, Woods spoke about the importance of length in the game and how it’s more accessible than ever for players to find an extra gear or two off the tee.

“Distance has always been an advantage. Now that we have the tools, that being the launch monitor, the fitting of the golf clubs, the adjustability. I think all that plays into the fact that you’re able to maximize the capabilities of a driver.

There’s no reason why you can’t pick up more yardage, and guys have done that. They’ve changed shafts, they’ve changed lofts, they’ve changed weights on their heads and length of clubs. Driving is such a huge part of the game and it’s so advantageous if you’re able to get the ball out there. It just makes the game so much easier.”

When asked by media if the game’s authorities should be worried about the recent surge in the added distance in the game, Woods claimed that though he would like to be able to see a complete rollback, he doesn’t see it happening.

“They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now. It’s about what do we do going forward, and how soon can they do it. I don’t know if they’re going—you’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it’s not just a few of them. There’s a lot of guys can do it. That’s where the game’s going.

There’s only going to be a small amount of property that we can do, we can alter golf courses. I just don’t see how they can roll everything back. I would like to be able to see that, as far as our game, but then we go back down the road of what do you bifurcate, at what level? So that’s a long discussion we’ve had for a number of years, for 20-plus years now, and I think it’s only going to continue.” 

Tiger will tee off for his first round at the Zozo Championship this Thursday at 1.45 PM ET.

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