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Bryson DeChambeau watches on in awe at 302-yard 8-iron strike

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The world of golf has watched on in amazement at the distance feats Bryson DeChambeau has achieved in 2020, but this week it was the Californian’s turn to watch admiringly as reigning World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire pushed the boundaries with an 8-iron.

In an Instagram video, DeChambeau watched Berkshire pull off the incredible achievement of striking his 8-iron 302-yards, which included a 290-yard carry and 169.4 mph ball speed.

Check out the astonishing strike below.

As DeChambeau rightly notes in the video, the 302-yard 8-iron is further than the average drive on the PGA Tour, and over 130 yards longer than the average pro hits his 8-iron.

Berkshire holds the world record ball speed for a drive at 228 mph which he achieved at the 2019 World Long Drive Championship, and earlier this year hit his lob wedge a monstrous 260-yards.

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  1. Corey

    Dec 28, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Let’s see the spin rate. Otherwise, calling BS. 170 ball speed will get you to 300 ONLY under ideal launch and spin rate. At standard 8-iron launch, he would need a spin rate of less than 1,500.

    So, yes, calling BS.

    See Ping’s optimum launch and spin matrix.

  2. HKO

    Dec 25, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    you drove a chevy cobalt 180mph. what’s the point?

  3. tom

    Dec 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    oh my back!!!

  4. Dryson

    Dec 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Looks like he sculled it.

  5. Nick Price

    Dec 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Yeah, but can he putt?

  6. Freddie J

    Dec 19, 2020 at 11:04 am

    This was amazing. I just hope Kyle and Bryson do not hurt themselves or destroy their backs.

  7. Slim

    Dec 18, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    As Bryson says “teach a horse to fish, but you can’t make him drink water.”

  8. Mark

    Dec 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    There are so many fragile egos here. Just because you can’t hit your 8 iron (or driver) that far doesn’t mean someone else can’t. Kyle is a very talented golfer, too.

    • Benny

      Dec 18, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Well said Mark. Look at how that dudes goes after it. Wtf!

      I believe every bit of it. The ball was in the virtual air for 7 seconds. Why would they post it otherwise?

      “Who cares”? Love it and its fun for the game. Shut your traps!!

    • Snowflake Nation

      Dec 19, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Stop it. You are making me cry! I’m so hurt. You are violating my First Amendment rights! Is there someone I can complain to and somewhere I can go that is safe?

  9. paulie

    Dec 17, 2020 at 2:52 am

    bunch of fatherless crybabies in these comments

  10. william

    Dec 17, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Dang, it takes me a 7 iron to hit it 3 big…

  11. Steve

    Dec 16, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Different…but the same. While recently demo-ing the Ping I210s, the trackman was telling me that I was hitting the 7 iron an average of 195 yards. I (a 3hdcp) never hit my current 7 iron more than 175 yds. I guarantee that calibration is the underlying factor in this display. This report (?) is likely nothing more that sensationalism…just like most everything else on the internet. And yes, I may be a cynical old man. But that doesn’t make me wrong in this case.

    • Delbert

      Dec 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      My friend that manages one of the golf stores can set up these machines to go either way depending on what he wants to sell you.

  12. Delbert

    Dec 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Check the calibration on that monitor.

  13. Donald Fordham

    Dec 16, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Just checked some calculations, for a lob wedge to carry 260, it requires a club head speed of over 180! And a 292 8 iron requires a club head speed of 159. Not sure that can be done physically. His driver speed is listed at around 150. Hard to swing an 8 iron faster than that.

  14. Bob Castelline

    Dec 16, 2020 at 11:50 am

    File this in the “who the heck cares?” category.

  15. Donny Fordham

    Dec 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

    If he carried a lob wedge 260, then a 290 carry would only require a gap or pitching wedge. Something up with these numbers maybe?

  16. HANK BAUCOM

    Dec 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

    What you mean “you people” ?

  17. USGA

    Dec 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Time to make 60-compression the limit.

  18. Gunter Eisenberg

    Dec 15, 2020 at 9:58 am

    For a second there I thought is was DeChambeau that did the 302y 8 iron. If it was, the USGA & R&A would have to make drastic changes to the rules of golf.

    • Funkaholic

      Dec 16, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Drastic changes because one dude puts up freak numbers for what is most likely a very limited amount of time? You people are unhinged. We don’t need any rule changes or bifurcation. One of the great things about golf is te fact that everyone plays by the same rules with the same equipment. We have different tee boxes an a handicap system. The pros can all compete with Bryson, he isn’t dominating anything including distance.

    • stephen

      Dec 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      It’s not like he has won 82 times

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‘The Phantom of the Open’ – This could be the next great golf movie

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Golf movies have a cult status for fans of the sport, with timeless classics such as Caddyshack and Tin Cup resonating with supporters of the game as much today as when they were first released.

It’s been a while since the last classic golf movie dropped, but judging by the storyline, trailer and actors on board: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has every chance at thrilling audiences.

The film is a true story based on Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator from the northwest of England who hit the headlines when he attempted to qualify for the 1976 Open despite having never played a round of golf before.

After declaring himself a professional (to escape handicap rule issues), Flitcroft shot the highest round in Open qualifying history – 121 and then used pseudonym after pseudonym to continue his golf adventure after the rules were changed to keep him from attempting to qualify again.

The movie stars Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) as well as Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, The Shape of Water).

Check out the hilarious trailer below.

The film is an adaption of the biography on Flitcroft by Scott Murray and Simon Farnaby entitled “The Phantom of the Open” and hits the screen later this year.

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Azinger suggests Brooks should relinquish his Ryder Cup spot – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Paul Azinger’s reaction to Brooks Koepka’s comments this week regarding the Ryder Cup.

In an interview with GolfDigest, Brooks Koepka played down his enthusiasm for the event, and it has not gone down well with the 2008 Ryder Cup captain who suggested that “he should relinquish his spot”.

Speaking in an NBC Golf call with the media, Azinger said

“Brooks, I just read that article, I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup that much. If he doesn’t love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup.

Not everybody embraces it. But if you don’t love it, and you’re not sold out, then I think Brooks should, you know, especially being hurt, consider whether or not he really wants to be there.”

Here’s what our members have been saying regarding the situation, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • khalespace: “Have Billy Horschel, Sam Burns or Kevin Na. They all desperately want to be there. Brooks should stay home to nurse his wrist and watch TV.”
  • ShowMe: “Koepka is even making Patrick Reed look good, and that’s hard to do.”
  • CDLGolf: “I agree with Azinger. If Brooks doesn’t want to be there he should relinquish his spot. There are several other players who would love to play.”
  • kasting333: “Give it a rest Zinger. The Ryder Cup is never going to mean that much to elite US players.”
  • 00steven: “Earned the spot. He’s gonna perform.”

Entire Thread: “Azinger suggests Brooks should relinquish his Ryder Cup spot”

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Is this stat proof that Inbee Park is the best putter in all of golf?

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The PGA Tour has embarked on a data driven revolution over the past decade, and with the unveiling of KPMG Performance Insights, the LPGA is following suit.

Beginning at the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in June, the KPMG team has gathered data from over 240,000 individual LPGA Tour Shots.

While there were a number of a fascinating conclusions that Justin Ray this week highlighted for LPGA.com, Inbee Park’s putting stood out the most.

Any LPGA Tour fan is familiar with the fact that the seven-time major champion is one of the best putters in the world, but the advanced analytics shed even more light on just how brilliant she has been.

Since the start of KPMG Performance Insight tracking, LPGA Tour pros have a conversion rate of 28% on putts from 10 to 15 feet. For context, PGA Tour golfers hover around 30%, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

Inbee Park is making those putts 64%, I repeat, 64% of the time. Park currently makes 10 to 15 footers more often than PGA Tour golfers do from 5-10 feet. 

Whether Park can sustain this pace remains to be seen, but it has been awfully fun to watch.

Check out more stats here. 

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