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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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Check out this post from @sms_on_tour , who tracked the average clubs used by players over the last 15 Opens, to see what types of clubs have become more popular over the last 15 years.

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Thursday

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Saturday

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