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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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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event

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Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup

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Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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