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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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Report: Brooks Koepka splits with swing coach Claude Harmon III

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Brooks Koepka has split with his swing coach Claude Harmon III, bringing to an end their successful 8 year relationship.

GolfWeek broke the news, with the swing instructor revealing in an interview with the publication that he and Brooks were no longer working together.

Per the report, Harmon told GolfWeek that the two parted ways two months ago, three days after the Masters in November: “I was informed on the Wednesday after the Masters that he wanted to go in a different direction.”

Harmon was informed of the split in a face-to-face meeting in Florida, and reached by GolfWeek by text, Koepka told the publication:

“I love Claude, we had a great run, and he’s still family to me, but unfortunately we’re not working together anymore”

Harmon helped Koepka win 4 major championships and reach the World Number One ranking in their time together.

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Is this the strangest putting stroke ever seen on the PGA Tour?

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When it comes to putting, we all have our own little quirks and techniques, but during The American Express, one golfer took it to the next level displaying the oddest putting stroke you’ll see for some time.

Mark Hubbard was on his final hole during the second round of the event and knew that he was heading home from the event – comfortably missing the cut.

With that freedom in mind, Hubbard decided to have some fun and faced with a 10-foot putt for par, the 31-year-old hunched over – after doing an Elvis style little move – and placed his pinky just above the hosel.

Check out the bizarre moment here.

Hubbard missed the putt, and it was a moment that had golf fans on the Twittersphere truly baffled.


 

This is not a putting stroke I can see catching on!

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How much each player won at the 2021 American Express

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Si-Woo Kim finished strong on Sunday to snatch victory at The American Express, and along with his third title on tour, the Korean takes home $1.2 million in prize money. Patrick Cantlay came up just short despite an incredible fourth-round run, and for his efforts, the 28-year-old earned $730,300.

With a total prize purse of $6.7 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut earned at the 2021 American Express.

1: Si Woo Kim, -23, $1,206,000

2: Patrick Cantlay, -22, $730,300

3: Cameron Davis, -21, $462,300

4: Tony Finau, -19, $328,300

T-5: Abraham Ancer, -15, $247,900

T-5: Michael Thompson, -15, $247,900

T-5: Doug Ghim, -15, $247,900

T-8: Ben An, -14, $189,275

T-8: Paul Casey, -14, $189,275

T-8: Francesco Molinari, -14, $189,275

T-8: Brian Harman, -14, $189,275

T-12: Henrik Norlander, -13, $137,350

T-12: Rory Sabbatini, -13, $137,350

T-12: Sungjae Im, -13, $137,350

T-12: Chase Seiffert, -13, $137,350

T-16: Bo Hoag, -12, $102,175

T-16: Chris Kirk, -12, $102,175

T-16: Ryan Armour, -12, $102,175

T-16: Gary Woodland, -12, $102,175

T-16: Russell Knox, -12, $102,175

T-21: Kramer Hickok, -11, $58,625

T-21: Branden Steele, -11, $58,625

T-21: Rickie Fowler, -11, $58,625

T-21: John Huh, -11, $58,625

T-21: Brandon Hagy, -11, $58,625

T-21: Andrew Putnam, -11, $58,625

T-21: Luke List, -11, $58,625

T-21: Talor Gooch, -11, $58,625

T-21: Matt Jones, -11, $58,625

T-21: Richy Werenski, -11, , $58,625

T-21: Max Homa, -11, $58,625

T-32: Kyle Stanley, -10, $38,257

T-32: James Hahn, -10, $38,256

T-32: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -10, $38,257

T-32: Auastin Cook, -10, $38,257

T-32: Adam Hadwin, -10, $38,190

T-37: Bronson Burgoon, -9, $31,257

T-37: Adam Schenk, -9, $31,257

T-37: Emiliano Grillo, -9, $31,257

T-40: Josh Teater, -8, $25,125

T-40: Alex Noren, -8, $25,125

T-40: Jamie Lovemark, -8, $25,125

T-40: Rhein Gibson, -8, $25,125

T-40: Matthew Wolff, -8, $25,125

T-40: Roger Sloan, -8, $25,125

T-40: Tyler McCumber, -8, $25,125

T-47: Nick Taylor, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Rob Oppenheim, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Sam Ryder, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Martin Laird, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Brian Stuard, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Harry Hall, -7, $17,777.33

53: Patton Kizzire, -6, $16,147

T-54: Charl Schwartzel, -5, $15,812

T-54: Wyndham Clark, -5, $15,812

T-56: Ben Martin, -4, $15,410

T-56: Tyler Duncan, -4, $15,410

T-56: Cameron Tringale, -4, $15,410

T-56: Erik van Rooyen, -4, $15,410

T-60: Jimmy Walker, -3, $15,008

T-60: Vaughn Taylor, -3, $15,008

T-62: Hank Lebioda, -2, $14,740

T-62: Zach Johnson, -2, $14,740

T-64: Andrew Landry, -1, $14,338

T-64: David Hearn, -1, $14,338

T-64: Will Gordon, -1, $14,338

T-64: Sebastian Cappelen, -1, $14,338

68: Nelson Ledesma, E, $14,003

69: Adam Long, +1, $13,869

70: Doc Redman, +2, $13,735

71: Maverick McNealy, +3, $13,601

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