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Bryson DeChambeau’s 2022 stock yardages are absolutely extraordinary



Following the reports that Bryson has been offered circa $240 million to be the poster boy for the new Saudi golf league, folk may be wondering what exactly is the massive draw of a player that has won just one major.

In 2020 Bryson averaged a ball speed of 184 mph, easily the fastest on tour, before continuing his pursuit to bulk up and increase that figure and therefore distance.

At the 2021 World Long Drive Championship, the 28-year-old may have lagged a tad behind eventual winner, Kyle Berkshire, but he still recorded 219mph in open space. That was before a media day at Cobra HQ resulted in a comment that once he and his team are happy with a lower loft, his driver will regularly record speeds of over his average of 209mph under tournament conditions.

Even without the potential for more, the distances that Bryson can already achieve are worthy of fascination.

Golfers may have hit the ball faster and longer but, under PGA conditions, surely very few, if any, can compete with the figures reported on Twitter by Jim McLean Golf, posting as @McLeanGolf.

The renowned golf coach lists the yardages for each club, calling them, ”Caddy Shack numbers” and it’s hard not to be impressed.

Of course, Bryson doesn’t use standard length clubs, with each of his irons all measuring 37.5 inches (working off his 7-iron), whilst the lofts are all adjusted downwards from the regular angles, and we’ve already discussed his intention with the largest club in the bag.

What are your thoughts on Bryson’s stock yardages, WRXers?

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  1. Travis

    Feb 18, 2022 at 9:34 am

    This guy’s a headcase and the media goes gah-gah. All to deceive and wow the audience.

    13.5 degrees is a strong 3 wood. 40 degrees is an 8 iron. But they get to cackle a lot: here’s Bryson 172 with a pitching wedge, cackle cackle…..Wow that kid is amazing, cackle cackle.

  2. CB

    Feb 17, 2022 at 10:32 am

    “In 2020 Bryson averaged a ball speed of 184 mph, easily the fastest on tour,”

    Cameron Champ – 189 in 2020.

    Bryson was 4th in ball speed.

  3. jgpl001

    Feb 17, 2022 at 10:24 am

    YAWN – are we still reporting this Bryson nonsense?

  4. Dan Veepa

    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    So glad he’ll be in Saudi Arabia soon…..take the circus overseas. I will take any of our PGA guys over the sideshow all day!

    • New Blood

      Feb 16, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      Will be fun watching the new tour. Old tour is stale.

  5. Brandon

    Feb 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I new he had jacked lofts but I didn’t know it was this bad. I have a 19 degree driving iron I can pump out there 250 if I really catch it. Should I stamp a 5 on the bottom and say I hit my 5 iron 250?

  6. Check your facts

    Feb 16, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    a 13.5 degree 5 wood, everyone else calls that a strong 3 wood ????
    The fact that the author is fascinated by the “5 iron” distance is shocking. Just go by the lofts not the club number. Brysons 4 iron is a 2 iron loft and so on.

    And for the “undisputed” ball speed on tour is inaccurate as well. You mean the PGA tour only. Wilco is the fastest tournament player. Wilco in 2021 average driver club head speed was 134 MPH and average ball speed in the 190s. And Wilco has club speeds in the 140s when he is going after it. Wilco has also gone over 200 MPH ball speed in a tournament many times. Both are incredibly long. Bryson has had to work hard to get his body where Wilco naturally is in terms of distance. Give credit where credit is due.

  7. Hunter

    Feb 16, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Good info, but the third paragraph down is one big run-on sentence. Confusing to say the least.

  8. Ben

    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:43 am

    As mentioned, the lofts are the story. The thing that is kind of silly about this bag, Bryson essentially has more clubs between 200 yards and 300 yards (5w through 8 iron) than between 100 and 200 yards (9iron through LW). That doesn’t make much sense when he will hit way more shots between 100 and 200 yards in a season. Most pros hit like a 5 or 6 iron 200 yards and thus have those extra few clubs below 200. Above 200 yards is normally 3w, 5w or hybrid, 4 iron, 5 iron. Bryson needs to rethink the strategy here. He obviously drives it well, leading to shorter shots into the green, don’t need all these jacked lofted irons going 250 after those drives, maybe work on some 150 yard shots with softer iron swings.

    • Eastpointe

      Feb 16, 2022 at 10:59 am

      100% correct. I’m surprised he doesn’t have a 64* degree as well. Perhaps he could achieve the same concept using 36.5” shafts throughout? I’m sure he’s tested it but 20 yard gaps in short irons makes no sense. That explains why he has those 3/4 shots all the time

  9. Terry, this is not a game

    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:24 am

    The lofts tell a lot of the story.

    Don’t fully believe everything you see/hear on tv

    • Jeff A Reed

      Feb 16, 2022 at 11:24 am

      But the TV announcers are simply salivating to tell the audience the numbers of yards he is hitting the clubs and that is the only story from them.

    • ac

      Feb 16, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      The lofts and the lengths combined. Folks talk about how he hits a 9-iron 200 yards, but that 9 iron is the length of a 7 iron and the loft of a 7 iron—it’s a 7 iron, and guys have been hitting 7 iron 200 yards for years!

      His argument of course is that he needs the lofts lower in order to keep spin down, but it makes no sense that the gaps in the top of the bag are smaller than they are at the bottom of the bag. I feel like something like, Driver, 4/6/8i, and then 8 “wedges” going from 42* to 66* in 3 degree increments makes more sense for the types of shots he’s actually encountering.

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‘Take the first shot!’ – Epic outburst captured between golfers at Australian Club Championship



Early this week, a clip of a hilarious outburst on the golf course was circulating the internet.

At the club championships at Cranbourne Golf Club in Australia, a golfer exploded in anger at another player who followed him on to the fairway.

During the two-part video, it looks like the man in red is angry at the older gentleman for hitting into his group.

At one point during the exchange, the man in white and grey says “Wanna smash me up, do ya?! I’m 61 years old!”.

Golf is game that can certainly bring out all of our emotions. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Tiger Woods gives intriguing update on his current level of play despite Hero withdrawal



It was all going so well for fans of Tiger Woods.

Last seen waving ‘goodbye’ to St. Andrews at the 150th Open Championship in July, there were signs that all was coming good once again.

The 46-year-old was a confirmed starter at his own Hero World Challenge this week, before a made-for-tv Match VII would have seen him pair up with current world number one Rory McIlroy against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

The three-week run was then to end with the legend pairing up once again with son Charlie at the PNC Championship, another ‘fun’ event at which both excelled when running-up to the Daly’s last year.

Just a week ago, it was suggested that, despite that almost life-threatening car crash, Tiger was on his way to walking the full length of the Albany course this week, with journalist Dan Rapaport quoting Tiger as saying: “Can’t take a cart. This isn’t fantasy golf.”

And then it all went askew.

Tiger announced on Monday that he would have to withdraw from his own tournament, citing plantar fasciitis in his right foot as the reason for his non-attendance.

Although likely to appear in the remaining two events on his 2022 schedule, it’s of massive interest to discover how Tiger was  playing before the breaking news of his latest injury?

In an interview with Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, the five-time Masters champion revealed the answer to be ‘pretty well, thank you!’

“I was playing at home quite a bit, playing 18 holes shooting 65s and 64s, and walked one nine holes and shot 5-under, I was playing well,”

However, as many have feared, the pressure and toil of a four-day competition might be too much:

“But it’s the added load, the back-to-back days, in a tournament situation of four days in a row. My planner just didn’t like it. The only thing I can do for it is to rest it. Obviously scrape it, ice it, stretch it, it just takes time.”

Golfers often talk of ‘the process’ – the repeated routines, constant practise, increasing the workload to gain full fitness, rhythm or technique – and, even though Tiger might be unlikely to compete at the very highest level again, he is determined to complete the rehabilitation as best as his body will allow.

“Oh yeah. The scores I was shooting were good,” he told Lewis. “I was doing beach walks. I was leg pressing a lot. I was doing a lot of different things that I hadn’t been able to do all year.”

Tiger isn’t naïve, though, and recognises some limitations, particularly the missed-cut at St. Andrews, something that hit him deep.

“I had a couple of setbacks, procedurally. That took time, and getting ready for a major championship that didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. It’s part of the process.”

Fans of one of, if not the greatest golfer of all-time should not have to wait long to see him in action on the course, but these constant instances are a concern.

We can only hope at some point he completes the process.

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An inside look at Tiger Woods’ golf swing at the 2022 “Hero Shot” challenge



Hero World Challenge tournament host Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the event due to pain caused from plantar fasciitis. Despite the WD, Woods still maintained his hosting duties by competing in the “Hero Shot” bullseye challenge on Tuesday against competitors Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel, Max Homa, Tom Kim, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Thomas.

The shot measured 87 yards, and the target was a makeshift floating platform sitting on a pond between the 9th and 18th holes at Albany Bahamas. It was equipped with a red-and-black bullseye made of turf, and a 2-foot bucket in the direct center.

The game was simple. Each player was to take 6 shots at the bullseye, with the 6th ball – the “Hero Ball” – counting as double the points. Two players would ultimately advance to the final shootout where a winner would be crowned.

With wind swirling and the platform floating in the water, it was somewhat of a moving target, but Fitzpatrick dialed all the way in and hit a walk-off, hole-in-one splasher in the Championship round.

Kim, the youngest of the bunch, was expressive, competitive and a spark of energy throughout the competition.

Although Kim made it to the final round, he was left devastated by Fitzpatrick’s clutch dunk, dropping to his knees and holding his head in his hands (it was likely in jest, but I could tell he was actually into the challenge). It was a tough loss for Kim, who isn’t used to not winning so far on the PGA Tour.

Unfortunately, the tournament host himself did not qualify to move on from the first round, missing several shots just short of the island platform. Struggling with plantar fasciitis, though, it was just good to see Woods swinging a club in the Bahamas.

Check out Woods’ shot attempts in our video below:


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Woods opted to use a 56-degree TaylorMade MG3 Raw wedge, with a distinct wear mark in the center of the face.

For those interested, he was wearing a pair of Nike Metcon 8 sneakers. Since the players were hitting off of a turf mat, Woods didn’t need to wear golf spikes, so I guess we’ll have to wait until his next appearance to answer the lingering FootJoy vs. Nike question.

Click here for more photos of Tiger Woods at the Hero Shot challenge

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