US Open 2020 champion Bryson DeChambeau says he “broke” his hands preparing for a long driving contest.
The world No. 7 will compete in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship in Mesquite, Nevada from September 27 to October 1, becoming the first PGA Tour professional to do so.
Before that, however, he will make his second appearance for the U.S. Ryder Cup team in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, September 24-26.
But while spending hours on the practice, the young man of 27 years admits to having damaged his hands.
“People don’t realize how difficult long drives are. In golf, it’s the only thing where you can judge your accomplishments by a number,” he told Golf.com.
“Not necessarily when going out and playing golf because you can catch a sprinkler head or catch a bad break or bad wind. On Flightscope you can see the ball speed number. And when you get a speed number ball, it’s so different and unique.
“It’s like a shot putter throwing a new record. You are trying to find that full potential to break through.”
During the forced golf break in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, DeChambeau added around 40 pounds of muscle, which turned him into one of the biggest drivers on the PGA Tour.
So far this season, due to his extra muscle and his focus on improving his club’s speed, DeChambeau is averaging 323.7 yards starting, nearly four yards ahead of Rory McIlroy in second position.
While his distance training has clearly impacted his body, juggling him and his preparation for the Ryder Cup is not an unusual experience.
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“I do it every week,” he says. “Is that intimidating? Damn yeah.
“At first when I was trying to do it last year, it was very scary. But now that I have lived it and have had the worst pain and the most relaxed state where I don’t. don’t speed the workout, I know how to balance it – for the most part. Why not go hard in life and do both? “