"My Hands Are Wrecked" - DeChambeau On Long Drive Training

The Golfing Scientist is competing in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship just a day after the Ryder Cup

Bryson DeChambeau
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The Golfing Scientist is competing in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship just a day after the Ryder Cup

A day after the Ryder Cup, Bryson DeChambeau will head to Mesquite, Nevada to compete in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship.

The Golfing Scientist accepted a special invitation for the event and will become the first ever full-time PGA Tour Pro to compete.

However, the long drive training is taking a toll - not just on his Ryder Cup preparations but also his body.

“My hands are wrecked from it,” DeChambeau, whose palms feature calluses from the training, told Golf.com (opens in new tab).

Bryson is the Tour's longest hitter after bulking up post-pandemic, but his decision to compete in the long drive championship has raised some eyebrows.

He is training six days a week to increase his ball speed, which has reached 211mph.

However, his focus surely cannot be 100% on the Ryder Cup, and his comments were revealed at a similar time to Brooks Koepka calling the match "a bit odd" and "demanding."

Koepka's comments and DeChambeau's hands and focus on the long drive championships will give Padraig Harrington and his European team an added bit of confidence heading into Whistling Straits.

This is on top of the Brooks/Bryson feud, which Stricker has been, and will continuously be, asked about.

Related: "Not going to be an issue" - Stricker on DeChambeau and Koepka rivalry

“People don’t realize how difficult long drive really is," Bryson told Golf.com.

"In golf, it’s the one thing where you can judge your accomplishments by a number.

"Not necessarily by 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 obtain a ball speed number, it’s so different and unique.

"It’s like a shot-putter shot-putting a new record number. You’re trying to find that full potential to break through.”

Related: Bryson's Warm-Up Routine - REVEALED

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x