"The Driver Sucks" DeChambeau Rants About Equipment

The Golfing Scientist says his team are trying to figure out his driver face to help maximise his power

"The Driver Sucks" DeChambeau Rants About Equipment
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The Golfing Scientist says his team are trying to figure out his driver face to help maximise his mis-hits

"The Driver Sucks" DeChambeau Rants About Equipment

The rough at Royal St George's is brutal at this week's Open Championship and Bryson DeChambeau found quite a lot of it on his way to a one-over-par 71.

The Golfing Scientist is the game's longest hitter but he certainly isn't the straightest off the tee at the moment.

Bryson lamented his driver after his scrappy 71, which featured four birdies and five bogeys.

The 2020 US Open champion hit just one of his first nine fairways and went on to find a total of 28.57% for the round - well below the field average of 50.98%.

"If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that's great, but with the driver right now, the driver sucks," he said after his opening 71.

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"It's not a good face for me and we're still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mis-hits. I'm living on the razor's edge like I've told people for a long time.

"When I did get it outside of the fairway, like in the first cut and whatnot, I catch jumpers out of there and I couldn't control my wedges.

"It's quite finicky for me because it's a golf course that's pretty short, and so when I hit driver and it doesn't go in the fairway, it's first cut or whatever, or it's in the hay, it's tough for me to get it out on to the green and control that.

"I've realised this for years now. This has happened since 2016-17 when players stopped drawing it.

"There's not very many golfers that draw it anymore. It's not because of spin rate. Everybody thinks it's -- we're at 2000, 1800 spin or whatever. It's not.

"It's literally the physics and the way that they build heads now. It's not the right design, unfortunately, and we've been trying to fix it."

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, 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 has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x