AUGUSTA, Ga. – It doesn’t have a 48-inch axle, but Bryson DeChambeau has a new toy in his bag for the Masters.
After flirting with the idea of wearing a longer driver last November, DeChambeau finally stuck with his regular model and tied for 34th at Augusta National. This time, with five months to play, the world No. 5 will debut with a new club: a prototype Cobra driver who he says will help improve consistency on off-center hits at high speeds.
DeChambeau told GolfChannel.com about the driver last month at the WGC-Workday Championship. “Nobody knows how to play at a speed of 200 mph and it hardly hits him bad; sometimes he doesn’t react the way you think he should, ”he said then. Although he did not offer many details about his new club, DeChambeau said Tuesday that the numbers so far are very encouraging.
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“I just know this has been a few years in the making, and I’m very excited about it,” he said. “If it helps me perform at a higher level, I’m not sure, because it’s golf and you never know what happens. Definitely, what I have seen on the practice field and what I have seen in the last week in training has great benefits ”.
His swing coach Chris Como posted a photo on social media earlier this week that showed DeChambeau with a 350-yard rush and a ball speed of 210 mph. There was also a viral clip of him swinging like a maniac in the tournament practice area, much to the delight of former Masters champion Vijay Singh, who saw him up close.
With his new team and Augusta National playing firmer and faster than during the Fall Masters, DeChambeau said he plans to remove some unique lines from the tee:
• Over the trees on the right side of No. 1
• Going down the hill in 2
• Driving the green in 3
• Blow up the bunkers, even against the wind, in 5
• Over the trees on the left side of 9
• Carrying the trees on the right side of 11
DeChambeau already leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, averaging 320.8 yards, and leads in strokes won: stat from the tee (1,144). Still, he acknowledges that his success here, never having finished in the top 20, will ultimately come down to his approach game.
“Looking at the opportunities, it’s not just the pair 5s, but mainly the pair 4s for me and how can I attack those pair 4s to give myself the best chance of making a lot of birdies,” he said.