PGA Tour master blaster Bryson DeChambeau believes sometimes brutal off-season sessions with World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire will help send his ball even greater distances this year.
US Open champion DeChambeau has formed an alliance with Berkshire that helps both of them, as he chases even greater ball speed and Berkshire gets short game tips to improve his allround game.
“He showed me some amazing things, and I showed him some wedging things,” said DeChambeau after shooting an opening 69 at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Bulked-up boffin DeChambeau doesn’t like to share everything he has learned, but he spoke about Berkshire’s techniques and the notion of pushing the limits of his body by swinging hard for long hours to build up tolerance.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever experience a runner’s high or something like that, where you get these extra endorphins and that’s kind of what breaks your neurological CNS (central nervous system), which is a great thing,” he said.
“That’s kind of a basic principle of what he’s done,” he said. “He’s just overworked his CNS like a madman and he’s shown me some really cool techniques that have allowed me to sustain speed on the golf course.
“So I feel like I was a little faster out there today, which was awesome to have. I’ve just got to hone it in.”
DeChambeau was fascinated by Berkshire telling him he pushed himself until he was at the point of blacking out and said he tried to follow suit.
“There were times where I was seeing a tunnel and I had to stop. I mean, you have have to stop,” he said. “I did not black out, but I came very close, just like he did.”
It’s all about his pursuit of more speed, more distance, and there’s no end in sight yet.
The goal is for his golf ball to come off the driver at 200 mph in tournaments, and eventually get as fast as 210 mph.
He told Golf Channel he reached 211 mph on the range at Kapalua earlier this week.
“I still feel like there’s some low-hanging fruit with the driver, the speed I can gain. It’s fun,” DeChambeau said.
“Once I achieve those speeds and I’m comfortable – not trying to swing my butt off, it just happens naturally – that’s when I’ll probably stop and go down the chipping rabbit hole and try and understand my chipping and wedging a bit better.”