Reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is chopping back his distance above all strategy at this week’s PGA Championship, a nod to the treacherous winds of Kiawah Island.
DeChambeau, who bulked up his physique and tweaked his gear to maximize distance above all else, realizes that strategy will not work in such wind.
“In regards to the golf course and the wind, this is the most difficult test that I’ve been on since transforming my body,” DeChambeau stated Wednesday. “It’s just to control it a little bit better. You can’t let it loose out here.”
He additionally realizes that distance is not going to enhance different components of his recreation irrespective of how nice a bonus it could actually produce.
“There are times where I recognize I can swing it softer and I have ball speeds that are way faster than everybody out here and that’s cool and comforting to have,” he stated.
“But you’ve still got to make putts, you’ve still got to wedge it close and everything, and the difficulty is you can get all this distance but it doesn’t mean you’re going to play better.”
DeChambeau says he nonetheless desires to increase swing velocity and add size, however he is discovering bodily limits to what he can obtain.
“I’m still trying to gain speed. It’s not like I’m not. It’s just I’m trying to find more efficient ways to do it,” he stated.
“A lot of it is I’ve reached a physical limitation that I don’t know how to get past yet. I’m getting stronger. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, but it doesn’t produce swing speed, which is really interesting.
“May simply be a timing factor. May even be I’ve performed lots of golf, not gotten sufficient relaxation.”
DeChambeau, a player who relies on data for many decisions in a round, has been forced to make his best guesses thanks to Kiawah’s winds.
“A number of it’s going to be depending on luck this week,” he said. “It’s going to be anyone that has lots of persistence and resolve to combat back when issues aren’t going nicely.
“I would say it’s more of a mental test than a physical test because we all are great golfers and we know how to swing the golf club, but it’s more about the mental fortitude that you have, and for some reason I do pretty well in these types of environments. It brings out the best in me.”
DeChambeau touched upon Super League Golf, the upstart group attempting to lure away PGA expertise with big-money affords. He stated he would wait and see what others did earlier than selecting sides.
“I will never be anybody that goes first in something like that,” he stated. “At this point in time, it just doesn’t seem like there’s enough players.”