AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bryson DeChambeau is tinkering once more, looking for the correct mixture to tackle Augusta Nationwide this week on the Masters.
And he was coy when discussing what he may be utilizing when the match begins. DeChambeau mentioned he’s working with a brand new driver head however was obscure about every other particulars.
“Clearly there’s one thing within the bag this week that is very useful,” he mentioned Tuesday. “I will not go into specifics of it. However simply know this has been a number of years within the making, and I am very excited for it. Whether or not it helps me carry out at a better degree, I am undecided, as a result of it is golf and also you by no means know what occurs.
“Undoubtedly what I’ve seen on the driving vary and what I’ve seen the final week in observe, there’s some great advantages to it.”
No matter it’s, DeChambeau is definitely not new to experimentation and implementation.
Earlier than final yr’s Masters in November, he labored with a 48-inch driver shaft. As has been effectively documented, he has pursued added size off the tee by way of a weight acquire program mixed with health.
He remodeled his physique in 18 months and now leads the PGA Tour in driving distance. However these enhancements did not assist him a lot on the November Masters, the place he was among the many pre-tournament favorites however had a disappointing week, tying for thirty fourth — 18 pictures behind winner Dustin Johnson.
“Given what I realized from the Masters final November, I’ll be focusing primarily on undertaking how do I hit iron pictures into greens to present myself the perfect likelihood to present myself the power to make birdie,” he mentioned. “There was loads of occasions final yr the place I hit respectable sufficient drives, however I simply did not really feel like I used to be hitting pictures within the appropriate quadrants of the greens or giving myself alternatives on par-5s like I ought to have.”
DeChambeau additionally had some bodily woes he handled throughout final yr’s Masters that precipitated him to hunt a COVID-19 check as a result of he questioned if he might need gotten the virus. The check was unfavorable, however after the match, he went by way of a litany of checks.
Among the many issues he described: CT scans, X-rays, an ultrasound on his coronary heart, measuring the blood vessels in his neck, an infection checks, mind scans and oxygen ranges.
“There have been some fascinating issues that went on,” he mentioned. “Took about 4 or 5 months to determine what it was. And we could not discover something. Completely nothing.”
What DeChambeau want to discover is a few success at Augusta Nationwide. He was the low novice in 2016, when he tied for twenty first. In three tries as a professional, he has completed tied for thirty eighth, tied for twenty ninth and tied for thirty fourth. He has damaged 70 simply twice in 16 rounds.
“There are particular holes out right here the place size does assist tremendously. And in order you have a look at it from a statistical viewpoint, there may be loads of benefits available with size for me,” he mentioned. “However, once more, you go up round these placing greens, and also you simply attempt to hit it into these areas of the inexperienced the place the pins are, and it turns into very diabolical.
“Size is barely pretty much as good as you possibly can hit your subsequent shot is what I all the time say. And that is crucial factor about Augusta Nationwide, is it does not check simply the driving. It checks your second pictures, it checks the third shot, it checks — you are making for par, your 4-footer you are making an attempt to make for par.
“I believe that is what’s so particular about right here is that you need to have each side of your recreation working actually, rather well.”