BEDMINSTER (N.J.) — Bryson deChambeau joked during a Q&A that he didn’t have to practice nearly as much with his new Krank Golf driver, while hosting a clinic on the driving range at Trump National Bedminster in advance of this week’s LIV Golf tournament.
He used the same club he had wrapped on last Wednesday at the range to shoot a 58 four day later and win the LIV Golf Greenbrier. DeChambeau, when asked before the West Virginia event, was coy. He did mention that it has won several World Long Drive Championships, and that if “you hit on the toe or heel, everything will come back down the middle” of the fairway.
DeChambeau then was asked if clubs were becoming too tolerant – Anirban lahiri joked, “We could be here a half-hour now”. The bulked up bomber continued to explain that he hadn’t had the right equipment for the past five years.
DeChambeau said, “I believe we’re at a point in time when (equipment contracts) aren’t as important as what you play for.” I think that the best equipment will start to show itself in time.
He continued: “You can talk about forgiveness but if you have the right physics, then you can do some cool stuff in clubs.”
DeChambeau has spent a lot of time in his head studying the science of golf, and the mechanics behind the golf swing. But he feels that thanks to the equipment, his mental game is now better than ever.
“I feel like a brute. He said that his current game is similar to his U.S. Open win in 2015. He won the 36 hole final of the Olympia Fields Amateur 7-6. With this new equipment, I’m more determined and focused. To be honest, it’s the equipment.
Lahiri agreed. “Everyone says that it’s between the ears. And sometimes you find a bar that makes you feel, ‘Oh man, I’m the king of jungle, I can’t do anything I want.'” It’s similar to Bryson. He said that his mental game was the best ever, because he trusted himself more and knew his equipment supported him.
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Will the new stick be able to make it all the way to Italy in time for the Ryder Cup this year? Former two-time Team USA member with a 2-3-1 (including 1-1-0 Sunday singles) record has certainly a case to be a captain’s choice for the American team looking to win abroad for the first time in 1993.
DeChambeau’s struggles were evident in the early part of this season. He finished T-23, T-24, T-16, and T-26 at 48-player LIV events. DeChambeau’s last five starts, which were all sponsored by Saudi Arabia and led by Greg Norman, saw him finish T-5, T-9 and 2, T-11, and first. This is on top of the T-4 he achieved at the PGA Championship, and T-20 he had at the U.S. Open.
“I played in two Ryder Cups and I’d love to represent my nation. It’s a fact. “I feel that I’m in the right place to do this,” he said. “I’m sure I’m in the top 10 players right now, with the game I play, and if I get selected, that’s fantastic. If I don’t, I’ll still watch on TV and cheer for Team USA. I respect and admire those players who are on the Team representing our country.
Imagine Brooks Koepka and you, the former rivals, competing in 2021 together after having buried the hatchet.