AUGUSTA, Georgia – Bryson DeChambeau was specific on Tuesday about his long-running plans to brutally overwhelm Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters tournament since 1934 For sports fans who don't follow golf, here are some reference points:
What DeChambeau proposes is something akin to kicking a 75-yard field goal. Or slam a 200-meter homerun. Sink a half-court shot with the ease of a free throw. Now imagine doing those things 14 consecutive times in the middle of a single big match.
That's what the beefy DeChambeau plans to unleash at the Masters when he enters the first round at 7:33 am Eastern on Thursday. It doesn't mean DeChambeau will hit a record low score, but regular viewers of golf's most watched event can see things they've never seen before. And since DeChambeau is remarkably accurate this week with his sky-high rides in practice rounds, it's worth noting that he is also the betting line's favorite to back his victory at the United States Open in September with his second major golf championship at the Masters.
On Tuesday, the ever-meticulous, number-driven DeChambeau, who has gained 40 pounds in the past year and has been anywhere between 30 and 70 meters on his drives, went hole by hole with his plans for Augusta National.
He skipped the par 3 holes because let's face it, what's the point in talking about short challenges? Growing tall on its own, DeChambeau plans to bombard tee shots from over 100 feet tall pine trees to cut corners of 510 feet holes. Or consider the first 445-meter hole, which is all the way uphill and was played this week in wet, soft grass conditions that greatly hinder the role of a tee shot.
At least for the everyday, multi-millionaire pro golfer. Not DeChambeau-flex.
He expects to have only 60 yards left on his second shot on the first hole. That's a pretty effortless wedge shot for everyone. On the second hole, DeChambeau said in the practice rounds that he hit a 7 iron for his second shot in that par 5, which is 575 meters long. Keep in mind that many other golfers in the field will hit the forest and hope to land on that green.
The third 350 meter hole? Piece of cake; he drove that off the tee. The fifth hole of 495 meters? Well, it played upwind, so he had to settle for a 9-iron for his second shot. Too bad, that's not a wedge either.
And it went on and on and it went on Tuesday as DeChambeau tapped on how easy some of the Augusta National greens were to get to. For him
When it comes to the most crucial and typically daunting final holes, DeChambeau has big plans for that too. A pitching wedge for the 11th green, the same for the 510-yard, par-5 13th hole. He plans an 8 iron in the par-5 15th. And the famous 18th hole?
DeChambeau thinks to fly the bunkers on the left, an old trick of 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam, except that 29 years ago the hole was several dozen yards shorter. So, what's the benefit of that strategy on the modern, extended 18th?
DeChambeau said with a shrug, "I can only have 110 yards from the green." As in, another wedge.
His contemporaries participate and know what's to come. Justin Thomas, the third golfer in the world, played a practice round with DeChambeau on Monday.
"It's a considerably easier course for him than everyone else," Thomas said with a laugh. "I would definitely like to hit from his tee shots instead of mine from a distance."
Thomas was asked why he bothered to play a practice round with DeChambeau. Wouldn't it be better for his psyche to avoid the image of DeChambeau & # 39; s soaring tee shots?
"I mean I've seen it before, it's not like I've never played with him," Thomas said. "It just confirmed what I already knew."
And then Thomas added another possibility.
"Once he starts messing with that taller driver and has a little more free time," he said, "Crazy as it is, he might be able to hit it further."
DeChambeau practiced with a driver that has a 48-inch shaft, the longest allowed in the rules. The standard length on the PGA Tour is approximately 45 and a half inches. A longer shaft can mean higher swing speed and longer strokes, although it is more difficult to keep the ball straight.
Still, DeChambeau did not rule out the unveiling of its 48-inch driver this week. On Thursday afternoon he was still testing on the practice track. With the longer shaft, it had reached its swing speed of up to 240 miles per hour. Most recreational golfers have a hard time hitting more than 90 miles per hour.
"I mean it looks really promising now," said DeChambeau of the driver. “I didn't expect it to work yesterday. But it worked yesterday. I'm not 100 percent sure I'm going to put it in the game yet.
So many decisions for the man who was centered on all the buzz leading up to the 2020 Masters. And then there will be the hundreds of choices DeChambeau will have to make when placing putts on the wavy, annoying Augusta National greens, where the tournament is usually won or lost.
DeChambeau is aware.
"The bottom line is to put and chip here," he admitted.
Then it was again about the gigantic drives. Because no one is talking about 25 meter field goals, 90 meter home runs or 6 meter jump shots.