“He continues to hit it, but let’s see that he hits it as directly as he is. It’s part of the most difficult thing.”
By Keith Jackson
Last update: 14.07.20 18:05
Tiger Woods was “impressed” with how Bryson DeChambeau has become one of the longest players on the PGA Tour without losing accuracy.
DeChambeau is currently the number 1 driving distance statistic on the PGA Tour with a remarkable average of 323 meters per trip. In the past nine months, he has gained almost three stones – mostly muscles.
The 26-year-old has tried to overwhelm golf courses and his trick has paid off as he has not finished under eighth in his last six starts, resulting in an impressive three-shot victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
DeChambeau had a week off before returning to a star-studded field in Muirfield Village this week, where five-time champion Woods made his first appearance since the Genesis Invitational was hosted in February.
“Bryson has found a way to increase the distance and maximize efficiency not only with his driver, but with all of his clubs, especially the driver,” said Woods, whose great success when he first hit the road Tour appeared, leading to many venues that were trying to “Tiger Safe” their courses.
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“If I just look back when I started playing the tour, or just before I started playing the tour, we had no TrackMans, we had no start monitors. The boys learned how to bend rackets on their knees to get it to try and take loft off of it.
“That has now changed. Now you have all these different start monitor technologies and can send a whole series of balls to find out the waves and the conditions under which you want to optimize the transport.
“So what Bryson did is not an easy task. He has to put in the time and the repetitions and he found out. He was stronger, faster, bigger and created more speed.
“But more importantly, he continues to hit it, but let’s look at the fact that he hits it as straight as he is. It’s part of the most difficult thing. The further you hit it, the more the tangent gets crooked. more along this line.
“The fact that he found out and was able to contain the lazy balls for me was as impressive as his winnings from a distance.”
Woods gave himself a clean health certificate before his long-awaited return to the competition after retiring from both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players championships in March due to problems with his surgically repaired back.
“Physically, I was very stiff in LA,” added Woods after a practice lap with Justin Thomas. “I didn’t move that well, my back was just not quite loose and it was cold. I didn’t hit the ball very far, I didn’t play very well and I was the last to die.”
“Five months later, I was able to train a lot. I could do many things that I hadn’t done in a long time, that spent a lot of time with my children and being with them.
“It was very different not to do any sport, but we were lucky that Medalist had opened this quarantine at home most of the time. So it was nice to be able to go to the golf course and play and stay active this way.
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“But physically, I feel so much better than I did then. I was able to train and concentrate on getting back on track and getting back on tournament speed, the way I moved and was able to do at The Match.” to make progress since then, to be out here today and be able to play with JT today
“It was a lot of fun for both of us. We play a lot like this at home, so it’s different to be on the go, but we played so many training rounds together and played so many rounds together in the last few rounds, years in which it was completely was normal. “