• Bryson begins Masters prep

    Bryson DeChambeau
    Bryson DeChambeau

    World No 5 Bryson DeChambeau is aiming to hit around 2,000 drives in preparation for this year’s Masters, which tees off at Augusta National in less than a month.

    After winning the US Open in emphatic fashion a couple of weeks ago, DeChambeau secured T8 at this past weekend’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which was also his only event ahead of Georgia.

    The 27-year-old will now spend the next four weeks going the extra mile to get ready for the final Major of the year – both mentally and, of course, physically.

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    For the first week, DeChambeau will just focus on strength training to establish even more power in his swing.

    ‘I’m not really going to touch a club too much. I’m going to be training pretty hard and getting myself up to hopefully around 245lbs [111kg]. Something like that, in weight, [will] be the first time I’ve ever done that. So I’m going to be consuming a lot and see, and working out a lot and see what can go from there,’ he said.He will start trying to master the new 45-inch driver he’s having custom-designed in order to gain some control and power over the longer club.’I don’t know how many drivers I’ll hit, but I’ll hit as many as I need to. And from a speed-training perspective I could probably go upwards of over 1,000 to probably 2,000 … around 2,000 drives the next four weeks trying to get my speed up.’

    DeChambeau will also play a practice round at the famous Augusta National course ahead of Masters week, just to familiarise himself ahead of the actual event.

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    ‘I’ll play a practice round with a good friend of mine and we’ll have some fun and see what I can do. I still got some equipment stuff coming in the next two months, that’s mainly why I’m taking it off. I feel like the advantages that I usually have could be much improved upon with the equipment, and we don’t have it yet, but we’re diligently working on it behind the scenes. I’ll have that in a couple weeks, we’ll prototype and test it and see if it works. If it doesn’t, we’ll go back and tool it and hopefully have it ready for Augusta,’ he added.

    DeChambeau’s best finish at the Masters came back in 2016 when he finished in T21, while he could only manage a T29 at last year’s edition.

    It’s fair to say that he’ll be hoping for a much better performance this time around and will probably be one of the favourites to win the Green Jacket heading into the event.

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