Bryson DeChambeau accepted an invitation to compete in The Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship in Mesquite, Nevada, on September 27.
DeChambeau posted on Instagram that he believes this is an opportunity to help grow the game of golf through the long drive competitions.
“I want to show the world how incredibly talented and hard working these athletes are,” DeChambeau said on Instagram. “I’ve been working hard to get my game up to their speeds so (sic) I have a chance but will still continue to play my best golf with my regular day job.”
DeChambeau is currently ranked first on the PGA Tour in driving distance, averaging 321.5 yards per drive. His longest drive of the season came in the second round of the Sentry Tournament on the 12th hole, when he hit the ball 414 yards.
That was good for the fifth longest drive of the season, with Lee Westwood at No. 1, hitting a 425-yard drive at the Byron Nelson, and only one yard ahead of Cameron Champ, who hit a 424-yard drive on the seventh hole at the Sentry.
Those numbers are good for the PGA Tour, but DeChambeau is going to have his work cut out for him on the Professional Long Drive circuit. Kyler Berkshire is the No. 1 ranked long driver in the men’s division and has a long competitive drive of 474 yards that he hit in March 2017.
DeChamebeau is known for tracking his club head speed and ball speed while trying to increase his numbers to their maximum potential to get the maximum distance. He leads the PGA Tour in ball speed and club head speed, but he hasn’t yet gotten his ball speed over 200 mph in a tournament.
Berkshire has a highest ball speed recorded of 228.5 mph and a highest swing speed recorded of 152.6 mph.
DeChambeau took it upon himself to seek out Berkshire in the offseason to ask advice on how to continue moving his numbers up, faster and ultimately hitting the ball even further. Now, DeChambeau will be competing with Berkshire in an attempt to surpass and supplant the No. 1- ranked long driver in the world.