The five-time PGA Tour winner, Bryson DeChambeau, is hitting the longest drives of his career and suddenly everyone wants to know his secrets. Luckily, he is willing to share at least some of them. Bryson DeChambeau has been getting a lot of attention since the return of professional golf, and for good reason.
For one, he's carrying around an extra 20 pounds of muscle. He's also hitting longer drives than ever, including 367 yards at the recent Charles Schwab Challenge. “I won’t go too into detail because this is some of the secret sauce that we’ve figured out,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference in Detroit on Tuesday.
"Eight months ago I said, you know what, I want to try and get stronger, because I know there's an advantage to be gained," says DeChambeau. "If I could be like Happy Gilmore or Kyle Berkshire, hitting over 400 yards and hitting it straight? That is a massive, massive advantage.
So I set out to do that, and I've been healthier and stronger ever since." DeChambeau realised building strength would help him in terms of speed and length in his drive, but that wasn't his sole motivation.
The last eight months' training have also been in pursuit of a longer-term lifestyle change. "I'm able to get up out of bed without feeling stiff in the morning," he says. "I used to wake up every single morning feeling terrible because my abs weren't working properly, and my back would hurt because it was overcompensating for them.
So once I started training the body proportionally, it really showed me a new life." The last eight months have seen DeChamebeau step up the intensity on his training, committing more time to building symmetrical strength in his core through exercises that focused on trunk rotation, trunk flexion, leg flexion, back extension, and side bends.
He has taken Roskopf's motto—"you’re only as strong as your weakest link"—on board, isolating and training every muscle in his body. "Right down to the fingers," he laughs. That also means working out every single evening, without fail.
He doesn't take rest days, as a good night's sleep is all the recovery he needs. "If I trained in the mornings, I wouldn't be able to go out and play golf that day," he says. "I play golf, and then I see working out in the evening as my way of taking care of any aches or pains that need fixing."
When it comes to his diet, DeChambeau keeps things simple. "I've tried the keto diet and all these things, but what I’ve found is that as long as I’m keeping a 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein, that works for me," he says.
"Obviously that's not going to work if you want to lean down. But walking 8 miles every day, I haven't gained any fat." “I’ll start off by saying I don’t necessarily eat anything or everything I want,” he said.
“There is this overlying principle of a two-to-one carb-to-protein ratio, so that is first and foremost. I try and retain that throughout the whole day with everything I eat and drink”. DeChambeau considers breakfast the most important meal of the day and prefers to start the day accordingly.
“I would say that in the mornings I usually have four eggs, five pieces of bacon, some toast and two [Orgain] protein shakes,” DeChambeau said.
But Bryson is just getting going at breakfast.
“Throughout the course of the day, I’ll have a GoMacro bar here and there, I’ll have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I’ll have another protein drink, I’ll have at least two protein drinks on the golf course, at every six holes, and then after the round I’ll have one”.
“After that, I’m snacking when I’m practicing after,” DeChambeau continued. “Go back to the hotel, eat a dinner, steak, potatoes. I’ll have two protein shakes with it there as well. So I’m consuming around, I’d say, around six to seven of those Orgain protein shakes a day now where I used to be two or three.
With the weight up, I just had to consume a lot more. Luckily, I like the taste of those shakes so I can take those pretty easily”. In all, DeChambeau estimates consuming somewhere between 3000-3500 calories per day, although he admitted he had no real idea.
"People think I've got all these crazy theories, but when you really break it down to the root principles of what I’m trying to do, it’s a lot of common sense," he adds. The results certainly speak for themselves.
Right now, DeChambeau has an average driving distance of 323.8 yards, and he is currently on track to break the PGA Tour single-season record for average distance (currently held by Hank Kuehne). And he intends to keep going.
"I don't know the endgame for me," he says. "I'm going to keep working out every day and keep getting stronger, and keep speed training as long as I can tolerate it. As long as everything is growing proportionally, I really don't know how fast I can go.
So I'm going to keep pushing the boundaries." DeChambeau stresses that it’s his strength, not his size, that has been the key to increased distance and speed. He also cautions against any potential imitators going all in on the same strategy.
“It can be a very difficult process to go through if you don’t have the right training, the right teaching,” he said. In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead on the Bryson Train. And that engine demands plenty of fuel.