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Bryson DeChambeau’s next target: Augusta National

After overpowering Winged Foot to win the recent U.S. Open, DeChambeau intends to try a 48-inch shaft and add 15 more pounds of muscle, all with the intent of winning the Masters

Declared: By Bryson DeChambeau, that he will be experimenting with a longer driver shaft as he seeks to add even more distance while preparing for the Masters in seven weeks. DeChambeau, who overpowered Winged Foot Golf Club with a 336.3-yard average drive to win the recent U.S. Open, told the media late Sunday that he hopes to find 30 or more yards before he gets to Augusta National Golf Club for the Nov. 12-15 Masters. He plays a 45½-inch driver, compared with the standard length of about 44¾ inches on the PGA Tour. The maximum length under the Rules of Golf is 48 inches. “We're going to be messing with some head designs … to make it feasible to hit these drives maybe 360, 370 [yards],” he said. “Maybe even farther. I don't know.” He also wants to add more weight. DeChambeau, who bulked up by a muscular 40 pounds or so during the PGA Tour’s recent three-month suspension, to about 230 pounds, wants to get to 245 pounds on his 6-foot-1-inch frame. If so, look out, Augusta National. “Length is going to be a big advantage there. I know that for a fact,” DeChambeau said. “I'm going to try and prepare by testing a couple things with the driver.”

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