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Golf's Distance Dilemma

More pros are routinely driving the ball well over 300 yards. Can, or should, anyone stop them?
By Jeff Williams | From David Harbour, September/October 2020
Golf's Distance Dilemma
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The U.S. Open trophy seems light to the bulked-up DeChambeau.
During the first round of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August, Bryson DeChambeau launched what for him was a pedestrian 296-yard drive on the 7th hole, then leaned on his battle weapon as he reached down to pick up his tee. The weary implement, having spent half a season blasting drives in excess of 330 yards, snapped at the neck, leaving him with the shaft in one hand and the head in the other. “That was weird,” he said with a grin walking off the tee. “Swinging too hard.” You think? In this strangest of PGA Tour seasons, altered and distorted by the Covid-19 pandemic, DeChambeau gave the golf world something else to talk about, and debate, …
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