Bryson DeChambeau has not been shy about his quest to bulk up. Starting last year, the 26-year-old vowed, “I’m going to become massive.” And boy did he deliver on that promise.
The gains became apparent last fall at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open when he said he was weighing in at 220 pounds, up 25 pounds from his previous 195 weight.
“I’m going to come back next year and look like a different person,” he said. “You’re going to see some pretty big changes in my body, which is going to be a good thing. Going to be hitting it a lot further.”
He has certainly delivered on that promise, as he was averaging 321 yards off the tee — tops on the PGA Tour — before the stoppage of professional golf. On a recent Twitch stream from his indoor simulator, DeChambeau shared that he’s gotten even bigger since the fall. Last night he weighed in at 239 pounds. And his “base weight” is now a whopping 235 pounds.
“I’ve upped my size tremendously,” DeChambeau said. “Forearms strength, shoulder strength has gotten crazy strong. I’ve been working hard on that. Leg strength is still there.”
Later on, he defended the decision to get bigger and said players shouldn’t worry about putting on too much weight. He also said he isn’t done trying to bulk up — and 270(!) isn’t even a stretch.
“Look at all the long drivers on Tour, they are animals,” DeChambeau said. “Does it mean I’m going to lose all my touch and feel? No, it does not one bit … I’ll adjust if it’s too much for some reason.”
He did concede that these were uncharted waters so there would be some degree of trial and error with his methods, but that won’t deter him from trying.
“I’m gonna keep going up until I see that, ‘OK I can’t do anything. It’s just not gonna work doing this,’” he said. “As of right now, I’m only seeing speed improvements. Not degradation.”
It looks like Bulky Bryson is here to stay.
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