Brooks Koepka Feels Bryson DeChambeau Has Changed the Game of Golf ‘Forever’ – Here’s Why

Published 10/07/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
RIDGEWOOD, NJ – AUGUST 24: Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts on the 18th green during the second round of The Northern Trust on August 24, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


As announced a couple of days earlier, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will face each other in a match this November. Koepka, who is making his season debut appearance at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, answered a couple of questions regarding the same. However, he refused to go into much detail.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 23, 2021 Team USA’s Brooks Koepka and Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau during the opening ceremony REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

For the major part of this year, there has been much talk about the relationship between Koepka and DeChambeau. The air finally cleared at the Ryder Cup, when the two hugged it out. Now, in a recent interview, Koepka even complimented DeChambeau.

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However, he also said that he will not be taking to the new trend of distance and power play. Moreover, he expressed concerns regarding his injuries. He revealed that he’s definitely going to be taking things slower and will be more cautious in the gym and at home.

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They asked Koepka about DeChambeau’s long distance philosophy and what impact it will have on the sport. He replied, “I think it will be a big impact. I think you kind of saw it maybe coming out of COVID. I think you saw even other guys trying to hit it further.”

“Swing a little harder, trying to maximize their distance. I think it’s going to change the game of golf forever, personally.”

Talking about the ability to implement a change in competition, he praises DeChambeau and says, “It’s impressive to be able to actually change a body, change the way you swing and but yet still compete out here… It’s one thing to do it and then just kind of mess around with it at home but not bring it to an actual tournament.”

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He commends DeChambeau’s efforts at the PLDA Championship, where he reached the quarterfinals. He said, “I don’t think anybody really thought he was going to get that far, but the fact he did was quite impressive.”

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Moreover, he said that the younger generation is already adapting to this new style of playing. Talking about the future trend, he admits, “You’re just going to continually see that type of distance come from the kids that are in college or high school now that will be out here in five, six years.”

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Well, he’s definitely not wrong. Youngsters like Maverick McNealy, Cameron Champ and Matthew Wolff, have already adapted to this style of playing. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for the future of golf.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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