‘By Far’: John Daly Believes He Can Outdrive Bryson DeChambeau and Any Other Long Hitter

Published 12/29/2021, 2:46 PM EST
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA – SEPTEMBER 18: John Daly of the United States putts on the 5th green during the second round of the Sanford International Presented by Cambria at Minnehaha Country Club on September 18, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

John Daly thinks he can hit the ball the farthest against either Bryson DeChambeau or any other long hitters. He shared these thoughts in a recent interview conducted by the Full Send Podcast.


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The interview was held after his record-breaking win at the 2021 PNC Championship. John Daly and John Daly II won the Championship with a score of 27-under, the lowest in the tournament’s history.


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The Daly-duo was up against many of the professional golfers in the world. Tiger Woods and his son Charlie Woods finished second after hitting 11 consecutive birdies.

Daly discussed his relationship with Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, and techniques to hit the ball to the furthest, etc., on the Podcast.

“I am the straightest long hitter that ever lived.” – Daly

Daly was giving a class on how to hit a perfect long drive on the Podcast. He said, “you should be able to try and turn the club in your hips, as far as you can turn them to get power.”

He further explained that the new long hitters, like Bryson DeChambeau, cannot hit a ‘Balata‘ ball using their techniques.

When asked about whether Daly, in his prime, can hit the ball the farthest against Bryson or any long hitters, John Daly didn’t hesitate before answering. He said: “Oh! by far, I would.”

When one of the hosts jokingly asked Daly whether he considers himself “the King of the Long Drive,” he said, “no, I am the straightest long hitter that ever lived.”


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Although Daly never holds anything back and says everything freely, the answers surprised the hosts a lot.

How did Daly become the ‘long John’?

‘Lucky’ would be the ideal term to use when talking about his debut PGA appearance in 1991. Since the eight alternatives dropped out, as the ninth alternative, Daly got a chance to play at the PGA Championship in 1991; John won the PGA title that year.


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John Daly was different; he would hit the ball farther than everybody else.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 08:John Daly of the United States plays a shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA TOUR Champions Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS on October 8, 2021 at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In 1997, he became the first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season. He kept doing that from 1997 to 2002 and attained the nickname ‘long John’ in between these years.


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Considering Daly’s statistics from his prime years, it is good to say that he is the master of long drives. But can he beat Bryson DeChambeau or any other long hitters? Let us hope we can see a dual between them in the future and decide who is the king of long drives!



Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.