BRYSON V. BERKSHIREby Dave Nastalski
This side by side swing video comparison of Bryson Dechambeau and Kyle Berkshire has sent the internet into a feeding frenzy on gaining distance with a driver. It's quite incredible to see the differences (and they are VAST) between the longest driver on the PGA tour and the longest driver in the world. If you want to hit your driver farther, (or truthfully, you just want to become more efficient with your CURRENT move), you'll want to stick around for this.
We're going to keep it simple. The number one thing I want you to pay attention to is the amount of time it takes Berkshire to get through his transition. We all know that Dechambeau has made HUGE gains on the PGA tour this year in driving distance. But after spending a little time around Kyle, he knows there's quite a bit more in the tank.
Everybody can see that Bryson is swinging it fast. And it appears that most of his efforts to gain distance has revolved around increasing his mass and moving that new mass faster. Makes sense if you know a little about the physics behind those forces he's putting in the ground. However, the advantage that Berkshire has against Bryson is the amount of time he gives himself to accrue energy, and thus speed. See the full swing analysis below!
THE TEMPLATE FOR MAXIMUM DRIVER DISTANCE AND SWING EFFICIENCY
1. Wide stance
2. Huge load of pressure and mass away from the target
3. EXTENSION of the upper and lower halves to the top (
4. Moving back to FLEXION in the early stages of the transition (lowering) into the ground BEFORE the club changes direction. Mass moving back towards target.
5. Explosion of torque, then vertical forces to "put on the brakes" of the body's acceleration towards the target somewhere between halfway down and impact.
6. Mass moving up, back, and away from the target. Massive extension phase through the strike (my students have heard me say, "sling the pizza on the passenger seat into the dash")