Thomas feels the need for speed, but not 40 pounds’ worth

Justin Thomas (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Justin Thomas admits that he’s “messed around” with ways to increase his ball speed but the American won’t be going to the extremes of compatriot Bryson DeChambeau to achieve extra distance.

The world number three would hardly be considered short as it is having averaged over 304 yards last season but such has been the highlight reel of DeChambeau’s now Major winning advancements, Thomas has become the latest player looking to eke a few extra yards out of his game.

“I have messed around with some stuff for me,” Thomas said ahead of defending the CJ Cup in Las Vegas this weekend.


“I just want some more speed. I feel like I’ve been good at having another gear, another five or 10 yards if I need it, but I don’t necessarily have that other 20.”

DeChambeau’s weight gain in order to achieve his new-found power has been nothing short of remarkable but even the proof of Bryson’s six shot US Open win at Winged Foot couldn’t convince Thomas to start eating more pudding.

“At the same time, and this is not disrespectful to Bryson, I’m not going to put on 40 pounds,” JT adds.

“I don’t have the height to do that, I’m going to look like a beach ball if I put on 40 pounds. I can get stronger in different parts of my body that can help me hit it farther and gain some distance, but I hit it plenty far enough to win tournaments and do well.

“At the end of the day, if I continue to hit the same distance and play the rest of my career injury free, that’s most important and that’s what I’ve been trying to do with my training. We’re going to see if we can incorporate some stuff that gets me a little bit more speed.”

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