Bryson DeChambeau’s latest golf idea is just plain stupid

Bryson DeChambeau seems to be loving the attention that comes with being golf’s biggest nutter.

Bryson DeChambeau likes to think he’s very open minded when it comes to the golf swing. He has made a bit of a name for himself with his unconventional style – using a selection of irons that are all the same length as his 7-iron. This is designed to complement his one plane swing.

Bryson’s amateur career got off to the best possible start. He became the 5th player in history to win both the NCAA Division I championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. He followed this up with a respectable start to his pro career. Finishing 4th at the RBC Heritage, winning on the Tour and finishing tied 15th at the U.S. Open.

The rest of the season was a bit up and down, much like his golf swing. Four consecutive miss cuts did not mirror the type of consistency his innovative technique was supposed to espouse. Nevertheless, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Puma-Cobra and golf writers everywhere were telling you to consider copying his swing – what bullshit.

Bryson’s swing works for Bryson. It’s the sort of swing that requires hours of exhaustive tinkering to ensure not a modicum of power is sacrificed.

I guess you could say different strokes for different folks. And who could blame him for using his unusual technique for financial reward? Cobra are about to release some specialist DeChambeau irons for the general market.

Putting – front on style

Sam Snead
Sam Snead developed this style after his croquet technique was banned in 1968.

Bryson has now decided to change his putting style to something equally deranged.

“It’s in development now,” DeChambeau told Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte. “I think it’s an easier way to putt and could be another game-changer like the one-length [irons].”

The front putting style was used by Sam Snead towards the end of his career.

“What makes it so great?” writes Gary McCord. “The simplicity: You move only your right arm (for righties), like you’re rolling a ball to the target, with your eyes looking directly at the hole (not from the side, like in traditional putting). You can even look at the hole when you putt.”

DeChambeau says he intends to tinker during the holiday break. “Given I have a couple months off, I’ll be ready for it,” he says. “If it doesn’t work I’ll go back to putting normal. It’s not an issue.”

K.J. Choi is the only other golfer in recent memory to use this method in a tournament.

Is this a step to far? Should Bryson learn to chill out and focus on winning golf tournaments? In my opinion, there’s a reason we don’t see this anywhere on Tour. I’m prepared to be proven wrong, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think judging the distance of longer putts is going to be nigh on impossible.


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