I caught Bryson DeChambeau’s 2nd round yesterday at the Masters as he played with Jordan Spieth and Paul Casey, and… those clubs…
13 degree upright, all the same length as a standard 6 iron, and it isn’t the clubs that make DeChambeau a good player.
He’s got an OK swing (modern, so you know…), but if you’re wondering about those two driver swings on 18 – you have no further to look than the fact that he’s a planted-heel swinger, though I happen to really like his setup, shown below:
I won’t belabor the points of an MCS address and setup because you are all familiar with the points by now, but aside from the narrowness of the stance, you would expect I’d like his lower body setup.
Bryson DeChambeau Swings
He’s also got a very solid back swing pivot to start with…
On that back swing however, you see the reason for the narrow stance – a planted leading heel all the way, leading to a restricted back swing and ending at the top with some torso-hip separation.
Right there, as I’ve always said, you’re risking a left miss when you swing back in this manner, and although most good players can time their swings properly most of the time, the left miss jumps up and bite Bryson at the most inopportune time.
But that’s what happens under pressure.
Nonetheless, except for the modern mechanics, which will affect his consistency under pressure, as well as the loss of power – he stands 185 cm or 6′ tall, and hits it about as far as Jordan Spieth – short, and for a man of his obvious athleticism, the smoking gun of the lost power in this swing.
He hit just over 55% greens in the events he played last season, so it’s not like he’s sacrificing distance for accuracy – it’s the swing.
This is the thing, though – he’s only 22 years old, and has the nickname of “Mad Scientist.”
So I’m thinking, a kid with his intelligence will surely figure out soon enough that a swing model with such a glaring power leak – can’t be optimal.
And when he figures that out, he’ll start getting around to finding those optimal mechanics.
I think he’s well on the way – other than the narrow stance, he’s set up the way you want to be.
In fact, Brandel Chamblee made mention this week during a Golf Channel telecast that DeChambeau figures any change or manipulation in the stance will lead to the same in the swing.
So, the only manipulation or change in a proper setup I see is the narrow stance, but that’s for the following reason:
It’s just that modern move on the back swing…
So, like I told people who’ve asked me about Bryson – if he’s as sharp as billed, then he won’t be swinging modern style for long.
I’ll wait and see…