I mean, you’re looking at a man who missed as many cuts as he made (5 out of 10 events) in his first season as a pro, and who had exactly one Top-10 finish in that time period (and who, if you need more, has played and missed the cut once in the new ’17 season, which would mean he’s now missed more cuts than he’s made since turning pro).
However, Dom DiJulia, writing for Golf.com (perhaps it’s a comedy piece, I don’t know), is saying you should do it like Bryson, for some reason.
The piece is actually called “How To Stripe Your Irons Like Bryson Dechambeau,” and since I didn’t recall anything about Bryson other than his penchant for missing cuts as a pro, I went to take a quick look at his stats…
And then I had to go back to check the date of Dom’s posting (October 9, 2016), because he either wrote this a year ago or has yet to check… Bryson’s ball-striking stats… but the date is from 3 weeks ago, so I don’t know what to tell you.
Bryson didn’t have official status last season, so he gets no ranking on his stats, but let’s take a look at what he did last year:
Greens In Regulation – if you’re “striping your irons,” one would assume that you’re going to clean up in this category.
But Bryson’s average in GIR last year while unranked was 59.5%, which would have ranked him at 201st in Tour stats.
201st… roll that around in your mouth for a bit before you swallow it…
If anyone has a better stat for measuring one’s potential “striping” factor, I’d love to know what it is, but this one can’t be it.
Then there’s this from Dom:
4. PUSH OFF AT LIFTOFF
Through impact, Bryson’s legs snap almost dead straight. It’s a massive power boost. The trick is to push your feet into the ground, not just lock your knees. You know how pros talk about swinging from the ground up? This is it.
Again with the “swinging from the ground up” or “using the ground” while swinging – first of all, could someone explain to me exactly how fellows like Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead swung, if they weren’t “swinging from the ground up?”
DJ: What the hell does that even mean? There has never been a golfer of which I know who didn’t stand upon and use the ground as a base from which to swing. This is simple and utter garbage… let’s carry on.
If you remember the last time I nearly choked on my morning coffee while reading about Bryson Dechambeau, it was when Kyle Porter was raving about the “sound” B.D.’s contact made… and I was forced to point out that, besides the fact that B.D. was “M.I.A.” since turning pro, there was this awkward bit of stat business:
As in, around 75th in driving distance long?
Currently at 56% and 59% in Fairways and Greens hit?
Just to point out, Bryson had enough rounds played, his 56% driving accuracy would have him around 105th on Tour, and 59% Greens hit in regulation… around 195th…
Dechambeau, I pointed out, was the size of Jordan Spieth, and while both are considered athletic at 6″-6″-1′, they are both painfully short hitters, so there’s no power of which to speak, either in term of any “sound” being produced at impact, nor in any “striping” regard.
I don’t like being negative, but there is so little positive in the world of Modern Golf, from the hokey and fraudulent claims being made about the swing model and power production, to the laughable “examples” the average golfer is given upon which to build a swing.
There are so many powerful swingers you could look at, so I have no clue why these writers are scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with these ridiculous articles.
I’m sorry to say, if you’re looking for a proper swing, Bryson Dechambeau, who couldn’t earn his card playing on the Tour (he earned his status for this year by winning a Nationwide event in their replacement of the old “Q School”), is not it.
This concludes your public service posting for the week.
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