DeChambeau Is Giving Me Nightmares

Someone needs to pull the Mad Scientist aside and tell him he’s going to completely wreck himself if he keeps on his current track.

Someone, anyone – do him that favor and stop him going the way of Tiger Woods.

His impact & follow-through phase are truly, truly nightmarish.  Follow me over the break for some scary stuff.

The thing is, his backswing pivot is an absolute dream when it comes to proper mechanics.

Here’s a swing from this week that, when I looked at his post-impact position, I nearly threw my own back out:

He does everything perfectly, setting up the big shoulder turn with a huge swinging gate action in the left leg, nothing restricted:

Looks great, doesn’t it?  I can’t find much wrong there, myself.

So, what then could go wrong from that awesome top position, aside from his on-purpose chicken-wing hold-off through impact that is likely the cause of his left wrist problems of late?

What, indeed.

Friends, here it is:

Starting with the lower back (magenta arrow), left hip (powder blue arrow) and the lower leg knee & ankle (red arrows), this man is ticking injury time bomb, and I don’t mean a little one.

We’re talking bunker buster, with this position swinging at that speed.

Why do some swingers insist on keeping that trailing foot anchored when its job is finished at impact?

Let me reverse it – on the proper back pivot, do you shift the weight to the trailing foot or keep it in the leading foot?

We know you shift it, or you end up like Tiger Woods with his stacky tilty Sean Foley mentorship, and you know that BDC knows this, hence that excellent back pivot action.

So, why would anyone think that you don’t shift the weight back to the leading foot on the down swing?



And don’t look now, but the back issues have already arrived:

How easy would it be to fix Bryson’s issue?

So easy, it’ll be sad when he goes down, if he does, because it’s a matter of one position change (leading foot) and one technical mechanics issue (changing the anchored trailing foot with the twisting leading foot to releasing the trailing foot).

That’s how close BDC is to actually being a proper long-driver who plays major-winning golf, or a major-winning golfer who can hit it long-drive distances.

Take your pick.

He’s also unfortunately that close to wrecking himself and being stretchered off the course like almost happened to this player:

Here’s a secret, as well – with this particular issue of his, BDC isn’t even swinging as fast as he could be if he didn’t have to time that leading foot twist-and-spin, because when he doesn’t time it perfectly, you see what happens in the “Bryson DeChambeau might be broken” swing clip.

Swing flaws, especially dangerous ones like his, put a natural speed-brake into one’s swing, where they psychologically can’t swing as hard and fast as they absolutely can.

Take away the psychological impediment of fearing you’re going to do your back, knee or ankle in with the next hard swing, and guess what?

You can swing even faster, because the fear of injury is largely negated.

There’s always a risk of injury playing sports, but why risk the unnecessary ones when you can virtually bring the risk close to zero by improving your technique?

Make it optimal and you’re free-wheeling on every drive.

PS – I just looked at that first swing again where BDC drove the green on a 339 yarder.

I’m sorry, but perhaps the announcers are trying to hype this, but that isn’t very impressive if you’ve seen John Daly play golf in his prime.

I mean, I as a casual golfer studying swing technique drove the ball hole-high on a 350 yard par-4 back in 2009, on a cool autumn day, with a 9 degree KZG PFT 300 driver and a Titleist Pro-V

… at 39.5 years of age.

I mean, put away the pom-poms, guys.  It’s a 339 yard hole. Not exactly going to the moon.

Carry on!