Let me preface this latest BDC offering by saying that anyone with a modicum of understanding of how the body works (which should include anyone who has played sports at a reasonable level, we’re talking high school varsity here) could have seen what was coming.
Even a layman in sports experience (those who participate mainly from a seated observational position) could see what was going to happen.
As far as what I posted as recently as last week, I said, with the following accompanying pic – and take note of the blue arrow:
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.
I also said the day before that, while talking about his left arm & wrist and the risk he was taking with that hold-off move:
In the end, there is no substitute for mechanically-sound technique, and trying to countermand what the body is designed to do and how it is supposed to do it will always end in tears.
So, it comes as no surprise (other than with the speed this has unraveled) that Bryson withdrew from the Saudi International yesterday with injuries to his left hip & wrist.
From the above-linked AP article via TSN online:
Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the Saudi International before the second round Friday because of left hand and left hip injuries.
DeChambeau opened Thursday with a 3-over 73, making a triple-bogey 7 at the seventh hole.
Now, I’ll hedge the “surprise at the speed of this unraveling” statement because last week was the first time I’ve looked at BDC’s swing closely in a while. So, it may only be a surprise for me because I only looked at it last week, to my alarm.
Either way, with the speeds at which Bryson swings, he’s going to need an overhaul in technique, or it’s quickly going to be game-over for him.
It would be a shame for him to have come this far in revolutionizing his game only to crash and burn from easily discernible mechanical issues (and just as easily fixable)!!
According to Bryson, through Golfweek online’s Adam Schupak, he didn’t injure himself swinging, rather:
Everyone needs to chill. Yes, I hurt myself but not from hitting it far. I slipped and fell this week on Tuesday unfortunately. I know people probably won’t believe me but that is the truth. I will be back stronger and better than ever in a few weeks. Thank you for the hospitality @saudiintlgolf. Thank you for your concern and keep hitting bombs! I will be back
Just like Tiger Woods wrecked his knee skateboarding as a kid and not from snapping the hell out of it for 20 years…
That is, before he admitted that his swing flaws were the cause.