When I mused in yesterday’s posting that BDC was going backwards in his quest for the swing he wants (the “perfect swing?”), it was simply due to observing him swinging in a way that I was when I had only had two seasons of swing research under my belt.
I had no idea that he is absolutely lost and even admits it.
Reading this GolfDigest post by Dave Shedlowski was shocking. Let me me share snippets of it, and while I am editing different statements together, I’m not doing it to deceive as you can read the whole thing yourself:
Bryson DeChambeau misses the cut and his game remains a frustrating ‘mystery’
Bryson DeChambeau wasn’t expecting much when he decided to tee it up in this week’s Memorial Tournament, his first event since undergoing hand surgery just after the Masters. The fact that he was disappointed tells you how much he struggled at Muirfield Village Golf Club…
… he had a few names to pin to his own chest. The most prominent would be “confused.”
The player who won the 2020 U.S. Open and seven other PGA Tour events, including the 2018 Memorial, the so-called Mad Scientist who adds barometric pressure to his equations on effective yardage to a target, is thoroughly discombobulated…
“My golf swing is a wreck,” he said Friday…
DeChambeau, 28, wouldn’t blame his troubles on his repaired left hamate bone… mechanically, he is just lost. That simply does not compute.
DeChambeau, who has dropped to 24th in the world, said he is trying to recreate the motion that carried him to plenty of success in 2017-18, when he felt his game was most consistent and repeatable…
… “I’ve been trying to create some motions that are repeatable back from 2017 and ’18 and I can’t find it… I just can’t get to a place where it’s similar every single time through impact, like I used to do. And so, just trying to get back to those feels, and I’ve been in and out of it, but it just doesn’t stay…
That last sentence is very instructive – the very last thing you want to do is to rely on “feels” for your swing, because your physical being and the “feels” that come with it change from day to day.
I’ll add as well that he’s trying to piece together parts of his pre-long-driver swing and still keep his power and length off the tee – I don’t think I have to say here that piecing together bits of one swing model with another is doomed to failure, because they are two separate and distinct swings that he had:
Long Drive Swinging
I’ve had nothing but grief for years in the past trying to build a golf swing model on feeling alone – what worked one day wouldn’t work the next, and a month after establishing a certain number of “feels,” I would have forgotten them already.
Because they only worked for a certain time, if even only for that day. I mean, he’s admitting it right there where I bolded his own words.
Not the way to build a repeatable and mechanically-sound golf swing.