It’s Worse Than I Thought – Bryson Has Lost The Plot

It’s not a huge surprise to hear that the Mad Scientist of golf has completely unraveled, but it is news to me.

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:

Pre-Long Driver


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.

 

9 thoughts on “It’s Worse Than I Thought – Bryson Has Lost The Plot

  1. BM

    DJ,
    Great analysis. I feel for Bryson – he’s a heck of a competitor and fun to watch. What’s that line by Clint Eastwood? “A Man’s gotta know his limitations.”
    How many hundreds of (Pro) golfers have flown too close to the sun and found their games melt away. Ian Baker Finch comes to mind.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      Here’s the thing, BM – he was on quite a successful streak when he began all of this long drive stuff. I don’t know, I would think the time to make major swing changes would be if one hasn’t won anything in some time or if one stopped winning because of technical issues. To do so while flying high is… dubious.

      1. BM

        Just speculating, but I wonder if Bryson just thought he could keep tinkering and tinkering and be immune to the potential side effect of losing his authentic swing?

  2. peterallenby2013

    Bryson needs to read some history. Jones, Demaret, Nicklaus, Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Trevino, Watson, Nelson, Player, Casper, Weiskopf et al had swings that they did not change. Why mess with success? Only Tiger has had “success” with differing approaches to the swing and we all know at what cost and how brutally his body has reacted. He’s had as many surgeries as anyone in pro sports. The orthopedist’s dream date! Will any of these pros with flawed swing techniques EVER watch and listen to the greats??!

  3. peterallenby2013

    I include one Davis Watts in the conversation of the greats of swing theory and practical application. And while he did not play on the Tour, Mike Dunaway remains without peer for swing style, efficiency, power, and accuracy! If Bryson is truly a scientist, he should know all about Dunaway. Love to hear him tell us how that swing style is deficient to his swing machine-influenced motion…

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      I’ll give you Mike Dunaway, Peter – but I’ll have to hold off on including myself in such company until I’ve completed the model research and proven my theory.

      To do any less would be to compare a half-completed painting to the Sistine Chapel.

      And yes – if Bryson wants power & efficiency and hasn’t heard of not looked at Mike Dunaway, he’s not performing due diligence!

  4. Mr. McJohn

    To a point, I’d say that BDC was on the right track for a time (floating heel, flared feet), but too much of the modern swing stuff, like holding off the release, centered spine, etc. keeps him from understanding the swing entirely. I think if you rid of the modern swing stuff, what’s left is a a proper model, because it’s almost completely natural. I’m entirely sure that if he were to sit down with it, and use his head, maybe he’d avoid further problems.

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