WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE BRYSON
DeChambeau has his own unique approach to the game.
In 2015, DeChambeau won the NCAA Championship and the US Amateur – the fifth to win both titles in the same year, joining Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996), and Ryan Moore (2004).
DeChambeau developed his single-plane golf swing after reading Homer Kelley’s famous 1979 instructional book The Golfing Machine. The book was given to him to read by his long-time coach Mike Schy.
DeChambeau can sign his name backwards with his opposite hand. He has signed autographs like that for fans since winning the 2015 US Amateur.
DeChambeau developed his first set of single-length irons when he was 17. Each iron and wedge is exactly the same length – 37.5 inches – and has the same lie angle of 72˚. To achieve a consistent swing weight, each head weighs 278g. Only the lofts are different.
In the pursuit of extreme efficiency, he keeps the club on the same plane throughout his swing with each club in the bag and does not allow his wrists to rotate at all.
He waited to introduce his sidesaddle putting style because he had already received extensive criticism of his single-length iron concept.
He has a unique way of reading greens, called ‘Vector Putting’. He got the idea from a book, Vector Putting, by H.A. Templeton
He has worn the Ben Hogan-style cap since he was 13 years old.
In his first appearance at the Masters in 2016, DeChambeau finished as the low amateur.
He made six consecutive birdies over the closing holes of the 2017 John Deere Classic to beat Patrick Rodgers by one stroke. The victory got him into the Open at Royal Birkdale.