The irons Bryson DeChambeau used to conquer Winged Foot’s brutal rough

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Bryson DeChambeau's U.S. Open performance was fueled by remarkable iron play.

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Eyes rolled when Bryson DeChambeau, the newest major champ, very publicly shared his conviction that the best strategy to defeat a quintessential national championship setup was to employ a version of the bomb-and-gouge that is perhaps better suited for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Yet there was Bryson, holding a six-shot lead on Sunday of a major championship, blasting away with reckless abandon (quite literally, he only found 23 fairways for the entire week) and still managing to make birdies.

Sure, Bryson was bombs away all week at Winged Foot, and to a stunning degree of success given the conditions. But the REAL reason behind his first major championship victory might surprise you.

DeChambeau ranked 7th in the field in driving distance at the U.S. Open. Good enough to finish near the top of the leaderboard? Yes. But certainly not enough to justify an acute strategic advantage. No, where Bryson truly separated himself from the field was with his iron play.

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He ranked first in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach (6.98) for the week, a strong indicator for ball-striking ability. And that number is even more impressive precisely because of his performance off the tee. Bryson ranked at the very top of the field for his second-shot ability despite playing a plurality of his approaches from deviously thick rough.

So how did he do it? Well, in part thanks to his Cobra King Speedzone and Forged Tour irons, which marry forgiveness with Bryson’s incredibly specific performance demands. DeChambeau splits his bag between distance irons (King Speedzone) and scoring irons (Forged Tour), trading forgiveness with precision as each shot dictates.

On his King Speedzone low irons, an all-new carbon-fiber topline positions weight lower in the head for forgiveness, working in tandem with forged inserts to maximize each club’s trampoline effect. While his Forged Tour irons feature a vibration-dampening TPU insert to help him find consistent, repeatable distances, regardless of rough length.

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James Colgan

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.