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There are not many players like Bryson DeChambeau. In fact, there aren’t any at all. Over the span of his half-decade in professional golf, DeChambeau has established himself as a mercurial figure. For some, he’s the promise of everything golf can be — a big-swinging superstar who embraces social media, entertainment and outside-the-box thinking. For others, he’s the representation of everything golf shouldn’t be — as he attempts to quite literally overpower the game.
Whatever your opinion, one thing is clear: DeChambeau isn’t going anywhere. And as the game progresses, DeChambeau’s reach is likely to only grow.
So, at GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers Summit, in Pinehurst, at the beginning of November, we asked DeChambeau about … exactly that. With coach Chris Como at his side and an audience filled with some of the most knowledgeable swing experts in golf, the world’s No. 6-ranked player opened up.
On the topic of practice rounds, DeChambeau explained why he’s not a big fan of them (“It’s hard to play less than not at all“). Rather, as he explained it, his central goal comes on the practice range, where he spends the majority of his time trying to hit the same exact shot. If he can accomplish that goal without much dispersion, it’s a sign that his game is aligned. Should his dispersion spike, the situation shifts, leaving him to figure out how that dispersion will factor into the day’s venue.
But perhaps the most interesting conversation of the day surrounded DeChambeau’s unearthing of a little-known fact: he struggled with putting yips throughout college. And those bad thoughts and habits that plagued him at Southern Methodist, he said, followed him into the pro game, eventually leading to one of the most significant changes of his professional career.
For the full conversation, including all the nuggets and tidbits from an hour with the most interesting man in golf, check out the video above.