Bryson DeChambeau says *this* part of his game (not distance!) has changed the most in the last three years

Some of the very best golf teachers on the planet are at Pinehurst Resort this week for GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers Summit. You can access all of their insight by signing up for the livestream. But lucky you, we’ll also break down some of what you missed right here. (For more on the Top 100 Teachers Summit, click here.)

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PINEHURST, N.C. — It’s been an eventful year for Bryson DeCheambeau, to say the least. Over the last 14 months, the 28-year-old superstar has notched two wins: a U.S. Open at famed Winged Foot, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where his tee shot over the water on the par-5 6th hole immediately went viral; he feuded publicly with frenemy Brooks Koepka, went 2-0-1 in Team USA’s Ryder Cup romp at Whistling Straits, then shocked the golf world by making it into the Top 8 in the World Long Drive Championship in October.

It’s safe to say that a lot has changed for DeChambeau since 2015, when he marked himself as a rising star by winning the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Individual Championship. But in an exclusive interview at GOLF’s Top 100 Teacher Summit on Monday, DeChambeau revealed the surprising thing that has changed the most in his game since then — and it’s not his distance off the tee (or his newfound bulk).

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“I think my mentality about the game has changed quite a bit,” DeChambeau said. “The biggest change that’s different for me now has been my mentality about the game. Yes, I’ve gotten stronger, yes I’ve gotten faster with the golf swing. But all of that has allowed me to have this different mentality about the game.

“I saw an opportunity a while back to gain more shots off the tee. And when I started seeing the numbers, I started evaluating, wow, if I could actually gain distance off the tee, the game of golf is probably going to be a little bit easier for me,” DeChambeau continued. “And so, my biggest change has been my brain. How I’ve thought about executing shots on certain holes, not having to feel like I have to practice as much because my distance is just at a different level, where I’m going to be having wedges into greens, so now I’m more focused on wedging. It’s completely shifted my whole brain, and the dynamic of that compared to what it was before when I had to have every single part of my game working really, really well in order to win.”

To hear more from DeChambeau’s hour-long Q&A — and to access the content from the rest of the 2021 Top 100 Summit — sign up for access to the livestream here.

Jessica Marksbury
Golf.com

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.