Though Bryson DeChambeau has been successful in his young career, he seems to always be tinkering with his swing (and lately, his body). On the latest episode of Golf Channel’s Swing Expedition with GOLF Top 100 Teacher Chris Como, DeChambeau and Como nerd out together as they break down the biomechanisms of the golf swing.
The entire exchange between DeChambeau and Como is fascinating, if a little dense. For the swing nerds among us, you can check out the full talk below.
DeChambeau’s analytical approach to the golf swing has created some polarizing takes, but when you tear away the sciencey jargon, there’s a solid foundation. In his conversation with Como, DeChambeau explains that “there are some good ball strikers doing some really weird things.” Weird things are on brand for DeChambeau, so of course he was intrigued.
Jordan Spieth is a player DeChambeau cited that he watched and analyzed. The “chicken wing” move that Spieth does, holding the left elbow out through his follow through so it stays facing the target, is a move DeChambeau tried to incorporate into his own follow through.
“I started doing this stuff, and I started realizing quickly that I couldn’t ever hit it left by going to the max end range of upper and internal rotation,” DeChambeau said. “I may hit it 30, 40 yards right, but I never missed it left.”
The “max end range of upper and external rotation” is something DeChambeau and Como discuss earlier in the episode. Their talk is a bit dense and nerdy, but essentially they are looking at the lead arm as having distinct moving parts, the upper arm, the forearm and the hand. Each component has a range of motion and they are trying to find the end range of each in order to achieve the most consistency.
“I went from being a top-100 player in the world, to now I’m a top-10 player in the world,” said DeChambeau, who is currently ranked 17th in the World Rankings. “I felt it, too. Once I started doing this and started building, I’m like, ‘Man, I can do this every single day. Every single month, for the rest of my life.”
“This just becomes finding all the other ways you can hit end range of motion and create these locks,” Como added.
DeChambeau’s obsession with finding perfection in the golf swing has been the 26-year-old’s calling card throughout his career. The results have been mixed, but with five PGA Tour wins to his name, it’s hard to argue with his process.
Golf is a game where if you can be repeatable, you can find success. The problem is, that’s easier said than done. With a multitude of variables in play for every swing, consistency is extremely difficult to achieve. Though DeChambeau’s methods are bit neurotic, the end goal is consistent with this truth.
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