Bryson DeChambeau: One-Plane No More

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

In this video I focus on the swing changes of Bryson DeChambeau which have moved him away from the truly single plane swing he incorporated 3 years ago. I doubt that he would change anything unless he thought there was a better way to do it, so I find it extremely interesting that he would introduce more shifting into his swing instead of keeping it more aesthetically pleasing. You would have to ask him why he has changed it so radically, but I think it’s fairly obvious how he has changed it. I see him setting up with his weight more out over the balls of his feet than before, and the new swing is definitely more bent over at impact than the one from 2015. The backswing is pretty much the same to P3, and it’s from P3 to P4 that we see the biggest differences. It appears to me that he in incorporating less forearm rotation and rotating his upper thoracic more than he used to, which turns his upper right arm and shoulder area more behind him and points the shaft off the original plane to one that is much more across the line. That requires him to make a more dynamic transition move to get the upper right arm back in front of him (which gives him more secondary stretch between the upper and lower trunks and thus more potential for power) while the less rotated forearms eventually require less left forearm supination to square the clubface. He excels at returning the shaft to the original shaft plane at impact, so I’m guessing that he dispensed with the obsession to swing on one plane and decided to see what worked better. I’m sure we will see more changes in the future, all of them well thought out and more than likely effective, which is scary.

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William September 5, 2018

Re future changes: why are you sure and why would this be scary?

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Benjamin September 5, 2018

See long duck drill Gankas does with students.

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John September 5, 2018

The major change appears to be a steeper arm swing and slightly crossed. Very unusual for someone to go in this direction when most people who changed their swing in recent decades have all tried to get their arm swing more flatter and around. (Like Hogan). If you forget everything which went before, the top of his swing looks a little like Nicklaus at his peak. Upright, crossed and short of parallel. My old golf buddy used to say, why is everyone trying to copy Hogan these days? Why don’t they copy Jack? Maybe BDC has seen the light.
His impact position is even better than Jack, whose hands were quite high.

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Jack September 6, 2018

In his early days, he claimed he was trying to turn only through impact – no sliding toward target. I’d love to see some old versus new swings in the face-on view to check if he is now sliding forward some.

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