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Swing Analysis: Bryson DeChambeau

This fellow has definitely taken over the title of “most interesting man in golf” from Miguel Angel Jiminez as you will see by his very cool swing and the fact that all his irons are the same length. He is a disciple of The Golfing Machine, a book I am very familiar with (though certainly not an expert), and has applied the components to come up with about as simple a move as you can find anywhere. It is being called a “one-plane swing”, although here I show that while it’s about as close as you can get it is not actually moving on a single plane. What makes that possible is Bryson’s high hands at address, but what is most interesting about the swing is the general lack of conventional wrist hinge in the downswing. When I see a student approach impact with the hands as wide as Bryson’s it always results in a weak, flippy impact. Bryson, however, already has his left wrist bowed into a perfect impact alignment and drags the handle through the ball, achieving forward lean and plenty of compression. Of course, it helps that he is 6’1” and a solid 200 or so pounds and that he can move his pivot at high speed with perfect timing. I’m not sure a lesser physical specimen could produce enough speed with this technique, but the simplicity of the shaft and clubface movement is intriguing. It will be quite interesting to see how he progresses and what tweaks he makes to this, and even more interesting to see how he does on the Tour. Certainly he has dominated the amateur ranks this summer, and winning the NCAA and the U.S. Amateur seems a sure precursor to professional success.
 

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9 Responses to Swing Analysis: Bryson DeChambeau

  1. Chuck September 24, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    Hi, I really want to watch this! It seems the video is not working? Just me?

    • Jack Gallagher September 24, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      Not just you. Wayne’s IT person will fix it ;-)

  2. Site Admin John September 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Sorry for the technical glitch everyone. It should be working now.

  3. Chuck September 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Thank you!

  4. David W September 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you Wayne. I will be watching out for Bryson. It is nice to see someone do it differently with great results. I particulary like his bowed left wrist through impact. Also, he must be a good putter with his record. David W

  5. Mark September 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    The same length shaft thing was done by Tiger Shark 30 years ago, “a full set of 7 irons”. I worked for them in “the tented village” at the ’98 Open.

    During this experience, Karsten Solhiem asked me if I’d seen his bike, before being dragged off by his apologetic son (who it appears is going the same way, bless him); I noticed Arnold Palmer was the widest, non-fat person I’d ever seen and I also thought Olazabal had seen the special golfer in me. I wouldn’t be so crass as to elaborate but lets just say, I may have been wrong. I was quite pretty in ’98.

  6. Mark September 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    I haven’t been able to look at a Paella without wincing since.

  7. Clint October 4, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    This is one of the cleanest looking actions I’ve seen. The shaft is on plane for an awful long time in the downswing. I don’t think he tried started working on the “one plane” technique until his mid teens. So to have the insane success he’s had this year is especially impressive. I love an athlete who isn’t just another conformist. Lots of reasons to hope he keeps it going beyond college.

  8. Bryan April 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    It would seem that this style of swing would be very easy on the back. Would that be a correct conclusion?

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