When most of us choose a golf ball, it may be whatever looks the best at your local store or it could be whatever is in your bag. Bryson DeChambeau goes through a much more in-depth process, however.
This sounds a little predictable for a PGA TOUR professional but even pros just like to see how a ball reacts when you hit it on a driving range. DeChambeau takes this even further, however. He likes to see how it performs on the range under normal conditions but also tests several lies, windy conditions, wet conditions, and even the type of grass or turf used.
Taking it even further, it has been described that DeChambeau will test balls with different clubs, as well as other factors. “For instance, with the 8-iron he tests full swing shots as well as figures out what happens if he chokes down, tries to take spin off, or go with a softer swing,” said Elliot Mellow, golf marketing manager at Bridgestone. “He’s always looking at all the possible scenarios he would encounter on the course and getting an understanding of how the ball performs under all those conditions. Not one other PGA Tour pro does it to the extreme that Bryson does.”
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 20, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
The one normal thing that Bryson does in his routine is work with a ball from tee-to-green but even that has a unique DeChambeau twist. Rather than just hitting a set amount of shots, Bryson goes through every shot he could possibly hit with a ball. Bryson is apparently a numbers guy that likes to see the real world data that all of his shots produce rather than a simulation.
This honestly shouldn’t be surprised with someone like DeChambeau. He is, of course, the guy that likes to have people spray down his balls with water to simulate dewy mornings and freaks out when he mishits drives after a round concluded. Rumors have it that the man has physics equations engraved on his wedges, so detail is certainly important to Bryson.
While I certainly wouldn’t suggest doing this to choose what golf ball you like, it certainly works for Bryson since he’s second on the PGA TOUR money list. So maybe if you’re really invested in improving your game, try out a few of Bryson’s techniques.
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