Old Tom Morris is a celebrated icon in Golf, the godfather who made the game what it is today.
Equally celebrated are figures like Harry Vardon, a man who made Golf popular in the early 20th century, and Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer the three men that transformed Professional Golf into an industry of stars.
When Tiger Woods burst onto the scene in the late 1990’s, he brought fitness, nutrition and health to the forefront of Golf.
Today Professional Golf is blessed with an abundance of stars, with aces such as Rory Mcilroy, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, and Justin Thomas exciting fans weekly with jaw busting drives and unbelievable putts. Each man will no doubt assume a place in Golfing history as a great of the game, but there is one man that has the potential to be labelled an icon, a game changer and a true legend of the game just like the pioneers that have gone before him.
Nicknamed both the ‘Mad Scientist’ and the ‘Golfing Oddball’ by some due to his unusual approach to the game that includes playing with upright irons, all of the same lengths (37 ½ inches) and equipped with abnormally chunky grips.
Bryson DeChambeau speaks to the media prior to TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 19 in Atlanta, Georgia. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Bryson DeChambeau has a unique way of playing Golf, thinking about the game like a scientific equation and or a math problem. Some of De Chambeau’s quirks include testing the roundness of each ball before he plays it and carrying out all weather experiments on the effects of different atmospheric conditions on the Golf ball.
DeChambeau believes that by playing clubs that are all of the same lengths, a person doesn’t have to change their Golf swing and can swing more consistently. As a result of DeChambeau’s thinking about Golf clubs, everyone from experts to consumers are beginning to ask questions like: If this works, what else can I change about my Golf club’s and my Golf swing to improve my game?
DeChambeau’s impressive resume alone shows that his abnormal Golfing theories work and that he is not just a club maker, but a world-class Golfer also. DeChambeau has picked up 4 PGA TOUR Victories in just two years as a professional, that’s the same win rate as Golfing great Phil Mickelson and a better early career win rate than Rory Mcilroy.
DeChambeau was also a successful amateur as shown by his victories at the NCAA Championship and US Amateur Championship in 2015. He was just the fifth man to win those two prestigious titles in the same year, after Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore.
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States reacts on the 15th green during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2018 in Norton, Massachusetts. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
DeChambeau finished the 2017/18 season ranked 3rd in the FedExCup rankings and he also ended the term in the top 10 of the strokes gained Tee-to-Green, strokes gained Approach-the-Green and strokes gained Total statistics. His impressive numbers in the key statistical categories speak of his success last term, as does his appearance for Team USA at this year’s edition of the Ryder Cup.
Tiger gave DeChambeau and his game a nod of approval by touting him as a potential Ryder Cup partner, Tiger told reporters: “He and I playing together would be fantastic,” Woods said. “I know that we think about the game completely differently. I’m very much a feel-oriented guy, and he’s very much a numbers guy, but for some reason, we get along great and we work.” But DeChambeau had a well documented dry spell in Paris losing all three matches he played in, joining Golfing greats Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as winless players at Le Golf National.
Bryson de Chambeau and Tiger Woods of the United States team stand on the ninth green in their match against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood of the European Team team during the afternoon… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
The careers of Mickelson and Woods will not be defined by their Ryder Cup appearances and neither should that of DeChambeau, who will undoubtedly get plenty of chances to improve his Ryder Cup record.
DeChambeau will be remembered for how well his methods work long-term, for how many sets of one-length irons he manages to sell and most importantly how many championship’s he wins. Whether you like him or loathe him, the Homer Kelly swing disciple has the opportunity to transform the game of Golf across all forms from the amateur game, manufacturing and of course, the professional game.
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