Bryson DeChambeau, the 'scientist' who has revolutionized golf

Bryson DeChambeau, the 'scientist' who has revolutionized golf

The crazy experiments of this physics lover have gone from being laughed at to granting him his first 'major'.

Bryson DeChambeau, the 'scientist' who has revolutionized golf

Few took American athlete Dick Fosbury seriously when he was studying the formula for breaking the high jump bar with bizarre techniques in college. When he won the gold medal by exceeding 2.24 meters at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, he did so, breaking the bar on his back for the first time. Since then, the jumping system known by his surname has been adopted around the world and the high jump has changed forever. Californian Bryson DeChambeau (1993) has been looking for perfection in golf since he could remember . He looked for it in physics, in mathematics, in history, in any factor that might contribute to improving his game and, as happened to Fosbury, many did not take him seriously. Until Sunday, when he won the US Open , his first major , and claimed every one of his follies.

At the age of 17, DeChambeau built his first golf clubs , bought the material and assembled each club himself, investigating the length of the shafts, the lie , the loft … He spent hours in his workshop improvising different tests. Like all geniuses, there are eccentricities that exceed the logic of mortals, such as his obsession as an amateur to be able to sign autographs with his left hand while being right-handed. He did it in the opposite direction with perfect calligraphy. He spent years practicing and the few who have that reverse autograph are in luck, because his price has skyrocketed.

The first great earthquake with which he moved the traditional foundations of golf came with his step to professionalism. Bryson appeared in the fields with a very peculiar bag of clubs , where all the irons were the same length (normally it varies depending on the type of iron). At the end of the 2016 season, DeChambeau began to kick with a particular style reminiscent of cricket, facing the ball and not in profile.

Calculate distances

The new technique caused a new headache for the leaders of golf, who ended up forbidding the use of this way of kicking. Years later he appeared with a compass on the yardage book with which he apparently refined when calculating distances. Again the USGA caught his attention and prohibited the use of “any artificial elements or unusual equipment that could aid the game.”

Bryson was a genius at algebra in high school and his sticks are decorated with mathematical formulas. At university he studied Physics and conscientiously analyzes conditioning factors, such as atmospheric pressure, which can influence his game and the flight of the ball. For his training, he has been seen using all kinds of gadgets: from training on the tightrope, to enhance balance, to using a machine with which he measures the speed with which he has to kick on the greens .

Four eggs for breakfast

“If I put a 12-meter putt and the machine tells me that the ball must travel at a speed of 10.1 miles per hour, it is data that helps my brain to be safer in moments of pressure,” he explained after his crushing Sunday's win at Winged Foot.

The penultimate revolution came with his own physique : he has put on 20 kilos in nine months and works hard in the gym to achieve the physique of a heavyweight boxer, with the difference that he is able to move his body at surprising speeds to send the ball to improbable distances. A strategy that until now produced more mockery than admiration. Surely from today there will be players who have already included four fried eggs in their breakfast or protein shakes (the DeChambeau diet) with the aim of looking like the winner of the US Open. “I think I have changed the way many people see the game,” he said with the trophy. Reason is not lacking.

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