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An Inside Look at Bryson DeChambeau's Warm-Up Routine

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
An Inside Look at Bryson DeChambeau's Warm-Up Routine

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau sat down with Golf.com to share some unique insights into his pre-tournament preparation and practice philosophies. In a revealing 31-minute session filmed for the "Warming Up" video series, DeChambeau opened up about 10 key lessons that have helped drive his success.

 

Perhaps surprisingly, DeChambeau said he does little physical training on tournament days. "I woke up. I really don’t do much," he stated. While other top players devote hours to fitness, DeChambeau relies more on gradual "active motion" warmup swings to get loose.

 

When practicing his swing, DeChambeau uses a clock system to build up swing speed gradually. He'll take half-swings from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock before progressing to 10 o'clock and eventually full swings at 11 o'clock. For contact, his focus is simple - "ball, divot."

 

Unlike most players who experiment with different ball flights, DeChambeau hits a consistent draw on every shot. "I want to be a master of one," he said, feeling this consistency gives him an advantage. His most common miss is a chunked iron shot, but an occasional fat shot doesn't faze him.

 

Perhaps most surprisingly, DeChambeau stated he "never" plays full rounds at home outside of tournaments. His goal is perfecting "repeating motion" through endless range sessions. While some question this unusual approach, it's clearly working for one of the game's top players.

 

In additional revelations, DeChambeau discussed using peripheral vision instead of staring at the ball, intentionally hitting shots off different parts of the clubface, and turning off his brain to all outside factors when over a shot. The video offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of an elite talent with an unorthodox training mindset.

 

After a dominant season that included multiple wins, it's clear DeChambeau's methods are serving him well. Fans got a rare look at what it takes to reach the pinnacle through one of golf's most thoughtful competitors.

 

 

Read more: Scheffler Wins Again, Collects Record $3.6 Million at 2024 Travelers Championship

 

What are the most common mistakes people make when warming up for golf

 

Rushing through mentally. Take time to slow your heart rate, visualize shots, and establish a pre-shot routine. Deep breathing can reduce tension so your body can move freely.

 

Ignoring tempo and rhythm. Gradually work through half, three-quarter, and full shots with all clubs to engage your muscles properly. Smooth takes the crown over power when warming up.

 

Neglecting the short game. Lag putting from 30-50 feet and chipping are skills that see room for improvement for most. Warm those up to avoid three putts and escapable up-and-downs.

 

Grabbing the driver first. Resist macho instincts and ease into the session. Warm the short irons and hybrids first to prepare your body for compressing the ball.

 

Skipping practice swings. Rehearse shots with a few practice strokes to groove proper mechanics and the intended ball flight before playing balls. This boosts confidence at address.

 

How does DeChambeau's approach to practice differ from other top golfers

 

He rarely plays actual rounds of golf at home, only occasionally playing a few holes to check that his swing is on track. Most top pros play many practice rounds to sharpen their course management and scoring skills.

 

DeChambeau focuses almost exclusively on the practice range, working on repeating his swing motion consistently rather than practicing different shots and strategies. He estimates 95% of his practice is on the range.

 

His range sessions are very methodical and technical, with a focus on factors like club delivery, ball flight, and deviation from his ideal shot. He calibrates his swing by hitting shots off different parts of the clubface.

 

He maintains a steady small draw and doesn't really change the direction of the ball. To manage trajectory and shape shots for various course conditions, the majority of pros work the ball in both directions.

 

Rather than only getting the lowest practice scores, DeChambeau thinks the secret to success is being able to replicate his swing action and shot shape more consistently than his rivals.

 

 

References: https://golf.com/instruction/bryson-dechambeau-10-lessons-warming-up/

 


 

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With a background in digital media and a passion for golf culture, Emily scours the internet and PGA/LPGA tour circuits for the most entertaining, shocking, and bizarre stories about professional golfers. She is skilled at curating viral golf content, from Instagram antics to tournament controversies, and turning them into shareable, humorous articles. Her readers appreciate her ability to find the fun and humor in the world of elite golf.

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