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Bryson DeChambeau: 20 Things You Didn't Know About the 2024 US Open Champion

Bryson DeChambeau: 20 Things You Didn't Know About the 2024 US Open Champion

(Pinehurst, NC) - Bryson DeChambeau added to his major championship resume yesterday, winning the 2024 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2. The victory is DeChambeau's second US Open title, having previously won at Winged Foot in 2020. While DeChambeau is well known for his long driving and scientific approach to the game, there are still many things fans may not know about the champion golfer. Here are 20 little known facts about Bryson DeChambeau:

 

Bryson DeChambeau roars after his putt on the 18th hole to win the U.S. Open.

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1. Despite being right-handed, DeChambeau has an unusual ability to write his name legibly using his non-dominant left hand.

 

2. As a student at SMU, DeChambeau had tremendous college golf success as one of only five players ever to win both the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur championship in the same year.

 

Bryson DeChambeau adds US Amateur title to NCAA championship | Golf News |  Sky Sports

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the US Amateur Championship trophy

 

3. Due to his high-achieving performance in college competitions, DeChambeau was highly recruited when he turned pro at age 22. Cobra Golf's Vice President of R&D described signing him as winning the "Bryson recruiting lottery."

 

4. The 1969 book "The Golfing Machine" by Homer Kelley profoundly shaped DeChambeau's golf philosophies. At age 15, he was introduced to the book's theories of customized swing planes and efficient strokes, which led him to pioneer the use of unique single-length irons designed for consistency.

 

 

5. DeChambeau plays with a set of single-length irons where every club is the same size as a 6-iron. This is to promote uniformity in his swing plane and stroke. Cobra Golf sells these specialized "One-Length Irons" inspired by his approach.

 

6. DeChambeau gives his golf clubs names, exhibiting an eccentric personality even in this small way.

 

 

7. His popular YouTube channel devoted to the scientific side of golf has grown to nearly 700,000 subscribers. His most viewed video of a match against Phil Mickelson has been watched over 2.7 million times.

Bryson DeChambeau was inspired to start his YouTube channel by the success of social media influencers like Mr. Beast and the potential for golf to tap into a broader audience. He recognized that golf could benefit from a stronger online presence and wanted to help grow the game by leveraging the popularity of YouTube. DeChambeau aimed to bring a creative side to his content and attract a younger audience by collaborating with other golf influencers and creating engaging videos

 

8. According to reports from his parents, even as a child DeChambeau displayed a rare prowess for math, successfully grasping the complexities of algebra as early as age six.

 

9. When the Rules of Golf allowed for the flagstick to be left in the cup in 2019, DeChambeau embraced this strategy early on. He believed the flagstick could help optimize shots based on the material it was made from. While he no longer strictly abides this approach, he likes optimizing minor rule advantages.

 

10. Seeking further advantage, DeChambeau briefly experimented with an unconventional "side-saddle" putting stance and stroke in 2016. However, the USGA deemed his customized putter design non-conforming to rules at that time.

 

11. After the 2019 season, DeChambeau committed to drastically increasing his muscle mass and strength in hopes of achieving even greater driving distances. Through intensive weight training and a protein-heavy diet, he gained over 40 pounds and saw significant power gains off the tee.

 

12. During the 2024 Masters, DeChambeau took control of his situation by literally picking up and moving a sign that was obstructing his intended line on a hole. This illustrated his self-assured, non-conventional approach.

 

Bryson DeChambeau moves a sign while preparing to play his second shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the 2024 Masters. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

13. The additional strength DeChambeau cultivated allowed him to emerge as an exceptionally long hitter rivaled by few. He even saw success on the Long Drive competition circuit in 2021-2022, a testament to his newfound distance.

 

14. Known for always wearing a traditional flat cap in his early career, DeChambeau's attire and demeanor emphasized tradition amid his otherwise unorthodox style.

 

15. After much speculation, DeChambeau joined the controversial LIV Golf series in 2022. Reports indicated he received a guaranteed contract worth a massive $100-125 million, highlighting how profitable controversial decisions can be.

 

16. As captain of LIV's "Crushers" team, DeChambeau wears their logo proudly to identify with his squad that includes veterans like Paul Casey and Charles Howell III.

 

17. Demonstrating good sportsmanship, DeChambeau once stopped mid-round to ensure an intended souvenir golf ball reached its young fan, after an older spectator initially intercepted it. His gesture won cheers.

 

 

18. DeChambeau was embroiled in a highly publicized feud with fellow star Brooks Koepka for some time. Their exchanges often crossed from playful rivalry into personal attacks, accusations and heckling between competitors and followers before largely dissipating.

 

19. DeChambeau's driver is known for its unusually minimal loft angle of just six degrees, maximizing distance over accuracy for the big-hitting golfer.

 

20. To ensure his balls fly as consistently as possible, DeChambeau uses an unusual method of floating them in Epsom salts. This allows any imbalances from manufacturing to be identified and addressed, such as marking balls to always initiate rotation from the heavier side. He strives for perfection through innovation.

“Essentially we float golf balls in a solution to make sure that the golf ball is not out of balance,” he said. “There was a big thing back in the day where golf balls are out of balance, and it’s just because of the manufacturing process. There’s always going to be an error, especially when it’s a sphere and there’s dimples on the edges. You can’t perfectly get it in the center. So what I’m doing is finding pretty much the out-of-balanceness of it, how much out of balance it is. Heavy slide floats to the bottom, and then we mark the top with a dot to make sure it’s always rolling over itself. It kind of acts like mud. If there’s too much weight on one side, you can put it 90 degrees to where the mud is on the right-hand side or the mud is on the left-hand side. I’m using mud as a reference for the weight over there. It’ll fly differently and fly inconsistently. For most golf balls that we get, it’s not really that big of a deal. I just try to be as precise as possible, and it’s one more step that I do to make sure my golf ball flies as straight as it possibly can fly because I’m not that great at hitting it that straight.”

 

 

 

References: https://golf.com/news/bryson-dechambeau-20-things-didnt-know/ 

 


 

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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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