In an 11 minute interview from the range at the third LIV event, Bryson DeChambeau talks about the recovery of his hand injury, his long drive impetus, how he is helping set up a multi-sport complex, and how he tops the ball in practice . On purpose.
LIV reporter Troy Mullins caught up with the 2020 US Open champion for a chat about “anything and everything,” before watching him warm up with a 7-iron – “chipping.”
“What distance is chipping for you?” she asks, and finds the answer is no surprise. “7-iron….205…then I go start hitting it…220…220 yards.”
Bryson freely runs through his routine in a thoroughly engaging piece, even saying that sometimes he enjoys topping the ball, just “clipping it….for radius control,” before saying he is “kidding, by the way.”
Or is it?
The next minute-or-so sees the 28-year-old go through a ‘topping’ routine – he taps the top of the ball to “kind of give my brain an awareness of where that is,” before inviting Troy to hit the perfect top, which she pulls off first try.
She asks, “What does that do for the average player?” and Bryson answers it is given “awareness of where the bottom of the club is.”
The BDC philosophy is that golfers chunking the ball do not have an awareness of where the bottom of the arc is, and shows us a “low, running top” and a short one. Hey, this is Bryson. He does it his way.
“I know it’s a crazy drill. People think I’m nuts for it, but I’ve done it since I was a kid.” says the seven-time PGA Tour winner. “We [Bryson’s old coach Mike Schy] did it all the time. We did it at the US Junior.”
Troy then asks how Bryson is “doing with your hand?” before he removes his glove to show the scar.
“It’s definitely better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”
Given he finished eighth in the final major of the year – the 150th Open Championship – he sure looks to be coming back to top form.
With the first half of 2022 being basically a washout, he returned to form at St. Andrews when ranking top-10 in strokes gained off-the-tee, approaches and tee-to-green, his best figures on the main tours for nearly a year.
Bryson says his hand is around “80 percent strength compared to his right hand, but a couple of weeks ago it was 60 percent.” It’s slow, but it’s getting there.
When Bryson originally signed for LIV, he mentioned it was a “business decision” and, in the interview, he confirms his intention to open a multi-sport complex.
“It started with a vision of the long drive, in the beginning, and from that I said, ‘Why not do it for every sport?’ Create a high-performance center for every sport, but also allow the public to come and utilize the facilities.”
The plan is to have a membership type of program but also allow the public access to a facility that will have long-drive grids, driving ranges, baseball fields, soccer fields..basketball courts, and to start to grow and develop the area of Dallas in that regard.”
Implementing the idea is not far off.
“We are acquiring the land here, hopefully by the end of this year, and then will be going forward after that.”
Bryson agrees with Troy, herself a long-drive competitor, that training as a youngster should involve more than, “golf, golf, golf, golf, golf,” clearly wishing to see his vision allow multi-sports to be a key in the building of all-round strength and power, rather than just golf-specific training.
Bryson has his detractors, and not everyone will agree with him, but this is an interview that shows a very human side to a player formally seen as very robotic.
Yes, we have the ubiquitous few minutes of Bryson getting to 205/206mph ball speed, but the interview doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s certainly far more engaging that many of the pressers wrapped in controversy from the last two months!
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