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GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day: “Why is Bryson DeChambeau so polarizing?”

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Today’s GolfWRX Forum Thread of the day comes from our members commenting on Bryson Dechambeau, and why he is so polarizing. From his swing to his attire, our members hit it all.

Here are a few comments from the forum, but make sure to check the whole thing out in the link below:

  • PZero: “The media constantly harping on “The Scientist” aspect of his game over and over turns people off.”
  • Jagpilotohio: “I’m fine with his success.  Gives me another player on my fairly short list to root against. Gotta have a few of those guys to make watching golf more interesting.”
  • ezpz: “I like him, but his demeanor after a bad shot is kind of ridiculous at times.”

Check out the full forum thread here for more discussion.

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Patrick is a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in PGA Golf Management. Currently employed at Lie + Loft, and previously at Sea Island, and Colleton River Club, he has gained experience in many aspects of the industry early in his career. With a strong passion for the growth of the game he strives to find new outlets in which the game will appeal to a larger audience.

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  1. Richard Douglas

    Sep 6, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I laugh at the BD haters. First, they went after him for is nontraditional ideas. But when he won, he became a “fluke.” Then he kept winning, so now they resort to personal attacks.

    You see these guys in the threads, talking about their muscle-backed Mizunos and pining for the days of balata balls and blade putters. But they’re full of it. Bryson hasn’t just kept up with the times, he’s now setting the pace.

    Get used to it.

  2. Johnny Penso

    Sep 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    The media loves to apply catch all labels to people and for the weak minded, those people are often judged, consciously or otherwise, based on that label. The “Scientist” label makes him appear robot like, unemotional, calculating, not necessarily endearing qualities in a human being or a professional athlete.

  3. Big P

    Sep 5, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Because he’s a caaack?

  4. Allan

    Sep 5, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Perhaps it’s his magnetic personality… ya think 😛

  5. ZekeOMS

    Sep 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Bryson was the nicest player I encountered at TPC Boston. He spent over an hour signing autographs and taking pictures. My 7 and 4 year are huge BAD fans because of it. I am now as well.

  6. Joe

    Sep 4, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    The reason why DeChambeau is so polarizing is because of the appearance (and honestly the media over-hype this too much) that he is trying to make the game look as if it can be mastered from a scientific point of view. That if you have a consistent level of variability and know how to correctly adjust for other potential factors, that you can play top-tier golf.

    Now let’s apply this same methodology to the current way that people thing golf works best. Let’s toss in Trackman, Club-Fitting, consistent practice habits as well as someone whom you can work out a strong mental game with…then you too should be capable of hitting the shots the Pro’s do.

    Now riddle me this. What’s the difference between the two methodologies?

    The answer is nothing. One just uses more scientific terms to explain what most people understand in a different set of words.

    So the question of why is DeChambeau so polarizing is really kind of a half-hearted attempt to continue to polarize him in the face of a total lack of polarization on his part. Do PGA Tour Pro’s use devices to help them master mechanics of the golf swing and putting stroke? Yes. DeChambeau just uses different devices. It’s not polarizing, it’s just a different way of thinking that most folks don’t feel they need. That’s like saying all golfers who hit the ball the opposite way that I do are polarizing.

    In a medium that craves to have click-bait, DeChambeau is just the latest tool in the Golf Journalist’s arsenal.

    • kinster

      Sep 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Joe,

      You are spot on and, perhaps, too smart for these forums. Nonetheless, your points are well-stated and correct. We need both heroes and anti-heroes, and to some he is an anti-hero simply because of “The Golfing Machine”, vector putting, and Jim Nantz calling him “The Scientist”

      • Allan

        Sep 5, 2018 at 1:01 am

        How can you put “TGM” and “Scientist” in the same sentence. TGM is a proven scientific fraud perpetrated on gullible golfers by exploitative instructors.

    • A. Commoner

      Sep 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Do you dream up such prattle?

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“All things being equal – loft, lie, etc. – If I have a level of ballstriking to where playing blades vs player distance vs GI irons clubs each have similar average distances, why wouldn’t you play blades? IMO – easier to work multiple trajectories, easier to remove spin, better consistency( no hot faces ). 

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