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Gianni: Bryson DeChambeau is the most compelling golfer since Tiger Woods



Jordan Spieth is one of the most popular golfers on the planet and did everything in his power to steal the show on Saturday at Bay Hill. 

An Ace, bunker hole-out, 130-feet of putts holed? By anyone’s standards, that’s outrageous and headline-worthy. Yet Spieth’s magic was upstaged by the one-man show that is Bryson DeChambeau.

A friend of mine hadn’t watched a round of live golf since the Masters in November. On Saturday, he made sure to check in on Bryson on the 6th hole, having read during the week that he might try and drive the par 5 hole. DeChambeau didn’t disappoint.

The result? He was glued to the broadcast until Corey Conners tapped in his par putt on 18.

That’s star power, rock star appeal, the sort of magnetic attraction that only Tiger Woods has provided in recent times. That’s Bryson DeChambeau.

In fact, the last time there was so much anticipation and attention over a single drive was back in 2010 when Tiger returned to the course at Augusta National following the now infamous 2009 Thanksgiving Day soap opera.

However, as is our times’ culture, some can’t stand to see others achieve and feel the need to downplay extraordinary feats.

When Bryson struck that epic blow over the lake on 6, some folks on social media moaned, ‘he bailed to the right’. To that, here are the numbers:

  • Clubhead Speed: 136.737 mph
  • Ball Speed: 195.58 mph
  • Smash Factor: 1.43 
  • Launch: 11.928 
  • Apex: 124.195 
  • Carry: 346.7 
  • Total Distance: 370.2 yards

All this from a guy who said he would go ahead and give it a go, and you know what’s refreshing about Bryson? It’s not all talk with this guy. If he says something, you better believe he’ll do it.

Analysts have in the past poked fun at him for his ‘pseudo-science’, yet there’s nothing pseudo about it. The Californian is so bright that he tricked others into believing that his methods were insane, and in the process, became the longest hitter on tour and picked up a U.S. Open title.

Adding to his star is how he’s a compelling listen and inadvertently hilarious. Whether it’s from telling media that he eats ‘what he wants whenever he wants’ or his vow to ‘get bigger and stronger’ after the 2020 Masters, his personality is very engaging.

For many, a U.S. Open win is a career definer, but for Bryson, it’s a stepping stone, and it’s time to really cash in over the next couple of years. My message to Bryson now would be similar to the words spoken by Frank Pentangeli to Michael Corleone in Godfather II: Look, let’s get ’em all — let’s get ’em all now, while we got the muscle.

Bryson, you certainly have the muscle. Go to Augusta and shake things up, slip-on that green jacket and let all the members know you’ve left your mark on the game for good. Then go to the Open and make the traditional suits uncomfortable as you let your new breed of golf shine because there’s no doubt that the USGA and R&A are going to try and gatecrash this party.

Like a gambler at the table currently on a good streak, Bryson should continue to up the stakes. Go for more. If there’s one current golfer now who has proven that if you think it, no matter how wild, and work hard, then you can achieve it, it’s DeChambeau.

Rory, Jordan and others have threatened in the past to grasp the limelight for good, but Saturday at Bay Hill was the latest indication that Bryson might actually do it.

Nobody is ever going to come remotely close to Tiger’s star power, and when the great man returns, he will once again take back the spotlight. However, in his absence, golf does have a genuinely fascinating storyline that keeps getting more and more interesting.

What happened on Saturday when Bryson cleared the lake didn’t seem to be golf. Nor even another sport. It was just uniquely Bryson – thrilling, compelling and leaving us wanting more.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Abe

    Mar 8, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    “All this from a guy who said he would go ahead and give it a go, and you know what’s refreshing about Bryson? It’s not all talk with this guy. If he says something, you better believe he’ll do it.“

    Except for the fact that he quite literally did not give it a go…

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  3. Howard Hayden

    Mar 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Tiger: “great man”? Nothing whatsoever against him but my hunch is that not even he would call himself a great man. A great golfer for sure and still a work in progress otherwise.

  4. JG

    Mar 8, 2021 at 10:12 am

    You lost me when you started conflating Bryson DeChambeau to Tiger Woods. Let’s see what the TV ratings were before we go comparing BD to TW.

    • Mike Boese

      Mar 8, 2021 at 10:19 am

      You didn’t read the whole article evidently. The author specifically calls this out.

  5. William Davis

    Mar 8, 2021 at 9:22 am

    He definitely leads to field in free drops.

  6. The more you know

    Mar 8, 2021 at 6:23 am

    The (((media))) building Bryson up and waiting for just the right time to tear him down.

  7. Dennis

    Mar 8, 2021 at 12:39 am

    I like him but I think he only has a chance to win when the fairways are tight and narrow.

  8. Freddie J

    Mar 7, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Bryson is a lot of fun and entertaining. When he is on – he is good as anybody. He is a clean cut guy who does not get DWIs.

  9. Realist

    Mar 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Bryson is fat, hits the ball a long way, uses unique clubs, and wears a lame hat. Yes, he is an excellent player but why are we acting like this dude is so intriguing? I just don’t see it

    • Jbone

      Mar 7, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      He’s pretty different than the average tour pro, no?

      I think your username should be Hater

      • Realist

        Mar 8, 2021 at 12:22 pm

        OK fan boy, see ya on the driving range with your corny hat and one length clubs. Dude is a great player who has a really annoying cry baby personality on the course. Ignoring that is just being contrarian for the sake of being a contrarian.

        • Livininparadise

          Mar 8, 2021 at 1:46 pm

          Easy there big fella. Nothing jbone wrote was not true. Watch bryson on 6 was cant miss golf tv, regardless of how you feel

  10. HKO

    Mar 7, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    this article is trolling, itself with a clickbait headline. lol

  11. dat

    Mar 7, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Certainly going to be interesting when he can put it all together and go -30 for the week at Augusta.

  12. The Adams Family

    Mar 7, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Damon Hack looks like Uncle Fester.

  13. Matt

    Mar 7, 2021 at 11:18 am

    While it was definitely a smashed drive, he didn’t spend this week hyping up “going for a landing spot further up the fairway.”

  14. Jbone

    Mar 7, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Great article.

    The usga and R&A is undoubtedly trying to break up the fun. Cant have the snob members of these east coast country clubs getting their feelings hurt by Bryson.

    • Divot Diggler

      Mar 7, 2021 at 11:05 am

      I agree !!! Let the game and players evolve!!!

      Those who have a club head speed of 134MPH ………DO!!!

      Those who don’t …………..Regulate !!!

  15. Lk

    Mar 7, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Awesome read! I’m not a huge fan but I appreciate a guy who builds some intriguing and then delivers.

  16. Divot Diggler

    Mar 7, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Currently the most interesting player in Golf !!! Bryson moves the ratings needle when he is in contention……He certainly makes the tournaments he plays in more exciting !!!

    • Fredo

      Mar 7, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      DeshamBlowMe moving the needle, omg, what are you smoking. The dude is a sideshow, who doesn’t even belong in Tigers shadow!

      • Big GG

        Mar 8, 2021 at 6:38 am

        Sideshow???? When he gets attacked by his wife with a golf club and crashes his car trying to get away, When he falls asleep at the wheel because of too much Ambien, When he crashes into a guard rail and has no idea because he is addicted to pain killers. When he rolls his car and breaks multiple bones and is lucky to be alive and now may be facing a criminal inquiry. Only then will he become a sideshow.

        • gwelfgulfer

          Mar 8, 2021 at 9:17 am

          Just think how much more Tiger could have done without all these “distractions”, just shows how much better he was than anyone else, ever…

        • JimK

          Mar 8, 2021 at 11:20 am

          You do realize that opiate addiction is an illness and a national epidemic, don’t you? Do you feel the same way about the millions of other Americans who are addicted, or is it just Tiger who makes you so angry because he’s a celebrity?

          • Livininparadise

            Mar 8, 2021 at 1:50 pm

            Ok snowflake. No personal responsibility, check. Someone who makes that type of cash should hire a driver instead of putting innocent people’s lives at risk. But I get it, he didn’t kill anyone so anyone checking him is wrong

          • Benny

            Mar 8, 2021 at 4:28 pm

            I was addicted to pain pills. In recovery, sober 8 years now. It sucks and I was a big athlete growing up. Lots of injuries and after some nroken ribs I was give a monthly scribt of 512’s. I remember like it was yesterday. 17 years later and I am back on track but almost died and was completely lost and out of comtrol.
            For Tiger to do what he did and then not get addicted from all his injuries would be astonishing. He very well could have crashed his truck because he was done and knew it would get him pills. Wouldn’t have been the first or last time.
            I saw a buddy stabg himself for admittance.

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A golfing memoir in monthly tokens: March (belatedly)



Editor’s note: All latency on the publishing here is the fault of the Editor-in-Chief.

As some might say, if you don’t take the plunge, you can’t taste the brine. Others might not say such a thing. I’m taking the plunge, because I want to taste the brine.

Here you’ll find the third installment of “A Golfing Memoir” as we trace a year in the life of Flip Hedgebow, itinerant teacher of golf. For January, click here. For February, click here.

Absolutely. Meet me up north (and, to himself, what have I got to lose?)

No sense in putting the cart before the horse, as the old pro used to say, as cirE “Flip” Hedgebow used to ignore. As March came to a close, as cirE locked the pro shop for the last time until November, he took a leap of faith. How big of a leap? Let’s get through March, and find out.

Speaking of carts and horses, March for Flip always came in like a lamb, and went out like a lion. That ran contrary to the folklore but, all things considered, there was always a 50% chance of things running contrary.

No, the best reason for topsy and turvy in March, for Flip, was explained by his birthday. Being born in the middle of the month might suggest balance to some; for him, it was a constant reminder of the chaos that led up to his earthly arrival, tempered only by the madness that ensued. If that’s balance, you can have it.

In Flip’s world, March was about the arrival of the most seasoned of snowbirds, the ones with more than five years of retirement under their growing-shrinking belts. Some were expanding, as they had given up on fitness; the rest were shrinking, as the truest effects of age caught them up. In each case, this pod arrived with military precision, knowing where and when nearly every penny would be spent. No frivolity remained in their schedules, no ambiguity survived from younger, budgeting days. No longer minnows, they recognized that uncertainty stalked them, and that all of their remaining wits needed to center on a small and precise target. The smaller, the more precise, the better…for the women.

Like all men, the old guys appreciated the consistency and precision their wives brought to their worlds.

Like all men, the old guys detested the ever-encroaching, loss of control over their own destinies.

They would enter the pro shop, grab the latest hat like a modern-day Judge Smails, and set it at a rakish angle, atop their sleek domes. Flip learned quite early on that the only way to ensure the sale was cash. When the wives invariably came to complain and demand a refund, Flip could “only” offer a pro shop credit, guaranteeing that something would be purchased. If they bought it on account or on a card, the sale was irretrievably lost.

Flip expected these purchases from his March gam: the cheapest golf balls, when their supply of northern culls ran out; the attire from last fall, or even the previous summer, ready to be shipped back to the manufacturer when March 20th arrived; and some odd or end that the pro had overlooked, lost to some sort of missionary of time. The only thing stronger than the will of the spouse, was the desire of the old guy to make some sort of purchase, to re-establish some semblance of power and control, for at least a moment.

How did you get your name, and why is the last letter, and not the first, capitalized?

(silence. he rarely heard the first question, as everyone knew him as “Flip;” he never heard the second one, as no one paid attention anymore.)

Two stories are a lot to tell. Let’s save both answers, even if it’s just a little while.

(silence. she wasn’t satisfied)

If the red hair caused his eyes to move from the mundane nature of packing and sealing boxes, everything else physical compelled him to put down the tape gun, sense that his throat was dry, know that he would not clear it without a squeak, turn away for a bottle of water, take a swig for lubrication, and, finally, turn back with his finest Axel Foley smile, and greet her with: How long have you been retired?

It was an incalculable risk. There was a 90% chance that she would react with an I’m not that old sort of affront, turn on her heels, and march out the door. There was a 5% chance that she would get the joke, and would stick around for another exchange, before smiling awkwardly and departing. There remained a 5% chance of something else. On this 21st day of March, that final 5% wafted in.

Wafted in, in the guise of a lesson he thought that he had planned. Planned for one of the wives, a late-sixties model whose swing was frozen in time: the unlikely combination of a forward lurch of the torso, a reverse pivot of the feet, and right in the middle, an impossible heave of the hips in one of four unpredictable directions. If anyone were to discover a fifth cardinal point, it would be Agnes Porter. Until this moment, Flip Hedgebow gave thanks that the world was blessed with just one of her; more than one might have tilted the globe off its axis. Now, he offered up a different type of gratitude, thanks to the visage of her granddaughter, who bore no resemblance to the matriarch, beyond the title of Agnes Porter.

They write that a story may be deemed worthy for its inerrant language, or for its compelling events. The story of Agnes Porter the way-younger and Flip Hedgebow benefitted from both, along with an overdose of peripeteia.


Artwork by JaeB

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Club Junkie: Srixon ZX and TaylorMade SIM2 Max fairways and My top 3 drivers!



Masters hangover week is here! I have had the new Srixon ZX fairway out on the course and it is underrated as you would imagine. Reshafted the SIM2 Max 3w and it has been super consistent and comfortable. Talking about the top 3 drivers I have been hitting this year.




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The Wedge Guy: The importance of a pre-shot routine



I believe one of the big differences between good amateurs and those who are not-so-good—and between the top professionals and those that can’t quite “get there”—lies in the consistency of their pre-shot routine. I read an interesting account on this subject after the final round of the 1990 Masters when Nick Faldo passed a collapsing Greg Norman. I know that was 30 years ago, but the lesson is just as relevant today.

This particular analyst timed the pre-shot routines of both players during the first three rounds and found that on the final day that Norman got quicker and quicker through his round, while Faldo maintained his same, methodical approach to every shot, not varying by more than a second or so. I think that is pretty insightful stuff.

Anytime you watch professional golf—or the better players at your club—you’ll see precision and consistency in the way they approach all of their shots. There is a lesson there for all of us—so, here are my ideas of how the pre-shot routine should work.

The first thing is to get a good feel for the shot, and by that, I mean a very clear picture in your mind of how it will fly, land, and roll. It is certainly realistic to have a different routine for full shots, chips and pitches, and putts, as they are all very different challenges. As you get closer to the hole, your focus needs to be more on the feel of the shot than the mechanics of the swing, in my opinion.

On any shot, I believe the best starting point is from behind the ball, seeing in your “mind’s eye” the film clip of the shot you are about to hit. See the flight path it will take, and on greenside shots, just how it will roll out. As you do this, you might waggle the club back and forth to get a feel of the club in your hands and take as many practice swings as it takes to “feel” the swing that will produce that visualized shot path for you.

Your actual pre-shot routine can start when you see that shot clearly and begin your approach the ball to set up. From that “trigger point,” you should work hard to do the exact same things, at the exact same pace, each and every time.

This is something that you can and should work on at the range. When you are out there “banging balls,” don’t just practice your swing, but how you approach each shot.

So, guys and ladies, there’s my $.02 on the pre shot routine. What do you have to add?



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