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Bryson DeChambeau shares why dimples are the key to sinking more short putts

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Over the last three seasons, Bryson DeChambeau has turned into one of the best putters on Tour, but it hasn’t always been that way. In his first two full season on Tour, DeChambeau ranked 97th and 111th in putts made from under five feet.

Something flipped however in 2019 for the world number seven, and he finished the season ranked 24th in putts made from 5 feet and in.

DeChambeau shared the reason for this on the Full Send podcast, “So I did some study and some research on the golf ball and the geometry of those dimples. And so, and this is getting a bit technical, so the dimples, they have edges on them, right. And if you hit the dimple on the edge at the wrong angle, it can come off horizontally or vertically.”

The eight-time PGA Tour winner elaborated, “So if you hit it at this angle, it will twist and go off line. But if you’re hitting on the top or bottom of the dimple, it will only affect the vertical launch. So when I was putting, I was missing putts from super-close range because I was hitting it off the other edges of the dimples. And so a lot of guys who miss short putts, they’re like, I felt like I made a great stroke, but it comes out and lips out of the hole from a foot or two feet, it’s because they’re hitting it on an edge.”

DeChambeau explained why this is most relevant on short putts, “So the firmer you hit it, the more the golf ball compresses. So when you’re hitting something a lot harder, it’s compressing and it doesn’t come off at a weird angle. When you’re hitting it softer, like a five-footer or like a three-footer, you hit it a little bit off the edges, it can now come off line.”

It’s hard to argue with DeChambeau’s approach, as over the past three years, the recent Ryder Cup star has made over 97.25% of his putts inside 5 feet.

DeChambeau has not yet committed to any PGA Tour events on the upcoming schedule, yet he is set to battle Brooks Koepka in the fifth edition of “The Match,” which will be held at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas on November 26th.

 

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  1. Brian Gott

    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Do you think Patrick Cantlay was concerned about dimple effect when won the BMW. Maybe Bryson was hitting the wrong dimple and that is why he lost. Perhaps when he chunked that chip on 17 the ball wasn’t oriented right. Where do they come up with these articles? Bryson is very talented but how many wins did he have this year??? He has figured out another way to play the game but he is not dominating.

  2. Greg McNeill

    Oct 13, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Bryson is a strange duck. As pointed out above, the only possible way the variable of hitting the edge of a dimple on a putt would be a factor is if you controlled for every other variable, ie, the surface (smoothness, moisture, etc) of the green, the path of the stroke and face angle, and so on. Even with every factor perfectly controlled for, I seriously doubt you could detect a difference.

    That said, this is just the way he is built. I think diving into the minutiae of the game is an outlet for him. And even if his conclusions are insupportable, it works for him. I remember interviews with Johnny Miller back in the 70s when he was routinely shooting 61 and winning tournaments by 8 shots. He claimed he could adjust his swing depending on whether he wanted to hit a shot 150 yards or 151 and therefore wanted Andy Martinez (his caddy) to give him exact yardages because a one yard difference actually mattered to his swing.

  3. Shane Quimby

    Oct 13, 2021 at 9:55 am

    I cannot believe people publish this garbage. Bryson has shown repeatedly that he has no grasp of actual math or physics. He is an elite golfer with a public forum, not a scientist or an engineer. He used ‘terminal velocity’ to describe a chip shot not going in because it hit the pin too hard. That is skydiving/free fall term. He said greens were fast because they had a low ‘friction number’. That is a nonsense term. The term is coefficient of friction. This dimples comment is even more nonsense. The ball is not perfectly round, so there will be some miniscule effect. The imperfect state of putting greens is a much bigger factor than dimple irregularities. If he is the only guy who is onto this, why are there 20 some guys who are better from close range? Are they just lucky 500 times a season, or are they keeping the secret too? Even if there is a way to overcome it, the chances you can place the ball perfectly every time using just the naked eye is pretty much nonexistent. Get someone who actually knows science to filter this stuff.

  4. Howard Lockhart

    Oct 13, 2021 at 5:17 am

    There was an American golf ball company that promoted this a great many years ago. From memory the ball was called a “bald eagle”. It had no dimples on the 4 equators and thereby prevented exactly what Bryson is talking about.

  5. art

    Oct 12, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I just injured myself with how hard I rolled my eyes at this nonsense

  6. geohogan

    Oct 11, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Doesnt hurt when your putter is closer to 90 degrees
    to the ground… croquet anyone.

    • Jim

      Oct 11, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      There have been studies about this topic. If I am remembering correctly, putting accuracy increases a tiny bit when the cover is softer. Putting with a Top Flite XL, the cover is going to “give” less and can deflect at a weird angle.

      • geohogan

        Oct 12, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        Recall studies many years ago, showing putts of equal force
        with surlyn covered balls vs balata could be as much as 36 inch different in distance.

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Jason Day opens up on mental and physical demons

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Jason Day’s career has been on a downward trajectory over the past few years, with the former Would Number 1 now in danger of missing out on multiple majors in 2022.

The Australian is ranked 79th in the world and is only exempt for the 2022 PGA Championship, and ahead of the CJ Cup this week, Day spoke frankly about his struggles.

“I’m a different player than what I was five years ago. I’m a different person. I have different priorities. I can’t work as hard as I used to just because of my body, and I’m OK with that.

I’m not trying to do the exact same thing that got me to No.1 in the world. I know that if I did that, I wouldn’t get there because my body wouldn’t handle it. So I’ve got to somehow be able to kind of learn as I go along and try and adapt as best I can.”

Day’s back has been a source of frustration for the Australian, who has had to pull out of multiple events in the past with injuries. Ahead of the CJ Cup, the Aussie revealed that he’d be playing just one more event (after CJ Cup) before January, meaning a long break from competitive golf was on the cards.

“I’m playing this week and I’m scheduled to play the Shootout, and then the next tournament I’ll play is Farmers Open. So I guess that’s three events in five, six months, something like that.

(I’ll be]) focusing a lot on my mind, focusing a lot on my body. Both are very much important, like both body and mind. Trying to work on myself personally, which is something that we don’t do enough of as professional athletes.

So I feel like things are progressing in what they need to do, but, you know, the level — the play that I’m expecting this week, I’m here just to see how things have progressed swing-wise. What that will, you know, produce result-wise will be interesting to see how it goes this week.”

Day also opened up on the stress that returning to his best form has caused him and how he plans to get back competing at a high level while enjoying himself more.

“I guess obviously we all battle demons, you know what I mean, and especially as golfers. It’s such an individual sport even though we do have, as individuals, we do have teams around us, but you’re out there battling yourself.

Try and discover that golf is not the thing that defines me, you know what I mean? If I play bad golf, as long as I give it everything that I can, then it is what it is, the results are the results. Not to always have golf on my mind is what I’m saying. I just don’t need to have that stress and that anxiety of actually going and performing because everyone else thinks I should be performing the way that they should.

So there’s a lot of expectations not only on the golf course on myself, but also have other people around you and whatnot. I feel like these last two years I’ve grown a lot as kind of an individual because I have stopped battling these things and you learn to go, okay, well, I’m either going to quit the game because I don’t want to feel like this and it’s not motivating and I’m struggling with it, or how do I handle it and tackle it head on and be able do it in a healthy way where for the next 10, 15 years, if I want to, I actually enjoy myself on the golf course while competing at a high level.

I think the biggest thing is do I want to climb that mountain again. I’ve got to take it easy and I’ve got to be smart about it because if I’m not smart about it, then it could be short-lived.”

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High school sophomore records a historic 57 in conference championship

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59s don’t come along too often, only 11 have been recorded in PGA Tour history. 58s are even more rare. 57s are practically unheard, but that’s what Macy Pate, a Reagan High School sophomore, recorded in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships on Tuesday.

Pate’s tournament winning and record breaking performance occurred at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina. Pate came out of the gates firing, with a front nine 27. Knowing she needed to shoot one-under par over her final three holes to record a 59, Pate birdied all three.

As the number-one ranked girls player in the state, we should say we aren’t entirely surprised, but 57 is in an entirely different stratosphere. Pate’s historic round shattered the NCSHAA scoring record. We have a feeling we will see more of her in the future.

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99-year-old golfer hits into group ahead, records a hole-in-one

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There’s nothing worse in golf than the group ahead playing at a snail’s pace. With that being said, we do not condone hitting into them as an acceptable solution.

We may be willing to make an exception however for Hugh Brown, a 99-year-old Australian golfer, and instant hero.

On the 145-meter par 3 fifth hole of the blue nine at Indooroopilly Golf Club in Queensland, Australia, with a driver in hand, Brown recorded hole-in-one number two of his golfing career.

The shot was met with yelling from the group ahead, but it was hard to stay mad at Brown for long given that his tee-ball found the bottom of the cup. Check out how it all went down courtesy of 9News Queensland.

Brown’s last hole in one came 38 years ago when he was at the tender age of 61. Just two months away from his 100th birthday, the Aussie legend still plays golf three times a week.

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