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Bryson DeChambeau reveals the secrets to his short game 

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Bryson DeChambeau may be known for his monster hitting, but you don’t win eight times on the PGA Tour, including a U.S. Open, without a very proficient short game.

In his latest video on his YouTube channel, the 28-year-old revealed what he practices when warming up his short game and how it can help improve your game. Here’s a breakdown of Bryson’s prep, but make sure to check out the video below for all his key nuggets.

Around the Green

To begin, Bryson will practice his miniature chips to ensure his “radius control” is on point. Radius control he describes as “everything in wedging,” including using the bounce and ensuring the proper closure at impact. (1:10)

For these drills, DeChambeau keeps his left arm straight and moves his body to where he’s picking the ball, which he says is similar to taking a broom and sweeping. The Californian calls it the “pick and roll,” which produces a low draw, and explains how most people’s issues with chipping tend to come from their overuse of the wrist. (1:27)

DeChambeau will then begin to open up the face, and when it comes to the flop shot, Bryson says the key is “not losing that face-loft control.” He then demonstrates how opening up the face more through the swing will lead to the ball coming out short and dead. (2:30)

A square chip shot (face slightly closed, slight draw chip), a bump and run, and a flop shot will “take care of pretty much any shot on the golf course,” according to Bryson.

From the Rough

From a good lie, DeChambeau will choke down slightly on the club and try and pick the ball. From a medium lie, he will check how much grass is behind the ball to gauge how hard to hit it. Then for the shot, he opens the clubface so it won’t come out too hot.

For a chip from a bad lie, Bryson stresses the importance of getting the heel of the club into the ground so he can dig the ball out, and he describes the shot as almost like a bunker shot. (3:50)

From the Bunker

For his stock bunker shot, Bryson shows how he sets up almost square (slight degree or two open), and like a shot from the rough, he’ll dig the heel in. Feeling like he’s hitting a little cut, Bryson will then hit “2-3 inches behind the ball.” (5:40)

The reason why you sometimes see pros shank the ball from bunkers? Per Bryson, it’s because impact from the bunker is “super close to the hosel” on the club, and the ball then naturally goes from heel to toe for the stock sand shot. (6:19)

Another option, which Bryson demonstrates in the video, is to aim to hit the ball towards the toe, which is done by opening the face and hitting “more up on it.” Per the 2020 U.S. Open champion, knowing where you’re striking the ball on the face of the club is crucial to understanding the different trajectories you can utilize from the sand. (6:50)

For an uphill bunker shot, Bryson revealed that contrary to what a lot of amateurs try to do, it’s not necessary to hit the ball harder. DeChambeau reveals the secret to the shot is to “level yourself to the slope” by tilting yourself to be in line with the bunker. (8:40)

From plugged lies, Bryson says that if uphill, the shot is far easier than many think. The 28-year-old says the problem is that people try and hit the ball too hard, and with no spin, the ball runs forever. Bryson’s secret is to put the “heel underneath” and treat it like “a little chip shot” for a much softer and effective result. (8:54)

Check out the video in full below.

Subscribe to Bryson DeChambeau’s YouTube channel here.

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

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  6. Jordy Evans

    Nov 3, 2021 at 8:18 am

    One of the best videos on chipping and bunker play around the green that I have ever seen. Bryson goes through the What, Why and How very succinctly and covers a lot of stuff in a short time. Great job!

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  8. Bjorn

    Nov 2, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    BC is a quality content creator

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20-handicap player achieves feat never accomplished by PGA Tour pro

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Ask any handicap golfer their dream shot, and in most cases, it will be the elusive hole-in-one.

Some may even say recording an albatross – three under par – is their flight of fantasy.

Imagine, then, recording both in a five-hole stretch.

The Irish Examiner recently highlighted that very feat, performed by Rowan McCarthy, a 20-handicapper playing Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Australia.

A member of the Irish Perth golf society, McCarthy, who now posts as @shankmagic on Instagram, told the Irish Examiner, “On 12, the hole-in-one, it was a beautiful 7-iron, 169 metres, that drew towards the hole, hit the front of the green and leisurely rolled towards the hole and dropped in dead weight.

“Then on 15, the albatross, it was 185 metres with a 5-iron, downhill, using the bank adjacent the green, ran towards the hole, hit the flag and dropped. I might have caught that one a bit thin.”

According to the golfer himself, “Statistically, the chances of a hole in 1 are 12,000-to-1 and an albatross is 6 million-to-1. The odds of one of each in the same round…who knows? Some say it is 72 billion to one. It is a day I will never forget.”

It was certainly an eventful round with five pars, six bogeys, two doubles and three treble-bogeys accompanying the two obvious standout holes!

 

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McCarthy told the Examiner that the thought of giving up had crossed his mind, knowing he would never top what he had just achieved, but ”I love it too much”. “That thought did enter my head” he admitted, ”but the craic, the banter and the friendships I’ve made,” he admitted. “I play off 20, hit thousands of bad shots over the years, there is lots of room for improvement and this will spur me on.”

As such, he hopes the new social media address will ‘influence and give hope to the average golfer that anything is possible.’

One thing that might not is the traditional hole-in-one bar bill!

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Brandel Chamblee expertly analyses ‘Putting vs Ball Striking’ debate

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While discussing Hideki Matsuyama’s putting struggles over the weekend, Brandel Chamblee made some interesting comments regarding the importance of putting on the PGA Tour.

Often times we hear commentators claim that, “whoever makes the most putts will win”; or “putting is the most important aspect of golf”. Chamblee claims that it isn’t who putts the best, it’s who putts the best amongst the premier ball strikers.

“You can’t play this game at the highest level unless you are an extraordinary ball striker.

“It’s not about who makes the most putts, it’s about who putts the best amongst the best ball strikers.

“And when he (Hideki) has a decent week at putting he has a chance to win.”

Check out Chamblee’s commentary in full below.

Do you agree with the Golf Channel analyst, WRXers? Let us know in the comments!

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Leading analyst believes Tiger could retire at 2022 Open Championship

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In 2015, Tiger Woods made it clear just how much he loves the Old Course at St. Andrews, revealing he wants to play the course backwards in his lifetime.

”It’s brilliant–how you can play it so many different ways.” said Tiger “I’ve always wanted to play it one time–before I die I want to play it one time backwards.

”I want to play from 1 to 17, 2 to 16, so forth and so on. I’d love to be able to play it that way just one time. That would be just a blast because I can see how certain bunkers–why would they put that there? ”

There has been lots of water under the Swilken Bridge since then but at a recent press conference during the Hero Championship, hosted by Tiger, the 15-time Major winner confirmed he ”would love to be able to play that Open Championship (150th anniversary), there’s no doubt. Physically, hopefully I can,” he said.

”The tournament’s not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.”

Indeed, Sky Sports golf coach and analyst Simon Holmes, who has worked with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros,  believes that Woods could even confirm his retirement at the ‘Home of Golf’ in 2022.

Responding to fellow presenter Rob Lee’s thinking that Woods could win a tournament in 2022 – which would make him the winningest golfer in PGA Tour history at 83 wins – Holmes believes Woods may bow out in similar fashion to legends before him, including Jack Nicklaus, the very man that stands in his way for the most Majors won, at 18.

During the final round of the Tournament of Champions on Sky, Holmes replied, “I really hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s something I think that could happen.”

“Jack and Arnie did the same thing on the Swilken Bridge when they played in their last major,” Holmes continued, ”and I could just see Tiger thinking it would be a nice way to go out.”

July 17th sees the Claret Jug being awarded for the 150th running of The Open. It may be memorable for much more besides.

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