In an 11-minute interview with the lineup at the third LIV event, Bryson DeChambeau talks about recovering from his hand injury, his long driving streak, how he’s helping set up a multi-sport complex, and the way he dominates the ball in training. . On purpose.
LIV reporter Troy Mullins sat down with the 2020 US Open champion for a chat about ‘anything and everything’, before watching him warm up with a 7 iron – ‘chipping’.
“How far do you need? she asks and finds the answer to be no surprise. “Iron 7…205…then I’ll start hitting it…220…220 yards.”
Bryson freely walks through his routine in a very engaging piece, even saying that sometimes he likes to hit the ball, just “cut it…for radius control”, before saying he’s “kidding, by the way”.
Where is he?
The next minute or so, the 28-year-old goes through a ‘trimming’ routine – he taps the top of the ball to “sort of giving my brain an awareness of where it is,” before inviting Troy to hit the perfect top, which she succeeded on the first try.
She asks, “What does that do for the average gamer?” and Bryson replies that he gives a “awareness of where the bottom of the club is.”
BDC’s philosophy is that golfers hitting the ball don’t know where the bottom of the arc is, and shows us a “high low and running” and a short. Hi, this is Bryson. He does it his way.
“I know it’s a crazy exercise. People think I’m crazy about it, but I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. said the seven-time PGA Tour winner. “We [Bryson’s old coach Mike Schy] did it all the time. We did it at US Junior.
Troy then asks how Bryson “does it with your hand?” before removing his glove to show the scar.
“It’s definitely better. It’s not 100%, but it’s progressing. »
Considering he finished eighth in the last major tournament of the year – the 150th Open Championship – he certainly seems to be back in top form.
With the first half of 2022 essentially a wash, he returned to form at St. Andrews when he finished in the top 10 for shots won off the tee, approaches and tee-to-green, his best figures on major tours for almost a year.
Bryson says his hand is around “80% strength from his right hand, but a few weeks ago it was 60%.” 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-sports complex.
“It started with a vision of the long haul, at the beginning, and from there I said, ‘Why not do it for every sport?’ Create a high performance center for each sport, but also allow the public to come and use the facilities.
The plan is to have some type of membership program, but also allow the public access to a facility that will have long drive grids, practice grounds, baseball diamonds, football fields. .. basketball courts, and to begin to grow and develop the Dallas area in this regard.
The implementation of the idea is not far off.
“We acquire the land here hopefully by the end of this year and then move forward after that.”
Bryson agrees with Troy, a long-distance competitor herself, that training as a youngster should involve more than, “golf, golf, golf, golf, golf” clearly wanting to see his vision enable multi-sports to be a key in building overall strength and power, rather than just golf-specific training.
Bryson has his critics, and not everyone will agree with him, but it’s an interview that shows a very human side to a player formally considered very robotic.
Yes, we have the ubiquitous few minutes of Bryson hitting a ball speed of 205/206 mph, but the interview doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s certainly far more engaging than many pressers wrapped up in the controversy of last two months!
Over the 19th hole