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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dr. DeChambeau Opens His Practice with Bubba

PGATOUR.com posted an article about Bubba and Bryson working together on the arm-lock putting style that Bubba is using (with considerable success) this week at the Genesis Open.

Bryson DeChambeau and Bubba Watson practice putting

You've got to love Bubba's take on this:
“He’s so much smarter than I am,” Watson told me [writer Andrew Tursky]. “We’re looking at it from the standpoint of, for me personally, trying to eliminate the arm movement left-to-right or right-to-left that leaves the putter open and closes the putter. So that’s how I’m looking at it, that’s the only reason I’m trying it right now. That’s the thing though, everything that I’ve asked him, and everything we’ve done, it comes down to your swing. Even putting is a swing. It comes down to how you de-loft the putter or add loft to the putter at impact. There’s no right or wrong (loft) number if that makes sense.”
The article has the specs on Bubba's putters -- yes, he's trying a different one this week -- and the Ping guys are in on it as well. (Ping sponsors Bubba so of course they're interested.) They're still trying some different shaft lengths and such, trying to find out what works best for him. As Bubba says, he's never been in the Top100 putters on Tour, so he figures he has nothing to lose.

But it also shows that Bryson's approach to the game is gaining more respect on the big stage. Regardless of how you feel about the scientific approach Bryson takes, even David Feherty has said that Bryson is good at explaining all the science in a way that less technically-inclined players can understand.

And they don't get much less technical than Bubba. If this works for him, look for Bryson to get even more attention from the rest of the field.

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