Bryson DeChambeau reportedly considers switching to side-saddle putting
The artist and scientist may have a new concoction up his sleeve
Bryson DeChambeau is an artist. So much so that I have nicknamed him Bryson DeChangelo in the past -- a renaissance man unfit for the world in which he lives. He's also freaking great at golf because of some of his bizarre tendencies, including playing golf clubs that are all the same length.
Now he wants to putt side-saddle. What the heck is side-saddle? Well, it is a sort of putting where you're looking straight at the hole. Here is an example.
Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel reported that DeChambeau might go this route soon.
"He thinks this is going to be a game-changer the way the same, one-length golf clubs are, or he feels like will be ultimately after he's continued to be successful with them," Rosaforte said on "Morning Drive."
Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com pointed out earlier this year that DeChambeau has actually tried this (with success) before as an amateur.
DeChambeau employed that stroke during the summer of 2013, winning the Trans-Mississippi Amateur along the way, and he still practices it with [coach Mike] Schy. He went away from it because he was wary of the constant scrutiny, but he vows to return to sidesaddle "once my Tour card is secure." He adds, "Everything about my game is different; my putting might as well be too."
DeChambeau missed the cut at the Safeway Open last week and did not putt well. His strokes gained number last season was -.302 which, had he played in enough tournaments, would have placed him No. 159 on the PGA Tour. It would appear that the sweet-hitting DeChambeau should maybe mix it up in some way around the greens to improve his short game. I'm not positive side-saddle putting is the answer, but it seems like anything could help.
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