Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau is a fascinating guy. He wears the Ben Hogan-inspired driving cap. All of his irons are 37.5 inches long — the length of a 6-iron — in the manifestation of his belief in the philosophy of Homer Kelley’s “The Golfing Machine.”
And, for those who don’t know about the background of the 22-year-old who is also the reigning men’s NCAA individual champion, his Tuesday news conference at the Masters was an eye-opener. He delved into his background, how he came up with the idea of a single-length iron set and more.
We learned more about his equipment, including how he came up with the names for each of his clubs. So, here’s how DeChambeau came up with names for each of his sticks:
3-iron (20 degrees): “Gamma, which is the third letter of the Greek alphabet”
5-iron: “My favorite par 5 out here, Azalea”
6-iron: “Juniper, it’s the sixth hole at Augusta”
7-iron (34 degrees): “Three plus four is seven, and it has Tin Cup written on it because that was Tin Cup’s favorite club.”
8-iron (38 degrees): “The 8-ball — 8-iron correlates quite nicely.”
9-iron (42 degrees): “Jackie is my 9-iron. No. 42, 42-degree lofted club.”
Pitching wedge (46 degrees): “1946, Herman Keiser (the Masters winner).”
Gap wedge (50 degrees): “Jimmy Demaret, won in 1950, so I call him Jimmy. Kind of funny when you ask (the caddie), ‘Hey, give me the Jimmy.'”
Sand wedge (55 degrees): “Mr. Ward, Harvey Ward, low amateur and 1955 U.S. Amateur winner, too.”
Lob wedge (60 degrees): “So 1960, who won the Masters? So King is on that wedge.”
DeChambeau’s 60-degree wedge this week already has King on it because it’s a Cobra King wedge. The SMU product will turn pro after the Masters and make his pro debut next week at the RBC Heritage. He’s expected to be announced as the newest staffer for Cobra Puma Golf.