Bryson DeChambeau is living up to the Mad Scientist moniker yet again. Not only is he still playing with the single-length irons -- now made by Cobra Golf -- but he is radically changing his putting technique, and it's on display this week at the 2016 Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Bryson DeChambeau is not afraid to try new things. https://t.co/493ar2cV8Z
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 7, 2016
DeChambeau has adopted what most people would term the side saddle putting stroke in hopes of turning around his strokes gained putting numbers, which rated in the bottom third on the PGA Tour last season. The DAP Championship winner has been toying with the idea for some 3 years, and now he's ready to go with it.
According to the PGA Tour, DeChambeau has fashioned for himself a 37.5-inch putter -- the same length as all of his irons -- to bring back a technique he's used in past tournaments. The center-shafted putter uses a 7-iron shaft and weighs in at 525 heavy grams with his own hand-drawn alignment markers. We can only assume the putter is USGA-conforming.
DeChambeau claims he spent 7 hours per day over the two weeks before the tournament practicing with this new method, which he refuses to label side saddle or the more modern name, Face-on putting.
However, the SMU product told the Tour that if he's successful with the pendulum-style stroke and more people want to adopt it, then he'll have to come up with a name for it.