Dechambeau’s First Masters

Legend
With three rounds of even par 72, and one round of 77  Dechambeau completed his first Masters tied for 21st. place.  His score of +5 was good enough to earn him low amateur honours .
Pictured below are the irons he ended up playing at the Masters.
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Many amateurs would not be caught dead playing with a set of irons that look like the irons Bryson Dechambeau used at the Masters this week.

Granted, they are not the prettiest irons I’ve ever seen but more and more I’m coming to the realization that appearance is far less important than performance.

For many of us who are interested in the single length iron and single plane swing concepts, the Master finally provided us with an opportunity to have a good look at Bryson’s clubs and more importantly, his swing.

I still marvel at how accurately, and how far he is able to hit the ball with such and upright swing.  I’ve included links to a number of videos from the Masters that display his swing action from different angles.  Make particular note of his right arm to shaft position even with his longer clubs.  They provide and excellent example of the single plane swing setup.

 

Here are some links to video’s of Dechambeau at the Masters

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016-04-08/zlkp_a_a4yvtfvx2ul6uknp25eag8ohf.html?promo=vod_players

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016-04-10/rzryq9caarnpc9ckhawciiy_xcbcwupc.html?promo=vod_players

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016/r4_47959_18.html?promo=vod_players

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016/r3_47959_10.html?promo=vod_players

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016/r3_47959_8.html?promo=vod_players

http://www.masters.com/en_US/watch/2016/r2_47959_15.html?promo=vod_players

Dechambeau sporting Cobra single length irons

The speculation as to which OEM Bryson Dechambeau will sign with once he turns pro is getting clearer.  He recently started playing a Cobra Driver and this week debuted a new set of single length  Cobra irons.

I’ve played a few Cobra Hybrids over the years but have never tried Cobra woods or irons.  That may soon change, especially as it relates to irons.

Cobra has produced, or perhaps, more correctly, altered a set of their Cobra King Forged CB irons to match the specifications of Dechambeau’s original Edel irons. He put them in play this week at the 19th Annual Georgia Cup.

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Stock Cobra King Forged MB irons

According to WRX Golf,  Dechambeau’s Cobra prototype irons are 37.5 inches long throughout the set with each head weighing 280 grams.  The lie angle is 73.5 degrees.

Apparently the process of altering the Cobra CB irons to meet the specifications of the Edel irons involved a lot of grinding, bending and adding weight to the lower lofted irons.

This leads to several interesting questions:

  1. Which set of irons will Dechambeau put into play when he tees it up at the Masters next week?  My guess is he will go with the Edel irons but there may well be some industry pressure for him to use the Cobra irons, which in my mind would be a mistake.
  2. Are we about to see a major OEM produce a set of single length irons for the mass market?  That will all depend on how well Dechambeau performs once he turns pro, which he intends to do the week after the Masters.  If he were to perform well as a pro with Cobra single length irons, we may well see a major OEM venture into the field of mass marketing single length irons, the first since Tommy Armour’s ill-fated attempt in the mid 1980’s. A winning Dechambeau would provide Cobra with the ‘poster boy’ Armour lacked.

DeChambeau leads after first round in Abu Dhabi

Bryson DeChambeau shot an opening round 64 in the first round of the HSBC Championship on the 7600 yard  Abu Dhabi Golf Club course.

With 9’s of 32/32 that included a bogie 7 birdies and an eagle DeChambeau would appear to be at the top of his game.

In their morning coverage the Golf Channel barely mentioned his name despite the fact he’s leading the tournament.

The American golf establishment is slow to embrace DeChambeau based partially on his unorthodox approach to the game.  This wing is different, his clubs are different, and his attitude is different.

The single length irons he uses do not comply with the status quo in terms of what the golf industry see as the norm for golf clubs.

Virtually no golf instructor of any note teaches the single plane swing

Lastly, most young golfers are trying to emulate other successful golfers on the tours and for the most part tend to look like clones in terms of their swings (with a few exceptions like Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and a few others).  Bryson is going his own way, trying to come up with a better mouse trap, and it seems that for him at least its working.

I wish him well in the last 3 rounds.