One of the major discussions on the PGA Tour in 2020 is the drastic change in Bryson DeChambeau’s swing. His monstrous drives have eclipsed the imagination of many players and I am fairly sure that many golfers will try to emulate his success. Personally, I see little chance that I would be able to come close matching the powerful swing, but it is fun to watch.
There are many amazing things about DeChambeau’s swing that the video dissects. Just watching the sheer raw power starting with his takeaway is something that many will fell is the key to hitting a longer ball. However, I have a different take; the torque he generates between his hips and shoulders.
Now, this is something I think I can ape. Trying to increase the separation between my shoulders and hips flies in the face of flexibility. I remember that my friend, Mike Clarezy, described the physical separation as two rubber bands attached to opposite hips and shoulders. As I first move my hips towards my target, I should feel some tension in my back.
I realize that tension might be the wrong word, but as I increase my flexibility, I should be able to increase the hip / shoulder separation. This is not a euphony because I have know that this movement would be a benefit to increase distance. I do not have to swing faster because my arch would be larger, thus creating more club head speed. Of course there is more to creating a larger arc and swing speed and Chris Ryan shows me how:
It is interesting that this article started off talking about Bryson DeChambeau’s powerful swing and results in another thing I can work on in my off season. And the wonderful thing about this possible fix is that it is an extension of what what I am already doing. Now that is a good thing!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!