The Havemeyer trophy returned to home soil this year as US amateur superstar Bryson De Chambeau closed out fellow American, Derek Brand in an all American final at Olympia Fields (III) Country Club this earlier this week.
Although the US Amateur honuor board is mostly dominated by the Stars and Stripes lets not forget the Havemeyer trophy has spent the last two years on foreign soil with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick defeating Australian’s Oliver Goss in the 2013 final and South Korea’s Gunn Yang snatching a victory over Canada’s Corey Conners last year.
This year’s all American final saw Bryson DeChambeau overpower Derek Band by the largest winning margin in recent history. Indeed we have to look back 17 years in the US Amateur record books to 1998 when David Gossett beat Sung Yoon Kim 9 / 8 at Pebble Beach to see a similar winning margin.
However, it’s not the all American final, the impressive winning margin or the fact that the trophy is back on home soil that’s got everyone talking. It would appear that we have a golfer that’s not a mainstream look-a-like. Bryson’s unique set of irons and his natural motion, single plane swing are what’s got everyone talking.
De Chambeau’s unusual custom made Edel cavity back irons each have a head weight of 280 grams built on a 37.5 inch shafts with a lie angle of 72 degrees finished with a JumboMax grip (weighting 120 grams). Yes that’s correct – you are not mis-reading this, all Bryson’s irons (3-iron through to 60 degree wedge) are the same weight, length and lie angle (with differing loft).
If De Chambeau’s unique club make up isn’t enough to get one half of the golfing industry (the club manufacturers) into a panic then his unique swing will be getting the other half (teaching professionals) sweating under the collar.
“I think it will be interesting to see if any manufacturers jump on board with Bryson and Edel’s level of customization”.
Working in the golf industry I hear, see and read a lot of commentary about the “ideal swing”. Generally people cringe when they see a golf swing that’s not on plane and ask the question “how does that work”? I think it’s great for the game of golf when a distinctive player comes along who has a swing thats a little different because it gets people thinking about what works and why.
In the nanny state of golf that we live in most (not all) golfers are relatively standard in their swing and equipment set up. It would be interesting to see what would happen if we all let our golf swings to evolve naturally.
Do you think we would all be as individually recognisable like Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson or… Bryson DeChambeau?
Links to other interesting articles I have read on De Chambeau
August has seen two of the LPGA’s highest fliers leave the golf course temporarily to reach heights of a different kind. The adrenaline rush of performing at the highest level of golf wasn’t quite enough for the likes of Paula Creamer or Suzann Pettersen as they took to the air testing the altitude for a supersonic experience and the chance to hang-a-round with some elite fast flying pilots.
Paula Creamer received a surprise birthday treat when she was delivered to the Blue Angels hangar in Pensacola. From the images posted online Creamer’s famous trademark smile grew even wider as she flew well beyond Cloud No.9 taking off in a Bowing F/A-187 Hornet to fly with the Blue Angel’s No.7 Capt. Jeff Kuss.
As we already know, the LPGA tour players are a super competitive bunch and it would seem Suzann Pettersen was keen to challenge Creamer’s Hornet flight . A couple of days after Creamers experience Pettersen took on the fast flying challenge raising the bar to another level – literally. Not to be outdone by Creamer – Pettersen took to the skies with the Breitling Jet Team snatching a ride in an L-39C Albatros.
Both ladies reported experiencing all the feelings you might get from playing a major: “adrenalin, excitement, anxiety and nervousness”.
For those of you that missed this or don’t follow Twitter, Facebook or Instagrammy goodness here some links to images of the girls having supersonic fun:
Golfers are an indiscernable crowd, they come in all shapes, sizes and sexes. You may not realise it but you’re probably sitting next to one now. We are relatively normal people most of the time.
Now us golfers have many long kept secrets about how great we think our game is and how amazing the places are that we play. Good news though – to hopefully inspire you to take up the sport I’ve decided to break ranks and share a couple of places that I think a pretty special.
Are you hooked? I thought you would be. It’s now time to head to your local PGA Professional Golfer, get some lessons, buy some clubs and enjoy the world of golf and golf travel with my top 7 golf travel tips.
TIP 1: BOOKING THE TRIP
If you are set on taking your own clubs with you try and book as direct a route as possible using only one airline if you can (or at very least use one alliance). From my experience, the more times you transit and change airlines the more likely you are not to see your bags at the other end.
TIP 2: PROTECT YOUR CLUBS
Whether you are planning a long or short haul flight or regional road trip its important to make sure your clubs arrive at your destination in the same or better shape than you do.
I recommend buying a hard full size zip travel golf bag on wheels. It must have a hard top in case your bag gets accidentally dropped on its head in transit like mine did (and the wheels are handy for mobility around airports).
I highly recommend buying the full size bag as I bought a half size one and it annoyed the hell out of me. When I went to use it on the course all the clubs got tangled up together and it was difficult to get the clubs in and out.
And … my other reason for recommending the full size bag is you never know when you’re going to stumble across a new piece of equipment (if you know golfers, you know they never have enough equipment) so trust me – you DEFINITELY need to make sure there is that little bit of extra room in your bag for potential holiday purchases.
Note: It’s also a really good idea to pop some socks on your driver and or fairway woods if they don’t already have covers and stuff newspaper in around the irons so they don’t rattle around too much.
Remember its also a good idea to take any electronic devices out of your bag and pack them in your suitcase.
TIP 3: CLEAN YOUR GEAR
Quarantine officers do not like dirt so make sure all your gear clubs, bag and shoes are squeaky clean whenever you travel so you can avoid getting pulled up at inspection.
TIP 4: WEIGHT AND PIECE RESTRICTIONS
Chant after me: I will not get caught out. I will not get caught out. I will not get caught out.
Because … trust me, it’s very easy to get caught out when you’re travelling with odd shaped sporting equipment.
Weight and piece restrictions can be different from domestic to international even though you are with the same carrier.
Note: Make sure you know the weight restrictions and how many pieces you are entitled to and whether you can spread the weight amongst the pieces. (Luggage scales are always handy).
Note: Read the fine print and remember that your golf clubs are classed as an OVERSIZE item of luggage (not REGULAR).
If you do find you need extra pieces make sure you buy them ONLINE during the period stipulated on your booking confirmation or you will get stung sometimes double the price at check in.
Remember to drop off and pick up your clubs from the oversize counter at the airport. This is almost always in a different location to the regular drop off area and you can have your heart in your mouth when your clubs don’t arrive on the carousel as they will usually be waiting for you at the oversize pick up.
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TIP 7: THE ULTIMATE TIP FOR THE GOLD TICKET GOLF EXPERIENCE
I always try and save the best for last… and yes this is a GOLD TIP because it’s a Virgin Australia Gold Membership I’m chasing with this post for a Virgin Australia competition.
There is a wise old saying that all good things take time, so if you have time to spare then this is the experience for you… Do you want to know more? You must pass the test …
Sanity Test for a Serious Golf Adrenaline Junkie
Q1. Do you go into withdrawal after the Masters?
Q2. Does the whiff of fresh grass clippings after some serious double striping alert your senses.
Q3. Do you one day hope to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of golf behind the ropes.
3 Answers in the affirmative means you pass. Please proceed.
Yes this very unique and different way of taking in a major golf tournament that will blow your argyle socks off.
Have you ever thought of Volunteering?!!
I have had friends that have done this and they come back with insanely fantastic stories of who they met and what they have gotten up to, so I seriously encourage you to consider this as an option when sizing up your next golf trip.