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