You've Probably Never Heard a Golfer Talk Quite Like This

'Mad scientist' Bryson DeChambeau is rising in rankings with a very calculated approach
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2019 1:14 PM CDT
Bryson DeChambeau hits on the fourth hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, in Augusta, Ga.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Golfer Bryson DeChambeau is off to a strong start at this week's Masters, which probably isn't a surprise to those following the 25-year-old's fast ascent up the world rankings. He's currently ranked sixth, and DeChambeau's unusual approach to the game is drawing lots of attention. Tiger Woods calls him a "numbers guy," which might be a huge understatement. DeChambeau's approach is so scientific and analytical that a feature at Bleacher Report asserts "he has the potential to change the way the game is played."

  • The process: Watch this video clip via the European Tour for a taste of DeChambeau's preparation for a shot. Among other things, he factors in not just wind and distance, but "air density to the flag."
  • The physics: Or listen to him here explain how to skip a ball across the water at Augusta National. It's "hypnotic" as he discusses the angle of the shot (30 degrees), the ideal spin rate of the ball (5,000rpm), water density, and the general physics at play, per Golf Digest. "It's just like Bernoulli's principle, flying through the air," he says casually at one point.

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