Bryson DeChambeau the scientist of golf

Ever since Bryson DeChambeau made his mark on the golf landscape in 2015 with his U.S. Amateur and NCAA titles, he has been one of the most intriguing figures in golf.

Though he had struggled earlier this season, a final-round 65 capped by a birdie on the 72nd hole of the John Deere Classic gave the enigmatic 24-year-old his first PGA Tour victory.

What makes DeChambeau so interesting? Several things, actually. Let us count the ways.

Bryson developed his first set of single-length irons at 17

He and his long-time coach, Mike Schy, ground down a bunch of shaft flexes and clubs to build his first set of irons. This year, Cobra, which signed DeChambeau to an endorsement deal after he turned pro following the 2016 Masters, released a consumer product, Cobra King One-Length irons, along with Bryson’s input.

It’s not just the length of each iron shaft. Bryson’s clubs

Which are 37½ inches long, the length of a standard 6-iron, are set at 72-degree lie angles that are 10 degrees more upright than standard. To achieve a consistent swing weight, all the heads weigh 278 grams.

The Hogan cap also dates back to his teenage days

DeChambeau says he saw the cap in a pro shop when he was 13 years old and decided to pick one up, and it has become his signature look ever since.


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His autograph is the most unusual on tour

Though he’s right-handed, Bryson can sign his autograph backward with his left hand. He spent hours perfecting his handwriting left-handed. “If I wanted to learn Arabic or Russian, I could. Or tie my shoes in a new way, I could. Why? Dedication,” he told our Jaime Diaz in 2016. “I’m not really smart, but I’m dedicated. I can be good at anything if I love it and dedicate myself. And I love history. I love science. I love music. I love golf. I love learning. I love life. I love trying to be the best at anything and everything.”

In high school, he rewrote his physics textbook

DeChambeau borrowed the textbook from the library and wrote down everything from the 180-page book into a three-ring binder. He explains: “My parents could have bought one for me, but they had done so much for me in golf that I didn’t want to bother them in asking for a $200 book. … By writing it down myself I was able to understand things on a whole comprehensive level.”

The scientist of golf, Bryson Dechambeau is definitely one for the future.