Bryson DeChambeau has riveted spectators with his unique golf swing and style. He has introduced the golf world to the Single Plane address position that we have promoted for years. And now he is a US Open Champion.
Interesting – all those skeptics of the single plane swing that said the single plane could not win on tour and was “shorter” than other golf swings… wonder what they are saying now…?
So – now that the single plane swing has won a major championship and is one of the longest ball strikers on tour… let’s talk a little about Bryson vs. Moe and their single plane swings.
Bryson’s swing is similar to Moe Norman in many ways, but we still think Bryson’s swing can be simplified even more and Moe’s golf swing is definitely easier on the back.
If you are to simplify the golf swing the following must occur.
You must –
- Reduce lateral movement for consistency.
- Reduce rotational movement and still produce speed.
- Reduce stress on the body parts throughout the motion.
One thing that has so many people intrigued about Bryson is his address position. Bryson begins the club shaft to where it runs through the middle of the back – also known as the Single Plane. The big difference in the pictures below are the spine positions.
Bryson stands slightly closer to the golf ball than Moe which results in a more upright spine angle but as you see from down the line view – the single plane set up as the shaft of the club lines up with the lower 1/2 of the trail arm.
Continuing the address in the pictures below (Bryson from a few year’s ago), Bryson had less secondary spine angle, side-bend, than Moe. This leads to straightening the lead leg, a lifting of the body and an over rotation of the torso through impact.
One reason that Bryson has less secondary tilt at address is because his stance width is narrow. Moe’s stance width is double the width of Bryson’s (with a driver) which helps place the spine further behind the golf ball.
See the picture below – you will see that Bryson has widened his stance has he is working on increasing speed.
And consequently has increased his secondary spine tilt.
Below is Moe and Bryson at the top of their backswings. Moe on the left, has less torso rotation and maintains the side bend that he started with (this helps eliminate over-rotation).
Bryson on the right, rotates his torso more than 90 degrees in the backswing. The way Bryson generates speed is by extreme rotations and long levers. Bryson is 6’1″ and has a daily workout routine. The average age of a golfer in the United States is 59 years old. Not many are flexible and healthy enough to copy Bryson’s “young” rotational movements.
Now – see Bryson’s “updated” golf swing below.
As you see, Bryson is continuing the rotation of his torso, but he now has slightly more side bend. This is due to his slightly wider stance at set up.
Below is the release position of Moe and Bryson. Highlighted in Bryson is the torso rotation and the lead foot. Since both of Bryson’s arms are still straight, this has forced the lead shoulder to continue rotating thus eliminating speed production from the arms and wrists. The lead foot has spun out caused by a straightened lead leg forcing stress onto the lower back.
With Moe, the lead foot is fully stable on the ground. The lead knee is flexed which takes the stress off of the back. The torso rotation is less as Moe’s lead arm has folded allowing the wrists to release.
Biomechanically, this is the safest way to position the body and the main reason that Moe never had pain.
Now – See below – (Picture of Bryson at US Open)
See Bryson’s trail foot (heel on ground through release) and see Bryson’s classic “toe up” position –
Trail foot down –
Lead Knee flexed
Trail shoulder to chin
Fully released and club toward target
As you see, Moe and Bryson are both in the single plane in their golf swings. And as you see, even the single plane swing of Bryson is getting closer and closer to Moe’s single plane swing.
We believe the reason Bryson is able to hit the ball so far with accuracy is because of his single plane swing.
Bryon is revolutionizing the game with today’s young golfers – single plane, distance and accuracy – and we believe there is MUCH more to come!