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80th Masters: Amateur is student of 'Single Plane Theory' of golf swings


04-10-2016 15:58 BJT

One of the other golfers that fell down the leaderboard was U.S. amateur champ Bryson DeChambeau. The youngster made a run on the second day of the Masters, but faltered in round three. Either way, he has been making plenty of noise at Augusta -- mostly for his distinct golfing style.

Bryson DeChambeau, the reigning US Amateur champion, is taking the golf world by storm. His game, as unique as everything about him. And how he's playing the sport, is making even the biggest stars sit up and take notice.

"I really enjoy spending time with Bryson because he comes at the game from such a different point of view and has such well thought out ideas about how the game should be played, a different way, the way he plays it. And he's also a terrific player fun to be around," said Phil Mickelson, three-time Masters winner.

So what sets DeChambeau apart? The first thing you notice are his clubs. Each iron is exactly the same length, that of a six iron. Every other player uses irons that gradually get shorter. This works with his theory of the golf swing. He is a true believer in something called the "Single Plane Theory."

A simple motion, requiring little more than a turn of the shoulders. It's beauty lying in easy repetition. The clubsmake this possible. Then, there is his mental make-up. He has an unwavering self confidence and belief that even now as an amateur, he belongs right there with the best in the world. His solid play this week comes as no surprise to him, because quite simply, he prepared for this.

"I was an intern, for the past seven, eight months, however long it was. When I won the amateur, I knew I had this time to get ready. What we were trying to do was take my rookie year out of it, and get ready," DeChambeau said.

For the first two days, DeChambeau had a chance to test his game against the reigning champion Jordan Spieth and fared well. Going around in even par over 36 holes alongside the Green Jacket holder, learning just what sets Spieth apart from the rest.

"One thing I do need to improve on is my wedge play, watching Spieth hit these wedges to nothing every single time is incredible. If I can get that part of my game to come around, it's going to be a fun, fun journey," DeChambeau said. said.

And DeChambeau certainly seems poised for quite the journey. He is just the fifth golfer in history to hold the NCAA Men's Championship, and U.S. Amateur titles, joining the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jack Nicklaus. Whether DeChambeau reaches the lofty heights of those superstars is something that will unfold in due time, but no matter how his ride ends, DeChambeau is blazing his own trail, and giving golf something brand new and interesting to think about. Reporting from the Masters at Augusta National.

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