Last October, Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte reported that Bryson DeChambeau was experimenting with the side-saddle putting method. Now, we have video proof of DeChambeau practicing the stroke during a practice round for this week’s Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Looks like someone is taking a little different approach to his putting https://t.co/iTS85uTukl
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 6, 2016
Should DeChambeau, who is now a full-time member on the PGA Tour, adopt the side-saddle stroke, it wouldn’t be the only unorthodox method he uses on the golf course. DeChambeau plays single-length irons, has a single-plane swing, uses JumboMax grips on all of his clubs, tests his golf balls in Epsom salt and water, and relies on a green-reading system called “vector.”
Of course, side-saddle has been done before. Most notably, Sam Snead used the stroke in the 1960s.
DeChambeau’s stroke is slightly different from the one Snead used in that DeChambeau’s right hand is low on the club. DeChambeau’s instructor Mike Schy said they’re calling it something different, too.
“We’re calling it Face-on,” Schy told golf writer Adam Schupak.
— Adam Schupak (@AdamSchupak) December 7, 2016
DeChambeau didn’t use the stroke this fall, but he plans to use it this week in Naples, Fla., according to a social-media post Wednesday evening.
“Implementing a new style of putting this week,” DeChambeau wrote, “that I believe will enhance my performance and help me compete at a higher level.”
– Brentley Romine