Since returning from the pandemic-induced break last June, a beefed-up Bryson DeChambeau has captivated
golf fans with his distance-at-any-cost (even his digestive system) strategy.
In this stretch Bryson accumulated an impressive 3 wins, highlighted by his dominant U.S. Open win last fall.
So, this experiment has surely been a resounding success, right? Not so fast:
Prior to his distance revolution, DeChambeau's best
50-round moving average of adjusted strokes-gained
(this is also typically the level one
needs to maintain to be the best player in the world at any given moment).
Bryson achieved this initial peak in early 2019, driven by a
well-balanced game that included sustained performance near the top-10-in-the-world benchmark for
The new big-hitting Bryson also achieved a similar +2.5-strokes-gained-per-round peak
after his win at Winged Foot, but has since fallen off a bit.
While DeChambeau is gaining significantly more strokes off-the-tee now than before,
his approach game has suffered,
recently falling to the level of an average PGA Tour pro.
So has Bryson solved golf? Maybe, but we aren't even convinced he's the best version of himself yet.