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9 things that make Bryson DeChambeau’s golf equipment unique

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He may have switched from a Ben Hogan and Payne Stewart-style Daly hat to a more traditional baseball cap over the last two years, but Bryson DeChambeau swings the club and approaches his golf equipment differently than other pros.

While the 30-year-old from Modesto, California, has trimmed down from his massive size of a few years ago, he still creates incredible clubhead speed and strives to unlock new ways to gain distance and enhance his consistency. That, and his curiosity and passion for science, have lead to DeChambeau to adopt different swing techniques that often put special demands on his equipment.

Every pro has access to elite custom fitters who can personalize and customize equipment to enhance their performance, but no golfer goes to the extremes like Bryson DeChambeau.

Below are nine things about his gear that are unusual and unique.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s graphite shaft. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

For decades, there was a stigma about graphite shafts, that they were only for senior players and golfers who needed something ultra-lightweight because they struggled to generate speed. That dated thinking has gone the way of the feathery and hickory shafts. Bryson DeChambeau has a graphite shaft in all 14 clubs in his bag. In 2018, he signed an endorsement deal with LA Golf, and shortly after partnering with the brand, his signature line of graphite wood shafts and iron shafts was released.

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Bryson DeChambeau hits a putt on the fourth hole during the third round of the 124th U.S. Open. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

LA Golf purchased SIK, a putter company, in 2022 and began producing its own line of putters using SIK’s “Descending Loft“ technology. DeChambeau uses an LA Golf blade-style putter fitted with an extremely stiff graphite shaft. Most putters are designed with a lie angle of around 72 degrees because that allows golfers to get into a traditional address position with their eyes over the ball and their arms hanging straight down from their shoulders. DeChambeau’s putter has nearly 80 degrees of lie angle, which is the limit allowed by the Rules of Golf. It enables Bryson to use a more vertical, upright address position. He stands closer to the ball, locks his arms in place and positions the putter more vertically, trying to create a more repeatable pendulum stroke as the flat portion of his putter grip presses against his left forearm.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s driver grip. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

DeChambeau uses JumboMax Tour Series XL grips on all his full-swing clubs. The grips are 3/8“ larger in diameter than standard grips, which may not sound like a lot, but they feel and look immense. Golfers with large hands typically find that oversized or jumbo grips feel more comfortable and allow them to grip the club with less tension. Many golfers also find that larger grips reduce the amount of hand and wrist action in their swing, so players who get flippy with their irons and wedges can often benefit and increase consistency with larger grips.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s 3D printed Avoda irons. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

On the Monday before the 2024 Masters, the USGA approved a custom set of 3D-printed Avoda irons made for DeChambeau and added them to the conforming club list. That made them legal to play in competition, and DeChambeau promptly added them to his bag in Augusta. As Golfweek’s Adam Schupak reported in April:

Avoda is a Hebrew word with multiple meanings, one of which is precision. According to Avoda’s website, the company makes two different types of irons, one-length irons like the clubs DeChambeau played when he was sponsored by Cobra, and combo-length irons.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s Adoda irons have faces that curve from heel to toe. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Golf equipment companies go to great lengths to make the hitting area on irons perfectly flat, but DeChambeau’s 3D-printed Avoda irons have faces that curve from heel to toe. In drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, that curve is called bulge, and it is designed to reduce the gear effect that occurs when a player strikes the ball toward the toe or the heel. Earlier this week on Golf Channel, DeChambeau said, “Essentially, when I was hitting it on the toe I was hooking it like crazy. On the heel, I was missing it right like crazy. So I created curvature on the toe and the heel (of the iron faces) to get it started a little farther right on the toe and on the heel start it a little father left so it makes sure it doesn’t go too far offline. Much like the driver.”

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Bryson DeChambeau hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the 124th U.S. Open. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Traditionally, golf clubs are all different in length, with each club getting progressively shorter as the loft increases. So, for example, your 5-iron is slightly longer than your 6-iron, which is longer than your 7-iron. Since 2011, Bryson DeChambeau has been playing irons and wedges that are all the same length, 37.5 inches, which is the length of a traditional 7-iron. So, his higher-lofted irons are longer than standard, but his low-lofted irons are shorter than conventional length.

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Bryson DeChambeau chipping during the third round of the 2024 U.S. Open. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Bryson DeChambeau plays a 60-degree lob wedge, a 56-degree sand wedge that has been bent to 55, a 50-degree gap wedge and a 45-degree pitching wedge. All of those clubs are Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, but then he plays another pitching wedge that matches the 3D-printed Avoda iron set that has 40 degrees of loft.

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Bryson DeChambeau hits a tee shot on the 15th hole Saturday at the 2024 U.S. Open. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DeChambeau is cagey when it comes to the lofts of his clubs but has said that the loft of his Avoda 5-iron is 17 degrees. That’s very, very strong. Seventeen degrees of loft would ordinarily be used for a 2-iron or a 5-wood. Most 5-irons designed for elite players have about 8 to 10 degrees more loft (a Titleist T100 5-iron has 27 degrees, a Ping Blueprint T has 26 and a Srixon ZX7 MkII has 25). Bryson said on a YouTube video walkthrough of his gear that his 5-iron has 17 degrees of loft because that generates about 4,000 rpm of spin, which at DeChambeau’s swing speeds produces the trajectory that he’s looking for.

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Bryson DeChambeau hitting driver Saturday at the 2024 U.S. Open. (Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Sports)

Many fast-swinging pros use drivers with 9 or 8 degrees of loft, and a handful opt for clubs with slightly less loft than that. However, Bryson DeChambeau uses a Krank Formula Fire driver made with 6 degrees of loft. However, the head has been adjusted, so it plays with only 5 degrees of loft. DeChambeau’s Krank Formula Fire 3-wood has 10 degrees of loft, which effectively makes it a mini driver, and his Krank Formula Fire 5-wood has 13 degrees of loft, which typically would be a strong-lofted 3-wood.


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