Nothing Runs Like a DeChambeau
The big guns may have been playing the Scottish Open or otherwise preparing for the Open at Royal Birkdale and in fact the 156-man field playing the John Deere Classic included only Daniel Berger (20th) and Kevin Kisner (24th) from the top 25 in the World Golf Rankings. But regardless of who teed it up at TPC Deer Run, Bryson DeChambeau managed some inspired golf over Sunday’s final nine with six birdies including one on the 72nd hole for first PGA Tour win. He was able to overcome a four stroke lead held by Patrick Rodgers with a closing round of 65.
The 23-year old DeChambeau had an outstanding career while in college capped by winning both the NCAA individual championship and the U.S. Amateur two years ago is probably better known for his unique swing and unusual clubs. His single plane swing is straight out of Homer Kelly’s book “The Golfing Machine” but the young Californian has been the subject of even more discussion from the specification’s for his Cobra irons…they are all of one length.
At 37 ½” DeChambeau’s Cobra King Forged ONE Lengths are approximately the same as a typical 7-iron and each has been re-engineered by Cobra for the same weighting as a 7-iron. DeChambeau says the advantages over conventional irons include not having to modify his set up and swing as shaft lengths change. Obviously for experienced players there may be some other issues but for new golfers the simplicity of only one length shaft may be a definite plus.
In addition to the King Forged ONE Length (4-iron through pitching wedge $999) Cobra makes a game-improvement version, the King F7 One Length and a stock set of 5-iron through gap wedge is $699. .
DeChambeau’s Winning Gear:
Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro 8.5 degrees (45” Project X HZRDUS T1100 75X)
Fairway wood: Cobra King LTD 3/4 wood 14.5 degrees (43” Project X HZRDUS Black 85 X tipped 1”)
Irons: 18 degree Cobra King Driving Iron (40 ½” Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X); 4-iron through pitching wedge Cobra King Forged One Length (37 ½” Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 130X)
Wedges: Cobra King V Grind 50, 56, 60 degrees (37.5” Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 130X)
Putter: SIK Kinematics prototype
Ball: Bridgestone B330
Should anyone ask: Usage numbers at the John Deere Classic were as expected–TaylorMade Golf’s M1 and M2 models first in the driver count at 67 followed by Titleist (41), Callaway (23) and Ping (15) while with 119 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls were the most played in the 156-man field versus the second place brand with 10.
Ping’s G400: Ping has introduced the G400 family, the eighth iteration of the G series, and the line includes everything from drivers to irons plus a redone Crossover. According to Ping the G400 driver (MSRP $435 – street price $399) has much improved aerodynamics from their “turbulator” drag-reducing crown ridges and a slightly smaller 445cc head plus the G400 has Ping’s first ever forged driver face. The crown is very thin using Ping’s Dragonfly design and head weighting has been updated. As in the past, three versions will be available: the standard, the SFT (anti-slice) and the LST (low spin).
Titleist Hybrids: Toursters at the John Deere Classic got their first look at Titleist’s new 818H1 and 818H2 hybrids both with a redesigned sole channel and a weight port in the toe similar to their fairway woods that makes use of a reversible weight cartridge. The H1 has a larger shape with more face progression while the H2 is smaller and pear-shaped. No word yet as to pricing.
Smart Sole 3: Cleveland Golf will have version 3 of their popular Smart Sole wedges in shops July 24 and they are worthy successors to the previous models we have praised. The SS3 S has a three tiered sole that’s extra wide and very forgiving making getting out of bunkers easier than ever while the SS3 C for chips will help banish chunks and blades without changes in setup, grip or swing. Smart Sole 3 wedges are $120 with steel shafts and $130 with graphite.
O-Works Red and Black: According to Odyssey the latest O-Works models “were driven by extensive feedback from our staffers” on professional tours. Both the Red and Black have the Microhinge face insert introduced by O-Works last year which is comprised of tiny hinges that flex on impact for an improved roll. At retail August 4 with a stock Winn grip pricing will be $199 and with a Superstroke mid Slim 2.0 grip $219. O-Works Black Head Shape Options: #2W, #3T, #1, 330M, #2M CS, #7S and O-Works Red Head Shape Options: 2-Ball, #7, #7S
Tour Edge Tour Prototype: At the Constellation Senior Players Championship won by Scott McCarron last weekend Tour Edge Golf created a bit of a stir showing of their new Tour Prototype Exotics Hybrid. Developed in secrecy for two years it has a multi-material construction of beta titanium, hyper-steel and carbon composite. At least five were put in play by the seniors but no word yet on specifications, availability or price.
Q-STAR: August 18 Srixon will launch the newest Q-STAR ball and like the previous one will have 2-piece construction but with a lower compression gradient core, the third generation of their Spin Skin to add friction and a new low drag dimple pattern. The price will remain the same as the current Q-STAR, $24.99, and both white and yellow will be available.
And finally – Drivers used by World Top Ten: According to a Golfweek.com article by Dave Dusek the top ten ranked golfers in the world as might be expected use a variety of driver brands. TaylorMade leads the list with five of the ten (Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day and Jon Rahm). Callaway is next with three (Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren) with Titleist one (Jordan Spieth) and Cobra one (Rickie Fowler). As Dusek so aptly points out all of these fine players, regardless of which brand they use, have drivers specifically and individually made for them which means of course is there’s little relation to the one-wood you and I should be carrying.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?