DeChambeau Gets Salty

by | Jun 15, 2024 | Pro News

Throughout his illustrious career, Bryson DeChambeau has stood out as a true innovator in the world of golf equipment and technology. DeChambeau, for instance, is one of the rare players – on either the LIV Golf Tour or PGA Tour – to opt for graphite shafts in his irons. Not only that, his irons have been single-length since 2018, a choice that sets him apart from the traditional golfing norms.

DeChambeau, who goes into the final round of the U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 with a three-shot lead, also plays with a six-degree (loft) Krank driver, popular with many long-drive competitors.

DeChambeau’s putter of choice is a SIK Pro C-Series Armlock with a heavy LA Golf shaft.

“I’m not here to decide the future of equipment in the game of golf, but I certainly do know what works for me and what will work for a lot of high ball speed players,’’ DeChambeau said.

For most observers, the only familiar “name’’ in DeChambeau’s bag is a Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash. But even that ball comes with DeChamabeau’s special spin – pardon the pun. That is, he floats his Titleist’s in an Epsom salt solution “to make sure that the golf ball is not out of balance.’’

“There was a big thing back in the day where golf balls are out of balance, and it’s just because of the manufacturing process,’’ DeChambeau said. “There’s always going to be an error, especially when it’s a sphere, and there are dimples on the edges. You can’t perfectly get it in the center. So, what I’m doing is finding pretty much the out-of-balances of it, how much out of balance it is. Heavy slide floats to the bottom, and then we mark the top with a dot to make sure it’s always rolling over itself.

“For most golf balls that we get, it’s not really that big of a deal. I try to be as precise as possible, and it’s one more step that I do to make sure my golf ball flies as straight as it possibly can fly because I’m not that great at hitting it that straight.’’


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Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.