Dr. Ryszard Stroynowski, professor of experimental physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, admits to being slightly disappointed in his former student Bryson DeChambeau.
Like others at SMU, Stroynowski is happy for DeChambeau’s success as a golfer, the 25-year-old having climbed to fifth in the world ranking, but there’s a twinge of regret about the road not taken.
“I was hoping he would become a scientist,” Stroynowski says.
Dr. Roberto Vega, associate professor of theoretical physics at SMU, agrees.
“He could have been successful in physics,” Vega says. “He’s a serious thinker. He was a serious student. He wanted to know. He wanted to understand.”
Physics’ loss is golf’s gain.
While stretching convention and doing his best to turn the imperfect game of golf into a scientific equation, DeChambeau has propelled himself into arguably the hottest player on the planet, having won four times worldwide since the middle of last August.
Among his many strengths, DeChambeau’s greatest may be his resolute will to play golf his way rather than mold to the way it’s always been done.
Single-length irons, a blocky, full body swing and reducing every shot to a calculation down to the effect of the day’s air density on ball flight, DeChambeau isn’t simply marching to a different beat.
He’s drum major in a one-man band.
He is a scientist.
Give him the time and DeChambeau can explain in detail why he plays golf the way he does. Why all of his irons...
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