Like most of the gear that a pro golfer uses, the grip on their clubs can make or break their game. As a golf hacker, Bryson DeChambeau probably has a great reason behind the grips he uses.
Bryson DeChambeau uses the JumboMax Golf Grips. JumboMax Grips are fairly large and actually weigh 125 grams adding weight to the clubs. However, the argument behind this is that if he is using less energy to grip the club he can use more to swing it. He has compensated for the weight of his grips by changing the shaft on his clubs.
Scroll down to read more about Bryson DeChambeau’s JumboMax Golf Grips, the change he made to the shafts on his clubs, and how he bulked up to have a better drive.
Bryson DeChambeau’s JumboMax Grips
As the PGA Tour website reported in 2019, Bryson DeChambeau has been using the JumboMax Golf Grips since he came onto the tour in 2015. Since his debut on the PGA Tour, he has been dubbed ‘The Mad Scientist’ of golf, which makes you wonder what’s so special about these grips?
Well, to start the grips are the largest ones that can be found in the golf industry. The reasoning behind that is that all other tools used by people have big grips, but golf clubs have thin ones and that doesn’t make sense.
As is stated on the JumboMax website, “In head-to-head testing by Golf Etc. of America, and GolfTest USA, golfers increased their driver carry distance by an average of 10 yards, reduced slice spin, increased ball speed, improved launch angle and gained accuracy.”
On top of this, the company has designed the grip so that it places the club in the strongest and most-stable part of the hand. By doing this, it allows for a better grip because there isn’t a need to grip the club so tightly.
Since the grip is thicker, it also helps to reduce the amount of shock on your joints. This means that the grip is really good for anyone who experiences pain while golfing or even has arthritis.
Golf is known to be a game that a lot of people play when they retire so the grip is actually really useful for retirees. The brand also claims that people who use these grips are seeing more control with their swing, as well as an increase in distance.
Bryson DeChambeau is known for hacking his golf swing so it makes sense that he will use the grip that is scientifically proven to improve his game. He’s done more than just using bigger grips to improve his game though.
Watch Bryson DeChambeau talk about the JumboMax Golf Grips with Flight Scope in the below video.
DeChambeau’s Shaft Switch
In 2019, after a 14-hour session on the range in Dallas right before The Masters Tournament, Bryson DeChambeau made the decision to make a switch. He decided to change up the type of shaft he was using on his irons.
Up to this point, he had been using the True Temper Dynamic Gold X7 shaft. He opted to switch to the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft instead.
But what’s the difference between the two? Well, not too much actually.
According to Jonathan Wall at Golf Magazine, their shaft bands and weight tolerances are the only difference. The shaft band is just the label that is put onto the club to identify it while the weight tolerance is what can actually affect the golfer’s performance.
The True Temper Gold X7 is a much stiffer shaft compare to the Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400, which has a lot more flex to it. While a hobby golfer wouldn’t really be able to notice the difference between the two, a pro athlete like DeChambeau will see a difference in his game.
Bryson DeChambeau Bulks Up
DeChambeau hasn’t just changed up his gear in order to improve his game, he has also changed up his physical appearance. In the 2020 season, he saw the opportunity to be had during his self-isolation and decided to bulk up.
As Bill Pennington at the New York Times reported, Bryson DeChambeau saw the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to gain 40 pounds while the golf season was on a hiatus. He now weighs 260 pounds and his drive speed is 210 miles an hour!
This focus on his own physical strength resulted in him now having the longest drive on the PGA Tour. Between his grips, his clubs, and his physique, Bryson DeChambeau really knows how to hack golf.