February 27, 2016
DeChambeau Drops Side-Saddle Putting Style
In the recent Winter edition of NCGA Golf magazine, Clovis resident Bryson DeChambeau’s switch to side-saddle putting is highlighted as the Instructions feature.
As we all know, things change.
After two months, DeChambeau, the 2011 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, has stopped putting side-saddle and returned to an orthodox style. The 2015 U.S. Amateur champ first dropped the side-saddle at the Genesis Open, where he’d withdraw after playing 28 holes due to a hand injury.
At this past weekend’s Honda Classic, DeChambeau reiterated that he was abandoning the side-saddle style, in part because of disagreements with the USGA.
“I’m pretty much done with it,” he said. “(The) USGA doesn’t like me doing it.”
According to Golf Digest, the USGA stated that its discussions with DeChambeau were equipment related and not stroke related.
“We talked to Bryson in mid-January to discuss both his putter and his method of stroke,” USGA spokesperson Janeen Driscoll told Golf Digest. “In that conversation, we confirmed that his method of stroke (side-saddle) was fully compliant within the Rules of Golf, and he could feel confident in continuing to employ that method.”
In respect to the stroke Rule 14-1a states that “the ball must be fairly struck at with the head of club and must not be pushed, scraped or spooned.”