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The quirky putting technique behind player's win

Anytime Bryson DeChambeau finds himself in contention at a golf tournament, the conversation inevitably turns to his to his unconventional golf swing.

Admittedly, it is a fascinating philosophy (one I explain here), but Bryson's most important recent innovation has nothing to do with his full swing. Rather, it concerns his putting.

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Bryson's always been a good ball striker; it's his putting that has been the problem. He struggled with it so badly at the end of last season that he adopted a side-saddle approach.

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But after running into some rules issues, Bryson adopted a new style: Arm-anchoring. It's been around for a while - Bernhard Langer used it to win the 1993 Masters - and more recently, Matt Kuchar used the method to much success.

The quirky putting technique behind player's win

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The style, which involves resting the top of a longer-than-average putter against forearm throughout the stroke, has been re-popularized after the USGA's ban on anchored putters went into effect. I've written about this before because I think it's a genuinely interesting alternative. By resting the club against your forearm throughout the stroke, it effectively locks the club and wrists into the arms and shoulders, forcing them all to move as one.

Simply put: There's less moving parts. As you can see in the pictures below, Bryson's arms, shoulders, wrists and clubs are all moving together throughout the stroke.

The quirky putting technique behind player's win

After a brief adjustment period, DeChambeau is finally seeing some significant results. He gained 1.873 strokes putting on route to his first PGA Tour victory last season, and his Strokes Gained Putting has bettered the field average in four of his last six tournaments.

When you hit the ball as well as DeChambeau, those margins mean everything. At the very least, they certainly did on Sunday at the John Deere Classic.

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