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Q&A: Chris Como on Tiger Woods and the Biggest Misconception About Bryson DeChambeau

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Chris Como first emerged as one of the game’s top promising golf instructors when a guy named Tiger Woods announced he was working with him in 2014.

While this partnership failed to secure a major for Woods – he won the 2019 Masters after their split – Como was part of Team Bryson and helped DeChambeau change his swing by adding volume to his frame. and the distance of his training. It all culminated in a victory at the 2020 US Open and with Como being one of the first people DeChambeau thanked.

We spoke with Como about a Golf Galaxy store, one of its partners, in Dallas.

Q: How did you first connect with Bryson?

Chris Como: We’ve been friends for a long time. We had been talking about golf swing years before we started working together, so we were on each other’s radar long before we teamed up. We both live in Dallas and the relationship just evolved from discussing the golf swing to working on stuff here and there to really working on things.

Q: How would you describe the transition of longtime Bryson teacher Mike Schy to working primarily with you on his golf swing.

CC: A lot of what he does is still years of working with Mike and he still plays a part in things. There wasn’t really a clear transition. It was just one of those things where Bryson and I speak a similar language and we started going down burrows and he started playing well. Again, we’re all part of this bigger team where we come from a place of what’s in Bryson’s best interest and that’s to work together to some extent.

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Q: How does Bryson remind you of Tiger?

CC: They are both in this never-ending quest to get better. It’s a strange thing in that sometimes people who try to improve themselves get worse. Some would say Tiger shouldn’t have changed his swing in 2000. I don’t know. I agree his swing in 2000 is probably the best that anyone has ever swung in a golf club, but that’s a 20/20 retrospective because at the end of the day trying to keep going. improving was the same process he had had all his life. and I think Bryson is really taking that whole process everyday, no matter where he’s at with his game – even if he’s just won the US Open or Bay Hill – he’s trying to improve.

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For example, he just won Bay Hill, I see him at Players and there wasn’t much of a party. It was just on these are the shots we missed at Bay Hill and are trying to fix them. Regardless of his success, he is still looking forward to the next step to improve in this game.

What’s the biggest misconception about Bryson?

CC: I think it is that he is this ultra-technical golfer without feeling. He’s so good at feeling, at creativity, and has an artistic side and how he plays the game. So he’s not a robot that just does numbers. He tries to use his two aspects – analysis and creation – and from my point of view as a coach I’m very aware of how he feels, trying to interpret them as best as possible and we try to fill these two. worlds together so that he can perform at the highest level for himself.

Q: What is the best example of his art?

CC: Just the way he can do all kinds of weird stuff like signing his name backwards with his left hand. He can draw very well. But on the golf course, if you watch him, he often hits some really crazy shots. We had a range session at The Players where he was hitting all those goofy swings that looked wild, but he was the one trying to connect with his body and play with different sensations.

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There is no measuring device that can explain what he is doing, but it is just this intuitive process he was doing to reset his body and reconnect with his sensations. That’s how he plays the game. He’s a much more sensitive player than people attribute to him.

Q: What did you think of him trying to drive the par-5 sixth green at Bay Hill during the Arnold Palmer Invitational?

CC: It was fun. He thought it was strategically the right game even though there was some risk involved, but that risk was part of the overall distribution and the advantage for him was high enough that he was willing to take the risk and he got over it. felt like probability. of its success justified the whole being the right decision whatever the result. Being able to pull it off was great entertainment.

Q: Did you try to talk him out of doing it?

CC: No, why would I do it? (Laughs) It was so positive, right? From a strategic point of view it was the right thing and from another point of view just the drama, right? These guys are in the entertainment business. If you can hit a shot like that and pull it off and get the reaction it made, it’s a huge win from so many different perspectives.

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Q: Can Augusta National really be mastered?

CC: Probably not. The club are so smart to be ahead of the players that I would be surprised if they are really overpowered again like Tiger did in 1997. When I hear that he is overpowered I think of a person who plays it differently from the rest of the club. the pitch and because of that creating a big gap in the score and I will never see you again.

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Q: Does Bryson rely too much on green reading books?

CC: He’s one of the best putters on the Tour, so I’m not sure what you mean by that. He relies on it in the way he sees fit. Statistically he’s that good on tour. I think he was at the top of 10ft on the Tour last year, so it’s hard for me to criticize if it’s too much or not when the results are at as high a level as they are now. .

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He just has a large group of people around him. Bryson is very demanding in a great way. He is always trying to improve himself and he wants the people around him to improve at what they do and help him in the process. Everyone stepped up the process. I think everyone took up the challenge. We all try to do our job at the level where it does its job.

Q: With Bryson’s Unique Diet, have you developed any habits with him? Did you gain weight being around him while he was building muscles?

CC: Really? No, I have my own weird diet. I do not imitate him.

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