Chris Como first emerged as considered one of the prime up-and-coming golf instructors in the sport when some man named Tiger Woods introduced he was working with him in 2014.
While that partnership didn’t web a significant for Woods – he gained the 2019 Masters after they parted methods – Como has been a part of Team Bryson and helped DeChambeau change his swing as he added bulk to his body and distance to his drives. It all culminated in a victory at the 2020 U.S. Open and with Como being considered one of the first those who DeChambeau thanked.
We spoke with Como from a Golf Galaxy retailer, considered one of his companions, in Dallas.
Q: How did you first join with Bryson?
Chris Como: We’ve been mates for fairly some time. We had talked golf swing years earlier than we began working collectively so we have been on one another’s radar lengthy earlier than we teamed up. We each dwell in Dallas and the relationship simply developed from chatting about the golf swing to let’s work on some stuff right here and there to let’s actually go all in on engaged on issues.
Q: How would you describe the transition from Bryson’s longtime instructor Mike Schy to working primarily with you on his golf swing.
CC: So a lot of what he’s doing continues to be the years of working with Mike and he nonetheless performs a task in issues. There wasn’t actually a transparent transition. It was simply a kind of issues the place Bryson and myself communicate an identical language and we began taking place some rabbit holes and he began taking part in properly. Again, we’re all a part of this larger group the place we’re coming from a spot of what’s in the greatest curiosity of Bryson and that’s to all work collectively in some capability.
Q: How does Bryson remind you of Tiger?
CC: They each are on that endless quest to get higher. That’s a bizarre factor in that generally individuals when they’re attempting to get higher worsen. Some would argue that Tiger shouldn’t have modified his swing in 2000. I don’t know. I agree that his swing in 2000 might be the greatest anybody has ever swung a golf membership however it’s a 20/20 hindsight argument as a result of at the finish of the day him attempting to maintain getting higher was the similar course of he had had his complete life and I believe Bryson actually adopts that complete technique of each day no matter the place’s he’s at along with his sport – even when he simply gained the U.S. Open or Bay Hill – he’s attempting to get higher.
For instance, he simply wins Bay Hill, I see him at Players and there wasn’t that a lot of a celebration. It was proper on to those are the pictures we missed at Bay Hill and let’s attempt to repair these. Regardless of his success he’s all the time trying ahead to what’s the subsequent step to getting higher at this sport.
What’s the biggest misconception about Bryson?
CC: I believe it’s that he’s this uber-technical golfer with no really feel. He’s so gifted from a really feel perspective, from a creativity perspective and has an inventive facet to him and how he performs the sport. So, he’s not a robotic simply crunching numbers. He’s attempting to make use of each elements of him – the analytical and the artistic – and from my perspective as a coach I’m very conscious of what his feels are, attempting to interpret them as greatest as doable and we’re attempting to bridge these two worlds collectively so he can carry out at the highest stage for himself.
Q: What’s the greatest instance of his artistry?
CC: Just the method he can do all types of bizarre stuff like signal his title backwards along with his lefthand. He can draw very well. But on the golf course, for those who watch him, he’s hitting actually loopy pictures oftentimes. We had a variety session at the Players the place he was hitting all these goofy swings that seemed wild however that’s him attempting to get linked along with his physique and play with completely different feels.
There’s no measurement gadget that may clarify what he’s doing however it’s simply this intuitive course of he was doing to re-set his physique and get linked to his feels once more. That’s how he performs the sport. He’s a way more really feel participant than individuals give him credit score for being.
Q: What did you make of him attempting to drive par-5 sixth inexperienced at Bay Hill throughout the Arnold Palmer Invitational?
CC: That was enjoyable. He thought it was strategically the proper play though it had a specific amount of danger, however that danger was a part of the general distribution and the upside for him was excessive sufficient that he was keen to tackle the danger and he felt like the chance of him being profitable warranted the complete factor to be the proper determination no matter the final result. To be capable of pull it off made for some nice leisure.
Q: Did you attempt to discuss him out of doing it?
CC: No, why would I? (Laughs) That was such a web constructive, proper? From one perspective it was strategically the proper factor and from one other perspective simply the drama of it, proper? These guys are in the leisure enterprise. If you possibly can hit a shot like that and pull it off and get the response he did it’s such an enormous win from so many alternative views.
Q: Can Augusta National actually be overpowered?
CC: Probably not. The membership is so good about being forward of the gamers that I’d be shocked if it truly is overpowered once more like Tiger did in 1997. When I hear of it being overpowered I’m considering of an individual taking part in it otherwise than the remainder of the subject and due to it creating a giant hole in the scoring and I don’t you’ll ever see that occur once more.
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Q: Does Bryson depend on the green-reading books an excessive amount of?
CC: He’s considered one of the greatest putters on Tour so I don’t know what you imply by an excessive amount of. He depends on it in the style that he thinks is acceptable. Statistically, he’s pretty much as good because it will get on Tour. I believe he was tops inside 10 ft on Tour final 12 months, so, it’s exhausting for me to be important of whether or not it’s an excessive amount of or not when the outcomes are at as excessive of stage as they presently are.
He simply has an important group of individuals round him. Bryson could be very demanding in an effective way. He’s all the time attempting to get higher and he needs the individuals round him to get higher with what they’re doing and assist him in the course of. Everyone has stepped up in the course of. I believe everybody has stepped as much as the problem. We’re all attempting to do our jobs at the stage that he’s doing his job.
Q: With Bryson’s distinctive weight-reduction plan did you choose up any habits from him? Did you achieve any weight on account of being round him whereas he was beefing up?
CC: Did I? No. I’ve received my very own bizarre weight-reduction plan. I don’t mimic him.