HILTON HEAD, South Carolina — Following a sterling amateur career, Bryson DeChambeau will make his professional debut this week at the RBC Heritage. Along with teeing it up as a pro for the first time, DeChambeau will be sporting new Cobra clubs and Puma apparel, after agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal with the equipment company.
Earlier in the week, DeChambeau spoke with PGATOUR.COM about his Cobra equipment, how the technology fits his game and the learning curve for new gear.
What was it about Cobra that made you believe it best fit your game from a technology standpoint?
The R&D team that works with Cobra is incredible. They've done a great job replicating what I had to what I currently have in the bag. I was able to put it right into play and perform at a high level. So there were no issues there. I like the fact that they have some brilliant minds working on the R&D side that are innovative and pushing the limits. You can tell they are continually trying to get better and that really stuck with me.
Did you talk to any professionals — namely Rickie Fowler — to learn more about Cobra Puma before signing with them?
Not really. I felt like I could make a good decision on my own with the people around me. And honestly, meeting Bob Philion (President at COBRA-PUMA GOLF), I knew right away this was going to be a good fit before I even signed. It's great to have an open line to reach out to him with any thoughts or ideas I might have. I can tell they genuinely care about giving me the best possible equipment that fits my game and allows me to succeed.
What's the transition been like moving into new equipment?
The learning curve was very small. I was able to do the transition very quickly with little stress. At [the Arnold Palmer Invitational] I saw immediate success with the new woods. And it was the same way at the Masters with the wedges. The conditions were really tough last week and they still performed well. I've been able to spin the ball a little more and control my deviation. Overall, it's gone as well as I had hoped.
What's your testing process like when it comes to equipment?
When it comes to my wedges, it's pretty simple. I'll get on Flightscope and look at spin rate, deviation right or left and distance. That's mainly what I look at. As long as the numbers match up, I know it's good. From there, I'll go around the greens and also hit some bunker shots and see how it skips through the sand. It's more of a proprioception test, sensing how it goes through.
With the driver, I'm looking for a launch between 10.5 and 11 degrees with 2000 [rpm] spin. I was able to get those numbers with the Cobra driver, which made the switch a no-brainer for me. I'll always take the clubs out on the course to see how they perform, but if the numbers are good, that's always a good start.
What's your plan for using the Cobra King Utility and King F6 5-wood?
It totally depends on the situation. If the greens are firm like they are this week, I'll go with the 5-wood because it gives me a higher launch so I can hold the greens. But on weeks where the greens are a little more receptive, I'll probably go with the King Utility. It's a great club that gives me the distance and control I need while also allowing me to flight the ball.