Okay, call me a contrarian. Now that questioning Tiger Woods judgment in changing his golf swing under the guidance of Sean Foley is in vogue, I am firmly putting a stake in the ground: I believe that Tiger is on a good path that will eventually lead to his return as a dominant player and he will almost certain to surpass 18 major victories in his lifetime. Playing competitive golf through substantive swing changes is extremely difficult and is bound to produce some less than stellar shots. On Friday, Tiger hit a couple of horrendously wayward tee shots which opened him up to more questioning throughout the world of golf commentary. The next day, Brandel Chamblee used one of these swings as the basis for his own video swing analysis which purports to tell the world what is wrong with Tiger’s golf swing, while not so subtley comparing it to another Foley student, Hunter Mahan. It is good to see Brandel finally attempting to offer up some real evidence to support his persistently negative view of Tiger’s efforts to change his swing. In this video we take a close look at Brandel’s latest attempt at discrediting Tiger’s direction to see if he is on point with his criticisms.
Special Note: A few days ago I criticized Brandel Chamblee for making critical statements about Tiger Woods’ swing changes under Hank Haney and more recently Sean Foley. While my goal was to counter Brandel’s well documented beliefs that Tiger was a better ball striker under Butch Harmon and that Tiger’s only real chance to take Jack Nicklaus’ major record requires him to reunite with Butch as his instructor, I made a mistake by suggesting Brandel’s single PGA Tour victory did not qualify him to critique a player with over 100 victories and 14 major championships. I have since acknowledged that Brandel’s playing record is certainly better than my own, and he has the right to say what he wants. Going forward readers can expect a focus on objective commentary based on what I see and hear on video whether in a player’s swing or with respect to any statements made by television personalities. However, I will continue to defend the virtues of modern golf instruction against its detractors and expose poor instructional advice on behalf of players everywhere that are seeking better information.