I guess it is no surprise to find former Tour player Aaron Oberholser seated next to our hero, Brandel Chamblee, taking his own shot at Tiger Woods’ swing and coach Sean Foley. The problem, according to Oberholser, is Tiger’s tendency to forward lean his shaft at impact with the driver, a fact that he credits Chamblee with “talking about for years”. Forget the fact that Tiger ranked 17th in total driving on the PGA Tour in 2013 while winning the money title, Vardon Trophy, Player of the Year, and returning to his #1 world ranking while winning 5 times, all in what would be considered extremely strong field events. And forget the knee surgeries and need for multiple swing changes […]
Why would you want to take the best player in the world and question his swing every time he hits a bad shot? I mean, why wouldn’t you look at it and try to figure out why he’s better than everyone else? Brandel’s statement here is that Tiger is not driving the ball well because he is lowering in his backswing as well as in his forward swing. I have shown time and again that Tiger has always done this. In this video I go back to Tiger when he was a junior and find him lowering both back and down just like he does now. If this doesn’t shut Chamblee up about the lowering thing I don’t know what […]
Scroll down for the post, but also do check out the sample excepts of what’s on the site for Premium members and please consider joining. Become a Premium Member today! I pulled some nice shots of Tiger teeing off at Firestone a few weeks ago and it gives us the opportunity to compare his driver swing, which has taken a lot of criticism for its lack of consistency and accuracy, and his 3-wood, which has been his go-to club in most situations that haven’t required extra distance. It is apparent that his overall motion, with the hands leading the clubhead into the ball and the shaft leaning forward, is more conducive to compressing the ball off the ground, or […]
Have you ever wondered why Tiger Woods is better than Phil Mickelson? I can sum it up in two words: better mechanics. Phil is a great player who plays far beyond what his swing should produce. To put it simply, Phil has poor mechanics. Without going into detail for this piece let’s just say that Phil’s swing puts so much pressure on his hands to time the release that it only works sometimes. And while that is a truism for every player Phil is on the side of “hey, that guy shouldn’t be that good”. And. if you look at his swing, the question arises “how does he hit it so good” when most people are asking “how does he […]
In this video I take a look at the way the right arm functions in different players, and discuss my reasons for preferring one method over the other. We start with Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson, both of whom have great looking lines in their swings when watching from down the line. There is a major difference, however, in the way they use their right arm in during the swing to produce those lines. Stenson flares his arm in the backswing (as I would prefer and as I teach) but then leaves it back when the body changes direction so that his upper arm lies against his side halfway through the downswing. Tiger, on the other hand, pinches his […]
I finally got around to going through my DVR of this year’s Masters, and what follows here are some random observations. I thought it was an exciting and fascinating tournament with lots of different techniques and personalities battling it out throughout the week. There is still a bunch of interesting stuff still to go over so if you enjoy this one stay tuned for a couple more. Join the forum discussion on this post
I find it hard to believe that a guy who fancies himself as a golf “expert” would put such wrongheaded nonsense out for public consumption. Bill Kratzert is proving himself to right in there with Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, Brandel Chamblee, and the rest of the bunch when he steadfastly maintains that Tiger’s head is “steady”, not moving to the right or up and down when in fact the very video he is analyzing proves him to be totally wrong. I mean, the video is playing, Kratzert is commentating, and what he is saying has nothing to do with what Tiger is doing. When Kratzert says that Tiger’s head doesn’t move to the right, the video shows that it […]
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the changes Tiger has made in the last 3 or so years. People seem disbelieving when Tiger proclaims that a serious swing change or what turns out to be a whole pattern change takes a relatively huge amount of time to implement and then trust on the golf course. This one has taken a few years to really kick in, and now it would seem that he is back to his dominating self. It’s pretty amazing that the guy can continually reinvent himself with different techniques, and we get a bird’s eye view of what Tiger considers to be improvements in his swing and his evolving view of […]
If it wasn’t obvious before, it certainly should be now: Brandel Chamblee, like the finest politicians, will say whatever fits the situation, paying no mind to anything he has said in the past. I suppose that is the nature of television. You are required to fill up space and do it in an interesting fashion in order to keep your job. If you can make it look like you are an authority and can conjure up a little controversy as well you might even become a star. Chamblee has smartly chosen Tiger Woods as the main subject for his analysis, and seeks to be somewhat of an “authority” on Tiger’s swing and the changes that he has been going […]
There is very little original thought on display in golf instruction, and the truth is that every morsel of such originality is eventually taken by those who are looking for ideas and used for their own benefit. In some cases the ideas are paraphrased to make it seem that they weren’t borrowed, and in other cases the owner of the original thought is credited for the information, which is, of course, the more honest way to do things. There are other instances in which information is blatantly plagiarized and no credit is given, which is what I believe is on display in this video. The irony here is that Chamblee took great pains to disparage me and my teaching […]
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- Clint: You're right guys. Across the line is certainly ...
- steve strobeck: Would agree with all the above points. I have hear...