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Brandel Chamblee has a theory about Tiger’s poor putting. What do you think?

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Tiger Woods finished six shots behind Bryson DeChambeau at Jack’s Place. With a cooperative putter, the story would have been much different.

Woods was first in several ball-striking categories at Muirfield Village including Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+14.157); Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (+11.164). But he was second to last in Strokes Gained: Putting (-7.695), according to Ben Everill of PGATour.com.

“If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups,” Woods said. “I just need to hit better putts. This week I didn’t feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts.”

Brandel Chamblee had an interesting take on Golf Channel regarding Woods’ setup.

Comparing Woods’ setup over his trademark Scotty Cameron Newport 2, Chamblee pointed out the 14-time major champion is far more upright than he was earlier in his career. Further, Chamblee adds Woods’ weight appears to be much more in his heels, which he believes would alter the arc of Woods’ putting stroke.

Karen Stupples, for her part, pointed to Woods’ eyeline over the ball, suggesting that when he has putted his best, it has been with his eyes directly over the ball–which was not the case at the Memorial.

However, Chamblee is right to suggest that the altered setup may have to do with Woods’ surgically fused back.

What do you think about Chamblee’s take, GolfWRX members? What did you see in Tiger’s work on the green at Muirfield VIllage? Mere variance? Cause for concern?

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  1. Jack

    Jun 6, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I held a ruler up to the screen from the eyes down… can’t figure out how they think his eyes are much different. They look to be the same in relation to the ball to me. ???

  2. Nigel

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I think it’s which side he’s dressed on. He used to dress left but no he dresses right and that prevents him from properly transferring his weight and plumb bobbing with his johnson properly.

  3. painter33

    Jun 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    When comparing the two photographs (and allowing for a slightly different angles), the difference in his setup is where his hands are in relation to his shoulders. The older images shows his hands inside a line dropped from his shoulder whereas in the newer images his hands are to the outside of that line, effectively making him reach a bit and bringing his hands and forearms into the stroke instead of a shoulder “rock” that eliminates the hands and forearms. That also accounts for where his eyes are to the ball and how upright he is. A lumbar fusion certainly could be the culprit – I’ve had three lumbar fusions and the most taxing position is decidedly putting. It’s where I get tired and a little sore when practicing.

  4. Wiger Toods

    Jun 6, 2018 at 3:27 am

    I don’t get it… reads are the art… Chamblee think it isn’t going where it’s started??

    A putt is always a targeted, finesse stroke. Always a feel. Takes time. Look how far back he is in such a short time! It’ll return. Patience isn’t a media trait.

  5. Mo

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Im going to say this is oart of the game where Stevie is missed the most.

  6. Todd Dugan

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    When Tiger refers to his “normal” putting, he means that he makes everything. He’s the greatest putter of all time. Its weird…he never gets credit for it, but as soon as he’s not making everything, people say, “what’s wrong with his putting?” I’d love to see how he ranked in strokes gained putting for his wins. I’m sure it’d be mostly first.

  7. David Ey

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:33 am

    • longer shirt sleeves
    • relaxed fit pants
    • glove in his back-right pocket

    Truly only Tiger knows.
    That being said, he’s going through what seems to be very strict mechanics making him look rigid over putts, and unable to feel the line to sink it. I think he just sticks to what he’s doing until it comes around.

  8. Rrrr

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Nope.
    Too many painkillers and corticosteroids make your body and, your fingers, numb. It’s never the same. You can bash the ball with power, but the finesse feel goes away…….. and aging doesn’t help

    • bill

      Jun 4, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      “..finesse feel..” …. what is that? Is it something kinesthetic… or is is something to do with emotional feelings… or both?

      • Man

        Jun 6, 2018 at 1:32 am

        Why don’t you ask Chambles, he would know

        • Bruce

          Jun 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

          Chambles don’t know squat!!!!!!! If he’s so great how come he’s not out there playing!!!!!!! His record is not as great as TIGER’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jay

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Mr. Chamblee, maybe tiger needs to lift his left heel to make that putting stroke better…

  10. lgcpro

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    When asked about the release of the putter head, Tiger once said he feels like he is hitting a high hook. His set up shows nearly level shoulders with very little spine tilt away from the target. It is nearly impossible to hit a high hook with a high right shoulder. If he would slide his hips a little more over his left foot, the right shoulder would drop and he might once again feel the easy release he used to have.

    • bill

      Jun 4, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Does that mean he uses his whole body for putting? If so, I wonder why since the putter head only moves back say 6 – 8 inches and the hands only 4 – 5 inches (think pendulum). What’s the big problem moving your hands over such a small distance?

  11. steve

    Jun 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    “…Chamblee pointed out the 14-time major champion is far more upright than he was earlier in his career.”
    Tiger’s neck and head are crooked over because of excessive iPhone use checking emails… like everybody else.

    • bill

      Jun 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      LOL …. so so true… hunchback people …!

  12. Matt Baker

    Jun 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Tiger has more talent at the bottom of his toilet in the morning than Brandel has in his entire diminutive body. Golf is the only sport where analysts, who had mediocre careers at best, critique the greatest to play the game. Like a having a career .200 hitter who spent 10 years on the bench ripping Derek Jeter every time he struck out.

    • The Dude

      Jun 5, 2018 at 7:30 am

      fail….. So someone has to have Tigers ability in order to provide true insight?……welcome to golf….enjoy 🙂

  13. Billey Cep

    Jun 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Brandel, he is not making putts because he has much shaft lean. DUHHHH

  14. NolanMBA

    Jun 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Full disclosure I am a Dave Stockton disciple. With that said, I cringe hearing people talk about putting technique/posture/etc. Read the green, pick a line and roll the rock.

  15. Rev G

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    The differences are very small, if any, in the two pictures. Could just be the camera angle or the slope of the two different greens. It’s really hard to tell, if he’s “in his heels” on the older picture because of the baggy pants. Doesn’t Brandell have something else to talk about other than minor things about Tiger Woods and his swing. Hasn’t he been embarassed enough by all of his posturing on Woods full swing. Putting is the most difficult thing to get a consistent feel back for after a layoff. Tiger has been a great putter at times in the past and you can’t expect that to “not” return, just to get attention on the golf channel. I’m not a huge Tiger fan, but I do hate the way Brandel and Golf Channel are overly obsessed with him. Let the guy play. And let the real golf fans enjoy the great golf being played by hundreds of pro golfers out there.

  16. Jackson Galaxy

    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Could be a very slight difference where his chin is a little higher, but not much. His stroke looks very good. It’s just setup lines and reads.

  17. Dave

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    His putting had been pretty good until this week. So I guess Chamblee thinks Tiger had another surgery between his last start and this one. Chamblee…. what a dimwit!

    • Brian

      Jun 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      He’s had 2 of his worst all-time putting events in 2 of his last 3 events. So it’s obviously worth dissecting

  18. Scott Feldmiller

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Is it possible that his back issues prevent him from bending over the ball as much as he used to? Several golfers with back issues including Fred Couples have changed their putting to account for their bad backs and some have to limit their practice because of the strain during putting.

  19. Largechris

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Eyeline is going to be very difficult to tell from tv broadcasts, even still pictures can be deceptive if there is a bit of slope. However I think Bryson is completely right that he looks to be back on his heels more than other players, and is more upright. Surprised he doesn’t get a bit closer over the ball, the lower your head is the easier it is to pick out the breaks and the speed.

  20. Bob Denby

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    On Tiger’s putting: Chamblee’s comment may be partly relevant but there have been too many other successful putting postures, over time, for this to be THEE problem! (Chamblee doesn’t recognize that there may be more than one needle in the haystack!)

    • The Dude

      Jun 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

      of course there is likely to be more than “one needle in the haystack”, …..but at some point..ya gotta pick one to discuss….

  21. larrybud

    Jun 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I think both camera angles suck to determine where his eyeline is. Rookie mistake by Chamblee.

    • jimmy

      Jun 6, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Finally someone with some sense. Camera angles are bad. But even so let’s compare apples to apples. DRAW your lines let us see

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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Tweets of the Week: Justin Rose shows off his Honma clubs, Justin Timberlake does Happy Gilmore and Barack Obama’s new swing

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Over the last seven days, Matt Kuchar brought home the bacon at the Sony Open, while golf fans got a look at plenty of new equipment releases for 2019. But here’s some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere in the last week.

Justin Timberlake’s Draw

Ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and he can hit a perfect draw Happy Gilmore style. Bit annoying.

Rose Showcases His New Honma Clubs

Still waiting to make his first start of 2019, the World Number 1 is ready to go as a member of Team Honma.

Chez Reavie Goes Bananas

In case you missed it, Chez Reavie became the first player since the PGA Tour began keeping records to make three eagles on three par 4’s in a single round. The fact that he holed out each one from the fairway is quite incredible.

Obama’s New Swing

Barack Obama has had a bit more free time over the past couple of years, since, well you know, he’s not running the country anymore. How do you rate his swing, GolfWRXers?

Double Hit Rule

This video has caused much confusion over the past week on social media. The double hit rule may have changed in 2019, but this attempt is still illegal. Impressive either way you look at it though.

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 4. Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Three of our Exploring Ireland Series, we went west and focused on Spanish Point Golf Club in Clare. Now it’s time for Part Four, and we’re staying on the west coast and taking the short trip up to County Galway.

Galway city is famous for its bustling nightlife, and in terms of bars to choose from, there are few better places in Ireland. Whether it’s a quiet night out and a meal, enjoying a few pints with some live traditional music, or a wild all-nighter you’re looking for, Galway certainly has you covered. Conveniently, the city also homes some top golf courses, which makes it a must-visit destination for anyone coming to this island.

Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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Galway Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort are usually the two golf courses that people think of when they mention this county. But lurking under the radar is Bearna Golf Club, which will provide you with just as incredible an experience as those two courses, at a lower price.

Located within a 15-minute drive of Galway City, Bearna GC offers an authentic Irish golfing experience. Surrounded by bogland, you can expect your nose to take in all of the scents of Ireland as you navigate your way through the rugged land of humps, gorse bushes and ditches that will give your game a real workout.

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Creeks will appear on most fairways, so don’t expect to be able to turn up and grip it and rip it. Bearna is a golf course that is going to make you think, and with the challenges provided, will most likely test your patience as well as your skill.

The track offers five different sets of tees, all of which provide for a fun test. The course ranges between 4,897 yards and 6,271 yards and plays as either a Par 72 or 71 depending on the tees you choose. Thirteen holes feature water, and the one relief that you will find here that is different than other courses in the area is the lack of fairway bunkers.

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Robert J. Browne designed the course back in 1996, and as well as the feeling you will have of being amongst nature, you will also have impressive views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the famous Burren.

During the week, 18 holes around Bearna GC will set you back just under $50, while to play on the weekend the rate rises to $75. Don’t be surprised if after your round you want another crack at this deceptive course.

Food & Drink – Tig Coili, Galway

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There is no “best pub in Galway.” The city has an inordinate amount of amazing watering holes to spend your night, and it just comes down to personal taste and what experience you are looking to have for your night. As someone who loves the feel of an old traditional Irish pub though, Tig Coili gets my vote.

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Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway City, this place will often have swarms of people flooding out from the bar onto the street. Traditional music plays here every night, with 14 music sessions each week. The pub prides itself on its music, with pictures of famous musicians that have played here in the past covering the walls.

Also, Tig Coili’s pint of Guinness is renowned for being one of the best in the area, and it’s what 90 percent of folks will be drinking for the night here.

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As for food in Galway, it can only be oysters. Described by multiple top chefs as the “best flavoured in the world,” the oysters here come from Galway Bay and are so popular in the city that should you visit here in September you can enjoy Galway’s three day Oyster festival.

You can hop into most bars in Galway serving food and throw back half a dozen oysters, but if you want to experience them for a sit-down meal then go and visit Oscars Seafood Bistro, where the flavour will blow your socks off. An early bird two-course meal of half a dozen oysters and a plate of steaming hot mussels with fries will cost just $20. The perfect drink pairing for oysters? Guinness. Ideal.

Where To Stay

My recommendation is to stay in the center of Galway. We’ve gone traditional in our visits to Donegal and Clare, but for Galway, the city is so alive that you will want to stay right in the heart of it. The Jury’s Inn is a solid option, which will leave you within walking distance of the best bars, restaurants and sights to see in the city. A double room here will set you back in the region of $100 a night.

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If you like to shop then visit Quay Street, where you can take in the shops while plenty of buskers on the street entertain you, while the bronze statue of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde is an imposing outdoor sight that is a trendy spot for a photo.

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But as we’re sports lovers, then when in Galway do whatever you can to catch a game of hurling. Galway’s hurling side are currently one of the best teams in the land, winning the All-Ireland title in 2017, and they possess some of the most passionate fans. Just try not to mention the last final when you get here.

How to Get There

Galway is about as accessible as it gets from anywhere in the island. You can take the train from any major city in Ireland, and it’ll take you right into the city center of Galway. A direct train from Dublin City will arrive in Galway in just over two hours.

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