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Brandel Chamblee claims Jordan Spieth’s issues could be solved in “two seconds” with this adjustment

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Outspoken golf analyst Brandel Chamblee has claimed that Jordan Spieth’s problems on the course could be solved in “two seconds” while questioning Rickie Fowler’s “dangerous” decision to split with Butch Harmon.

Speaking in Part II of his Q&A with GolfWeek, Chamblee compared the swing of Spieth from 2015 to 2020. Through video analysis, the pundit suggested that unlike in 2015, once Spieth takes the club away, his left knee goes out over his toes resulting in a loss of trunk balance, with his body moving towards the target forcing the Texan to “make compensations”.

Further analyzing the 2020 swing of Spieth compared to 2015, Chamblee believes the issue causes the butt end of the club to go back, and not towards the ball resulting in his shaft steepening. This element wasn’t evident in 2015 due to Spieth’s left knee not kicking out a fraction as much, according to the 57-year-old.

Speaking on why Spieth has not corrected what is a swing flaw in Chamblee’s eyes, the analyst stated

“There’s consequences to these movements. You cannot change the engine pattern. (The video from 2015) is how Jordan plays his best golf. Why would his teacher tell him to change that? Why?

He’s either being told to do that or whoever’s watching him doesn’t see that he’s doing that. That would take two seconds to fix. Two seconds. But he’s clearly been told that or somebody’s watching him who is not aware.”

On the subject of Rickie Fowler, who has struggled in 2020 with two missed cuts in his last four starts, Chamblee criticized the “dangerous” decision of the 31-year-old to leave Butch Harmon, despite the analyst’s belief that his current instructor John Tillery is a “very good coach”

“Rickie has been an extraordinary player and having an amazing career, just on the cusp of superstardom. His coach (Butch Harmon) retires and is no longer going to Tour events, which means now you have to get on a plane and fly to Las Vegas to see him. So get on a plane and fly to Vegas or send him video. 

Rickie had roughly seven, eight years with a coach who helped him immediately become a better player. There wasn’t an incubation period necessary and he immediately got better.”

You can read Chamblee’s full Q&A with GolfWeek here.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

11 Comments

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  1. Todd Dugan

    Mar 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I remember when Azinger said he could fix Tiger in 5 minutes. Now Chamblee says he could fix Spieth in 2 seconds. Only people who don’t actually give lessons for money could be so naive.

  2. Ray Bennett

    Mar 27, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    What he is referring to is a lateral movement of the hips parallel to the ball/target line during the takeaway. This sets up a hip swing that is a fundamental essential for power. The hips swing back towards the target during the up swing, swing away from the target during the transition and back towards the target late in the downswing, while rotating throughout the movements. He will be OK when the changes become a permanent fixture in his swing.

  3. joro

    Mar 27, 2020 at 10:06 am

    What they both need is a few hours on a couch with a shrink. They both are great Golfers but now they are lost. Just quit trying to get better, they are the same great players cept for their head, which is up where Sun doesn’T shine.

  4. Jack Nash

    Mar 27, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Well, Brandel Miller makes a decent point. Is the change because Spieth needed more distance? He’s obviously longer than he was, and with the way he’s playing as of late shows me he’s not comfortable with the change. Players can say they’re “this close” so many times before they revert back(Tiger). As for Ricky, it doesn’t matter. He’s got lottsa money.

  5. Seif

    Mar 27, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Brandel Chamblee plagiarized his entire book from Kelvin Miyahira. And the stuff he’s spewing now about all the teachers being wrong also came from Miyahira. The guy is a complete fraud and I can’t believe so few people have figured that out.

    • Dill Pickelson

      Mar 27, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      Yes, what happened to Kelvin? I heard he was unwell and stopped responding and was not at the range when I went there. Last time I saw him he had me hitting my 15 year old 6i 200y. He’s extremely good in person.

      • Seif

        Mar 28, 2020 at 8:11 am

        Kelvin had a stroke some years back and I’ve haven’t heard anything from him since. Unfortunate to say the least.

  6. Craig

    Mar 27, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Real coaches laugh at Brandel.

  7. JD

    Mar 26, 2020 at 10:46 am

    My Brandel Chamblee issues can be resolved in just two seconds with him no longer being interviewed.

    • John

      Mar 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      A useless comment, with zero relevance to the article at hand.

      Nothing but the usual baiting of BC. Your comment is simply a way of trying to drum up more of the same old tired BS..

      predictable, infantile and stupid.
      Try to be original Einstein..

      • Bill

        Mar 26, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        The guy is the Skip Bayless of golf. He makes egregious claims and hits on 1 out of every 100 of them to remain relevant.

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Bryson photobombs Brooks’ U.S. Open interview…and social media loves it

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The ongoing saga between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Kopeka took a backseat on Thursday as the opening round of the 2021 U.S. Open got underway.

However, despite the two being kept away from each other in terms of tee times, there was still time for a little light drama courtesy of Bryson.

As Brooks was getting set to do his post-round interview, the 27-year-old decided to have some fun and jumped into shot – which social media users enjoyed immensely.

“Bryson is awesome”, wrote one user on Twitter; another said, “Childish and perfect”, while many golf fans also believe that the playful incident is a sign that the two are ready to smooth things out.

As for how the two performed, Brooks enjoyed a much better day on the course firing a confident round of two-under par while Bryson kept himself in touch at 2-over.

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Check out the plaque honoring Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open heroics at Torrey Pines

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Tiger Woods may not be at Torrey Pines this week, but the 15-time major champion will always be synonymous with the venue primarily because of his epic win at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The 45-year-old’s heroics that week at Torrey Pines will never be forgotten, as Woods defied all the odds on a fractured leg to win his 14th major.

To honor that victory, the USGA and city of San Diego will host a ceremony today, which will include the unveiling of a plaque celebrating Woods’ stunning 12-foot putt to force a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The ceremony will be hosted by San Diego mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego city council president Jennifer Campbell and United States Golf Association president Stu Francis and will take place at Torrey Pines’ 18th green.

 

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Bryson on ‘Brooksy’ shouts: ‘I love it, I think it’s hilarious’

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Bryson DeChambeau will begin the defence of his U.S. Open title tomorrow at Torrey Pines amid an ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka.

The 27-year-old began receiving the heckling shouts of “Brooksy” at the Memorial where it was reported that fans participating in the shouts were being removed from the course by security.

At Torrey Pines this week, Bryson has been discussing the “Brooksy” shouts as well as the fans involved, as the rivalry between the two shows no signs of cooling off.

“I’m always going to be trying to play my game and not really worry too much about what other people are doing. I think there are just times where, if it gets outside the scope of just integrity and honour, yeah, that can get a little interesting.

At the same point in time, all of it’s been good fun. It’s been fun. Shoot, to be honest, people saying Brooksy’s name out there, I love it. I think it’s hilarious.”

The pair have been kept apart for the opening two rounds of the event, much to the disappointment of many fans. However, Bryson is already thinking ahead to the weekend, where a blockbuster pairing could grab plenty of new eyeballs.

“There’s a point where it’s great banter,. I personally love it. I think that, as time goes on, I hope on the weekend we can play against each other and compete. I think it would be fun and would be great for the game.”

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