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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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Ian Poulter on how the Europeans have embraced Ryder Cup underdog mentality

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Ahead of next week’s 43rd Ryder Cup matches, Ian Poulter hopped on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with Michael Breed to discuss the European team’s chances.

When Breed asked the 12-time European Tour winner about the team’s underdog mentality, Poulter chuckled,

“You know that’s our advantage, I guess, in a way, right? That we have delivered when perhaps we shouldn’t have delivered. And that is the magical question that gets asked all the time. That’s what has the American press scratching their head. That’s what has the American team scratching their heads at times, right? On paper, on paper, on paper, on paper, the U.S. team should have delivered. It’s for us to enjoy and for the American team to figure out, right?”

It’s hard to knock Poulter’s confidence. The European side has won four out of the last five, seven of the last nine, and nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups. Poulter is a six-time Ryder Cup veteran, and the European team is 4-2 when he plays. He holds a lifetime 14-6-2 record, and he has yet to record a loss in Sunday singles.

Nothing about Ian Poulter’s statistical profile jumps out “on paper.” In fact, out of the 24 players competing at Whistling Straits next week, Poulter ranks 21st in data golf’s true strokes gained metric over the last year. With that being said, the U.S. team always has the advantage “on paper,” and that appears to be just the way the Europeans like it.

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Kevin Na: Should have paired me with Bryson at Ryder Cup

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Kevin Na is in action at the PGA Tour’s 2021-22 season opener in Napa this week, fresh off the disappointment of not receiving a Ryder Cup Captain’s pick he felt he might get.

Following an opening round of 3 under par, the American told Golfweek’s Adam Schupak about receiving the bad news from Steve Stricker and explained how he’d have been an ideal partner for Bryson DeChambeau.

“If I had Bryson DeChambeau as my partner hitting driver, I’d be stuffing wedge in there or short irons. I’m a good putter, a good chipper.

“I mean, so all these years you’re telling me that the U.S. team has been struggling because they had lack of length? No, if anything it has been putting, guys able to make putts under the gun. But it’s over.”

Na has been one of the best wedge players and putters consistently over the past few years, and his argument that he could have capitalized on Bryson’s monstrous drives in foursomes action – a format the American side have always struggled with – certainly has plenty of merit.

The 38-year-old looked to have made himself hard not to pick after East Lake, where he had tied the lowest score after four rounds but revealed to Schupak that he felt Stricker had his mind made up before the event.

“It didn’t matter what happened at the Tour Championship. (Stricker) already had his mind set. That’s my personal opinion. I think it would have been great if I played for the team. I think I could have really brought some good energy and I could’ve really contributed and disappointing that I won’t get the chance to do that.”

Safe to say, Na isn’t too pleased with the decision, but he’s ready to work even harder to make the next U.S. team

“It’s a captain’s call. I respect his decision. Do I disagree? Yeah, I disagree. I just have to play better.”

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Phil Mickelson shares theory for Europe’s Ryder Cup success

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For the first time in over 25 years, Phil Mickelson will not be competing for the United States Ryder Cup team. He will, however, be in the team room as an assistant captain to Steve Stricker.

No one is more experienced in the Ryder Cup than the six-time major champion, who holds the record for most appearances with 12. With that being said, the United States only holds a 3-9 record in those last 12 matches.

On the debut episode of 5 Clubs with Gary Williams, Mickelson shared his theory for why the European team has been so dominant. When asked if he had a theory why Team Europe was so much more successful, Mickelson responded with a laugh, “Yes I do.”

The reigning PGA Championship winner elaborated, “I see the way they support each other, and I see the way that they have this foundation of support amongst each other to lift each other up. I see them walking side-by-side in the fairways and with a vision of solidarity, if you will. I see them helping each other get the best out of each other.”

That description falls in stark contrast to the countless instances of drama and chemistry issues surrounding the U.S. side. With that being said, Mickelson does believe the U.S. side is improving in that respect.

Referring to the European’s strategy and team effort, the 45-time PGA Tour winner stated, “I see the U.S. starting to do that. We’ve been doing that, and I think we’re going to start to play some of our best golf in the coming years, I really do.”

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off on Friday, September 24th at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

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