Jordan Spieth 'Half The Player He Used To Be' - Brandel Chamblee

The Golf Channel analyst didn't hold back when discussing the swing of Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth 'Half The Player He Used To Be' - Brandel Chamblee
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Brandel Chamblee has given a damning assessment of Jordan Spieth's recent swing changes, saying the three-time major winner is "roughly half the player he used to be."

This comes following a video posted by the PGA Tour which showed Spieth going through a series of very deliberate and uncomfortable-looking swing rehearsals on the range at Austin Country Club ahead of last week's WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

Chamblee, a Golf Channel analyst, was asked to weigh in on the matter via Twitter, and as usual, didn't hold back.

"It’s hard to explain that move, other than by saying that it’s allowed him to dig his way out of a slump, to become roughly half the player he used to be," he wrote. "If you want to thwart or hobble a genius athlete all one needs to do is getting them thinking about their action."

It had appeared that Spieth was back to something like his best with a win at last year's Valero Texas Open after a barren spell that nearly saw him fall outside the world's top 100 following his 2017 Open Championship triumph. A best major finish in four years at the 2021 Open at Royal St George's seemed further evidence of a player on the rise.

However, he has shocked fans and pundits in 2022 with a swing that betrays the fluent motion he dazzled the golfing world with when he burst onto the scene in 2014.

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Spieth began his Valero Texas Open defence with an uneventful and disappointing level-par 72 that has him seven shots off the early pace. It's the last event before the Masters next week so he'll be desperate to head to Augusta National relying on more than just course expertise.

So far in 2022, a second-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the outlier among a fairly dismal run of results that includes a missed cut at The Players Championship and a group stage exit at the WGC Match Play.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1