Brandel Chamblee: “I’d Have Tiger Woods Driving It Straight In Two Minutes”

Brandel Chamblee believes he could sort out Tiger Woods' driving woes in two minutes

Tiger Woods driving it straight
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Chamblee was a former professional golfer on the PGA Tour but is now a commentator and writer for the Golf Channel and Golf Central.

After watching Tiger’s return at the Farmers Insurance Open last weekend, Chamblee believes his swing is better than the one he had in 2013.

That year Tiger went on to win five times, including the Players Championship, two WGC events and also the Player of the Year title.

The reason as to why Chamblee believes his 2018 swing is better is because: “He is healthier, also speaking to the people who have been around and are currently around him, Tiger is fully aware of his dipping down motion that often occurs in his swing.”

Tiger still averaged 114 miles per hour on his return in December

Chamblee continued by saying: “He was not so aware in 2013 that in fact that what he was trying to do, that’s why he was such a bad driver of the ball.”

Tiger was ranked T127th in strokes gained off the tee but was one of the best iron players of the week.

“You’ll never see someone who’s the best iron player on tour be that good off the tee except maybe the exception of Spieth,” said Chamblee.

In the first round of Tiger’s return at the Hero World Challenge it was worked out that his average club speed was still a scintillating 114 miles per hour. That’s also bearing in mind it was his first tournament back from injury.

At last week's Farmers Insurance Open however Tiger was ranked 127th in strokes gained off the tee.

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“How much more evidence do you need to realise that golf swing is not how you hit drivers, I know now he is trying to stand tall and move off the ball and if he does that then it’s game over. (For the rest of the field)” said Chamblee.

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Chamblee believes that: “If Tiger walked out here tomorrow I’d have him driving it straight in 2 minutes.

"All he needs to do is move 3 inches to the right in his backswing and that is it from there he can’t mess it up, but he doesn’t, he stays centered, he drops down and turns left.

“Then one thing bleeds into another which causes another problem which causes another problem and then it requires another compensation.

“You’ll never drive it well from there, no one ever has, no one ever will and that’s where he’s at and that’s where he was at in 2013”

Chamblee says that Tiger is "nearly there” and what he has now is a “hangover of 2013."

“Until he moves off, his driving won’t be good, he’ll still hit good irons but until he moves off his driving he wont.”

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Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x