Over at Golf Central Daily they're discussing Tiger Woods' terrible time with chunked chips and,
"Brandel Chamblee seems to think Woods problem is his narrow stance when chipping causing him to lose balance and chunk the shot."
Brandel Clobbers Nobilo
There's an excellent YouTube clip where Brandel Chamblee goes head to head with Frank Nobilo as to why Tiger is having swing/chipping problems.
Leaving aside the fact that Brandel isn't one of Tiger's biggest fans what he has to say is worth while listening to and then drawing your own conclusions.
Frank is of the opinion that most of Tiger's issues are health issues whilst Brandel is definitely more inclined towards bad technique which has led to back-related health issues.
Lean times because of shaft-lean?
Woods', "narrow stance when chipping causing him to lose balance and chunk the shot," does according to Chamblee exacerbate Tiger's exaggerated shaft-lean. Exaggerated in the sense that according to Brandel it's much greater than in Tiger's heyday.
Over at ESPN Bob Harig comments on the thoughts of one of Tiger's ex-coaches, Hank Haney.
"Like others who have analyzed Woods' swing, Haney questioned the forward shaft lean and wondered if that has had an impact on his back problems."
So that makes two acknowledged swing experts who agree that shaft-lean is an issue.
For sure some of Tiger's tough tight lies playing into the grain with his chip shots were going to test his chipping technique and confidence. As to judging if it's the chipping yips it's way too soon to tell.
Frank Nobilo in another clip stated the obvious in regards to both average golfers and pro golfers alike. When it comes to playing with card and pencil in hand and not just practicing it's a whole new game. And perhaps if he's right and Brandlee's got it wrong we will and hopefully see that with a bit more game time Tiger's issues will yet again be resolved and he will have the experts eat their words.
Here's the links Golf Central Daily YouTube and Bob Harig
Quote of the Day
"While his (Tiger Woods) chipping shortcomings make for easy fodder, they have disguised how poorly he has putted so far. Woods hasn’t made a putt outside of 12 feet in three rounds." - Adam Schupak