Sobel: “Harmon’s swing put too much stress on Woods’ knee.”
Chamblee: “The Harmon swing did not put undue stress on his knee, that’s a myth, up there with the Easter Bunny.”
Who’s right? Don’t you wish we could ask Tiger Woods himself? Well, guess what. We can.
I have now read the entire Jamie Diaz article I mentioned in my prior entry. It was quite good, and, as I mentioned at the end of that prior post, reading it ten years after it was written creates a cool retro vibe of that era of golf. It is also chock-full of information pertinent to the Sobel-Chamblee dispute. Here’s the showstopper paragraph:
In December 2002, after playing in pain for much of the season, Woods underwent knee surgery in Utah to remove fluid and another cyst. This time during the operation, doctors noticed that Woods’ anterior cruciate ligament was significantly stretched. After being informed of the discovery, Woods told friends in the post-operating room that he had to change his swing. “I really had no choice,” he says today.
Mister Chamblee, do you see now why Tiger can’t go back to his 2000 swing that you keep showing on the Golf Channel?
For those desiring more information, I highly recommend Diaz’s article. There is much, much more about the knee injury and its role in the evolution of Woods’s swing.
Far be it for ole Lanny to toot his own horn, but I’ve been calling Chamblee on this for years. Year after year, Chamblee has bitched about Sean Foley (and now Chris Como) for teaching Woods a swing dissimilar to the Butch Harmon swing. How did Brandel Chamblee not know the changes had to be made? He collects a hefty paycheck, health insurance, and 401K contributions from NBC for covering golf. Is it asking too much for his analysis to be reality-based?