It all began last week when Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee sent out a tweet that stirred a heated debate on the Twittersphere.
“Last week 30 of 32 players hit their tee shots (with) a descending blow,” Chamblee wrote following the SBS Tournament of Champions, adding that it behooves the average golfer to follow a similar practice.
That didn’t go over well with coaches and players alike as many chimed in questioning the numbers. Chamblee used a photo of Jordan Spieth hitting a 3-wood to demonstrate his point, but that unfortunately got the attention of one of the best drivers in golf.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) January 18, 2017
That’s when Rory came in with some data that everyone can understand:
This prompted Chamblee to delete his original tweet and make a clarification: The 30 of 32 players in the event actually had a negative HLA (Horizontal Launch Angle), which relates to the direction of the ball and not the angle of attack.
However, Chamblee was not finished. He eventually agreed with Rory about how hitting up is the preferred method of striking a driver, but explained that he was against having a forward shaft lean.
— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) January 18, 2017
Rory left with his response, noting there is more than one way to skin a cat.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) January 19, 2017
This isn’t the first time Rory has responded to a Chamblee opinion. Last February, Chamblee said he was concerned with McIlroy’s workout regimen. That led to this:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 16, 2016