While Brandel Chamblee regretted his “unfortunate choice of words” during a controversial interview, he stood by his criticism of golf pros and instructors for “teaching flawed philosophies” and swing theories that have been exposed by the proliferation of Internet and social-media video. The long-held belief that movement should be restricted is being replaced by evidence that allowing more freedom to turn is acceptable, Chamblee said.
Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee has been an outspoken and sometimes controversial voice for nearly two decades. His Twitter account is lively and popular and has led to a related account of all the people “blocked by Brandel.”
One of his latest takes, however, has resulted in something golf fans don’t often hear from Chamblee: an apology, Golf.com reported. In an interview with Golfweek, Chamblee argued that the propagation of flawed swing theories has been stunted by the flood of golf swings and instruction on YouTube, which essentially allows students to fact-check their teachers.
“I think that people realize the movement patterns and the teaching philosophy of 30, 40 years ago has run into YouTube videos and social media, which acts as purity for teaching and I believe about five, six, seven years ago for the whole instruction world, the pendulum began to shift away from restriction to more freedom to move, to turn.”
Which led Chamblee to this point:
“The teachers are being exposed for their idiocy, but I stood on the range with a prominent teacher who had acolytes all around him, who then went out and those acolytes talk with acolytes, and then they completely spread this flawed philosophy through all of their teaching. And all teachers stuck to that ideal and taught flawed philosophies, and these philosophies finally got bitch-slapped by reality. YouTube, there it is: you’re wrong, they’re right.”
Chamblee is not one to back down from his opinions, but he did regret the “offensive” phrasing in his answer, Golf.com reported. On March 25, Chamblee took to Twitter to apologize:
When reached by GOLF.com, Chamblee said, “I’ve been at this for 20 years and work hard at choosing the right words, and would like to think that I choose them carefully but this wasn’t my best work.”
You can read the Golfweek interview in its entirety HERE.