Brandel Chamblee Evaluates Rory McIlroy’s Swing Troubles

Published 05/03/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
Mar 6, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his drive on the 15th tee box during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Rory McIlroy has a lot going on in his career right now. He was once put on the same pedestal as Tiger Woods, but McIlroy’s no longer golf’s golden boy. The Northern Irishman has been facing some troubles with his swing and former tour pro Brandel Chamblee tried to analyze what’s going on inside the head of the four-time major champion. 

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McIlroy faced major swing issues at the 2021 Players Championship. He later made a revelation stating that he felt the urge to improve his speed looking at Bryson DeChambeau. The move clearly didn’t work out, and McIlroy ended up making some major changes. 

“[McIlroy’s] golf swing doesn’t look anything like it did then, now. His golf swing is still beautiful. It’s still marvelous but you know, I’ve said this before you know I prefer Roy’s golf swing in 2011-13, to now,” Chamblee mentioned on his podcast. 

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Feb 28, 2021; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Rory McIlroy walks to the second green wearing red and black honoring Tiger Woods during the final round of World Golf Championships at The Concession golf tournament at The Concession Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

While Rory McIlroy does look in good shape, he’s not the player from his prime. Brandel Chamblee put out a similar statement as well and mentioned that McIlroy does not have the same physical capacities as he once did. 

Will the Rory McIlroy and Pete Cowen combination work?

Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a title so far this season and his last tour victory came at the 2019 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. McIlroy is currently suffering the longest winless drought of his career, and his fans are expecting him to break out of the slump. 

“I’m sort of waiting on Rory to find a move, sort of mid career move that can prove to be as successful, or a mid career philosophy that allows you to play with the same sort of freedom that he played with, in major championships earlier in his career,” Chamblee mentioned

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the first round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

McIlroy hired Pete Cowen as his swing coach following a missed cut at the 2021 Players Championship. Difficult times called for drastic measures, but the new combination is yet to reap success. 

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“I don’t think Rory, you know, has come close to playing sort of, in that unconscious competent way that he did that freedom that he played with early in his career, and that’s, that’s where I’d love to see him get,” Chamblee added. 

The ongoing PGA Tour season has not been too good on Rory McIlroy. He’s achieved four Top 10 finishes so far but has missed the cut in two of his last five starts. Will we see McIlroy make a strong resurgence? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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