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Swing Analysis: Jordan Spieth

I have done Jordan’s swing before, but as he is kicking everyone’s butt nowadays I figured I’d take another look. I tried to imitate his positions in the mirror in my basement and found it impossible. Now, I’m not the most limber and mobile guy with all the problems I’ve had with my back, but I can still move around pretty good and most swings I can imitate fairly closely. With Spieth’s, trying to put myself where he is in the follow through showed me just how athletically difficult his swing is to accomplish. Of course, he doesn’t know how hard it is, he just does it. But if you try to keep the right wrist bent as long as he does and never straighten the left arm while rotating the face my guess is that you will find the pivot motion required to support this is beyond the capabilities of you and just about any other normal person. So, is this the reason he is so good? Not really. He hits the ball consistently extremely well but what sets him apart is his short game and putting. No one on Tour can come close to him in that regard right now. I think it’s a valid question to ask how long his body can hold up under the stress, but he is so young that it may not even matter until he has amassed a Tiger like career. We will certainly find out.

8 Responses to Swing Analysis: Jordan Spieth

  1. Charlie CHUCK January 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Wow, this is just incredible I’ve never seen his swing slowed down with focus put on these interesting features. I would be very interested to hear what he is trying to do through impact. I’m going to go look on YouTube right now. He seems like such a nice guy too. I know the only way my left foot ever comes close to doing what his is doing is if I try to make my left hip go way back and left on the downswing.

  2. Mark January 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I don’t know how he managed to be so amenable. The guy’s really finding it tough right now?

  3. David W January 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Hats off to Jordan for having success at the highest level. Wayne can you teach me the hold off release? I like it.

  4. Mark January 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    The next report will be “my kid asked for an autograph and he blew right by; asshole!” Of course, alluding to the fact he just shot 80 and all the announcers have turned on him… We’re all nice when we’re playing well and people are blowing steam up our ass.

  5. Christian January 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    inventing that action and using it to earn #1 in the world is equal to winning the lottery. He has earned but I have to wonder if he is aware of what makes his swing work.

  6. David W January 30, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    I feel that Jordan is in a zone and that bowed wrist holdoff release at impact helps him control the club face and ball to his liking. The whole thing is cool that good performance can be achieved in different ways. Great golf stuff!

  7. John January 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    One thing is certain, the human body can do things at 22 years old, that are almost impossible in middle age. If I tried this, I would end up in hospital with a broken left ankle or terminal facet joint arthropothy.
    With such a violent move onto the left side, I wonder why he starts with his left foot so square. One would have thought it would put less strain in his ankle if he turned the foot out 30-40 degrees.
    Jordan looks like he is trying for a pivot-driven release, without the natural grace or athleticism that Hogan exhiibited. I prefer that type of release myself and can do it in short bursts – but compared to a handsy, throw-release, I think it is quite phyiscally demanding. The compression on the ball is definitely better with a pivot release but I can’t seem to sustain it for any length of time. When I am doing it well, it feels like the hands are not releasing at all and that the wrist-cock is retained through the strike, although that’s not obviously happening. The body opening up feels much faster and almost like you can’t control it. But when I tire, I drift back to my natural movements. I would also love to be able to do this all the time.

    However, I’d be interested in hearing WD’s view on what method it kinder on the lower back. I have a mild (but chronic) low back issue (probably facet joint damage), and I think the pivot driven release, staying in the box, retaining spine angles through the shot – all seem hard on the lower back to me. Or they require a great deal of core strength and flexibility. When I damaged my back 6 years ago, I was trying to retain spine angles on a frosty morning when I had not warmed up well enough. (Complacency, caused by getting to 55 wihout so much as a sprained ankle).

  8. Bryan September 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    in looking at these swings, and watching Spieth today on TV during FedEx playoffs, is it my imagination or is he standing further from the ball and with a wider stance?

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