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Swing Analysis: Xander Schauffele

Last year’s Rookie of the Year is having another excellent year with high finishes in three of the season’s biggest events, the U.S. Open (6th), the Players (3rd), and the British Open (2nd). He has a solid all-around game and is quite long off the tee for his size (5’ 10”, 175 lbs.) with a simple looking swing that is interesting to look at more closely. Xander sets up with more knee flex than most and his balance more in the middle of his feet than on the front, but he manages to lower in both the backswing and forward swing in spite of the fact that he is well bent over at address. Usually this kind of set up leads normal players into all sorts of problems with early extension and general loss of posture, but Schauffele is a strong kid who creates more space while staying nicely out over the ball. He has a neutral to weak grip that gives his left wrist a solid, flat look at the top, and when he transitions with aggressive lateral and rotational pelvic movement he bends the wrist down almost immediately. He looks great on the approach and it is obvious that he is squaring the face with the left hand, wrist and forearm, and he exits nicely to the left on every shot. The face on view of his driver swing reminds one of Tiger, Fowler, DJ, Koepka and several other longer hitters as his sequencing produces a large amount of secondary stretch in the left side lat and oblique muscles. While his play has been somewhat hit and miss he appears to save his best for the big events, always a plus for any player.
 

 

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One Response to Swing Analysis: Xander Schauffele

  1. Greg August 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    First my apologies for having wandered away from your site. Too much going on. I have just noted to make sure that does not happen again. Too much value here.

    So thanks. Not clear on what is considered “ideal” for the following.

    Xander – Through impact I see the weight mustering at the

    outside-front of his left foot (video counter 9:51 forward)…

    and then with him in this video… seems to traverse along the outside of the foot from the front backwards to the heal… which in his case is not on the ground.

    He’s on his toes through impact and stays there through the “meaty” parts of the downswing to finish. Not to say that is bad or good.

    I thought the finishing weight bearing experience in the lead foot was ultimately (and more typically) absorbed finally in the back of the lead foot… arriving usually at the inside front and traversing diagonally through the foot to the outside back of the heal where the energy dissipates… in a combined “rotational spin-out” and standing.

    Old school? I see a lot of the big hitters today up on their toes but didn’t really think it was something us mortals should be adopting.

    Thanks again… and Cheers!

    2 Handicap – but old now and getting older.

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