Why Jordan Spieth’s Weird Swing Works So Well | Golf Digest

Jordan Spieth explains why his non-traditional swing works to his advantage.

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  1. I think the biggest issue with keeping the left arm straight (for RH golfers) is not because it is the BEST way to swing, but rather because it is relatively easy to do. Keep your arm straight–that's it, that's all you have to remember for that part of the equation. However, if you allow your arm to bend the way Jordan does, it's going to be VERY difficult to replicate consistently again and again and again, especially for new players.

  2. His "chicken wing" is a product of his grip and his bowed left wrist prior to impact, by keeping that left arm bent it stops the club face flipping over through impact. The reason people think the chicken wing is bad is because most amateurs come into impact with an open face and a chicken wing would hold it open meaning slice city, Jordan does the opposite he squares it early then holds off the flipping over of the club face. I love his swing it has such great rhythm and is perfectly on plane with a club face square to the path, I may be biased though as he is my favourite player!

  3. Since Jordan is my favorite player, I've studied his swing many times. I also realized (as a 12 year old golfer) I also have a bit of a chicken wing. It hips me have a bit more of a natural feel

  4. Love this kid. Don't understand why he fights the design of the club, considering it is made to collapse and flip. If he would change this, he'd be Tiger 2.0. His putting, and a powerful swing. He would be unstoppable.

  5. Here's my counter argument. For what you gain in face control you lose in strike consistency since bent vs straight has more variation in strike location. Jordan has already proved to be perhaps the strongest golfer mentally based on his putting performance, so I would say he's more mentally equipped to deal with this variable. I'll take an extra degree or 2 off line over a chunk any day.

  6. Club path determines whether your shot hooks or slices. Club face determines where the shot begins. The voiceover at 2:02 oversimplifies this and makes it sound like club path has little to do with what your shot does and where it goes (just 15%). That's not true. For instance, a square face with a severe out-to-in club path is going to result in a shot that starts out straight and ends up way way right (for a rh golfer).

  7. Jordan is ranked 98th on tour in driving distance, exactly average, not "top third". Jordan doesn't "defy" a century of players and history, plenty of greats have a bent left arm at impact: Craig Wood, Byron Nelson, Babe Zaharias, Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer, Bob Goalby, Miller Barber, Lanny Wadkins, Jerry Pate, Nancy Lopez, Calvin Peete, Retief Goosen, etc., and Jordan and McCormick are right: it is more stable. Also, the correct ball flight laws were known well before doppler radar launch monitors like TrackMan: see "Search for the Perfect Swing" published in 1968, for example. John Jacobs botched them in "Practical Golf", published in 1972, and apparently more folks listened to him than the researchers.

  8. It is unusual for a top class player.  I have tried the less-straight left arm theory.  It does have merits.  I think for some players the rigid left arm is a power leak factor because they take the thought to the extreme and their bodies can't handle it.