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Jordan Spieth reveals a specific swing issue hurting his game

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Jordan Spieth’s issues on the course have been well documented and analyzed by many swing experts over the past few years.

This week though, the Texan has come out and discussed the mechanics of his swing which have gone awry and how he intends on fixing the problem.

Speaking to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel with hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz, Spieth revealed how there are “some pretty key outliers mechanically” on where he has gone wrong with his swing, and how he’s working on fixing them with swing coach Cameron McCormick.

Specifically, the 27-year-old went in-depth on how he’s been working hard on his right elbow position.

There’s been some pretty key outliers mechanically on where I had gotten off and so we’ve been trying to nail those down. One in specific is kind of where my right elbow goes. 

I kind of got to where I was swinging behind me instead of in front of me. What that means is that right elbow just got going a little wild on me and so it could go up and it could go back behind my torso and what I didn’t realize I did so well for a number of years is being able to swing in front of my body. Pretty much taking it back and through.

And then it just kind of gradually started getting more and more behind me and then all of a sudden I found myself, you know, late into the ball. 

And from there you just can’t play consistent golf. You’re relying too much on your hands at impact. And it just becomes a significant challenge through the bag and obviously as you go up the bag, one or two degrees off becomes, you know, way more widespread.”

Spieth also revealed just how difficult a process it has been identifying and correcting the problems – describing it as a “work in progress”.

The reason for it being such a long fix is that according to Spieth, after “hitting many tens of thousands of golf balls, kind of the wrong way, it takes about that many to get stuff back.”

“So just kind of trying to get back to where I’m feeling like I’m swinging in front of my body. It’s been a difficult process, to be honest. 

It’s been really tough because, you know, I’ve always been somebody who likes having, kind of like Bryson would describe an end range of motion where you feel like you could do something to the max and it’s not too much. And I’m almost trying to go the other direction and not go, trying to keep things from moving as far back.

I got really a lot more mobile and flexible over the last few years. And in some ways that’s great as far as power without having to try to speed things up. But in other places of the game it’s kind of taking stuff a little too far on accident.

So it seems something so simple, but when you hit, you know, however many tens of thousands of golf balls, kind of the wrong way, it takes about that many to get stuff back. So it’ll be a work in progress and I’m starting to play a lot now.”

Jordan Spieth is set to make his first start of 2021 at Torrey Pines later this month.

*All quotes courtesy of SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio*

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

7 Comments

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  1. HotDogGuy

    Jan 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Geez. Doesn’t sound too promising. Sounds like a guy who’s still absolutely lost in the weeds.

  2. Jed C

    Jan 15, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Well it you ask me, I’d say the issue is he isn’t playing golf very well right now.

  3. Doug

    Jan 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Right elbow getting wild and getting behind the torso? Sounds like a “chicken wing” to me. JS is completely lost right now.

  4. Dave Filioni

    Jan 14, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Look at the hole when putting again Jordan!

  5. JEC

    Jan 14, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Spieth needs to go see Butch Harmon.

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‘Angry Golfers’ – Pro golfers visit anger management in hilarious Euro tour video

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The European Tour has produced many memorable pieces of content over the past couple of years – but they have just outdone themselves with their latest video: ‘Angry Golfers’.

Filmed in Abu Dhabi, the video stars Tommy Fleetwood who hosts a group therapy session for some golfers looking to lose their temper on the course: Matt Wallace, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Eddie Pepperell, and of course, Tyrrell Hatton.

Check out the funny video below.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the video in our forums:

  • Matty01984: “More amazing work from the European Tour social media team!”
  • Frankensteins Monster: “Bloody brilliant.”
  • gators78: “Whatever this strategic partnership/alliance/cuddle buddy deal is between the PGA Tour and the Euro Tour, the PGAT should launch their entire social media staff and use the Euro Tours. Their stuff is just miles better.”

We can only hope we don’t have too long to wait for more great stuff from the Euro Tour content committee!

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Old news, but this SUCKS!

 

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BC’s hot take………

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Tiger’s alarming decrease in clubhead speed before his 5th back surgery

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Tiger Woods’ close friend Notah Begay talked to Golf Channel this week and shared some insightful information on the pain Tiger felt prior to his latest back surgery and just how much the issue was hurting his performance.

Per Begay, one of the first things Tiger was quick to notice at the PNC Championship back in December was the alarming rate in which his clubhead speed had dropped.

Woods had a PGA Tour-best clubhead speed of 129.2 mph in March 2018, but last month that clubhead speed had sunk to 113mph due to the pain he was feeling.

“I had a chance to visit with him and catch up over at the PNC Championship, but one of the things he did bring up was that he noticed that his clubhead speed was creeping down around 113 (mph), and, I’ve known this guy since he was 9 years old, and he might have been over 113 back then. I don’t think he’s ever crept this low.”  

The analyst also revealed that Woods had “some concern” about having a 5th back surgery, and described the “radiating” pain which forced Tiger to go under the knife yet again:

“I talked to him just recently, within the last hour, and he mentioned that there was radiating pain back down the back part of his leg. Anybody that’s ever had disc problems like myself can realize and understand that’s just a very uncomfortable place to be in. 

Any way you can alleviate the pain, in this particular case, through this procedure, is the way to go, especially if you want to try and pursue elite-level performance.”

For his comeback, Begay told viewers that Woods is back hitting balls already and will have Augusta in mind for his return. As for a blueprint for Tiger to add to his 82 PGA Tour wins, Begay believes hot putting weeks will be key.

“He’s fine. I mean, I literally 15 minutes ago exchanged texts with him, and he was hitting golf balls. It’s not like he’s laying in the bed watching reruns of Friends. He’s gotten the pain alleviated. I promise he wasn’t trying to rip his driver out there, but he’s going to let it come back, he’s going to let it heal and we all know that he’s got the event in April circled.

There’s a lot of torque, a lot of stress, and I think he’s just going to have to play a little bit more of a consistent type of tee-to-green game and then just wait for when the putter starts to warm up like we know it can.”

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