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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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Justin Thomas on being dropped by Ralph Lauren: ‘I put them in a terrible position’

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Justin Thomas is in action in Abu Dhabi this week and has spoken for the first time since Ralph Lauren ended their relationship following a slur Thomas made at the Tournament of Champions.

Speaking to media at the European Tour event, the 27-year-old said

“It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing, and it’s not me. It’s not a word that I use, but for some reason, it was in there. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out as to why it was in there, and it’s going to be a part of this process and training program or whatever I need to do, not only to prove to myself but prove to my sponsors and prove to those people that don’t know who I am that that is indeed not the person I am.”

Ralph Lauren severed ties with JT last weekend, and its a decision which Thomas understands as he admitted that he put them in a “terrible position”.

“They just felt like they needed to move on. That’s exactly what I’m doing, as well. It was a great run that we had and a great partnership, but you know, things will work out for the best. Just like my other partners and other sponsorships, it was an opportunity for them to help me, just like I hope to help them. But like I said, they had to do what they had to do.

They are a huge, huge global brand, and I have to respect their decision. I wasn’t disappointed, because I put them in a terrible position. I just was more upset.”

Thomas also discussed his excellent relationship with the global brand and how he believes that he will become a better man and person due to what happened.

“I had a great relationship with a lot of people there, and like I said, we would have had the opportunity to do it together, and I totally respect their decision and I’ve moved on from it. I’ve had great communication with all of them.

 It was obviously not calls or emails I was hoping or planning to make, but I needed to because I have some great long-lasting partnerships with all my sponsors. They know that’s not the person that I am. They know that’s not how I act and although they are far from brushing it to the side just like I am, they understand that this is an opportunity for me to educate myself, grow, become a better person. 

I know that I’ll become a better man and a better person because of it, and they are going to kind of help me along that process.”

As for what’s next apparel wise for Thomas, on Monday in Abu Dhabi he was still wearing an RLX shirt at the course. However, per Golf Monthly’s Joel Tadman, JT wore a Peter Millar polo shirt and mid-layer in Abu Dhabi yesterday and today with his RLX shorts, which he sourced himself.

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David Feherty’s Golf Channel show axed – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to the news that David Feherty’s Golf Channel show will end after a decade on air. Golf Digest reported the story, and speaking via telephone to the publication, Feherty said:

“I don’t know what the reasons were for the decision. I think it was a combination of things. We haven’t been able to shoot any episodes because of COVID. The Golf Channel move. I don’t know. Maybe it was just time.

I think a lot of people are going to be surprised that it got canceled. It always sort of amazed me the (number of) people that watched. Ten years is a whole lot more than I thought I would do. I loved doing it.”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts on the cancellation in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bcflyguy1: “All good things must eventually come to an end, and when they do, it does nothing to diminish their goodness. As others have pointed out, there were some dud episodes, but they were only notable because of how exceptional most of the others were.”
  • bladehunter: “David is the very definition of genuine. Flawed. But genuine. And he has a natural knack for pulling the best out of people. Watch his Matthew McConaughey interview. If you don’t want to play a round with those two, it’s you. “
  • CCTxGolf: “Yeah, he certainly pulled the best out of people. Agree with Hawk on every point. For those who haven’t watched the Condi interview, do so. She is very, very impressive, to say the least.”
  • TobesSC: “Always enjoyed the show, but the amount of commercial breaks became unbearable to me. To make things worse the way they edited the sections going into breaks/coming out of breaks were all previews/summaries, so the 1 hour show turns out to be maybe 25 minutes max.”

Entire Thread: “David Feherty’s Golf Channel show axed”

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Tiger Woods undergoes fifth back surgery; will miss Farmers and Genesis

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Tiger Woods has announced that he will delay his start to 2021 after undergoing a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.

Woods’ doctor and team have revealed that the surgery was successful and that the 45-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

As a result of the surgery, Woods will not compete at either the Farmers Insurance Open or the Genesis Invitational but still plans on serving as Tournament host at the event from Riviera.

Per the statement, the operation was brought on by discomfort Woods felt following the PNC Championship in December.

“I look forward to begin training and am focused on getting back out on tour” – Tiger Woods

This operation marks the fifth operation Woods has had on his back, almost four years after undergoing spinal-fusion surgery.

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