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Jordan Spieth reveals a specific swing issue hurting his game



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



  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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Tiger Woods receives outpouring of support following car accident



Following Tuesday’s accident which has left Tiger Woods currently recovering from major surgery, support and well wishes have been pouring in for the 15-time major champion.

Per a statement from Tiger’s official social media account, Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures” affecting both the upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula in his right leg from the crash, as well as damage to the ankle bones and trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg.

The statement also communicates that Woods is “awake, responsive and recovering in a hospital room”.

In response to Tiger’s accident, a mammoth amount of support has rolled in from A-list stars, members of other sports and fellow tour pros for Woods. Here’s a look at some of the well wishes:


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Tony Finau’s short driver backswing – Would he be the longest on tour by a distance if he wanted? 



In our forums, our members have been discussing the driver distance Tony Finau generates with his short backswing. WRXer ‘TIScape’ posted a photo of Finau on 18 at Riviera at the top of his backswing from Sunday (above) and says:

“It amazes me how far Tony hits driver with his short backswing. This is a still from a video of his drive at 18 on Sunday at Riviera. Captured at the very top of his backswing. It’s almost as if he’s laying up with driver, and he still averages 306 yards! The clubhead speed he generates with that short swing is astonishing.”

Back in July, Finau showcased his fully extended driver swing in a practice round. The result? 206mph ball speed and a ridiculous 383-yard carry.

Check out the video below.


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Our members have been discussing both his current driver swing and whether Finau could be comfortably the longest on tour if he wanted.

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.

  • chipa: “His swing is fun to watch. One thing I have noticed about a lot of big hitters is the forward hand position like Finau’s and then turning the left hand over immediately during the takeaway. DJ Johnson, John Daly, Mike Austin and quite a few long drivers use(d) this technique. I use it when I’m swinging my best and hope to have it mastered sometime soon. I have tried everything like the one piece takeaway, but I just can’t make it work and feel relaxed too.”
  • bscinstnct: “Man, if Tony could just get a little more confidence on Sunday with his putter. He’d basically be DJ. Just want to see him play his best a few times; he’d really light it up.”
  • mosesgolf: “TF said in an interview that he can easily attain 190plus ball speeds but won’t go there due to consistency and accuracy issues. Plus, it’s an avenue for injury to swing that hard.”
  • cardoustie: “Longest on tour if he wanted to be.”

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This astonishing Tiger Woods stat sums up his greatness and perseverance since 2012



There are countless achievements from Tiger Woods that will be talked about for years to come, and we can now add another to the list thanks to Brandel Chamblee.

The golf analyst took to Twitter on Monday, where he produced one of the most stunning Tiger Woods stats imagineable, which covers the tumultuous period of his career since 2012.

During this period, Woods reclaimed the number one ranking, endured 5 back surgeries, suffered from the chipping yips, an inability to practice, had a humiliating DUI and dropped to 1,199th in the Official World Golf Rankings before rising again.

Despite everything, as Chamblee posted on Monday, Woods has a better win % on Tour than the likes of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, with only Rory McIlroy having a marginally better win return since 2012.

There were some sceptics that the high win % was down to Tiger appearing so sparingly over the past few years. However, golf fans were quick to correctly point out that the 45-year-old continuously appears at the biggest events with the strongest fields, which makes the 11.7 win % over that period even more impressive.

Never, ever, write off Tiger.

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