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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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19th Hole

The 555-yard par 5 that Bryson will try and DRIVE this week at Bay Hill



Bryson DeChambeau has been a trailblazer in the game of golf over the past 18 months, and this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we could well see the golf scientist attempt to drive a par 5.

The 6th hole at Bay Hill measures 555-yards; however, to carry the lake with the drive and hit the green, Bryson would need to fly the ball approximately 340-yards.

C/o: @BarstoolBanks

What’s more, Bryson has already committed to trying his luck on the hole this week if there is a little bit of downhill wind, telling last month:

“If I play this year I will definitely do it. No. 6 at Bay Hill is one of those I’ve been eyeing. I think I can do some pretty cool things on it.”

A few players have unsuccessfully attempted to pull off the shot in the past, most notably back in 1998 when John Daly famously made an 18 on the hole. You can check out Daly’s disaster below.

If Bryson does pull off the shot, it also brings the remarkable 4-under par on a hole ‘Condor’ into the conversation.

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Johnny Manziel plans to tee it up on the PGA Tour



Johnny Manziel has revealed that he is aiming to become a pro golfer and has given himself 12 years to complete the task.

The former NFL quarterback is now 28-years-old and outlined his plans on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast, which he admitted will be a “very uphill battle”.

“I’m giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf. I’m gonna grind this out and see how good I can get and see if I can’t enter in some tournaments and see if I can’t go play professional golf eventually. I think it is a very uphill battle, but that’s what I’m setting for my goals. I have 12 years to try and make a PGA Tour event.”

Manziel, who is currently playing in a fan controlled football league, revealed on social media last year that he is a 2 handicap and even won a long drive competition at a charity golf classic in 2020 with a recorded drive of 356 yards.

Check out Manziel’s swing below and let us know in the comments how you rate his chances of one day competing in a PGA Tour event!

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Remembering Arnold Palmer’s driver off the deck



Arnold Palmer endeared himself to fans thanks to his go-for-broke swagger, and in 2004, when playing in his final PGA Tour event, the now-named Arnold Palmer Invitational, he gave us a fitting final approach to the 18th green with a driver off the deck.

As a younger golf fan at the time, I didn’t quite have the full appreciation for Arnold’s impact on the game as I do now, but there was something about watching this shot on that Friday afternoon that was special.

Palmer’s grandson on the bag. Arnie’s Army out in full force—and for no reason beyond giving the people “what they came to see” he hit an absolutely perfect shot that continues to resonate.

Thanks for the memory, Mr. Palmer.

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