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Jordan Spieth Golf Swing Analysis

 

by Robert Cotter (About the Author)
Professional Golf Ball Engineer
Director of Golf Swing Instruction, Instant Golf®

Last July, Jordan Spieth became the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event since Ralph Guldahl won the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth won an exciting sudden-death playoff on the 5th extra hole at the John Deere Classic, beating defending champ Zach Johnson and David Hearn.

Jordan Spieth golferNow 20, Jordan is an official member of the PGA Tour although it feels like he has been exhibiting his skills on the big stage for quite a while. As a 16 year old he made the cut at the HP Byron Nelson tournament and finished tied for 16th!

Since turning pro he has been tearing it up on Tour in 2014. He has 6 top 10 finishes already this year including a 2nd at The Masters and a 4th at The Players Championship.

Jordan Spieth and his golf swing are in harmony. He is long off the tee but not among the leaders. However, his approach shot accuracy is fantastic and statistically better than the majority of his peers.

He is also very adept at putting. He is ranked 18th out of 205 golfers in birdie average in 2014. That means birdies and eagles are dropping for Jordan as evidenced by his impressive top 10 finishes stat.

Now usually when you have a young gun like Jordan the golf swing is powered by the "flexibility of youth". And for those of us over 45 we just don't have the flexibility of a 30 year old, let alone a 20 year old! But Jordan's golf swing has some characteristics that make it very reliable and his swing positions are not back breaking.

In fact much of his golf swing is old school; before the days of "paralysis of analysis" and when cookie cutter swings started to appear.

In this report I look at an aspect of Jordan's golf swing that not only defies modern day convention, but also helps him split fairways and hit greens under pressure. His record, both amateur and professional, is the proof.

Imperfection is perfection...

Though it isn't a perfect circle, the golf swing has a somewhat circular shape. Hence, if you have ever seen an "Iron Byron" or modern ball hitting robot, the shaft and club head revolve around a fixed axis. This is the mechanical ideal.

But with a human golfer it is a different story. Due to the forces created in the swing motion, the anatomy of humans, and equipment parameters, there is a small flat spot at the bottom of the arc in the down swing when a skilled golfer swings a club.

There is also a very powerful throwing out motion of the heavy club head in the down swing that helps a golfer unwind out of the back swing and smash the ball. This allows Jordan to buck convention with his back swing. And therein lies a great tip for us "older" guys.

So let's take a look at Jordan's back swing. The most apparent feature is a Bent Left Arm at the top!:

Jordan Spieth golf swing

That is something you don't see much these days, especially with a flexible young golfer. I would venture to say that less than 1% of modern pros have a bent left arm, it just isn't part of conventional teaching.

Yet it has worked for several great players in the past and present. The guys that immediately come to mind are:

  1. Curtis Strange - Hall of Fame member, 17 PGA wins including two US Opens.
  2. Lee Westwood - Former #1 in the world, 22 European and 2 PGA Tour wins.
  3. Calvin Peete - Vastly underrated star, 12 PGA Tour wins including the 1985 Players Championship (his bent left arm was the result of a childhood accident).

Whether Jordan's softer, slightly bent left arm is a learned orientation or an instinct, it is refreshing to see. There is so much emphasis on perfect positions in the modern game that "feels" or unconventional moves often get lost.

A straight or bent lead (left for a RH golfer) arm is fine as long as that arm is Free of Tension. The straight lead arm concept has been misinterpreted to mean locked or rigid in order to maintain the swing radius. And golfers at all skill levels golfers have suffered the results with non-repeating swings and even physical pain.

Sadly, a tense lead arm kills swing speed, destroys the club head path, and prevents a full release of the club. And under pressure, these effects are magnified for the golfer who attempts to steer a shot or over control the club in order to prevent a mishit. Usually the opposite occurs, and he or she is visiting the woods looking for the ball minutes later.

The Trail and Lead arms have very different roles in the golf swing. But here's a very useful image to help you with the job of the lead arm. Note: This does not apply to the trail arm.

Imagine your Lead Arm is a Piece of Rope:

A rope is passive, at least in regards to starting a motion. It also has no internal structure (skeleton) to make it stiff or rigid. It has to respond to the forces acting on it. I think of it as a "spacer" between the shoulder and grip (see above).

This is part of the reason Jordan and other golfers can play great golf with a bent lead arm. The forces on the lead arm or rope in the down swing will straighten it out at impact. In the case of Calvin Peete, the arm straightened to the limits of his arm's structure, which was basically where it started at address.

The other wonderful aspect of this rope concept is how it contributes to a tension free swing, especially in the down swing. Great players hit fairways and greens on Sunday. Jordan Spieth shot 65 on Sunday at the John Deere to be in the mix in "extra innings" because he limited the tension in his lead arm.

A tension free lead arm is part of the equation to a free and full release of the club head through impact. This is true whether you use a traditional straight lead arm or a bent lead arm.

When the golfer learns to stop over extending or locking the elbow on the way to the top, he or she has taken the first step to a more compact, powerful back swing. This is a back swing that will pay huge dividends on the way back to the ball at impact, the moment of truth.

IMPORTANT - "Is it as simple as taking a more compact backswing?"

Absolutely not, and if I could explain this to you right know I would, but this is something you need to see for yourself.

IT IS VISUAL.

You see there are 3 simple but critical elements to the backswing position in the first picture below.

Without them you have an inefficient swing that produces poor distance and horrible accuracy.

But get them right and all systems are on go for a simple yet powerful return to the back of that ball at impact... and an explosion at impact!

I go into detail in the The Key To A Repeating Golf Swing exactly what these elements are and how to achieve them, and then I show you how to quickly train your body to reproduce them so the downswing swing becomes virtually automatic.

From this solid back swing position, any golfer can initiate the down swing with what I call The Key To A Repeating Golf Swing and ride the motion right to his or her finish position.

All great players, past and present, male and female, are performing The Key whether they are consciously aware of it or not.

When The Key is performed correctly, the down swing will be on auto pilot. You will be held captive by your own great swing.

Impact sounds like a gunshot (especially off the driver) and the golf ball is compressed as efficiently as possible. You will use all of your available swing speed with no power leaks, just like Jordan and company.

Hence, the Down Swing has its own Set of Requirements.

The down swing forces created are tremendous, even for the Senior or Slower Swing Speed player. Different muscles are engaged and dynamic balance must be maintained by calling on specific parts of the body. And it all takes place in 1/3 second!

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