Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

A frame-by-frame analysis of how the three-time major winner is trying to restore his swing

Originally Appeared on Golf Digest

What does it look like in the middle of a swing restoration project? Jordan Spieth can tell you: “I had gotten long and a little quick, and my grip had drifted very weak,” he says of his former swing. “The face was open, and I had to flip it at impact to try to square it.” The result? A two-year victory drought and some ugly numbers in the strokes-gained stats that Spieth focuses on.What does it look like in the middle of a swing restoration project? Jordan Spieth can tell you: “I had gotten long and a little quick, and my grip had drifted very weak,” he says of his former swing. “The face was open, and I had to flip it at impact to try to square it.” The result? A two-year victory drought and some ugly numbers in the strokes-gained stats that Spieth focuses on.

Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

What does it look like in the middle of a swing restoration project? Jordan Spieth can tell you: “I had gotten long and a little quick, and my grip had drifted very weak,” he says of his former swing. “The face was open, and I had to flip it at impact to try to square it.” The result? A two-year victory drought and some ugly numbers in the strokes-gained stats that Spieth focuses on.
The three-time major winner and his swing coach, Cameron McCormick, have gone back to basics, starting with the grip. “Every year since I was 14, my grip would get weaker during the season, and I had to fix it in the offseason,” Spieth says. “But it got to the point where I just didn’t adjust it back enough.”The three-time major winner and his swing coach, Cameron McCormick, have gone back to basics, starting with the grip. “Every year since I was 14, my grip would get weaker during the season, and I had to fix it in the offseason,” Spieth says. “But it got to the point where I just didn’t adjust it back enough.”

Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

The three-time major winner and his swing coach, Cameron McCormick, have gone back to basics, starting with the grip. “Every year since I was 14, my grip would get weaker during the season, and I had to fix it in the offseason,” Spieth says. “But it got to the point where I just didn’t adjust it back enough.”
As mechanical changes go, turning the hands 4 degrees to the right isn’t complex. But bringing the new grip from the range to the course has been bumpy. “I’m going in the right direction, but it’s taking some time,” he says. “This isn’t anything new. I’m just getting back to what I always did.”As mechanical changes go, turning the hands 4 degrees to the right isn’t complex. But bringing the new grip from the range to the course has been bumpy. “I’m going in the right direction, but it’s taking some time,” he says. “This isn’t anything new. I’m just getting back to what I always did.”

Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

As mechanical changes go, turning the hands 4 degrees to the right isn’t complex. But bringing the new grip from the range to the course has been bumpy. “I’m going in the right direction, but it’s taking some time,” he says. “This isn’t anything new. I’m just getting back to what I always did.”
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REMEMBER THE BEST

“You look down on your grip all the time, but you don’t register slight changes—even when you hit balls nearly every day,” Spieth says. “Keep track of how your grip looks when you’re playing your best, and use that as a reference when you practice.”

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REMEMBER THE BEST

“You look down on your grip all the time, but you don’t register slight changes—even when you hit balls nearly every day,” Spieth says. “Keep track of how your grip looks when you’re playing your best, and use that as a reference when you practice.”

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Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

REMEMBER THE BEST

“You look down on your grip all the time, but you don’t register slight changes—even when you hit balls nearly every day,” Spieth says. “Keep track of how your grip looks when you’re playing your best, and use that as a reference when you practice.”

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KEEP TILT IN THE TURN

“We’ve all tried to get a little more speed by turning bigger. But you need it to happen the right way to get something out of it,” Spieth says. “It has to happen within your posture, so your left shoulder will be lower, not level, with the right.”

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KEEP TILT IN THE TURN

“We’ve all tried to get a little more speed by turning bigger. But you need it to happen the right way to get something out of it,” Spieth says. “It has to happen within your posture, so your left shoulder will be lower, not level, with the right.”

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Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

KEEP TILT IN THE TURN

“We’ve all tried to get a little more speed by turning bigger. But you need it to happen the right way to get something out of it,” Spieth says. “It has to happen within your posture, so your left shoulder will be lower, not level, with the right.”

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SQUARE IT EARLIER

“I’ve always been a low-rotation player. I get the face square early in the downswing and maintain it through the ball,” Spieth says. “With a stronger grip, I’m more stable through impact. I don’t have to twist the club or flip it to make the ball fly straight.”

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SQUARE IT EARLIER

“I’ve always been a low-rotation player. I get the face square early in the downswing and maintain it through the ball,” Spieth says. “With a stronger grip, I’m more stable through impact. I don’t have to twist the club or flip it to make the ball fly straight.”

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Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

SQUARE IT EARLIER

“I’ve always been a low-rotation player. I get the face square early in the downswing and maintain it through the ball,” Spieth says. “With a stronger grip, I’m more stable through impact. I don’t have to twist the club or flip it to make the ball fly straight.”

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LETTING GO

“My left elbow doesn’t look like some other players through the ball, but for me, it’s a sign that the club is square longer in the throughswing,” Spieth says. “I’m feeling less like I have to steer it now. I can just let it go. The results will come again.”

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LETTING GO

“My left elbow doesn’t look like some other players through the ball, but for me, it’s a sign that the club is square longer in the throughswing,” Spieth says. “I’m feeling less like I have to steer it now. I can just let it go. The results will come again.”

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Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

LETTING GO

“My left elbow doesn’t look like some other players through the ball, but for me, it’s a sign that the club is square longer in the throughswing,” Spieth says. “I’m feeling less like I have to steer it now. I can just let it go. The results will come again.”

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BY THE NUMBERS

Age: 26

Height/Weight: 6-foot/175

City: Dallas

DRIVER

Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)

AVERAGE DRIVE (2019)

294.7 yards

CLUBHEAD SPEED

114 miles per hour

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BY THE NUMBERS

Age: 26

Height/Weight: 6-foot/175

City: Dallas

DRIVER

Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)

AVERAGE DRIVE (2019)

294.7 yards

CLUBHEAD SPEED

114 miles per hour

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Swing Sequence: Inside Jordan Spieth’s swing restoration

BY THE NUMBERS

Age: 26

Height/Weight: 6-foot/175

City: Dallas

DRIVER

Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)

AVERAGE DRIVE (2019)

294.7 yards

CLUBHEAD SPEED

114 miles per hour

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