Modern Golf Swing = No Clue (Jordan Spieth)

jordan-spieth-driver-post-impactDid anyone catch the end of round interview that Jordan Spieth gave after his loss to Ooostie today at the Dell World Match Play?

He basically told the world that he came to the range and was hitting slices with his irons and didn’t know what was going wrong.

He tried to fix it (to no avail), and went to the first tee trying to fix it on the course during the match.

I was astounded.

The World’s No. 1 ranked player (he’ll drop to 2nd after this week, replaced by the ailing Jason Day) didn’t know what was wrong with his swing, and didn’t know how to fix it.

I don’t know about you all, but a slice is a path-face issue, and it shouldn’t take too long to fix, especially if you’re not a natural slice hitter.

Path and face.

Moving on, I wonder how Spieth writes those swing tips on the golf magazines, when he can’t diagnose and fix his own when something goes wrong.

And there is the Modern Golf Swing – you will never be able to easily figure out and fix a swing issue, because the swing itself is unnatural and mechanically unsound.

This robs you of your natural “feel” in the swing, and so if something goes wrong, you’ll not be able to “feel” what it is.

Updated with the following from Fox Sports online:

Spieth: I have ‘no control’ after losing match, No. 1 ranking

“I got to the range this morning and I was hitting slices with my irons, which is bizarre,” Spieth said. “I tried to fix it on the range, didn’t know what was up. … I just tried to compensate some on the golf course, got away with it the first couple of holes and then it got the best of me.

And so, the two top-ranked golfers in the world have real problems with their swings.

Spieth doesn’t know how to fix what’s wrong, and Jason Day, the next #1, doesn’t know that his swing is shredding his back, or doesn’t know how to fix the problem, and apparently thinks that “more of the same” is the right approach.

The problem, very simply, is that he’s swinging the way you don’t want to swing if you value your back at all.

The body isn’t designed to swing in the Modern Golf Swing way, and that’s why you’ll continue to see great players who don’t know how to fix a swing problem when it crops up, and you’ll continue to see very fit and athletic golfers falling to hip, knee and back injuries.

A fine state of affairs…


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7 thoughts on “Modern Golf Swing = No Clue (Jordan Spieth)

    1. D Watts Post author

      Compare Jordan Spieths’ mystification with an email from a person who asked me a question on why he was losing the ball with a right push on his iron shots.

      I answered with some thoughts, but the next day he replied with:

      Thanks for the response. I actually figured out what was wrong when I noticed a picture on your website of you using your driver and then it clicked. I was (doing this wrong). Once I concentrated on (doing it the right way) everything fell right back into place.

      And there you have it…

  1. Ken Joersz

    Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors with just an annual or semi-annual tune-up with Jack Grout and later with Jim Flick. Today’s professional’s have an entourage of “coaches”. The modern swing seems to require constant maintenance. The natural rhythm and flow just appears to be missing. That being said, I wish players like Jordan Spieth and Jason Day the best of luck. Their personalities are great for the game. I wish I could say the same for their swings. Time will tell.

    1. D Watts Post author

      There’s no touching Jack Nicklaus. The best of all time with the most majors, 26 years between the first and last, and his mechanically-sound swing kept him going through his regular and Senior Tour days.

      Most of today’s players will be lucky to still be playing, let alone winning in their 40’s and 50’s…

  2. Mike Divot

    Well that’s odd.
    Spieth seemed to know all about his swing and how he “generates power” and avoids slicing in those articles “he” wrote for Golf Digest.
    How can it be that he knows so much about his swing, but not so much?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Now we know who’s writing all of those pieces by the players – or at least we know who’s not writing them – the players themselves…

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