The culprit, you won’t be surprised to find out, is the ever-execrable Modern Golf Swing, and let me show you how it goes.
First, let’s take a look at the face-on Driver swing, with both the right and left feet moving through the down swing:
The right foot move, which I call the “Short-Stop Slide,” is nicely executed. It’s the move you’d expect to see with a wide-ish stance and a finish fully into the leading foot – it’s the leading foot movement that is the issue and you can see in the back pivot and top position where the problem begins.
What is happening is, just as I mentioned with Tiger Woods’ swing on the weekend, Scottie doesn’t ever get over the right side because he’s pivoting with a rotary hip turn and a planted leading heel.
Scottie is pretty stuck in an undesirable position at the top – too much weight to the left side, head in the middle of the stance instead of the right side, so now he’s got get that head more to the right, and it actually comes up (back and down not so bad, back and up not good at all, mechanically) to get to a good impact position.
With the weight already left instead of right, there’s not much room to shift, so it’s a spin-out with the left or leading foot to get the rotation and leverage through impact.
Scottie is listed at 6’3″ and I can guarantee you that he could be much longer, if he were to swing with a better model.
Those of you who were around between 2013-2016 will remember a similarly built swinger with whom I did some swing work – remember Jerry Crowell aka “BT,” Wax Nation?
He is, if my memory is correct, 6’4″ and here is a swing of his in January 2016 (I shot the clip), when he was 51 years of age and nearly qualified for the Farmers that year (I was on his bag in the qualifier and he missed Q by 3 strokes!), let’s look at how a tall swinger with a wide stance swings with a Classic Golf Swing and a short-stop slide:
Scheffler is 25 years old, so BT at the time of this swing was more than twice SS’s age, and was getting 120 mph club impact speed as a teaching and playing pro (meaning he didn’t have nearly the time to work on his swing and game as a tour pro):
You can see above that he should have been at around 180 mph ball speed with that club impact speed and a 1.50 Smash, but as I say, he wasn’t a touring pro who could spend all day tuning his swing. This was raw power and leverage. Imagine 4-5 hours to work on the swing daily…
The name on the plate says “Mark” but it was likely a student he’d been working with, and that swing was a record for BT in December of 2015 just before I flew down for his qualifier (and he actually hit 124 later in 2016, believe it or not).
So let’s compare the back pivots:
You can see how much more loaded and powerful BT’s top position is, which is accomplished by letting the leading heel lift and the hip turn to continue while having the head biased right:
Now, let’s look at how quiet the lower body can be even when swinging around 120 mph club impact speed if one’s top position is more optimal and you can shift that weight properly to leverage the club down and through the bottom:
Look at BT’s head stability from top through impact, and the same for the leading foot, in comparison.
I don’t know about you all, but the Scheffler swing could be so much better, while looking at BT’s down move and action through the ball, I see poetry in motion.
So, there is much, much more to being a Masters champion and the #1 player in the world than having a picture-perfect swing, but the better it is, the easier it becomes to do those things.
Scottie Scheffler is young and immensely talented but as you have seen with other young players reaching the top with iffy things in their swings, you don’t see them up there for very long.
Age, injuries and loss of coordination take their toll.
Scottie’s in the driver’s seat for now, but I’d look at a serious adjustment for him as he gets older.