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Jordan Spieth's Swing Secrets

2015 is the Year of Jordan Spieth: Five tournament wins, two majors and the FedEx Cup. Check out Hank Haney breaking down the $22 million dollar swing (tour winnings) and see what you can learn from Jordan.

Released on 9/28/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

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Here's Jordan Spieth,
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he's just had an amazing two years as a professional.
00:04
He's got some things in his golf swing
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that many people would consider to be a little different,
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but I personally like it a lot.
00:10
And the thing I like about it is,
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is for a better player,
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you wanna make sure you don't hook the golf ball too much.
00:20
I always say the road to good golf
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goes from slicing, to hooking, to good golf.
00:26
So for a better player you're trying to eliminate that hook.
00:29
He does it a couple ways.
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1. With his grip position,
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if you'll notice his left hand
00:34
is in a pretty weak position.
00:35
As far as professional golfers go,
00:37
that would be considered a weak left hand grip.
00:40
It keeps the club face from closing too much
00:42
coming into the golf ball.
00:44
Another thing that's unique about his swing
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is that the top of his golf swing,
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he has a little bit of bent left elbow position.
00:52
I personally don't really have a problem with this.
00:55
I would rather see a player in this position,
00:58
here at the top, where the left arm is a little bit bent,
01:01
as opposed to straight and stiff and rigid.
01:05
A lot of amateur golfers get the advice that
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you gotta keep your left arm straight,
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and they take that to mean
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it has to be just stiff as a board.
01:12
I like a more relaxed position like Jordan has,
01:15
and the reason being is that
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when he gets to impact, it allows his hands and arms
01:20
to lead the club head through.
01:23
This position makes sure that the club head
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doesn't pass his hands.
01:27
I like where that left arm is,
01:29
it's out away from his body a little bit,
01:31
but it allows him to keep the club face square
01:35
coming through the shot.
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And look at this extension through the shot.
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I mean this is phenomenal extension through the shot here.
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That is something that I really like
01:43
in Jordan Spieth's swing.
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His arms are extended,
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they reached the point of full extension.
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And this is something that a lot of amateur golfers don't do
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he's kept his upper body back,
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but he's extended his arms through the shot,
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and this is a classic position,
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and one of the reasons Jordan Spieth
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can play so good in the wind.
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He's from Texas, there's a lot of wind there
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and when he gets to this position,
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he can flight the ball down if he wants to.
02:10
And it's one of the reasons why
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he's got to be number one player in the world.
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