WINGING IT

Golf Australia - - IN MY OPINION -

Much has been made about Spieth’s ‘chicken wing’ slightly bent left arm through im­pact. It is a po­si­tion that is more com­mon for am­a­teur golfers to make but Spieth isn’t the only ma­jor cham­pion or top player to do it. Jose Maria Olaz­a­bal, David Du­val and Lee West­wood are just three play­ers who have bent left arms just be­yond im­pact. The com­mon thread be­tween Spieth and these other ‘chicken wingers’ is they hit with a firm left wrist that never breaks down.

Keep­ing the left wrist firm through the im­pact and into the fol­low-through is how Spieth keeps the club­face square and in line with the back of his left wrist. Jordan can hit as hard as he likes with the dom­i­nant right hand be­cause he will never close or roll over the club­face.

Spieth keeps the back of his left hand, and con­se­quently the club­face, go­ing down the tar­get line longer than any of his Tour col­leagues. It may re­sult in a bit of a chicken wing look, but it pro­duces solid, con­sis­tent shots.

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