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.