SPI­ETH SWING SE­QUENCE

His stats don’t tell the full story: See what makes him a great driver.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 2/ 15 - by Ron Kaspriske

Sta­tis­ti­cally, Jor­dan Spi­eth’s driv­ing is pretty un­re­mark­able. In 2014 he ranked 89th and 129th on the PGA Tour in dis­tance off the tee and hit­ting fair­ways and 146th in to­tal driv­ing, which mea­sures power and ac­cu­racy.

But those are just num­bers. “Driv­ing is a strength of mine,” says Spi­eth, who has one win, five run­ner-up fin­ishes and 17 top 10s in the two years since he joined the tour. “I don’t hit it the fur­thest, but I don’t see a lot of play­ers work­ing the ball left or right the way I do. I fo­cus on get­ting bet­ter an­gles into the greens rather than dis­tance or mak­ing sure it’s in the fair­way.”

Adds his teacher, Cameron McCormick: “When he misses a fair­way, he doesn’t miss by much.” Spi­eth says he hits qual­ity tee shots be­cause he has con­trol of the club­face through im­pact, keep­ing his left wrist fac­ing the tar­get for as long as he can and ad­just­ing his swing path slightly to add any curve.

“But even then, I try not to curve it very much,” he says. “His swing is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of func­tion be­fore form,” McCormick says. “It’s de­signed to con­trol the ball, and that’s re­ally what mat­ters.”

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