Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth Swing Sequence Analysis


As we begin the downswing you will see almost the opposite movement with both swings, you will notice Rory’s lower body rapidly unwinds like a tightly wound spring. This allows Rory to generate maximum speed between each segment of his body. His head remains at or slightly behind where it was at the top of the backswing, this helps Rory achieve the upward attack angle that we mentioned earlier. Jordan’s downswing sequence begins in a completely different way, take a close look at how his head drifts towards the ball and his spine is in much more vertical position versus Rory’s rightward tilting torso.



Impact is one of the most interesting positions to compare with these two players as much for their similarities as their differences. You’ll notice their head position is now very similar, both slightly behind where they were at the top of the backswing. Rory has remained consistent with his head position as it has never moved towards the target in any way, meanwhile Jordan has had to “back up” slightly from his half way down position. To me this would be an unusual trait for such a consistent and straight ball striker however Jordan clearly does not have a problem reproducing this with relative consistency.


One of the big positives of Rory’s impact is his shaft angle, he has lined everything up at impact from his left shoulder joint to the club head, with the shaft leaning slightly backwards. With Jordan on the right you will notice the slightly more forward leaning shaft position, almost as if he is trying to hold the club face open and stop it going left. To me this is where Jordan loses out to Rory in terms of accuracy off the tee. Rory’s release is much more free flowing compared to Jordan and to me the more natural it is the easier it will be to repeat.

By |2016-11-02T06:51:31+00:00July 7th, 2015|Blog|2 Comments

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Jamie McConnell
Originally from Co Meath, Ireland, Jamie McConnell moved to Dubai in 2013 to take up a full time coaching position at the Butch Harmon School of golf. As a full time teaching professional Jamie coaches both professionals and amateurs of varying abilities using the Harmon Family fundamentals to help them improve their game.


  1. Bubba Kee 6 February 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    It’s seems like everyone is believing that super long drive will win you the game. If that was the case then how come the most longest driver is not holding the winning trophy and as far as for the straightening of the left arm it is just a myth. For those who likes to point out of how others should do with their swing, you yourself needs to be better than that person. Otherwise you shouldn’t even be saying nothing at all. At the end of the day, it’s the number that is on your score card is what matter.

  2. Jay 21 February 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Matt, you may be a little confused about a reverse pivot in the golf swing. A reverse pivot occurs at the top of the back swing. Rory is about as far from a reverse pivot as a person can be. He has, possibly, one of the most powerful coil positions currently in professional golf. You could be thinking of the reverse C look, at the finish, that was prevalently taught years ago. Think Johnny Miller in his prime.
    Sorry if you’re being sarcastic. I’m not very good at picking up on sarcasm in text.

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