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.