Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth Swing Sequence Analysis


One of my favourite things about Rory’s follow through is how he allows the club to naturally release through the shot, his arms turn over and he almost chases the golf ball to get every extra yard out of the shot. Jordan on the other hand looks like he is trying to “hold it off” and not hit the ball left. As you can see his glove hand stays above his right hand and doesn’t allow the hands and arms to naturally rotate through the shot. He also produces a slightly unusual position with his left foot where it looks very unstable through the shot. There are many things that could cause this including physical limitations, however the most likely cause is how he releases the club through the ball.


Rory’s finishing position is a thing of beauty, one thing I always notice with Rory is despite the power his body creates he always finishes in a balanced and poised position. Jordan despite his unusual left foot position also produces a very balanced and composed finishing position, partially thanks to his fantastic rhythm through the ball


Complete Swing Sequence Comparison

Here is the side-by-side comparison of Rory and Jordan’s swing sequence.  The synchronized video is here.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth Swing Sequence comparison


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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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