Jordan Spieth is worried about 1 piece of technology

Jordan Spieth is worried about 1 piece of technologies


Nick Piastowski

June three, 2023

Jordan Spieth on Thursday on the 18th green at Muirfield Village.

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Jordan Spieth almost pauses when he says it. Simply because it does at least sound a tiny strange.

“I can not stand a flat lie with no wind to a middle pin,” he says. 

“I just do not see it. Like, if you inform me that proper now, I do not know what’s the quantity? I do not know what shot I’d hit.”  

Odd, proper? Perhaps a tiny funny? Who amongst us wouldn’t thoughts that position described above? And but, the statement tends to make sense, at least offered the speaker. 

Golf calls for virtuosity. You swing the club. But you hit shots. Which brings us to a conversation this week amongst Spieth and Smylie Kaufman on the latter’s podcast, The Smylie Show. It began with creativity. But it ended with a warning.   

For background, just know that Spieth paints with broad strokes. (See this story’s second paragraph.) And that Spieth began his profession with a bang, then fizzled, only to lately uncover his type once more.   

“To me, what I’ve noticed as I watch you now is that you are genuinely beginning to play inventive,” Kaufman stated on the podcast. “And to me, when you are playing inventive, you are playing your greatest golf. You play golf as an artist — you see shots you see windows. It is why you are so excellent out of the trees is simply because it shapes the window that you have to see. And when you are playing poorly, it is pretty hard to play inventive. And honestly if you do attempt to play inventive, you play as well inventive — you attempt to turn it as well a lot, exactly where you should really be extra basic and hitting just one particular shot. But it does not operate that way for a inventive thoughts like yours. 

“Did you type of fight that as far as curvature of the golf ball and hitting it straight and what shot you should really be playing when you have been struggling?”

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“I consider the easiest way to say this is, I attempted to make swings alternatively of hit shots, and I consider that is what you are saying,” Spieth stated. “You attempt and make swings, there’s a lot of guys who attempt to make swings and they make a good profession out of it. But, I imply, appear at Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler, appear at how unique their action is. And even Rory [McIlroy] is so unique from each of them. They’re hitting shots. They’re playing golf. They’re not producing swings. And regardless of the rehearsals — Jon Rahm is the greatest instance. I can not keep in mind ever seeing him operate on some thing even in a rehearsal. … He hasn’t required to. And it is a gorgeous location to be and play from and I’ve been there and you do not know any unique, so it is a luxury.”

At about this point on the podcast, Spieth noted the just about-as well-tranquil lie. Kaufman added that it is like an uphill straight putt.  

“Yeah, I imply, technically a downhill straight putt’s much easier — gravity brings it back into the line,” Spieth stated on the podcast. “It’s type of the exact same deal. Like even on an uphill straight putt, I like to even consider, oh yeah, it will possibly kick a tiny left, then a tiny proper and then I can commit like, OK, it will double-break, even although it is going to be dead straight. I do not know, perhaps developing up in Texas in the wind and stuff, you just in no way genuinely have the chance to hit a dome shot, a straight shot. 

“The purpose is to hit shots and not make swings.”

Now back to that warning. Spieth’s worried. 

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Keep in mind, he’s a man who does not paint inside the lines. 

And perhaps technologies could take his brush. We’ll finish items with his word of caution, and a tip. Is he proper? Once more, to every his personal, but you can not argue his references. 

“And that is the one particular factor I will say that this boost in technologies that I consider hurt me for a even though — technologies in the game of golf does so a lot excellent,” Spieth stated on the podcast, “but I be concerned about it a tiny bit for the subsequent generation simply because I didn’t video one particular golf swing till I was 23 years old, and I consider there’s 7-, eight-, 9, ten-year-olds that are dissecting. It is fine for an instructor to do it. But I do not consider it is a excellent selection for children to be undertaking that simply because everyone’s got their organic move. Appear at the 3 guys I just pointed out. If they went and attempted to swing a particular way at a young age, who knows if they’d be exactly where they are now. 

“It’s got to be completed the proper way with the proper instructor and at the proper time. It is definitely excellent to know why you do what you do nicely, but I consider absolutely everyone has a particular balance of what’s most valuable for them as far as employing technologies.”

Editor’s note: To listen to the whole podcast, please click right here.       

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at and Golf Magazine. In his function, he is accountable for editing, writing and creating stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about strategies to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is possibly playing the game, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can attain out to him about any of these subjects — his stories, his game or his beers — at

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