The 'Unteachable' Moves in Scottie Scheffler's Golf Swing, Explained

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The great swings of the Masters come in many different shapes and forms, timings and tempos.

We’ll almost certainly see a new addition to the pantheon on Sunday, with six of the seven players within eight shots of the 54-hole lead all vying for their first green jacket.

The overwhelming favorite is Scottie Scheffler, the only player in the tournament to string three consecutive rounds under par, and the leader by three going into Sunday. His swashbuckling golf swing has caught the attention of players and fans alike.

“You can’t teach that. It’s unteachable,” Jon Rahm said of Scheffler’s swing. “If you try, you’d probably end up hurting people.”

When fans or fellow golfers talk about Scheffler’s move, they often key in on two moves: His footwork, and his funky follow through. When you’re watching on Sunday, here’s what you need to know about both.

On every full swing — especially with his driver — Scottie Scheffler’s feet jump and slide backwards slightly through impact. It’s unusual and “can put stress on your ankle joints,” says GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jonathan Yarwood, but it’s not unheard of. Greg Norman moved his feet in a similar way during his peak. Scheffler’s longtime coach, fellow Top 100 Teacher Randy Smith, deserves huge credit for not coaching something out of Scottie that felt natural to him just because it looked different.

But however it may look, it’s important to remember that unusual footwork is the product of other factors at play on in Scottie’s swing.

On the downswing, Scheffler is using his legs to torque the ground and help swing his arms really fast through (applying “force along the hand path,” if you want to sound fancy during your next party with golf experts). His upper body, meanwhile, is acting similarly: Using the strong muscles in his shoulders, obliques and beyond to swing the club forcefully in a circle around him.

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