Jordan Spieth's Incredible Putting Technique... Revealed!

We take a closer look at the putting technique of three-time Major winner Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth's incredible putting technique

If you are looking for a textbook illustration for how to stand to a golf ball with a putter in your hand, Jordan Spieth is your man. This is the cornerstone of Jordan Spieth's incredible putting technique. 

He is perfectly square with his feet alignment matching his clubface. The ball is a fraction ahead of centre in his stance and this helps him strike the ball slightly on the upswing, to get the ball rolling sooner. You will also notice that his eyes are a fraction inside the ball-to-target line and that allows him to create a very gentle inside arc to his stroke in the backswing. He’s not trying to manipulate the head and create a straight back and through stroke – instead, it is natural and instinctive.

Spieth uses a left-hand-low grip and this helps set your shoulders square at address. With right below left, the tendency is often to open the shoulders a fraction and that can cause you to cut across the ball through impact. Not a problem for Spieth.

The momentum in his stroke comes from a very gentle rotation of his body. His arms respond to that rotation, working in harmony. By relying on his stronger core muscles (and not the smaller, faster ones in his arms), his stroke is incredibly consistent.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Jordan Spieth's incredible putting technique is the transition from backswing to through swing. It is smooth, unhurried and crucially there is a very small amount of lag in his wrists. This shows that his grip pressure is light allowing him to feel the flow in his stroke.

Again the release is textbook, revealing rhythm and flow. You want a gentle acceleration through the ball and a good release is usually a sure sign you’ve done that. A lot of amateurs hold the face to the target through impact for longer, almost trying to steer the ball towards its target but that kills the all-important rhythm in your stroke. His follow-through is a fraction longer than his backswing as he strokes, not forces the ball towards its target.

If you are going to copy one putting stroke, it should certainly be that of Jordan Spieth.

Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

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Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X