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Undercover Lessons: Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick

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Undercover Lesson

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For the world’s best players, performing at their best involves many factors, but one big one that every golfer can emulate is how they warm up. In this fascinating video, you’ll see a typical warm-up session with Jordan Spieth and his swing coach, Cameron McCormick. Listen in as they go through Jordan’s bag, from little touch shots all the way up to the driver. It’ll change the way you think about pre-round prep.

Meet Your Coach: Cameron McCormick
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  • Understand the teaching philosophy of Cameron McCormick, who shepherded a 12-year-old Jordan Spieth all the way to No. 1 in the world.

Undercover Lessons: Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick

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Meet Your Coach: Cameron McCormick

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Cameron McCormick is the director of instruction at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, but you likely know him as the longtime swing coach to Jordan Spieth, one of the most accomplished young players in the game and a three-time major champion. Here, McCormick shares the methods he has developed to help all his students elevate their games.

The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started
3 The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started
  • The drill Jordan uses to begin his warm-up
  • Develop reactive distance control
  • Solve contact problems right away

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The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started

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Great players know that a pre-round warm-up is not the time to try to revamp their swings; it’s a time to ready the mind and body to perform. This is not a matter of physical skill, but a commitment to the value of preparation. In this video, Cameron McCormick shows you how to begin your warm-up like a pro, using Jordan Spieth as an example.

SWING THOUGHTS

Start your warm-up by working on solid contact and distance control with your wedges
Don’t worry about being perfect in your warm-up; build in tolerance for slight misses
If you’re hitting shots fat during your warm-up, try putting more weight on your lead leg or making your backswing more vertical to create a steeper strike on the ball
If you’re hitting shots thin during your warm-up, work on hitting the ground in a consistent spot or extending your arms through impact

DRILLS

Walk the Dog

  • Stick two tees in the ground, one just outside the toe of the clubhead and another just inside the heel. Use this “gate” to practice striking the ground consistently before you step up to hit a shot.
  • Pick a short target on the driving range, 10 or 20 yards out, and try to land your first shot on that target.
  • Watch where your first shot finishes, and then try to fly the next ball to that spot. Continue this process for several swings, creating a line of progressively longer shots.
  • Before each shot, make a couple of practice swings between the tees to make sure you’re landing the club with predictability.

Split-Hand Drill

  • To fix fat contact, try making your backswing more vertical.
  • Take a modified grip, with your top hand in its normal position and your bottom hand down on the metal of the shaft, holding just with the fingers.
  • Make some short practice swings with your bottom hand hinging the club up on the backswing as your top hand pushes downward. Feel how this makes the swing more vertical.
  • Re-create this sensation as you hit balls.

Necktie Drill

  • Another way to fix fat shots is to set more weight on your lead leg at address.
  • First, hold the grip end of your wedge against your sternum and let it hang straight down like a necktie on a line that bisects your stance.
  • Then, lean your upper body sightly toward the target so the club hangs more in line with your lead leg. This is where you want your weight at address and throughout the shot.
  • Re-create this sensation as you hit balls.

Clip the Tee

  • To fix thin shots, make sure you’re swinging downward enough to strike the ground.
  • Push a tee in the turf so just the very top is exposed. Take practice swings trying to clip the tee repeatedly until you flip it out of the ground. Feel the crisp downward motion this requires.
  • Re-create this sensation as you hit balls.

Long and Low

  • Another fix for thin shots is to swing the clubhead long and low through impact.
  • Without a ball, start with the club at address and simply extend your arms toward the target, feeling the clubhead staying low to the ground. This extension will prevent you from pulling your arms inward through impact and bending your elbows.
  • Re-create this sensation as you hit balls.
The Pro Warm-up: Finding Control
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  • How to build a warm-up station for irons
  • Fix shots that curve too much
  • Hone a reliable ball flight for the day

Undercover Lessons: Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick

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The Pro Warm-up: Finding Control

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Now that you’ve gotten your warm-up off to a good start and developed some feel, it’s time to build confidence on your longer shots. That comes from controlling the ball’s starting direction and its curve. Cameron McCormick explains how to troubleshoot your swing in two areas: the angle of the clubface at impact and the direction of the swing path.

SWING THOUGHTS

As you warm up, embrace the curve you’re seeing, whether it be a draw or a fade
If your shots are fading too much during your warm-up, focus on turning the toe of the club downward into impact
If your shots are not fading enough during your warm-up, focus on the toe of the club pointing more upward as you swing into impact
If you don’t have much time to warm up, graduate quickly from short clubs to longer ones

DRILLS

The Fade Wall

  • Assuming you’re hitting a fade in your warm-up, learn to start the ball to the left consistently and not over-curve it to the right.
  • Place an alignment rod to the right of the ball, parallel to the target line, and stick another rod in the ground at the end of the first one pointing upward at about a 70-degree angle.
  • Think of this second rod as a wall: Start your shots to the left side of the wall, and don’t let them curve to the right of it.
The Pro Warm-Up: The Final Minutes
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  • Physical and mental tricks to remain loose
  • How to hit predictable tee shots
  • Heading to the first tee with confidence

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The Pro Warm-Up: The Final Minutes

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You’ve worked on touch control with your wedges and reined in your ball flight, and now you’ve got only a few minutes before heading to the tee. It’s time to hit a few drivers and to start thinking about the shots you’ll need to begin your round. In this video, Cameron McCormick shows you how to prep with the driver and get ready to tee off.

SWING THOUGHTS

Save your driver as the last club in your warm-up; it’s the first club you’ll use on the course
As you warm up with the driver, visualize the ball flight and the feel that will produce it
Try to finish your warm-up in a playing mind-set, focusing on rhythm and visualization

DRILLS

Course Simulation

  • Conclude your warm-up by practicing the tee shots you’ll need on the first few holes.
  • Picture the confines of the fairway, the wind you’ll face on a specific hole, and the shape of the shot you want to produce.
  • On those last few driver swings, go through your entire pre-shot routine, starting behind the ball, and imagine you’re hitting those fairways you’ll face in just a few minutes.
  • Allow some tolerance for minor misses—you’re trying to create confidence, not perfection.

Undercover Lessons: Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick

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Undercover Lesson
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Meet Your Coach: Cameron McCormick
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The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started
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The Pro Warm-up: Finding Control
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The Pro Warm-Up: The Final Minutes
Undercover Lessons: Jordan Spieth and Cameron McCormick INDEX
Undercover Lesson
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Undercover Lesson
  • Be a fly on the wall as Jordan Spieth hits the range with coach Cameron McCormick by his side to properly warm up and challenge his player.
  • Be a fly on the wall as Jordan Spieth hits the range with coach Cameron McCormick by his side to properly warm up and challenge his player.
Meet Your Coach: Cameron McCormick
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Meet Your Coach: Cameron McCormick
  • Understand the teaching philosophy of Cameron McCormick, who shepherded a 12-year-old Jordan Spieth all the way to No. 1 in the world.
  • Understand the teaching philosophy of Cameron McCormick, who shepherded a 12-year-old Jordan Spieth all the way to No. 1 in the world.
The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started
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The Pro-Warm-Up: Getting Started
  • The drill Jordan uses to begin his warm-up
  • Develop reactive distance control
  • Solve contact problems right away
  • The drill Jordan uses to begin his warm-up
  • Develop reactive distance control
  • Solve contact problems right away
The Pro Warm-up: Finding Control
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The Pro Warm-up: Finding Control
  • How to build a warm-up station for irons
  • Fix shots that curve too much
  • Hone a reliable ball flight for the day
  • How to build a warm-up station for irons
  • Fix shots that curve too much
  • Hone a reliable ball flight for the day
The Pro Warm-Up: The Final Minutes
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The Pro Warm-Up: The Final Minutes
  • Physical and mental tricks to remain loose
  • How to hit predictable tee shots
  • Heading to the first tee with confidence
  • Physical and mental tricks to remain loose
  • How to hit predictable tee shots
  • Heading to the first tee with confidence