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Xander Schauffele Golf Swing Analysis

PGA Champion Xander Schauffele has a golf swing we can all learn from. PGA Professional Jack Backhouse breaks it down in his recent analysis.

 

Xander Schauffele finally got his win at the 2024 PGA Championship, overcoming a star-studded field and winning with the final putt. In the Xander Schauffele golf swing analysis video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse breaks down his swing to help you understand why Xander has been so successful this year and what you can learn to improve your own golf.

Set-Up

Xander stands to the ball in perfect balance. Like all of the Tour Player Swing Analysis that have been done this year, Xander’s armpits sit just in front of his knees, and his backswing is just behind his heels. This is a position where it is possible to make a big turn in posture and set yourself up for a powerful downswing.

Xander has a neutral grip and a very neutral set-up. He plays a stock draw shot but is able to hit both draws and fades from here.

Xander schauffele swing analysis

Backswing

Golf is very much a backswing sport, and Schauffele does a brilliant job of setting himself up for success after making a few changes with new coach Chris Como.

Xander does a wonderful job of keeping a strong club face throughout the backswing. He takes the club away closed, and then bows his left wrist at the top. It is a good idea when you have a very rotational downswing to pre-set a closed face on the way back, as turning hard does open the clubface.

Schauffele also stays very centred in the backswing with a wide right arm, which helps him become an elite ball striker.

backswing

Downswing

Xander starts his downswing with a big lateral hip shift, which guarantees ball first, flush contact. I really like how wide he keeps his right arm into mid-downswing; this helps him manage the club face and hit straighter golf shots.

He shallows the club nicely into a deeper position which means he can rotate his body harder without getting steep into the ball. This is a move that a lot of amateurs get wrong as they turn hard without keeping the club behind them, causing slices and pulls.

Schauffele gets his hands impressively far ahead of the ball at impact. This is possible because of the amount of hip shift he has, and helps him strike the ball well and control his distances.

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Into The Finish

Schauffele hits an impact position that could feature in the hall of fame, with a bent right arm, bent right wrist, square shoulders, open hips, with his hands ahead of the ball. This is a position we see from all of the GOATs of ball striking and should be emulated.

He then swings through into a well balanced position, never swinging too hard to look unsightly.

finish position

What can we learn?

Schauffele’s swing is well worth copying as there are so many textbook characteristics that would help anyone’s game:

  • Get your clubface square to closed as early as possible in the swing.
  • Stay over the ball with your irons.
  • Try to get your hands ahead of the ball at impact for good clubface control and ball striking.

If you enjoyed this Xander Schauffele golf swing analysis, keep an eye out for more tour winners’ swing analysis in the future.

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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