Jay Haas explains why he loves this old-school element of Scottie Scheffler’s swing

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is on an epic run, comparable only to Tiger Woods when it comes to results: four wins, including a major, since February.

And it’s clear that many people who have been in the game for a long time believe Scheffler has serious staying power. Among them: nine-time PGA Tour winner and three-time senior major champion Jay Haas.

On this week’s episode of Off Course with Claude Harmon, Haas explained what he likes about Scottie Scheffler’s game.

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“[He’s on] one of the best runs in recent memory. Tiger-esque,” Haas said. “The thing I like about Scottie, is that he doesn’t have a cookie-cutter swing. It’s kind of his own. Obviously, he’s got an instructor and he’s worked hard.”

Haas said he had the chance to see Scheffler’s game up close while caddying for his son, Bill, a couple years ago.

“He was very impressive, but you wouldn’t say this kid is going to be No. 1 in the world in 10 minutes,” Haas said. “Each time he’s had a chance, he’s closed the deal, which is very impressive. He hasn’t spit the bit at all coming down the stretch.

“To my point about cookie-cutter swings, the sound wasn’t on, but I was watching the Masters and they showed his footwork,” Haas continued. “And he’s got kind of old-school footwork. His right foot kid of slips in there, and his base, his foundation doesn’t seem textbook. But if you just didn’t see the swing, you just looked at the golf shot each time, you’d go, boy, this guy’s good.”

For more from Haas, including why making a PGA Tour cut was so meaningful to him, and what this new generation of players has that his didn’t, check out the full interview below.

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