A wiggle and a kick… How unfamiliar face Matthew Wolff can steal the spotlight from Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson as live golf returns

You don’t need to follow golf to know who Rory McIlroy is. You’ll have probably heard the names Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, too.

But only ardent fans will be familiar with the fourth participant of this weekend’s TaylorMade Driving Relief: Matthew Wolff.

The 21-year-old will headline golf’s unofficial return this Sunday, in a charity skins match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

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You’ll come for McIlroy, Johnson and Fowler – but you’ll stay for Wolff
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With the whole lack of sport thing going on, those without much interest in golf might even be tempted give it a try, and at first glance, they will no doubt consider the teams a bit lopsided.

World number one McIlrory teams up with fellow big-hitter Johnson, while Wolff, ranked 110 in the world, will be accompanied by Fowler.

On paper, it’s a total mismatch. Rory and DJ have a combined 38 PGA Tour wins and 192 weeks at world number one, while Rickie and Wolff have six wins between them and zero weeks at the top.

But the thing is, nobody expected Wolff to become a PGA Tour winner in the first place with his unique golf swing.

Those of you experiencing Wolff for the first time will have to double-take on the opening tee. His technique is quite-frankly bizarre.

It starts with what can only be described as a wiggle, before a rapid swirl of the club, with his front foot barely grounded. We all have our pre-shot rituals, but the shimmy is a rare sight.

He lets rip with a kicking motion, generating some remarkable speed and, somehow, maintaining his balance. The result is a game which challenges at the highest level of the sport.

No two swings on the PGA Tour are the same, but mostly, they all share similar base mechanics. However, nobody swings it like Wolff. It’s a total game-changer.

Sure, there have been some weird swings down the years, the likes of Jim Furyk, Miller Barber and Eamonn Darcy. But they never generated 132mph of clubhead speed with the drive. And he hits it straight, too.

For most, it’s challenging enough to overcome the basics of golf, i.e: making clean contact with the ball. Keeping it simple is usually key, and any casual golfer who copies Wolff’s technique will no doubt find themselves hacking at air. We don’t recommend it.

Nonetheless, in just his third start as a PGA Tour pro last year, Wolff wiggled, shimmied and kicked his way to victory at the 3M Open in Minnesota.

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Wolff is a PGA Tour winner – and there should be plenty more to come
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As golf returns to everyday life in England, and casual players head back to the course for the first time in months, there are valuable lessons to be learned from Wolff – the same ones his swing coach George Gankas taught him.

How your swing looks is irrelevant. It’s what happens with the golf ball that matters. Accept all outcomes, and never be embarrassed. Swing your swing, however feels natural.

That’s why Wolff will be sharing the stage with McIlroy, Johnson and Fowler on Sunday – and could become a household name himself one day.


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