Perhaps the most distinctive thing about Scottie Scheffler is the “Scheffler Shuffle,” where his back foot moves considerably after contact, almost like he’s dancing. In years past it would have been considered a bad flaw, but today, where ball flight consistency reigns supreme among instructors, it’s no big deal.
Scheffler notched his fifth victory of his PGA Tour career when he won the Waste Management Open, known more for its rowdy behavior on the 16th and 17th holes than the golf itself. Like the Scheffler Shuffle, this would have been considered a bad “flaw” back in the day, too, so maybe it’s fitting that Scheffler finds success at the WM as he has now won the event two years in a row.
Scheffler is one of the best ballstrikers on tour, ranking 3rd in strokes-gained off the tee and 14th in strokes-gained approach shots. He is a pedestrian putter, ranked 93rd, but analytics has shown us that ballstriking prowess is more important than putting prowess for success on the tour.