JON RAHM SWING SEQUENCE
How this rising star smashes it high and hard.
Only a few players come to the PGA Tour with the “can’t miss” tag. It stems from a top amateur pedigree and the power and polish to compete with the high-horsepower modern stars. Jon Rahm brings it all. A two-time Ben Hogan Award winner as the best player in US college golf, the former Arizona Sun Devil had an impressive 2016 professional debut, recording two top-3s in his first four starts on the PGA Tour. In February he won the Farmers Insurance Open, lost to Dustin Johnson in the final of the WGC Match Play, and was T-3 in the Mexico Championship. He’s closing in on $4 million in prizemoney.
Rahm does a lot of his damage with his longest club.“Driving is the best part of my game now,” he says, and his long-ball statistics back it up. His money shot is the same one favoured by another notable bomber with a similarly bowed left-wrist swing – US Open champion and 2016 PGA Tour Player of the Year Dustin Johnson.“A high fade is my go-to shot,” Rahm says of his 305-yard rockets.“I can hit it hard with low spin, and I still get good launch and consistency. I don’t quite get it out there as far as DJ, but I hit it far enough.” Plenty far from what these swing images imply. – matthew rudy