Swing Se­quence

A driver swing so good, these pho­tos look posed (they’re not)

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - BY MATTHEW RUDY

A driver swing so good, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing pho­tos look posed (they’re not).

E xam­ine the swings of the game’s big­gest hit­ters and you’ll see the vast ma­jor­ity have two sim­i­lar­i­ties: (1) a big back­swing with the left arm bend­ing at the top; (2) the club trav­el­ling a long way back to the ball to gather more club­head speed.

But that’s not how Jon Rahm cranks drives more than 320 yards. And he does that a lot.

“He’s a big, strong man with in­cred­i­ble ath­letic power,” says Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Randy Smith. “He keeps that left arm straight and smashes the ball with swing width, not length. Not many can do that.”

Rahm’s club­head speed (119 miles per hour) is a big rea­son he’s ranked in the top five of the tour’s Strokes Gained/Off-theTee statis­tic. It’s also prob­a­bly no co­in­ci­dence that he’s No. 3 in the World Golf Rank­ing.

“The po­si­tions you see here are so good, they look posed,” Smith says. “He uses his physique and strength to make a sim­ple swing. It’s like a big­ger, harder ver­sion of Hen­rik Sten­son’s swing. Jon hits it so sim­ple and so square, it’s easy to see why his ca­reer is on the rise.”

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