The reasons I’m doing Jon Rahm for my next swing analysis is that I believe he has a very bright future in the game and that he has a very brilliant, but unique, golf swing.
Jon Rahm got his PGA tour card through sponsors invites, which I think speaks volumes for not only his golf game but the character of the young man, there has not been many who have been able to achieve this feat. He would be my pick for the PGA tour’s rookie of the year this year.
When I look at Jon Rahm’s golf swing I see a combination of Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson. But also, I see a lot of moves in his swing that have become very popular with modern coaches. Such as his bowed or flat lead wrist, his shallow shaft in the downswing, he has a hand path that travels out in front of his body a lot and also he has very nice body rotation.
The thing with John Rahm and these moves is that he does them in excess, the positions he finds in his golf swing could be seen as model moves, but teaching them to the same extremes that Rahm does them could spell the end of a normal person’s golf swing.
And so with this in mind, and with the potentially bright future for this young man, the coaching he receives in the future must be very sensitive to the moves that he currently owns and uses so well.
My recommendation would be to only work on a few areas, leave what the shaft and wrists are doing alone, and early days just focus on his set up as there is some room to tidy this up and make releasing the club easier and more body driven. From there it would just be a constant path of slowly improving his lower body move so as he is not shifting around, as a very rotational lower half will only support his upper body move even more. And then finally, and this could be well down the track it may be worth working toward some more width in his right arm, this would help to have him delay the release of the club even more and engage his lower body better through impact.
All that said, it would be over the course of maybe 5 years that all that could be worked on, given the rigorous schedule of the PGA tour and the very important need to keep on top of the short game and on course practice. I would see improving John Rahm’s golf swing as a very slow process, requiring a greater then normal attention to detail.
Hopefully we keep seeing him and his high fade on the PGA tour for a long time!