Take a medicine ball to copy Jon Rahm’s trick
Jon Rahm’s consistency over the summer has been extraordinary.
Most players look at Rahm and wonder how he’s doing with such a short backswing? The key movement is not the length of its backswing, it is the movements that its body makes. Rahm is an extremely powerful golfer and this comes from his ability to turn throughout his golf swing. All players can copy this move. Variations in flexibility, swing length, type of grip, etc. will not matter. This will bring consistency and power to everyone’s game.
To get a feel for how Rahm moves his body during the golf swing, you will need to grab something heavy. A training / medicine ball is great, but if you don’t have one, grab something this size with a little weight. If a medicine ball is too heavy, please grab something that you can hold without putting too much pressure on your back or body, such as a basketball.
Once you have the object, take a stand and pretend you are tackling an imaginary golf ball on the ground. Hold the “ball” with both hands instead of using a club. Start doing a backswing. If the ball gets heavy, then you don’t twist your shoulders and torso with your arms. Return to your address position and try again. Start moving the ball or object by rotating your rib cage / torso, not just moving your arms. The item will feel much lighter when you move around this way. You just felt Rahm’s magical movement.
Continue to practice this movement in three ways.
The exercise described above will cover the momentum. Many golfers disconnect their arm swing and body movements in takeout. Learn to move your torso with the object keeping it in front of your chest and feeling light.
Once you become efficient at take out, you will need it transition then move. Using the same ball or object, feel your weight and torso change direction together. Pretend you are going to throw the ball from a coiled backswing position. This is the feeling we want in transition. Shift the weight into your lower body and return that torso to your usual impact position.
Most golfers would stop turning on impact. Continue to transport the object or bullet to the target for a period of to end. Your body should face the target when you perform this step of the exercise. All of your weight should be on your lead leg and arms and the ball will be extended in front of you directly towards the target.
Notice in this Tour Championship video how much Rahm rolls his body back and through such a short shot. If he creates that many turns for a single bunker shot, consider how much he’s moving to hit the driver.
Go back to the three exercise steps above and work out at home or at the gym. Make yourself comfortable while moving your body. Using a training ball is essential because once you are comfortable with the movements, you can start releasing the ball and throwing it forward. Use a sturdy wall as a target so you don’t have to hunt it down. Learn how to use your body properly and the new power and athleticism will make you feel like the # 1 golfer in the world.
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