‘That’s the Stupidest Thing to Say’ – Jon Rahm Lashes Out at His Swing Critics

Published 07/13/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
May 14, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm plays his shot from the 12th rough during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports


Jon Rahm currently is in a sublime form. He won the 2021 U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines and almost had the Memorial trophy in his bag as well. And he has had a brilliant start to his European Tour campaign as he finished solo seventh in the Scottish Open. 

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However, Rahm is often criticized for his unconventional golf swing. People denounce his unathletic body and find fault in his swing. But Jon Rahm has given a befitting reply to his critics and has opened about his swing.  

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Jon Rahm lashed out at people for criticizing his swing

Apr 25, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Jon Rahm plays from the 1st hole fairway bunker during the final round round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Rahm has lashed out at his swing critics. In the pre-match press conference ahead of the 149th Open, he opened about the reason for his unconventional swing:

“I must say I’ve been pro for five years. I’ve mentioned this before. This is the first time I’m getting this question because I’m tired of hearing that the reason, why I have a short swing, is that I have tight hips or other things. If you know anything about golf, that’s the stupidest thing to say.”

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“Okay, so for people that don’t know, I was born with a club foot on my right leg, which means for anybody that’s sensitive about that, my right leg up to the ankle was straight. My foot was 90 degrees turned inside and basically upside down,” said the World No.1.

How does Rahm generate strength in his swing?

But even with these limitations, Rahm has been successful in playing some impressive golf. Rahm knew right from a young age that he needs to create more power and be consistent with a short swing due to his unstable right ankle. So the U.S. Open champ generates power from his shoulders and arms and has a small and quick swing through the ball.  

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Jon Rahm is hopeful of continuing his good form in the final major championship of the year. He will tee off with the defending champion Shane Lowry and the South African Louis Oosthuizen for The 2021 Open on July 15 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course Sandwich, Kent, England.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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