Jon Rahm With Some Driving Thoughts

I’ll leave out the parts with which I disagree (such as the “swing left” stuff and the “use the ground” of course, because everyone does, unless they’re levitating), but if you look at big driver Jon Rahm, a lot of what he’s saying goes hand-in-hand with my MCS Golf Swing philosophy or principles.

I’ve talked about him before, noting that he actually lets the leading heel come up during his pivot when he drives, and that alone is reason to talk about Rahm’s swing.

Other than that, which you can see below:

… he has some other thoughts that you can see are common with solid ball-strikers and not just from the MCS school of thought.

In this GolfDigest article on hitting big drives, Rahm makes the following points, and I will bold that parts that jump out at me:

… It’s a short-and-fast swing, with my legs and torso doing most of the work, so there’s not a lot that can go wrong

if I think about what my hands are doing , I assure you my driving won’t be good. Instead, I want my torso, arms and club moving back together. You’ll know you made a good backswing if you feel it in your right hip.

That’s the main thing for me. I want to load into that hip. If I don’t, it feels more like a stack-and-tilt swing where your weight stays on the left foot. You can’t hit it far from that position. Instead, I want to feel my weight on the inside of my right foot and thigh.

… To start the downswing, I want to push into the ground with my legs, which lets me turn hard and left with my hips

Now, if I just take the things above that I’ve highlighted, you almost get a word-for-word list of MCS Golf Swing principles!

I mean, let’s see what I’ve said before that is mirrored above:

  • Pivot with the hips & legs, and when you nail the address position and get the pivot going, very little can go wrong,
  • The swing is best performed as a single piece, with the body, arms and club moving together instead of separating the hips from the upper body as with the Modern Golf Swing,
  • Just covered in the newly-released “MCS – The Kinetic Chain,” the principle of not thinking about or trying to use the hands in the swing (because the 3rd Lever, which includes the hands, wrists and club shaft, engage automatically with the 2nd Lever as you reach the “3 O’Clock” point of the down swing),
  • Load the right or trailing hip on the back pivot, and don’t try to keep the weight on the left side,
  • The turn in the down swing comes from the hip action pulling the body back around and not from actually trying to turn the upper body or shoulders.

So, seeing what I’ve been saying all along with the principles of swinging in a mechanically-sound manner, you can see why Jon Rahm can pound that ball a long way.

Other than a couple of things that he says with which I disagree, most of what he espouses is MCS gospel.

So, I am always looking for stuff like this, because I enjoy featuring solid swings and swing thoughts from the pros or instructors much more than I do pointing out ridiculous swing fallacies or outright lunacy in golf swing instruction/analysis.

It’s just that there is so much more of the latter than the former, but today I got to enjoy reading about the golf swing from a young, very strong and talented professional player.

That is a rare treat!

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