Jon Rahm reveals the reason behind his distinctive short backswing
US Open champions Jon Rahm on Tuesday revealed the truth behind his awkward short backswing technique.
In a press conference ahead of the British Open, Rahm told media that he was born with a club foot, which is the main reason behind his struggling swing.
The 26-year-old golfer has a peculiar short backswing because of ‘limited ankle mobility’ in his right leg."
“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,” Rahm said.
"I have certain physical limitations that let me swing the way I swing, and I don't deviate from that, I didn't take a full swing because my right ankle doesn't have the mobility or stability to take it."
Rahm recently won his maiden major title in the form of the U.S. Open; after hitting birdies in the final two holes to become the first U.S. Open championship winner from Spain.
The Spaniard is a strong contender on any field, and despite all odds stacked against him, Rahm continues to blossom.
Last Week, Rahm was overtaken by Dustin Johnson for the crown spot in the official world golf rankings despite finishing solo seventh at the Scottish Open.
Regardless of losing the No.1 position, Jon Rahm will start the British Open campaign as a favourite to win the prestigious major tournament.
Rahm is paired with Shane Lowry and Louis Oosthuizen for the first two rounds of The Open at the St. George’s golf course.
The 149th Open championship will commence from July 15th at the Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent, U.K.