LA QUINTA, Calif. – Bryson DeChambeau isn’t the only golfer who has transformed his body.
Jon Rahm’s evolution from pudgy teenager to broad-shouldered World No. 1 may not have happened seemingly overnight the way DeChambeau packed on the pounds, but it has been every bit the game-changer for the 27-year-old Spaniard.
Rahm’s swing is short and unorthodox, but ever since his teacher Eduardo Celles told him never to change it, he’s gone about making it his own.
“It’s a trademark,” Rahm said.
It’s often been said that Rahm’s short swing is the product of tightness in his hips, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather, as he explained at the British Open in July, Rahm was born with a club foot, and it required doctors to break his right foot and ankle. No more than 20 minutes after he was born, he was placed in a cast from the knee down.
“My right leg up to the ankle was straight, my foot was 90 degrees turned inside and basically upside…
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