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Born 1 September 1952
Manuel Pinero turned professional in 1968 and established himself on the European Tour in the early 1970s. He won nine titles on the Tour, the most prestigious of them the 1977 British PGA Championship. He featured in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times, including back to back fourth places in 1976 and 1977.
Piñero competed for Europe in two Ryder Cups. In 1981 and 1985 where he captured the scalps of two tough competitors in Lanny Wadkins and Jerry Pate.
Although not being one of the longest on tour Pinero was able to keep-up with his competitors. The significance of this is that Pinero was only 5 foot seven inches tall and 150 pounds weight. The high-speed swing study shows a beautiful flowing swing with one unusual mannerism, extreme head-rotation on the backswing. It had no adverse effect on his overall movement, and may have even provided him with some extra leverage.
Height: 6'2" (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 (99 kg)
Age: 28 (November 10, 1994)
Birthplace: Barrika, Spain
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Currently the world number one Jon Rahm is one of my favourite characters to paint. His powerful, dynamic swing action is perfect to create on canvas or paper.
Although his swing action is impressive throughout, there are two areas I find particularly special. One is Rahms enormous width. Although many describe his backswing as short I beg to differ. What Rahm forfeits in the height of his backswing summit, he more than makes up for in width.
This view from behind is perfect to study how much space the Spaniard creates between his hands and torso going back.
The other exemplary part of Rahms swing is in the contact. His left wrist bows outwards and his left forearm winds against the ball. This type of contact is only seen by truly great strikers of the ball. (For fascinating information on contact click the link below).
Most golf swing students will point to the 'clawed' wrist on the top of the backswing of Rahm. They are right to do so. Although we can find other players in both past and present who do this, it requires super human strength and should generally not be copied.
For me the swing of Jon Rahm is the most beautiful on the Tour. It is a natural swing born out of hitting hundreds of thousands of balls
Although Rahm has been coached by a couple of teachers throughout his career it is fairly evident his action is unique and 95% his own work.