I could’ve turned pro a year ago, but I knew I wasn’t ready. I’ve used the past year to prepare, and it has worked out well. Plus, I promised my parents I’d graduate.
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I barely spoke English when I got to ASU. I worked hard, won my first tournament and got a 3.6 GPA my first semester. Starting my pro career is different, but that experience helped, no question.
Specs: TaylorMade M2 (10.5˚), Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft, 45.25 inches. All grips are Golf Pride New Decade MCC (Red/Black). I like a fade, but there’s a little weight in the heel so I can hit my fade and it won’t spin too much.
Specs: TaylorMade M1 3-wood (14˚, Aldila Tour Green 75TX)
Specs: TaylorMade M1 5-wood (19˚, Graphite Design Tour AD-Di 8X). I like to hit my 3-wood low, but I like how high I can flight this 5-wood into par 5s.
Specs: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB, 4-iron through PW (Project X 6.5 shaft, 0.625 inch longer, 1 degree upright). These blades give me the best distance control, and pitching-wedge shots spin the right amount.
Specs: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (52˚, 56˚, 60˚) Project X 6.5 shaft.
I couldn’t hit my 3-iron high enough, so I took it out as a sophomore and switched to an extra wedge.
Specs: Odyssey Works Versa 2-Ball Fang, 37.25 inches, SuperStroke Ultra Slim 1.0 grip. I changed to this longer length in May based on better numbers on the SAM PuttLab. At the Pac-12 Championships, I made 26 birdies and an eagle, and it’s been working ever since. My back feels better using it, too.
I mark my ball with a JR and two dots. In Spain, I’m Jon Rahm Rodriguez. Rodriguez is my mother’s last name. I’m transitioning to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X.
I’m so proud of the heritage of great Spanish players like Seve. I’ve gotten such support from home, but that’s not pressure. I use it to inspire me.
I met my caddie, Ben Shur, my first day on campus, and he’s a big part of my success. Plus, he converts all my yardages to meters.
I grew up near Bilbao, and Athletic Bilbao is my team in La Liga. They proudly represent the Basque region.
When I was young, I liked soccer, kayaking, kung fu and a traditional Basque sport (paddle, above) that’s like jai alai. Golf was the last game I took up.