Rory Mcilroy Syncing Up For Consistency

Rory Mcilroy has taken back over the world #1 ranking in golf. In this video, I'll show you how he keeps his hands and arms in sync with the rest of his body during the entire golf swing, for amazing consistency and awesome ball striking.

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Thomas
I still have a problem,spinning the shoulders to start downswing,which leads to a push or shank and possibly my club is stuck behind me.Any advise would be helpful. Tom
September 2, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Thomas. The key is understanding the spin doesn't equate to power. Take a look at the Sledge Hammer Video in the Advanced Downswing Section for the difference in power and speed. Also, the Ladd, 5 Mins to a Perfect Downswing, and Stop Coming Over the Top Video in the Downswing Section to help keep the trail shoulder back from pushing too much.
September 2, 2014
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ERNESTO JOSE
Hi In position 1 , 9 o'clock, Rorys driver face is pointing down, as it were in a closed position. Club toe has to point to the sky, right? Thank you
August 6, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ernesto. Yes, you want the toe in an up position. This requires a little left arm manipulation by Rory to correct it to the top of his backswing.
August 6, 2014
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David
Great video Chris, however I have heard this time and time again from you guys on just letting gravity drop the hands into the 9 oclock region and maybe that's what you better players feel because its second nature to you but for a high handicapper like myself this would be impossible to achieve I need to be pulling down on something or my hands would never drop in time? RST members am I alone here or does anyone else find this to be a frustrating swing thought?
August 6, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey David. I can see how the "gravity" might feel like a big mythical beast to attain. Its about giving up control to gain control. However, with momentum change and weight the club will naturally pull down. Take a look at the Stop Coming Over the Top Video in the Downswing Section for some more demonstration of the principle.
August 6, 2014
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Peter
Craig, first, did i hear correctly, this analysis was presented by Chris Tyler, Rory's swing instructor? If that's true, kudos to RST for bringing this to us. In any event, i along with David have a similar problem of NOT dropping it into the slot to allow gravity to take over the first part of the downswing. From what i witness in 90% of golfers i see, we all have that uncontrollable impulse to hit from the top. I need a thought (at the top) that will allow me to resist that temptation, something like 'start the weight forward before reaching the top'. For me, that works with a teed ball, but i usually don't make clean contact with irons/hybrids off the turf. Another i've tried, but abandons me somewhere during a round, 'after reaching the top, plant the weight on the forward foot before starting the downswing'. Craig if you have one you use consistently, please share it, thanks.
August 12, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. I can see how you might have heard that. No. Chris isn't Rory's coach. Rory's coach is Michael Bannon. If Chris was Rory's coach he would've won all 4 majors this year. That's tricky to share swing thoughts. Digging into my holy grail of knowledge. Just remember its like feelings. A 2 out of 10 grip pressure to me might be a 5 for you. Anyways, heres my food for thought on the subject. Once I owned the weight transfer (Sit Into the Left Side), I focused on my shoulders and arms. If I could shift correctly to the lead leg. My thought would be to keep my shoulders shut to the target and allow my arms/hands to work in front until I reached impact. As soon as I hit the ball, I would let everything go. "Shoulders shut/arms and hand fall until I strike/let it go".
August 12, 2014
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Peter
Craig, thanks for your timely reply. Unfortunately i didn't get an email alert that "someone has responded to your question/comment" or i would have responded sooner. So what i get from your comments...1) weight transfer established first, 2) shoulders 'square' to the target line on the downswing, then let it go. Thanks will try it tonight.
August 13, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Peter. Weight transfer first. Then the feeling of the shoulders staying shut (back to the target). Allow gravity and my arms to work in front and down. Fire.
August 13, 2014
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Matthew
I find it very hard to believe that you don't mention "loading the shaft" - How Corey loads his club shaft and how he maintains a "loaded shaft" on the downs, If you watch this video you can clearly see the shaft UNLOADING/UNSPRINGING into the ball on the downswing. Why no mention of this?
August 6, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Matt. That is a good thought. I think Chris was trying to keep it simple though. Not trying to delve too much into the physics property, momentum change, pull,etc.. that might be confusing to some members and a lot longer discussion. Just working on syncing the arms and body up.
August 6, 2014
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nathan
What causes Rory (or what doesn't he do that RST teaches) to get a little deep with his hands at the top of his swing?
August 6, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Rory tends to have his club face match his spine angle on the way back. Requiring a little manipulation of his left arm to the top. He tends to push it a little across his chest.
August 6, 2014
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Ben
His stance is farther apart in his driver setup. perhaps for stability
August 6, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ben. It definitely works for Rory. But, the tendency to have a improper weight shift is all to common for amateurs with the stance wide. Take a look at the Stance Too Wide Video in the Advanced Setup Section.
August 6, 2014
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mark
How come at the end of the video, in the 9:00 position, Rory's clubface is pointed straight down? I thought the toe was supposed to be up or maybe slightly closed there.
August 5, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, the toe should be up or square. Rory tends to have a little stronger grip and matches the club face angle a little too much to his spine angle. Leads to some manipulation of the club on the backswing.
August 6, 2014
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wen
looks like rory on the downswing straightens his right leg instead of turning knee in some towards the target. What is proper on downswing?
August 5, 2014
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Patrick
You mean in the follow through? I don't see him straighten it at all in the downswing if anything it flexes more imo. He does push off the ground in his followthrough with both feet/legs, but I'm pretty sure that's a common trait with lots of pros and better players, geting power form the ground.
August 5, 2014

Rory McIlroy has taken the word consistency into a whole 'nother dimension. This week, I'm gonna be focusing on how he keeps his golf swing so synced up with his hands and his arms, and what they're doing throughout the entire golf swing so you can learn how to play more consistent golf.

                Let's go ahead and get started.

                Well we are certainly getting to spend a lot of time talking about Rory McIlroy's golf swing as of late. Seems like, as I said in the opener, that we just got to talk about him winning the British Open, and here he is two weeks later winning the Firestone and putting himself back into the number one player in the world at 25 years old, so congratulations to Rory on that.

                Now, I know a lot of the videos that we've talked about with Rory has always been built around power and speed. This week I want to talk to you about what he does in his golf swing that also leads him to a lot of consistency. That's one of those things that people come to the website for is they want to become a little bit more of a consistent player. When we have people who come in town for the clinics that Chuck conducts, the first and only thing that we hear that's common from all the people that are in the room is that they want to become more consistent. I'm gonna show you exactly what he does really, really well to keep things synced up and we're gonna shift the focus off of power and speed at this point and we're gonna really just kinda hone in on the idea that we're gonna become consistent players and we're gonna focus on the 9 to 3 section.

                So what I want you to do is I'm gonna focus on the face on view first, and you're gonna see here at the nine o'clock position. What he's done is the hands and arms have done very little to this point, okay? The hands and arms are basically just hanging on to the golf club and they're helping establish within the golf swing.

                All right, so here we are at the nine o'clock position both face on and down the line. And you're gonna see that his shoulders have rotated 45 degrees and that both arms have stayed very straight into this turn. Now that's absolutely pivotal for you people that are working on takeaway that have a problem with getting the club stuck inside or you get the hands and arms to really start the golf club back. One of the key checkpoints you want to look for is that the center of the chest is in line with the club head, all right? In line with the hands and then in line with the club head at the completed part of the takeaway. So you can see he's done just that.

                What I try to get my students to do is feel like you're rotating the buttons on your golf shirt at the same rate as your club head through the takeaway. Keep both arms nice and straight. They're not really doing anything, just hanging on to the golf club. So that's a good checkpoint for you guys when you're out there in the range. Try to keep that club head rotating at the same rate as your buttons through the takeaway and keep both arms straight, and you'll stay nice and wide, and you'll stay in sync.

                All right, so from there, from this point as he starts to work, this is where the hands and arms start to do a little bit, okay? His right arm is actually gonna add a little bit of flexion and a little bit of elevation, which is helping give the golf club lift, which in turn he's gonna be able to use for speed later on in the golf swing.

                Okay, so his arms have really not done much up to this point. Throughout the takeaway all they did was help establish width and all they've done is just add a little bit of right arm flexion to help move the golf club into the vertical plane. Now what do they do in the down swing? Again, they're not gonna do much, okay? So you're gonna notice over here on the down the line perspective those hands and arms are just a fraction deep in relation to his right shoulder. A lot of players get the hands above the right shoulder.

                We need to be able to get these hands and arms back out in front. And how do we do that? We are gonna use the left side of the body when we create torso rotation that is what's actually gonna move the hands and arms back out in front. We're also gonna allow gravity to let the hands and arms to start to fall back below the nine o'clock region or down into that nine o'clock region so that we can release. A lot of players are trying to figure out how to sequence golf swings and they're trying to use their arms to get back into the hitting area as much as they can and you're going to struggle with consistency because now you're developing a lot of timing in the move. What Rory's done is he's used more of his body to move the golf club to the top part of the golf swing and just a little arm movement. That's the whole mantra behind the rotary swing is big body turn, small arm movements.

                Let's go ahead and start down here. You're gonna see as he starts the golf club down he's not really doing much of anything with the hands and the arms. They're really just kind of falling and they're moving back out in front of the body by creating that rotation from the lead sides. He's gotten seated into his left side and he's using those left obliques right in here to start to pull that hip away from the tart.

                Now as a chain reaction of events, what's happening is that's creating torso rotation and that's moving the hands and arms back out in front and getting him set up for the release part of the golf swing. Now as the hands and arms are back down into the nine o'clock region, he's been able to maintain his lag. You can see both face on and down the line at this point. Like I said, the hands and arms have not done much. All they've done is just allowed gravity to pull them down to the ground, and rotation has moved them back out in front.

                And now what he's doing, this is where the hands and arms become active through the release. You're gonna see the right arm really unfold. You're gonna see rotation and extension, all right? So nine o'clock region, hands and arms are falling, and then you're gonna see the release of the right arm, that angle in the right arm, and you're gonna see the extension and the rotation of both forearms.

                This is what's going on. This is what really good, solid, fundamental players do is that they don't allow the hands and arms to do much. You want the hands and arms to do very little until the release. We have that great video that you're always going to hear me talk about that's five minutes to a perfect release. That's a video that teaches you how to release the golf club through the hitting air. There's another great video and a great drill on the website called the 9-3 video. That's really where a lot of golf or a lot of consistent golf is made. If you go and focus on that particular drill alone, the 9-3 drill, you're gonna be able to have a clear understanding of what the hands and arms are doing through the hitting area.

                Then what I want you do to is kind of work backwards, all right? Then go over to takeaway and make sure that your hands and arms aren't doing much into the nine o'clock region. Then make sure you get your back swing really kind of fine tuned, that you move the club up into the vertical plane by just adding a little bit of right arm flexion, all right? Then allow the hands and arms not to do much to get back down to the nine o'clock region. Now after you've trained the 9-3, you're back down into that area and you can go ahead and just release it through the hitting area properly, and you're gonna be on top of your golf shot and playing a lot of consistent golf. So that's the name of the game is that if you want consistency, focus in on the 9-3 area because that's where the hands and arms are getting through the hitting area and that's where you're gonna be able to lead to some great ball striking.

                All right guys so that's the review for this week. Get things synced up and get out there and play some great golf. I look forward to working more with you guys in the future and I hope you have a great day.

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