James Hahn - Perfect Impact Position

Congrats to James Hahn for winning the 2015 Northern Trust Open, in a soaking wet playoff finish. In this video, I am going to show you Hahn's swing stacks against the RST model swing. I'll show you how important using your lower body in the backswing is for stability and how to use your hips properly in the downswing sequence. I'll show you how important it is to shift your weight and maintain stability in the downswing, and get into an awesome impact position, packed with speed and control. Let's learn how to use your hips the right way now!

  • Load the trail side propelry and check it for proper stability by drawing a line straight up from the trail ankle. 
  • Shift and unwind the hips to start the downswing
  • Look for the lead hip to be stacked over the knee and ankle perfectly to ensure enough shift has been made. 

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David
I read once that the ball will start in the direction the shoulders are pointing at impact. Is this correct? It seems to me that the more the shoulders are closed at impact the bigger a hook you will hit if the face is closed to the path. So if I pull the ball a lot then working on the drills to keep the shoulders closed at impact might help?
July 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Yes, if you work on keeping the shoulders more passive or feeling relatively shut into the strike the path should be more in to out. Less pull of the start. However, the shoulders don't control the start as much as one would think. Club face dictates 85% of our intended ball flight with the rest being path. Shoulders alter the path, but the face can easily be manipulated to change intended start regardless of the shoulders.
July 30, 2015
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Robert
How do you reconcile this video with the downcock drill and the transition drill videos? In those, Chuck is getting his hands in front of his trail thigh when his hips are square. Here, his hands are much higher, as you specifically reference in the video. What is the proper thought for keeping your hands in front of the body in the downswing?
February 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. The Downcock and Transition Drills are designed to help players maintain lag longer and calm down hip spin/push. Turning off muscles that are too overactive. The hips do have a job in the swing. They will be roughly 30-40 degrees open at impact. However, it is necessary sometimes to train slowly and more exaggerated as in those videos to get the proper motions. Then blend the the arms and hips together.
February 27, 2015
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Robert
Thanks Craig.
February 27, 2015
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Mark
good one Chris. This is well described if only my body would sequence it properly-will take thousands of reps.
February 26, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Mark. Will pass the good word!
February 26, 2015
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matt
Chris, I know we probably went over this in the clinic, but there was soooo much...Once you sit into the left side, and your lead arm is at 9:00, what is the "move" before the left glutes fire? I've been working on this, and if I fire the left glutes without some pause, then I get all out of sorts. Should I feel like the arms fall while my lower body is stalled? Then fire when my arms get into my right thigh? Or will that be too late to fire? Thanks. Matt S.
February 24, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Matt, just shifting the hips back over to the lead side, should put enough load to get the glutes to start to fire. You are shifting and rotating the hips to transfer over to the lead side. You want the arms to feel like they are doing nothing until you have cleared the lead hip out. Use that as a signal to start to release the club.
February 24, 2015
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Jesse
Chris, it appears to me that Chuck's hips are more turned at the top of his swing. Is that the case, and if so, does that mean that it is ok to rotate your hips a bit more in order to make the turn, as long as you feel the resistance in the turn? Thanks.
February 24, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Jesse -- It is ok to allow for more hip rotation as long as your hips are stable and not allowing the spine to over rotate. We are looking for the hips to rotate 45 degrees maximum.
February 24, 2015
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Jesse
Thanks for the quick response Chris. Excellent video!
February 24, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you very much Jesse and my pleasure!
February 24, 2015
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Rik
squat to square
February 24, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rik. Do you have a specific question about squat to square?
February 25, 2015
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Alejandro
Hello, can I get Access to the swing itself ? Also to this particular versión of Chuck's swing. I would like to ask questions referencing frame numbers on the video.
February 24, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Alejandro - If you click on the self analysis tab above the video player, there is a way to load model swings and compare your own swing or just watch the model swing on its own. Take a look and see if that helps you out. This model swing that I used in the video is in there as well.
February 24, 2015
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4ronald0828076
This was a terrific swing analysis showing many technical aspects of the subtle elements of the swing
February 23, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed it!
February 24, 2015

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