Chris Kirk - Impact Alignments

Congrats to Chris Kirk for winning the 2015 Crown Plaza Invitational. One of the surest ways to wreck your swing and body is to listen to the TV commentators analyze a Tour pro's swing. In this video, I am going to save you from the reckless comments and we are going to focus on the BIG payoff in golf...impact. You'll also see a great way to diagnose your own swing faults, which is critical for making swing changes.

  • Use the self analysis tool on the site. 
  • Look at your impact positions from down the line and face on. 
  • Read the articles with the impact alignments videos and see which areas you need to focus on correcting first. 

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bradley
As he takes the club away the club looks closed to me and if he continues on like that it would be closed at the top. This is my biggest struggle to understand. RST says to slant the right elbow in at the top, is that what makes the club face square at the top or is there to be a rotation of the forearms along the way. In this video when the club is waist high if you were to compare it to the pencil drill video the pencil would be pointing down toward the ground a bit. Is he square at the top or does he keep it a bit closed. I see many great players take it away like this. When I watch your takeaway videos I feel like the only thing that square the club face is slanting the elbow in. Please HELP! Thanks Brad
May 28, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bradley. There is some rotation in the forearms. He is pretty square matching his lead arm. However, he cheated a little by letting his trail arm work a little narrow and behind him. Take a look at the Using the Wrist Efficiently Video in the Introduction Advanced Section to see that there is some rotation.
May 28, 2015
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Mark
This week-end was the first time that I saw his swing for more than a couple of reps. I could tell something was different than most "tighter" swings. He seems to continue taking his arms back almost to the point where his hands/arm touches his right shoulder at the top. His arms continue to go back WAY after the shoulders stop turning. Most of us would never be able to wait long enough for the arms to catch up.Does his build allow him to get away with that ? He seems to have very little chest muscle development.
May 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Some might have to do with his build. But, he also loses some of his external humeral rotation and adds more than 90 degrees of flexion in his trail arm.
May 28, 2015
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Paul
If you are a hip spinner why will the right elbow jam your side?
May 27, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Paul, this is due to the arms being pulled closely into the body to compensate for the rotation of the body through the hitting area. Hip spinners tend to have the hips working forward (towards the ball) at impact which forces you to shorten the radius to get the bat on the ball.
May 27, 2015
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Thomas
When he has finished his takeaway (club shaft is parallel to the ground) I notice that his hands would be on a vertical line above about the middle of his right foot. Mine are are at best on a vertical line above my toes and often forward of my toes. Should I strive to get a little more turn in my takeaway to get nearer to Chris's position. Does Chris's position make it easier to get the club set at an ideal position at the top. PS I like when you let us know when the player does something that is not RST ideal, as in this video. Helps my/our understanding of RST. Thanks
May 26, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tom, More rotation in your takeaway will help for sure. We have been concerned with a hand and arm position in your golf swing and that tends to cause the arms to get overly active from the get go. Chris's takeaway is good in this video but I have to believe he has a little lead arm push to move the club into that position because his hands do continue to work into a deeper position at the top.
May 27, 2015

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