Jason Day - Perfect Backswing

Swing plane is a very common term used in golf and has become a primary focus point for a lot of players. Unfortunately, we should be focusing less on swing plane and directly on the body movements that affect the plane. In this video, I'll show you how to prioritize 4 simple steps that will guarantee you get the club on plane each and every time.

  • Get properly setup first. 
  • Make sure you are shifting your weight properly to load the trailside up. 
  • Learn how to rotate without moving your head all over the place. 
  • Add small arm movements of elevation and flexion last. 

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Ronan
Hi, This video talks about the importance of the head staying still. My head is not moving on the sides but downward during the backswing. What do you recommand i should work on? Ronan
January 29, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronan. The head will move slightly down as you load the glute. If it isn't excessive, or just a slight motion. I wouldn't worry much. You can see a slight variation in Chuck's Swing as well.
January 29, 2019
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Remington
What exactly rotates from the L arm parallel to ground position to take the arms/club to the top of the back-swing? Is it the shoulders, hips, torso, lats or what? This is obviously critical to achieving a complete backswing.
March 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Remington. The trail shoulder will pull all the way to a completed backswing. As you fold the trail arm the hands will cross centerline slightly as the lead arm rotates from the shoulder socket (How to Keep the Left Arm Straight Video).
March 30, 2017
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Remington
Thanks Craig, I want to be absolutely clear about this to practice correctly: from L arm parallel to the ground the only body part that moves to complete the backswing is the trail (R) shoulder. Videos on the site suggest that there is both arm and possibly upper torso movement, so it would be good to have a definitive answer on this.
April 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Remington. I see you have a review today on the system. I will post all the details in your review. So, you can see and hear all the little intricate details.
April 1, 2017
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joseph
Please explain in more depth Chris' statement "loading the shoulder girdles first ... which causes golfers to start the downswing with the shoulders and arms". I may be guilty of that.
August 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. Chuck talks about this in the Swinging from the Ground Up Video in the Introduction Section. Too much tension in the shoulder girdles and rectangle leading to early fire from the top.
August 3, 2015
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joseph
Thank you
August 3, 2015
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Scott
Chris, thanks for the video. It looks like Jason's spine angle is actually leaning toward the target at the top. The drawn line seems to be going through his left hip as opposed to his spine. Am I looking at it the right way?
August 2, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. He leans a touch that way. But, some of it is the off camera angle too.
August 3, 2015
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Martin
As an habitual overswinger what I especially like about Jason's swing is how short yet effective his backswing is. Would it be possible to add him to the sample swings in the self analysis section?
August 1, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. We will take it under advisement. Thanks for the suggestion.
August 1, 2015
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Robert
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to reach the ideal backswing position without mastering right Glute loading and head stability. I tried for months without success....watching myself in videos down the line only and focusing on the right elbow without success. Finally learned to load (ground up video)-->stop moving the hips forward/head back-->keep head still...now arms (and more importantly ball striking) are better without thinking much about it.
July 27, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That is great to hear Robert. Keep working at it.
July 28, 2015
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PAUL
Now his elbows pits are face each other...Is this the proper way..I know on one of your videos you discuss elbow pits out
July 27, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Are you speaking of the position of his elbow pits at the top of the swing?
July 28, 2015
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PAUL
at the beginning of the swing...I start with my pits facing out per one of the videos but seem to have a problem with my arms easely following the turn of the shoulder pulling. He appears to have them facing towards each other or at 45....what is the correct method ? try them both ?
July 28, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You want them facing out and you want the wrists/forearms to have gradual rotation to them into the takeaway and into the completion of the backswing. Take a look at the self analysis tab and use the 8 iron video of chuck dtl (white shirt and shorts) and you can see what the pits are doing throughout the entire move. Hope that helps.
July 28, 2015
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Benoit
Hi Chris - Thanks for this great video. I thought that at the top of the backswing, the club and the left arm were supposed to be on visually a straight line from a down-the-line perspective - or on the same oblique plane I guess. It seems that Jason Day does not get into that position. There is a slight angle between the arm and his club at the top. What do you think about that? Thanks. Best regards, Benoit
July 27, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Benoit, what you are seeing in Jason's swing is just additional wrist set (cocking) at the top of the swing. His club is still, what most consider, on plane. It just gives you a slightly different appearance due to the added wrist set.
July 28, 2015

Want to build a perfect golf backswing like Jason Day?

I think we would all agree that Jason Day's golf swing is awesome to watch from beginning to end. Jason's golf swing possesses a perfect balance of width, leverage and rotation.

Having a golf swing that is balanced, safe and matched with a really sharp short game, makes Jason a big time threat, week in and week out on the PGA Tour.

When you look at Jason Day's backswing, he moves the club into a very desirable spot at the top of the swing. How does he do it so effortlessly? Well, I'll show you!

Forget about the golf term "swing plane" for today. The reason I am asking you to forget this term, as sexy as it may be to the general golfing public, is for the simple fact that swing plane is completely consequential to the way we move our body in the golf swing. Shocking to hear the bold truth on that subject isn't it?

Now that we have cleared the air, let's get focused on the goods...

As I started off by saying, Jason's swing is well balanced and he has a perfect balance of width and rotation to start the swing off on the right foot.

In order to get into a properly loaded backswing that you can use for power and proper downswing sequencing, you MUST follow these 4 simple steps.

  1. Get into a perfect setup position - Check out these videos to help you with that - "Determining Proper Stance Width" "5 minutes to a perfect golf setup" and "Finding True Balance in the Golf Swing"

  2. Shift your weight and load up your trail side. You want to be able to maintain your right hip line properly. See "Weight shift 2 - The right hip line" for a perfect explanation.

  3. Learn how to rotate your body without your head moving all over the place. See "5 minutes to master rotation" to help eliminate any drastic head movement in your swing.

  4. Work on hand and arm movements last! Yep, you heard it right. Arm elevation and flexion in the golf swing is extremely simple to learn and needs to be on the bottom of the list of priorities. Why, you ask? You do not want your arms and shoulders to be the first thing loaded in your swing. You need to load the body up first so you can use it as a power source and so you sequence your downswing correctly. See "Minutes to a perfect backswing", "Pool Noodle Shoulder Elevation" and "Checkpoints - 5 mins to a perfect backswing" videos and see how easy elevation and flexion really is.

If you focus on load and rotation first, you will allow the golf swing to get started off on the right foot. You need to make sure you have these areas perfected first and then you can shift your focus over to the less important backswing arm movements.


That's it! You now have the correct order on how to build the backswing of your dreams. Now, get out there and work on things in the correct order and no more putting the cart before the horse!

 

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