Jason Day vs. Gerina Piller

Jason Day is now the #1 player in the world. In this video, I'll show you how Jason Day and LPGA tour sensation Gerina Piller get into really great backswing positions.

  • Imagine a thin plane of glass resting in front of your hands at address
  • Shift your weight and rotate to get the club moving into the takeaway. 
  • Add a slight amount of elevation during the takeaway and backswing. 

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wolfgang
Wolfgang What I miss in your explanation of the takeaway is that both players perform a certain wrist action (as opposed to lifting their arms). In all of your videos covering the takeaway this tiny move of the wrists is not covered at all. But, in my opinion, this wrist action can be seen in almost all tourplayers´take aways. I´d really appreciate, if you dealt with this wrist action in the takeaway in one of the forthcoming videos. My local instructor tells me, that this wrist action leads to a steepening of the backswing that is desired.
September 23, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wolfgang. Are you referring to a rotational move or a wrist set that you are seeing in the takeaway? I would be happy to help explain.
September 23, 2015
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wolfgang
Wolfgang: I refer to a wrist set, that leads to a slight lifting of the golf club. I am not talking about hinging the right wrist (what would lead to the golf club getting too much to the inside). It´s in my opinion primarily the left wrist, that hinges. -Right?
September 24, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wolfgang. Yes, the lead wrist will have some set. Roughly 25% of the wrist set occurs in the takeaway. If you watch the 5 Mins to the Perfect Takeaway (roughly 22-23 mins in) Chuck will discuss, Using the Wrist Efficiently and Effectively, and the RST Pencil Tee Drill.
September 24, 2015
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joseph
All summer I've been doing a wonderful job of rotating my right shoulder towards my spine with quiet arms ... and end up in a wonderful reverse pivot position. Think I'll go back to swinging my arms.
September 22, 2015
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Joseph- If your getting into a reverse pivot position then go take a look at loading the right leg in the backswing section and also the right hip line 2 in the weight shift section to help you get that sorted out again.
October 5, 2015
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Sean
This is a concept that I have been struggling with. To start my backswing it has been my understanding that I should shift my weight into my trail side and use that momentum to begin rotating. The problem is when I shift into the inside of my right heel it almost seems to force my hands to move out away from me a little. Does the shift into the trail side happen independently from rotation or should they happen simultaneously? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
September 21, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sean. There are many ways to skin this cat. A lot of players need a trigger in their swing to get it going. Starting an early shift into the trail glute is one that is perfectly acceptable. However, you can also trigger your swing by rotating and pulling back with the trail shoulder/oblique. I always found it hard to shift and then rotate. I start mine by rotating and completing the weight shift by the end of the takeaway. A gradual move. You can either start by pulling and shifting. Or, shifting and pulling.
September 22, 2015

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