Russell Knox - Setup and Rotate

Russell Knox golf swing analysis. Learn how to rotate properly in your golf swing and protect your body by setting up properly.

  • At address, make sure the back of your knee is over the center of your ankle. 
  • Rotate your shoulders perpendicular to the axis. 
  • Right heel down on the ground into impact. 

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William
Two things you didn't point out I noticed and wonder about. First, his address position with the driver looks to have a very sharp angle between his arms and the shaft. Should it be this severe? Second, with the iron his right knee appears to almost straighten at the top of his back swing. Shouldn't it remain more flexed but of course not as much as he has it in the address position?
November 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. The angle is a little sharp at address. Yes, his trail knee should remain more flexed. But, he has to manipulate it a little out of the way because of his setup and swing.
November 13, 2015
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terry
Chris...you always do a great job of showing us the best move of a recent tour winners swing. It would seem that his crossing the line at the top could cause him problems if his timing is off. I have struggled with this same move and despite all the good drills on rotary swing I can't seem to fix this swing fault. Thx
November 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. Getting across the line can create a timing issue coming down. The lead arm will rotate as a function of folding the trail arm correctly. Take a look at the Checkpoints Video. A good visual reference for you to see that folding the trail arm allows the lead to rotate internally.
November 11, 2015
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Mark
With respect to the shoulder rotation described in the video, I have found that if I rotate my right shoulder blade back towards my body center (as recommended in the takeaway video), my takeaway consistently looks like what is shown in this and other RST videos. This approach has led to a significant improvement in ball striking consistency and puts me in a backswing position where my shoulders tend to naturally be more level on the downswing in accordance with the level shoulder drill video. Is there an inconsistency between rotating the shoulder blade back towards the center and the shoulder rotation shown in the video?
November 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Russell is still rotating around the spine using the same trail shoulder movement. The angle is determined by the bend from the waist at setup and the spine.
November 11, 2015
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Robert
how does axis tilt affect the "T" alignment drawn in this video? Because the axis is slightly tilted away from the target at address the T shouldn't be "perfect" at the top yeah? The right should should be slightly under the T when you consider the angles? I know the T is a visual only but the devil is in the details
November 9, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Rob, "axis tilt" is looked at more from a face on version of the swing. "Spine angle" is looked from down the line. Even with axis tilt at the address position, you can rotate your shoulders perpendicular to the spine. With the spine leaning away from the target, towards the target or in a vertical position, you can still get the shoulders to rotate around the spine in a perpendicular fashion.
December 18, 2015
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Tom
What do you mean by 'using your glute muscles to help stabilize your lower half'? Does it mean to activate the glutes at impact by contracting them?
November 9, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Your glute muscles are great for stabilizing your pelvis. If they are not activated, the hips can rotate open more than they need to.
November 9, 2015
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Tom
By activated, you mean contracted?
November 9, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, that is correct. Straight left leg at impact video will show you a drill to help get the glutes activated.
November 9, 2015

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