Tony Finau's Power off the Tee

Learn how to reproduce Tony Finau's power RotarySwing move for more distance off the tee! Watch You Hit the Ball with Your Legs to see the video I mentioned

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David
I also notice the he and really every other pro video you have with a driver have there feet way wider than 2 inches outside of neutral. why is that?
April 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. We allow for a slight adjustment with stance width when dealing with the driver (Proper Tee Height Video). It is a specialty club and some dynamics of impact need to be different than that of an iron. Some players feel it provides a little more stability when swinging harder. However, you have to make adjustments and compensations in the swing/setup. The wider stance also provides the opportunity to adjust impact dynamics catching the ball more on the upswing with more secondary tilt.
April 17, 2018
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David
Anytime i try to keep my left arm that straight and hands that wide at the top of the backswing I feel a lot of tension in my upper left arm and left shoulder. In other video’s chuck say you should not have tension in your upper body, so how do you get into that position without tension?
April 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Agreed. You need to keep tension out of the upper shoulders/arms. Use weight shift and core to help shy away from tension. As well as proper lead arm rotation. My Golf Backswing Secrets and How to Keep the Left Arm Straight Videos.
April 17, 2018
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Darren
Hi, I notice that his left foot is at an angle. Is this to restrict his hips turning too far?
April 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Darren. The splay in the lead foot is typically to allow better hip turn or mobility in the swing. Take a look at Should You Splay Your Feet at Setup.
April 10, 2018
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Michael
Hi Craig 1) What muscles are used to shift weight to the right in the backswing? 2) In this video I find it hard to see the right weight shift and loading of the right side - what do I look at in the video to see this? - not like the video of Henrick Stensen where it is much more obvious? Thank you
April 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. There isn't a giant pull. It will tend to feel like more of a settle into the trail glute. You are using though your inner thigh adductors. Take a look at the Preventing Hip Pain Video for a good drill to feel how to engage those muscles. The crease in the trail hip pant/leg as well as good hip line maintenance - Weight Shift Video Part 2 and Problems w/Overturning Your Hips.
April 7, 2018
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Michael
Thank you very much for your help and quick reply
April 7, 2018
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Dan
Thanks, Craig. That's a great concept to use the right foot as a braking mechanism. Patrick is a good example to use since he is currently in first place at the Masters... but really, since you're in Georgia... you ought to be there instead of answering q's here.
April 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. Agreed on both accounts!
April 7, 2018
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Dan
Not only does he post up, but he allows his right heel to come up off the ground. This is something we are told not to do in RST, but I find it damn difficult to keep my right heel on the ground when I post up as Tony is doing.
April 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. Correct. You don't need to push the trail foot off the ground. The trail heel leaving early may lead to early extension and not having a proper braking mechanism in the swing. We deal with anatomical absolutes. You will see a lot of Pro's perform movements as the trail foot push. But, they are not ideal biomechanics. Take a look at Patrick Reed - Right Foot Brake Video to see an example of one that does keep the trail foot off the instep.
April 7, 2018
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Ken
Any advice for golfers with bad knees? I have had two surgeries on my left (lead) knee resulting in arthritis, so violent posting of the left leg in the downswing is problematic.
April 6, 2018
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ken, let's first take out the word violent from anything associated with your golf swing! Just straighten it, not hyper-extended, just solid and straight at impact to protect the knee. It doesn't have to be as aggressive a move as you see here - us "old" guys will leave that for the youngsters
April 6, 2018

Hey, guys, so after Tony Finau made the hole-in-one at the Masters the other day, and then dislocated his ankle, and in a very manly fashion, put it back in place and continued to play, and then he goes out and shoots four under in the first round. He definitely deserves a swing review, and since I actually have met Tony, and his younger brother Gipper, I'd Monday qualified into the Utah Open years ago, about ten years ago, and Tony and Gipper were still playing around on the mini-tours, and actually played in the Utah Open with me as well, and I was practicing out in Glenwild where they were practicing, and I got to meet them, and I watched them hit balls, hit balls next to them, and to say that they hit the ball a long ways back then was definitely an understatement. I think Tony has throttled it back a little bit now that he's on the Tour. His younger brother Gipper, I haven't seen him in many, many years, but they both murdered the ball off the tee, and I want to talk about the fundamentals that allow Tony and Gipper to hit the ball as far as they do, and talk about how it applies to your golf swing. 
                    So, first let's take a look at setup. Everything that you're going to see here, stock RST. This is classic rotary swing tour positions. He's got axis tilt here. We can check that by line through buttons on his shirt and his belt buckle. Perfect. His head ... With the driver, you're going to tend to be a little bit further behind the ball. You're trying to catch it a little bit on the upswing. All of this stuff, great positions right from the get-go. So, we're given a great primer to hit the ball a long ways, and the setup is critical. 
                    For those of you who don't get setup correctly, there's lots of little things that you can see in his setup apart from the axis tilt. I see a right knee for golfers kind of rotated out to the right, externally rotated, and this leads to over hit rotation. It makes the downswing transition very, very difficult so note that the right knee laser beam for when I talk about on the site is exactly this. He's almost got that right knee kind of imagine that it's pointing at the ball. It keeps that right leg anchored in, which is critical for a good wind up in the backswing, but let's talk about how he moves the club back.
                    One thing you're going to notice right away, he's settling into that right side as you see him shifting to right, and now one of the critical, critical pieces that we talk about all the time is being able to make that full turn, and how do we measure that. We want to see that right shoulder blade on the left side of your head when you're looking at your swing face on. Now, so many golfers think that they can't make a full shoulder turn because it's a flexibility issue, and I've proven time and time after, it's never a flexibility issue. It's purely where your priorities lie. If you try and turn your shoulders, even while you're sitting here listening to this video, while you're sitting in a chair, pull your right shoulder behind your head even without moving your hips, I guarantee you you can get at least 45 degrees of separation between your upper and lower halves, and then as you allow your hips to turn another 45 degrees, everybody can easily make a full shoulder turn. So, make sure this is what you see at the top of your swing, that you can see that right shoulder blade on the left side of your head.
                    Another thing I love about Tony's swing is he maintains width. Notice how straight that left arm is, and so many amateur golfers want to let that left arm collapse at the top, and you lose the radius of the width of your golf swing, and width is free speed. You don't have to work harder to swing the club faster. There's a reason your driver goes faster than your pitching wedge because the simple fact is the club is longer. So, keep that width. Take advantage of the leverage that you have in your swing. Don't let this left arm collapse because that's just shortening the radius of your swing, and you're turning that driver into a 5 iron. You'll never, ever be able to swing it fast when you lose the radius in your swing. So, tons of width. He's almost as if he feels like his hands are as far away from his head at the top of his swing as he can get. 
                    So, this is another. You got three key power moves. One, he's loaded into that right foot. Two, right shoulder behind his head. Three, maintain the width and radius of the arc at the top, and you'll notice he's even made a short swing here at the top without setting his wrists too much at the backswing. Watch what happens as he starts down. Oh, went a little too far there. Sorry.
                    So, now, as he starts down, you'll notice that the angle has increased between the shaft and form compared to what he had at the top. This is what we call a down cock move. This is what's in the down cock drill on the site. What you're doing, you don't want to fully set your wrists at the top of your swing. You want your wrists to be relatively relaxed so that as you shift your weight back to the left, the force of the movement of your arm is getting pulled back by your hips, and the club going in the opposite direction sets your wrists even further, and Tony has done that perfectly here. That's a perfect amount of lag. You don't need any more than this, and now, as he's continuing to shift his weight and get ready to post up, I want to talk about what his big power move here.
                    Again, maintaining lag, maintaining lag, and now watch this left leg. We're going to focus just on this. This is critical so pay close attention, and as he shifts it over, watch how the left knee begins to straighten and push his left hip back and open. Now his hips are open to the ball, facing more toward the target, and that left leg straightening has pushed the left hip back, which helps you maintain the tush line, which helps you maintain the angles in its swing so that he has a proper swing plane that this move is assertive in Tony's swing. In fact, as you watch, he's so far ...
                    Notice, too, what do you notice here? Not on the ball of his foot, is he? Of course not. You want to be aggressive and powerful, you need to engage that glut, quad and hamstring, and to really engage the gluts and hamstrings, you need to have your weight back over the ankle, which of course is a RST fundamental. So, as he's doing this, he's firmly planted on this left leg. I see all the time that golfers look like ... That their left knee looks like this at impact. They never, ever post up. They don't push that left foot into the ground. They don't push that left hip back, and they don't get assertively posted up because that post up move is what helps you release the golf club. He's releasing this golf club not with his shoulders, and trying to turn his chest, he's posting up that left leg, which is releasing that lag angle that he had on the way back, or on the way down. Excuse me. So, notice that left leg, nice and straight, and then around into the full follow through.
                    So, the main video I want you to focus on today is the power move that I talk about in you hit the ball with your legs video. That is your focal point for today. Watch Tony as he's going through the Masters. Hopefully, he'll have a great rest of the weekend. We want to see him do well especially after nearly destroying his ankle here, but this is the main thing that you can learn from Tony's swing.

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