Brooks Koepka | 2 Key Moves To Instantly Boost Clubhead Speed

Learn 2 key moves you can take from the swing of 2018 U.S. Open champion, Brooks Koepka, the youngest player in golf history to win back-to-back U.S. Opens.

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Jesse
This has been one of the most helpful videos for me! I have been a member of Rotary Swing for years, and I was shocked at how difficult it was for me to do this simple drill at first! I had gotten away from the basics, and these video practice points are a fantastic refresher. I do these now before each round, starting with small swings on the practice range. It helps me to focus on weight shift rather than hip spin [my biggest problem] and trusting the mechanics to do the job. Thanks again!
June 30, 2018
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Jesse
Thanks for the reply, Craig. For some reason, this comment ended up under the wrong video. I meant to post this under the latest 9 to 3 drill. Again, very helpful.
July 1, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jesse. Great. Thanks for the post. We all tend to get away from the basics and those make the biggest difference.
June 30, 2018
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Ron A. Sr.
What are the three videos I should watch?
June 28, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Load Right Leg, Laser Beam Knee Drills, and Frisbee Drill.
June 28, 2018
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Ron A. Sr.
Thanks
June 28, 2018
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Kenny
I don't see any squat; just hip rotation during weights shift to lead leg This is more what I do rather than squat, but I wish I had Brook's clubhead speed!!
June 22, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ken. The squat doesn't need to be a dramatic up and down motion. A squat can be very small. The goal is shifting and settling in the glutes. Sometimes the move looks so small it it hard to tell on camera even though it is there.
June 24, 2018
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Robert
Chris: Is this correct?- Sequence would be Body(weight shift),arms, hands, clubhead(slight drag takeaway) on the backswing. Body(weightshift) just before finishing the backswing, thereby creating a nice separation,then the sequence of arms, hands, clubhead to impact. Please describe how one can attain good separation without some tension in the arms. Look at Brooks Kopeka's forearms on the downswing. Thanks.
June 19, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. On the backswing, you should be thinking weight shift and rotation. The vast majority of players over use their arms going back. Think more about shifting, rotating, and arms working up staying in front of the chest (My Golf Backswing Secrets and Pool Noodle Drill). Shifting just before the transition back to the lead side to create good lag (Start Downswing Before Completing Backswing Video). Letting the lower half lead the way pulling the shoulders, arms, hands into impact (Step 3 - Add Lead Arm).
June 19, 2018
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John
Do we have a shallowing of the club in the downswing
June 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Yes, the club will shallow in the downswing.
June 26, 2018
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John
Craig, So the shallowing happens by its self, when We transfer our weight to the left side. Can you Tell me which video will cover the shallowing out of the club. Thanks, John
June 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Exactly. How to Fix Plane and Path and Stop Coming Over the Top.
June 27, 2018
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David
Seams like loading the right leg would be a lot easier when your feet are wide like his are. Not sure I see any pro tour players with their feet 2 inches outside of their hip joints. All big hitters seam to be far wider than that with the driver
June 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. We allow for a wider stance with the driver (Proper Tee Height Video). When going wide the issue most people face is actually lack of weight load, or too much head movement.
June 19, 2018
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Jeffrey
I've tried both. For me, the wide stance throws me completely off kilter. Off balance, little weight transfer, head moving all over. If I hit the ball 300 yards but I'm out of bounds or I've topped the ball, no good gain. Just my experience, but the same width stance seems to be the best for me.
July 9, 2019

Hey, what's up everyone? Welcome back to a brand new video this week. I'm RST instructor Chris Tyler here with 2018 U.S. Open champion, Brooks Koepka, who just became the youngest player in golf history to win back to back U.S. Open Champion. So congratulations to Brooks, and in this video we are going to be doing a quick breakdown on two key components that allowed Brooks to maximize club head speed and efficiency in his golf swing.

So if you've been looking for a solution to be able to get a good dose of speed, then pay close attention to today's analysis, and at the end of the video I'm going to go ahead and show you guys a couple of quick little drills that are going to help you get well on your way to being able to hit the ball further than you ever have before. So let's go ahead and get started now.

Okay, so if you've played golf either for a short period of time or for a long period of time, it's pretty safe to say that if you're taking golf instruction you're looking for two really key things. And that's always going to be consistency and speed, right? So if you went to your golf instructor, you're going to tell them you want to be more consistent and you also want to pick up a good dose of speed, and that's obviously hard work for us instructors to be able to figure out and how to maximize those two things, and how to get them to work together.

But today we're going to be focusing on two really key aspects of Brooks golf swing, that allow him to maximize efficiency and to be able to just pound the golf ball. He's 11th in the PGA Tour in total driving distance, and these guys out there are really just pounding the golf ball these days.

I want you to think two things here. I want you to think about separation in your back swing, and I want you to think about sequence in your down swing. It's all about sequencing the down swing, but you can't work on sequencing your down swing unless you create the proper load and the proper separation in the back swing. Otherwise, what's going to happen is, the body's going to fire in the incorrect order.

And it's so funny, when I work with students privately, for some reason, in the golf swing, because we're stuck to the ground we typically want to not use weight shift to our advantage. Weight shift is a really critical aspect to any hitting or throwing motion, and I actually had a student that I worked with the other day who didn't use weight shift at all. He just used a ton of body rotation, and a ton of arm strength.

And so I had him pick up a golf ball, and I said, "Okay, now I want you to throw this golf ball down the range." And he had this really beautiful throwing motion, where he strided toward the range, he planted his foot, he pivoted his hips, which rotated the torso and then he moved his arm. And I said, "That same sort of motion is how exactly how I want you to sequence your down swing." And so what we had to do, was we had to work on loading his golf swing up in the correct order so that he would fire in the correct order. And that's what we're going to be talking about today.

So let's go ahead and focus on the down the line first here, and one of the big mistakes that a lot of golfers tend to make, is at the top of the golf swing what you're going to see is Brooks maintains flex in his right legs. So you see how he's maintained this flex right there.

Now what that's done is it's restricted the hips to about 35, maybe 40 degrees of total rotation from the hips, but if you look at it from face on, you're going to notice that he gets a very wide shoulder turn. So you're looking at probably 90 to 95 degrees of shoulder turn on about 30 to 45 degrees of hip turn. Now this is what we call separation. Now a lot of times what golfers do, is they straighten this right leg out drastically, which forces the hips to over rotate, and you get very little separation.

So what this separation is good for, is it's starting to get muscle tension. You're starting to get muscle tension signals in the correct areas of the body. Effectively, in order for you to be able to swing this golf club at 100 miles per hour, you've got to have 32 pounds of muscle available to you, right? That's a lot of muscle. And so a lot of us just don't have that available to us in our shoulders and our arms, but we do have it available to us in our biggest muscles in our body, like our biggest surface area muscles, our lats. Our chunkiest muscles, our glutes. Our abs or obliques.

So by getting yourself to create separation, you're allowing those muscles to start to get contracted, that you're going to be able to use those essentially for speed in the down swing. So before you start working on your down swing sequence, I want you to work on loading up your trail leg in your golf swing properly. So when you shift over to it, you're going to be working on keeping that right leg flexed and facing forward. Don't let this right leg rotate out, and don't let yourself lose deflection in it. Once you have that in a good spot, now it's time to start sequencing the down swing.

Now I want you to take a step back here for a second, and I want you to think about if you were to pick up a ball and you were to throw it. How would you make those movements? Well, I guarantee it you would take your lead leg, and you would start to stride towards home plate, right? You would start to step out and start to move in the direction that you're going to be throwing it. And that's what Brooks does really well here, you're going to see the first move down as you see him start to shift his hips and start to unload his body. So that movement right there is now pulling the torso around. He's not actively trying to unwind the upper body at this point. He's allowing his legs to create that downward movement.

Now at this point his hips continue to start to clear, which pulls the arms and the torso around even further. And now here we are in the hitting area, and guess what? It's time to party. It's just time to let this club release, by letting your wrist and your forearms start to rotate. This is where we stall the body, and we allow the hands and arms to act independently from the body. This is all part of the kinetic chain, this is proper sequencing.

And so a lot of times what amateur golfers tend to do, is from the top of the swing they tend to start pulling their arms down and firing really hard from the top half. And what that does, is it creates momentum and inertia working away from the target, forces you to start throwing the club out away from your body, makes it nearly impossible for you to shift your weight, and in turn you're just going to lack efficiency.

So how I want you to approach this, is I want you to start working on loading up the trail leg, and then I want you to start working on your down swing by using your legs first. And we've got some videos on the website that'll help you out with that. I'm going to go ahead and point those out now.

So the first one I want you to work on is going to be load the right leg in the backswing. The second one is going to be the laser beam drill. So if you've noticed that you've had a very hard time creating separation or stability in your hips, then I want you to work on the laser beam drill. This is going to help you create that good separation.

Then, as far as down swing sequence is concerned, we've got a number of videos that will help you with this, but one of the members' favorites is the Frisbee drill, because you're going to actually learn how to fire the proper sequence just by doing a simple drill just like throwing a Frisbee. And once you do enough repetitions of that, then you start adding a golf club. And you're going to start to see that you've become way more efficient, and you start pounding the golf ball like Brooks does. He's absolutely a phenomenal talent.

You can see that he unloads and just lets the club just fly through the hitting area, and that's why he's able to be 11th on the PGA Tour in driving distance.

So, that's going to be today's analysis. I really want you guys to create separation first, and then work on sequence second. And I promise you, you'll start hitting the golf ball further than you ever have before.

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