The 4 Pressure Shifts of the Modern Golfer

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Robert
Show me how a 70 yr old should approach this instead?? To be young and super flexible like these guys is hard to even think about.
February 8, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Robert, you actually don't need much flexibility for this at all. You may feel that way if you're trying to perform this very slowly. In reality, these movements happen extremely quickly and with the muscles relaxed. This allows for a ton of dynamic stretching, but again you really don't need anything special. What is it that makes you think you need to be very flexible for this and perhaps I can clarify a bit more.
February 8, 2024
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Robert
It seems that the right side stretch and chest extinction are difficult and it seems hard to keep in position to prevent standing up and straining my back. I can get there slowly but boy I am not related doing it. Relaxing overctge golf ball is a course in itself for us hackers. I wish I could be calm on all shots.
February 8, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Ahh, ok thanks for clarifying. This move is TINY in the golf swing. I'm way over exaggerating this movement here. It's also extremely quick. Focus more on the GOAT Code videos as they cover more big picture stuff. This is great if you want to maximize power, but far from necessary to play great golf to do this very much at all.
February 8, 2024
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Robert
Thanks Chuck. I make golf too hard. Too tight, too quick, short backswing yo name it I am good at it. Of all the things in the swing I feel tempo and structure are paramount. .
February 8, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Don’t we all! Don’t worry about it. The goat code series is all about getting straight to brass tacks and making golf simple again because we all tend to over complicate things more than we should.
February 8, 2024
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Diane
Hi Chuck The 'hips deep shoulders steep' cue really helps me and I can now deliberately load the trail glute. Before it was something that happened occasionally when I hit a good shot.
February 2, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the feedback!
February 2, 2024
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Bernard
Chuck - I enjoyed the Axiom Power and the original GOAT video (right hand release), but struggling to combine these ideas with the pressure shift videos. Is there are going to be a video that brings all these concepts together? My swing thoughts recently have focused on the throwing and right had release thoughts and maybe just me, but combining that with the pressure and hip ideas/thoughts seems quite confusing.
December 14, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Oh yes, very much so, literally working on them all this morning.
December 14, 2023
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Vikram
It seems to go against some core rotary swing concepts - 1. Is there no post up with left foot any more and slingshot the club for parametric acceleration? 2. In the backswing we are no longer turning the torso with a little hip rotation, this seems to be about getting as big a hip and shoulder rotation in the backswing? Are we still initiating the backswing with the core rotating or are we rotating the hips and then the torso? To get that big extension in the backswing I have to get the most turn? 3. Keep turning through impact - is there no deceleration? We rotate the hips very fast in the downswing and the arms get pulled through and that generates the power? Is the maximum hand speed at impact? There is no wrist snap (the wet towel in the locker room video).
December 6, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Vikram, first, keep in mind this is filed under "GOAT Theory". This is a study of what the greats did, not necessarily exactly what I have taught. The primary reason for that is my #1 priority has always been injury prevention, everything else is secondary to that. There is an over 80% injury rate on the PGA Tour and I was injured a lot in the past by instructors so I made it my mission to be able to play injury and pain free - that is the RotarySwing system. This is a deeper exploration into how the greats swung the club with no bias on injury prevention, rather simply a study on what they actually did in reality.
December 7, 2023
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Vikram
I guess here is confusion as I go through C4 but also review other (newer) content being posted - 1. There is the original rotary swing (which C4 teaches). Post up / pro flip / left hand release / some hip turn. Lower body is not turning at impact (less moving parts, more consistency). 2. GOAT theory (what some on the internet are calling the modern downswing). Huge hip turn, right hand release. Lot of back arch at impact. Hip turn squares club face. 3. Venkatesh’s swing. Seems like a hybrid. Core rotary swing fundamentals (post up, pro flip) but with a right hand release. Using the right hand release to teach rotary swing fundamentals faster and more intuitively while removing a lot of the practice that will go into using the left hand to control the club face. Personally - I like option 3. Not sure my body can handle the violent hip turn and I just don’t want to invest in teaching my left hand how to release the club. Question is if a right hand release is an option or is that tied to the hips rotating and squaring the club face? Are there any downsides to controlling the club face with a right hand release? Will this cause issues with hitting draws and fades?
December 7, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You can certainly release the club with the right without what you're calling a "huge" hip turn, but more importantly, this gets back to the root of all evil - how should the hips actually move in the swing and what did the best ballstrikers of all time do and HOW did they do it. That is what I'm working on for my next video because until golfers really understand the hip move and how to do it, we're just dancing around the real issue.
December 8, 2023
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Eoin
Super video Chuck, what a difference it has made to my swing. P.s. still trying to swing as fast as Rory lol.
December 5, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Haha, he moves FAST!
December 5, 2023
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Anthony
I noticed that the new up and comer, Sargent, keeps his head level when thoracic extension is made and Chuck clearly stands up and raises his head. Of course, there is more freedom for turn when you stand up, but getting down to the ball becomes more difficult. This is what I found. Perhaps a video that complements this one, elaborating on returning back into flexion (primary tilt) can be developed.
December 1, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Anthony, I will be deep diving more into this in the upcoming videos for sure. Sidebend is what allows you to get back down to the ball.
December 1, 2023
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Chuck, I like this GOAT serie of video's, but at the samer time I try to keep all this matched with all previous series you made for us. Why, because I think that to make the technical GOAT parts work well the golfer needs the previous Rotary Swing basis you teached us. Especially because this GOAT work needs to be done at, at least, decent speed and if, in that case, there are technical errors it will make thing more complicated for golfers. A second thing that might need attention is the talent of the top golfers! An average/older golfer might not be able to work this out for him/her. Glad you mention there is more to come, so every golfer can make progress here! Marcel
December 1, 2023
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Brian
Brilliant, thanks Chuck! By the way there's no reply button on these comment sections on any of my browsers. Don't know why.
November 30, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks i will have our developer looking into it
November 30, 2023
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Brian
There's a reply button there now. I'm getting great joy with this video, it feels super. The second half of my downswing is really opening up rotationally now, which was always an issue for me. The only issue I'm having is my body has to get used to using the big muscles far more. After 20 or 30 swings my rotational muscles are getting fatigued, particularly the left hip. I may have to do daily golf fitness exercises to open out my leg, hip and pelvic muscles as well because they are a bit tight and they don't really want to keep doing this rotational move after 20 or 30 swings. It's probably just that it's new.
December 1, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Ya, if you feel your left glute getting fatigued that's pretty common as it doesn't fire very well in a lot of people, myself included. I have to work at it to continue to get it to pull my hips open.
December 1, 2023
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Brian
Hi Chuck, Venkatesh made superb progress in your lessons with him. He was getting great lag, late hit and at impact he had some shaft lean. However, he was still a little steep and ye were working on that. He also wasn't maintaining the 'line of compression' as well as you or Tiger do. After impact for another frame or two ye maintain the line of the shaft and the left arm to shoulder before the clubhead starts to bypass the hands. In the top players I notice the butt of the club on average is pointing in between the arms halfway between impact and 3 o'clock. So my question is why was the clubhead starting to bypass the hands earlier for him? Was that because of this video above that there's also the issue of the pivot pressures to deliver the maximum lag compression and power? Or is it simply that if someone doesn't have enough speed they need to put more spin and launch on it to keep it in the air? Or is it a combination of both? Best regards, Brian
November 30, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
There was still plenty of work to do and i was trying to keep things incredibly simple to get fast results without trying to perfect everything. His body movements need more work but there was a limited amount of time to get a lot done. Fixing his body movement would change everything you mentioned.
November 30, 2023
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Angelo
Chuck, another great video. In this video, you mentioned that Gordon Sargent is using a lead-side dominant swing, which is the modern power player model. But I thought Tiger’s swing, the GOAT theory, is based on the trail arm release. Does Tiger combine the hip motion of a lead-side dominant player with his “swat-type” release of the trail arm?
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Well, I should clarify, I believe that's how Sargent is moving but could very well be wrong. He definitely pushes hard off the right leg and his arms looks to be doing very little. Tiger also pushes off the right foot, although much less nowadays with the injury to his leg and back as pushing creates more side bend in the spine. I'm still deep diving into trying to match Tiger's patterns so I understand them better and looking at golfers like Sargent who do similar moves in a very exagerrated way helps me understand Tiger's moves better as he does them much more subtle and blends the movements so well that it's sometimes difficult to discern exactly what he's doing - which is part of the reason no one has ever matched it before I believe.
November 30, 2023
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Asle
Haven't you warned against trying to swing thru with your whole body like Zach Johnson and Brian Gay and that is why they are short hitters? Isn't there also a danger for the extension at the top of the backswing can make the arms want to fire from the top and that it can lead to OTT and throw away of leverage/lag?
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Not sure what you’re referring to with zach and brian and their whole bodies?? As for extension causing throw away, no not at all. Why would your spine throw your arms over the top?
November 29, 2023
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Asle
What makes zach and Brian short hitters? All this streching at the top could maybe make the arms tense wanting to release this as fast as possible? Or maybe the arms can stay relaxed ? I think you in one of your videos said the body had to slow down prior to impact, but now it seems like everyhing should move as fast as possible. I may have misunderstood. It would't be the first time.
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
As long as you’re not aggressively swinging the arms and instead having the body rotation, help move them, your arms will stay nice and relaxed, and can swing freely and quickly
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
They dont rotate. They slide laterally
November 29, 2023
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Jesse
At almost 81 years old--- yesterdays session sure told me that this new swing is different. Sore right tush and front of the right beltline. Those muscles obviously haven't been used in a while! This new GOAT series is really compelling. Keep it coming!
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
More new stuff coming next week!
November 29, 2023
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DR HARRY
The shoulders are square at impact because the left arm is internally rotated AND the left scapula is PROTRACTED across the chest.
November 29, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes exactly. Did i leave that out?
November 29, 2023
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Keith
Hi Chuck, thanks for another great video! I am starting to get a little confused though….the Axiom Power Program says that for maximum power the trail leg moves back and up on the downswing, with all the weight on the lead leg, yet this video suggest the opposite? Also, you have always asked us to keep our trail elbow pointing down and close to the body on the backswing, yet this video (for the first time) shows you with a Nicklaus flying elbow. Have your views changed? Best wishes, Keith
November 28, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I'm not sure I'm following on the back leg part of the question? As for the arm, no my views haven't changed, I'm simply trying to get you to feel loaded up and get into extension.
November 28, 2023
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Keith
On APP you show the ice hockey player pushing his trail leg back for power, then you do the same with a golf club. But on this video the players are lifting the lead foot on impact which must mean that their weight is on the trail leg?
November 28, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Ahh, I see what you're asking. The right foot slipping is when torque is being created. When you see the lead foot in the air the torque is already being released. So different things happening at different times.
November 29, 2023
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David
Great job Chuck! The move from the fully extended "backswing" position is really cool. First time I have felt that coiled up.. the body wants/needs to unwind and I feel like proper hip rotation (transition and post-up) come naturally and with a lot of power. Really excited to play more with this and see the results at speed..
November 28, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks David! Yes, you should feel like a beast! Let me know how this works out for you speed wise!
November 28, 2023
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Brian
Hi Chuck, another incredible video of Rotary Swing 3.0 (as I'm calling the Original to Axiom to the GOAT series). Well done. My question is about what you allude to at the end of this video. How do we blend this with the right arm release? Does the keep your shoulders square as the left hip pulls back away from the ball + target still apply? Or does that feeling of holding the shoulders hinder the thoracic rotation? A 5 minutes to the GOAT pivot and release combination video that we can apply to C4 would be amazing.
November 28, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I like it! The next video I do will talk more about the arms and feel vs real. It will take a bit of time to explain it and this video was already pretty long and I wanted to keep it a bit more focused. Shoulders are still square due to the protraction and internal rotation of the left arm.
November 28, 2023
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David
I second this idea. "A 5 minutes to the GOAT pivot and release combination video that we can apply to C4 would be amazing"
November 28, 2023
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Next video will talk about the arms, wanted to keep this one more focused on body movement
November 28, 2023

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