The Shocking Simplicity of Tiger Woods 2000 Swing

You think Tiger Woods golf swing is an anomaly? Too complex and athletic for the mere mortal? I think the exact opposite. It's so incredibly simple that it's almost hard to believe. But give it a try for yourself, as I always say, the proof is in the pudding.

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Boris (Certified RST Instructor)
One of the reasons that I signed up for RST, was because you introduced a concept of a swing that was safe and would allow you to swing powerfully, efficiently, and without injury. This was brought home to me as I recently viewed a YouTube video that was airing the 1991 US Open which Payne Stewart won. I love Panye’s powerful swing, but he had back issues because of it. At the 57:16 mark, Jack Whitaker begins a monologue that is specifically about the back problems of golfers. He talks about Greg Norman’s withdrawal on Friday because of an aching back, and how Payne Stewart had missed 10 Weeks prior to the start of the of this US OPEN because of back problems. Later in his monologue he says “An aching back which comes to all of us sooner or latter is the occupational hazard of a golfer…” He goes on to say much more to include comparing the back of a golfer to the knees of a football player or the rotator cuff of a pitcher. He even quips that the back is the golfer’s Achilles Heel. I wish that everyone could listen to this video clip to see the prevailing thought in the early 90’s and what you have striven to teach at RST.
February 19, 2024
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Stephen
Chuck. First of all, thanks. Yes, your methods have changed, but that is the evolution of every golf swing. I like this teaching series. I struggled with my turn, pushing off trail leg, flipping, fat and thin shots etc. This methodology seems to sequence much better, without a lot of thought. On the backswing, you speak of a lateral movement. What I feel is the base of my spine has moved over my trail hip socket. This feeling also starts my move tipping, transition, towards the lead side early on. I must keep reminding myself to get my left side, shoulder, hip and knees, below my right side. A slight cast at the top, and the rest of the swing happens naturally. Do I understand your GOAT code correctly?
February 18, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hmmm, I don't fully understand what you mean by your spine moving over your trail hip socket. Do you mean where it was at address? Either way, the movement is not that significant, but may feel that way. If you study Tiger's 2000 swing that I posted you can see his head moves more than his hips.
February 18, 2024
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Drew
This feel is like getting permission to do something long thought to be taboo. I’ve struggled for years with the transition. I would pull down hard with the right arm and couldn’t recover. I had lots of lag, yes, but I was steep and narrow and stuck as a result. I had to early extend, stop the body rotation, and flip to hit the ball at the target. If I didn’t, I’d hit a massive block (when teed up) or hit it really fat. By focusing on keeping the right arm wide and starting down with just a slight cast to get the club moving, everything else frees up. The transition feeling for me is shifting the body to the target while feeling like I push the club away from the target but with a little cast to get it unwinding. Then the body just turns on its own to get me to a good impact position.
February 6, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yep! You can see pros who have a ton of lag late and they too often have steep angles of attack (Sergio, for example) and they either hit it low, or learn to make a compensation to get the ball flight up.
February 6, 2024
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David Stephensen
Great video. I resonate with the idea that you shouldn't overthink it, but it feels a bit contradictory to all your previous videos about maintaining lag, and especially in the dead drill videos, where you state that it's very important to get the body movement right, and the club will shallow out and release properly. Not downplaying any of the methods, but they just seem like to completely different schools of learning. Any thoughts?
February 6, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
There are many ways to hit a golf ball. Sergio Garcia maintains lag very late in the swing. Tiger has always been wide. They both work, just two different ways to skin a cat. This GOAT study revolved around how Tiger swings the club primarily, as well as many other greats.
February 6, 2024
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David Stephensen
What's your stance today on the DEAD drill and the other more technical/mechnical drills? Also, what made you want to do try to adopt this "feel" swing? It looks like you already had a solid swing that you could easily re-produce.
February 6, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi David, have a video coming out this week on this exact topic so stay tuned! I talk about all of this and more. But the simplest answer as to "why" is because Tiger's swing, in my opinion, from 2000 was the simplest, most effective golf swing ever. The fewest moving parts without sacrificing any power. And when you see how simple his backswing was with this new video, I think you will agree!
February 6, 2024
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Stuart
Hi Chuck, I've just returned to golf after 20+ years. I never really established a consistent swing when i was younger. Now a bit older and wiser, and the explosion of golf content on the internet, I'm working on establishing this consistency. I only recently came across to Rotaryswing.com and really like your approach by adopting learning theory and breakdown the components of the swing and the importance of having fluency in each of these components. I had just begun phase 1 of your program, and then you released the GOAT CODE videos. I'm now a little confused as to how to proceed. Can you give any guidance on how to approach both? Cheers Stu PS I've got the golf bug really bad...
February 2, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Stuart. Give the GOAT Code a try and see if you dont make faster progress
February 2, 2024
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Stuart
Cheers Chuck, just been practicing with the GOAT code video's and I think i just found that feeling! Wow.... Feel like I've just jumped many levels in in my learning and feel of the swing in one dedicated session.. Great timing to become a member of your website.
February 3, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Stuart, yes, exactly! With the right feeling you can make a quantum leap in your mechanics. This is exactly what I was trying to figure out and this is why.
February 3, 2024
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Stuart
I owe you big time! Thanks for your dedication and devotion to golf and working it out!
February 3, 2024
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Drew
Made me think of this clip - Tiger and JT watching Max Homa and TIger commenting on Max’s “little cast” and liking it. https://www.facebook.com/PGATour/videos/tiger-woods-and-justin-thomas-watch-max-homa-at-the-hero-world-challenge/539502381050980/
January 31, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Using this clip in the video tomorrow Drew, so thank you for sharing it!
February 1, 2024
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Drew
Very cool. Max had a great response (of course) when he saw the clip. Something like “I like your swing too, Tiger.” It would have been Payne Stewart’s 67th birthday a couple of days ago. He was my favorite player growing up. Anyway, someone posted some of his swings and he also has a little cast to start the club down. I think I’m going to see it everywhere now.
February 1, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Totally! It’s like getting a new car and then you realize everyone has one lol
February 2, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Great catch! He totally casts it from the top!
January 31, 2024
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Ron
Chuck, I pretty much had given up golf a few months ago due to inconsistent results and frustration in my game. I have always felt like what you teach was easy to understand but was so hard for me to master. I began to feel like my golf days had passed me by. When I saw this series of videos last night ( I was up late watching and my wife kept asking me what in the world I was doing ) I went out this afternoon and put it to the test. I was shocked at the ease at which I was able to swing and make for the most part solid contact. I have always been a fan of Tiger and the ease at which he swings, you nailed it with all your research. I still have lots of work to do but you have given me hope!
January 30, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Exactly Ron. I know that soooo many golfers feel the exact same way. The golf swing had to have a simple answer. There just was no way that it couldn't given how the greats "figured it out". Now, I feel like we have the "feel" that they had and it makes all these things I've said about the mechanics happen naturally.
January 31, 2024
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David
Simply AWESOME! Can't wait to dive in!!!
January 29, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Let me know what you think!
January 29, 2024
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Francisco
Thank you Chuck for all your hard work. The goat theory has been an eye opener for me and I feel like I'm finally posting up correctly after learning how to properly shift the pressure in my golf swing. The goat code looks like a game changer and I can't wait to try it out. I have access to a simulator at work and I hope to see a big improvement!
January 29, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It will all be out tonight! I hope you love it! Almost done uploading….
January 29, 2024

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