Refining the Backswing

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If you haven't experienced immediate success with the throw it's because you're likely out of position going back. The video will show you how to nail the backswing to be exactly like Tiger's 2000 backswing because it was the simplest of all time.

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Jeff
I have a question about the grip of the lead arm. If I keep a loose grip on the lead arm, the club seems to sway at the top of my backswing. Do you recommend a little firmer grip on the lead arm and hand to allow for a more straight line at the top (arm and wrist) ?
February 19, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes. I hold on to the club relatively firmly with my left hand.
February 19, 2024
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Remington
Interesting video Chuck. You constantly told us that the move that started the backswing was a 2 inch right shoulder movement. Now, you appear to be saying that the correct move is a left shoulder move down the line. Which is it? Very confused!
February 12, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Check out the goat theory videos that cover this topic
February 12, 2024
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Remington
Thanks Chuck, I have viewed the GOAT videos but am unable to find the answer to this question. Perhaps I have missed something. Please forward a link to the appropriate video. I cannot be the only subscriber who is interested in this. Regards, Remington
February 12, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I think this is the video you are looking for https://rotaryswing.com/c4/112539-how-to-fix-the-3-most-common-backswing-faults
February 12, 2024
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Stuart
Hi Chuck, love this video and made immediate improvements in my club head control and directions of shots. I'm now hanging for your next videos in the GOAT Code. Are you planning similar videos on the transition, downswing and follow-through etc. Also I really benefited from the pull the trailor metaphor and the continuous swing, Is this the same with the GOAT Code? Thanks
February 12, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Stuart, yes I have a whole series of videos that I am working on as we speak. As for the pulling, you can still feel that, but in general one of the main differences is the way that the club is propelled and the swings of the goats that uses a more active trail hand.
February 12, 2024
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David
Chuck, Have you checked your Tiger2k swing on a Trackman to see if your Ball Speed, Clubhead speed stayed similar or actually increased? I suspect with the efficiencies gained it would increase both. I would love to know what you find. I am confident as an Amateur mine should both go up but I will document and also post my Tiger2k video very soon in the community area. Thanks for the feedback! AWESOME STUFF especially on the simplicity of what you explain in simple terms! Thanks.
February 11, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you, David. My ball speed, and all of that stuff is still the same as I hit the ball very well to begin with so I wasn’t expecting anything there to change. As I mentioned, the biggest thing is the efficiency I feel in my body where there is way less stress than ever before.
February 12, 2024
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John
Every time I watch this swing of tiger or even Adam Scott when they take away the club there is a space that opens up between their lead bicep or tricep and their body or chest. I have tried this on video and I just don't understand it. Is it thru rotation or them moving their arms away from their body. Can you help explain this if possible?
February 11, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You’ve got it, John, the arms are separating from the body as they are not really loading up their body. They are simply getting the arms into a position of leverage to be able to throw from.
February 12, 2024
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Michael
Hey Chuck. RST, dead drill, & Axiom helped me increase speed, eliminate casting & get to a 9 hdcp. Crept up to a 13 chasing more speed with extra body movement, ground force, etc. First range session with the GOAT cast from the top was a disaster. It didn't mix with so much body movement, resulting with club stuck behind me. Next session, more subtle body movement, more hand speed, just thinking trail elbow to pocket, & voila/woohoo, club back in front of body & broke 80 a few times in a row. All clubs were much more on line to target. It appears the pull draw miss is gone! My set up has been lead wrist fairly flat, arm lined up with club shaft, toward inside of lead thigh. Question: what's the purpose of cupped lead wrist at setup through takeaway? More speed? I tried this on the range but I noticed more wrist movement than my set up, and less accuracy. Thx again for your swing passion.
February 9, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It has to do with the strength of your grip in order to square the face when you have shafting since at set up, the shaft is vertical. With a stronger grip that is necessary to square the face with shaft lean unless you do some sort of compensation the wrist will be cut at address and flat at impact.
February 10, 2024
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Peter
Hi Chuck, I’ve been a Rotary Swing subscriber since forever, and my golf game has improved greatly over the past 2 decades thanks to all the amazing training videos and in-person instruction you have provided me over the years. Now, you’ve built on those prior videos, and tied all them together into a coherent whole with the DEAD drills, followed by the AXIOM, and especially now with that brilliant capstone — the GOAT series. I cannot begin to tell you how much I’ve appreciated the valuable insights these 3 newest series provide, and especially your recognition that different golfers learn differently — much like my college geology students did, in fact, back in the day. I cannot wait to try out your latest GOAT series on the range and course — once our Ohio winter is over.
February 9, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you! Hopefully spring cones early this year!
February 10, 2024
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Sean
Hi Chuck, I tried the backswing per the video and while I felt I was doing it correctly, when I swung via GOAT Code (cast the club from the top, wide-glide-wide, etc) the result I got was ball going left (and lefter). Grrr. Could this be caused by a bowed (vs flat) wrist at the top? Getting too deep (hands/club behind me) at the top of the backswing? Starting to throw/cast with the hands, but throwing shoulders left near impact also? Thoughts? Thanks.
February 9, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It could be all those things. Hitting it hard left means there is a major dysfunction somewhere that you don’t realize and I would need to see it to know for sure
February 10, 2024
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Todd
This series is a game changer! There’s a video that came out a few weeks ago with Tiger in a friendly long drive competition. Tiger is on his knees and out drives the guy! Says a lot about not having to use the lower body and still get plenty of distance.
February 9, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yep, exactly!
February 9, 2024
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Du Vaughn
Chuck, is this backswing feel the same for Driver? The feel of getting VERTICAL? Or should it feel more around the body?
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
The feel is similar yes, but with the longer shaft it will feel less vertical for sure.
February 8, 2024
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Michael
Loved the video. As a check point you could have pointed out the club head should travel in line with your hands (down the line) and then over the upper arm /bicep area. This helps me because I tend to pull inside and not tilt my shoulders enough like you have pointed out properly most of us amateurs tend to do.
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Ya, there were a couple things I wanted to mention in this one and forgot. I will reshoot it in the spring most likely when I can get outside again and make sure I include some of these details.
February 8, 2024
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Joe
What an Incredible explanation....definitely my biggest problem in the golf swing. Thank you for the great visuals!!
February 7, 2024
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Joe
I have a tendency to bend my back elbow (which is my left) too early and get the elbow behind me. The towel drill tends to help me a little because it keeps my elbow in a little. Any suggestions?
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If the elbow is bending it's likely because you are pushing your lead arm across the body rather than straight down the line as I cover here. Then there is no reason for your trail arm to bend.
February 8, 2024
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Joe
Thank you very much for all your help!!!
February 8, 2024
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Charl
Chuck, this is pure golf genius! For the first time golf's mystery has been unraveled and laid bare. I like your new approach where feelings dominate mechanical movements. I even got the 9-3 drill wrong because I flared my club open. I cannot wait to get back to South Africa to work on the GOAT series, also applying it to your DEAD and AXIOM drills
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you Charl! Hopefully this makes it clear just how simple Tiger's backswing really was
February 8, 2024
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Paul
Hey Chuck, does this backswing feel relate to the 4 square drill that you taught a while back ago?
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Sure, this is just much more specific
February 7, 2024
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Steve
The Final piece to the puzzle Chuck! I truly feel this is the one area that was always missing in Rotary Swing! This is the perfect complement to the rest of the Goat series!!! I have worked my ass off over the last several years to achieve a great golf swing… Everything that you have said in this goat series resonates with me so much! I have always known myself to be a “feel player” So when you say that the dead drill made people too mechanical… that was me… Axiom helped but never quite clicked and I still had faults… The Axiom power program made a huge difference for me in simplifying everything but this goat series of feel driven movements has me swinging without a million thoughts and my swing has never looked better! The caveat to this was I still had too much extension in my swing at the top… I know you don’t love training aids and I’m not sure how familiar you are with HACKMOTION? But it is a game changer for feedback! I played around to find a way to get into the correct pod at the top and that feeling of going vertical was exactly what did it for me… But I couldn’t put a finger on when was the right point to do it and whether to use right or left… A gain, the common themes you mention happened to me! This video really hits home! I found feeling my right wrist bend at the top with the feeling of the wiper arm helped… Would it be correct to say that the Axiom power program touched on this? I mean with the slight right arm movement like a wiper arm? As I mentioned that program really helped as I realize how right arm dominant I truly am… Or would you say to forget that and work with this left arm exclusively? Thanks so much! As always this is pure gold and you have truly figured The Goat swing out and how to teach it! Steve B
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Forgot to mention I just get sent a Hackmotion thing to test and will be testing it in the next couple weeks.
February 7, 2024
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Steve
Thanks Chuck! It really does simplify the movement so I will work with that the next few days and see if I can get into the correct position at the top! That seems to be the last piece for me, so I’m beyond excited with this swing! Yes, definitely try the HACKMOTION out, I find the feedback to be huge while implementing these changes as it gives me real time results without hitting a ball and analyzing video! Just wanna say how great it is to have you helping us every step Of the way here! Seriously appreciated!
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks! Let me know how your backswing begins to look after giving this a shot
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Steve, this makes it very clear in my mind what you need to do in the backswing and I don't know how it could get any simpler! As I mentioned, you can feel more right over left going back, but the issues are what I discussed. As long as you keep your width, focusing on feel the right is perfectly fine as well.
February 7, 2024
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Scott
Chuck, I really appreciate this video. I think this is exactly what I was doing wrong. The new camera angle really helps show what I should be doing, Thanks
February 7, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome! This came out of watching some student do the movements and what typical mistakes they make. Once you follow this backswing plan, it's kind of hard to screw up from there.
February 7, 2024

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