RST Overview - Perfect Golf Swing

A complete overview of the RST (RotarySwing Tour) golf swing method. Get the big picture why so many tour pros use the RST fundamentals in their golf swings!

  • Setup Overview Checkpoints:
  • Stance 2" outside neutral, ball off the logo of your shirt
  • Use axis tilt to bring your right hand to the club
  • Hinge from the hips, relax the knees, let the arms hang down
  • Shoulder elevation, right elbow flexion, right shoulder blade glide
  • At the top of the swing, shift your weight to the left, begin to pull with the left oblique

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Steven
I am a new member and submitted my first video of my setup. There were no comments and the note said I needed a more advanced flash player. Yet my account says I only have five reviews left. Help!
January 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. I left all the notes in your video review (audio). Your setup only needed minor changes. Sounds like you need to update your flash player. If you update your flash player and the video doesn't play correctly. Contact Customer Service and they will be able to get you working.
January 7, 2019
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Paul
i have been learning for 12 months. i have had lots of lessons, searched www - this is the first time someone has clearly explained what the golf swing is about. Your explanation of "posting" the hip is so simple and so effective. I am now on my way. The club does actually follow the hip through automatically if you do it right! A big thank you from Australia.
April 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Great post. Much appreciative of the positive compliments and keep us posted on your swing change journey.
April 16, 2018
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Bruce
Wow. Power move impressive.
October 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Bruce.
October 5, 2017
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john
so keeping back to the target as long as possible has always been my number one thought but do my arms swing by my chest on way down to create the timing at impact?
July 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. The arms will have to work in front of the chest to reach a proper impact position. It may feel like the arms and hands are passing the chest. Take a look at Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball.
July 24, 2017
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charles
Finding the 5 step is confusing. Don't see how to follow????
July 6, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Charles, we are sorry that you are finding the series confusing. This series was designed to be a plan to take the confusion away. It's best to start with video 1, and then do the reps required until you have ingrained the movements, then stack in the next piece of video 2. We can assist you with that along the way and make sure you are submitting your swings for review when working on the movements and we will do our best to guide you along the way. Just make sure you tell us when submitting your swings for review, exactly what you are working on and we will help you.
July 6, 2017
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tim
Regarding stance width when you say 2 inches outside of neutral do you mean the inside edge of the feet or the center of the feet? Also are you suggesting the same stance width with every club? Sorry if you have already answered these questions..
May 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joanna. 2 inches outside of NJA. The inside edge of your feet should move 2 inches from a NJA foot position. The driver may have some adjustments. Take a look at the Proper Tee Height Video.
May 11, 2017
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tim
Sorry what does NJA stand for? Aside from driver, you don't widen the stance at all between SW-4i? Just want to be clear.. Thanks for your answers. I am really enjoying this program so far, ready to put in some hard work!
May 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joanna. NJA - Neutral Joint Alignment. There isn't a need to widen the stance between the clubs you referred too (Stance Too Wide Video). It will stay the same for most all clubs. However, the short game will have a few stance width adjustments. Glad you are enjoying the program so far!
May 12, 2017
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tim
Got it! Thanks for your replies.
May 15, 2017
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Timothy
When i miss my target its always left. When i miss hit its behind the ball, is this due to me putting too much focus on generating power with my upper body?
May 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Timothy. Sounds like it. Over working the upper half which tends to get you steep and/or shutting down the club face too quickly.
May 10, 2017
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Timothy
Thanks Craig. Ive started to do the weight shift drills and already have a better understanding of the physics of golf swing. I work from home so getting reps on these drills in is no problem. It helps me get up from my chair. The tempo drill is great.
May 11, 2017
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michael
Hi Chuck/Craig, I've worked the RST program and reps for a few months and had some great success, but struggled with inconsistency without "constant" practice. Then I found this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNofM6Pibxs and my timing. release, and effortless power & efficiency all came together with RST fundamentals and what Mike has started teaching on club path. What is your opinion of this combo. RST hasn't really talked about directing momentum of the club head in this way. I've never hit the ball better!
April 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. If you take a look at the Trace the Plane Line Video. Spinning the shaft or zeroing out the path is somewhat the same approach, but to a lesser degree. The club face is always rotating, but you can keep pulling which would get you stuck underneath. Playing the save game with the hands.
April 12, 2017
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michael
Craig, Awesome video, thanks so much! This is exactly what I've started doing. When I found that video from Malaska, my ball striking improved dramatically, RST is fantastic for the better golfer too if you know where to look on the site. Wish I'd found this video sooner because I've really struggled getting stuck as a better player. Thanks again, You and Chuck really know your stuff!
April 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Michael. No problem for the help. Thanks for the compliments.
April 13, 2017
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michael
Craig, one thing I forgot to mention is how in Malaska's videos he talks a lot about directing/using momentum and the natural forces in the swing. When I use his "over the top from the inside" method or now the RST Trace the Plane Line I get so much lag and forward shaft lean and the release is so powerful and effortless because I'm using momentum and not fighting it. I don't even think about the release anymore. Once I get the club in this position and don't allow gravity to pull the club behind me, I just squat to square, accelerate momentum, and go along for the ride. Does RST have any videos that focus on using momentum in the golf swing?
April 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Most of the videos are geared towards how the weight shift and momentum help the club reach certain positions at the top and during transition. Not so much on the driving force in the release. Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball is probably the only one that mentions slightly what you are referring too.
April 13, 2017
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Marc
Hi there I've worked through the videos and come to rst perfect golf swing overview but there's a message on screen that say oh dear. This video can't be played with your current setup why is this?
November 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. Are you using Google Chrome?
November 15, 2016
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Ken
Ken, I have been a member of your program for 6 months and my game on the range has improved so much - to the point where my mates all have enquired how this has happened? I tell them hard work and practice which probably is not fair but if they look hard enough and want to improve once I get my hard earned money back that I have lost to them over the years, I will help them to find your program. I have hovered around my handicap of (14) since joining the program and I feel its only a matter of time until this will change to the lower very drastically. One area I am finding it hard to come to terms with is my follow through after contact of the ball, especially with my driver - I have a 10.5 Deg (set at -1&1/2 Deg) Driver with a reg shaft, my swing path is (I have been told) somewhat steep into the shot, which makes my ball flight is very high after contact thus lots of top spin and not much bounce and run . I thought about getting a 9.0 Deg driver to overcome this?? or Is there a drill I can work on that will shallow out my swing plane both prior to and after making contact with the ball? Thanks for the site and your constant updates, this is the most comprehensive teaching tool for Golf I have ever been associated with.
October 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ken. Thanks for the compliments of the site. Take a look at Stop Coming Over the Top and the Over the Top Stick Drill. They will help with a shallower path and extending properly into the follow through before you change drivers.
October 3, 2016
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Antonio
The worse mistake I ever made was abandoning the program last year. Chuck Quinton and his guys are truly WONDERFUL instructors!!!!
September 16, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antonio. Welcome back! Thank you for the compliments of the program and our instructors.
September 17, 2016
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Andy
Excellent video, Chuck always explains things very well. All the instructors on this site are great, wish I would've found out about you guys sooner. I'm definitely the kind of person this site was intended to help. All the instruction is scientifically proven and just makes sense when you think about it. This site has definitely helped me improve in just a little over 2 weeks time and I know with continued practice I'l get to realize my full potential as a golfer. Thank you to all the instructors on the site especially you Chuck for deciding to start it.
August 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andy. We appreciate the support and compliments. Keep up the good work. Get that swing in shape!
August 3, 2016
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Jason
the rotary hitter vs rotary swinger article linked to this video, so I'll post my question here::----> I'm finding some success extending my right arm through the hitting area right after squatting on my downswing. The ball has a tendency to go left when I do this (perhaps I need to be more toe up on the takeaway and or keep my shoulders more closed on the way down); however at least the ball gets is into the air. I cannot get the rotary swing pulling the left arm figured out, and if I do not chose to swing or hit, my shoulders take over and my entire upper body races forward with my arms stuck behind, eventually pulling me well over the top and I hosel the ball directly two feet left. Am I on the right track? that in order to release down the line, one has to do one thing or the other during the late downswing: either a left arm pull/ swing or a right arm extension?
July 30, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. The Rotary Swinger squares up the club more with the shoulders. The Rotary Hitter squares up the club with more of the arms/hands. After shifting into the lead side the lead arm has to be released with square shoulders. Unless, you have way too much lag more than likely you don't need to feel any trail side arm push or engagement into the strike. Take a look at the Arms vs. Body Release in the Golf Swing. Also, the RST 5 Step System Step 3-5. You will see you have to practice stalling the body to let the club release and the majority of the work happens due to the lead side.
July 30, 2016
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Jason
Thanks for the reply. Can it be said that one result of an aggressive upper body dive or vigorous shoulder rotation are arms/ hands that staying at waist high for too long and arriving from OTT as was as arriving rather late into the strike? A few videos talk about the final decent of the arms in the late downswing after stacking the lead side. The arms are pulled the rest of the way down infront of the body for impact (mentioned briefly in the Impact Alignments: face on video)-----> I figure for me, if my arms hover and do not come down correctly or in some deliberate way, I'll naturally keep lunging at the ball OTT--> hence my thought that the right arm extension right after the squat (or left arm pull) with quieter shoulders was the way to fix it.
July 31, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. I believe you could make that argument. If arriving from OTT and the arms/hands are locked. You would have to force yourself to rotate even more aggressively to square up the face. It still sounds like a lot of tension in your shoulders and arms. Take a look at the LADD Video to help understand a little better about the lead arm pull. When you perform the move lead arm only do you have a problem of lag and proper release (without shoulder spin)?
July 31, 2016
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Jason
I think what is happening is unless I do something mentally to get from 9 to 3, I'm just going to keep turning the shoulders around and never really come from the inside. when I gain more confidence maybe I will film the swing with a ball and upload the swing where I am feeling a right arm extension/ punch immediately after squatting. looks good hitting into a net but I cannot quite tell what happens to the ball later in flight. need to hit the range.
July 31, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. A swing review would probably be you're best bet. We would be happy to take a look.
July 31, 2016
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Pierre
I am a Rotary swing premium member for more than a year and a half. Before I had a lot of pain in the back and at my left knee... Rotary Swing cured that. Each week I play three times and the 4 other days I make reps more than 200 a day. Now, I'm 69 years old and I feel better than 10 years ago. I won't leave Rotary Swing as long as I will play golf!
July 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Pierre. You better not leave! Love hearing Pain Free Golf.
July 8, 2016
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Pierre
I won't. I love being a premium member. Pain free golf and 10 strokes cut without using an erase. Your teaching is so great!
July 8, 2016
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John
Are there any different considerations for a tall golfer at setup? over 6'2"...
July 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. At 6'2" more than likely not. We do have a lot of taller players. Usually around 6'4" - 6.5" you might start seeing some minor adjustments. Take a look at Dustin Johnson Setup for Consistency. You can see even at his taller height he has no problem with the same positions.
July 8, 2016
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Hub
This one of my favorite videos. I would love to see a similar video using the driver. Can I assume that everything is somewhat the same concept with only the width of one's stance, or are there some other varibles that should be considered? Love to hear a reply from one of the pros.
February 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hub. Take a look at the Driver Setup Adjustments Video and the Driver Launch Angle Video. Tilt, stance and ball can be adjusted depending on what characteristics in your ball flight you want. The driver is a specialty club, so there are different variables that are allowed to be adjusted.
February 27, 2016
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Andrew
Is there a video that describes all of the perfect points that you want to be in during the swing? Like move one, club head in line with the hands, move two wrist above the shoulder etc... I am also trying to analyze my swing but am not certain which plane I should be coming down on. Do I want the hands and shaft and clubhead all coming down the elbow plane line? The elbow plane looks like it would be a pretty steep downswing.
January 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Take a look at the Proper Golf Swing Plane video to help with the elbow line and what to look for coming down. In the RST Pencil Tee Video, I describe most of the checkpoints for the takeaway. Other than the 5 Minute Series in each section there isn't a video to my knowledge that describes any more advanced checkpoints.
January 20, 2016
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Greg
I would like to view the video "Passive arms in the golf swing" but can''t find it on the member's site. How can I access it. Thanks, Greg Wells Greg.wells@wnco.com or ggwls@yahoo.com
December 22, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. The Passive Arms is related to the Original RS1 Swing. There are a few articles pertaining to that. However, we have moved to the RST Model swing which is more efficient and effortless.
December 22, 2015
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Richard
In some of the videos/articles the weight transfer to the left at the start of the downswing is described as a squat. See the squat to square drill. However, in other areas we are told "this is for advanced golfers only". Which is it? Do we squat or do we make a more subtle transfer to help keep the head back?
September 1, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. The squat will be in all swings. Advanced use of the squat is when you start using it more to allow leverage pull from the ground versus just stabilizing the hips. You will always shift the weight first. Shift into a squat.
September 1, 2015
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Richard
The site seems to contain the old RS swing and the new RST swing. It gets confusing - even though it seems like the videos for the old swing are gone, the articles remain. Why? From what I gather the HITTER swing is the new RST and it is more of a 2 plane swing. The old swing is the "SWINGER" method and it is more of a one plane swing. Am I correct?
September 1, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. We still have some articles pertaining to the RS1 version because there still is some good information for our students. We are still working on phasing out the older ones to not cause confusion. RST is a one plane swing. A one plane swing with elevation - Parallel Shift Plane.
September 1, 2015
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Richard
OK Craig thanks for the clarification. How would you describe the difference in the plane of the back swing v downswing? Can you elaborate on 'parallel shift plane'? I have a gizmo that shows my plane in 3d and want to be sure I am doing it correctly. Thank you
September 1, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. The plane going back and down is the same except for the fact you add elevation. It is how the club stays in front of the body and allows for more leverage in the swing (for power). Parallel Shift Plane means the plane of the swing is working on a single plane, but shifts vertically upwards. However, it is still parallel to the single plane after the arm raise. The Pool Noodle Drill and Proper Golf Swing Plane Videos should help.
September 1, 2015
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John
Hello, I really appreciate all your videos on showing how the Rotary Swing is performed compared to many other sample videos of different swings or faults. Are there two videos available that show the complete Rotary Swing, as it should be done, from both the down the line and the front on positions ? Regards John
June 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Thanks for the compliments on the videos and site. The only full moves would be our model swings in the Self Analysis Section.
June 4, 2015
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Anthony
When I shift my weight to the lead side I try to keep my back in the same position it was at the top of the backswing and then I feel I'm backing into the forward swing little as I shift my weight forward. Is this an OK feeling, it also helps me keep my trail shoulder back an I don't spin my shoulders or upper body. Chuck does not mention this so maybe I shouldn't be doing this.
May 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. The feeling of the back staying towards the target or the shoulders a little closed as you shift is perfectly acceptable. One of my swing keys when I get spinning.
May 30, 2015
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Loran
In my backswing, I have a bowed wrist that results in a hook. What can I do to stop this?
May 21, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. If your wrist is bowed at the top. Make sure you are getting correct wrist set and not over rotating the lead arm too much to the top. Using the Wrist Efficiently Video in the Introduction Section.
May 21, 2015
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Luis
Hello, Chuck recommends when shifting ones weight to the right or left leg that we should engage our glute muscles. The only way I can feel my glute muscle engaging is when I straighten my leg with my knees lock and my weight is directly under my ankle. Am I doing it correctly?
May 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Luis. When transferring the weight to the lead leg you should feel some lead glute engagement. Take a look at the "stomp drill" in the How the Lower Body Works Video in the Downswing Section to try and attain some awareness.
May 15, 2015
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W.J.
Hello, I recently heard and read about the A-swing of David Leadbetter and I looked at a couple of videos. I wonder what essentially the the similarities and differences are in comparison with the RST swing.
May 9, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello WillemJan. I haven't read too much on the A Swing Concept yet. However, I do know that it focuses on a lot of wrist hinge/set on the backswing with limited elevation. Not very close to the RST Model.
May 9, 2015
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W.J.
Thanks, in my opinion David L borrowed a lot of the biomechanical insights of Chuck Q. If you have studied the A-swing in detail I wonder if you can agree with my conclusion. WillemJ.
May 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Willemjan. I actually mentioned it to Chuck today. We are both taking a look at it.
May 10, 2015
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Rich
I joined your web site about a month ago. I am a 12 handicap. I took lessons from a very well known pro in my area who taught a total left side control of the of the golf swing, start to finish. The LS swing thought has been helpful when the swing goes array, I have been intrigued by your right side back swing concepts. This has been due to some experimenting with a RS influenced takeaway that has resulted in a significant distance increase( prior to joining your site). What advise can you provide with matter.
March 20, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Rich. Take a look at the Push vs Pull Video in the Introduction Section for some good talk about the right/left side usage. Nevertheless, here is some food for thought. (Right Handed Golfer). You are moving to the right. Why would you move your left side to go right? That is like putting your blinker on to turn left, but then turn right. You can push your left shoulder back and still not rotate. When you use the right side to pull back you engage the right scapula. Using the right scapula correctly allows you to link it to the core. Giving you the ability to build torque and add core rotational speed on the downswing. By you experimenting with the pull. You gave yourself the chance to use your core versus just your arms.
March 20, 2015
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Rich
March 20, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Rich. Take a look above.
March 20, 2015
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cecil
I don't understand when Chuck spoke about your body moving in the opposite direction of the clue. Laws of centrifugal and centripital force. Please explain. Thx
March 12, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Cecil. The golfer is pulling with the lead side away from the target and the club follows the path of inertia towards the target. The lead side is going back behind you towards center (away form target). Think like a baseball swing. The hitter is rotating away from the pitcher as the bat goes towards the ball.
March 12, 2015
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bill
My major problem is not keeping my eyes focused on the ball. What video will address. Bill fuller billfullersr@gmail.com
February 9, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Bill, keeping your eyes on the ball is not a fundamental of the golf swing. Our results are based directly on the movements of our body. Once mastering the movements of the RST swing, you could golf with your eyes closed and it won't hurt your ability to produce a great swing. R.J.
February 9, 2015
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Anthony
When my body moves in opposite direction while my club moves towards the target I feel (may not be real) my upper body moves down a bit, especially when I try to keep my head down and back. Is this OK.
January 28, 2015
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
in the downswing the first move is to do a little squat which means we are going to increase knee flexion just a little bit, that in return is going to make the body drop a bit in the swing. So if we are squating, the head will move vertically down just a tad bit in the downswing. Which means it is ok to have the head "drop" a small amount in the downswing.
January 29, 2015
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shi
I see your video. I need your video for downswing with weight shift move slow video.
December 15, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Shi. Here are a few more videos describing the weight shift coming down. Move 3 - Downswing Section, Sitting Into the Left Side - Downswing Section, Weight Shift Video Part 3 - Weight Shift Section, and How the Lower Body Works - Downswing Section.
December 15, 2014
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barry
Hi guys- not all golfers are right handed. some of us play as lefties. When I watch a video, I have to constantly translate right and left. It is not fair to us lefties. It can be confusing. Is it possible for you to say front and back or lead and trail? What are your thoughts?
December 9, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. I can understand the confusion when trying to translate the information. The majority of the videos have already been filmed in the right handed orientation. Anytime you have questions. I will be happy to use lead and trail arm terminology to help you achieve a more efficient swing. In the future, more of our dialog will be geared towards using lead and trail side.
December 9, 2014
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elaine
I love to hit it hard with right arm. However, this work dwell with irons but not the woods. I have tried pulling with left side and rotating left arm but it does not feel as powerful as hitting down on ball with right arm. I am stuck as to which method I should employ
October 28, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Elaine, Are you talking about your driver or all of your fairway woods as well? In order to hit a 3W or a hybrid well, you need to hit down on them like you do with your irons. However, the driver is a specialty club and needs some slight adjustments. Watch the Bomb Your Driver series in the Bonus series section of the website and the driver setup adjustments video in the full swing advanced setup section R.J.
October 28, 2014
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Robin
Hello, new member here. In the video, it is said that there will be some rotation of the right arm at the top of flexion and that some golfers will need to worry about it more than others. My question is why would some need to worry about it and others not? Who needs to worry about the rotation? Thanks
October 27, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Robin, Some people are going to be able to externally rotate their arms naturally enough when getting to the top of the backswing, whereas others aren't quite as flexible and will need to consciously train their arms to get into the proper position because it's a movement they aren't used to performing. And even less flexible people will need to train the flexibility of their arms in order to get into the at position. I was one of those people but now I can get into that position a lot easier. R.J.
October 27, 2014
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Richard
Hi Chuck: Great videos, really enjoy your method of relating, explaining and demonstrating the RST. However, I have you considered body type swing patterns such as Square vs Round Shoulders, Long vs Short Arms, Wide vs Narrow Hip. If you are interested and feel that this would bring even more light to your informative repertoire. Let me know and we can discuss it. I am a member that is very interested in your product. Take care, Richard Gosselin is very interested in your product. Take care, Richard Gosselin.
October 12, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Richard -- First off, I had to remove your telephone number from the posting because we are a rather large site and we do not want your personal information out and about. Secondly, we have spent a lot of time studying the body and its movements as well as other golf swing methodology. RST was developed as facts based, science based information regarding the golf swing and how to move as efficiently and as safe as possible while playing golf. If you would like to further discuss your theories, please feel free to email me at chris@rotaryswing.com
October 13, 2014
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Christian
What Golf Course are you located? Beautiful scenery.
September 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christian. Chuck has multiple videos from fantastic golf courses. This is from Castle Pines in Colorado.
September 22, 2014
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Brent
how to keep my head behind the ball at impact ?
September 13, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brent. With correct weight transfer, impact alignment and release your head will stay behind. Work on the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Weight Shift in the Weight Shift Section, Impact Alignments Video Face On in the Downswing Section, and the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release in the Downswing Section.
September 14, 2014
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David
Wow. All great videos. Looks exactly how I want my golf swing to look. My question is how do I learn how to move like rotary swing teaches? Am I missing videos or drills I need to work on? Is there an order I need to watch the videos and practice these moves? I hear "the box" in Chucks videos a lot and didn't remember seeing that video. His backswing video makes sense but how do get into these positions? Please help me get started
September 11, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. There are plenty of videos to get you started. The box video is in the Setup Section - Connecting to the Core. Work through each section progressively. There is a 5 Minute Series in every category from Setup to Downswing. Use those as your guide to start rebuilding the swing.
September 11, 2014
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David
Thanks. So each section has a bunch of videos the right? Follow those in order?? Also, probably the best thing to get started is to upload a video of my swing correct??
September 11, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
In answer to both questions, yes. Follow the videos in order. Each video pertains to what you need to complete in the 5 Minute Series. Also, uploading a swing for review will help immensely. Your instructor will outline key areas of focus and which videos you need to get started with.
September 11, 2014
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Arnie
In this video, when the vertical red line appears to show proper ball position, Chuck's hands end up slightly behind the ball, and his club shaft is therefore leaning back slightly. Is this going to be true of all/most golfers, or is this anatomically unique to some, but not to others?
September 11, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Arnel. The club might lean back slightly due to genetics. The ideal goal is to make sure the club is vertical. The hands will roughly be right in line.
September 11, 2014
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Denis
Hi I don't quite understand what you mean by "the body must be rotating in the OPPOSITE direction!" Is there a video to see that happening? Thanks, Denis
August 25, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Denis. Check down below a few comments. I helped another Dennis with the same issue. Your body is pulling away from the target and in towards center. At impact you are pulling with the left back away from the target as the club follows the path of inertia towards the target.
August 25, 2014
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Michael
hi guys i have decided to become a rst certified ,in addition if i wanted to have a video lesson with clay can you tell me the process
August 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Email me at craig@rotaryswing.com. I will help your process.
August 18, 2014
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Fin
I like how RST tries to base its teaching on simple anatomic "truths", but sometimes I cannot follow your explanation when comparing it to anatomy, eg: 1) the takeaway: when using the torso only to turn to 45* w arms + hands not moving - how can the shaft ever get to a parallel (=90*) position, as seen in the video? When focusing on rotating as told with only my torso, my club ends up pointing away from me at a 45* degree angle - which makes anatomical sense to me, since I have only turned my torso / shoulders 45*. 2) the downswing: how do my arms drop or get to my right thigh when all I am supposed to do is shift my weight onto my left heel or turn my left hip respectively? If I use my left gluts / obliques to, anatomically speaking nothing happens in my upper body, meaning the club stays where it is, that is the top position. So I am sometimes caught between focusing on those exact anatomic movements (only use shoulders) and doing what feels natural (get club to parallel position) - how do these two worlds fit together? Thanks Fin
August 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fin. Shoulder Elevation and the touch of rotation that is in the takeaway help you achieve the proper location with rotation. Gravity and pulling from the left with aid of the left lat help get the arms in front coming down.
August 18, 2014
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Dave
I have been learning the RST method for about 4 months. My scores hadn't been getting better but my striking was.....strange but true. I have been going with Craig's lesson/drills and sticking with it...I watched this video yesterday to rehash what I had learned for my swing. The result was.....drumroll......I shot a 79 today. First round in the 70's ever. I know this video is introductory but it proved invaluable today. Thanks Craig and the RST folks! I toasted RST at the 19th with another RST student.
August 16, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Great job! All the hard work is paying off. The family here at RST are very proud and appreciate the follow up. We will toast one for you as well!
August 17, 2014
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Michael
hello i am a new member and have tried reaching someone on sending my viedo to someone,as well as lessons can someone reach me at 3123439206
August 15, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Sorry for your trouble. I will contact customer service for you.
August 15, 2014
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Dennis
What do you mean by you going in the opposite direction of the golf club? Looks to me everything is going towards the target.
August 9, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Dennis. The golfer is pulling with the lead side away from the target and the club follows the path of inertia towards the target.
August 9, 2014
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Dennis
When Chuck explains it,he says that the club is going towards the target,the body is going back sort of like when someone rotates in the backswing: at least that's what I got out of it; starting at about the 8:00 mark in the video.
August 9, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. He is explaining that the lead side will feel like it is pulling behind you and back towards center. Away from the target as the club extends.
August 9, 2014
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Dennis
Thanks Craig.Sometimes I just can't get it until explained in all the details. Maybe that's why I'm such a poor golfer? :(
August 10, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem Dennis. Knowledge is the key to change. Try not to overthink though.
August 10, 2014
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Dennis
Over thinking is one of my main problems. I'll have to work on that!
August 10, 2014
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Scott
Thx Pat, which arm video are you referring to?
August 7, 2014
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Here you go Scott: http://www.rotaryswing.com/videos/full-swing-advanced/takeaway/head-moving-off-the-ball
August 7, 2014
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Scott
Pat, I am still struggling with keeping my left hip on the line. After watching my video again I continue to see myself sway off the ball moving my head to the left which causes my hips to move forward. In addition by doing this my back shoulder goes under my front and it causes my front hip to move past neutral. It seems that when watching the side by side video of the other lefty that he displays the turning motion with little or no hip movement. Is there anything else you can suggest to maintain stability on the takeaway.
August 6, 2014
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Scott, You will shift 1" laterally to your left AS you load weight into your left heel. This why it's somewhat of an optical illusion when you stay on the "hip line" Swaying off the ball usually happens when the stance is too wide or when there is a pushing motion on the take away. This video might help turn the light bulb on for you. With the "head moving off ball" video, practice the arm drill Chuck demonstrates to make sure you are not swaying off the ball. With respect to the hips, you want to feel they are very quiet. They will in fact rotate, but you are not supposed to have 45 degrees of rotation in the hips until you reach the completion of your shoulder turn. It's the shoulder turn that actually completes the rotation of the hips for you. Hope this helps
August 7, 2014
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Scott
Thanks Pat, will keep working the takeaway drills
July 28, 2014
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Scott
Pat, I am having two challenges with my swing currently 1. My takeaway feels like it is all hands and I am not moving it back with the big body parts with a onepiece takeaway Shouldn't the big body parts take the club back with the butt end moving inside? 2. My first move down from the top the club tends to drop inside vs. staying out in front of me. I am working on the drills but old habits die hard I need to perfect that takeaway otherwise I will continue to be inconsistent. Any other drills or suggestions on both the takeaway and downswing would be appreciated
July 28, 2014
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Scott, you definitely want to feel a "one piece" take away, wherein the big muscles are taking the club back. You do not want an early wrist set, as the wrists will set (they have to) later in the backswing. We just want to make sure we are using a pulling motion instead of a push from our lead shoulder (one closest to the target). That said, keep focusing on the takeaway only. Our brains are more efficient when we focus on one thing intently, rather than trying to "multi-learn". Use a mirror to check your positions, do each rep slowly (even close your eyes). and practice without a club to really feel what your body is doing. When we move our body the right way, the club will find the correct positions we are seeking. Remember, neuroscience says your brain needs 3-5k reps to ingrain new motor patters. Only when each stage is mastered do we move on to subsequent moves. It's methodical and painstaking at times, but it means no more going back to "swing tips" that never last.
July 28, 2014
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Kevin
At about the nine minute mark , Chuck says," continue to pull with the left side/oblique,( this is post impact) the follow-through. my Question is: are we not being pulled through?
July 21, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
After the release, the momentum will pull you around to a full follow thru. Still feeling the pull and engagement of the left side helps maintain the spine angle for the trail side pushers.
July 21, 2014
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Shontelle
Hello there. I just recently signed up for RST and submitted my first video for review. I am a little unclear on one thing.. Should I be waiting a bit before I actually head back out to play/range? I am working on the recommended videos, just not sure what else I should or should not be doing.. Thanks!
July 17, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Shontelle. Thanks for signing up and working towards the path of some RST Success! Ideally, hitting balls should be limited when training a new process. Sometimes the focus shifts too much on the ball flight versus new movement patterns. Work through your repetitions at home and/or using a mirror. Work slowly back to hitting balls when you can repeat pretty consistently. And when back on the range. A lot of practice swings, then hit. Repeat.
July 17, 2014
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Shontelle
Great! Thanks so much Craig.
July 18, 2014
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Scott
How soon when I submit my swing will I get feedback?
July 9, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Scott. Our goal is to achieve a 48 hr or less turn around.
July 9, 2014
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Vince
Great stuff - but how can a video entitles "RST Overview - Perfect Golf Swing" not even have a clip of that swing in it from 'any' angle ? In industry the mantra of giving a presentation is (a) tell them what you're gonna tell them, (b) tell them, (c) tell them what you told them. Where is (a) in these videos ? I'd think that you'd want to present his full swing about 5 times throughout this overview video to show what it looks like as the pieces add up. Reinforce 'here is what the goal looks like'. What I'm looking for is clips that unify all the pieces of the process as the pieces add up. - here's the whole swing with a club - here it is start to the end of the takeaway - and 'then' show how you got there - frequently reiterating 'again - start to here it looks like this' - here it is start to the end of the backswing - and then show how you got from takeaway to there - again frequently reiterating both start-to-there and previous-step-to-there - here it is start to impact - here it is start through follow through - here's the whole thing end to end (again) I understand the idea of building it up with a piece-by-piece approach, but if I'm at point X in the process (say hypothetically working to the top of the backswing) then I'd always want to see a clip of the whole swing start-to-there to refer back to 'and' to analyze my current video against.. The 'sync' feature on the analysis page is excellent. If I always had reference videos (front+back) of 'start to position-XYZ' to sync my current progress to, then I'd notice a whole lot more myself, and I'd notice it a whole lot faster. FWIW, the 5-minutes-to-XYZ videos come closest for me towards what I'm looking for, if that helps, but they still don't usually seem to show the whole swing end-to-there. The reshape-for-lag video here ends with Chuck demonstrating most of the drills. That's basically what I'm looking for if that helps explain.
June 16, 2014
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Adam
Do the mechanics of your full swing change depending on the club you're using? That is, driver vs wedge.
June 14, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
There are some variations with regards to launch angle for the driver to optimize distance and spin. Overall, though the mechanics will remain.
June 16, 2014
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telma
Why all the reference between one and two plane swings? Which one is more biomechanically correct?
May 25, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
A one plane golf swing is more biomechanic. Most golfers have been taught outside on the way back, only to drop inside on the way down. This limits the correct function of the body.
May 25, 2014
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Dermot
I don't understand as you are coming down if you want the club to move to the target you have to move if the opposite direction. If I want the club to move to the target (which is to my left) what part or parts of my body are moving to my right as I'm coming down?
May 21, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
On the downswing you are pulling from the left side. Pulling the obliques and hips behind you (away from target) to bring the club on plane and in front of you. Not pushing the right shoulder to get the club in front. As you reach impact the body starts to decelerate to release the energy at impact. And when the body stops pulling, path of inertia gets the club releasing towards the target away from the body.
May 21, 2014
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Dermot
thanks.still confused. I understand most of your response. I get that on the takeaway I'm shifting to the right and pulling my hips & shoulders to the right (away from target) .But I thought on the downswing I'm shifting to the left and pulling my obliques and hips to the left (toward the target , not away). I can't see that if I'm shifting to the left on the downswing my hips and obliques are being pulled to the right behind me and away from target. Are you saying that the downswing is initiated with my shoulders pulling to the left while my hips and obliques are still going to the right (away from target?)
May 22, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Think of the hips along with the torso as rotational. When shifting the hips to the left before the downswing starts, there is some lateral shift of the hips. Once you are fully into the left side, you want to pull the hips away from the target with the left obliques. This is help stall the body (control the speed of the hips) and is allowing the hips to rotate just as they did in the backswing. The pulling from the left obliques is also creating torso rotation which is unwinding the shoulders and moving the hands and arms into the release point of the swing. You do not want to start down with the shoulders at all. Allow the shoulders to move into a square position as you are pulling from the left side. The hips shift and rotate during the move. Shift, rotate, shift rotate is the best way to think about it.
May 22, 2014
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Dermot
Thanks, I was thinking shift and rotate. Shift right, rotate right on takeaway and backswing then shift left rotate, left on downswing is what I thought. If the downswing is 1) Shift to left heel 2) Left heel;left glute and 3 pull with left oblique then I don't know how you would manage to pull the hips away from the target (to the right) with the left obliques allowing you to rotate s hips like you did in backswing while on downswing.I'm still missing something. Is there a video that shows this manuever?
May 22, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
check out the weight shift 3 video in the program section and how the lower body works in the lower body works in the program downswing section. Also check out the straight left leg at impact in the advanced downswing section
May 23, 2014
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Lynn
Are there videos on how to keep the club in front of yourself - I don't think I understand the mechanics of that.
May 16, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Lynn, check out trace the plane line and getting stuck in the downswing videos in the downswing section and see if those help.
May 17, 2014
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Lynn
I don't know if this is the place to ask this question but.... when my video reviewer (Mr. Morrow who is great) mentions keeping my arms in front of myself through the swing - I am confused since the arms have to swing back and around - and not always in front - I know I get "stuck' with my club on the downswing - is there a video that addresses the specific issue of how to swing with your arms in front of yourself ? Lynn Grants Pass Oregon
May 16, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Lynn, we have some good videos in the advanced dowswing section. Trace the plane line and getting stuck in the downswing would be a good place to start . Take a look at those and see if it offers any sort of help and if not, let me know and I will help you further.
May 17, 2014
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lee
My only regret with RST is that i did not find it 10 years back! My ingrained swing was steep,stuck, over the top, aggressive right shoulder/arm. sliding and holding off the release. With lots of practice i had maintained a low single digit handicap. But when i would video, i hated the aggressive movements and it was extremely hard on my body. 4 months into RST and my fundamentals are moving in the right direction and my back and left knee are not complaining nearly as much! Now my quandary- i have often heard of covering the ball with the chest. Recently i felt this in my downswing- only by feeling it did i recognize that i had never had this movement/sequencing . After feeling the" covering" in my downswing, i brought my attention to the take-a-way & back swing and found i could also create this feeling of "covering". i believe this 'covering" is in essence how RTS is describing keeping the club in front of oneself - thus staying connected. Does this description seem to be on the right track?
May 12, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Pretty good explanation. You want the hands and the arms to pass in front and act independently through the hitting area while that covered feeling you are having is in place.
May 12, 2014
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Anthony
Is the rotary swing related to homer Kelleys the golfing machine?.
May 10, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Not really. We really lay out a systematic approach to the swing in the most biomechanical sense possible. There are some pretty big differences in creating maximum efficiency and safety within the body during the golf swing.
May 11, 2014
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Bruce
The position of the club face at half way back (after the shoulder blade glide), should it be slightly closed or should the toe of the club point directly to the sky?
May 7, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You want the toe to be facing more towards the sky. See the unleash the thumbnail video for some further assistance.
May 8, 2014
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dexter
shouldn't the ball position change depending on the club you use or are you suggesting keep the ball at the logo mark for all the irons/clubs ?
May 6, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
For stock shots the ball position should remain the same for all clubs due to you controlling the bottom of the swing arc now with the movements you are creating within the body. Only specialty shots as outlined on the site will have some ball position changes.
May 7, 2014
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Matthew
Are you really "pushing" the right foot into the ground on the backswing or are you contracting muscles to support the added weight from the weight shift?And what muscles are you using to "push" the right foot into the ground?
May 4, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
The push of the right foot into the ground is to ensure the weight is shifted left and to get the glutes to activate or create awareness of the glute to stabilize the pelvis in the takeaway and backswing.
May 5, 2014
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Matthew
What the heck is the difference between "tilt" and "active tilt"?
May 4, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
do you mean axis tilt and secondary axis tilt?
May 5, 2014
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Matthew
Not sure how you "pull with the left arm"?
May 4, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
The left arm is on control of the club face and is in the only position where it can pull. We are looking for the left arm to "pull" or lead the club face into impact and allow the right arm to add the speed. Again, all movement is defined as a push or pull.
May 5, 2014
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Matthew
No mention of "elbows pointing" ....not sure Mr. Hogan would approve.
May 4, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
We have several videos on the site that talk about elbows. We have worked very hard uncovering the movements of the body in a biomechanical and anatomical sense and provide instruction that more answers the why and how of the golfswing regardless of what Mr. Hogan or any other instructor has preached in the past. You let me know how we can help your game best and will do our best to get you to where you need to go.
May 5, 2014
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Stevie
Brilliant and simple . Taking the hands out of the swing and correct position of right elbow has changed my game
April 26, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome to hear Stephen!!!! Keep at it!!!
April 27, 2014
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LR
Are you implementing the tracking sheet and practice summaries again?????
April 13, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey sorry for the delay on this question. Not sure how we missed it on our end. Here is some important info on the tracker as we move forward... The primary reason we have removed the Progress Tracker is because students have gotten too caught up in the quantity of repetitions as opposed to the quality of repetitions, which is significantly more important. Also, there were many glitches with the tool, and the suggested reps didn't match up properly with the entry fields in the tool, making it very confusing for many members. Rather than completely rebuilding this tool, we decided to create the much more useful Practice Plan, which many, many members have asked for over the past couple of years.
April 27, 2014
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keith
I'd forgotten how useful this video is. It should be watched at least once/week!!
April 9, 2014
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René (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes great video to have a total overview of the RST concept
April 10, 2014
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LR
-The RST Progress Tracker is being replaced by the Practice Plan tool mentioned above. However, we'll be adding the drill tracking sheets and checkpoint images to the new site (probably in the Practice Plan area). Above is from your March 31st email, but I can't find the drill tracking sheet and checkpoint images. Where is it?
April 6, 2014

The Search for the Perfect Golf Swing

Have you been searching for the perfect golf swing? If so, you've finally found what you've been looking for! The RotarySwing Tour golf swing and learning methodology is the first outside in approach to mastering the perfect swing. We looked at how the body was designed to move safely, powerfully and efficiently in the golf swing to ensure you could hit the ball further than ever with less effor than you could ever imagine - all while hitting it straighter more consistently! Sound good? Of course it does!

Like you, I was tired of hearing and reading conflicting golf tips in the golf magazines and on TV. One golf instructor would say one thing and the next would completely contradict what the other had just said. It's sheer madness, really. Imagine going to two different medical doctors who told you wildly conflicting information like you hear from golf instructors these days! You'd quickly lose faith in the medical profession and that's why I believe golf has been on a steady decline for years.

No magic driver or shaft is going to cure your swing path that is 10 degrees out to in with a wide open club face! You're still going to hit a giant slice unless you hit it way off the toe. The fix to your slice is fixing your golf swing mechanics. That's the only path to perfect golf shots and the perfect golf swing starts with understanding what it is you're trying to do. That's what this golf instruction video is for. I walk you through the overview of the Rotary Swing so you can have a road map of what it is you're doing and the direction you're heading with your new perfect golf swing.

Hi, I'm Chuck Quinton founder of rotaryswing.com and creator of the rotary swing tour method that you're about to learn. We get asked all the time, "What exactly is rotary swing and what is it all about?" The simplest answer is this, it's the only and the first approach to the golf swing that's completely objective and based on pure science. Not about personal opinion, or preference, or bias, or any of that stuff. What I mean by that, you've probably taken a golf lesson or two, or you've watched a couple golf videos on line at this point, and you found undoubtedly that pretty much everybody contradicts what the other golfer said. That is incredibly frustrating because as a golfer you don't know who's, and who's wrong, and what they're basing their information off of.

                Almost inevitably you typically find from most golf instructors is they teach based on what they found works on their own golf swing. What they found. If they slice, and they strengthen their grip, they're like, "Hey, you need to strengthen your grip." Rotary Swing doesn't approach the swing like that at all. In fact we don't even care how the tour pros swing. That may sound like blasphemy, but the reality is 81% of the tour pros on the PGA tour will miss nine weeks for a golf swing related injury and they consider those injuries chronic, meaning they're continue to struggle with these injury problems.

                With RST, we designed everything with a help of a group of orthopedic surgeon and neurosurgeons, and PhD biomechanists, to make it's as injury free and injury proof as it possibly can be because golf isn't a contact sport. You shouldn't get injured playing golf. There's guys in the NFL that get injured less often than the guys on the Tour. That's because it's not that they're not great ball strikers. Obviously to be on the PGA Tour you have to be a great ball striker, but their movement patterns are fighting their bodies. That's why, not only the guys on the PGA Tour, but the average amateur golfer watching golf instruction videos online gets injured very frequently as well.

                All of these things can be prevented. We took the time to study the swing from the inside out and look at it from a scientific perspective. We looked at the biomechanics, the anatomy of the human body, and the physics that are being exerted on the golf club. Lastly, we took a look at the neuromechanics, or how your brain actually learns these new movement patterns. That is how the RST swing system was developed. It's meant to be completely objective and nothing about anyone, not even my own personal bias or preference. We teach you fundamentals of the golf swing. Even that term is something that not everybody can agree on. As you will watch my swing fundamentals video you'll understand that we look at fundamentals again very black and white, very objectively, and these things can't be argued.

                Now let's take a look at some big picture stuff and then we're going to dive into the overview of the actual golf swing itself. It's going to answer a lot of questions about what RST is. One thing that I want to make clear is that Rotary Swing is not a symptomatic approach to the golf swing. What I mean by that is most golf instruction looks at ball flight and says, "Well, you're doing this so we're going to find some bandaid to fix what the ball is doing. In reality obviously the end goal is to make the ball fly the way that you want it to, but we don't really care about that at first. We're going to look at what's causing the ball flight rather than put a bandaid on your golf swing and try to fix the ball flight that way.

                We take a cause and effect approach to the golf swing. We look at your primary motor movements, your body, because it's the way your body moves is going to effect what the golf club does. Not the other way around. You don't fix the golf club to fix a ball flight problem. If you're swinging over the top, and slicing, we are going to fix what the force of movement and how your body's movement and you're set up that's causing the club to move over the top rather than just telling you to start rerouting the club. That doesn't work. You know that.

                We look at it as, we're going to go in and cut the cancer out rather than just putting a bandaid over your cancer. That again is very different to how most golf instruction is done. If you're interested in that kind of stuff, and you're sick of these conflicting tips and these bandaid approaches to the swing, then listen up because not I'm going to go into what the rotary swing is exactly.

                The first thing is it all starts with set up. The spine angle and all of the angles that you create at address are critical in the ... I'm going to do an overview here of what the RST whole golf swing is in a nutshell. Of course on the site we go in much more in depth, but I want to give you just the big picture stuff.

                First of all, a couple key fundamentals at set up. We talk a lot about stance width. It's going to be two inches outside of neutral with your pelvis. We don't have this giant wide stance. If you have that it's because your force of movement's coming from the wrong place. I promise you. Two inches outside of neutral, access tilt, critical for getting the club on plane to stop swinging over the top, to stop the reverse pivot. That's how we're going to get set up and you're going to look a bit like this.

                As we go back the movement is going to be like every other athletic movement that you've ever done in your life. If you've ever thrown a ball, I guarantee you, you shifted your weight to your back leg and then you shifted your weight to your front leg, and then you rotated your pelvis, and then that rotated your torso, and then you released the ball. The golf swing for Rotary Swing, not any different. The reason, from the time that we were chucking spears at elephants and cheetahs back in the day, as cavemen, we found that this is the most efficient way to propel an object with our arm. It's not rocket science in that regard.

                What we're going to do first is we're going to shift our weight into our trailing leg. We're going to begin to rotate. You're going to learn that the takeaway movement is such a small simple movement when you look at what Rotary Swing does. We're going to focus on this two inch shoulder blade glide that you've no doubt seen on my takeaway video at this point. That little movement of my body is going to move the club about six feet. I'm going to move two inches to move the club six feet and then as I keep going from there all I've gotta do is the REF movement: rotation, elevation, flexion. If I just do this with my arms, as I go back to the top, all of a sudden the club, shocker, perfectly on plane. We'll look at this from down the line.

                Now I'm going to answer one of the really common questions we get all the time. Is the rotary swing a one plane or two plane swing? The reality is, we don't use those terms at all. Again, it goes back to this concept of personal preference or what an instructor's observed a bunch of golfers doing. The concept of swing plane in itself is defined so differently by so many people. People look at elbow planes, and shaft planes, and shoulder planes, and arm planes, and all of this stuff.

                Swing plane, as you'll learn in my swing fundamentals video, isn't even a fundamental of the golf swing. That's going to sound crazy, but again, as you watch the video you'll understand what fundamentals really are. Swing plan is incredibly important. It's one of the first things that we fix. Again, we fix the fundamental, the underlying cause, of why your swing plane's off. Not grab the club and try to set it and manipulate it into some position. As far as being one plane, or two plane, again it depends on how you define that. Are you talking about the position of your arm in relation to your shoulders at the top?

                If you looked at it that way rotary swing is going to be just a little bit above that shoulder plane because we're looking at it from a perspective of physics. We want leverage in the swing. The higher my arms are up, as I go up, the more potential of leverage I have in this club. If my arms are down here, and I dropped it, there's just simply less leverage. If my arms are really high I have a lot more potential energy. I have a lot more leverage in the swing. At the same point, if my arms are really high and disconnected from my body, my body can't rotate very aggressively in the downswing because my arms are going to be too high. We have to wait on them to drop.

                We look at it for trying to be in the middle. We don't want a really shallow arm plane. I could rotate really hard and wouldn't have to wait on my arms, but that's going to put a lot more stress on my body, that rotational force on my spine. We don't need that, but we don't need our arms ridiculously high either because then you really have to be patient during the transition. I know patience isn't really the strong suit of most of us golfers, right? We want to get to the top here and go after it.

                Again, we're looking at it from the most efficient perspective on how our body's engineered to move. The simplest smallest movements humanly possible to get the club set appropriately at the top to have enough leverage to have enough power to hit the ball as far as humanly possibly with as little effort and that's really a critical part of rotary swing.

                Our arm's going to be just above shoulder plane, give or take a little bit. Again, as you understand rotary swing you understand that's a variable rather than a fundamental of the swing. You can have your arms a little higher. You can have your arms a little lower. They all don't matter. What we're primarily looking at is how we rotate around our spine and how we load up the trailing leg and the muscles in our core and our trunk. That's where the power comes from.

                As you start doing this and you start learning this is really the entire rotary swing tour movement. If we look at it from face on, all I'm trying to get you to do is to rotate correctly and this is it. If you add our rotation elevation flexion, all of a sudden the golf swing's shockingly simple to get your arms to the right position at the top. You can't move any less than what I'm going to ask you to move.

                Now let's take another look at, we've kind of got to the big picture of the backswing, let's look at the down swing stuff. Okay, so now we've made it to the top of the swing. How do we get down? What's rotary swing tour all about? Again, it's about producing power as efficiently and safely as humanly possible. To get down the first thing we're going to do, again, just like every other motor movement that you've done in sports, the first thing you do is you shift your weight. When you go to the top, and you're throwing a spear at an elephant to feed your family or throwing a ball to the catcher, the first thing you're going to do is you're going to stride with the lead leg forward and begin transferring weight while rotating your pelvis.

                Rotatory Swing follows those same fundamentals because, again, it's just the most efficient way to sequence these kinetic chain of movements in your body. From the top, the first thing that we're going to do is shift our weight back to the left starting load up the lower body getting leverage from the ground. Once we've shifted our weight, notice that I'm just trying to keep my back pointing at the target as long as humanly possible. You never try and unwind your shoulders in the down swing. That's another big common misconception in the golf swing is that people think that you should get to the top and spin your shoulders as fast and hard as you can.

                That's the last thing on earth that you would ever want to do because all you're doing is creating a tremendous amount of centripetal force and that's going to lead to centripetal force that's going to act on the club and cause you to throw the club away, or cast, or lose lag. Lag is the primary generator of club [ed 00:11:05] speed, the wrist angle between the shaft and your wrist, your forearm. That's the primary lever that you have in your swing to release the club with a lot of speed. It makes up about two-thirds of your club ed speed.

                When you go to the top, and you spin your shoulders as fast you can, you can see even here going relatively slow it's making the club want to throw out away from me. Instead, what you do in rotary swing is that you turn to the top and you're done. You feel like you keep your chest facing away from the target as long as humanly possible. Your arms are nice, and soft, and relaxed because we want them to be able to move fast but we want them to be moved by our big muscles. Our trunk, our core, is the primary mover in the down swing.

                What we're really trying to do is use our legs, or glutes, our hamstrings, or quads, and our core, obliques, our muscles in our abdominals to start to unwind as we shift our weight and that is what moves the club and moves your arms and your shoulders. As we start down we focus primarily from here down. That's the focus and the swings as we shift back to the left. Notice I'm still keeping my shoulders shut in relationship to the target and then I'm going to post up on my lead leg. This is really where the speed comes from in rotary swing.

                If I had to make one simple statement about it is that you get power in the swing from your legs. Even more specifically, your lead leg because this leg is not only helping you unwind your hips which is helping unwind your shoulders which is helping bring the club back to the ball. Its also got an angle in it. My leg is bent if we look at it this way. As I push up against the ground, guess what that's going to do to the club? If my body's moving this way, up and down, it's going to force the club to move faster down.

                This movement, as you post up, is what actually snaps the release of your wrist. You don't take your wrists and throw the club at the ball. Your wrist are relatively passive. They're essentially passive hinges, if you will. You don't have to actively use your hands to release the club, and square the face up, and all those things. RST's all about taking your hands out of the swing and letting the physics of what you're body's doing, and what the club's doing with the momentum that you've created to release the club for you.

                Where your speed comes from, since you're not using your hands and arms, that's way too finicky to try and control that. You're using your big muscle and the power that you can generate from your powerful legs to help snap the club down. My hands, as I'm doing this, are relatively very relaxed. All the power's going to come from this posting up movement in the down swing. None of this stuff and of course I've become well-known for discussing pushing versus pulling in the swing. Obviously the last thing we want to do is push really hard from this right side. It's going to create, again, this throw away motion where we're losing lag in the down swing. All it creates is tons and tons of problems in the swing and you'll never swing faster than 92 miles an hour with your driver doing that.

                We're going to keep our arms and hands quiet, shift, rotate, post up, and that's going to release the club for us. From there the rest of the swing doesn't really matter. The ball's already gone. We don't care what you do in your follow through. The follow through of course is just a result of what you did throughout the whole first part of the swing and so we can use it as a diagnostic tool. That's really what we do at RST. We want to make sure that you've shifted your weight all the way over to the lead leg so you can post up. You've got a lot of muscle mass, a lot of muscle fibers activated because there's weight over here. You can create a lot of leverage from the ground.

                In a nutshell, that's what rotary swing tour is really all about. Don't think about it in conventional terms the way that you think about the golf swing or all these conflicting ways that you've heard the golf swing taught. It's purely objective. We don't care what Tiger Woods did in his swing, or Jack Nicholas, all these guys. It doesn't matter. What matters is how is your body designed to create a golf swing movement as powerfully, safely, and efficiently as humanly possible and it doesn't get anymore powerful, safe, or efficient than rotary swing tour.

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