Golf Swing Physics -  Part 1 of 7 - Pushing vs. Pulling

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This 7 part video series walks you through the keys of RST. This first video shows you a simple physics lesson that will change the way you view golf instruction for the rest of your life.

This single fundamental of RST and physics principal can you give you another 5-10, even 15 mph clubhead speed - instantly! More importantly, it will give you more control and help you hit the ball further with less effort.

BONUS VIDEO: Reshaping Your Swing for Lag

Video Practice Points
  • Eliminate pushing from the trailside in your golf swing for more speed and consistency
  • Understand how important pulling can be for speed and control

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Push vs. Pull in the Golf Swing: A Critical Concept

Do you understand the physics of the golf swing? There are tremendous forces at work, acting on both the golf club and your body. One of the most important physics concepts you need to understand to really improve your golf swing is to understand the forces of pushing vs. pulling in the golf swing which I discuss in this golf instruction video you're about to watch. Most golfers try to "push" everything in their golf swings. The push the golf club back with the left arm during the golf backswing and then they push with the right side during the downswing. This pushing motion feels powerful, but it causes the golfer to lose the most important force in the golf swing - leverage.

Leverage gives the golfer the ability to multiply force exponentially without increasing effort. By using leverage in the golf swing created from the angle between our wrists and the club shaft, we have tremendous potential energy that takes very little effort on our part.  This leverage is often completely thrown away, a motion referred to as casting, when the golfer pushes from the right side.

Chuck Quinton founder Rotary swing golf.  My pursuit in developing the Rotary golf swing was all about developing an objective and analytical view of the golf swing.  That was based on fundamentals such as science anatomy and biomechanics.  I took a lot of time learning the scientific aspects of the golf swing to develop a very black-and-white objective point of view on the golf swing.  In this video today I want to talk about the physics perspective of the golf swing using my awesome little truck and trailer example that I use all my golf clinics.  This will illustrate a concept that I use as the foundation for all Rotary golf swing teaching and that is the concept of pushing versus pulling in the golf swing.

Think for a second and let me know if you've ever seen a truck pushing a trailer down the highway before.  I bet you haven't.  But do you know the physics basis behind this.  Well, if you've ever tried to back your trailer up into your driveway you found the going even very slowly can be a serious challenge.  The reason behind this is that a posh moves away from the force of movement in any direction and a pull always moves in towards the center of the force of movement.

In the example of a truck pushing a trailer the trailer tries to rotate around its own center of gravity when being pushed from behind.  This is what causes the trailer to want to turn very easily.  However when you pull the trailer from the front it instantly straightened itself out, and aligns its center gravity with the center of gravity of the truck pulling it.  This is a critical concept to understand in the golf swing.

When you push a golf club through the hitting area the club face also is trying to rotate around its own center gravity.  However when you pull a golf club through the hitting area with the left arm the club face stays very quiet throughout the entire golf impact area.  This amazingly simple little illustration of me pulling this trailer with the truck should help you instantly understand how simple the golf swing is when following the Rotary Golf Swing mechanics and the RST Five Step Golf Swing Training System.  That is because we teach you how to align yourself with the laws of physics because no matter what you're never going to outsmarts Sir Isaac Newton.

If you wonder why the tour pros consistently hit the wall so straight compared to the average amateur this is the number one reason why.  Hitting a golf ball straight has more to do with doing less and abiding by the laws of physics that does to do with your hand eye coordination and the number of golf balls hit everyday.

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