Getting the golf takeaway right is a critical first step in building your perfect golf swing. If the takeaway is off, the rest of the golf backswing will be a big pile of compensations that will make it nearly impossible for you to strike the golf ball consistently. Unfortunately, most golf instruction focuses on teaching the golfer to move the golf club to a certain position when they should be focusing on teaching you how to move your body instead.
In this golf instruction video, RST Founder Chuck Quinton walks you through how to create the perfect golf takeaway by focusing on the correct movements of the body and not worrying so much about the golf club.
Hi, guys. Chuck Quinton here, Founder of RST. Let's talk about an overview of what the take away is all about in Rotary Swing, because again, one of these things that frustrates me about golf instruction out there is that it's so random and so conflicting and nobody ever tells you why you want to do something this way or exactly how to do it. That's where RST is so different. We're not only going to tell you exactly why something has to be done this way to be efficient, but exactly how to do it. That's the difference. We're going to be very, very specific and with the takeaway, you have no doubt seen my two inch shoulder blade guide takeaway movement, which is profound because what I'm getting you to do is focus on you moving your body a tiny little amount in order to move the club a long ways. In the take away, we're talking about six, seven, eight feet of movement of the club, but you don't try and move the club seven or eight feet. That's really difficult to control. You start worrying about your hands and your arms and all of the stuff. There's all these moving components. You focus on moving your body, your shoulder blade a couple inches, and that will move the club.
What does that look like exactly? When I'm teaching my students, I like to take the arms and club out of it and we focus on moving from the inside out. What we're doing here with the golf takeaway is all I'm going to do is shift my weight to the right and then pull my shoulder blade back. I'm only going to do this about 45 degrees. My hips are going to rotate a little bit. We're going to minimize that hip movement. We don't want our hips rotating a lot really early. It causes all kinds of issues. What we're going to do here is just focus on pulling that shoulder blade. I'm just taking my shoulder back and that, if I just do this, is the whole takeaway. This is what you need to think about when you're working on your golf swing, is look at it without the arms and the club attached. Let's get the core primary movements that move the club and arms first right and then we'll start working on the rest of the stuff that's happening in the periphery. That's the whole take away. Can you do this? Of course you can. How easy is that? A little bit of weight shift to the right and a little bit of shoulder blade glide and I literally have just made a perfect takeaway.
When you're struggling with your takeaway, it's because you're adding extra movements in there that don't need to be there. We're going to add one more movement now, but no movement really. We're going to add one more piece of complexity to it. I'm going to extend my arms out. Now, movement's exactly the same. My takeaway is as good as anybody's in the world just by these simple little movements that I did. What's that going to do to the club? Once I add the club, boom, done. That's all I did. I shift my weight to the right and I keep focusing not on what this club's doing. I couldn't care less. It's going to go exactly where I want it to when I focus on moving my body correctly.
Let's take a look from down the line. We'll go back to this movement first. I'm shifting my weight and pulling the shoulder back and that moves the club. What do I do with my arms and hands? Basically nothing. They are being moved by my body movement. The club is being moved by my hands. That's how you move the golf club, not by taking the club. This is where everybody goes wrong in the take away, doing this with their wrist or trying to put the club back here. It's so difficult to do. You can't see what's happening back here. You're focused on hitting the ball out here, not hitting it in the water or whatever. When you start doing this stuff and you're trying to go that way, it becomes impossible to monitor what's going on behind you. You want to focus on just moving your body and creating this very simple movement that you can now see moves the club exactly where I want it to go in a perfect take away, just like all the tour bros, which is incredibly simple and efficient. My hands and wrists have done very, very little, a little bit of rotation, a little bit of wrist cock as the club would feel really awkward and heavy if I didn't allow my wrist to cock. That is all the take away that there is to understand.
The Rotary Swing take away is incredibly simple. It's the fewest moving parts humanly possible to create a perfect take away. Big picture, you're not doing anything with your arms and hands hardly at all. There's such minimal movement to master the Rotary Swing Tour take away. Now take a look at the more in depth videos where we talk about the right arm and the wrist and the shoulder blade guide. I get into that more specifically. That's the overview of how simple the Rotary Swing Tour takeaway really is.
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
-Hub Orr - Happy PREMIUM MEMBER of RotarySwing.com
-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK