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Published: August 20, 2021
One of the most common questions I get asked is how did I develop RSC? How did I come up with these ideas to put the swing together in such a unique way that hadn't been done before? And I'm going to cover that in this video. And a lot of the answers are probably going to surprise you because it didn't come about the way that most people assume that it did. So the first thing that I want to talk about is really what started me down this path. And that is, I was extremely frustrated with my golf game. You can probably relate to that one, right? Cause you're on, on the internet, looking at another golf instruction video, trying to figure out how to hit that stupid little ball with a stupid stick and get it to go where you want it to every time it can be infuriating.
And that's exactly where I was. I was when I moved to Colorado on a golf scholarship at an NCAA school, I was promised the world by my golf coach. And in the end I ended up leaving even more frustrated because he promised he'd get us with the best instructors and get us help with our swings. And because I grew up dirt poor, I grew up on a golf course that was $4 and 35 cents. You could play as many holes as you wanted for four bucks, shoes and shirts were optional. And so I would just stay up there every single day during the summer in between school and play 45 holes a day, swiping the ball around, slicing it off the planet, trying to hook one and going through all the typical things that you do as a kid. So I couldn't afford golf lessons. And so when I moved to on a golf scholarship, my goal was to get good.
I wanted to be the next tourist star. I wanted to play on the professional tour, just like everybody else does. And imagine myself winning the green jacket and sinking a putt to win the us, open all these things that we all dream about. And many of us still dream about today. But what happened when I got there is that I got my first taste of golf instruction. And what happened is every little instructor that the golf coach would bring in, they'd tell us something different. And in fact, most of the time it was the opposite of what the guy that was there the week before had told us. And so how do you discern between what's wrong and what's right. And what this guy said. And that guy said, well, how do I know? Like, well, he said, oh, I should hold the club like this.
The other guy said, I should do this. And to take this way. And I was so frustrated that I didn't know which way was up. So my next goal was when I graduated college and I was going to turn pro, I wanted to get as good as I could. And so I started flying back and forth from Colorado to Florida to try and find a serious golf instructor. And so I started seek seeking out a lot of the top name instructors that you've no doubt heard about on TV or seen on the golf channel. And these guys have taught major winners. And so I was very serious about my game. So I'm making, you know, the taking the expense to fly across the country a couple of times a month, trying to interview golf instructors, to find somebody who can help me achieve my dreams and goals.
And so, as I was doing that, my part of my interview process was if you're going to teach me, I'm a collegiate golfer. You know, I was like about a two handicap at the time. And if you're going to teach me something, you need to be able to demonstrate to me that you can do it. So I insisted that every instructor that I interviewed as to be my coach go out and play around the golf with me. I want you to look at my game, but I also wanted to see what you did, how you did it, where are you a good player? Did you understand the game at a high level? And where are you better than me are going to be able to improve my game. I have a hard time believing that if you can't break 90, that you're going to be able to help me.
So that was part of the interview process and not a single instructor, took me up on it. Who was a top name? Instructor, not a single one. These are names that you're very familiar with except for one guy. And he was kind of a low, lower level, no name, kind of instructor worked under a very well-known instructor. Ortho's a lot of majors, a lot of major winners. And he was the only guy that said, yeah, I go out and play with you. Nonchalant didn't care one bit. He's like, yep, I'll do it. He went out that day in a cold windy Florida January day. And I played my tail off. I played as good as I possibly could. And I think I shot around par, maybe one or two over. And he throttled me and shot a 67 and made it look effortless. And I said, this is my guy.
This guy can do what I want to be able to do. And he made it look so easy. Hit the ball so far with so little effort. And I said, I can learn something from this guy. So I hired. And then that's how I started working with a more prominent instructor as he became more prominent working with a lot of tour players. And so I got a taste of kind of that level of instruction back then, back in the nineties. And what I found next was, okay. I had a question about the swing, my ball, flight's doing this. And you're sitting telling me to sit here for the next six hours in the hot Florida sun and just drill this one, move back and forth. Well, that's cool. I'll do it all day long. I believe in you, you know, I've put my trust and faith in you and my money and you, and you know, I believe in what you're telling me.
Just tell me exactly why you want me to do it that way. Well, they didn't have an answer for that, but it seems pretty simple question to me. Like if you're wanting me to do something, just tell me why you want me to do it that way. And I'll do it. I'll sit here and work all day till my hands bleed. I'm a hard worker. I've got no problem with that, but just tell me why, like, how is that gonna fix what we're doing with my ball flight here? And how's that going to help this? And then just tell me exactly how you want me to do it. You want me to do this takeaway drill, but you know, do I, do I shift first or do I just bend my arm or do I roll my wrist or do I turn my body? Or how do I w how do you, you do it?
Exactly. Nobody could tell me. So this led me to be even more frustrated because here, I feel like I found this. He's a great ball, striker, great golfer. But as far as teaching goes, he really couldn't teach me anything or explained to me why he was teaching me what he was trying to teach me simple. What answer was he? He didn't understand. He didn't have a cause and effect, relationship, understanding of the swing. This was just stuff that he found that worked in his own golf swing. Well, your golf swing looks very different than mine. So why are you giving me stuff that you've just found that works for you? How's that going to directly apply to me this stuff? Isn't rocket science. We're hitting a ball with a stick. So there's gotta be some fundamentals that you could establish and work with it. Everybody agrees on.
It says, well, this is how you do this. And this is how you do that. Just like everything else you do in life. If you learn how to drive a car on a stick shift transmission, a manual transmission, you probably never put your foot, your right foot on the clutch pedal and your left foot on the gas. It was just a fundamental establish that we agree that the left foot should go on the clutch and the right foot should go on the gas because it's just much more efficient that way. Well, but the golf swing seems to have no fundamentals that anybody agrees on. So this didn't work for me either. And as I started going from different instructor to different instructor after this, they all had the same answer. Well, just, just do it this way because that's what tiger does or that's what Ernie else does.
Or Ray Floyd or whoever. What difference does it make? This is just people that they had found that they liked moves in their swing, but couldn't give me a reason why to do it. And so I went from frustration to extremely frustrated, frustrated, because no one could answer simple questions. You should be able to ask your instructor. Why do you want me to do it that way? And how do you want me to do it? And they should give you a viable answer. It's again, we're not, we're not brain surgeons here. This is hitting a ball with a stick, and there's gotta be simple fundamentals because there are laws of physics that apply mechanics, biomechanics, and so on. And so to me, I believe that everything should have, have fundamentals that are logical. It makes sense. And so everything else in life I've learned like that, everything else in life you've learned like that.
And to do that, to come up with fundamentals, you have to establish requirements. And what I mean by that is what are you trying to accomplish? What are you trying to do with your golf swing and each component of your swing? For instance, what about stance with, that's a really common, I call it a misnomer in the golf instruction world, because everybody tends to say your stance, which should be the, with your shoulders. Well, what are the width of my shoulders had to do with my stance with, because my legs are attached to my pelvis, not my shoulders. And some people have really broad shoulders and really narrow hips. And some people have really brought hips and narrow shoulders. And how is that a fundamental, because it's different for everybody. It doesn't make any sense. What, what am I shoulders have to do with it?
For me? I decided once I got so frustrated with a golf game and golf instruction, I said, you know what? I don't believe anything that any of you guys are saying, because you're all saying something different. So you can't all be right. So I'm just going to forget everything you guys have told me. And I'm going to take my own, look at the swing and an objective look, and just say, what are we trying to accomplish? So with stance with, for example, what are we trying to do with stance with, well, I want to have a wide enough stance that are really stable so that I can produce some power in the swing and not fall over, not lose my balance, right? So I think we can all agree that that is a valid, fundamental of the golf swing and of stance with you need to have a wide enough stance that you're stable.
Another requirement, however, a stance with is that I need to be able to transfer my weight back and forth without my head moving all over the place. Cause my head's moving on all over the place. Now my eyes are moving all over the place. Start messing with your vestibular process and appropriate reception. And that's all unnecessary added, difficult to golf's hard enough without your head moving all over the place. So I need to go to shift my weight for power transfer, any other athletic motion hitting or throwing motion involves weight transfer. So that's an agreed upon fundamental. So if I need to be able to shift my weight without my head moving, but be wide enough that I'm stable. Those are requirements of stance with that we can establish a fundamental of, which is why RST goes two inches outside of neutral joint alignment for your feet. And that gives you a wide enough stance for balance, but a narrow enough stance that you can Trent fully transfer your weight back and forth without your head moving all over the place. That makes sense if somebody explained that to me. And so that's why I want your stance to be this wide, I would say, oh, that makes perfect logical sense. And I can do that consistently every time. And it all falls into place. Every single part of rotary
Swing was gone through like that.
Every single part that's takeaway grip everything's based on biomechanics, physics, anatomy, and so forth because I looked at the swing from a requirements based perspective. What am I trying to accomplish? And then how am I going to do it? And then we go into another whole realm of RSD, which is the neuro mechanics, the how your brain learns new movement patterns. And that's what the online learning system is rotaryswing.com that walks you through. Step-By-Step how to learn the golf swing. So long story short, you can probably relate to this really frustrated with my game, walked through, went through the whole gamut of taking lessons, got really, really frustrated. And then finally said, I'm going to step back and take a 30,000 foot looking down view of the golf swing and be objective. And that is what RST is all about.