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When golfers begin learning the rotary swing, the most common miss is one that starts left and tends to go further left. If you have performed all the other fundamentals correctly, then this is almost always caused by the arms releasing too early in the downswing. There are two causes of this, either the body has stopped rotating or the arms were overly active. Let’s talk about what happens when the body stops rotating first.


In the Rotary Golf Swing, the spine is acting like an axis for the body and arms to rotate around. Because they arms and club are furthest away from the axis, they, of course, move the fastest. This, in turn, makes them more difficult to control through impact. In order for the body to maintain control of the club, the lead arm must remain connected to the chest through impact. But when the body stops its rotation, the arms will be flung past due to centrifugal force. This causes the arms to outrace the body and the club face to close prematurely. It is critical for the body in the one plane swing to always be rotating and it should never stop until the ball is long gone. This allows the body to remain in control of the club longer and avoid the arms whipping out too early. However, it is important to note that the arms WILL release away from the body shortly after impact. It is critical to ALLOW the arms to release for maximum speed and power. This will happen in perfect time naturally if the arms remain passive.


The other common cause for misses to the left is when the arms try and dominate the swing. This fault often goes hand and hand with the first one, but not always. If a golfer has good rotation to the left, but then activates his arms too early by trying to apply clubhead speed with the arms, the arms will often be thrown over the top of the swing plane causing the ball to be pulled to the left. It is critical for the arms to stay more passive in the early stages of the downswing so that the slower moving body can be in control of the golf club. The arms will release naturally at the right time in the swing with no conscious effort on the golfers part if they stay more passive.


Notice in the photo above that Chuck Quinton has rotated his body aggressively through the shot and is "swinging left" but the ball has come out perfectly straight and on line with the target. This is the ideal feeling of the Rotary Swing.