Hindsight is 20/20 in Golf

Today, I’m working on another view after Alison requested a swing of mine from this angle. This is a great angle to see just how the key muscles of the backside to the Rotary Swing 2.0 are working. I have some really bad habits in my golf swing that I’m learning to break with Alison’s Motion Memory training and am still making my 300 hundred swings per day. But, I’ve started adding some speed to what I’m doing and I’m looking at my swing from more than just face on now.

In the swing below taken from the rear, you can clearly see how my lower body is not only braced going back, but also I’m using my left side more actively to clear out. My bad habit is to “push” as Alison calls it with the right side and over power my left. This causes numerous problems, one in particular is to get your head and body too far out in front of the ball and come too far from the inside. Here, I’m staying back better and using my left side better.

I’m most pleased with my transition here as I’m working to get it to happen earlier in my backswing and that work is beginning to show. If you step through frame by frame by dragging the slider (hit play first and then pause it) you can see that I’m actively setting my weight to my left side and beginning to use my glutes and core muscles to unwind me from my backswing. This is a powerful and dynamic move that is the secret to power, and as you’ll see in my next post, I’m already starting to experience some stupid power with no effort.

Author: Chuck Quinton

Author: Chuck Quinton is the founder of Rotary Swing Golf, a biomechanical and physics based approach to learning a safe and powerful golf swing. He was the first to online golf lessons and developed the first online golf instruction website.

13 thoughts on “Hindsight is 20/20 in Golf”

  1. Great chuck, I’m waiting for the first vault video about RS2, it’s a cool view this, as the ball appears to be more centered but the upper body is slighty back from the ball, so the logo t-shirt is over the ball. It’s a different view and I’ll try to setup that way in the range this week, Your left foot looks slighty open from this view, could it be?

  2. Keep up the good work! One thing I noticed is that at impact your right foot looks flat on the ground. Is that intentional, or a natural result of unwinding more with your core?

  3. Chuck

    It looks like your rt foot is perpendicular to the target line and the left is flared out have you always done this with the right foot? or is that an adjustment as well? I have heard 2 schools of thought on this the way you have it now and flare both feet slightly. I am sure the biocorrect ways is the current just wondering if this was an adjustment…

  4. tuporaqui, I’m loading up more into my right side than before and that is why the ball is back a little. I don’t have as much weight on the front foot at address, I’m 50/50 now.

    Ed, my right foot is staying on the ground with an iron because my stance width is correct for my hip width and doesn’t require me to slide laterally to set my weight on my left foot. It is also staying down because I’m not “pushing” from the right side so much. With the longer clubs, it may start to come off the ground earlier, but this is an 8 iron at 60%.
    MS, Alison doesn’t care about the feet in terms of being flared out or not, this is probably just a habit for me.

  5. Chuck,
    I can really see that you’re not pushing with the right leg. It could be a bit of an illusion, but it looks like there isn’t much weight at all on that right foot at impact.

    Fairly contrary to some traditional imagery…In “Feel the Inside…” Mike Hebron uses the baseball pitcher pushing off the Mound.

    Very interesting.

  6. Hayes, what’s funny is that I’m actually solely focused on using my lower body with what I’m working on here. If you mean quiet going back, then yes, I’m trying to do nothing with my lower half going back, but on the way down it’s my left hip doing all the work.

  7. I just did some start and stops. On the downswing, when your back forearm is parallel to the ground, the shaft is straight up in the air pointing to the sky. That is some lag, bro. Also, noticed how close your hand hand are to your left hip on the follow through. Looks like a fairly small circle. Correct.

  8. So Chuck would you say that on the take-away, you’re just rotating your shoulders? Frame-by-frame it looks like everything is going together, your left hips starts to rotate back pretty quickly but it’s hard to tell if you’re engaging those muscles or they’re just responding to the rotation of the engaged shoulder muscles?

  9. Bob, my goal is to make hip turn responsive to the pulling motion I’m making in the backswing (not with the shoulders, though). Still needs some work, but it’s better.
    Hayes, as for my hands, this is still the case for me, the hands still work on a pretty tight arc, but that might change a little over time.

  10. Chuck, it’s funny your coming to this conclusion regarding the left hip/side pulling vs. right side pushing. I came to a similar epiphany a couple of weeks ago. Personally, changing to a left side pull on the downswing has completed change my swing for the better. It’s like I am dragging my body through the proper plane. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep reading.

    Now, if I could just get my arms to be passive I’d be set!

  11. Chuck, with all the discussion on slap-hinge release, push and crossover…this view really shows what happens (dynamically)after impact in your swing. I know you said your working/prefer a crossover release, but if it were a true crossover, wouldn’t your left hand/palm be facing the sky more right after and through impact?

  12. groove, while my release wasn’t as good as I’d like here, it’s still relatively close and the left palm should never face the sky right after impact. That would be a “flip” or what happens after you try really hard to save a shot after coming too far from the inside. Just after impact it should be working more toward the palm facing 90* to the target. Of course, it’s all relative and depends on your grip and a million other things, but if it’s facing the sky you are having to rotate way to hard to square it and are overdoing it with your left hand and not using your right hand enough to control the clubface.

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