Great article and videos showing you what the proper weight shift is and how to feel it in your golf swing: http://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction/golfbiomechanics/weight-shift-golf-swing.php
Great article and videos showing you what the proper weight shift is and how to feel it in your golf swing: http://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction/golfbiomechanics/weight-shift-golf-swing.php
A very common problem, especially for the better player. This leads to a lot of blocks and hooks. Learn how to fix it and what causes it in this latest article – Building an On Plane Golf Swing
One of the defining hallmarks of the RST golf swing is getting into a perfect impact position, both biomechanically and from a physics point of view, every time. Here’s a pic of professional golfer Craig Morrow after his work this week with RST Founder, Chuck Quinton, at impact. Just for fun, we threw in a picture of Chuck at impact about 12 years ago in the middle and where he is today on the right. All we can say is “Ouch!” Good thing he invented RST or he wouldn’t be playing golf much longer swinging like that!
You’ve probably heard the old saying that if people tried to learn how to make love the same way they go about learning the golf swing that the human race become extinct. Sadly, golfers have millions of dollars in lessons and rarely ever improve. No matter how good the intentions of the instructor are, if they don’t understand how to teach their students new movement patterns based on how the brain actually learns, the student has little chance of ever improving.
Rotary Swing Tour is built entirely around this concept and has developed the only learning system in the world that is based entirely on the latest neural research in how the brain learns new motor movement patterns. That’s why ALL our students make dramatic, visible swing changes that are permanent like the one you see below:
In only one day, my student pictured above was able to completely transform his entire backswing working through the simple drills I have shared in the video “5 Minutes to the Perfect Backswing“. If you’d like to learn more about how you can make these changes, visit “How to Build the Perfect Backswing“.
Golfers who are very serious about their games and understand the swing well typically stick with an instructor they believe shares similar ideas for a long time. Ik-Joon Lee falls under that category. After working with David Leadbetter for 6 years at the IMG Academy which costs over $50k per year for the privilege, Ik-Joon felt he was not getting the answers to his swing he was looking for. He always struggled with a weak, high ball flight and getting stuck on the downswing. After 6 years of being told his swing “looked great and it’s just in your head – you need to play more often”, he finally took a break from the game and believed what Leadbetter and his instructors were telling him.
It’s pretty frustrating to spend over $350,000 to be told essentially, “there’s nothing else we can do for your swing, it must just be you.” So when Ik-Joon got in touch with me for lessons he was pretty excited to find out that I DIDN’T believe that it was in his head but it WAS in fact in his poor mechanics. In fact, I saw quite a LOT wrong with his swing and felt that we needed to do some serious work on it. Over the next week, the transformation was quite incredible. Below is a pic of how we changed his impact position to produce a penetrating ball flight by using the drills and videos on this website. To find out more and read the rest of the story, visit http://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction/golfbiomechanics/former-david-leadbetter-student-turns-to-rotary-swing.php
In the world of golf instruction, there are basically two different types of teachers – ball flight teachers and method teachers. As someone who has spent years researching and developing the golf swing, it should come as no surprise that I fall in to the latter as a method teacher. RST is a method based on science, primarily the science of anatomy and human movement. It has parameters and “laws” if you will that are in place to guide you along the path and keep you from injuring yourself and developing bad habits.
A ball flight teacher only has the laws of ball flight to guide you along the way. For instance, if you slice, the ball flight teacher may have 5 or more different ways to fix your problem. All of these “fixes” can typically be called “band-aid” fixes because they only address symptoms of poor mechanics rather than the cause. As an example, imagine the golfer who doesn’t make a full shoulder turn and so he lifts his arms very steep to the top of the backswing and then hacks down from the top with only his arms; thus producing an over the top swing plane and out to in path. The ball flight teacher may fix this by having the golfer strengthen his grip to square the clubface to the path to create a pull. No doubt, this is better than a slice, but we haven’t addressed the root cause of the problem.
An RST golf instructor would look at this problem completely differently. The first thing we would do is teach the golfer what is causing his path and plane issues, which, in this case is the lack of body rotation which adds depth to the swing. Next, we would teach the golfer exactly HOW to turn, using the correct muscles. From there, the golfer would immediately see himself in positions he has never achieved and is now on the pathway to LASTING change and improvement.
We don’t do band-aids, we teach you how to move correctly. We fix the problem, not the symptom. Proper movements create a proper plane, path, impact position, etc. Chasing after ball flight problems without fixing faulty movement patterns is no different than a doctor that treats a compound fracture by putting a band-aid over it rather than resetting the bone. If you want lasting improvement and change in your game, stop putting band-aids on it and avoid ball flight instructors because you’ll end up having to go back again and again to apply new band-aids as the old ones “fall off”.
Of course, it should be made clear that I’m not saying ball flight is unimportant. It is very important. I’m simply saying the reason golfers haven’t improved over the past 50 years is because instruction hasn’t ever addressed the root cause of the problem. The truth of the matter is that ball flight is EASY to fix once the basic proper movement patterns have been established, which is exactly what RotarySwing.com is all about. We teach people via our online learning system HOW to create this basic, very simple movement patterns that you can see below in my swing:
In the video of my swing above, you can see that my movements are very simple, very efficient, and if you compared my swing to that of Tiger Woods, you’d see striking similarity (for the comparison, click Build the Golf Swing of Your Dreams). The reason is that Tiger and I both move very efficiently and that movement is based on very basic anatomy and physics. When I hit a bad shot, say a cut shot, I don’t go and try and flip the face or strengthen my grip on the next swing, that would be manic constantly chasing after one fix or another! No, I simply look at the basic movement that created that shot. For me, if I hit a cut shot, I know I pulled too much with the left shoulder coming down and I have several drills, all of which are on the website, to correct the faulty movement. Therefore, I drill the correct movement for the next shot and correct the problem, thus fixing the symptom of the bad ball flight.
It’s the only way that makes ANY sense to learn the golf swing whatsoever. If you’re tired of bouncing from golf tip to golf tip that are all symptom based, get with the program – the Rotary Swing Tour Program and start progressing like all those in these testimonials.
Hey guys, summer is sadly on the other side of the hill now for most of you as we near mid-August and I’ve been getting a lot of emails about what the heck I’m doing this summer and where’s the Christina Project? Don’t worry, it will be up and running soon, but you can blame the delay on me. I decided to spend my summer doing things I missed, hiking, climbing, biking, snowboarding, etc. in the mountains of Colorado. It’s been a major refresher for me and allowed me to charge my batteries for a very busy upcoming winter as we plan to do more clinics than we ever have as demand has exceeded the number of clinics I’ve done in the past.
With regards to demand, I want to personally thank you, the members, for referring so many of your friends to the Rotary Swing. In the past year, the website membership has more than doubled and demand for the Rotary Swing Tour swing model both online and in person lessons and clinics has been incredible, so thanks!
This winter will be a big one for those following RST as we continue to unveil more of the research we’ve done with TaylorMade Performance Labs and do new research to show you exactly how to build the safest and most efficient golf swing possible. But not before I sneak in one more mountain bike race! For those who have asked, that’s primarily what I have been doing this summer. I got my first downhill mountain bike 7 weeks ago and won my first downhill race today at Keystone. Obviously, to get a win after riding for only 7 weeks means that I’ve been riding – A LOT! And that’s where most of my time has gone. I decided that I wanted to do this, fell in love with it and am riding 3-4 days per week in the mountains. Here’s a pic of me on the podium from my race today (PS if you want to see video of me riding, go here: mountain bike videos):
Taking a break from golf has been very healthy for me and I look forward to coming back to Florida in October and starting up full swing again!
PS Tiger, you might consider a break too!
The word is in, the Rotary Swing Tour Certification Manual, my second book, has gotten rave reviews. Everyone has been very pleased with the book and it is now starting to be reviewed on Amazon.com at Rotary Swing Certification Manual Review
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The opening of Episode 3 starts out with Ray not expressing confidence in his work with Hank Haney so far and he goes on to say that he’ll be very happy if they actually achieve their goal of Romano breaking 80. Clearly not feeling like he’s going to hit a homerun, he had a friend film his swing where he noticed his right hip shifting too far to the right during the backswing and that he has no idea how to fix it (an easy fix for any RST instructor). Offering his thoughts to Haney, Hank comes off somewhat offended and says that “the students sometimes feel the need to help the instructor.” I can tell you this, the only time a student would do that is if they didn’t have faith that the instructor would be able to fix the problem without his help. A desperate picture is being painted in the first 2 minutes of Episode 3.
Four minutes into the show, Haney is actually giving Romano attitude regarding Ray’s mentioning of the three things he felt he needed to work on in his swing. Why give the client attitude? Rather, why not explain to the student the reason he does or does not need to worry about those aspects of his swing at the moment and then explain to him the pathway of how he’s going to get from A to B. You do have a pathway, right Hank? Maybe you should consider letting the student in on the road map so he feels a little more comfortable leaving his swing in your hands.
As they went out to play on the course, Ray was clearly frustrated, dropping the “F-Bomb” while hitting multiple tee shots on a par 3 that he topped. But, unlike Haney’s work with Barkley, Romano did start to show some progress and hit a couple good shots with a swing that was getting more on plane at the top. There was also some progress in his swing on the range earlier in the show and if Haney gets his swing to be less armsy and more controlled by his turn, he can easily get into an ideal position at the top of the swing in 5 minutes. But, given that it’s taken this long to get where they are and Haney’s statements about how he doesn’t care about what the body does in the swing, this seems pretty dooming for Romano achieving his goals. With that sloppy arms swing, he’ll never be a consistent golfer.
When Romano ends this series with Haney, I hope, for BOTH their sakes, he can demonstrate DRASTIC improvement in his swing. Putting in that many hours and getting no where is UNACCEPTABLE and an embarrassment to golf instruction. Hank, tell Ray to put the club down and teach him HOW to move his body so the club goes where it needs to. Keep teaching him to try and manipulate the club all over the place and ignore how the brain learns new movement patterns and the muscles that need to fire to get him to do what you want, and there won’t be a third season of the Haney Project…
To prove that it can easily be done when you know what you’re doing, here’s a one hour lesson I gave yesterday with a 79 year old golfer – just to prove that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks:
After working with the golfer for 30 minutes teaching him HOW to move, not just where to put the club, there’s a dramatic improvement in his takeaway.
Halfway back, there’s no comparison. The image on the right is as good as Tiger Woods and absurdly better than where he started just 30 minutes before!
When he gets to the top of his swing, there is no comparison. Put this guy on the super senior tour! All of this can happen in an hour long lesson with me because I teach my students how to create new movement patterns the way the brain ACTUALLY LEARNS new movement patterns. Learn more in my Level 1 RST Certified Instructors Manual and you to can improve your golf swing like this.
The show starts off with Ray saying “I don’t know if you want this on camera. Front nine, I shot a 61.” Ouch. Not good for someone striving to break 80 for 18. Haney 0, Barkley and Romano 2. Haney, trying to defend himself, then says, “He made a conscious decision that he was going to get worse before he gets better so he wanted to make sure he could validate that decision and so he went out and played poorly.” Are you kidding me? You seriously blame the student for shooting 61 for 9 holes because he made a decision he was going to suck? Come on, that’s deflection at its finest.
Look, it happens all the time that golfers take a lesson and get worse for their next round for a million different reasons, often just because they’re focused on learning something new and it distracts them from playing how they normally would. That’s normal, but this excuse is too much for me to stomach. I imagine that Haney is on high alert to deflect any negative criticism about his instructional ability given the disastrous failure with his attempt to help Charles Barkley. At first, I was shocked he agreed to another show, but after thinking about it for two seconds, I realized that Haney’s ego needed another chance to prove he wasn’t a horrible instructor as the show made him appear to be. So, taking on Romano, who has a much better swing than Barkley, probably seemed like more of a sure thing for Haney.
The show then goes on with Haney spewing a thousand “tips” to the rest of Romano’s crew as they play a round of golf. Brian Baumgartner was Haney’s next victim who said “He changed my grip, he’s changed my swing. I now can’t hit the ball. I’m deeply, deeply confused at this point… I’m done.” Later, he has a 100 yard shot and has to decide whether to use his swing or what Haney had him doing. He tries Haney’s way on his “wheelhouse” shot and says “I failed.” Haney now down 0-3.
I have to say, if Haney didn’t have Tiger Woods in the bag, it appears that he would have very few amateur students lining up at his door after this show. I have to liken this to every other reality show ever produced involving a celebrity. You put them on a pedastool and think they are someone special. You then see them outside of the PR machines that run them in a more natural element and are quickly let down by the reality of who they really are. Paula Abdul anyone? People think working with Tiger Woods makes Haney the “best instructor in the world.” This is complete nonsense. I’ll give you a perfect example. I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of touring professionals. One example that is a perfect parallel to this situation is Blake Adams. Blake finished 3rd on the Nationwide Tour last year and already has a top ten finish on the PGA Tour this year. When I first met Blake, his swing was a complete wreck with almost nothing foundational to build on. Over the course of three days, yes, three days, we completely rebuilt his swing which I chronicled on the forum here. Below is a picture of Blake after our first morning session and a comparison pic on the right from the day before (to see the rest of the work I did on his swing, click the link above):
In just our first morning session working together, his swing looked completely different and his ball flight went from a hook to dead straight. We went out and played that afternoon after completely starting from scratch in the morning and he shot even par hitting all 18 greens. This isn’t just because I’m good at what I do. It’s because Blake is a phenomenal talent much like Woods is. Working with Blake and other talented professionals like him is like cheating. It doesn’t get any easier to teach someone who already knows how to hit the ball, no matter what position he’s in at the top. Now, getting the typical amateur hack to hit the ball properly, that’s the true measure of an instructor’s ability.
Kevin James predicted Haney will throw his hands up at the end of the show and give up on helping Romano. Romano didn’t think too much of how he played in their round together. There’s already disagreement between player and coach, Ray disagreeing with Haney’s belief that he can go out and play better right away. Ray’s response to that, “He doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing!” Romano’s face and voice leave little question that he doesn’t have much confidence in Haney after only the first episode. To make matters worse, the previews for next week leave Ray saying, “I’d like to say it’s getting better, but I hate to lie on camera.” To me, this is a lot like watching a car wreck. Barkley was more like watching a plane crash. You hate to watch, but you just can’t look away. I’ll be shocked to see Haney help Ray reach his goal of breaking 80, and given the rate they’re going now, it will be more likely that they’ll have to do another season to help Ray get back under 100. Perhaps it can be titled “Undoing the Hank Haney Project.”
The jury’s still out, we’ll have to wait and see.
Truly, one of the most important set of videos and articles I’ve ever published on this website, I consider these 2 videos to represent a huge piece of the secret for most golfers who want to increase club head speed. Swing speed is an enigma for so many golfers; they just can’t understand how to swing faster no matter how hard they try. For students who have come to me with this problem, I’ve used several drills over the years to bump their swing speed up immediately 5, 10 or even 15 mph in a matter of minutes with these two simple swing speed drills.
The Throw the Ball drill is key for sequencing and learning how to use a proper positive action of the right arm. The Right Arm Only Downswing drill is key for learning synchronization with the right arm throughout the swing and how to properly use it to increase swing speed.
In these two videos, I use a student named Josh who now works for RotarySwing.com as my test subject. Working with Josh for about 2 minutes, his swing speed went from 110 mph to 118 mph in only two swings. If you think you’d like an extra 25 yards in your game, read this swing speed article today!
That’s the big question this year, atleast for now. Will you be watching the first tournament of the 2010 PGA Tour season at Kapalua? Granted, Tiger hasn’t played in this event in years, nor has Phil. The reasons could be numerous, Phil’s a high ball hitter and the wind blows like nobody’s business at that course and Tiger plays a high spin ball and is a control freak when it comes to his ball flight. Wind doesn’t do either of those guys any favors.
But, the question on everyone’s mind, if Tiger doesn’t come back this year, will the ratings be lower than they have over the past 12 years when Tiger hasn’t been around? I, for one, won’t be watching a lot of golf this year. I know many don’t care if Tiger’s playing, but for me personally, he just makes the game more exciting and I think he’ll be sorely missed by those selling commercial time this season. Will they be missing your eyeballs as well?
With more than 2,000 views in less than a week, the RotarySwing.com series about the TRUTHS in golf instruction has become an instant hit. Yesterday, we published parts 4 and 5. These short segments cover how the brain learns new movement patterns and are the key to understanding why your golf swing hasn’t improved, no matter how many lessons you’ve taken. The three points to take away are:
A: You’ve probably not been told the correct information about the golf swing.
B: It wasn’t communicated to you the way your brain actually learns.
C: Learning is a biologoical process that requires a specific pathway.
Watch Part 5 now:
For those of you who have learned the Rotary Swing Tour, you’ve learned one incredibly invaluable thing; that it is based on medical fact and science rather than personal preference and theory. The simple truths of how the body was designed and engineered to create rotation around the spine, to generate speed and power are unarguable truths and that’s what the Rotary Swing Tour is all about.
Rather than being yet another fad swing theory, we looked at the golf swing from the inside out and asked the question, “If God were to come down and pick up a golf club and he was built exactly like us, how would he do it?” This driving question leads you down a path to objectivity. We don’t care how Tiger Woods swings a club if doesn’t move in this same fashion. We don’t care what has been published in golf instruction before. We only sought out the facts of human anatomy in complete objectivity with the help of orthopedic surgeons, biomechanics experts, learning experts and physical therapists.
The result was the Rotary Swing Tour of this cooperative effort and we’re now sharing these truths with the world via a video series on YouTube which we highly encourage you to watch. The first two episodes have been published and can be viewed below.
We hope this helps you along your path to golf instruction enlightenment!