Santa Barbara Golf Lessons Offer From Our Newest Certified Instructor, Chad Beuoy!

Dear RST Students,

My name is Chad Beuoy. I am the PGA Director of Instruction at the Montecito Country Club in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, and the newest Rotary Swing Tour Certified Instructor.

Regardless of your skill level, if you are serious about improving your game, I would love the opportunity to help you take your game to the next level.

Santa Barbara, California Golf Lessons with Chad Beuoy
Take golf lessons with Chad Beuoy, our newest RST Certified Instructor.

I have put together some discounted packages as a special offer to RST Members ONLY!

THE BENEFITS OF AN IN-PERSON LESSON WITH AN RST INSTRUCTOR ARE INVALUABLE AND WILL EXPEDITE THE LEARNING PROCESS!

 

IN-PERSON OPTIONS:

Series of (6) One Hour Lessons $500 ($600.00 Value)

Series of (12) One Hour Lessons $1,000 ($1,200.00 Value)

**MUST SIGN UP BY 11/1/2012**

 

ONLINE OPTIONS:

Series of (6) Online Lessons $300 ($360.00 Value)

Series of (12) Online Lessons $600 ($720.00 Value)

**MUST SIGN UP BY 11/1/2012**

 

*Please click the link below to contact me for instructions on signing up:

http://chadbeuoygolf.com/contact/

santa barbara golf lessons 

 

PHILOSOPHY:

The golf swing is one of the most complex athletic movements in all of sports. As a golf instructor, it is not only my job to simplify this movement for you, but to make sure that you are performing it in the safest and most powerful way possible.

I believe there is only one safe and powerful way to swing the golf club, based on the anatomical absolutes of the body and scientific evidence, not my personal opinions about what a golf swing should look like.

During our lesson, I will use the latest in video analysis to quickly identify the swing characteristics that need improvement and then create a plan to help you implement these changes.

At the end of each lesson, you will receive a summary with a list of the drills you should work on. These summaries will be viewable at any time via your own personal swing locker within my online academy and, if you own an iPhone or Android phone, I will also forward these summaries via text message so that you can take them to the range for reference.

 

BACKGROUND IN GOLF:

My grandfather introduced me to the game at age 9, but it was not until age 12 that I fell in love with the game. I began playing competitively as a freshman at Dos Pueblos High School and also took part in many junior events around Southern California.

I started my career in the golf business as an Assistant Professional at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Santa Barbara, California, in 1998. I received my Class A PGA Membership in July of 2005, graduating from the PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management Program.

My years of experience in all areas of the golf business have led me to my true love and passion, which is teaching people the game.

 

RESUMÉ:

Senior Instructor – The Studio at Twin Lakes, Santa Barbara, California

First Assistant Golf Professional & Teaching Professional – The La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California

Head Golf Professional – Rancho San Marcos Golf Course, Santa Barbara, California

First Assistant Golf Professional & Tournament Director – The Presidio Golf Club, San Francisco, California

First Assistant Golf Professional & Merchandiser – The Montecito Country Club, Santa Barbara, California

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

RST Level 1 Certified Instructor

TPI Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

 

 

*Please click the link below to contact me for instructions on signing up:

http://chadbeuoygolf.com/contact/

Perfect Impact Position Every Time

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!

RST Impact Position

Former David Leadbetter Student Switches to Rotary Swing Tour

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

Former David Leadbetter Student switches to Rotary Swing Tour
Former David Leadbetter Student switches to Rotary Swing Tour

RotarySwing.com’s Free Golf Instruction Videos Eliminate Golf Swing Confusion, Helping Golfers—and the Company—Improve

Thanks to the Two-plus Hours of Free Golf Instruction Videos Online, RotarySwing.com’s Free Members Overcome Prior Golf Swing Confusion, Leading to Better Scores and Driving Many to Become Premium Members.

Thanks to the Two-plus Hours of Free Golf Instruction Videos Online, RotarySwing.com’s Free Members Overcome Prior Golf Swing Confusion, Leading to Better Scores and Driving Many to Become Premium Members.

Windermere, Florida | September 4, 2010 — In March of 2010, RotarySwing.com introduced a free golf instruction membership that includes the basics of both the original Rotary Swing and the new Rotary Swing Tour (RST). Company founder Chuck Quinton contends that instructor preferences, fads, and gimmicks have left golfers confused about what to believe when it comes to golf instruction, and offering a library of free golf instruction videos built around the scientific “truths about golf instruction” has allowed Quinton to reach more players who have struggled to improve due to the contradictory and ambiguous nature of today’s traditional golf instruction.

John Neugent, owner of Neuvation Cycling and one of RotarySwing.com’s free members who later converted to Premium Membership, described his experience this way: “I can know what I am supposed to do rather than guess what I am supposed to be doing. I have lots of books but all of them really don’t tell you what to do. They tell you the result.”

Quinton refers to this as teaching “how” to move during the swing rather than teaching “what” club positions to hit.

“Too many instructors tell students to focus on golf club positions, even though the player has no idea how to move his body to get the club there,” Quinton explained. “The club doesn’t swing itself; it ends up in the right position only if you move correctly.”

Others have also expressed their relief at finding a free golf instruction video system that they can believe in.

“After watching the free videos, I quickly realized the golf action Chuck is teaching is based on common sense fundamentals that most tour professionals use today,” Michael Beaty, another member who upgraded to the paid membership, said. “I also realized Chuck had a talent for explaining the golf swing in a way that makes sense.”

In addition to offering fact-based, scientific golf instruction, the free golf videos contain extensive information that helps students understand the entire methodology.

“You provide a lot of freebies which are very substantive and not just the ‘tip of the week,'” Daniel Boers offered in a New Member Survey after choosing to go the premium route.

Parker Gallagher made the same membership decision and shared this: “Excellent, thorough, detailed and comprehensive free information had me wanting more and the price/value (of a Premium Membership) was excellent.”

While the Free Membership has been a hit with golfers searching for free golf instruction videos online, there were initial concerns that releasing so much information would reduce the desire for some potential customers to sign up for the paid membership.

“It wasn’t without risk,” RotarySwing.com founder Chuck Quinton said. “Some online instructors give you free videos that just contain hints at what they teach. Not us. The basics for my golf swing systems are now totally free. I took a chance that once people buy into my fact-based approach, they’ll see the value in continuing into the Premium Membership, which takes things to a whole other level with the largest library of consistent golf instruction videos on the web-—over 20 hours in total.”

Five months of results indicate the strategy has worked, according to Quinton, as Premium Membership has grown considerably since the free golf videos were added, despite the continued economic downturn.

From a student’s perspective, Dave Ramos, CEO of the Dashboard Group, made the switch from free to premium and seconds the notion that it worked. “I have been to golf camps, taken lessons with PGA professionals, watched videos, read magazines, and even bought stuff I saw on infomercials. Nothing worked. They all told me a different thing, often contradicting each other. In contrast, Rotary Swing is a comprehensive and integrated approach that is scientifically and biometrically proven. The lessons tell you exactly what to do, why you need to do it that way, and exactly how. This is not a quick-fix scam, but a sound, long-term strategy for great golf. Full speed ahead!”

Free and Premium Membership details are available at http://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction/membership_info.php.

About Rotary Swing Golf

Rotary Swing Golf, LLC, was founded in 2006 by golf professional Chuck Quinton and is one of the world’s leading providers of subscription-based online golf instruction via RotarySwing.com, OnePlaneGolfSwing.com, and RotaryGolfSwing.com. These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling more than 20 hours of content, much of it available in high definition and on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In addition, Rotary Swing Golf’s websites offer a podcast, golf training aids, online golf lessons, an active forum with nearly 5000 members, and club fittings. Quinton has authored two books: The Rotary Swing golf instruction book that has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the Rotary Swing Tour Instructor Certification Manual – Level 1. He has also produced the golf instruction DVDs Swing Plane Made Simple and Short Game Made Simple. More recently, Quinton founded the Rotary Swing Golf Academy at Sugarloaf Mountain near Orlando, Florida, and was the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado during 2009.

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This release went out via PRWeb.com on 8/25/2010.  You can find the PRWeb version here.

What you can learn from Rickie Fowler’s swing

For those who haven’t checked out our first podcast episode (find it on iTunes here), here is one segment of it where Chuck takes us through a full swing analysis of Rickie Fowler by comparing his moves with Tiger’s.

Rickie is one of the most talented young players on tour with 2 top ten finishes in 7 events already this year.  Watching this swing analysis video will help you learn

-what Rickie Fowler’s “trademark” move is likely to be

-how Rickie is similar to Sergio Garcia

-a key move Rickie makes that you had better avoid or risk tearing up your knee!

After watching this swing analysis, be sure to check out the rest of our podcast where you’ll learn about putter fitting, “getting in the box”, some potentially harmful advice from Jack Nicklaus and insights into Chuck’s new book The RST Instructor Certification Manual – Level 1.

If you enjoyed this video, you should get a FREE Membership to our golf instruction website by clicking here.  Your FREE Membership will get you started with over 2 hours of our 20+ hours of videos.

Anthony Kim: A Complete Swing Analysis

A two time winner on the PGA Tour, Anthony Kim represents one of the many young, rising talents who has made people sit up and take notice every time he tees it up at an event.  He earned his card through qualifying school in 2007, and made quite the splash during his rookie season notching four top ten finishes.  When examining AK’s statistics from his injury riddled 2009 season, his ball striking numbers were quite fascinating given the much discussed “simplistic” nature of his swing.
Driving Distance:  16th
Driving Accuracy: 175th
Total Driving: 103rd
Greens in Regulation: 164th
Let’s take a look from an RST perspective of both the positives and negatives of Kim’s golf swing.

SETUP
Looking from the face on view, we can immediately notice that Kim’s stance is much wider than 2 inches outside of neutral joint alignment.  This places him in an anatomically inefficient position, which is going to force him to move laterally during the backswing.

AKSetup

From the down the line view, we can see Kim could use more hinge from the hip.  Take notice of the line drawn from his posterior to the ground.  The lack of space from this line to the back of his heels is a clear tell he needs more hinge from the hips.  When examining his weight distribution, the back of Kim’s knees are not directly over the center of his ankle joints, which informs us that his weight is on the balls of his feet at address which will place unwanted rotational stress on the left knee during the downswing.  Finally, the elbows are extended outside of the shoulders, which indicates a slight reaching for the ball.  The farther we extend our arms, the more the weight is shifted to the balls of our feet.  To briefly summarize, Kim is not grounded and anchored correctly at address which places the body in an anatomically incorrect position.

MOVE 1
As Kim starts his takeaway, he makes an excellent shoulder turn away from the ball.  There is no evidence of arm swing, and as he finishes Move 1, his arms are straight and remain directly in front of his sternum.  In addition to a wonderful shoulder turn, I want to highlight the lack of hip rotation.  Kim executes Move 1 by turning his shoulders 45 degrees and the hip turn is almost 0 degrees, exactly the way RST defines Move 1.

AKMove1

AKChuckMove1

Although Kim executes Move 1 very well, his excessively wide stance forces him to have an exaggerated lateral shift to the right.  We have talked at great length in the past of why lateral movement is undesirable in the golf swing, and if you would like to read more please refer to “Why Can’t I Stay Centered” blog.

MOVE 2
As with many players that I encounter on a daily basis, AK starts to get in some trouble during Move 2.  Once the shoulders turn 45 degrees, we need to employ some shoulder elevation to keep the club in front of our chest, keep the club on plane, and prevent the arms from working too far around the body.  AK fails in this critical area.  Take note of his hand position in the following picture.  The arms have nowhere to go when they remain pinned to the body in such a manner.  The club subsequently now works too far around and behind the chest as he arrives at the top of his swing.  In addition, take note of how Kim’s back foot has rolled to the outside.  He has failed to roll the ankles in slightly at address, and once the weight moves to the outside portion of the right foot during the backswing, this makes it much more difficult to transfer the weight efficiently back to the left in the downswing.

AKMove2SE

AKMove2Foot

MOVE 3
From my multiple film study of Kim’s swing, I found a very interesting trend.  There were some balance inconsistencies in a number of swings I examined.  For example, on certain swings I noticed the left heel spinning out indicating the weight had been transferred onto the ball of the left foot in the downswing.

AnthonyKimLegs

In another example, Kim fell backwards slightly indicating his weight was still trapped on his right side.

AKOffBalance

The penultimate issue that I see causing the downswing problems reverts back to the arms being trapped behind the body due to the lack of shoulder elevation.  This paired with the wide stance and the weight shifting to the outside portion of his right foot certainly will cause weight transfer issues even for a golfer with tremendous talent.  Kim displays tendencies to push from his right side in the downswing to compensate for the lateral shift exhibited in the backswing, note the right foot is quite active.  This pushing move, in addition to Kim’s aggressive hip rotation will accentuate the arms getting stuck behind him on the way into impact and may help explain his 2009 ball striking statistics.

AKMove3

Increase Golf Swing Speed by 10% or More in 5 Minutes

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!

Steve Stricker: A Complete Swing Analysis Part 4 (Move 3-The Downswing)

The downswing is probably the most misunderstood and misinterpreted move by amateur golfers in the golf swing.  It must be understood that the downswing is largely an uncoiling motion or a reaction to a proper backswing.  The key point that must be illustrated is that the forces of movement in the downswing originate from the hips in a weight shift and pulling with the left oblique, NEVER from the upper body, shoulders, arms, etc.
The proper sequence of the downswing is as follows:
1.  Plant the weight firmly by pushing the left heel into the ground.
2.  Pull from the left oblique, which in turn will rotate the left hip behind you.
3.  Pull with the left lat to pull the arms back in front of the torso.
4.  Optional – fire the right arm by extending from the right elbow.

The result of this chain of events occurring in sequence and being performed from the proper origin is rotational force; the body moves away from the target and the arms and club moves towards the target.  A separation between the hips and the upper torso in the downswing is maximized when the sequence of movements are performed correctly.  Highest ball speeds are produced by those producing the maximal rotational separation between the upper torso and pelvis.

As we begin to examine Stricker’s downswing, it should be noted that Stricker finished 9th on the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole, and he hit over 2/3 of both fairways and greens this season.  He has proven himself to be an excellent ball striker, as he does a fantastic job of getting that club on plane on the way down, which is a true testament to both his tremendous athletic ability and work ethic.  Examining his swing from a purely anatomical and biomechanical perspective, however, we will see how the average golfer would likely struggle to recreate Stricker’s move without ample time to practice and improve the timing due to some of the inefficiencies that exist. The first image below is our Rotary Swing Model Chuck Quinton.
StrickerMove3FOC

StrickerMove3FO
When comparing the face on view at impact for our model and Stricker, you can see from the yellow line that Stricker was unable to make a complete shift into his left side which leaves his left hip short of neutral joint alignment.  This has occurred because Striker failed to roll his ankles in slightly at address, which allowed the weight to get trapped on the outside of his right foot during Move 2.  A second cause is Stricker’s need to actively use his arms in his downswing because of his previously discussed push from the left side during Move 1 which allowed his arms to work too deep in his backswing.
StrickerMove3Chuck
StrickerMove3

This series of photos from down the line illustrates how the lack of proper weight shift has affected Stricker’s hip rotation as compared to our model.  The arrow pointing to the right heel shows how our model has efficiently transferred the majority of his weight into the left heel, and is pulling with that left oblique which allows for the right heel to passively rise off of the ground.

StrickerMove3CFoot

Stricker demonstrates a much flatter right foot at impact indicating there is still a significant amount of weight left on his right side.

StrickerMove3Foot
This move can lead to a variety of results, most notably, the hands and arms outracing the body rotation which usually leads to pulls and hooks.  In addition, maximum rotational separation between the upper torso and the pelvis cannot be achieved, resulting in a loss of power.

TRUTHS About Golf Instruction YouTube Series a Big Hit!

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:

The TRUTHS About Golf Instruction Video Series

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!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Steve Stricker: A Complete Swing Analysis Part 3 (Move 2-Back to Target)

Move 2 is the completion of the backswing, and specifically, the shoulder turn.  To briefly summarize what occurs in Move 2:

1.    Shoulder blade glide continues turning the shoulders another 45 degrees for a full 90 degree     turn.
2.    The shoulder blade glide pulls the hips to turn approximately 45 degrees.
3.    Arms elevate, hinging from the shoulders (Shoulder Elevation).
4.    The right arm hinges at the elbow (Right Elbow Flexion).
5.    External rotation of the right humerus occurs.

ChuckMove2DTL-1

ChuckMove2FO-1

The effects of Stricker’s Setup and Move 1 become more clearly defined in Move 2.

StrickerMove2FOColors

StrickerMove2BlowUp

By this point in the backswing, the Rotary Swing Model advocates that an efficient right shoulder blade glide will have turned the shoulders almost a full 90 degrees and the hips approximately 45 degrees.  This is demonstrated by Chuck Quinton on the left, as the yellow arrow illustrates the position of the right shoulder.  Notice how Chuck’s right shoulder is not apparent in the photo, while Stricker’s right shoulder is clearly visible, indicating the inefficient turn due to the arms dominating the backswing.  The orange arrow further highlights this point as Stricker’s left shoulder has “shrugged” and is disconnected from the core muscles of his body.  The blue arrow illuminates that Stricker’s left arm is above his right, further indicating his arm driven turn.

StrickerMove2a2

When examining Stricker from down the line at the same point in his swing, we must pay attention to the circled area.  Stricker’s hands are noticeably behind his sternum, his right elbow is securely glued to his side, and the left forearm is over-pronated.  Once again, Stricker’s push from the left side has caused the club to work too deep, too around, and too flat at this point in his backswing.  He has failed to perform proper shoulder elevation which is responsible for creating some vertical movement of the club to keep the club on plane.

StrickerMove2dtl

Here we can see the full results of Stricker’s complete backswing.  The orange arrow illustrates the arms being too deep and slightly behind the torso.  The red arrow highlights the loss of right knee flexion, which can lead to weight transfer issues in the downswing.  Finally, the yellow line was placed on the front of Stricker’s head at address, and it is quite clear how much he moves toward the ball on the backswing.  This tipping forward onto the balls of the feet is inevitable for Stricker, because his body must attempt to counterbalance the forces that he created by pushing the club to the inside.

StrickerMove2B

StrickerMove2FeetBlowUp

This final image serves to illustrate the effects of Stricker failing to roll his ankles in slightly at address.  The black arrow on Stricker’s right foot shows how his weight has rolled to the outside portion of the ball of the foot.  Notice the white arrow on Chuck that shows that foot securely planted on the ground.

The culmination of Steve Stricker’s slight flaws: push from the left, out of the box, lack of shoulder elevation, loss of the flex in the right knee, and weight distributed over the outside portion of the right foot all contribute to make a proper weight transfer more difficult, even for an elite golfer.  This shall be examined in detail in our next installment, Move 3-The Downswing.

Steve Stricker: A Complete Swing Analysis Part 2 (The Takeaway)

Before I begin to discuss Stricker’s Move 1, it is necessary to briefly summarize how Rotary swing classifies the correct sequence for the Takeaway.
1.    Golfer in proper posture, in the box with the lat muscles engaged.
2.    Hips shift 1 inch right transferring approximately 80% of the weight into the right heel (right hip almost to the point of being directly over the right ankle.)
3.    Right shoulder blade glide (pulling the right shoulder) focusing on moving the scapula two inches in and slightly down toward the spine.
4.    Torso turns 45 degrees.
5.    Hips turn 0 degrees.
6.    Arms remain passive, straight, and directly in line with the sternum.

Given our understanding of the forces of rotary motion (please see the blog “Why Can’t I Stay Centered?”), we know a pulling motion is an action that moves an object toward center, while a push is a force moving an object away from center.  It becomes quite clear that we must invoke a pulling motion in order to efficiently turn the torso in a fashion that keeps us centered during the backswing.  This move also serves as a spine stabilizer during the backswing, in turn, protecting the spine during this phase of the swing.  Any origin of movement that comes from the left side of the body is a push, and Stricker’s Move 1 is a prime example of its effects.


Stricker initiates his swing with a forward press of the hands.  The club is subsequently started back by a pushing motion from his left side.  His left arm pushes across his chest which immediately causes a disconnection from his core rotation.


He is now at the mercy of his arms to turn his shoulders, which can be observed by looking at the figure above.  Notice the difference in shoulder turn between Chuck and Stricker as the club is parallel to the ground.  It is quite clear that the arms have been forced significantly behind Stricker’s sternum by this point.  As a result, the right arm is no longer straight, but instead has been forced to bend.  In addition, the left wrist has begun to pronate, as can be observed by the circles.


Pay particular attention to the logo on Chuck’s glove as compared to Stricker’s glove.  The culmination of these movements results in the club getting inside, the hands and arms working too deep, and the club being moved on a flat plane.

A Shift in the Right Direction

I am extremely proud to be working with Hooters Tour Professional Kris Lim.  Kris is an extraordinary young man, whose desire to excel is only exceeded by his desire to understand the fundamentals of the golf swing.  Kris did not come to the Rotary Swing Golf Academy looking for quick fixes to improve his game immediately; he came to us seeking answers to questions that were not able to be provided to him through “traditional” instruction.  He was tired of hearing that his swing looked great; he wanted results.  Kris is a prime example of the type of change that is possible through intellectual understanding and kinesthetic awareness that comes as a product of structured practice that focuses on the anatomical absolutes.

In previous forum posts, I provided some examples of how we first began a little over a month ago.  We started by addressing Kris’s Setup and perfecting Move 1 (The Takeaway).  As these elements improved, we introduced proper shoulder elevation to keep the club working on a proper plane throughout the backswing.  Today is November 23, and it was time for some serious business…Move 3 (The Downswing).  Kris is a prime example of a golfer who would rotate his hips without ever making a proper weight shift into the left heel.  The results of this dastardly movement can be illustrated from the picture below.

On the left side is a trace of Kris’s swing path.  The red line represents his backswing, and the yellow line represents his downswing.  It becomes quite clear Kris was over the top which resulted in many “wiped” shots that would weakly balloon and fade.  On the right side, you can plainly see Kris’s failure to shift that left hip which left him well short of Neutral Joint Alignment.  Kris’s weight is now trapped on his right side which results in the excessive axis tilt and his head backing way up as he comes into impact.  He never covers the golf ball effectively, and fails to compress or flight the shot the way he desires.  Due to his improper origin of movement, the more he would try to cover the ball, the more fat shots he would hit.

Now let’s examine footage from the lesson on November 23.  On the left, you can see a significant improvement in Kris’s swing path.  The red line represents his backswing, and the yellow line represents his downswing once again, but take note the orientation of the lines are dramatically different.  Due to the backswing improvements, Kris takes the club on a much better plane, and is capable of keeping the club in front of his body.  A proper weight shift, planting the left heel and pulling from the left oblique allows the club to shallow slightly and attack the ball from the inside (note the yellow downswing line is underneath the red backswing line).  On the right half of the picture, you can see Kris’s head has not backed up nearly as much, and the axis tilt is improved.  Kris’s left hip has shifted toward the target before he unwinds the hips which allows him to get into NJA at impact.

I want to mention at no time during this lesson did we talk about swing plane or what the club was doing; we focused solely on proper origin of movement in the downswing.  The golf swing needs to be based on a pull-pull relationship in order to abide by the laws of physics of rotary motion.  Kris serves as an excellent model of what can be achieved by focusing on how the human body is designed to work.  While we have lots of work left to do, Kris is finally traveling on the road to success.  RST provides the road map for this journey…want to follow along?