Pro Golfer Breaks Neck – Vows Return to Golf

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I’m Chuck Quinton, and on June 11, 2011, I almost died.

Over the course of the next few days, I almost died 3 more times.

It’s amazing how quickly life can change. One instant all is well, the next you’re laying in the ER and overhear, “Bed 19 is going to need a neuro consult. He broke C1 in three places.”

My first thought was, “Oh man, poor bastard!” Then, as I watched my wife’s face completely drain of blood and turn pale white, my next thought was, “Oh f#&k, what bed am I in again?”

How I used to spend my days snowboarding.

Life was going very well for me on June 11, 2011. It was opening day at the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO.

I had spent my last few summers in Colorado; originally as the Teaching and Playing Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club, and later as a competitive downhill mountain biker. But once I heard about Valmont, I knew I had to move there for the summer so I could practice my 360’s and backflips on my mountain bike every day.

Now, you may ask yourself, “Why the hell is a former professional golfer and well known golf instructor risking his life mountain biking?”

The simple answer is, there’s more to life than golf, and I was a professional snowboard mountaineer long before I was ever a pro golfer. I’ve always had a penchant for thrill seeking, and my love for mountain biking knew no rival.

But things change…

I had been waiting for opening day at Valmont literally for months. I couldn’t wait to launch over the huge wooden and dirt jumps.

I had stopped playing professional golf in 2009 after a busy summer teaching at Castle Pines because I simply got burnt out. Teaching and playing every day while throwing in a few tournaments here and there had taken their toll on me mentally, and I needed a change of pace.

Getting back into competitive mountain biking was the perfect escape, and I started racing downhill in 2010. My last two races of the season I placed 1st and 4th, and so when the 2011 season was ready to start, I was fired up to whoop some ass. I could hardly contain myself.

And then it happened…

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Me one week before the “accident,” jumping a 21 foot gap on my downhill bike.

Opening day at Valmont was a big affair. Hundreds of people were there, and thankfully, so were the paramedics.

Valmont is a “big boy” freeride style park with wooden and dirt jumps nearly 10 feet tall, so the chances of getting hurt are pretty high. But the chances of having fun are even higher.

I got there early that morning and was riding all the lines, which range from Small to Large, by mid-morning.

My first run on one of the XL lines was also my last.

Having hit some big jumps and feeling comfortable, I worked over to an XL line that had a good sized drop with a 10 foot gap that then ran into another jump with two gaps.

As I came off the first drop, I was cruising with some serious speed. So much so, that I felt I was going to overshoot the next gap and fly into the face of the next jump.

I started to scrub speed as I approached the gap and then as I left the lip of the jump, I “Bubba Scrubbed” the lip to avoid going too far. Unfortunately, I misjudged my speed, came up short and landed head first onto the wooden jump.

This is the drop I went off just before the gap where I crashed.

I’ve wrecked HARD literally hundreds of times on my mountain bikes over the past 20 years of riding. This one was nothing spectacular.

As I gathered myself off the ground, I did my usual “inventory check” – toes still work, legs still work, arms are good, SHIT, I broke my hand…. I could see a huge lump through the glove on my left hand and immediately knew it was broken.

This was a major bummer because I was supposed to be going to Whistler Canada in two weeks. Whistler is like mountain biking nirvana, and I was devastated knowing that I might not be able to ride.

As I stood there lamenting over my broken pinky bone, the paramedics had arrived and were trying to get me to sit down and started asking a bunch of annoying questions.

“What day is it? Do you know where you are? What’s your name?”

“I’m at Valmont, and it’s opening day, man! Look, I broke my hand and may not be able to go to Whistler now!”

The picture I posted of my hand from the back of the ambulance.

For some reason, the paramedics didn’t seem to care much about my hand and kept asking me the same annoying questions over and over. After about 5 minutes of this, I started to realize that I was having a more difficult time focusing on what they were saying, and that caused me a little alarm.

I’ve been injured countless times over the years, so dealing with “mental check” questions is nothing new. But once I started “zoning out” a bit, I thought I better take some precautions.

So, I let the paramedics know I knew what they were doing but that I was having a harder time focusing on their questions and that I felt I “had rung my bell pretty good.”

My helmet was cracked, but I had broken three helmets over the past year and was little worse for the wear, so I didn’t give it much thought. I told the paramedics that I needed to go sit for a while. They wanted to get the stretcher and carry me down, but I insisted on walking.

“I’m no pussy, I can walk,” I told them.

As I walked down the side of the hill to the ambulance with a paramedic holding each of my arms, I was still really concerned about my left hand. Apart from not being able to go to Whistler in a couple weeks, I was STILL a golfer and instructor and the left hand is kind of important for controlling the club face!

So, as I sat in the ambulance waiting on my wife to bring the car around to take me to the hospital, I took a picture of my hand and posted it on Facebook to let my mountain biking buddies know what had happened.

Immediately, they started calling my wife, asking for details on the accident. She was in a panic. She’s seen me crash a LOT, but never seen me not just bounce back up and keep riding.

She tells my friends I’m sitting in the ambulance and that the paramedics are going to take me to the hospital. At this point, I’m still convinced I’m fine and my wife can take me as it’s only a few miles away, and I didn’t want her to freak out as I’ve NEVER taken an ambulance ride for anything.

But once she arrived with the car to pick me up, the paramedics had her convinced that I needed to be strapped down to a stretcher and put in a neck collar immediately and that they needed to drive me to the hospital.

“It’s no big deal, I just broke my hand and my head’s a little woozy,” I told them.

They weren’t buying it, and I could see the look on my wife’s face that I was going to lose this battle, so I let them strap me down and take me in the ambulance.

For the record, the ride in my wife’s X5 would have been much less painful. Do they not put suspension in those things?

From there, things went downhill – and not the fun kind of downhill.

Back to that poor bastard in bed 19…

I spent about 3 hours in the ER having X-Rays, CT scans, MRI’s, the works. After we overheard the ER doc say that I had broken my neck, he came into the room and told me that they needed to take me to ICU and keep me overnight.

My wife, who had just returned from puking in the bushes outside after hearing the bad news, looked terrified when he said ICU. So, I told her it’s no big deal, and I’m sure they do it for everyone just as a precaution, don’t worry about it. After all, my track record had proven that I was invincible, and I could handle just about any injury; sort of like Wolverine from X-Men.

The next morning I awoke to my “neuro consult”; some short, young looking dude in jeans and cowboy boots named Dr. Alex Mason. He told me I had broken C1 in five places, not three, and that I had two options:

  1. I could wear a halo for 3 months due to the nature and instability of my fracture and possibly still need surgery at the end of the three months, or
  2. I could do a C1-C2 fusion surgery now.

After consulting with good friend Dr. Brian McKeon, the team doctor for the Boston Celtics and member of the Rotary Swing Golf Medical Advisory Panel, we opted for surgery now.

At 6 am the next morning, I was wheeled into the OR to have 4 bolts and two titanium rods placed in my neck. I figured it would make me even more indestructible having some titanium bits, but there was one part that wasn’t completely clear to me when we were making the decision to have surgery – would I be able to play golf again?

To be honest, I was much more concerned as to when I could get back on my mountain bike as I was still burnt out on golf, but looking back a year later, this one moment was going to have a dramatic impact on the rest of my life that I didn’t realize until long after.

You see, the C1-C2 joint is where you get 50-60% of your rotation for your head, and they were about to bolt these two vertebrae together – permanently. I was clearly too high on morphine or whatever they were giving me at the time to realize that I was going to have a damn hard time hitting a golf ball if I could only turn my head half way.

How the hell would I even see the ball at the top of my swing? Spoiler alert – I wouldn’t.

Apparently, I wasn’t as invincible as I had thought because I bled out twice on the operating room table, requiring them to stop the surgery and give me more than two liters of blood to keep me alive.

Given that I could’ve died from the crash itself, as a large piece of broken vertebrae was perilously close to my spinal cord, and I stubbornly insisted on walking down the hill to the ambulance, and that I had now bled out twice from the trauma, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse.

You’d be wrong.

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My neck after the surgery. Don’t worry, it’s worse than it looks!

Once I was stabilized and the surgery completed, they told my wife that we’d be able to go home in a couple days, and all would be well.

Not only did I not go home, I spent the next 9 days in the ICU with a 102+ fever.

Pulmonologists, cardiologists, infectious disease specialists. They all had their hands at trying to figure out what was wrong with me.

After 9 days, my fever finally broke and I was transferred to a regular room on the neuro floor. One of the doctors decided that I had suffered a blood clot but passed it, but didn’t think I would survive the “next one.” He suggested that my wife call any family that may want to see me in case I didn’t make it.

Strike four.

After 3 days in the ICU, the nationwide mortality rate goes up exponentially, statistically speaking. I had just survived 9 days and four near death experiences. I was ready to get the f#*k out of this place.

But I wasn’t done with my problems yet. I couldn’t swallow.

There was so much trauma and swelling that I literally couldn’t swallow any food, so they had to feed me through something called a “PICC line.” Basically, they put a tube into a vein in my chest to get nutrients directly into my blood stream.

After not being able to eat anything for a couple days, I was getting desperate to get some semblance of food in my mouth. I started bribing the orderlies to sneak me a popsicle. I offered one guy a thousand dollars if he could get me a root beer flavored popsicle – I wasn’t kidding.

Eventually, after 12 days in the hospital, I was sent home – and that’s where this story really begins.

You see, I’ve had two more surgeries since this one, but we’ll get back to those soon enough.

Now you have a brief little history of what has provoked this re-dedication to the one sport that has always tugged at my heart strings in a little different way than anything else.

Golf is addicting. Maddening. Enlightening.

But more importantly, golf is my life.

It always has been since I first picked up a club at 14 years of age. And it took this near death x4 experience for me to realize it.


Above is a video clip of my swing before the accident while I was the Instructor at Castle Pines Golf Club.

Ever since I first picked up a golf club, I’ve literally been obsessed with the mechanics of the swing. I’ve always been that person that HAD to understand HOW something worked.

I’m one of the most skeptical people you’ll ever meet, so someone telling me to do something with my golf swing “just because that’s the way it works” is far from being a satisfactory answer for me.

This compulsion to understand the HOW and WHY of how things worked is exactly what led to the development of the Rotary Swing Tour (RST) golf swing system – a swing based 100% on science, research and fact and nothing more, nothing less.

But what does that have to do with me breaking my neck? It’s this research into the biomechanics of the swing that has actually allowed me to return to golf and even play competitively again – pain free.

RST has been my life’s work and is my gift to the golf world.

My work has lead to thousands of golfers being able to hit the ball like they never dreamed, and do so effortlessly and devoid of pain because I used the help of Ph. D. Biomechanists from the US Olympics Committee and orthopedic surgeons from around the US to help me develop my swing system.

Anything I’ve ever had a question on regarding how the swing should be taught, I would ask them and get a medical reason for why it should or shouldn’t be done this way to prevent injury or pain.

Which has led me back to my own swing. A swing that has been admired by thousands but now must evolve once again.

If I’m ever to play golf again at a high level, I MUST follow the RST program exactly as I’ve laid it out, or I simply won’t be able to play. My injuries (we’ve only scratched the surface on those) are crippling, and I’m only 36 years old.

But that’s why my story is so important, that’s why I’m sharing it with the world for the first time.

My story is YOUR story.

No, maybe you didn’t break your neck, but if you’re like most golfers, you hurt after golf. You have aches and pains that keep you from fully enjoying the game that you love, that we all love.

And the truth of the matter is that it shouldn’t hurt! Golf is not a contact sport!

I’ve helped thousands of golfers over my 17 years of teaching completely rid themselves of golf-swing-related pain by teaching them the RST swing mechanics, and now it’s my turn to benefit from my research.

“But wait!” you might be thinking. “You founded RST; you developed it; don’t you already swing RST?”

Yes and no.

You see, I had some things in my swing that I used to squeak out a little more power here and there, like excessively fast body rotation (think Tiger Woods’ fast hips), that are simply not an option for me anymore.

My neck structure is permanently damaged, already arthritic, and the biomechanics of my spine are permanently changed. To make matters worse, I suffered nerve damage in the accident and lost 90% of the muscle mass of my infraspinatus, supraspinatus and teres minor on the left side.

To make a long story short, I have very limited use of my left arm in the way that it is commonly taught to use it in the golf swing. Bonus – using RST, I don’t need it!

If you’ll also remember, I severely broke the 5th metacarpal in my left hand, making it nearly impossible for me to control the club face with my left hand, as it has the strength of a two year old child.

A lot of people would pack it in, call it a day, say they’ve had a good run and pick up fishing. God knows that’s the direction my wife is pushing me in. But I hate fishing.

I NEED the challenge and competition that sports bring, and since it’s unsafe for me to mountain bike, snowboard, or do anything else I loved to do, I’m rededicating my life to playing golf at a high level.

Extra hardware in my neck. If I can play with this stuff in my neck, I can help you play with your injury!

Since my accident, I’ve played 7 rounds of golf.

My first round back was 8 months after my accident, in February 2012. I shot 81.

My longest drive was 240 yards, and I averaged about 230 off the tee. I used to hit it 340 yards off the tee with a drive of 408 yards as my longest ever!

Hitting it like this was a shocker, but I realized instantly that I missed this stupid f*%king game.

My next three rounds each got better. My fifth round of golf was the Colorado State Open Qualifier – LOL.

Yep, my fifth round of golf I decided to try and qualify for a professional golf tournament. Hey, if it’s not clear that my decision making process skills may be somewhat lacking at times, then you should re-read this article from the beginning.

Setting myself up for failure, I shot 75 with an eagle on a par 5 on the second hole in July of 2012 in the qualifier.  I finished 28th out of 85 and missed qualifying by three strokes.

Normally, I’d have been pissed, but instead, I had a sense of peace about this round. The qualifier was just over a year since my accident, and I had only played 4 rounds of golf over the past 13 months.

I had survived a terrible accident, hadn’t practiced hardly at all and was back playing golf at a professional level PAIN FREE.

Now, I’m not proud of a 75, but given the circumstances, it could’ve been a lot worse.

I couldn’t see the ball at the top of my swing, and I had lost 25 pounds of muscle since my accident. But after all this I was relatively competitive, and my neck didn’t bother me one bit.

Now, it’s hard for me to explain to you what it’s like to play golf after breaking your neck and not seeing the ball at the top of your backswing, but let me assure that it adds significant challenge to an already difficult game.

But I had overcome it, and if I could, so could anyone else. My RST swing mechanics allowed me to return to golf and play at a reasonable level, and they can do the same for you NO MATTER your injury or ailment.

There is NO WAY I would’ve been able to play golf with the way most golf instructors teach the swing today. The amount of aggressive body rotation puts a tremendous amount of shear force on the spine, and as you can imagine, that’s simply not an option for someone with a severe spine injury.

But maybe you don’t have an injury, just a sore back, or sore neck after a round of golf. I have neither.

In fact, I have no soreness whatsoever, and trust me, my body’s wrecked.

In fact, I’m going in for my FOURTH spine surgery in a year on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. Apart from the problems with my neck, I was told at 31 years old that I needed to have my left hip replaced by an orthopedic surgeon.

Golf KILLED my hip to the point that I thought about quitting. Instead, I started delving into the biomechanics of the golf swing, and RST was born.

Today, I have no hip pain after golf and that doctor can shove it. My left hip feels just fine.

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Quinton spine surgery #3. This one was just 2 weeks ago, and I’m already going in for another one!

RST swing mechanics have saved my game and my body, and they can save yours. They’ve saved thousands of golfers’ bodies already.

My golf instruction website, http://www.RotarySwing.com, has about 40,000 members, golfers like you and me, who don’t want to be sore after a round of golf anymore. Golfers who believe the golf swing should be effortless and enjoyable and should NEVER cause you any pain or soreness.

Well, I’m living proof that the RST golf swing is a completely safe and pain free, powerful way to swing the golf club, and I’m going to continue to prove it so that my story can help save the bodies of thousands more.

Over the coming months, I’m going to continue to blog about my return to golf.

I’ll talk in more detail about my injuries and how RST has allowed me to overcome every single one (did I mention my left shoulder has been dislocated more than 30 times?) and play completely pain free golf and still hit the ball 300 yards off the tee as I’ve been doing right up until this last surgery two weeks ago.

I’d still be playing right now if I didn’t have 13 staples in my neck.

I’m going to show you my swing as it looks today, and I’ll talk about the changes I’ve had to make because of my injuries so that they may help you with your swing and any injuries you may have suffered.

Join me in this journey. I don’t know where it will end.

Perhaps I’ll go back to playing some professional tournaments with a little encouragement from you guys.

Perhaps I’ll just enjoy the game and win my club championship again.

RST has given my body and mind a new lease on life, so I can enjoy the game we all love once again.

But more importantly, what will RST do for YOU and your body? What’s your story going to be?

I have literally thousands of testimonials on the website from golfers whose games have been transformed by RST.

Will you be next? There’s only one way to find out…

If you’ve got golf-swing-related pain, want to prevent golf-swing-related injuries in the future or just want to learn more about RST, visit my site at http://www.RotarySwing.com and get a FREE video membership to learn the basics of RST online and see what a biomechanically ideal swing can feel like.

Please note, if you’d like to discuss this blog, DON’T ask Christina questions over the phone. That is my wife, and she’s had to deal with this enough. You can discuss this post on our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RotarySwingcom/208473937768.

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

Golfers Receive Unlimited Online Golf Lessons from RotarySwing.com’s Certified Instructors for Less than the Cost of One In-person Lesson

RotarySwing.com’s Latest Innovation, Online Learning Groups, Bridges the Gap Between Its Twenty-plus Hours of Online Golf Instruction Videos and In-person Lessons by Offering One Low Monthly Payment for Unlimited Online Golf Lessons with a Certified Instructor.

RotarySwing.com’s Latest Innovation, Online Learning Groups, Bridges the Gap Between Its Twenty-plus Hours of Online Golf Instruction Videos and In-person Lessons by Offering One Low Monthly Payment for Unlimited Online Golf Lessons with a Certified Instructor.

Windermere, FL | September 16, 2010 — Last week, RotarySwing.com launched a new feature called Online Learning Groups. At its core, this feature allows a golfer to easily submit videos, pictures, and questions to Rotary Swing Tour Certified Instructors and receive feedback about how to improve. While others in the industry offer similar online golf lessons, what sets the Groups concept apart are three additional benefits: unlimited instruction for less than the cost of one traditional lesson, a library of more than 20 hours of online golf instruction videos to support the process, and an ability to learn from peer group members.

The concept was originally proposed by one of the website’s members, Ray Wyvill, as a way to provide ongoing review of swing changes, monitoring that bad habits don’t creep back in and ensuring continual progression. Wyvill’s inspiration came from something his father told him about the one-room schools prevalent decades ago.

This is how Wyvill remembered his father’s words: “He said, ‘The best school I was ever in was the one-room school when I was a kid. More learning went on there than in any other school environment I ever saw. You’d be there working on something, the older kids would be working on what you’d get next, and the young kids were providing you with constant review.’”

RotarySwing.com’s Online Learning Groups are setup to foster this sort of 360-degree learning as students learn directly from instructors, by observing the instruction provided to other students, and by jumping in and helping their peers with an issue they’ve already tackled.

The economics of the group concept helps golfers get better at an affordable price. While in-person lessons typically range from $40 to $200 each and one standard online lesson can go for $30 or more, Online Learning Groups provide value by pairing unlimited online golf lessons with a price tag of $29.95 per month.

“In-person lessons offer some obvious advantages,” RotarySwing.com founder Chuck Quinton said. “But there are also some major drawbacks, including the price, which is on everyone’s mind these days because of the economy. With an Online Learning Group, for example, you’ll get expert help with a swing issue, and then you can have that re-checked a week later and even ask for some new advice a week after that…all for only $29.95. Compare that to in-person lessons, where you’ve just racked up three full lesson charges, probably totaling $200 or more.”

The feature’s success, though, will ultimately be determined by the experience of the group members. The results are extremely positive so far, based on feedback from those who took part in the pilot group the past three months.

“This is an experience like no other; you can post your swing and have members and an instructor critique it,” said pilot group member Steve Dodson. “This ensures your work on each move is done correctly, and if you’re applying this move correctly in your full swing. If you’re not a member, you’re missing out.”

More information about RotarySwing.com’s Online Learning Groups can be found here:http://www.rotaryswing.com/online-golf-lessons/learning-groups-home.php.

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 20-plus 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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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.

Where in the world is CQ?

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):

Chuck Quinton 1st Place
Chuck Quinton 1st Place

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!

Chuck Quinton Praises FlightScope Support Team

In addition to relying on his FlightScope Prime for club fittings and as an instruction tool, Chuck Quinton knows he can rely on the FlightScope support team as well.

In addition to relying on his FlightScope Prime for club fittings and as an instruction tool, Chuck Quinton knows he can rely on the FlightScope support team as well:

“The FlightScope team has been unbelievably supportive through bugs, upgrades and just in helping learn all the new features of the software. Anytime I’ve had a problem I’ve been able to contact (a FlightScope Support Technician) and he’d come out to the course or even to my house after business hours just to make sure I was taken care of and happy with the product. You won’t find a better support team out there.”

This quote appeared in a press release that can be read in full here.

Learn more about FlightScope by visiting their website:  http://flightscope.com/.

-Josh Eaton, Business Manager

Golfers Wanting Denver Golf Lessons Will Learn Proper Biomechanics from a Teacher that Completed Rotary Swing Golf Instructor Training

Roger Alvarado, who provides Denver golf lessons, has passed the first Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Golf Instructor Training course and teaches the safest, most efficient swing humanly possible.

Roger Alvarado, who provides Denver golf lessons, has passed the first Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Golf Instructor Training course and teaches the safest, most efficient swing humanly possible.

May 6, 2010 | Denver, Colorado — Roger Alvarado became the fifth instructor to pass the Level 1 RST Golf Instructor Training exam on April 24, 2010, and is now RST Certified.  Alvarado, based just outside of Denver in Lakewood, is the first person in Colorado to complete the initial phase of RotarySwing.com’s golf instructor certification program.

In 35 years of golfing experience, he has “studied Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Trevino, Beard, Faldo and many others as well as prominent instructors such as Toski, Leadbetter, Harman and Smith to name a few.”  But he is certain the Rotary Swing Tour method stands above them all.

“This teaching method is presented in the most clear and detailed manner by breaking down each phase of the golf swing to its most basic and fundamental elements and supported with the ‘Why’ that is based on sound, proven laws of medical and physical science,” Alvarado wrote in his bio on RotarySwing.com. “This allows for the most efficient and safe means of swinging to generate the optimum power and to prevent injury.”

Alvarado joins two other instructors in the United States and two more internationally who have been certified in the ten weeks since the program’s inception.  The speed at which Rotary Swing Golf Certification is spreading across the globe is not surprising to the company’s founder, Chuck Quinton.

“The bulk of our business originates from our strong web presence at RotarySwing.com, which doesn’t limit us to any geographic region,” said Quinton.  “Combine that with an online golf instructor training process for our level one certification that meets instructors’ needs for affordability and convenience, and I expect to see RST Certified Instructors everywhere golf is played!”

Quinton indicated that the golf instructor training program has received significant interest since it launched in February 2010 and is excited about the opportunities ahead for his business as well as for the RST Certified Instructors.

“The RST golf instructor training promises to be a great vehicle for growth, not just for RotarySwing.com, but also for instructors teaching our methods,” said Quinton.  “The mutually beneficial nature of our certification program promises to drive its success.”

In addition to providing objective, scientific facts about golf instruction and the swing to improve golf coaching techniques, Rotary Swing Golf offers Certified Instructors promotional benefits to boost their revenues.  These golf instructors realize significant visibility through listings on the heavily trafficked RotarySwing.com, inclusion in weekly email newsletters to thousands of golfers, and postings on social media like Facebook and RotarySwing.com’s Golf Forums and Golf Instruction Blog.

“Not many golf instructors have websites that pull in thousands of visitors each day,” Quinton said.  “We can help them get their names out to potential students without spending a boatload on web design, search engine optimization, and online advertising.”

Ultimately, though, an instructor’s success comes down to the quality of golf instruction provided, and Quinton went to great lengths to ensure only the most knowledgeable golf instructors will earn certification.

According to the RST Golf Instructor Certification Overview page on RotarySwing.com, “The information that must be learned just to pass Level 1 requires on average 100 hours of study on swing mechanics, physics, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and more.”  The website indicates that these fields represent “many disciplines typical golf instructor training neglects.”

For more information about RST Golf Instructor Training, visit www.RotarySwing.com/rst-certification.

A link to the RST Certified Instructor listings, where Roger Alvarado’s bio and contact information for scheduling Denver golf lessons can be found, is also available on that page.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 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, club fittings and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

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This went out via Free-Press-Release.com on May 5, 2010.  You can find the FPR version here.

RotarySwing.com’s iPad Golf Instruction Capability Offers Affordable Alternative to In-person Golf Lessons, Allowing Golfers to Watch Online Golf Videos While Practicing

Golfers now have an inexpensive alternative to in-person golf lessons via RotarySwing.com’s new iPad golf instruction feature, allowing golf instruction video playback on the practice tee.

Golfers now have an inexpensive alternative to in-person golf lessons via RotarySwing.com’s new iPad golf instruction feature, allowing golf instruction video playback on the practice tee.

April 17, 2010 | Windermere, Florida — Last week, Rotary Swing Golf announced that more than 60 Rotary Swing Tour (RST) golf instruction videos on their RotarySwing.com website will be available for viewing on Apple’s new iPad.  Both Free and Premium Members can enjoy this functionality, which was originally designed in response to members’ requests for iPhone golf instruction videos.

The new functionality required some significant programming changes but greatly improves membership value for many of the site’s members, according to Rotary Swing Golf Founder Chuck Quinton.

“We’ve been getting lots of feedback from members who have been replacing in-person golf lessons from local teaching professionals with our video golf instruction,” Quinton said.  “We’ve actually grown in this tough economy, in part because of the tremendous value we offer.  For the cost of a one hour in-person golf lesson, you can access several hours of instruction on our website for three months, six months, even a year or longer, depending on the instructor’s rates.”

According to Quinton, providing members the ability to take their favorite RotarySwing.com golf instruction videos anywhere represents the natural next step in the evolution of this process.

“Though we recently started certifying instructors to teach our Rotary Swing Tour model, we don’t have instructors in every major city…yet,” Quinton said.  “The ability for students to use our iPad golf instruction feature at their practice facilities is a major advancement in bridging that gap.”

Quinton feels that his approach to golf instruction meshes well with technological advances in golf.  In fact, he’s certain that part of his competitive advantage stems from the application of technology–like the force plates, launch monitors and high speed cameras that litter his teaching studio–to his teaching methods and research.

“My golf instruction is 100 percent based on scientific facts proven through research,” Quinton said.  “I will always look to incorporate any technology that helps me uncover more golf swing facts or deliver those facts to my students.”

For more information about RotarySwing.com’s iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad golf instruction capability, visit www.rotaryswing.com/iphone.php.

Free and Premium Membership details are also available on that webpage.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 19 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, club fittings, and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

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This release went out via Free-Press-Release.com on 4/15/2010.  You can find the FPR.com version here.

RotarySwing.com’s iPhone Golf Instruction Capability Offers Affordable Alternative to In-person Golf Lessons, Allowing Golfers to Watch Online Golf Videos While Practicing

Golfers now have an inexpensive alternative to in-person golf lessons via RotarySwing.com’s new iPhone golf instruction feature, allowing golf instruction video playback on the practice tee.

Golfers now have an inexpensive alternative to in-person golf lessons via RotarySwing.com’s new iPhone golf instruction feature, allowing golf instruction video playback on the practice tee.

April 15, 2010 | Windermere, Florida  — On April 4 Rotary Swing Golf announced that more than 60 Rotary Swing Tour (RST) golf instruction videos on their RotarySwing.com website will be available for viewing on Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch, and the new iPad.  Both Free and Premium Members can enjoy this functionality, which was designed in response to member feedback.

The new functionality required some significant programming changes but greatly improves membership value for many of the site’s members, according to Rotary Swing Golf Founder Chuck Quinton.

“We’ve been getting lots of feedback from members who have been replacing in-person golf lessons from local teaching professionals with our video golf instruction,” Quinton said.  “We’ve actually grown in this tough economy, in part because of the tremendous value we offer.  For the cost of a one hour in-person golf lesson, you can access several hours of instruction on our website for three months, six months, even a year or longer, depending on the instructor’s rates.”

According to Quinton, providing members the ability to take their favorite RotarySwing.com golf instruction videos anywhere represents the natural next step in the evolution of this process.

“Though we recently started certifying instructors to teach our Rotary Swing Tour model, we don’t have instructors in every major city…yet,” Quinton said.  “The ability for students to use our iPhone golf instruction feature at their practice facilities is a major advancement in bridging that gap.”

Quinton feels that his approach to golf instruction meshes well with technological advances in golf.  In fact, he’s certain that part of his competitive advantage stems from the application of technology–like the force plates, launch monitors and high speed cameras that litter his teaching studio–to his teaching methods and research.

“My golf instruction is 100 percent based on scientific facts proven through research,” Quinton said.  “I will always look to incorporate any technology that helps me uncover more golf swing facts or deliver those facts to my students.”

For more information about RotarySwing.com’s iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone golf instruction capability, visit www.rotaryswing.com/iphone.php.

Free and Premium Membership details are also available on that webpage.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 19 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, club fittings and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

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This release went out via Free-Press-Release.com on 4/12/2010.  You can find the FPR.com version here.

Rotary Swing Golf Certification Produces First Certified Instructor in Texas

The Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Golf Instructor Certification process continues to improve the knowledge, skills, and visibility of golf instructors across the globe.

The Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Golf Instructor Certification process continues to improve the knowledge, skills, and visibility of golf instructors across the globe.

San Antonio, Texas — Jeff Leach became the third instructor to pass the Level 1 RST Golf Instructor Certification exam on March 14, 2010.  Leach, based in San Antonio, has been teaching golf for more than a decade and is the first person in Texas to complete the initial phase of RotarySwing.com’s golf instructor training program.

The speed at which Rotary Swing Golf Certification is spreading across the country is not surprising to the company’s founder, Chuck Quinton.

“The bulk of our business originates from our strong web presence at RotarySwing.com, which doesn’t limit us to any geographic region,” said Quinton.  “Combine that with an online golf certification process for our level one training that meets instructors’ needs for affordability and convenience, and I expect to see RST Certified Instructors everywhere golf is played!”

Quinton indicated that the golf certification program has received significant interest since it launched in February 2010 and is excited about the opportunities ahead for his business as well as for the RST Certified Instructors.

“The RST golf instructor training promises to be a great vehicle for growth, not just for RotarySwing.com, but also for instructors teaching our methods,” said Quinton.  “The mutually beneficial nature of our certification program promises to drive its success.”

In addition to providing objective, scientific facts about golf instruction and the swing to improve golf coaching techniques, Rotary Swing Golf offers Certified Instructors promotional benefits to boost their revenues.  These golf instructors realize significant visibility through listings on the heavily trafficked RotarySwing.com, inclusion in weekly email newsletters to thousands of golfers, and postings on social media like Facebook and RotarySwing.com’s Golf Forums and Golf Instruction Blog.

“Not many golf instructors have websites that pull in thousands of visitors each day,” Quinton said.  “We can help them get their names out to potential students without spending a boatload on web design, search engine optimization, and online advertising.”

Ultimately, though, an instructor’s success comes down to the quality of golf instruction provided, and Quinton went to great lengths to ensure only the most knowledgeable golf instructors will earn certification.

According to the RST Golf Instructor Certification Overview page on RotarySwing.com, “The information that must be learned just to pass Level 1 requires on average 100 hours of study on swing mechanics, physics, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and more.”  The website indicates that these fields represent “many disciplines typical golf instructor training neglects.”

For more information about RST Golf Instructor Certification, visit www.RotarySwing.com/rst-certification.

A link to the RST Certified Instructor listings, where Jeff Leach’s bio can be found, is also available on that page.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 19 hours of content, much of it available in high definition.  In addition, Rotary Swing Golf’s websites offer a podcast, golf training aids, online golf lessons, an active forum with nearly 5000 members, club fittings and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

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This release went out via Free-Press-Release.com on 3/17/2010.  You can find the FPR.com version here:  http://www.free-press-release.com/news-rotary-swing-golf-certification-produces-first-certified-instructor-in-texas-1268847580.html.

Rotary Swing Golf Instructor Certification Program Makes Splash Globally, Welcomes New Certified Instructor from Croatia

The Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Certification process continues to improve the knowledge, skills, and visibility of golf instructors across the globe.

The Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Certification process continues to improve the knowledge, skills, and visibility of golf instructors across the globe.

Pirovac, Croatia — Last week, Neven Meic became the second to pass the Level 1 RST Certification exam.  Meic, based in Pirovac, Croatia, has the honor of being the first person outside the United States to complete the initial phase of RotarySwing.com’s golf instructor training program.

The speed at which RST Certification spread to other countries is not surprising to Rotary Swing Golf Founder Chuck Quinton.

“The bulk of our business originates from our strong web presence at RotarySwing.com, and our popularity internationally is on the rise,” said Quinton.  “Combine that with an online golf certification process for our level one training that meets instructors’ needs for affordability and convenience, and I expect to see RST Certified Instructors everywhere golf is played!”

Quinton indicated that the golf certification program has received significant interest since it launched in February 2010 and is excited about the opportunities ahead for his business as well as for the RST Certified Instructors.

“The RST golf instructor training promises to be a great vehicle for growth, not just for RotarySwing.com, but also for instructors teaching our methods,” said Quinton.  “The mutually beneficial nature of our certification program promises to drive its success.”

In addition to providing objective, scientific facts about golf instruction and the swing to improve golf coaching techniques, Rotary Swing Golf offers Certified Instructors promotional benefits to boost their revenues.  These golf instructors realize significant visibility through listings on the heavily trafficked RotarySwing.com, inclusion in weekly email newsletters to thousands of golfers, and postings on social media like Facebook and RotarySwing.com’s Golf Forums and Golf Instruction Blog.

“Not many golf instructors have websites that pull in thousands of visitors each day,” Quinton said.  “We can help them get their names out to potential students without spending a boatload on web design, search engine optimization, and online advertising.”

Ultimately, though, an instructor’s success comes down to the quality of golf instruction provided, and Quinton went to great lengths to ensure only the most knowledgeable golf instructors will earn certification.

According to the RST Golf Instructor Certification Overview page on RotarySwing.com, “The information that must be learned just to pass Level 1 requires on average 100 hours of study on swing mechanics, physics, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and more.”  The website indicates that these fields represent “many disciplines typical golf instructor training neglects.”

For more information about RST Golf Instructor Certification, visit www.RotarySwing.com/rst-certification.

A link to the RST Certified Instructor listings, where Neven Meic’s bio can be found, is also available on that page.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 19 hours of content, much of it available in high definition.  In addition, Rotary Swing Golf’s websites offer a podcast, golf training aids, online golf lessons, an active forum with nearly 5000 members, club fittings and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

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This press release went out on 3/16/2010 via Free-Press-Release.com.  The FPR.com version can be found here:  http://www.free-press-release.com/news-rotary-swing-golf-instructor-certification-program-makes-splash-globally-welcomes-new-certified-instructor-from-croatia-1268753365.html.

Rotary Swing Golf Instructor Certification Pays for Itself Immediately for First Certified Instructor Sam Jarman

Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Certification is not only helping Sam Jarman teach more effectively but is also bringing in new clients after only one week of promotion on RotarySwing.com.

Rotary Swing Tour (RST) Certification is not only helping Sam Jarman teach more effectively but is also bringing in new clients after only one week of promotion on RotarySwing.com.

Northampton, England.  March 14, 2010 – Sam Jarman, a golf instructor based at Collingtree Park Golf Course in Northampton, England, continues to grow his business thanks to his association with Rotary Swing Golf.  On March 5, 2010, Jarman became the first golf instructor to pass the Level 1 RST Golf Instructor Certification course, and he has already enjoyed a 200% spike in traffic at SamJarmanGolf.com and an increase in lessons.

The quick results have not surprised Rotary Swing Golf Founder Chuck Quinton.

“RST golf instructor training promises to be a great vehicle for growth, not just for RotarySwing.com, but also for instructors teaching our methods,” said Quinton.  “The mutually beneficial nature of our certification program promises to drive its success.”

In addition to providing objective, scientific facts about the golf swing and golf instruction to improve golf coaching techniques, Rotary Swing Golf offers Certified Instructors promotional benefits to boost their revenues.  These golf instructors realize significant exposure through listings on the heavily trafficked RotarySwing.com, inclusion in weekly email newsletters to thousands of golfers, and postings on social media like Facebook and RotarySwing.com’s Golf Forums and Golf Instruction Blog.

“Not many golf instructors have websites that pull in thousands of visitors each day,” Quinton said.  “We can help them get their names out to potential students without spending a boatload on web design, search engine optimization, and online advertising.”

Ultimately, though, an instructor’s success comes down to the quality of golf instruction provided, and Quinton enthusiastically endorsed Jarman to RotarySwing.com’s Golf Forum members.

You guys will get a lot working with Sam,” wrote Quinton.  “He’s been teaching a long time and knows the RST well.  We’re very proud to have him as our first Certified RST Instructor!”

Jarman began his relationship with RotarySwing.com as a subscriber, trying to improve his own game.  He was immediately impressed with Quinton.

“There was a video of Chuck hitting a six iron, and his swing was awesome,” said Jarman.  “There are very few good golf coaches who can actually walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.”

After working through the golf instruction videos on RotarySwing.com and taking online lessons with Quinton, Jarman reached new levels of success, both personally and professionally.

The website is without a doubt the best golf instruction resource anywhere on the internet,” Jarman said.  “I am hitting the best golf shots of my life now, and I am having great success teaching Chuck’s ideas to my students, of all ages and abilities, from beginners to scratch golfers.”

And all of that was before becoming a RST Certified Instructor.  Jarman learned so much from the required Instructor Certification Manual that he called it a “massively good value” when compared with competing materials.

For more information about RST Golf Instructor Certification, visit www.RotarySwing.com/rst-certification.  A link to the RST Certified Instructor listings, where Sam Jarman’s bio can be found, is also available on that page.

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 www.RotarySwing.com, www.OnePlaneGolfSwing.com and www.RotaryGolfSwing.com.  These websites offer more than 180 instructional videos, totaling 19 hours of content, much of it available in high definition.  In addition, Rotary Swing Golf’s websites offer a podcast, golf training aids, online golf lessons, an active forum with nearly 5000 members, club fittings and an online video community.  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 instructional DVD series 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 became the Teaching Professional at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado.

For more information, contact Rotary Swing Golf Business Manager Josh Eaton at (734) 306-1607.

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This press release went out via Free-Press-Release.com on March 15, 2010.  View the FPR version here:  http://www.free-press-release.com/news-rotary-swing-golf-instructor-certification-pays-for-itself-immediately-for-first-certified-instructor-sam-jarman-1268674942.html.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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

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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.