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Why Rotary Swing is the ANSWER!

What is our swing model based on?

tiger woods golf swingGolf instruction of the past has been based on what the top player of that era does in his swing and the personal preference of the instructor. Often times, this equates to something as simple and off base as what the instructor has found works in his own swing. These flimsy principles of instruction have lead to golfers scores staying exactly the same over the past several decades, even with all the advances in technology.

The Rotary Swing is the opposite. We have looked at the golf swing from the inside out and how the muscles are designed to move, what position the joints need to be in to provide stability, power and safety and Newton's Laws of Physics. We don't care how the top player of the modern era swings, we base everything on medical fact and "Anatomical Absolutes", not personal preference and have a deep understanding of kinesiology and anatomy.


Interview with biomechanist Jeff Broker about the Rotary Swing   Chuck Quinton teaching a student at the Rotary Swing Golf Academy

Who is the model then?

tiger woods golf swingWell, fortunately, we do have several models that give us insight into anatomically correct movement who can be seen on your TV each week. Tiger Woods is the closest, and continues to get closer each year. However, even Tiger has inefficiencies in his golf swing that have caused him injury. That's why it is SO important to understand anatomy and movement in the golf swing, not just base your swing off any one player, no matter good you think that player's swing to be.

More importantly than just having models to look at, however, is the fact that the Rotary Swing Tour Learning System teaches YOU exactly what to FEEL in your golf swing, not just what the club or body position should look like. Because everyone's body IS the same in terms of where the joints are located and how the move and everyone has the exact same set of muscles with the same attachments to the skeleton, EVERYONE SHOULD MOVE EXACTLY THE SAME!

Who developed the Rotary Swing model?

chuck quinton rotary swing founder at impactChuck Quinton is the original founder of the Rotary Swing. His obsession with golf swing mechanics lead him down a path of 20 years of research, trial and error on both his own swing (he's a plus 3 handicap), the countless professional golfers he's worked with and the thousands of amateurs he's taught. But it isn't just his brainchild, Alison Thietje of the Better Athletics Council (BAC) was instrumental in adding the "Anatomical Absolutes" with her in depth understanding of human anatomy and sports physiology. Alison put together the BAC to have a panel of advisors who were experts in their respective fields such as orthopedic surgery, biomechanists and learning experts to ensure that the model was 100% anatomically correct and the way the human body was actually intended to create the movements of the golf swing. To learn more about our team, click here.

More importantly, the Rotary Swing is not based on one person's views, personal bias or interpretation. Simply put, we looked at the human anatomy and asked ourselves, "If god were to come down and swing a club today and he was built like us, how would he move?" That premise lead to us developing a very deep understanding of the muscles that are intended to create centered rotation around the spine, and that is what the Rotary Swing is all about.

chuck quinton rotary swing founder at impactKnowing "what" to do in the golf swing is one thing. We believe that most of the better golf instructors at least understand what it is they want their students to do, but they don't tell them "HOW" to do it. We call this "intellectual" vs. "kinisthetic" knowledge. Intellectual knowledge is very important - it is vital that the student fully understand the task at hand. But it is ten times more important that he or she know exactly HOW to do it - that is the kinesthetic knowledge.

Let's use a typical example of teaching a golfer how to complete a proper takeaway. A non-certified Rotary Swing Tour instructor might tell his student to "put the club in this position" or even use a video of an elite player and tell the student to move the club to the same position as the better player. The position that we teach is likely not different than what another great instructor might teach, the difference is that we teach the student exactly HOW to get the club there by moving their body correctly. For the takeaway, you only need to glide the shoulder blade about 2" and there is a very specific muscle that you use to do it that all golfers can feel. That's it, 2" of shoulder blade movement and you will be in the exact same position as Tiger Woods and other great golfers. An RST instructor would teach you how to "feel" this muscle and get you to move it using the drills and exercises we've developed based on how the brain actually learns new movement patterns - or neuro-muscular re-education.

How does the website work?

chuck quinton rotary swing founder at impactThe website follow our "Hierarchy of Learning" that you can see on the left. We developed this hierarchy to help our students know how they should work on developing their golf swings and to understand that there is a proper sequence that must be adhered to during the learning process. For instance, it is completely useless to have the student work on their "Back to the Target", or top of the backswing position when they still can't shift their weight back to the left at impact. The golfer who still hangs back on his or her back foot at impact will continue to struggle with fat and thin shots, so we have that golfer master the "Weight Transfer" first, before moving on to the "Takeaway" and other moves.

The website is designed to take you through the same learning process as our students who attend our clinics (click for clinic info) or work with certified RST Instructors in person. We have over 150 videos on this site that cover all the moves, drills and learning exercises to help you master your new Rotary Swing and update with new videos each month.

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