Golf Backswing, Completing the Golf Backswing


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    Once you've mastered the setup, weight transfer and takeaway, it's time to progress to the top of the backswing. The RST Backswing is really a tiny move, for some it will feel like the smallest move they make, yet everyone is so concerned with their position at the top that they often ignore common mistakes on the way there. In this video, we show you how simple the movement really is to achieve a position as good as Tiger Woods at the top of the backswing. However, make sure you have mastered the takeaway before moving on to the backswing.


    Video Practice Points
    • Move 2 continues the pulling motion of Move 1
    • Moving the shoulder blade farther back pulls the hips along for a total of 90° shoulder turn & 45° hip rotation
    • Checkpoints: Right lat, right heel, right glute
    • The arms' only job is Elevation, Right Elbow Flexion, Upper Arm Rotation
    • The hands will cross center, but the arms remain in front of your chest

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The golf backswing is where most golfers begin to look like they're trying to perform a yoga move rather than an elegant golf swing! It's here that many golfers have very odd or extraneous movements that make a perfect golf downswing nearly impossible to perform.

The good news for you is that RST makes the backswing a very simple move that only requires normal flexibility and coordination. You don't have to be Gumby-like with your flexibility to get into a tour quality backswing position like I show you hear. It's very simple movements.

The backswing, getting all the way to the top of the swing, what exactly do we have do in rotary swing? Again, we're trying to move as efficiently as humanly possible, the fewest moving parts absolutely possible to hit the golf ball over 300 yards in the air, but still have no stress on our body or as little stress as humanly possible and as few moving parts as humanly possible. With the back swing, what we're really focused on is the REF, an acronym that I created, rotation elevation flexion. We're going to rotate our body. We're going to elevate our arms at our shoulders and flex the right arm, and this one's going to rotate a little bit, and this is the whole movement during the back swing while turning and shifting our weight. That's it. The movements can't get any simpler than that.

                When you start trying to make your arms do all kinds of crazy stuff or you start worrying about swing plane, start trying to manipulate stuff, the golf swing can seem like a never-ending black hole. You're going to keep struggling forever because trying to manipulate what this golf club is doing is the worst way to try and swing a golf club. You don't need to do hardly anything with your arms and hands, and to further prove that, I'm going to show you just how simple it is to get to the top of the backswing with rotary swing. I'm going to elevate my arms, flex the right arm and let this arm rotate. You'll notice my elbow's going to rotate a little bit. This would set the club on plane. Now if I just hinge forward, get into a perfect golf setup, get some axis tilt, and just focus now, forget about my arms. I couldn't care less about them. I'm going to shift to the right while starting to pull my shoulder back and rotate from my ribcage. Done. All of that just instantly moved my arms to a perfect position at the top.

                When we look at it from down the line, you're going to see the same thing. I'll start standing straight up here. I'm going to rotate back and transport my arms to the top with my body movement. As I add a club into this, it's going to look the same way. That's how easy it is to move the club to the top. Rotation, elevation, flexion creates a perfect swing plane. You don't have to try and do that. Swing plane is a byproduct of moving the rest of your body correctly. To get to the perfect position at the top, go to the Five Minutes to the Perfect Back Swing video. It walks you through how simple and easy it is to get to a perfect backswing position every single time and it's incredibly easy to learn.

                It's one of the most frustrating things that most golfers struggle with, trying to get a reasonable position at the top so that they have a chance and a prayer to put the club on the back of the ball properly, but if you're in a horrible back swing position, you'll never be able to hit the ball consistently. The reality is getting into a good back swing position is incredibly easy with RST. 

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