Hey guys. I'm Chuck Quinton, founder of rotaryswing.com, the most successful online golf teaching system on the planet. I want to talk to you about something that's an extremely common and extremely frustrating problem if you have this, and that is, rushing the downswing from the top.
How many of you go to the top and the first thing you think is just, "I want to kill that ball," and even if you tell yourself, "No, I don't want to kill it. It didn't do anything to me. I just want to be gentle and slow," you still rush from the top, and you have this huge hit impulse, and you cannot figure out how to break it. I'm gonna tell you in this video exactly what's causing that, and how you can fix it, so stay tuned.
So, in this first part of the golf downswing, what tends to happen is, your body is going to use what you give it to sequence the downswing, and what that typically is, is tension. Your brain uses tension in your muscles to know what muscles to fire in which sequence.
That's a huge part of what Rotary Swing is all about is we teach you to load your muscles in the proper sequence.
That's how we walk you through in the RST five step system. As you go through, you take step one. We learn how to do this part correctly, and then this part, and we stack these pieces on correctly so that you learn the golf swing in the proper sequence so that you don't ever have this hit instinct anymore.
What causes the hit instinct in almost every amateur golfer on the planet is too much tension in their dominant or trailing arm, and this is in most cases the right arm, for right-handed golfers. Most golfers being right hand dominant, they go to the top, and the first thing they want to do is fire with this right arm. It's in a position where it's loaded, it's got leverage, 'cause you've elevated your arm at your shoulder, you've bent your arm at your elbow, and you've got angle in your wrist.
All of these things are potential energy sources for you in the swing, and because you're right-handed, you want to use them.
The trick is, to learn the swing in the proper sequence, and the reality is, your right hand, the right side of your body for a right-handed golfer is important, but it's not the primary star of the show.
It's there to help add power to the golf swing, and in a lot of ways it passively adds power to the swing, because by the sheer fact that it's connected to the club and your torso, as you begin unwinding your hips in the proper sequence as we show you in the RST five step system, what happens is, the arm is transferring energy to the club just by the sheer fact that it's attached to it. You don't have to actively throw the arm from the top.
How to Stop Rushing the Golf Downswing
The trick is, understanding how to load up correctly, and that is, think about it this way. What muscles do you want to fire first in the downswing? That's the key. You've got to think about this the way that Rotary Swing does, and we think about everything from a very logical standpoint, a very scientific standpoint.
If we want to unload our lower body correctly, you've all heard that a million times, right, your golf swing starts from the ground up, well then you need to load those muscles that you want to fire first in the downswing, you need to load them first in the backswing. Seems common-sensacle, right?
If you didn't want to load your right arm up to get rid of this hit impulse, the last thing you'd want to do is snatch the club back with your right wrist and pick your right arm up, because all I've told my body is this shoulder girdle is really tight, my arm's really tight, my wrist from muscle is really tight, so let's use them to fire the downswing. You'll never every get rid of your hit instinct and have a proper, smooth, effortless transition in your golf swing until you start loading the proper muscles in the right sequence.
So, the first thing that you've got to understand, this is what we cover first in the RST 5 Step System, is you must shift your weight.
Every hitting and throwing athletic motion in the world involves weight transfer from the back leg to the forward let. It's the most efficient way that we've found to propel and object with our arm, transferring energy from our trunk.
If you're not shifting your weight and you've got the idea that this is the ideal way to swing, you're gonna have a really hard time getting your body to sequence correctly, because you're telling it right from the beginning, "I don't want to shift my weight."
You don't shift your weight, you don't give your arms the chance to fall from the top of the swing. Which is, again, a critical part of sequencing things, is that if I want my arms to shallow out ... and of course, we all want our proper swing plane coming down, right? Instead of this motion where it's very right side dominant, and you're taking your right arm and pitching the attitude of the shaft this way to come over the top.
We all know we see the tour pros, and guys like myself, we let the club shallow out, and that's all done by reducing tension in this right side and allowing my arms to stay soft while shifting my weight. That is what drops the club down. So, there is no hit instinct in rotary swing, because you're gonna learn as you go through the five step system, how to load your body correctly first. You're gonna load your glutes, your hamstrings, your quads, your core first, because that's what you want to fire first.