Fix Golf Backswing: Just 5 Min | 3 Easy Concepts (R.E.F.)

You’ve worked on your backswing for years. You’ve spent a small fortune on golf lessons, DVDs, even personal trainers.

Yet, after all your hard work, your backswing still looks like you’re trying to avoid getting mugged in an alley way.

Is building the perfect backswing really that difficult?

NO! In fact, it’s actually quite simple.

You just have to know how to work through a few key components that can be simplified with three little letters: R – E – F.

If you can memorize these three little letters, you can make this kind of dramatic change to your backswing in as little as 5 minutes:

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Use the RST learning system to improve your backswing like this student did!

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REF is the RotarySwing Tour way of breaking down the backswing into three easy-to-understand concepts that will have you looking better than Rory McIlroy in no time.

So, what do these three letters stand for?

  • R – Rotation
  • E – Elevation
  • F – Flexion

If you can memorize this abbreviation and put it into practice, you can master the perfect golf back swing. Let’s start with rotation.

Rotation is the most obvious of the three. Learning how to rotate properly using the correct muscles in the correct sequence is a hallmark of RotarySwing – hence the name.

We go very in depth on rotation in our instruction videos, so I won’t delve deeply here. As long as you understand how to rotate and that rotation of the body is a primary mover in the golf swing rather than just flailing your arms around, you’re off to a good start in your backswing.

I’ll share my mantra for backswing rotation though so write this on the bill of your cap so you think of it before you start each swing:

Biiiiiiiiiiiigggg Body Turn, Tiny Little Arm Swing

If you focus on body rotation to start your backswing rather than worrying about moving the golf club with your arms and hands you’ll find that the club tends to go perfectly up on plane once you add a little elevation.

Elevation is a term that few golfers are very familiar with. Elevation refers to the vertical movement of the arms during the backswing while “hinging” from the shoulder socket.

This is where most golfers blow any shot at having a good golf back swing. Rather than elevating, they tend to swing their arms too deeply across their bodies, leading to a deep position at the top and often getting across the line with a flying right elbow.

Flexion is another term that is particular to RotarySwing Tour. It refers to the proper amount and timing of the bending of the right elbow during the backswing. Most golfers bend the right elbow too much and too soon during the backswing, setting them up for failure.

To cure nearly any backswing problem you could possibly have, you simply need to follow our “5 Minutes to the Perfect Backswing” video that walks you through building the perfect golf back swing, step by step.

Here’s an example of a recent student who came to work with me from Thailand. As you’ll see, he went from a horrible, across-the-line position at the top to a near perfect position in just one lesson using the REF method from the “5 Minutes to the Perfect Backswing” video.

Then, check out this one video that will completely change your backswing forever!

Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

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