Lead Arm Vijay Release Drill

Have you wondered about the golf grip and if the tour pros know something you don't? How are they able to hit the ball so far with so little effort and get into a perfect impact position every time and you struggle to stop flipping it?

This video is the EXACT video you've been dreaming of then! There is a secret that the pros know and you don't! Check it out!

  • Two drills to boost your club head speed
  • Learn why your grips are tapered
  • Learn how to release the club properly

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Robert
You may wanna edit this video saying single length irons cant work. I think Bryson killed that theory seeing how he is one of the longest hitters on tour...
April 4, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Playing Devil's Advocate because I'm always up for golf talk . It's not that they can't work, but they aren't the most effective. Bryson has distance for sure. But, most players aren't willing to double up in size to get the same numbers as players half the size (Wolff, etc.). He has to stay extremely strong/fit to keep the CHS up. If single length was the most effective everyone on tour would adopt because it is definitely a copy cat league. I understand your point though with reference to the video.
April 5, 2021
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Dennis
Hello, having done all the drills methodically and also boot camp, I am still feeling like I’m holding on with my right hand and also being too “armsy”. A drill which feels really good for me is to take a full swing and take my right hand off before impact. Do you recommend doing this as mulch as possible - say 60 per day ? With and without balls.
January 24, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. Absolutely. Very similar to the process in Step 5 - Add the Trailing Arm Drills. However, ideally you would get at least 100 per day.
January 25, 2021
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Terry
I have a "dominant" right hand and I tend to cast the club. I've watched several of the training videos and some say to basically totally take the right hand out and some say to use the right hand to release the club. These seem to me to be opposite things. What video should I watch to correct my casting problem? I will add that my casting problem is a lot better now that I've incorporated much of the other instruction into my swing.
January 4, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. If you want to be a lead side releaser you must remove the influence of trail side dominance. Two good videos to help with sequence and lag. Frisbee Drill and Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks 4 of 6.
January 5, 2021
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Terry
Thanks for your response Craig - I will look at the videos you recommended and practice them. But I do want to clarify something and ask another question. I have a casting problem and I think it's costing me lots of distance. I want to fix my casting problem but I'd prefer to be remain right side dominant. Are there any videos that show how to eliminate casting caused by the right hand but still have the right hand be dominant? Thanks
January 5, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. Whether right side, or left side dominant. You still have to transition the same. It is mainly the release that changes. Take a look at the Tape Drill for answers on the different release.
January 5, 2021
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James
Looking at this video and the 5 minutes to a perfect release, my only question is, do you actively rotate the left arm, hand, knuckles under during your swing on the course or is this only for the drill? Seems if I do this while playing I will hit hooks. Shouldn't the down swing and proper grip (assuming you use your core and legs properly) end up the correct position in the down swing without manipulating the rotation of your left hand and arms? Just want to make sure this is only a drill thing or not. Thanks
October 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. You will need to train proper rotation if you are used to cupping/holding/flipping. But, the release will be a passive release once you have proper sequence and allow the lead forearm/wrist to do it's job. You drill the correct motion which may be active initially with the end game of you not getting in the way and letting her go.
October 2, 2020
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Dennis
After doing boot camp and thousands of drills, I find I am using the right side too much and not releasing. However, if I take the right hand off at the start of the downswing, wallah - great release. Is it ok to play like this for a while (as we are allowed to play, but not practice with covid) ? I don't care about looking silly. Just don't want to get into bad habits.
July 18, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. Absolutely. i do the same thing when I feel my trail side take over. Take a look at Step 5 - Add the Trailing Arm Video. I use a modified version of this to get the feel back.
July 18, 2020
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Colin
I’ve been struggling with a shank. It’s so bad that I can barely get round the course and it’s consuming my life. I’ve watched a video that for some reason the club is thrown out early in the swing. I’ve been advised that I should reroute the swing to get the club to hit the ball in the middle of the face. But, I don’t think that’s possible to do consistently. I obviously can’t be starting the swing with my legs because I wouldn’t be able easily to manipulate the club if my legs were initiating the swing?? If I stay the downswing with my legs, should it be much much more difficult to shank?
July 14, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. Yes. More than likely you aren't using your legs if you are arming the swing down. But, you need to ind the root cause. It usually is early extension, lack of release, or too inside coming down. But, you mentioned the angle is thrown early. Sounds like a cast and over dominant upper half.
July 14, 2020
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Colin
Thanks Craig! I use my legs on the range but on the course I don't trust what I know is right and bring the arms in early and then the right hand does its worst. I think that the site should have something about the mental side of golf and a resident psychiatrist!
July 14, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Half my job is psychology. . Try forcing yourself to use the legs. RST Tempo Drill, or How to Swing from the Ground Up. Make those glutes fire.
July 14, 2020
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Jim
Going down a club takes off maybe 5 or more yards distance? So wouldn’t it be better to have similar length mid to long irons and hybrids with lofts changed to add a bit of distance to keep distances different between clubs? [And a shorter 3 wood (maybe 42”) and driver (maybe 43.5”)], to keep all swings similar and take out the variable of club length, distance from the ball, different swing plane etc?
July 14, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jim. The swings will be the same regardless. All you are doing is changing the setup. We have talked at many lengths about the single length club setup. I understand the theory you are presenting. But, there are a ton of variables that go into making this exact for each person.
July 14, 2020
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Kevin
Thanks for your reply to the comment below, Craig. I watched the Chicken wing video and it seems like it could help. I just want to see if there is a rotation of the forearms problem, in other words lack of right arm rotating over left after impact. My club goes very vertical as you can see in the image.
May 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. The image to me looks like you pushed with the trail hip. Better tush line and allow the forearms to cross over. Agreed the pitch is too vertical.
May 30, 2020
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Kevin
When I’m practicing my release with left hand only, I get great extension through the 3 o’clock position. When I add right hand, immediately after impact my left arm wants to fold up at 1-2 o clock. Is this normal? If not, how do you get extension with right arm on the club?
May 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Sounds like the trail hand is taking over. Take a look at Cure Chicken Wing in the Golf Swing. Same issue.
May 30, 2020
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Dennis
As you progressively go through the steps “bolting on” a new drill and you get to Later drills (with club), when you don’t have access to a club or enough room, is it ok to still do drills but go back to steps 1 to 3 ?
March 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. It's not only okay. We would prefer it!
March 29, 2020
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Michael
Great video but I have a bit of a challenge practicing with just the top three fingers of my left hand due to arthritis in my fingers. Only my little finger can fully close on the grip. I play with sightly thicker grips but any other suggestions?
October 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Thicker grips will help, but mainly you just need to prioritize feeling the pressure in the last three lead hand fingers to not inhibit the release. Sorry to hear about the arthritis. Not many more adjustments that can be made.
October 19, 2019
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Matthew
What are your thoughts on the reduced tapered grips vs standard grips?
March 30, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. I haven't experimented much with them. From other students here on the site I have heard some positive notes about less trail hand pressure especially for larger handed individuals. The goal with tapered/non-tapered will still be to delete over usage of the trail hand.
April 1, 2019
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James
I am hitting a lot of shanks when I put right hand on the club
November 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Take a look at How to Cure the Shanks. See if one of the most common errors that causes the shank is the culprit when adding the trail hand.
November 6, 2018
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Jacob
It seems to me both in this video and trying a correct release in my own swing that your trail arm should straighten in a whip-like motion to properly release the club. However I see nearly every tour player have a slightly bent and tucked trail arm at impact. How do you properly release the club (straighten the trail arm) while still maintaining a slight bend in your trail arm at impact? Thanks for all these great videos!
September 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jacob. The trail arm will fully release after impact. You will need the slight angle retention in the trail wrist. If your lead wrist is slightly bowed and facing impact. You won't be able to have a fully released trail wrist. The arm doesn't go until just after the strike. If you are properly releasing the lead side you should be fine. Take a look at Right Arm Release Video for more information.
September 12, 2018
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James
Hi Craig as you know I have been working on this under your instruction now for over a month. Every day I pick up a club just with my left hand, whether I am indoors or or out and just work on swinging it gently letting the knuckles bow down to the ground and let the wrists rotate the forearms through, right over left. I am pleased to say it is now taking shape and one of my best go to shots is with my 5 iron, whether off a tee or the deck and I can easily release the club through. Prior to getting this release correct I would not even consider using my 5 iron as I found it very difficult to use, now I love it. What I have to be careful of when off the tee I tend to draw the ball so easily that when I have right to left wind I can overcook it but the strike is so pure, it is just the case of having the confidence to strike more out into the right hand wind knowing that it will come back again. Now whilst my iron play has really blossomed my woods/driver has gone downhill. With my driver off a tee I let my forearms rotate over with my right hand Vijay style and I am hitting a lot of shots into the ground and apart from my old 9 wood, the shots are either being topped or scuttled. I can feel my chest almost stalling as my arms release past my chest and I post up on the lead foot as I do with my irons but to no avail. I gained distance with my irons but completely lost it with my driver, 3 wood and hybrids and at a complete loss as to what is happening. I thought the principle of the release was same no matter whether it is with an iron or wood. I am getting a good transfer of weight weight over to the lead side with my pelvis and wonder if you can please help me.
September 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The release and swing will be the same wood, or iron. However, there will be some setup adjustments (Proper Tee Height Video). It sounds like you are missing some weight transfer and trying to swing up versus properly shifting and allowing the setup/swing to catch the ball at a different time. Keep me updated with the progress. And, stop trying to swing up at it and allowing the launch to be dictated by setup/different point in the swing strike.
September 6, 2018
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James
Got some update on this Craig. Took aboard the comment about swinging the driver the same as an 8 iron and also the thing you told me do about the right foot in the downswing of rolling over into the instep. Now with latter I'm beginning to see some very positive results, especially with my iron shots but also with my woods and to certain extent the driver. At least I am getting it away off the tee but when it does go wrong it is because that damn right hand takes over!! One thing I am not too sure of with the driver and 3 wood is would I rotate the forearms through impact as much as I do with my iron shots; when I do this I definitely feel with the longer shaft and heavier club the right hand does seem to dominate more. When I do it with my irons it releases so well and I am playing so much better shots with a lovely gentle draw. Regarding tee height I tee up slightly between the highest tee position from (Proper Tee Height Video) and the mid height with the tee placed just inside my left instep. I've got that little 9 wood more under control now and actually managed to hit one almost straight with a very slight fade, long and lost the ball because where I aimed it right to longer grass expecting my normal draw and it was a really great strike with a ball turf impact. Suppose I should have aimed slightly left of the trouble, that way although I would have been slightly right of the green I would not have been in trouble in the long stuff! The rest of the shots I hit with it were my normal draw I nearly always get. Finally have to say I love that feeling of rolling my right foot over to my instep as it feels so much more stable and with a controlled release.
September 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The rotation of the forearms will be the same. But, with the longer shaft/bigger head I can see where you want the trail to jump in. The longer the club gets for you right now the harder it will be too tone down trail hand takeover. One swing for all shots though. Course management is definitely important. Give yourself a little room for error when making a change.
September 10, 2018
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James
Thanks for the advice Craig and find this very helpful. Would I be right in thinking if say I only play a three quarter shot with the bigger clubs whilst this transition is going on might help me to get my lead arm more dominant in my swing. As you say with the lighter clubs I do feel the lead arm having much more control. I regularly just exercise swinging the club only with my lead arm and certainly manage that much better than when I started to do it. I suppose after over 40 years of a right trail dominant swing it is going to take some time to educate that lead arm, so will just keep working at it but my study carpet is taking a bit of hammering LOL.
September 10, 2018
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Phil
if the right hand is just barely holding the club as the hands release, how to you get the right side/r shoulder to stay connected all the way through to the finish. How do the arms continue to accelerate to the finish once the left hand has rolled under the shaft and the shaft has extended out to parallel to the ground, or does it not matter (once you have weight shifted and posted on the left leg, the body is supposed to be quiet, correct)? Phil Phil
August 24, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Phil. The body will decelerate so the arms can transfer the power into the strike. After you hit the ball it no longer matters about speed. The momentum of the release and club will pull you to a full follow through. It doesn't take much to finish. You don't need to manually force the arms/body to try and reach the full finish.
August 24, 2018
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Greg
Great video! I can definitely feel a difference when I do a bunch of left hand only with only the 3 fingers holding on. When I go to a full swing with both hands on, it's definitely a different feeling. I haven't hit any range balls since I started focusing on this left hand only idea so we'll see how it goes. My question is, when I'm doing the left hand only drill, do I need to focus much on the lower body action? Should I be worried about weight shift going back and forth, or only the club release?
June 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. When getting the feel for the lead you may focus on the lead release. However, once you start allowing for the proper rotation. You need to start blending weight shift and post up. This will help with lag creation and the post up will trigger the release.
June 25, 2018
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Antonio
I am trying to use the Vijay technique , but I got my middle and ring fingers of my right hand hurt. Do you have any idea about what could I am doing wrong?
April 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antonio. Do you play right handed? Or, are you referring to your lead hand?
April 18, 2018
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Antonio
I play right handed
April 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antonio. Sounds like a grip pressure issue. You are still using so much force from the trail hand you have an issue with letting it go off the club.
April 19, 2018
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Antonio
Thanks Craig. I was checking and it seems that is a pressure issue but low pressure, instaed of strong one. I am barely ussing my middle and ring fingers and my thumb and index fingers are not even touching the grip. Do you have a video to show the right pressure to be used?
April 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antonio. I don't have a pressure issue video. But, one detailing how your grips may affect it. Are Your Golf Grips Fit Properly Video.
April 29, 2018
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Erik
Should we pull the club with the left arm through the release phase of the downswing? I think this is why I occasionally see tour pros *accidentally* yanking the club out of their right hand with their left hand during the release phase of the downswing and finishing with a one arm follow-through.
February 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erik. You don't want to keep pulling through the shot, or the club won't release. Take a look at Fix Your Release and Left Hand Release Drill.
February 16, 2018
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Erik
When exactly do we pull with the left arm? I don’t think we pull from the top.
February 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. You don really require a big pull with the lead arm. The weight shift and torso/post up move will be bringing it down and into impact. Take a look at Step 3 - Add the Lead Arm and the Frisbee Drill.
February 16, 2018
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Erik
This is contrary to what other golf instructors have told me. I have been told things like "pull as hard as you can with the lead arm from the top, this is your primary source of power". I'm sure your technique is correct, but I'm having trouble trusting the idea that *there is almost no pull with the lead arm*. It's hard to believe.
February 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. There is pull, but it isn't everything. There is a difference being engaged and active to allow reactions versus going to the top and being gumby with the arms. As you shift and use your torso the lead lat will help pull the arms in front of the body. But, you don't require a big pull or massive yank.
February 17, 2018
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Erik
I'm getting it now on the range. I finally understand how the swing works without a big pull from the lead arm. There is a pull but, not much. I'm also surprised by how much timing is involved in the golf swing to get the ball to travel far and straight. I knew there was some timing involved but there is much more than I realized and when every thing "syncs" the ball goes really far.
February 19, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erik. The more you practice proper reps and allow the club to release through effortlessly. The timing issue will diminish.
February 19, 2018
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Frits
This is different than the golfmachine handshake at impact or not?
January 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frits. From my knowledge of the golfing machine it will resemble the same impact. Lead hand/wrist flat too bowed facing the target.
January 16, 2018
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Anthony
Does VJ's hand come completely off the club or is he still lightly holding with his thumb and forefinger. It's not entirely clear in the video.
January 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. The thumb/forefinger are still on, but the hand is almost completely off.
January 10, 2018
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John
Great explanation of some of the physics of golf. Common sense is not always common practice! Thanks for all the good work you guys do. BTW, where is this drill shot? It's a beautiful setting.
September 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Thanks for the compliments. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
September 1, 2017
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Olga
Hello All the exercises are shown on iron, but what about driver? I have huge slice and absolutely no distance. From the video I made of myself i understood it is impact moment where I should work slow on releasing it, but still it does not help much. I do absolutely same exercises for driver like for iron. Please can you advise what to do?
August 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Olga. The driver and iron swing are the same. You only want to make setup adjustments. We practice mostly with the iron because it is easier to drill and train. The driver is more of a specialty club. Without see your swing it would be tough to diagnose. Are you making proper setup adjustments? Have you checked to make sure your path is proper and you're not shoulder spinning over the top?
August 5, 2017
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Donald
Am I right in saying that we grip the club with the last 3 fingers of our left hand and the right hand/fingers are much more passive, not so much grip pressure..? Cheers
July 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donald. The trail hand does have certain spots to help support the club and apply extra speed later on when the lead side is mastered. However, the vast majority of golfers already over use the trail hand needing the feeling of it being very passive.
July 26, 2017
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Mark
Please see my comment below. I am now trying to hold on to the club with only two or three fingers of my right hand. This seems to help my release at the proper time. Is it a mistake for me to practice this?
July 21, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Mark, see my comments below. Let me know if you need any further information and I will gladly assist you.
July 21, 2017
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Mark
I have had good success in letting go of the club with my right hand to release at the proper point (when the club is about at my right thigh parallel to the ground). My right hand typically stops after impact. The problem for me is that when I continue to hold on to the club with my right hand I don't get the same feeling of releasing the club appropriately. Is there a way to grip the club with the right hand and continue to hold on to optimize training a proper release.
July 20, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Mark, Sounds like you need to do more reps with the proper feeling of the release and then gradually start hanging onto the club longer and longer, like Chuck talks about in the 5 mins to a perfect release video. If things don't feel the same, continue to rep it out and gradually move along through the process. Otherwise, I would submit your swings for review and let us take a close look at it to further help you.
July 21, 2017
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Tyler (Certified RST Instructor)
I honestly don't understand how you guys don't have some big name tour players as clients. Unless you do that I just don't know of but for me its the consistency of instruction that I most appreciate. Its not a random assortment of tips. I have always been a hard worker when it comes to practicing but my biggest issue is probably being a little scatter brained and moving on to the next practice topic too soon. The way you guys do things have really made me understand what I need to practice next and practice that issue until its fixed.
July 18, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the kind words Tyler. We do work with tons of playing professionals. However, we would rather stay clear from being instructors that have to travel with the players week in and week out. Tour players can be a bit needy
July 18, 2017
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Peter
Interesting enough when I do this drill I get the feeling that my 3 fingers in my left hand aren't strong enough to hold on to the club as I swing through - is this common, I feel much more in control of the club when I place my right hand on to guide the club through the hitting area. I will continue to do the one hand drill and hopefully over time I will build up enough strength in the last 3 figures of my left hand to fill comfortable to hang on to club without it coming out of my hand, lol, that wouldn't be a good thing, for sure. Peter Myrtle Beach, SC
July 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. It's not that common that the last three aren't strong enough to hold on. However, make sure you aren't trying to hit the ball too far one handed only. Also, you can place the trail hand ever so slightly/lightly on the club to help with comfort.
July 16, 2017
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Gerhard
Hi, in the majority of your instruction videos rotary swing defines the left arm as the lead arm for a right handed golfer. I'm left handed but play golf right with about a hcp 4 for the last 20 years. My question: why don't you recommend all right handed golfers to play left and the left handed ones right? Sorry, maybe a stupid question, but still believe there might be some truth behind it?! Best, Gerhard
July 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gerhard. Not a stupid question. If a younger person was just beginning to play golf the concept you mentioned could be something to consider. However, both arms have a job to do in the swing and the switch is very difficult later in life. I have some players that have made the switch. Only a few come up successful because their other arm usually ends up too uncoordinated to know how to deliver power and fire in proper sequence. Or, they get so lead side dominant they don't know how to stop pulling.
July 16, 2017
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Dave
Do any of your videos show swing speed as you use varying approaches? In other words, a radar measurement or a launch monitor that shows that if you use the idea in this video vs a swing where you try to push through with the right hand? It might be a useful visual.
July 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. I can't think of any exactly as you described. However, this would be the closest talking about different types of releases for speed. Arms vs. Body Release, but there isn't a radar. Thanks for the idea for a future video though.
July 15, 2017
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Terry
Chuck, Re: clubs can't be the same length - Bryson Dechambeau's irons are all the length of his 6 iron. Apparently he makes it work. What do you think about that?
July 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. Yes, Bryson goes a little against the grain on this one. You may have the length the same as Bryson uses. However, there are many factors you have to change to not give up the yardage. An exact build of a 9 iron and 5 iron, but solely cut down won't travel as far as a stock 5 iron length. If you start playing around with the mass, kick point, counter balance, etc. You can build a club that would go the same length. Bryson didn't just take all his clubs and make them the same length as a 6 iron. There is a lot more he put into the clubs to make it work.
July 15, 2017
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Stephane
Craig, of course we know that you just can't cut your irons all the same length and expect results, with original weight and lie. Chuck said that "the whole concept of same length iron can't work because the loss of speed..." Well, In order to possibly work for the right candidate, one length have to be same weight and same lie, PLUS, hotter COR clubfaces for lower lofted clubs and maybe some kind of flighted shafts technology. You may want to study what Tom W. did with the Sterling sets, or maybe you already did. It is a give and take situation and use what fits your needs knowing the trade off. I think is pretty cool to have a one club swing that is the same most of the time. Loose 4 yards in distance and maybe get a better dispersion... Technology is making progress. Some PXG irons are shooting higher than competition with LESS LOFT ! Thanks for the reply and the very good video, as always.
July 15, 2017
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James
What I found helped here when just using the last three fingers of the left hand was this. When holding the club with the those three fingers, to make sure that the forefinger and thumb played no part in the grip was to touch the tips of the forefinger and thumb together. By doing this I was easily able to stop them playing any part of the grip; if I did not do it, I found sometimes the thumb went on to the grip as I swung the club playing a little part of the grip. Then when I placed the right hand on the shaft, I put the little finger of the right hand in an interlocking position, lightly, on the left hand, i.e. between the left forefinger and second finger maintaining just the middle two fingers of the right hand lightly on the shaft. Still keeping my left forefinger and thumb lightly touching each other I was able to increase speed and achieve the straight arm release with my hands and arms rotating left exposing the fingernails of the left hand as it released through. Terrific!!
July 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks James. We appreciate you sharing some of your journey to help our members.
July 15, 2017
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Hank
I am noticing in trying to allow the release and not use my right hand that my the two fingers on my right hand next to the pinkie are getting sore/stiff. is this the affect of the pressure of the club on these two fingers in the release? Do I need to use even less pressure or is something else in play.
June 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. (If you are a right handed player) It would be hard without seeing you swing. Could be too much pressure, holding on, or pushing through the shot. I would try first to monitor the grip pressure and see if keeping it down helps alleviate the stiffness.
June 21, 2017
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Benjamin
I want to make sure I'm in the right place: my current issue is after applying the "squat to square/downcock drills", my hands are coming through to the right place, but when I release the club, I actually end up inside of where the ball is. I do these drills w/o a ball because if a ball is in front of me, I'll throw the hands at it to reach it and make contact, which causes my hands to force an over the top OR a hard pulling swing. Does this sound like a release issue/over powering of the right hand in the downswing?
June 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benjamin. Sounds like an over active right hand. I referred to in your other post I believe you need to work on a smaller swing first. You need to be comfortable with the impact deliver with a ball in front. I would focus on shorter swings and impact with the Perfecting Impact Series. Then, build back into your full swing.
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Benjamin
Craig, yes I definitely did start doing the smaller drills and it helped immensely. In addition, I realized that my hands weren't dropping straight down (or close to it), which in turn made them have an outside in swing path. Now that I drop my hands straight down after my "squat to square/downcock" move, I am getting solid and straight contact every time. I am doing swings from a paused backswing, but it feels great. Only been hitting into my net at home so I'm not sure about ball flight but everything looks pretty good at the moment.
June 15, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, I am a right handed person; So my left arm/hand is my leading arm to swing with. My right hand is on the shaft for the ride and released just like Vijay release. I keep hearing that the right hand is a speed hand. I am confused about the term "speed hand" because the right hand just stays on the shaft for the ride and release. So my question is how the right hand generates "speed" when the left hand is a dominant hand. Thanks.
April 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. The trail hand may give you added speed. The more important point is that the trail shoulder blade remains down and in the box. This allows you to add core rotational speed on the downswing without adding much throw or trail hand involvement. Most players are already trail side dominant and don't need a cue when to fire.
April 28, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, could you refer me to any video regarding to "trail shoulder blade remains down and in the box". Thanks.
April 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Gorilla Grip, Connect to Your Core, 5 Minutes to the Perfect Setup and Understanding Shoulder Blade Glide all discuss the topic. But, more dealing with setup and backswing. The latter part of the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release discusses how to bring the trail hand back on the club. And, how not to reach over popping the shoulder back up and out.
April 29, 2017
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Lance
What type grip do those guys use (vijay, phil, freddie)?
March 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. It varies from player to player. You could grab a hand full of tour pros and all would be different. Tiger - Interlock, Rory - Overlap, Etc..
March 15, 2017
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Dave
Love the video. When I practice this drill the club actually releases on its own. I don't have a feeling of physically turning my wrists. Is that the correct feeling? Also I find my longer shots occur when I have almost 0 right hand grip pressure during the swing. I allow the club to rotate in my right hand throughout the down swing. Is this advisable to allow this club rotation in the right hand or should I try and control it a bit more in the right hand?
January 19, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. I wouldn't worry about adding more right hand control. Also, you may have to train the physical motion of the release. But, the end goal is to let it happen more naturally as a result of proper body motion.
January 19, 2017
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Douglas
This (and many other videos) talk about the swing being left hand dominant, yet there are other videos talking about how the left arm is passive and weight shift gets the left arm into an impact position. How do I think about those two concepts? Is it right to think that that swing is left -side- dominant? Meaning, you pull with your left side (inner thigh, obliques, etc), the left arm is relatively passive, but the left hand is significant in the release.
January 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Douglas. It is a blend of lead side motion (weight/pull) and gravity. You need to have enough lead side pull to get the arms down. But, enough of the tension out of the swing to allow gravity to let the arms swing. If you remove tension with weight shift or lead side motion the arms will be brought down into impact. The release should happen by using the proper post up (You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs). But, in the case of the video above. So many players have taught themselves not to allow for release. You need to drill removing the older or bad motor patterns with what should actually happen.
January 18, 2017
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Borden
Do these drills a lot but when on the course I get too juiced up and release so hard that the club face prematurely closes and the ball hooks rather than draws. Great power but too far left. I then start aiming further right to compensate. How do you get the timing perfect to have a square club face when you are releasing hard?
January 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Borden. Sounds like you a flipping it versus a gradual release. Take a look at Flip vs. Release. The release needs to be gradual rotation.
January 18, 2017
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Martin
Being left handed but playing golf right handed I have spent my whole golfing life asking coaches which hand should be dominant. The answer more often than not was to be fairly neutral though to bring the right hand and arm into the swing more by making it stronger. Hogan I believe mentioned that he wished he had the strength of 3 rights hands!! Having listened to Chuck say that Hogan was right side dominant this in it self can be confusing. Being left side dominant is clearly helping me but how the hell was Hogan so good? Or was it down to the different equipment of his day?
January 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brandon. If I can find the link where Chuck discusses this in length. I will post it here. In the meantime, basically it was because Hogan didn't want to hit the ball left and practiced like a maniac. Hogan pushed hard from his trail side and always fought a hook. He wanted 3 right hands because he used the right to help hold the face open at impact.
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ARTHUR
This video has helped me increase my distance and improve my ball flight - lower trajectory for irons with better accuracy. I'm thinking less about shoulder turning and more about position at impact. Also finding more consistent right to left ball flight. Will keep working on this!
January 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Art. Great. Thanks for the positive post for the members.
January 17, 2017
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Yuefeng
The video explains the release efficiency well. But I'm still confused how this would reconcile with applying/adding more power with the trail hand, like in "throw the ball" drill? Would it be wrong to feel the two hands both contribute to the release/power in a balanced manner as a whole (like the triangle concept)? Thanks.
September 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. Until the lead hand is completely mastered it will be hard to apply force from the trail hand without flipping. Once, the lead hand is mastered you could use a a little bit to help contribute as another power source. Right Arm Release in the Golf Swing Video.
September 22, 2016
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David
I like this video a lot and just beginnig to put RST elements into practise. You mention how right hand dominant golfers are forced to use their weaker left arm as the lead arm and the dominant right side starts to mess up the swing. I am also dominant on my right side (throw, write) but I golf left handed (also baseball and hockey this way). Any idea if golfing left handed with a dominant right hand poses any unique challenges or suggests drills that might be more pertinent for me to practise? Thank you for your guidance
July 23, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey David, consider yourself a lucky one like me Your dominant hand is in the lead side of the club which is perfect for club face control. In a perfect world, we would take all of our right side dominant people and make them left handed players, but it's just to hard to train people how power the golf swing properly this way.
July 25, 2016
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Mason
Props man fantastic video! To me this is the second most important video on this site. I actually found this to be maybe the most helpful first step in RESHAPING the feel of the golf swing to add efficient club speed - even though the video doesn't seem to be placed in the early steps of building the swing.
July 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mason. Thanks for the compliments on the video!
July 23, 2016
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Rob
You guys often stress the pulling motion to the golf swing. Pulling back from with the right side in the takeaway and then pulling with the left in the weight transfer/downswing. So, as I get to the top of the backswing, should I then increase the grip pressure in the bottom three fingers in my left hand? I try to keep my left hand grip light on the takeaway but I find I have to much push from the right in the downswing. Rob
July 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. You don't want to yank or start to grasp the last three fingers really hard at the top of the backswing. However, the typical tour pro does increase grip pressure throughout the swing. Starting around a 2 at address to an 8 at impact (On a 1-10 scale with 1 being the weakest).
July 15, 2016
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David
Hi Craig, I think this is one of the best pieces of RST instruction. The reason I say this is the left arm only, last three finger's drill gives the real feel of a pure and hence very natural golf swing free of all the thing's that can clutter it up and spoil it. The simplicity is astounding with so many good thing's happening so naturally - this is especially so of the downswing where weight shift, release, follow through and finish occur in copybook fashion. I rarely get to a full finish with my normal swing and the reason is so obvious now - with this drill it happen's every swing. I feel the increase in club head speed to be significant. Although maximum flexibilty has long gone for me at my age, this motion makes me forget all about that and I am almost tempted to actually play with left thumb and forefinger off the shaft and right hand just touching!!!
July 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Fantastic. I'm glad you found the video helpful. You wouldn't be the first to attempt playing without the thumb or forefinger. Happy to hear it feels more natural and that increase in speed!
July 2, 2016
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John
Boom... That was the sound of my mind being blown apart. This website has been so helpful, I have already transformed my swing in only a few days. Can't wait to groove this new swing and shoot some low scores.
June 30, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Great! Thanks for the post and compliments of the site!
June 30, 2016
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Scott
Definitely a foreign concept to me. I'm have a real hard time controlling the club and it seems to be moving all over the place. It's like the club is in the palm on my hand, I can't keep it under the pad. Any tips or explanation that might help? It's frustrating, it "look's" like, in the video, the club isn't moving in the hand at all or like I'm missing something. I've discovered that what I think is happening, really isn't what's happening...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Thank you
May 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Take a look at the Left Hand Release Drill, Fix Your Release and the Golf Grip Tips Video. You might be trying to flip the club head too hard versus consistent or constant motion on the wrist.
May 5, 2016
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Scott
Thanks. I will look at those videos, it's a little better this morning. I think my problem is that I focus so much on the aspect I'm trying to learn that I stop doing everything else. (weight transfer, head still, etc) Once I apply the stacking, it's comes together. #ittakestime
May 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Yes. It does take time and quality reps. Glad it is getting better.
May 6, 2016
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Scott
Craig, it's starting to get better. What I found was that I was still trying to flip the club as you suggested. Now I turn my right shoulder back to take the club to 9 O'clock then what I "feel" or what I'm consciously trying to do is drop the club and turn. The club get's to 3 O'clock and I'm not flipping. It's a slow process but my hands stay in front of my chest and I know it. I'm even holding the club lightly as a result and I'm able to hold it in my last 3 fingers without it moving around. I'm definitely not use to that BUT I'm confident that I can get it to be an unconscious thought over time. I hope that makes sense? Thanks so much for the encouragement and to RST for explaining what other instructors gloss over and put band aids on.
May 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. No problem for the encouragement. It sounds good to me. As long as at 3 O'Clock the face is rotated and maintaing a good constant pace through the shot. All should be well.
May 9, 2016
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Anthony
I had a question pertaining to another video. You were talking about how the body moves in the opposite direction as the clubhead. I cannot locate that video anywhere. What is the name of it? There is another video you talk about how the during weight transfer the body moves like a "U". I cannot locate that video either. Thank you
April 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. The first video is the Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball Video. The second video is Proper Golf Swing Hip Movement Power U.
April 17, 2016
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Pat
The video titled "Proper Golf Swing Hip Movement Power U" will not work in the search box. I copy pasted the text from your answer above, but no luck.
August 18, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Pat. That video is no longer listed on the site. I apologize. In the upcoming future we are continuing to update and change our catalog.
August 18, 2016
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Adam
This release of the wrist seems like a timing thing and when I actively try to do this I continuously and severely close my club head at impact. How do I get the timing right or make it such that it isn't about timing?
February 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Adam. You need to work on impact first and then slowly add the release of the lead wrist. 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release Video. When you add back the lead wrist. Try to work on a better constant rotation. Fix Your Release Video.
February 12, 2016
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Marc
Does it make sense to grip the club with the last 3 fingers throughout the swing or should this only be a drill? I have the impression that this helps with creating some lag in the downswing. What would be the advantage of gripping the club with the full hand. Thanks, Marc
December 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. The lead thumb does help with some support at the top of the swing and some stability coming down. However, a lot of players over use the lead thumb. You can definitely take advantage of practicing with just the last three fingers for lag and release. Ideally, you will want to slowly add back the thumb. Great way to teach him not to over work though.
December 14, 2015
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Marc
Thanks for the answer Craig. Talking about stability, when you mainly use the 3 fingers and you support the club with the thumb at the top, can there be any movement at the base of the grip which is held by the palm of the hand or should there be little movement. I say this as when I started to use 3 fingers I immediately noticed that the club was going onto the left thumb at the end of the backswing but I also noticed more movement in the palm. I remember you saying in the video on lag that you had to learn to let go / to let the club move on its own without you trying to control it. Best, Marc
December 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. You don't want the grip end sliding in the palm area a lot (big reason for wear spots on glove). You want to have control with the fingers, but the wrist be nice and supple to allow for good lag.
December 15, 2015
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Marc
Understood thanks Craig
December 15, 2015
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Reg
Hi, What you said in the video all makes sense. But I did note that in your video, Re shape your swing for lag, you said that the right hand was just there for speed. So I've started to let the arms fall and just assist the swing with the right hand for speed. Or should l be using gravity and the left hand for speed and just hold on with the right hand very lightly for show ? Reg
November 7, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Reg. The trail hand does add speed in the golf swing. However, the vast majority of players tend to over use their trail side. You need to master the lead side first. I would train the lead hand as in the video and let the trail hand kinda go along for the ride. Once you get comfortable releasing it properly. You can start to add back a little trail side. Take a look at the Golf Swing Release Drill to combine both.
November 8, 2015
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Reg
Thanks Craig, I'm new to RST, first time on the range today and can already see where I've been going wrong aii these years.
November 8, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Reg. Look forward to helping you along your journey!
November 8, 2015
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Marc
Amazing concept to have the right hand come of the club to get more club head speed. When is the hand coming off, is this happening after impact? Would it be something you would recommend not just as a drill but as part of the swing. If so would you use this feature with all the clubs including the shorter clubs like a SW or a PW?
October 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. Shorter clubs are for control and not max distance. I wouldn't think you would need it with a SW or Wedges. After impact the trail hand will come off.
October 19, 2015
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Marc
Yes it makes sense but is there is risk in terms of accuracy to start to take the left hand off not just as a drill but as part of the swing to increase the club head speed?
October 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. Actually, you will get less in the way of what the club wants to do which is to rotate. The harder I swing with more of an efficient release (as described here) the straighter I hit it. Free release versus steering.
October 19, 2015
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Marc
So would you recommend golfers should integrate this into their game? Chuck gave a few examples of pros that do this but there are only a handful.
October 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. I still keep my right hand on, but he is only there for show. Most pros do the same thing. They are aware like me that the right doesn't need to take over. So it stays on the club, but very loose.
October 19, 2015
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Reg
November 7, 2015
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Marc
Thanks a lot for the valuable feedback. Best, Marc
October 19, 2015
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Lance
Thanks Craig. So far my focus has been proper rotation with the arms in front of the chest as much as possible and extended as much as possible for good width. I notice that the wrists cock (set) gradually and effortlessly and that I am able to hold the angles more or less if my weight shift is correct to the left heel. Even the right elbow flexion is almost subconscious. It seems if I keep the hips and shoulders parallel to the target line into impact (I think this is the de-accelaration of the body) that the release (uncocking of wrists and counter-clockwise rotation of the forearm) is natural/passive. The easiest checkpoint for me is that I maintain good arm extension after impact in front of the chest. This has eliminated a tendency to chicken wing the left elbow. When I start playing around with the release drills it feels that I am manipulating the release instead of "letting" it happen. The arm rotation is most noticeable because it feels that it wants to take my arms across the chest independently (something I now understand should be avoided). If my wrists uncock and my forearms/wrist rotate into a square impact position I assume that the release is happening correctly at this point. Then if the back of my lead wrist turns over gradually to 3 0'clock all seems good and the right hand wants to let go (vijay look) with both arms extended in front of the chest. Do I really "have to release the club" or is the release more a natural by-product? Releasing the angles seems to just happen???
October 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. The goal would be like throwing a football or baseball. The release at snap of the finger tips just happen. You might have to work slowly to train the positions. But, the goal would be to hit the proper sequence coming down and let a good snap occur.
October 13, 2015
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Lance
Thanks Craig Spent some time after my last comment to let go with the right hand just after impact and it worked nicely. (hitting into backyard net) It almost seems like holding on slows the club down I will keep practicing and looking at the pertinent videos Looking forward to Aaron's comments on my next swing review This site is the best!
October 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Lance. Glad to hear maybe some speed coming back!
October 13, 2015
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Lance
So is the release connected to the core rotation or not I have been understanding rotation to mean that the arms stay in front of the chest from takeway to follow through The lead wrist rotates some as the swing goes back and then rotates the other direction on the downswing It seems Chuck in this video does not talk about core rotation As i work on the 9 to 3 drill i find that i must not allow my arms to go back or through independent of the core for them to finish in front of my chest after impact Please advise Also thanks for the good feedback to date Craig
October 11, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. Thanks for the compliment. During the release the arms will remain in front, but you have to release the club. For maximum release the body has to decelerate. You will use the big muscles to rotate the club back and through. But, the arms/hands release the angle. You can see the difference of the push release and cross over release in the Left Hand Release Drill Video and Fix Your Release Video. Also, take a look at the Acceleration Profile Sequence.
October 12, 2015
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Douglas
This is a point that needs attention for me. Is the release something you make happen or is it due to body positions that makes it happen. If I try to make it happen, then my right hand will try and turn my hands over, probably slowing the potential energy down and often times I will hook the ball. So is it the stopping of the shoulders and hips and letting the arms continue that causes the release to happen?
October 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Douglas. You need to hit certain body positions in your sequence to allow for a good release. However, if you never have released it properly you will have to train the motion and/or make it happen. It is the deceleration of the body (shoulders/hips) and then letting the cross over release occur. Take a look at Fix Your Release to help keep the shoulders from spinning out and the right arm from taking over too much.
October 10, 2015
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Jonathan
Hey Craig, this is a good drill. After working on it I hit balls the other day with both hands on the club. I was pull/hooking everything when I rolled my left wrist. I think I'm used to flipping and now I start my left wrist too early closing the club at impact. Is there a video or drill to fix this?
September 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jonathan. Check your left elbow. Left Arm Impact Alignments Video. Also, you have to practice impact first. Fix Your Release Video.
October 1, 2015
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Donna
Thank you. I will view them. I know I am close. One more question. Though I am really good with punch and 3/4 shots, when I apply the knuckles down on a fuller shot, the heel of the club raises at impact. I shanked a 9 I off the tee on a par 3 today .... but made par. I see the heel raise when I swing in slow motion. Any thoughts as to why?
July 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donna. If the heel is raising you are steepening the shaft. Make sure you aren't losing the tush line or allowing the weight to go towards the toes. It will help with the "s" shot.
July 11, 2015
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Donna
What other driver videos would you suggest I view? Do I dismiss the thought of shifting first to the ball of my left foot and just go to the L heel? I think I sort of go to the outside L arch and to the heel.
July 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donna. Take a look at the Anchor to the Ground Video in the Setup Section to help with the weight transfer to the outside of the foot. Take a look at Driver Launch Angle Video in the Bomb You Driver Series. Also, the Sledghammer Video in the Advanced Downswing Section to make sure you don't throw your trail shoulder at the ball. You still should shift the same as described in the RST Tempo Drill or Sitting Into the Left Side Video in the Introduction Section and Downswing Section.
July 10, 2015
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Donna
Can this be done with the driver, which for me is very inconsistent? It can be as much as 40 yds short of 200yds that Flightscope has measured me at. I believe I am capable of driving 210-220 yds. My 7I is now 137 yrs. I never understood the turning of the knuckles down until RS. Why, for the last nine years of lessons, not one pro mentioned knuckles down. Recently, one did. Thank you for your fantastic videos.
July 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donna. Thank you for the compliments of our site. Yes, you can definitely do this with the driver.
July 10, 2015
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Matthew
Best video on the sight.
June 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. Thanks for the post and glad you like the video!
June 30, 2015
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Dean
I have been working on this drill and it has really helped. Any time I add the right arm after doing the right arm only drills which also work well it's a bust. Suggestions? Still trouble coordinating both arms for some reason.
June 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dean. Don't worry so much about adding the right arm for speed right now. Allow the right arm to go for a ride. He is not necessary until you master the left arm/hand release motion. Take a look at the Proper Muscle Activation Video in the Introduction Advanced Section. Continue to take out the right side. And, we will worry about adding him back when the left is perfect.
June 19, 2015
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Dean
That makes sense! Thanks!
June 19, 2015
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Michael
I've been working on not using my right hand. I barely put it on the club. My right fingers are starting to really hurt. Do you have any idea what might cause that. Thanks
June 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Your right fingers are starting to hurt even when barely on the club? I can't think of any major cause from the drill as to the pain.
June 15, 2015
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Michael
Okay, thanks. Is it possible that I'm gripping my right hand to light?
June 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
To light shouldn't cause any pain. Your right hand is the none glove one, correct? The only think I can think is that you grasp the grip hard at the strike and pull the tendons.
June 15, 2015
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Michael
You're must be right. I probably tighten up to much at impact. I can't seem to let go of using my right side. Thanks for the quick response.
June 15, 2015
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Caleb
Chuck, That is the best explanation of release and Hogan vs. modern methods I have ever heard and seen!!! You are the BEST!!! Thanks again for getting me from a 12.5 at the beginning of 2015 to a 7.2 in May of 2015!!
June 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the post Caleb. Great to hear your gaining success from some good RST!
June 13, 2015
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Robert
Does this release technique apply to hybrid clubs without any changes ?
June 12, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Yes, the release will stay the same with hybrids.
June 12, 2015
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Paul
I looked at the stomp drill for posting up the left leg properly. I'm a little confused about whether or not it needs to be fully extended at impact. I've tried to do this in the past and typically thinned the ball, which I thought would happen since I got taller as compared to my height at address. Now, I have knee issues so even if I wanted to fully extend the left leg, I can't. Can you please explain? Thanks
June 1, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The lead leg fully extends to help pull leverage out of the ground for speed. You don't have to snap the knee back too aggressively and/or have it completely locked straight. If you can't fully extend it don't worry too much. Just make sure you use the lead oblique to help pull your hips out of the way so you can still maintain a good post.
June 2, 2015
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Martin
Also should the exit plane/angle mirror the elbow plane as it does on tracing plane down?
May 31, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Martin, yes, you want the club to be on or parallel to the elbow plane as much as possible in the backswing and downswing. R.J.
May 31, 2015
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Martin
Craig I have a similar question to the Paul question below should shoulders remain square as hands release my shoulders want to open up quickly as a habit! Thx Martin
May 31, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Martin, yes, you want your arms to be throwing the club head at the ball, which requires the shoulders to remain still to let the arms whip through as opposed to raking the club head across the ball, which is what happens when you get stuck from over rotating the shoulders. R.J.
May 31, 2015
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Paul
I've always been a right side pusher. Can hit my short irons accurately but had problems with the longer clubs. Club head speed came from rotating my shoulders very fast through impact, which is difficult to control. Been trying to become left sided. Reviewed a good deal of your videos. I'm having difficulty releasing the club consistently. My shoulders might still be moving through impact. Should my shoulders stop rotating once they square up? I think they should rotate aggressively, (like Westwood) once the ball is struck. Thanks, Paul
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Paul, once the shoulders are square, they will appear (in slow motion) to come to a complete stop as the arms and club release to the ball. After contact and the arms fully extend, the momentum of the swing should pull the shoulders around again to finish the swing. But you don't want to focus on actively turning them. R.J.
May 31, 2015
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Paul
I looked at the stomp drill for posting up the left leg properly. I'm a little confused about whether or not it needs to be fully extended at impact. I've tried to do this in the past and typically thinned the ball, which I thought would happen since I got taller as compared to my height at address. Now, I have knee issues so even if I wanted to fully extend the left leg, I can't. Thanks, Paul
May 31, 2015
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Paul
Any comments would be appreciated.
May 31, 2015
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Dean
I have been working on this drill and have found by adding a counterclockwise assist with my right hand thru impact makes it work smoothly otherwise my right hand tends to come off. It tends to add to the knuckles down release and definitely adds power to my swing and a more efficient release. Is this a good idea?
May 21, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dean. The trail hand does release. However, you want to shy away from the trail wrist forcing the lead wrist motion. If you are releasing and controlling with the lead hand and just allowing the right to rotate/follow. You should be on the right track.
May 21, 2015
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Dean
I am using minimal assistance with the trail hand but I believe due to very strong wrist and forearms, even doing the left release drill alone is not overly fluid even after doing this thousands of times. Just releasing with the trail hand does not seem to make any change but slows everything down. I am not pushing with that right side or hand either. I am barrel chested and just getting my arms close together is tough.
May 22, 2015
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rodney
Ok great. I tend to leave it out to the right sometimes. Is it possible that I am holding onto the lag and not squaring the clubface early enough? With the irons it will almost be like a thin shank.
May 19, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Rodney, it could be that you're holding off the release a bit too long. It could be that you're coming into the ball too shallow and underneath the plane. There are plenty of things that can cause a push out to the right. It normally has to do with the path of the club with a square face as an open face would add curvature to the ball resulting in more of a slice than a push. Check out the "How your lag affects your club path" video to see if not releasing the lag is the issue for you. R.J.
May 20, 2015
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rodney
Hi, so when doing the drills is it best to feel shoulders staying closed and the weight transfer to be coupled along with the drills? Thx
May 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rodney. Yes, it is okay to feel the shoulders staying closed or more passive. Weight transfer can be coupled with this, but the main goal is focus on the release of the lead hand.
May 19, 2015
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Ron
Tried this today and could hit ball 50 yards or so with left hand. Great, but for me it doesn't seem to be a fix. I'm a n00b and I am happy to with my weight transfer and next stage is hips. There is a lot on the site about pulling from the left rather than starting from the right so I pull my left hip back. And there lies a problem, I'm not rotating, the right hip is still. This means that even though I can do this drill well the right arm isn't long enough to keep my hands correct at impact. I tried a few things then settled on simultaneously pulling back the left hip and thrusting the right knee towards the target. It worked and I hit some good shots. I need to drill this though and would ask if this right knee drive is correct or not. Thanks.
May 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Some players don't use the hips enough in their swing. Although very rare you might need to help from the trail side. Take a look at the Throw the Ball Drill Part 2 and How to Use the Hips in the Downswing and Downswing Advanced Section.
May 19, 2015
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Evan
Damn! I have been fighting my thumbs this will probably help. Gracias!
May 17, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Evan. Great. Glad you enjoyed the video!
May 18, 2015
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Larry
How does this drill apply to the driver since we have an ascending approach to the ball?
May 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Larry. The release and drill remain the same. Setup is adjusted for the launch. Take a look at Driver Launch Angle in the Bomb Your Driver Series. Or, the Driver Setup Adjustments Video in the Setup Section.
May 15, 2015
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Aksel
when you are letting go of the right you actually have to it in the real swing right?
May 7, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Aksel. You can keep the right hand on. Just be very aware that you don't want him pushing the head through.
May 8, 2015
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Aksel
So Im guessing its like a feeling right
May 9, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Aksel. Yes. While you are training if you tend to be very trail hand dominant. Practice letting it go (Lose the Right Hand Drill - Downswing Section). Once, you can make him more passive and apply both hands. It will feel like he is just letting go.
May 9, 2015
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Peter
Chuck, interesting i just tried doing the last left handed 3 figure drill and i have to say it's hard holding onto the club and stop the club and club head from turning in my figures - i i didn't realize how weak i'm in those last 3 figures (pinkie, ring and middle figures). After just swinging the club for about 40 times i can feel my figure muscles reacting to the extra weight in the club head. In-fact i decided to use a shorted club so i wouldn't hurt myself with to much weight at one time. Pete
April 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Pete. If you have been overly trail hand and arm dominant. You probably have lost a little strength in the lead hand. Get the feel and build up the strength to release that club properly.
April 16, 2015
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Peter
Craig, thanks for your response, everyday now I've taking small swings (like Chuck does in the above video) somewhere between from 25 to 50 times a session. Just so i can build up the left 3 figures and get a feeling of how the release needs to work. To the end of the session i allow my arms to rise a little bit so i can allow the lag to happen automatically. Your thoughts on this approach?
April 17, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Peter. No issue at all. If you allow for a little more arm swing and create a little lag coming down. You will can feel a little more snap happen releasing it properly.
April 17, 2015
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Jon
Terrific description of right hand as 'passenger' providing support for left-hand, enabling left-hand+clubface to hit ball then ground, leaving divot beyond ball. I've never been able to consistently take divots with irons, let alone with proper low spot (as illustrated in 'left arm only letting club fall' drill); I now can clearly see how my right arm dominance causes my low spot to be in front of ball, leading to all kinds of weak, fat or topped shots. If I'm working on 'right arm only' swing, should I focus on the club brushing the ground at the same spot as it does for 'left arm only' (i.e. below the left shoulder) to get a better feel for right arm/hand at impact? Thanks for the great kinesio-biomechanical explanations and illustrations in your videos and program! At long last, someone has provided a contextual basis for understanding WHY the swing needs to look a certain way AND with the specific (but not overly complicated) HOW to get it there. )
February 2, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Jon, When you're swinging the right arm only, your divots are going to be bottoming out a little in front of underneath your right arm (because our weight is shifted left, otherwise it would bottom out under the right arm). When you put the two arms together, coupled with the shift to the left, the club will bottom out in the perfect spot each time. Best of rounds to you R.J.
February 2, 2015
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Matthew
I am a right side dominant player where I am working on getting the proper release and basically feel like my right hand is not on the club. When I do that, i get into pretty good impact positions. My problem though is that using 7 iron and higher i can square the club face and i don't get any big pull hooks or duck hooks. However when i get to the longer clubs on video my impact position looks good from Face On, but i know i am not hitting the ball flush and then getting some duck hooks or big pull hooks. Even though I am hitting into the net, i can really tell this is happening. I even went to golf smith to test a driver on the simulation and i had so many big hooks and not much distance. My question is on the longer clubs is there anything different i need to do on the release or change ball position or drop the club more inside. I am sort of at a loss on it.
January 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matt. It sounds like with the longer clubs you are adding a little flip with the trail hand and you might need some setup adjustments. Continue to work on that release and take out trail side push. Take a look at Driver Launch Video in the Bomb Your Driver Series - Bonus Section. There are some setup adjustments to help maximize wood performance. Also, make sure you aren't hanging back an adding tilt the longer the club gets. Level Shoulders Drill Advanced Downswing Section.
January 5, 2015
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Greg
I can't view this video. Any suggestions? Thanks, Greg
December 27, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Greg. Are you using Firefox or Chrome as your browser? Try clearing your cache or cookies. If those don't correct the issue. Please contact customer support at the bottom on this page. Happy to help!
December 27, 2014
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mike
Is the right hand coming off the club affected if you use an interlocking grip? Thanks.
December 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Interlocking grip tends to get the right hand a little more involved in the swing. We tend to use more of a Vardon or Overlap Grip. Nevertheless, if you can keep it very passive. It can still work.
December 23, 2014
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Paul
Im left handed but play right. Do I still try to swing with the left or should I focus on the swinging of the right, my weaker side?
December 1, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Paul, Stronger or weaker has nothing to do with it. Ideally, you'd like to have both side equally strong. You want to pull with your trailing side in the backswing and pull with the leading side in the downswing. R.J.
December 1, 2014
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Paul
RJ thanks, makes sense to swing the right side back to get a good coil and behind the ball. It may also, help with my pull hook. Good insight, thanks again.
December 2, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Paul, It also helps to keep you from over rotating or over shifting in either direction. R.J.
December 2, 2014
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Robert
After hitting the ball quite well with grip pressure almost entirely in the last three fingers of left hand,my right hand feels like it is doing nothing but adding minor guidance on the downswing. The faster I can move my left wrist through the impact area and the faster I can "rotate the doorknob" with my left wrist, the farther the ball goes. If I try to add the "throwing the ball" with the right hand, I don't do as well. What am I doing wrong?
October 31, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Rob, You're likely getting too dominant with the actual right hand when you try to throw the ball. Do the Lose the Right Hand Drill. This drill will help you ease the right hand into the equation and help you feel how to add speed with it. R.J.
November 1, 2014
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Robert
Yes. that video and drill solved the problem. For me, less right hand means more speed. Thank you.
November 1, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Rob, You're welcome R.J
November 1, 2014
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John
How does the right hand ball throw drill work with this left hand release?
October 13, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. The trail arm does add speed on the downswing. However, most players tend not to release the club correctly. It is much more advantageous to release with the lead hand correctly versus knowing how to add more speed with the trail side. The "throw the ball" drill is geared more towards a player that gets stuck and needs to feel more "throw" to get rid of lag sooner.
October 13, 2014
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Seth
You mentioned below with not trying to manipulate the club and just letting it happen with the release, does that include LADD and how the wrist/forearm squares the club face during the downswing? Starting off is this something I should actually be feeling?
September 30, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
If you let the left arm swing and use the pull from the lead side correctly. The LADD shallowing out properties should take place. Some players though have trained too much improper rotation, that they need to work on getting the lead arm to work correctly. Starting off if you transfer the weight and keep the trail side passive. The lead arm will shallow out, then all you need to train is releasing it properly.
September 30, 2014
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David
Hi Guys, I practice with the left arm only allot because im so right side dominant but I have allot of pain in the back of my left hand and left forearm, I have even stopped practicing for 3 weeks to see if the pain would stop but it doesn't go away once I pick up the club again. Can you recommend any exercises to strengthen my left hand and forearm? and is this normal or should I be concerned about the pain? Thanks.
September 29, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You shouldn't be getting too much pain. Maybe some soreness after working the lead arm/hand correctly. However, this is a good one for strengthening the left forearm area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV5cqXK_Lgo To make it harder, wrap a small towel around the handles. It makes it much harder, trust me.
September 29, 2014
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daniel
you talk of having the right hand grip correct but where is correct pressure point at release on the right hand.
September 27, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. The proper pressure points are located on the proximal phalanx. Base of the middle three fingers.
September 27, 2014
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daniel
should I be pulling and rotating the left hand thru or fire the right hand thru with a soft grip to get speed.
September 27, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. It is more important to first get down how to release the lead hand with speed.
September 27, 2014
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DENIS
For an actual hit is a release with the lead hand and hit with the trail hand. Sometimes my trail hand goes to sleep on the job and for the most part I hit the ball with the lead hand.
September 9, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Denis. That is ok. It is more important to learn the proper release of the lead, than adding too much hit with the trail. I barely feel my trail hand is on the club.
September 9, 2014
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rodney
I got you. Left lat feel the pull straight down and targetward. I was meaning as a means to help in the control aspect of the drill. Left elbow up the plane or kinda on the toe line.
September 3, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
I see. That is ok.
September 3, 2014
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rodney
I feel like focusing on the left elbow as the mover into and down the vertical plane really helps with this. This sound correct?
September 3, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rodney. You want to be pulling with the left lat to get the arms working back in front. Make sure you don't flip the elbow coming into impact if it is your focal point.
September 3, 2014
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rodney
Great Video! Whats the best way to help not overcook the release and get into a nasty hook or pull?
September 1, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rodney. Keeping your left elbow in position at impact. Take a look at the Left Elbow Position Video at Impact in the Advanced Downswing Section.
September 1, 2014
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Brian
So grip pressure should be the most firm with the last three fingers of the left hand, then the next two fingers, and least with the right hand?
August 31, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes. Also, with the right hand. It is very important to have the grip on it properly. For what pressure the right exudes on the downswing. It is important to be applying the force from the right pressure points.
September 1, 2014
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I am a little concered about that release technic. Yes it gives me speed, but am i timing a flip. How should a control the clubhead at impact? Impact is maybe about 3/1000s, i rotate with my pinky and pray to ben hogan?
August 26, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
To maximize club head speed. You don't want to be controlling it. Letting it go provides max speed. You aren't flipping it. Just releasing and following the design of the club. The better the release, the straighter you hit it. Take a look at the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release in the Downswing Section.
August 26, 2014
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peter
Terrific video. Having been a caster in the past, I now drill with this video in mind. I take a full swing and release my right hand from the club just at the impact area over and over for about 30 swings each drill. I find it lets me focus on my left wrist to keep the angle much much longer. In my videos, I see that my angle remains well into my right thigh area and that my hands, at impact, are ahead of the ball/clubhead...and it improves my turn and followthrough...THANKS
July 30, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Peter. Your welcome. Glad the video is helping your improvement! Keep up the good work!
July 30, 2014
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Barry
How important is the shaft? Otherwords, when I buy a Driver from Ping(fitted), will a different and perhaps more expensive shaft, actually improve my distance and accuracy?
July 29, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. Shaft flex is very important. Don't look into a good shaft though as being the most expensive. A common pitfall some people fall into. It might be the prettiest one there, but not the one to go home with. Shaft kick, frequency, torque etc.. all have a lot of impact on launch angle and spin rate. Optimizing the shaft that is right for your swing speed and impact position can make a big difference.
July 30, 2014
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JAMES
This video speaks of squaring up the lead wrist however the Lag video teaches dropping the trail arm straight down and overturning that hand... Pls clarify? thanks, James
July 29, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey James. I'm a little confused by the question. Hopefully, this is the answer you are looking for. The club will start to squaring on the downswing. If it didn't it would be too wide open into impact. Use the Ladd Video in the Downswing Section and the Squaring the Face Early Video in the Advanced Downswing Section for more info. The Lag Video is to teach the trail side dominant players what it will feel like to maintain lag. The momentum change, pull from the left, supple wrist and passive body will increase the angle on the way down. Sometimes you have to train the trail side not to fire too soon because it is too dominant. Both arms play a role into the strike.
July 29, 2014
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Kevin
Let's see if I have it right? The right arm provides the hit in the swing, but only after we get down to the delivery position, and to impact.Are you saying that the right hand has little to do with the release beyond impact?
July 28, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Yes. You are on the right track.
July 28, 2014
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sandy@maxcorsillo.com
I was amazed at how uncoordinated and weak my left arm/wrist was! I'm a 6 handicap and when I first tried this I literally couldn't make contact with the ball and my left arm was dead after two minutes. I feel like this may help me move beyond my current plateau. One question: I have been doing this drill a lot and feel like my ball striking is really improving, but yesterday I played for the first time and had a lot of trouble with accuracy. Mainly I was struggling with pull / drawing the ball and then overcompensating to the right. Is there a "counter-drill" I should be focusing on to stop my hands from over-rotating? Thanks.
July 27, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alexander. It sounds like when you get to the course you flip more than release. Make sure you use more of momentum and allow the release to happen with the ball getting in the way. All the release drills will help you "counter" so to speak. The Left Hand Release Drill will help you control the flip. Lose the Right Hand will help not add the right at the improper time. The 5 Mins to Perfect Release will help you own it! All in the Program Downswing Section.
July 27, 2014
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paul
First I must say I love this site. It's helped me back to respectable golf after two total shoulder replacements. I've really been focusing my practice on the "release" and your recent videos have given my swing an entirely different feel. Do you have an opinion on a training aide called the "gyro swing" ? Sounds like a neat concept and I'm wondering if this is the feel I'm looking for. ? Thanks for the education !
July 24, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Paul. Thanks for the good feedback! I actually own a gyro swing. The tool is a neat training aid to feel plane, but it doesn't help much with training muscles. You can over power it fairly easy and I would rather you focus on awareness of your muscles activation, rather than trying to get the tool working properly.
July 24, 2014
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Eric
Great video! When I hold the club with the last three fingers of my left hand, and then swing back and come back down, the club wobbles a bit in my hand because my thumb and forefinger are not on the club. Am I doing this correctly? Or do I need to tighten my grip on my club with my last three fingers to try to make sure the club doesn't slip around in my hand while performing this drill. Thanks!
July 24, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. I answered your question earlier down below. I'm sorry that it wasn't transmitted to you. Happy you like the video. Nevertheless, the club might not be as stable due to only one hand being on the club to support it. But, check your grip just in case. Make sure its not too much in the palm. Slightly stronger than neutral. Use the The Golf Grip How to Video in the Program Setup Section to make it perfect.
July 24, 2014
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Eric
Thanks, Craig! It was my fault . . I needed to hit "Load Earlier Comments". Thanks for your help!
July 25, 2014
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Dean
The drill with left arm and right hand coming off is producing better results than with both hands. I am not hitting the ball as well when I put both hands on even losing distance, freaking me out. Can't seem to get the same release with the added right hand. I can swing with right arm only as well. I am a 9 handicap and have been wondering about this dilemma for a long time but was blown away when my right hand came off how well the ball was struck. Suggestions? I feel if I could get both hands working properly " together" some major improvements could be had.
July 23, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Dean. It might be because you push with the right hand going through and don't understand how it will work. Take a look at the Right Arm Release Drill in the Advanced Downswing Section for some help.
July 23, 2014
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Eric
Great video! When i do this drill with only the last three fingers on my left hand holding the club, when i take the club back it tends to wobble around in my hand a bit. Is this normal for this drill? Am i doing it wrong? Should I hold tighter with my last three fingers to try to prevent the club from moving in my hand? Thanks!
July 23, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. It might wobble a little depending on hand size. There isn't a whole lot keeping the club stable going back. Nevertheless, make sure the left hand is placed properly on the club. Slightly stronger than neutral. Take a look at the Proper Grip Video in the Setup Section for more info.
July 23, 2014
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Ken
Yup, great tip, even for us lefties. It helps me to consciously loosen up a previously injured right shoulder and let those right hand knuckles roll over for that extra speed. Incorporating this drill with "Sitting Into The Left Side" (right side for me) & "How to Use Hips in the Golf Swing," and it's giving me back easy power, and relieving a sore back I had developed from slight improper technique. Too much lateral sliding instead of falling back slightly into the gluteal. I watched the videos again and discovered my error. Very helpful!
July 23, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome Ken. Even though I'm righty. I feel for you with that right shoulder injury. No bueno!
July 23, 2014
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David
Would right hand domination cause me to hit fat shots? Seems like it would cause the club to bottom out sooner. I also get blisters on my right index finger if I don't wear tape. Is that an indication of gripping it too tight with the right hand?
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Right hand domination can cause a multitude of problems. First, take a look at the Golf Grip How to Video in the Setup Section and make sure you are holding the right hand in the correct pressure points. Also, the "v" pointing to the right shoulder joint. Second, take a look at the Taking a Divot Video in the Downswing Advanced Section. Learn how weight transfer, lag, the left arm, and forward shaft lean will help get the nice strike.
July 22, 2014
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darryl
Thanks for the info. I'm right on track because I do it already
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
That away Darryl!
July 22, 2014
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ROBERT
Great video Master Chuck! I've always been a big fan of the release drills and this brings us back to that classic video, thanks. two questions; 1-how much grip is there on the right hand at impact, should I truly be like Vijay or is that to make a point and 2-where is the video shot at? I've notice you've done a few on that tee box and I've been curious to know where it is?
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
It can be like Vijay. But, its to make a point. It will be as if the right hand isn't doing anything at all. The video is shot at The Golf Club at Black Rock, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Fantastic golf course.
July 22, 2014
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travis
I really like the idea of this as it seems like you can get way more speed letting go of the club v. turning your body. My only thing is I must be doing it wrong or too violently. I tried it and was completely letting go with my RH after impact (kinda like baseball bat, and felt like I was destroying my rotator cuff. Also, I almost lost the club completely out of my left hand. Guess question is, how much am I suppose to be letting go with my RH.
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
The right hand shouldn't be controlling it too much through impact. It sounds like you are doing it too violently and not letting the design and momentum help you. Take a look at the Left hand Release Drill and the Lose the Right Hand Video in the Downswing Section.
July 22, 2014
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Thomas
I have a big problem because I have extremely short fingers and a wide palm.I wear out my golf gloves in the heel of of my hand.I just switched grips from mid size to regular and no matter how much I try to grip correctly, I end up with it in my palm. What can I do?? Tom
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Are you gripping to far down on the club? That will cause the wear spot. Slightly stronger would help. If it gets too neutral. It will slide in the palm.
July 22, 2014
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david
Great tip. Really effective drills. Thank you.
July 22, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey David. Thanks for the good feedback!
July 22, 2014
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adolfo
Hey guys, I use a std grip but with 3 wraps of tape. is that the same as say using a midsize grip? Would going to the a larger grip be more benefical to me?
July 21, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Adolfo. Depending on the type of tape. 3 Wraps would probably still be under a mid-size grip. I use mid-size grips because of my hand size and ease of getting the grip put correctly on the club. However, there is a drawback. The larger the grip. The tendency to not allow as much wrist set.
July 21, 2014
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robert
Hi guys Will these drills help you square the club face at impact as well as releasing the club. Cheers Rob
July 20, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Yes. This will help work on squaring the club along with the other drills on the site.
July 20, 2014
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john
I think I'm rolling my left wrist correctly, but I have a tendency to hook the ball 30 yards left even though it starts online. Is this due to over using my right hand as this video suggests?
July 20, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey John. It sounds like it. Take a look at the Lose the Right Hand Video in the Downswing Section. Make sure the right doesn't take over.
July 20, 2014
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bauwens
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July 20, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bauwens. You shouldn't have any problems with Google Chrome. Please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page. Contact Customer Support. Happy to help.
July 20, 2014
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charles
Chuck. One of the best videos you guys have done, I think. This is where your "science bias" on RST is so wonderfully apparent. Who would think that having your left thumb on the club (and using that thumb in any appreciable way, could sabotage your whole swing. When you said that using your left thumb shortens the pivot point of your swing I almost jumped out of my chair. It makes so much sense and is so subtly brilliant that I want to tell all my golfing buddies. But maybe not....let them shorten their pivot points and swing harder and harder with no results. Just sayin...this is some very good stuff and I'm going to do the exercises and start incorporating this sensation into my swing. If this works, I'll be back with a glowing report. Stay tuned for my next installment of "Hacker to Guru thru RST." Regards. CS
July 19, 2014
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Charles - it works! Science is a constant, not a fad! The further you move the clubhead from the pivot point, the faster it will have to move to keep up with the rotating center point - efficiency at it's finest. You move the butt of the club, the clubhead will keep up.
July 21, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Charles. Awesome! Don't tell your buddies though until you take some of there cash. Appreciate the good feedback.
July 19, 2014
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John
Related note - my recommended grip size is on the line between standard and midsize. I've always had standard sized grips, and am now experimenting with a midsize grip on 7 iron. It seems to help me grip the club more loosely, and also seems to make this drill easier for me. Love the drill, thanks again. Taking it to the course today.
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey John. I use mid size grips as well. Easier for me to get my grip on and control my pressure.
July 18, 2014
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John
Thank you! This seems to be pulling a lot of things together for me. New to your program, and a very right hand dominant hitter, this is showing early signs with helping a lot. Much easier to feel left hand in control (need to train it to handle the new responsiblity) and lag building through the swing.
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Thanks for joining the program! Glad this is helping.
July 18, 2014
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james
Went out and tried this. Very difficult because of lack of strength in left wrist, but am sure reps will address this. Swung through with right hand very loose on club. Woohoo! Whoosh down the bottom and a full turn through the swing. Now know where my club head speed went. Thank you.
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey James. Great! Get that speed up!
July 18, 2014
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ronald
Interesting! On the range today, working on more speed, and developed a blister on my left thumb. Right in the middle of the thumbprint, lead hand. Get home, and see this video, which says "Swing the club with the lead thumb and forefinger off the club" Obviously I'm doing something wrong. Comments Please? Ron
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Ronald. Check out the Golf Grip How To Video in the Setup Section. About 3 minutes in. Also, Left Thumb Pain Video in the Advanced Downswing Section. You are probably controlling it too much with the thumb and index finger.
July 18, 2014
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julian
Fantastic! Good to see you again,Chuck. What do you think go the swing glove. In Hawaii and used the swing glove during a social round. Results were fantastic. I really believe the glove assisted me with a much better impact position with my left hand. Your video reinforces the concept. Many thanks. Julian.
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
I haven't tried the swing glove. I will check it out. Glad you like the video.
July 18, 2014
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Jim
How much effect do club grips without hot dog grease or sunblock, or clubs with fresh grips, have in helping to maintain the coveted grip? Should I take my clubs to the shower with me?
July 18, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
If the club is sliding out of your hands. Your not controlling the club. You would tend to increase the grip pressure too much. Just use some soap and water. Good toweling off. It will help.
July 18, 2014
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Ron
I'm confused again. I have found more videos that seem to contradict each other. I have a problem with creating lag. If I were to follow this video I would loose lag because according the the video The Key to Creating Lag the right arm is where lag comes from. This video is left arm dominate. Are you supposed to start the down swing with the right arm dominate and finish with the left?
July 17, 2014
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gene
I am somewhat confused about the use of the right hand. After viewing both of the " Throw the Ball Drill" videos 1 and 2. I have been working on increasing the use of my right hand right hand, because I felt I pulled to hard with my left side and thus released the club late. Should the club set back against my right index finger (down cocking and flattening the plane) during transition, and then when the club gets parallel to the ground do I pull through with the last three fingers of my left hand? I have been trying to get a "skipping a stone" across the water feeling in the release which I can't get by loosing the right hand.
August 19, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gene. If you are releasing it too late. Don't make the right hand force the release. You need more left hand training. Take a look at the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release in the Downswing Section. Pull through the the last three and rotate. Take a look at the Using the Wrist Efficiently Video in the Advanced Introduction Section as well. The flattening of the plane is done more be weight transfer and the left arm. Don't force the right to shallow out, or you might get stuck.
August 19, 2014
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gene
Sorry that reply should go to Craig.
August 19, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Ron. The Key to Creating Lag Video focuses on the notion most people are right side dominate and need to feel where the right arm will be. That's why we have videos pertaining to the right and left arm on the downswing. Teaching the positions the right arm will go to. Predominately controlled by what the left is doing. The right arm will maintain the lag and fire on the downswing. The weight shift (momentum change), pull from the left (physics), and supple wrist will increase the angle on the way down. Sorry for the confusion Ron.
July 17, 2014
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You have two arms, both have a job to do in the swing. Most golfers "tend" to be more right side dominant and so focusing on the right arm isn't needed as that skill is already developed, but both arms have to work together.
July 17, 2014
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ned
Great presentation and perspective --- I tend to hold on for dear life through impact. Fortunately, being 6'6" I can still hit it far enough, but with way too much effort ... uggghhhh. Thanks much!!!
July 17, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Ned. You hit the nail on the head. Make the swing more effortless!
July 17, 2014
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Karr
Thank you Chuck! Great Tip!! As a recovering "Flipper" I never knew that about the butt of the club and using this method to help me release the club. I used to have a death grip on it with my right hand pushing it through just how you described. Now back to the hitting net for some Vijay drills.
July 17, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Karr. I will pass the good word. Get releasing!
July 17, 2014

Increase Your Clubhead Speed

If you're tired of having to play from the lady's tees and you want to move back to where the big boys play, you must understand the critical components to increase your clubhead speed. One of the most important factors in increasing your club head speed is learning how to release the golf club properly and fully. And that's one area that Vijay Singh does very well.

You've no doubt seen super slo-mo's of Vijay's golf swing showing how his trailing hand (his right hand) comes almost completely off the golf club just after impact. But did you know he's not the only tour pro that does this? Freddy Couples and Phil Mickelson also do the same move with their drivers, but why?

The reason is that they are fully releasing the golf club. Think about it. What does the word release mean in the first place? To release the golf club means to literally "let go". That's exactly what they're doing, they're letting the club release by letting go, which allows the clubhead to speed up independent of your body. In the golf swing, this is free speed. 

How Tension Slows the Club Head Down in the Golf Swing

For most golfers, they do the exact opposite. Rather than reducing the tension in their right hands, they actually tense up even more through impact. This is the WORST thing you can do to increase your swing speed in golf. When you hold on tighter with the right hand through impact, you're actually slowing the golf club down and expending more energy. There's a reason that most tour pros look like they're swinging the golf club effortlessly and most amateur's look like they're wrestling an alligator.

Your goal, as you'll learn in this golf instruction video, is to fully release the golf club by essentially letting go with your trailing hand. You'll all of a sudden feel a big boost of clubhead speed and you did nothing to try and make the club move faster! That's right, you'll get that old RotarySwing saying of hitting the ball further while putting in less effort!

So, if you're serious about increasing your clubhead speed, pay close attention to this golf instruction video and see what you've been missing!

Master the Vijay Release Drill and watch your clubhead speed soar!

Have you ever wondered why the end of your grip is tapered in the way that it is? It seems kind of strange given that your pinky on your left hand, so obviously the smallest finger on your hand ... And that's the fattest part of the grip. Why do you think they designed it that way? And it's also interesting because there's some grips out there that are actually reverse tapered so that this part of the grip is actually the smallest part of the grip. And, it actually gets fatter as you go down the grip where your right hand would be. So, who's right and who's wrong, and why do they do this in the first place?

                Well, it's a great question, and, incredibly enough, it's an incredibly important part of your golf swing when you understand it. So, if you don't understand why this is tapered the way that it is, and you don't feel like this tapered part is actually helping your golf swing, you're going to start to understand why you probably can't get into those tour-quality impact positions and why you can't pick up the club at speeds you think you should have, even though you're swinging at it as hard as you can.

                So, let's take a look at this. The first thing I want you to understand is one simple piece of math that we're gonna work with. For every half inch in club length that you go up, so let's say from your 7 iron to your 6 iron, your 6 iron's probably about a half inch longer than your 7 iron, you're going to, on average, pick up about two miles an hour of club head speed, just for the sake that the club is a half inch longer. Simple enough, right? So, for every club in the bag that we go up, for every half inch, we can use that as some very simple, rough estimates as to how much club head speed you're gonna pick up.

                That's why the whole concept of a single length set of irons just simply can't work. By the time you get to your longer irons, you can't pick up enough club head speed to make up for the difference. So, that's why your clubs all have to be a little bit longer than the other. That and the combination of the loft is what allows you to hit the ball further with a longer club.

                So, we need that extra half inch per club to help us hit the ball a long ways, but if you're not using the club correctly ... And I'm going to show you why in a second ... You're going to not take advantage of that extra half inch, and you gonna not be able to hit the ball as far as some skinny like myself who hits the ball a long ways without a lot of effort. That's because I'm using the club the way it was designed to be used. So, let's take a look at this.

                The one thing I want you to understand, and I've talked about this in other videos, is that the golf swing is predominantly left hand dominant. And so, when you start to think of it that way, you're gonna start to understand how things fall into place the way that they do. The problem is, most golfers are right-handed, and they're right hand dominant, and they try to swing the gold club right-handed, and stuff starts falling apart really fast when you do that.

                So, here's what's gonna happen. Tell me if this is you. You come into impact, and you look like this, where you're scooping and flipping it and your right hand is causing your left wrist to break down. As this happens, what you're essentially doing is you're making the pivot point on your club further down the shaft. Whereas, the way that I'm swinging, using my left hand to control the club, I'm taking every inch of the shaft and utilizing it to generate speed 'cause my club is pivoting from up here instead of down here. So, now you can imagine, if I'm trying to force the club to release with my right hand, I've effectively made my iron 4 inches shorter.

                You're not going to be able to make up 4 inches of speed no matter how hard you flip it with your right hand. You have to use the taper in the grip and use the last three fingers in your left hand to allow the club to release with a lot of speed, and the club should almost feel like it's trying to slip out of your hands and the taper is what's allowing you to hold onto it. If it wasn't tapered and you swung the club correctly, the club would actually fly out of your hands. It'd be very hard to hold on to. So, that's why your grips are tapered.

                So, now, in the next part of this video, I'm gonna show you two golf swing simple drills that are gonna help you learn how to understand and take advantage of this leverage piece of this swing to get a lot more speed with a lot less effort.

                Alright, so now that we got the concept of why this grip is tapered this way and why you need to use it the way that it was designed to get a lot of speed without a lot of effort, we give you the two drills that we need to work on. So, the first one is, I want you to take the grip, take the club, and just grip it with your last three fingers. Literally just hold the club with your last three fingers. Take the thumb and forefinger off, and what this is gonna do is it's gonna force you to stop pushing against the shaft with your left thumb, 'cause, again, that's gonna move that pivot point down the shaft, and we want that to be as far up the shaft as we can. So, right at the very end is where the majority of our grip pressure's gonna come from.

                So, what I want you to do, last three fingers, and start making little swings, back and through. And, as you're doing this, keep the thumb and forefinger off the shaft, and start seeing how the club wants to, it needs to, turn over and rotate, kind of around the butt of the club. And as you're doing this, one of the things I talk about in the clinics and my lessons all the time, a good way of thinking about it is rolling the knuckles under. So, you're taking your knuckles on your left hand, and as you're flattening out that wrist, you're rolling the knuckles under to exaggerate to where you could see your fingernails. That's gonna be a hook if you're doing it right. But, it's a good exaggeration, especially if you're used to flipping it with your right hand. This is gonna get you into a flat left wrist position, rotating this so I can see my fingernails, and releasing it all the way around on the left-hand side.

                So, that's the first drill, and you need to practice this as much as humanly possible. It looks incredibly simple, but what you're gonna find is that you have very little coordination, probably, in your left hand, and especially when you take that thumb off of there. And, you may even have a little bit of a weak left hand, 'cause we don't use it all the time. So just keep working on this drill. Just even hitting little half shots, back and through, this alone is gonna start giving you the feeling of how to get that club to work and release correctly. That's the first drill.

                The second drill is, obviously, you gotta put the right hand back on at some point. We need the right hand on there, it does a lot of things for us. But, what I want you to do is put the right hand on there, and we open palm it at first. And what I want you to start doing is letting your hand come off. Now as we're working through and we're releasing the club, my right hand is actually tracing along with the club, but I'm letting it come off. From face on, you can see that my left hand is doing the work, and my right hand is releasing off.

                Now, what we want to start transferring this into is keeping that right hand on there longer and longer and longer. And, I call this the Vijay drill. So, what we're gonna do ... You're gonna come into impact ... Now my fingers are on the club a little bit more, and I'm gonna look like Vijay, or Phil Mickelson, or Freddy Couples. These guys all release the club really, really well with their lead hand. And the trailing hand actually comes off, and that's why Vijay looks like this. Hogan didn't understand this, that's why when they asked him about it, he said, "Well, I guess he just doesn't need it there." He had that part right, but Hogan thought you really needed to push through with the right side, and that's why he looked like this at impact.

                You look at the modern player who has a tremendous amount of club head speed these days, they release the club very aggressively and let that trailing hand come off. All it's gonna do with the trailing hand is slow it down, 'cause the tighter you hold on with a trailing hand, the more your body has to come through with the release. The club can't move independently of your body to speed up, and it needs to. So, when we let the right hand start coming off like Vijay, now, all of the sudden, the club can speed up really fast. You'll see my body is actually moving quite slow, but I've got a lot of speed. So, that drill is you start getting into this Vijay position where you're letting that hand come off the club, combined with the first drill of starting to learn to use the left hand, the last three fingers in the left hand only, will start to get you into a perfect impact position and get you a tremendous amount of club head speed with very little effort.

Hi, I'm Chuck Quinton, founder of Rotary Swing Golf. In the previous two videos, I talked a lot about the physics of the impact position and release, and how it impacts how you get into a great tour quality impact position. In this video, I'm going to talk a little bit more about the release, and it's importance. One of the things that's critical in the golf swing that we all know about and typically most amateurs want more of and better players want to get rid of, is this concept of lag.

                The lag is again, to redefine it, just the angle between the forearms and the shaft, whether you define it within a left arm and right arm, it's not important for our discussion point for know. But this angle is potential energy as I discussed in the first video. But that potential energy is useless if you don't release it. So in other words, if you have this great angle, and you hold it all the way down to impact, and you hit the ball like this, well you haven't released it, and it doesn't give you any more speed. And this is critical, because the release of this lagging or the release of the angle from your wrist, accounts for over 60% of your club head speed. Over two-thirds of your speed comes just from the release of your wrist.

                So to have this lag angle, to have this potential energy and then properly release it, is the essence of the golf swing. It is the most important part of the swing. Most amateurs struggle because they release it incorrectly, and start doing it too soon, and as they do that, they get into this position because they're pushing from the right side ... and if you watched the first two videos, you'll understand what that means ... and as they're doing that, the lag angle's getting thrown away, and they're getting into this scoopy chicken wing impact position.

                To understand how to release the club, you've got to understand what the word release really means. Think about that for a second. You hear this term on TV all the time, or for golf instructors, or other golfers, "Ah, I didn't release the club." What does that mean, literally, to release something? Well, it means to let go. If you really release something, that's when you let it go, and that's when it's going to accelerate the most. The trick is how you release the club in the golf swing is everything.

                So when we talk about that, we're talking about getting rid of this angle, and letting the forearms and club face rotate over ... you can see the club can move very fast without my body doing much of anything. That's giving me a lot of speed, just because I'm properly releasing the club, without having to do much with my body. Now to do that correctly, I want you to think about how you'd swing a hammer. If you were to use a hammer, and we're going to use either hand for now, this angle that you create is what gives you the potential energy to get a lot of speed into that nail, without a lot of effort. You don't heave your body into it, and hack at it with your arm, you get the majority of your speed from the release of your wrist. Think about that ... if you're holding onto a hammer really tight, and your wrist is really tight, you can't get a lot of speed out of it, because your wrist can't move very fast compared to keeping your wrist soft, and letting it release with a lot of speed.

                I have a great video that's going to show you a really cool trick that's going to help you pick up at least 20 yards off the tee. If you're not releasing the club properly and don't have lag, this video ... I call it the VJ release drill ... is going to show you not only how to properly rotate and release the club, but it's going to show you how to pick up a tremendous amount of effortless speed, all from doing less in your

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