Release For Speed - RST Student Success

In this video, I'll show you how we took playing professional Cory Cooper's ball striking and made it more crisp as he prepares for the Sanderson Farms PGA Tour event next year. He qualified for the event by winning the Louisiana PGA Section event that exempt him into the 2015 PGA Tour event. To better prepare Cory for the demands of PGA Tour greens, we needed to shallow out his angle of attack to help him hit the ball higher. To do this, we had to help him learn the proper amount of lag of solid ball striking because he simply had TOO MUCH lag. I am going to show you how to get rid of excess lag and release the club efficiently for a boost in clubhead speed. I am also going to show you how releasing the club properly will help you gain more control over your ball flight and increase your consistency and accuracy.

  • Shift left before the hands and arms start down
  • Allow the rotation from the torso to pull the arms down into the hitting area
  • Release the golf club with very little tension in the lead wrist

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John
In sequence drill, if stop at club parallel you have no momentum when releasing. Do you have to move the arms only? Thanks so much.
May 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User23973. Yes. Because that goal is to start releasing. You will basically feel the weight of the club fall as the forearms turnover.
May 23, 2019
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John
Thanks so much. I appreciate your prompt replies. ❤️????
May 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User 23973. No problem and thanks. Here to help you get better!
May 23, 2019
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Jay
At 4:30, Shaft is parallel to the ground, his trail arm is almost completely straight.
March 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Some players may be a little more than others. But, the trail arm will have some slight straightening by that position.
March 10, 2019
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Jay
Hi Craig. I actually tried some rep's with a straighter trail arm outside my leg, ( shaft parallel to ground). It feels as if I'm punching a table at my side, lol. Guess what, on video I was more shallow, so I know it works. Too bad I hit everything fat.
March 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. If you are hitting the drill fat you may be releasing the angle too soon. Do you tend to have too much lag in your swing, or too little?
March 10, 2019
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Jay
Im a single digit handicap, my lag is just about right. I hit this drill fat because I tried to straighten my arm from the elbow. Probably a tad too much.
March 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Gotcha. I was worried about that with your post. Sounds good. I think you diagnosed the error properly.
March 10, 2019
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Andrew
How is it possible to release the club as fast as you can without going left? It would seem that the faster the club is released, the more leftward the ball should go.
June 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. The club will be square at impact. When you follow the design of the club it will return properly. You want to be able to release the club as hard as possible and never fear left (for right handed player). Start by mastering basic rotation first with smaller shots. Perfecting Impact Part 1.
June 9, 2016
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Stephen
Hi Craig, in these drills have we to pull with oblique or push heel into the ground, or do we miss this step in these drills and just concentrate on letting the club fall and the wrist rotating? I recognise that we get seated left first though. Thanks. Stephen
March 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Shift left, allow torso and fall of arms to help bring the club down, and then release with very little tension.
March 22, 2016
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Loran
I should release the club and lag when I reach parallel to my right knee? Or is it my right thigh?
May 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. All dependent on a couple of factors. But, think of the release of lag/club when reaching into the trail thigh area.
May 16, 2015
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John
Thanks, Chris. You do a great job explaining the points in your videos without resorting to cliches. I finally feel like my backswing is in good shape, but I've still got my "old" downswing and I feel somewhat lost now when actually hitting the ball. This gives me something to focus on.
March 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. I will pass the good word to Chris. Appreciate the positive post. You will get there. Keep at it!
March 14, 2015
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mknightgolfpro@yahoo.com
I'm a plus 1.5 handicap and I have just the opposite problem. I'm not keeping my lag, but the club is coming down on plane because almost all my worst misses are short in play. I to have sequencing problem. My arms and torso start together so I have to violently rotate my hips to lead into the hitting area. My focus this winter has been to work on this, but it's a nasty habit that has kept me from hitting the ball far enough to attack longer golf courses. This is my first month with RST.
February 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Good luck with the work. If you have any particular question along the way. We will be happy to help you fix your lag/sequencing problem for good. I would advise you to upload a swing for review. Have one of our instructors find the main culprit in your downswing causing the lack of angle.
February 17, 2015
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dan
what Happened to Clay??? miss his videos!!!
November 5, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Dan -- Just as Craig says, Clay has left the golf business and we do wish him all of the best. We will work hard on our end to provide the highest quality of content at all times.
November 5, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. I apologize, but Clay is no longer affiliated with Rotary Swing. We all here wish him the best and support his new journey.
November 5, 2014
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Manjula
It would be useful to put links to the relevant drill videos below the video so that we can navigate quickly....thanks
November 4, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Manjula, There is a search bar underneath the video playlist on the right hand side of the screen. If you type in the name of the drill that is suggested, the search bar will take you straight to the link that you need for the video. R.J.
November 4, 2014
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Bob
Thanks much. This helped me. I think part of it was that I was misinterpreting the wide narrow wide concept so that I was getting too steep. Would you comment on this? Bob.
October 27, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Robert, In order to take advantage of getting narrow during the downswing, you have to release the energy and get wide again during impact and follow through. So, it is entirely possible that if you're not releasing the angles that you created that you will come entirely too steep into the ball. R.J.
October 27, 2014
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JOHN
What is the best way to hold the angle of lag until the release?
October 24, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
John, Stay loose, don't swing with the upper body from the top of the swing, save all of your upper body energy for the last couple feet of the downswing. Use your torso and lower body to get you into the attack position where you can release the club with your full force at the bottom of the swing. R.J.
October 24, 2014
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Mike
Good video. Been going through some of those problems myself. This is the best instruction available. My handicap has dropped 6 shots this summer and my distance is back. I'm 69 and looking forward to my best golf yet. Thanks, Rotary Swing
October 22, 2014
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Cory
This is me in the video and without Chris explaining it to me in detail, I may not have gotten it. I like to think I'm a good golf instructor but I'm weird about changes in my swing. Trusting Chris has really helped me a lot. I don't get to practice a lot, but when I do I make it count. I have too many goals for my golf game to know take the right steps towards improving. If anyone can ever go see Chris in person, DO IT!
October 25, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Mike, I'm glad to hear that you're having success with the Rotary Swing program. It truly is the best instruction available in golf because we focus on real, tangible science as opposed to using golf mythology to solve the issues that hinder our students. Also, we're up front with you and let you know what it takes to improve your game, instead of trying to slap band-aids on your swing so that you keep having to come back for more lessons later. We want you to keep coming back because you crave more knowledge about the swing, not because the band-aid fell off and you're back to your old woes. Stick with the program during the winter and work diligently. By time the spring rolls around, 6 strokes will be just a blip on the radar of your vast improvements to your golf swing. Good luck, sir! R.J.
October 23, 2014

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