Jordan Spieth - Brake and Release

Congrats to the young 21 year old sensation Jordan Spieth for winning his first major championship at the 2015 Masters. For years, we have heard TV commentators tell you to spin your body through the hitting area. Well, you can do that if you want to lose a lot of speed in your golf swing. In this video, I'll show you how to use your trail foot as a brake for the lower body, so that you can release the club with maximum speed where it counts most...impact! Stalling the body has been a controversial topic in the past and I'll show you just how the #2 player in the world does it pretty darn well.

  • Load the trail side lower body up, early in the swing
  • Start the downswing by squatting and shifting into the lead side
  • Keep the trail foot down on the ground at impact to stall the body and release the club

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Lance
Stoked by these videos that reinforce the principles of rst!
April 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. Great! Thanks for the positive post.
April 7, 2016
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w
I like the concept of brake and release and have been getting better experiencing the feel with the irons. But with the 3 wood and driver, I revert back to the pushing off the right foot and this gets me hip spinning and opening the shoulders. Can you recommend any adjustments when using the driver related this concept of brake and release and the exact ideal position of the back foot at the point of release and contact with the ball. Thanks
April 4, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello W Gerrie. Take a look at the Role of the Right Foot. Also, Jason Day vs. Rory Mcilroy | Power Post Up for a good visual. Make sure you get the weight. When players with the woods don't get the weight over they tend to push more. It will be rolling off the instep with the outer edge slightly off the ground.
April 4, 2016
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Paul
I watch the PGA professionals and they all seem to really fire HARD the hips. When should we fire them? RST talks about arms squatting to square and then break the hips and release. The PGA professionals all seem to fire hard through impact.
June 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Take a look at a few videos for me. The Acceleration Profile and Hip Speed versus Hand Speed in the Downswing Advanced Section. Also, How the Lower Body Works in the Downswing Section.
June 25, 2015
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Paul
I certainly notice that when I brake the trail side I get the same distance without cranking the body around. My issue is, as i get the extension on the release I try to hold that position and don't let go of the 'brake" to complete the swing into a nice finish...comments?
June 9, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. You need to let the momentum of the release pull you through to a completed finish. Take a look at the Move 4 Video and Move 4 Common Faults in the Follow Through Section.
June 9, 2015
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Thomas
In my latest trip to Fla. I noticed all my misses were from major pushing from right side. When I do hit it solid my thought is to keep my left shoulder "closed" in relation to target line close to impact. Is there something better/easier to do to keep my right side from taking over other than having my right arm cut off?
April 26, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. You wouldn't be the first one to experiment cutting off the trail arm. . Nevertheless, it just takes awareness and understanding that push from the trail side doesn't equal speed. Take a look at the Frisbee Drill (Weight Transfer Section), Proper Muscle Activation (Introduction Advanced) and Lose the Right Hand Drill (Downswing Section) to help get that trail side under control.
April 27, 2015
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Mario
Thank you. Played first round in Toronto canada this weekend. Best score ever at my home course was 79. After a winter of RST shot 75 with a double bohey (just too excited to hold it together) on 18. Focused on just a couple of fundamentals - weight over ankles and right foot break. Really good stuff thanks.
April 26, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Mario, congratulations on your round and good luck on your continued improvement. R.J.
April 26, 2015
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Erwin
As a lefty I have criticized you guys a few times because you would or could not make a transition from left/right to upper/lower or trailing/leading. So now I think it's only fair to applaud you on doing just that: using words like lead side and trail foot makes it easier for me to follow your comments and advice. Well done and thank you!
April 22, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erwin. We appreciate the post. We are working hard to make the members happy. Thanks!
April 23, 2015
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Thomas
Looks just like me so I'm not sure why I haven't won the masters. Maybe because they haven"t invited me. LOL This was a great analysis (by Chris), I need lots of work on my right foot position but I'm trying to get my posture and backswing good first. WAs a great win for Jordan and the USA!!
April 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tom. I will pass the good word to Chris. Thanks! I kept asking my mail man did he lose my invitation. Sadly, he said one never came across his path.
April 19, 2015
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Thomas
I like that. you just have a bad mailman!
April 19, 2015
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Jukka
Hi! Great video! It looks like he is holding litel his release. Arms are not rolling threw impact and the club is not FULLY released. Certainly this works great for him but what is your opinion about his release?
April 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jukka. He does release the club. Nevertheless, he does look like he is holding the club off a little for this shot.
April 18, 2015

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