How to Swing From The Ground Up - Golf Swing Transition

How many times have you heard that you should start your golf downswing from the ground up? What does that even mean? You know it's important, but don't know how. That's what I'm here for. In this new premium video, I'm going to show you why you struggle to have a proper golf swing transition and show you the secret to developing a properly sequenced downswing where this happens automatically.

  • Go to the top of your swing and determine what part of your body has the most tension. 
  • To get your muscles to fire in order, you must load them in order. 
  • Shift your weight and load your trail side glutes up first. 
  • Focus on load and rotation to start the swing. 
  • Arms and shoulders should stay as relaxed as possible so they are not the first muscles to fire in the downswing. 

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Dave
I use this system for the backswing with pushing the trail heel and loading the glute…. So I thought. My last review was called out as the lazy mans swing. I’m missing something. Should I be restricting the lower body in the backswing? It would be nice if reviews included a picture of “what it should look like” in comparison.
July 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. You want to load the glute in the backswing. The lower body certainly can turn. It's when you allow for over turning of the hips, lack of load, and loss of complete trail knee flexion is where you get into trouble. The goal shouldn't bee to restrict the hips so much in the backswing they aren't allowed to turn when pulling the shoulder blade back.
July 2, 2021
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James
Thanks for directing me to this video. It is so frustrating because as you can see I already have it amongst my favourites. Think I should be looking amongst my favourites in future before asking these dumb questions. As Christina said you have such a fantastic memory regarding these video tips that makes you so valued. Many thanks again Craig for that locker you use in your brain!
August 4, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Appreciate the compliment James. Sadly, the memory is because I probably had the same fault before in my own swing and needed the clue.
August 4, 2020
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James
Yes but at least you remembered them LOL! I can recall things from years ago from back in my youth but I can put something down and five minutes later I've forgotten where I put it and often have to get V to help me find it again .
August 4, 2020
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Martin L
What are some good exercises to strengthen muscles to doing these moves?
June 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin L. Go to the Golf Fitness Section - Glute Series.
June 30, 2020
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Jesse
I truly do not feel ANY tension in my core during my swing, which is what I feel is my problem. When I do this drill, all I feel is tension in my gluts. Are there any other drills you can point me to in order to feel the tension in the core?
March 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jesse. I gave you the chair drill in your other post. Great way to feel.
March 30, 2020
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Fred
In a normal speed swing the downswing happens so fast it feels to me like I go directly from weight on the right to weight on the post up leg. I seem to be missing the squat to square because it's so quick. Is that bad?
December 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. As long as you see some squat and proper shifting on film you may be okay. I could understand adding speed may delete some of the feeling from the squat, but you have to make sure to get those glutes engaged to stabilize those hips.
December 7, 2019
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Paul
Quick observation on this. I notice on the backswing when i stamp my foot into ground it loads left glute and I feel my pelvis rotate into right leg which is solid. I believe this is the effect you are looking for on the site. What i also noticed though is this starts a chain reaction where my trunk rotates then stops and I suspect my shoulders would do the same. I suspect this is the staircase analogy some people use. Am I right on all this. My question is, where does the shoulder blade glide fit in with all this. Why do we need it? Thanks.
June 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. If the shoulder blade doesn't move down and in the shoulders won't rotate. You need this to happen to also have proper connection that will allow you to add core rotational speed in the downswing. If the shoulder blade isn't connected you can't transfer the power. When you are rotating your trunk you may think that the blade isn't rotating, but it is. You don't need to feel a massive load, or wrenching of the blade to make it glide towards center.
June 27, 2019
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Jesse
Craig, thanks for this response. I have been struggling with the shoulder blade glide; it seems that every time I try to do this, I end up screwing up my swing. Perhaps if I try to feel a load in my core while at the same time doing the slide, I will marry the two sensations. Your thoughts?
March 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jesse. Try to focus more on the core. Body Rotation in Golf Backswing - Chair Drill Video. Recruit abs and core.
March 30, 2020
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Tram
I think this drill is important for me to change the old habit to start downswing with shoulders. The problem is when pushing the right foot to the ground and make shoulders turn, I feel tension in the fore leg and the glute but in the same time the tension in the right shoulder. For the drive, the reflex is to start the right shoulder in downswing. How to do to make hip and shoulder relaxed in this drill.
June 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tram. You need to feel the core more. Take a look at Proper Muscle Activation and Body Rotation in Golf Backswing Video. This will help delete some of the tension.
June 3, 2019
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Blake
Hi, RJ. Sorry, still very confused. Here’s what I THOUGHT I was supposed to do based on “Squat to Square” or “Sitting Into the Left Side.” Shift my weight; weight shift motion also causes my hips to unwind, moving hips to square, which pulls shoulders from 90% to about 45% closed, which in turn pulls hands to trail thigh; then I post up, which opens my hips 30-45% and moves my hands from trail thigh to impact (as does my left obliques pulling left arm under left shoulder and right arm unbending). Your comments (and perhaps I am reading them incorrectly) and my questions: (1) shift your weight to the left side and downcock, while keeping back to target. Q: do my hips unwind at all during weight shift? Or should I try NOT to unwind them at this stage? And, if they do unwind, how much? And if they do unwind, do I try to prevent the unwinding hips from moving my shoulders? 2. “Then the rotation of your hips to 35 - 45 degrees open pulls your shoulders around square and pulls your hands in front of your right thigh.” Q- I thought my hands got to my trail thigh by squaring my hips, not opening them. And I thought the hips opened only when I posted up. Are you saying I post-up to get my hands to trail thigh? If so, what causes impact, if the post-up doesn’t?
April 17, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Your sequence is a hair off in what you described above. There are 3 parts of the downswing with the lower body that happen quickly and when you're looking at this video where you're stopping into the ground with the left heel, it almost looks like one move and then the release. 1.) Shift weight to the left side while downcocking, no rotation yet, still 90 deg closed (shoulders)/45 deg closed (hips) 2.) Squat into the left glute (have to get there before you can squat into it), this squares the hips and pulls arms to about pocket height, 45 deg closed (shoulders)/square (hips) 3.) Post up left leg, turning the hips open and moving the hands in front of the right thigh, Square (shoulders)/45 degree open (hips) 4.) Pull left arm across body to stack over left ankle along with left shoulder, left hip, left knee, left ankle while extending right arm, back of left hand on the line (logo on glove pointing down target line), club head at him impact with forward shaft lean. Wrists need to be supple this whole time and grip remains light. Square (shoulders)/45 degrees open (hips). Hips will be 30 - 45 degrees both ways based on your level of flexibility. Left it 45 degrees to simplify the explanation.
April 17, 2019
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Frank
Do I understand, you should post up with left leg before club release? I always thought the posting up caused the release. If you post up before release what causes the release?
May 25, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
An action can't be the cause of another if it doesn't happen first.
May 25, 2019
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Blake
Wow, thank you RJ! Clearest explanation I have had yet. Back to work for me
April 17, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome.
April 17, 2019
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Blake
Hey, RJ. Am I to understand that when I shift my weight, my hips stay closed, my back stays to the target, and my arms do not start dropping. Only after the weight shift do any of those things happen; only after the weight shift do I start unwinding. Is that correct? Blake
April 16, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
You downcock/let your arms fall as you shift your weight to the left side but you do not want to focus on turning the shoulders. As the weight shifts into the left side, you want to keep your back to the target as long as you can as you downcock and then the rotation of your hips to 35 - 45 degrees open pulls your shoulders around square and pulls your hands in front of your right thigh, then you start to use the arms by pulling your left arm to underneath your left shoulder as you extend your right arm. If done with supple wrists and hands that aren't manipulating the club, the club will release on the path that the body set it on.
April 17, 2019
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Paul
Is this the same motion for quarter and half swing. Is the quarter and half swing any different from full. thanks
April 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The quarter and half swing will be the same. Just with less rotation and the arms less vertical in the backswing.
April 15, 2019
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Paul
Why are the arms less vertical Craig. Thanks mate.
April 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. I was just meaning in a quarter, or half swing. The motion stays the same, but the rotation and arms will be less vertical because it's a shorter swing. To only swing half you won't need as much elevation. The arms should stop once rotation stops.
April 15, 2019
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Paul
A sorry mate, misred your reply, I thought you meant they hung slightly further away from chest.
April 15, 2019
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Gary
I have extreme difficulty in trusting the lead side pulling the club through to impact. I understand that the lead side needs to pull the club through but find myself jerking my arms down vs allowing gravity to drop the club into position. I am attempting to rid myself of the typical rotate the shoulders from tbe top. Need help to get the feeling of allowing the club to naturally drop into position from the top and on to impact and through to the finish
April 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. I responded to your other post to try and come up with a solution.
April 7, 2019
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Doug
Opps. I’ve been drilling this weight shift drill with and without a club and I am finally understanding how the shoulders move to square on their own. My question has to do with the hips. Chuck says in the video to stomp your lead left heel and then post up to get the shoulders square. Posting up clears my left hip without consciously making my left hip turn back out the way. Should I add active clearing by adding to that post up move or simply post up which is clearing my hips on its own? When I do the shift to the left with stomping my left heel and posting up without trying to turn my hips, my shoulders are square and I am feeling the club release while square and it’s awesome. Am I on the right track here? Really appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Doug
January 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Doug. Sounds like you are on the right track. The shift and post will bring the shoulders to square. My suggestion is to make sure when you post the lead oblique pulls the lead hip behind you giving you at least 30-45 degrees clearance at impact.
January 10, 2019
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jesse
Great video. Chuck had Tommy Fleetwood hair before Tommy Fleetwood had Tommy Fleetwood hair.
January 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jesse. Chuck copied the hair from me. Then, Fleetwood from Chuck. I feel like I was the pioneer of this endeavor. Thanks for the compliments on the video.
January 3, 2019
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jesse
Ha! That’s awesome!
January 3, 2019
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Ron
When you shift your weight at the beginning of the downswing, should the weight be going towards your lead heal? I am having trouble really rotating my hips, I feel like I have more of a slide. Trying to keep my knees pointing straight in the backswing, but I'm just not getting the hips really rotating
December 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Take a look at the Closed Hip Slide Video. Yes, heel/center of ankle joint is what you should be aiming for.
December 4, 2018
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van
On the downswing after stomping with the lead ( in a right hander the left foot) is the tension retained in the obliques until the posting on the left leg is consumated?
November 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. The obliques will be engaged until the hips are cleared during the post up and the club is released.
November 20, 2018
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van
The video ends with the downswing at impact. What then. Do the arms and shoulders or one or the other do something specific after impact. Is there some video that addresses the free fall of the arms as the downswing begins. I am having trouble with that because try as I might I seem to want to introduce some tension into the shoulders /arms at the top of the backswing /start of the downswing which makes a relaxed dropping of the arms difficult.
October 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. How to Fix Plane and Path and Step 4 - Add The Club will talk more about the arms during the transition. From impact and beyond. The forearms rotate over. Arms vs. Body Release. All you do is post up and let the club release after you shift and the arms are pulled into position.
October 25, 2018
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van
After stomping the right heel into the turf is there a conscious effort to turn the right shoulder under the chin to the max to effect the snapping of a towel. I find that I am not presently getting the club to complete a complete arc to the left on the downswing. On the occasions when I do, I hit the bejeesus out of the ball. But I have achieved that all wrong since I have concentrated on the triangle of arms and body and trying to get the shoulder under and past my chin while keeping head in address position as long as possible ( not allowing it to move forward and to the left as swing begins)
October 24, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. After you shift/stomp into your trail side there will be a conscious effort to pull the trail shoulder back and make a complete turn. However, you do not need any active thought for your shoulders in the downswing.
October 24, 2018
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Guy
What is right tempo for this to approach full speed practice? 1-2 seconds for rotating and shift to right with 1-2 seconds back to left? Or is it a ratio of 2:1- going to right slower and faster weight shift to left? Thanks Guy
October 22, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Guy. The Tour Tempo data has a lot of research and study behind its findings. The 3:1 ratio is a pretty good numerical approach to the rhythm and sequence of how the golf swing should fall into place.
October 23, 2018
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David
Hi Guys, how do i keep my head behind the ball and stop my upper body wanting to go with the lower body shift? Thanks.
September 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Make sure you don't over activate your shoulders coming down (Keep the Rear Shoulder Back Video). Also, Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks - 3, 4 of 6 Video will be good drills.
September 10, 2018
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Ron
Making the transition is most difficult. I get the idea of moving from right leg with glute activated, to the left heel and centering the weight over the knee and ankle in the left leg, and then post up, but is there a drill to focus on to help me do this better?
August 20, 2018
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Howard (Certified RST Instructor)
Good afternoon Ron. Take a look at 5 Minutes to the Perfect Downswing and Golf Swing Transition Drill in the weight shift section. Working with an impact bag is a great way to drill these motions, as well as 9 to 3 when you begin to involve a golf ball again.
August 20, 2018
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Anders
I am a bit confused. In the downswing, i stomp my lead heel into the ground and i can shift my weight back to the lead side. When does the squat move come in? Is the squat move part of the weight shift or are they done separately, if so, which one comes first? When Chuck says he is using his legs to hit it further, i only see that he is transfering his weight in this one.
May 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anders. When you shift you are settling into the glutes. Think about it as shifting into your squat. You don't need a massive vertical change. Sitting into the lead side and planting the weight with the glutes engaged is the correct sensation.
May 28, 2018
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Lawrence
Craig I really like the planting of the right heel to load the backswing. Can I use the elevated right heel as a trigger to begin the backswing. Some times I find all the various swing thoughts sort of freeze the start of the backswing . Larry Green
May 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Larry. If you want to elevate the trail heel and use it as a trigger right now to start the swing/shift weight. I don't have any issues with that.
May 10, 2018
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William
You just hit on something Craig that I’ve never seen any instructors address. That is the difference between “relaxed, but not dead. There is a fine line between actively passive and gumby. Muscles need to have the ability to react, but not over dominate”. In other words, what is soft and too soft? I know this is really hard to teach, but would love to see a video by you guys attempting to address this. The way I kind of try is I want light and lively, rather than heavy and dead. But it is the single hardest part of the swing for me to nail down. I wish I could get it right every time, as I think it is everything in the swing, at least for me. Any further thoughts you have to help including a new video lesson on this would be much appreciated. Thx again.
March 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. Yes, a very hard principle to teach. Chuck talks about it briefly in Reshaping Your Swing for Lag Video. Try to make the correlation with gravity. If you completely turn everything off the effect on the arms/club would be to fall straight down. You need to maintain enough engagement/awareness to still support the clubs and arms in a lifted position. But, relaxed enough to allow gravity to have some of an affect when swinging down.
March 25, 2018
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William
Hi Chuck, What does the old saying “to gain control you have to lose control” mean. Does it mean you have to stay soft and loose with your hands, arms, and shoulders as you teach in this video? Also, is lag created by soft or loose wrists setting on the downswing, or is it more of the arms kind of collapsing? Thx very much. Bill
March 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. Lag is created by soft wrists and the change of direction with weight shift in the transition. To gain control you must lose control. The club is designed to work a specific way. You need to allow the club to work for you versus you trying to control or steer it. Focus on your body movements and allow the club to follow it' build. You need to remain relaxed, but not dead. There is a fine line between actively passive and gumby. Muscles need to have the ability to react, but not over dominate.
March 25, 2018
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Ronald
Is it also true when one thinks of lifting first the right heal, then putting it back down as you mention the right knee remains flexed, or hip is started down as the swing starts, the emphasis being downward, but the opposite is true on the left, as you lift the heal and place it down audibly you then extend it fully up, so this imparts somewhat of a right down to left up rhythm? Or have I missed something.
March 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronald. Somewhat. But, when you stomp the lead heel you are sitting into the lead side. Weight transfer/sit/squat motion which won't be up yet. The lead leg and hip won't clear until you post up. You have to shift the weight back before posting up. You don't want to go straight into the up motion on the lead side.
March 23, 2018
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John
Amazing drill to get the feel of loading the right and transitioning into the left. Worked immediately. Helped engage the core to properly pivot. Seems so simple but have never seen it taught this effectively.
February 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Great to hear the drill simplified the movements for you.
February 21, 2018
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Eric
So, I had a breakthrough at the range today. I watched a RS video swinging with hands one inch apart. It feels really good and you can naturally feel the weight go to the inside heal of the trail foot. Of course it is a good check to keep the hands together, mirroring each other. However, one thing that I noticed is that if yo don’t continue with the weight shift, your left hand starts pushing the right and right elbow into a chicken wing. I started hitting balls focusing on good weight transfer to the right heal and I was coming up on plane every time. It seems that if you give up on the weight shift to the trail back inside heel, Your body stops rotating and the hands and arms take over to get to the top of the backswing, leading to a flying right elbow. Does this make sense? Is there a connection between weight transfer to the trail heal and swing plane?
February 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. Weight shift will help you create some momentum to help swing the arms up onto plane. It also will allow you to rotate easier and maintain tilt away from the target. If you don't shift the tendency would be to overuse the arms and lean towards the target.
February 19, 2018
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John
another video says to not push off of the right leg on the downswing. But is that not the way to fire the glutes and hamstrings this video says get loaded on the backswing?
January 13, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Pushing off of the trail foot too much will tend to lead to early extension. It may be used a a little bit of a power source once your lead side is mastered. However, everyone overuses it.
January 14, 2018
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Donlee
Is it OK (or wrong) for me to sit into my lead side AS I complete my backswing shoulder turn? While I’m sure this is not the intention, i feel like I have become very disjointed/jerky (as if I am being too “mechanical”) due to “static” weight shift to backswing position. Fear I am heading to Barkley land!
December 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donlee. You may start your downswing before completing the backswing. However, you must get into your trail side first before shifting.
December 4, 2017
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Louis
Hi. I started following your program recently and I think it is excellent. How would I teach RTS to my boy of 6? He is really keen to start learning, but I feel that learning the 5 step system might be a little too advanced for his age. I want him to practice the right moves from a young age, but not sure a child of his age would quite understand all the moves in sequence like they are meant to be done. Is there a simple way for him to start practicing the right moves without going so in depth into all the drills?
August 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Louis. Kids are like sponges. They will pick up and learn the moves pretty quickly. If you can provide him with the basics of setup and starting to move weight (Weight Shift Sweep Drills, Step 1, RST Tempo Drill ). He will be well on his way to a good swing. Then, later you can delve into some deeper material.
August 26, 2017
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Louis
Thanks for the advice Craig. I will see how the little man does with the drills you mention. Thanks again.
August 28, 2017
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Justin
I found that if I increase my knee bend on backswing & start my downswing by pushing off back legs I hit it higher , thoughts on this?
July 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Justin. Are you referring to you are pushing off your trail leg in the downswing to hit it higher? I would rather the trail leg be somewhat passive in the downswing until the lead side is mastered.
July 24, 2017
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Benson
hi there. i've been trying to add in the trail arm to increase the speed and it does work sometimes but sometimes i struggle with spinning shoulders/smothering the ball/over the top. if i dont try to use the trail arm then there isnt an issue. i wonder if there's a video or drill you could recommend to help me stop the shoulders at square before transferring the speed to arms. just like how the hips accelerate then stop at 30 degrees open by the stomping drill, is there one which helps with the next portion which is the shoulders? thanks!!
July 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benson. Take a look at the Sledgehammer Drill.
July 24, 2017
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Erinn
I think a big issue I have with weight shift is due to playing baseball. I was a Division 1 baseball player and in my baseball swing, the weight is loaded on the right side and I always had my left heal lifted. In a baseball swing I would pick my left foot up slightly to begin my transition, however in a golf swing your feet are planted. This is a struggle I have on our to properly shift my weight without lifting the front heal/foot up?
July 6, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Erinn, Have you seen the fixing your weight transfer video? That video will show you how to use the leg muscles in the lead side, that you more than likely already know how to use based on on your baseball history. Check that video out and see if it gives you some help and if not, then submit your swing for review and let us take a look.
July 6, 2017
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arthur john
a good system is one where you can always go back to something to help when things go wrong. instead of band aids. iti is usually found back in the basics eg weight shift etc. thanks a bunch I was away into more advanced stuff when i saw this video and realised i had got away from the basics. that is a esson for all the answer in all walks of life always is in the basics. arthur j
July 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Arthur J. Yes, you can get a little lost in the field with swing mechanics. Always return back to the basics and the core goals of the swing.
July 4, 2017
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Thomas
Hi Chuck, this Video explains quite well how important it is to load up the right muscles. My question is: In the Video you load up your right leg, quad, hamstring, glute and so on. According to you reasoning this would mean that when beginning the downswing these muscle-groups would be the first which want to release their Tension. On the other Hand you are saying that one should not push with the right side or foot but rather pull with the left side of your Body starting the downswing. This seems to be unlogical to me. Can you help? Thanks for your answer, Thomas
June 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. You don't have to use your right to shift your weight to the left. You have to pull the weight (Preventing Hip Pain Video for a good drill). You don't want to all of a sudden release all tension in the trail side when shifting. There needs to still be some engagement because the trail glute will help stabilize the hip and keep you away from early extension. For example: when settling into your squat both will be engaged, but weight will be on the lead side. You will release the lower half tension when posting up and pulling leverage from the ground.
June 11, 2017
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Niall
Should you at the start of the downswing let the arms drop first to start the momentum in the right direction and then shift weight pull with obliques etc?I find if I get to the top and then shift my weight first before letting the arms drop,I can't stop my right shoulder getting too active and this starts the club down on the wrong path.
May 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Niall. Ideally, the shifting will start the change of direction and the pull the arms down. You don't want the arms moving solely independent of the weight shift in the transition.
May 7, 2017
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Yi
Hi I am new here and am just working on Chris's Impact series 3 and 4. Have not graduated there yet. Today I went out to the range and tried a few shots. Found the the stomping of leading heel was really a life savor. Without stomping my left heel at the beginning of downswing I hit balls over the place. With the stomping, I at least could hit some decent shots,while I still need to work on a lot of other stuff. Now I am really a fan of RST and try to work on it.
February 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Yi for the post. Happy to hear the excitement and good news about the swing.
March 1, 2017
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Dean
I am coaching a high school golf team with very inexperienced players. What are the most important steps for me to take to help them learn to swing correctly in a short two-month season?
February 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dean. For such a short season. Setup, weight shift and the 9 to 3 movement. Setup is going to give them a balance to start of the swing correctly. Weight shift will help them with feeling momentum, tempo, power and naturally take care of full swing issues. 9 to 3 will refine the most important elements of having a good impact. It will provide a good warm up, but also help them hone in rotation to start, shift for plane/lag and feel for what happens at the strike through the release.
February 25, 2017
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Robert
I find when I concentrate on using the Box muscles to turn and using the back and front heal- up positions to initiate the swing and turn movements, that I totally loss perspective of where my club position is-- i.e. my arms feel like noodles on a stick. Where are my arms supposed to be, as I am making the proper turn, especially on the back swing? Do you have a video to help me with the proper club takeaway? Thanks, Bob
January 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. I can understand you lose a little perspective on where the club is located. The key for this video is getting the body moving properly. Making it simpler to allow the club to be swung or driven by the body. Take a look at the RST Pencil Tee Drill, 4 Square Drill, and 5 Minutes to the Perfect Takeaway to help with ideal club positions.
January 28, 2017
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Martin
Another good video. In this video it really helps me to understand the weight shift and the bit that glues it all together for me is focusing on the crease in the top of the leg on the backswing. It stops me from over rotating and I can now at last really feel my right glute engaging. Another really cool thing that has happened is that my right knee has been sore for some time, which I have put down to golf injuries over the years. So I am practising this movement when I hear a snapping sound and fell real pain in the knee... my first thought is more time out. Then an RST miracle happened, the pain stops and my aching knee no longer aches. I can put full weight on it and still no pain. WOW!! A golf system that has a built in healing process. Can anyone tell me what has likely happened here?
January 20, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. I'm not really sure what happened. I'm glad to hear you don't have any pain in the knee though. I'm guessing that you started using less of the knee as the load bearer and loading the glute provided a little more stability. Freeing up the knee joints.
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Lance
Hey Chris I thought you disappeared from the sight - glad you are still here. So would you say that tension in the rectangle is mainly caused by tension in the grip/forearms. I find myself battling with the right amount of tension to keep my arms in front of my chest connected on the take-away. Can you explain how to maintain that toothpaste squeeze throughout the swing?
September 28, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Lance, Yep, I am still here and thanks for thinking of me. Yes, I would say that tension in the hands and the arms is the main issue. It is super hard to keep tension levels down in the hands and the arms because it is where we are most sensitive when swinging the club. I would start by turning the club over and swinging from the light end, this allows you to focus on moving your body correctly without the weight of the club. Once you get enough reps in and become more proficient, then flip the club over and go back to work focusing on feeling your body shift and turn to move the club. Also, try to focus on letting the club rest in the back 2-3 fingers of the lead hand, very relaxed, and the rest of the fingers can be on the club but not squeezing at all. Hope that helps!!!!
September 29, 2016
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Ashar
These drills making my six abs. Ahhhh
September 14, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Beach body work out hahaha! Always good to learn how to use your core and your trunk properly in the swing.
September 14, 2016
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Sean
I wanted to say that this is a very good drill. I watched this today after I was having a very inconsistent takeaway and backswing this weekend and today. I was having a lot of strain on my back and kept my swing inconsistent. By doing this drill and thinking about planting my right foot in the back swing it properly loaded my right flute in the back swing and my upper body turned so naturally and had a nice compressed feel without straining my back. Awesome drill!
September 12, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
AWESOME Sean! Keep working at it. - Chris Tyler
September 12, 2016
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Loran
When I plant my right heel onto the ground, I tend to lose the left hip line and sway, as a result. Is there a little slide to the right side when golfers shift their weight to build torque? What drill do you suggest I do to keep my right leg and knee stable? Also, what drill to promote more hip and shoulder turn?
August 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. You will shift a little bit when loading the trail glute. Make sure you keep the pressure from rolling to the outside of the trail foot (Anchor to the Ground Video). Also, the Weight Shift Part 2 Video to use an alignment rod against the trail hip to make sure you don't sway beyond it. Laser Beam Drills for Knee Stability will help with quieter leg work. Body Rotation in the Backswing Video to help practice shoulder turn against the resistance of the hips.
August 2, 2016
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Mike
I did this perfect without a golf club. I added the club and hit balls doing this drill with some good results. My question is how do I go from hitting balls with this drill to normal foot work? I am a life long hip spinner and have noticed lately that I have some high club head speed but the ball isn't going as far as it should based on club head spead. Probably not solid contact or something else. I know this is the correct movement but am having a hard time doing this with a club in my hand and a golf ball in front of me. Mike
June 6, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. You can slowly tone down the lifting and stomping of the heels. Instead of lifting the heel off the ground, try just slightly lifting your heel within your shoe to help shift the weight to the right and to start the transition down. Once that feels comfortable you can start to just feel like the heel is just being driven into the ground without having to actually lift the heels. That is a great way to make this drill progressive and stackable with other RST fundamentals like the 5 step core rotation drill that focuses on stacking rotation with the weight shift. And that drill will most definitely help with the hip spinning issue.
June 6, 2016
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Tomas
Hi i have a lot of thoughts about when is the right time to start fire the force in the right hand. I normally fire it to early and have to wait to activate the right hand. Tomas
May 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tomas. For the vast majority of players you might not even need to think about firing the trail hand due to its over dominance. Take a look at the Golf Swing Release Video and the Right Arm Release.
May 26, 2016
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Robert
This, in my opinion, is the best instruction you have done. There are numerous people who could benefit from this particular video. Loading the right heel is the key to the time worn question, "what starts the downswing ?". Assuming a player understands that the upper body must be free of tension ( this goes all the way back to Percy Boomer's instruction), it is possible that loading the right heel could make that question redundant. Also making sure the left belt line is a little lower than the right makes the downswing almost automatic.
May 25, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glad you enjoyed the video Robert. This was a member favorite for sure when it came out.
May 25, 2016
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David
What does he mean in his last line, ..."making sure the left belt line is a little lower than the right....
September 30, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
It's more of a "feel" that Robert has created in his transition to achieve the proper sit move to the lead side. The hips should be fairly level when making the sit move into the lead side.
October 1, 2016
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Clint
I've been struggling to keep my back from rounding over and maintaining spine angle. Would you please direct me to a video or drills that would help me alleviate this problem?
May 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Clint. Usually losing your spine angle is directly linked to early extension. Try working on the Chair Drill for early extension and Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks 5 of 6 Video for the posture.
May 13, 2016
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Kevin
Thanks, Chuck. This is a great drill.... I know that when I've been to the range and hit some of my BEST shots, I can feel my right glute "load up" before.....this will help me to get it more often and be more conscious of it. Thanks.
May 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Thanks for the post and compliments of the video. Get those glutes working!
May 13, 2016
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Denis
Remove distraction. Ball, club... and footwear Figured out how to ground myself practicing barefoot without shoes and socks on the wooden floor. Very nice feeling. Now I know purpose of spikes on golf shoes
May 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Denis. Great. Thanks for the post. I see you are starting to understand the industry better now.
May 12, 2016
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Denis
Continue my barefoot experiments Place the spike from acupressure mat under right part of right foot and you'll never sway and start really rotate http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/364/187/230/1258879545859_hz_myalibaba_web13_9838.jpg
May 16, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Denis. That would cause a lot of injuries to some of the members. Agreed. Never sway again.
May 16, 2016
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Chris
Hello. I remember Chuck mentioning somewhere on the site "stack and tilt", what video was that in?
March 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. Hmm. Stumped me. That is a hard one to do. Maybe the Importance of Axis Tilt Video or the RST Necktie Drill?
March 28, 2016
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Charles
I feel that one of key reasons why amateur golfers like myself had the tendency to swing from the top is the weakness in the lower body. In my case, it is largely due to sitting on an office chair too long every day. Sitting is new smoking as discovered by medical professionals recently. I wonder if there are any specific drills or exercises, beside those given in the the golf fitness section, to strengthen the weakness so I can use the low body more easily.
February 19, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Yes, sitting is the new smoking. Don't let anyone convince you it is healthy. Try to stay loose in your hip flexors and keep the glutes strong. You can find online numerous videos that can help you in both those areas.
February 20, 2016
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Dave
Hi Craig. This works well. I am currently trying to gain elevation of the arms and maintain the load into the right glute whilst also keeping the right arm straight on the rotation. I have all of the parts working fine but I struggle to repeat all three together. The main issue is right leg has a tendency to lift with the arm elevation. Any suggested drills for coodinating the 2 as the moves are going in opposite directions, thanks Dave
February 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Pool Noodle Video, 4 Square Drill, Understanding Shoulder Elevation, and Understanding Arm Elevation. The load portion is usually easier to feel and work on. The arms working vertically as you rotate is the tough one. Work on rotating and elevating with the comfort of horizontal and vertical. Then, focus on the load.
February 8, 2016
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Anthony
Great video, I notice that the moves back and forward can't be done fast, especially the move forward. Can you recommend a way to time these moves or a feeling that may help. Thanks
January 31, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Thanks for the compliments of the video. Other than a metronome or slow timing mechanism. You need to realize that you only have one speed burst and you don't want to waste it in the backswing or transition. Wait to deliver the punch for better results.
February 1, 2016
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Anthony
the only fast move is once the hands reach the trail thigh the rotation of the left wrist is the only fast move, is that correct.
February 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Correct. For further information, use the Rotating Body vs Release and the Martin Kaymer Release for Speed Video.
February 2, 2016
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Lance
Would it be correct to say that the shoulder blade glide during the takeaway will shift the weight effortlessly to the trail side? I recently started to feel that my shoulders are almost tension free into the takeaway and that the shoulder blade glide gets the core coiled if I try to not to rotate the hips at all. At this point it seems the weight shifts happens automatically and that I am able to avoid sliding everything away from the target. Most of my bad swings usually are the result over shifting my weight to the trail side. Also on the penetrating wedge video the weight is preset to the lead side - so is this more a function of a narrower stance? It seems to me that the takeaway with the correct shoulder blade glide should be the same in both cases?? Could you explain weight shift differences in these two different approaches? thanks
January 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. You can still rotate properly and not shift your weight. Continuous pulling of the trail shoulder will start to force the trail hip to rotate, but no force weight shift. Some players will naturally shift their weight as a response to a coiled feeling. But, that is more of an athletic response that isn't automatic for some. The weight being preset in the wedge shot isn't just a function of a narrower stance, but setup to help what aspects you are looking to achieve in the swing and strike. The shoulder blade glide in both motions will be similar. However, you want to keep the weight stacked more on the lead side to have a more controlled turn and quieter release for a more penetrating flight with the wedge.
January 26, 2016
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Yuefeng
This video is quite helpful, but I wonder after I'm done with the drill and go back to normal swing and weight shift, shall I feel the burst of power of fast "stamping" of left foot into the ground as in the drill, or more of a smooth/gradual pressing the left heel against the ground? Thanks.
January 19, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. You don't want to rush it, but a somewhat forceful stomp might be required to get that lower body activated correctly when reintroducing a ball. Eventually, it will start to smooth out the better you get the shift and don't lift the heel as much.
January 19, 2016
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joseph
Help me sort out a bit of a problem with my swing by doing a drill for me ... start the downswing by putting pressure on the ball of the left foot and see if that induces a spinning out motion ... then start the downswing by putting pressure on the left heel and see if that produces the desired hip bump. I think I got myself into a bad habit of getting on the ball of my left foot. Thanks
January 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. We definitely want you focusing on shifting to the lead heel. When I attempted the "ball" it didn't induce spinning out, but slide and tush loss.
January 12, 2016
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joseph
Thanks ... you have confirmed my suspicion
January 12, 2016
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Rafael
Hi Brian, this is Rafa from Madrid. Should I perform this exercise "one swing at a time" or in a non-stop motion, that is, stomp/backswing-stomp/downswing-stomp/backswing-and so on and so forth? By the way, I've just recently gotten into golf ( already hooked!) and your exercises/videos/lessons are the best. Most importantly, they make sense and help you visualize the how and, equally important, the why, in a simpke way.
January 3, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rafael. I'm happy to hear you have the golf "bug" and enjoying our lessons. You need to practice the motion separate till you can perform them pretty efficiently. Then, you can move into a little more of a non-stop motion, but make sure not to rush the transition and it is okay to have a little pause.
January 3, 2016
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Brian
Where was this video shot? Beautiful location.
October 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. The Golf Club at Black Rock - Coeur d'alene, Idaho. Yes, it is beautiful up there.
October 26, 2015
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James
And then instead of stomping my left foot to start the downswing I was slowly putting pressure into the ground until my left leg was straight and it was working ?
October 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. As long as the weight is on the lead side and slowly applying more pressure into the ground towards impact helps you start to pull leverage by straightening the leg. You should be doing fine.
October 16, 2015
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James
Hi Craig I've also found pushing my left heel in the ground at the start of the takeaway is helping my takeaway is that right ?
October 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. (For Right Handed Players) You shouldn't require any left heel push to help yourself move right in the backswing.
October 16, 2015
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James
Hi Craig the feeling I was getting today was turning my shoulder blade down to start my takeaway is that right ? So if I add stomping my right foot am I on the right track Craig ?
October 12, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Pulling with the trail shoulder blade down and in gives you the ability to have good shoulder turn. Stomping the trail foot helps with the weight shift into the trail glute. Combining both will lead to a great takeaway.
October 13, 2015
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James
Hi stomping the left foot in the downswing shifts your weight correctly does that mean stomping your right foot in the backswing gives you proper takeaway and backswing ? James b
October 12, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Stomping the trail foot won't give you a perfect takeaway. But, it will correct your weight shift in the takeaway and backswing.
October 12, 2015
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Loran
Then...I take it most of the balance and leverage throughout the swing is both the heels of both foot? How do you know when your shoulders are not squared through impact? Most of my ball flights nowadays are left 10 yards...opposite of my right path days? What am I doing wrong? Too much lag or spinning the body through?
September 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Yes, the heels and staying over the ankle joints is where most of the balance occurs. If you tend to pull the ball or get steep your shoulders are probably open. You are probably pushing threw for power versus releasing. Use the Chicken Wing Drill to help stop a little of the shoulder spin.
September 21, 2015
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Shane
I like this video as it was a simple way to get a good feeling of activating the big muscles and loading correctly. I also noticed when I used this sequence I was easily able to make a much fuller backswing than I do using arms and shoulders.
September 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Shane. Thanks for the compliments and glad you liked the presentation.
September 16, 2015
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Garry
I am receiving a confused mind messages (and feel) between the 'stomp the LH heal action' suggested in this video versus the feel associated with the squatting to square action as suggested in the 'squat to square' video. The feel I get with squatting to square is a slowing down, and then getting to the finish requires something else to occur to get through impact? The squat to square causes me to stall? What have I missed?
September 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. The Squat to Square is for players that have a big hip spinning problem and will help you stall the hips at impact. When drilling I can see why you would feel a little stuck at impact. Once, you start making fuller swings and allowing yourself to release. The momentum should pull you around to a full follow through.
September 15, 2015
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bryan
To clarify, the shoulders do nothing in the downswing? It is the lower body/rotation of the hips and weight shift that brings them square into impact?
September 10, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bryan. You will have a little Lead Lat to help pull the arms. Primarily though the shoulders are very passive in the downswing.
September 11, 2015
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Scott
I've been a member a year now and my game has really improved. But, this last weekend its like I've not ever played golf before. Nothing felt right (out of Seq) and I couldn't put my finger on which part was the cause. Any sugg on where to start on getting back in sequence or when your on the coarse and the swing leaves you how to recover?
August 24, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. I would recommend the Re-Shaping You Swing for Lag and the RST Tempo Drill. The Re-Shaping Video really helps you get back the feel for the swing and the preferred motion of the club. Also, the Tempo Drill will help with a good weight shift and syncing pieces back together. You can also devise a little routine from those to help you in the middle of the round to get the swing back.
August 24, 2015
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Scott
Thank You!
August 24, 2015
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James
Good video. I have always raised the front part of my foot and tapped it down. Helps me to load my right side also.
August 23, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the post and compliments Jim.
August 24, 2015
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joseph
How is stomping on the left heel related to bumping the left hip (hip abduction) to transfer weight to the left? Another way of doing the same thing? I'm an old guy who grew up on planting the left foot back on the ground to start the downswing. Hip bumping is difficult for me even with hundreds of reps.
August 19, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. Yes, planting the lead heel is another way to helping shift and activate pulling the weight to the lead side. You can see this in the How the Lower Body Works Video as well.
August 19, 2015
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Dominic
Thank you very much for this great video. It really helps in terms of training our body in loading up the right side and shifting the weight to the left for the down swing. However, it stops short of telling us what to do once we have squared our shoulder for the impact position. I am a high handicapper for whom nothing comes naturally. I would appreciate if you could 'complete' this video by showing us what to do next (pushing up with the left leg and rotate the left hip at the same time?) and what the finishing position would be with applicable check points. I have reviewed the follow through vidoes (by far the section with the least number of videos), but that deals more with hand position relative to chest position and club position. For someone like me who lives in a small apartment in Hong Kong with no space to train with a club, such a 'complete' training video for the body movements without using a club will go a long way in helping condition the body prior to going to the range or the course. I know it may be a resource-intensive proposition for RST to make such a video, and not everyone has the same kind of concern. I wonder therefore whether you could in the meantime answer my questions verbally as to what to do with the left leg and hip (and other applicable parts and feel) right up to the finish position but without a club. Many thanks. Dominic
August 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dominic. Take a look at the Perfecting Lower Body Stability Video in the Weight Transfer Section. Also, the Straighten the Left Leg Video. They both should help you with the impact post up position. Thanks for the suggestion on what the members might like to see in future videos.
August 18, 2015
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charles
Do you need to make a full shoulder turn for the 9 t0 3 drill? cheers
August 12, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. In the 9 to 3, the shoulders only need to roughly rotate 45 degrees.
August 12, 2015
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Lance
What if I am feeling tension in the shoulder blade glide area at the top of the backswing? Am I pulling too long with the right shoulder blade? I have experimented with easing off the shoulder blade pull once the right arm is folded and notice less tension but am concerned about losing the shoulder elevation mentioned in the 5 minutes to perfect backswing pitfalls video. I notice that it is difficult to keep the left arm elevated across the right eye at the top off the backswing. Thanks
August 6, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. You should feel a little tension or pull, but not max load. Don't wrench the blade. Tension in the lower half, just less in the upper half.
August 7, 2015
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greg
Great Video, Chuck! Thanks! Should I Use This Drill When I Play? Stomp The Right Heel Down To Start The Backswing & Stomp The Left Heel Down To Start The Downswing? Thanks! Greg
August 6, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. You can use the stomp drill while you play. Thanks for the compliments of our instruction.
August 7, 2015
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greg
Thanks, Craig! Tried It Today & Really Smoothed Out My Takeaway By Stomping My Right Heel To Start The Backswing! Greg
August 7, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great! Keep up the good work!
August 7, 2015
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Jacob
The concept of tension in the muscles and signaling our body how to sequence the downswing is a great concept. My question is how does one create the tension in the left side of the "box" to where it wants to fire and start the downswing (if that's even a feel to shoot for)? I'm under the impression our backswing is mainly performed from our back-right shoulder blade moving down, and in, towards our spine (along with shoulder elevation and flexion of right arm). When I perform this move, I can create tension in my "box" big core muscles, however, I only feel the right side of those muscles engaged/tightened. Therefore, at the top of the backswing, the thought and feel of having anything ready to fire/release on my left side is non-existent. It feels as though I have to completely relax the muscles on my right side and somehow source enough muscular strength on the left side to shift my weight over and pull my hips/arms/shoulders to impact. Literally feels like the loading on my right side is all for nothing once I start the transition into the downswing. Shouldn't I be trying to generate the tension on my left side so that it wants to release and fire those muscles to start the downswing?
August 5, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Jacob -- If you are creating load in the trail side glutes that is great as that will aid while you are externally rotating the lead leg and unloading to the left side. If you are feeling your core engage, that is also great as both the trail side and lead side of the core should be contracting together. When you are nearing the top of your swing, you will be shifting your weight to the lead side and then getting the lead side glutes to fire to help for stability and ground leverage. It is hard to feel as things are happening so quickly. The point is, if you are loading up your trail side and shifting your weight to start the downswing, chances are that you are using the lead side muscles more than you think.
August 8, 2015
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Karen
Great video. Very practical. My swing is sooo much more compact and efficient since starting the program in January. I have gained yards with my woods, especially 3 and 5. My driver is more consistent but is a work in progress. My question relates to my irons where my progress is consistency in ball striking but no greater distance. When I listen to good ball strikers on the range I can hear the compression. I feel and hear that maybe 1/5 times in my strikes. I don't know if it is impact and release or weight transfer. I think it is impact. Is there an easy way to check? I will be submitting another video this week but any thoughts in the meantime?
August 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Karen. Glad to hear the swing is getting better. Having a good divot after the ball and penetrating ball flight usually means good compression. Take a look at the Fix Your Release Video in the Downswing Advanced Section. Make sure you have good lead arm/hand movement through the strike.
August 5, 2015
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Karen
Tks for quick reply. I went to the range tonight. My misses are fat so I will look at the fix your release video. I also have a tendency to move my head which I know and am working on. There are a lot of positives though. Alignment is good. Ball flight is good, ball goes forward after hitting the ground - I like what I am doing and much less effort. Hit my 7I 126 uphill and it went in!!!!! Too bad it was the range.
August 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Still a good shot though Karen. Take it for a win regardless. Golf is hard enough. Use the smaller moments to push you to bigger ones!
August 6, 2015
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alan
I am 63 yrs old, used to be scratch but as I have aged I am finding it more and more difficult to maintain my spine angle and coming out of shots, especially tee shots. No problem with short to mid irons or even the 3 wood normally. My tee shots are starting directly right and then going further right or I pull or snap the shot to protect from going right. Any suggestions?
August 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. You need to work on your release. It sounds like you are pushing the trail side through in order to get more club head speed. This is causing the shoulders to bail early and the club to not square up properly. Work on the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release (Downswing Section), Left Hand Release (Downswing Section), and the Vijay Release Drill Advanced Downswing Section.
August 5, 2015
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Peter
Hi Craig & Chuck, I find your instruction excellent. But I found that the best way to load up the back swing is maintaining the spine angle while turning and stretching the upper body as far as possible around the torso. I also I get a better coil by not trying to restrict my hips. By loading up that way the down swing and sequencing seem automatic. Peter
August 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Thank you for the compliments or our instruction and the videos. I see where you are going. The goal in this video is to load the glutes, but shy away from too much shoulder tension in the upper half. I understand why you feel good coil with the torso stretch and it is perfectly okay to allow for hip rotation. As long as you don't over rotate and fire too soon from the top. It sounds like you are still going in the proper direction.
August 5, 2015
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Stephen
Hi craig, u mentioned in my review that I was in a rush to perform from the ground up drill and I have to do it at a slower tempo. Do I still have to stomp my feet down hard like chuck does, then push post up when u feel the glute activate? At the minute I'm stomping then pausing then posting up? Is it ok to practice like this? Or would you like to see it in one continuous move? Stephen
August 4, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Yes, I still want you to stomp. You were practicing at max pace though. When you train you want to feel where the origin of movement is coming from. You can pause if you would like to get the feeling. Eventually, we want to work into a continuous smooth movement.
August 5, 2015
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Stephen
Thank you Craig. Stephen
August 6, 2015
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Stuart
Interesting that Louis Oosthuizen, who arguably has one of the better swings on tour, has stated that his one swing thought when he swings besides tempo is starting the downswing with his arms so that he doesn't block shots to the right and it gives him a chance to be in better sync with his lower body. Any comments?
August 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stuart. Lots of players have different swing thoughts and/or feelings that work for their rhythm. Louis's thought of the arms may trigger keeping the lower body quieter and allow him to release the club. This doesn't mean though his sequence doesn't start from the ground up. Even Tiger under Butch had the thought of his arms just falling from the top. But, you can easily see how much he used his lower body early on in the downswing.
August 3, 2015
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Stuart
Understand and agree but he clearly stated that he starts the transition with his arms and club and not with his lower body. I guess it works well for him.
August 3, 2015
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Robert
Tiger actually says the exact same thing during a series of videos he did with Butch Harmon on Youtube. He says he "feels" like his arms beat his lower body to the ball so he doesn't spin out with his hips. Same with Louis.
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Peter R
This is interesting because Louis does NOT appear to start "the downswing with his arms" as is evident from his swing video herein available.
August 3, 2015
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joseph
Circa 1956 I took my first golf lesson ... don't remember what the pro said about using my core muscles but he did say to let the left heel come off the ground a bit, then pretend there was a bug underneath it, and squash it (Chuck would stomp it) with your heel to start the downswing ... after all these years I'm back at the basics I shouldn't have abandoned.
August 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. Go kill some mosquitos for me and get that core working!
August 3, 2015
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Suneel
Great video. Something I have misunderstood for years about where to draw power from. I've started incorporating this sensation and already gained 20 more yards off the tee and it feels as if I can fire strong through the ball without worrying about a dreaded slice. One basic question about creating the tension in your box area - I've used the feeling of rotating my right hip towards the target in the backswing while not allowing my right leg to straighten up (right handed golfer) to create the right kind of tension. It's been working and I've started to feel the tension in the hip area - am I on the right path and is that the kind of sensation one should feel?
July 31, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Suneel. It sounds like you are trying to maximize torque build up by limiting a little hip rotation. Perfectly acceptable to store power and build a little wind up. Load that glute and create a little torque.
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Lee
Great video, just a quick question... During setup, I have started to think about tension in the upper body. Would it be ok during setup to clench the buttocks (yes, thought about a better way to word it, couldn't come up with anything), this definitely seems to take the tension away from the upper body?
July 29, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lee. You want the muscles to engage in the swing. If you overly clinch too soon other muscles might not perform their other functions. You can be engaged and ready. But, don't stress them too early before swinging.
July 29, 2015
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Stan
Chuck and your team, I am 75, just signed up (for the time being as I am retired and finance can be a problem) but wanted to say your instructions are simple and quite unique in an area where there is an abundance of instruction. I am looking forward to viewing them all and apply them to my game and (hopefully) my aged physique Please answer me a question. What do you perceive as "the pivoting part/parts of the golf swing". I have been told by numerous coaches over the years it is the centreline of the body going through the sternum. I have made my own decision based on hours of watching video instruction by various and reading Ben Hogan. I hope your answer will cement my faith in you and your instructions. Kind Regards and well done on your presentations Stan
July 28, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Stan and welcome to the site. We are pleased to have you here and we are certain that you will find the answers that you are looking for. Please know that if you have any questions during the process that you can post them just as you did here and we will gladly help you. Again, welcome to the RotarySwing family...now, lets kick some butt!
July 28, 2015
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Stan
Did you read my email?? What is the answer to the question?? Stan
July 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Sorry Stan. I did read it and meant to answer it. There are many pivoting parts in the golf swing. To be fair, we are looking to use the spine as center (axis) and we want to rotate around our axis and keep the spine as neutral as possible. The hips are rotating, the wrists and forearms are rotating thanks to the Distal Radial Ulnar Joint.
July 29, 2015
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Fred
It was my understanding that we should start the b/s by pulling the right shoulder blade back and down and that the hips would only start to rotate once the shoulder turn was maxed out. It's seems that this video is the opposite since we rotate the hips first and the arms basically just move vertically. Loved the video, I now understand that I had the tension in the wrong spot. Shoulders as opposed to legs and core.
July 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. Yes, you want to still pull with the trail shoulder blade. However, many players never load the trail side and only create too much tension in the shoulders which leads to the early fire from the top.
July 27, 2015
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Fred
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. I answered above.
July 27, 2015
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hubert
This is by far the best video ever on RST. I'm hitting the ball a lot farther with a lot less effort. Thanks Chuck.
July 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hubert. Thanks for the post! Appreciate the compliments.
July 27, 2015
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Mark
Is lifting the right and left heel a practice drill only or would you advocate taking this onto the golf course as part of your swing?
July 23, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. You can use it as a practice drill or on the course. Once, you start getting comfortable with the new sensations. You can start to calm down the lifting of the heel motion on the course.
July 23, 2015
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marshall
Chuck, best tip ever presented on RST. It's simply a great explanation for a process that I have misunderstood for years. My b/s and d/s have never felt more connected and fluid. It feels so effortless. B/S seems so natural, nothing to think about. D/S lag is easy...and it's very easy to see club face impact the ball....shot after shot!!!
July 21, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marshall. Thanks for the post! Very much appreciate the compliments of the video and content. Keep that swing moving forward!
July 21, 2015
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James
My instructor told me this video was exactly what I needed, and he was right. Hitting the ball great again. The weight shift to the right is really helping me get the weight to the left to start the downswing. However, when I take video of my swing my left shoulder still moves "up" in the downswing instead of down and around my spine. Are there any videos I can look at to address this particular issue?
July 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. In the beginning, it will work slightly down. But, as you start to get into the strike it will be going back up. If you are adding too much secondary tilt and pulling the lead shoulder out of the shot. Take a look at the Level Shoulders Drill in the Downswing Advanced Section.
July 16, 2015
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John
Excellent video!
July 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks John!
July 15, 2015
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Stephen
Hi Craig Morrow, I just got a completed review sent. It wasn’t a very clear recording this time, it was very low). Can you clear a few things up for me that I couldn’t hear. Did you say that I need to get a bit more weight on the lead side at (1 minute 52 secs). Did you say that you liked the swings indoor better at (1 minute 58) At around 2 minutes you mentioned about the arms, that was very low. AT 2;30 I couldn’t hear what you said. I can hear the word shifting and pull. At 2;40 did you say did I release early. You also mentioned that you wanted impact now, versus a little bit too late. I couldnt really hear what you were saying after that. You mentioned something about my hands. Sorry I kind of know what I need to work on, but there is information that I couldn’t hear. The other reviews I have got have all been superb quality and I could hear everything Stephen
July 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. At 1:52 - I said if the inside looked a little bit more like this one it would have been better. 2 - Little more pull (lead arm) in the and a touch more lower body (oblique pull). Overall, the release and swing looked good. I will have the issue cleared up by next review.
July 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. I apologize. We are having issues with are compression rates and having to use another computer. The microphone isn't good at all. Could you send me the link to your completed review. I will get it cleared up for you.
July 13, 2015
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Stephen
Hi Craig, you mentioned that I need more oblique pull in my swing review. You give me the from the ground up video to work on. does that mean that my arms our working good in the downswing, and I have adequate fall and pull with my arms? Do I just need pull from the obliques to sync up my swing? thanks stephen
July 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes. You are spot on with using this drill to sync it up.
July 14, 2015
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Stephen
Thank you very much.
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Ray
Oh yeah. Now it's coming together. I know I've viewed this video before but didn't realize the significance of the information until this time around. I agree that this is one of the most important lessons to date. Thanks!
July 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ray. Happy to see you enjoyed the video and the pieces are starting to come together.
July 13, 2015
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Martin
Hello, I am a right-handed player , good or bad idea to lift a little left heel during the backswing to help the transition right foot to the left foot . I feel that my shots are more penetrating .
July 9, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. For drilling you can use a little lift to get the feel of transferring your weight. Ideally, you would want to be able to work into a position that would no longer require the lift for you to perform the move. But, for learning and training no problem.
July 9, 2015
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Georges
This is a fantastic drill for me. I used it yesterday directly on the course and my first hybrid 3 shot i almost got the guys in front!!! I had a 225-235 yards shot (i usually reach 180-190 yards)!!! It was a great feeling to let go of my arms for once. My upper body was calm and loose. Great feeling! Thanks again!
July 8, 2015
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Georges
Just a word to add that for me if i don`t stomp my feet it isn`t working as well!
July 8, 2015
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ROBERT
I've been with RST for 4 years and I have enjoyed every video and even my unlimited reviews I had with Clay but this is not new to us, I believe we were taught this back in the day from the "stomp drill", what I really love about RST for me is I forget things and I love how you kind of put a new spin on old problems or re address good drills and make them better, this is exactly what you have done here! I was wondering how many reps are recommended on this drill to get it a bit more ingrained? I'm listening to the pod cast and find it very enlightening and enjoyable...I've noticed lately that I'm getting an email that sends me to the blog site, I was wondering if there is something in the app that would allow us more access to some of these things that we miss? Chuck and the RST group thank you so much for continuing to tell me the things I need to engrain!
July 8, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Robert, the interesting thing about doing reps for any movement pattern is that the number never really changes. After about 1,000 you're going to be very, very good at the movement, after 5,000 you've mastered it. As for the blog, you should still be able to access it from the app, let us know via support if you can't. Really, the only thing you can't do in the app is review your swing reviews since Apple doesn't support Flash.
July 9, 2015
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ROBERT
Chuck thanks for taking the time to reply. Truly appreciate what you have put together and loved your piece I listened to the other day, it helped to hear you say that we all will make mistakes playing this crazy game, it gave me a better perspective of where my expectations need to be. I'll keep on the reps and work towards ingraining.
July 12, 2015
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Brent
I am a hip spinner and alos loose my tush line on downswing. How do I not spin my hips during this weight transfer. I am great at transferring my weight but the hips go at the same time! Help! I have watched all the videos on hips and weight but still can't fix it. will this drill help?
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Brent, have you tried the stomp drill? the muscles you activate in that drill are the same ones that you have to relax and let lengthen to spin your hips, so it's a great drill to feel those muscles engage rather than relax.
July 7, 2015
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Brent
Yes just starting to work with it but I spent some time with the frisbee drill last night. That seems to really help me understand the feeling of the weight shift more than anything.
July 8, 2015
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terry
I once heard Nick Faldo describe how he played a practice round before a major tournament by setting up to every shot with is right heel slightly off the ground. Try it it..it works
July 7, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the added info Terry.
July 8, 2015
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Jim
This video really is the basis for RST. Can you tell me what I should be feeling in my left leg during the backswing. At times I feel like I have moved too much weight onto my right side, making it harder to transfer back to the left smoothly. Jim
July 7, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Great question Jim. It's activated as it's getting ready to do some serious work. You don't want it to fall asleep.
July 7, 2015
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Anthony
If I understand it correctly the big box muscles of the body are responsible for rotation in both the b/s and d/s but in the downswing once the rotation is done the body STALLS (box muscles are basically done) and the arms, wrist and hands take over and release the club not the body, is that correct.
July 7, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Rather than thinking of the word stall, which connotates a passive movement, thinking of POSTING UP while the arms are then whipped through the hitting area.
July 7, 2015
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Anthony
Chuck, thanks for the quick response, just a follow up question. Is another way of saying it; that the big box muscles of the body provide the power in the swing and the arms, wrist and hands turn that power into speed, is that a good way of looking at the role of the body versus the arms, wrist and arms.
July 7, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
That's an excellent way of thinking about it.
July 7, 2015
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THOMAS (Tom)
Can't wait to try this method . I like the triggers of rt. heel up to start the B/S, and left heel up to start the D/S and weight shift to the left. Have I got that right? P.S. The view is great -- is that Lake Tahoe? tom
July 6, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. Yes, you have it right. Get using the core and lower body correctly. Close, but this is Coeur D'Alene
July 6, 2015
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Earl
P.S. What I took from the video was to now use somewhat of a forward press on my full swings. As Chuck demonstrated, it enables me to "start the swing from the ground up", where after the forward press the power is transferred into my lower body and the arms remain loose as they come along for the ride. Works awesome.
July 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. I like where the head is at, but be wary of too much forward press if you are achieving it with the hands. The hands at address should be vertical and then pulled back in the takeaway. If you start forward pressing the hands too much you might create a little too much hand swing to get the momentum of the club moving.
July 3, 2015
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Earl
Thanks Craig. What I'm actually doing is pressing slightly down amnd into the inside of my right foot....I'm left-handed...and then pulling back with my left shoulder blade as my my left side loads up. My arms and hands just go back easily.
July 3, 2015
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Earl
Wow...one of if not the most game changing video / tip I've ever received! Went to range today and my usually frequent fat/thin shot disappeared, my contact was much better, and my distance jumped significantly with all clubs, and with less effort too! This was worth the price of my subscription alone. Thanks so much. Daniel
July 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. Fantastic. Keep changing that swing for the better.
July 3, 2015
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Brenda
This video is awesome! It's a literal explanation that I've been looking for for a long time. Now I just have to do the reps to ingrain it. Thanks again
July 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brenda. Great. Thanks for the post. Happy to hear you enjoyed the video.
July 3, 2015
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Robert
Hi Chuck, another great video. You mention the idea of a mental cue. I had recently linked a couple of concepts you had taught before: the idea of "pulling" in the swing, and the idea of "using the core". So now, for me, my mental swing cue and single concept is always simply "pull from the core". I can't tell you how well this works for the backswing and the downswing. It is simple. It is a single, positive mental thought, and gives me great sequencing, with automatically relaxed arms. No more jumping at the ball. Before, when I would want to add more power, I would invariably sabotage myself and start pushing during my swing, even though I would try to avoid it. It would creep up at the worst times. I couldn't really figure out how to stop it, even though, intellectually I knew superficially what was causing it (like poor sequencing). Now, if I want to add more power, I just tell myself to pull more. Pushing is the death move. Additionally, I realized that pushing into the ground for power really feels to me like another form of pulling from the core. Even though these subjects are spread out over this site in various videos, maybe at some point you could do a video on pulling from the core and tie it in it to subjects like sequencing, how to stop coming over the top, using the ground for power, weight shift, and keeping the arms relaxed, to name a few. I'd love to hear your thoughts. You always have a perfect way of explaining concepts, that avoid any confusion.
July 3, 2015
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Robert, Watch the "Drill for downswing sequencing" It addresses this concept.
July 5, 2015
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joseph
What happened to "bump the left hip to neutral joint alignment" to start the downswing?
July 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. The first move down the lead knee externally rotates over the lead ankle to help you start getting stacked. You are still wanting the shift the weight properly to the lead side and achieve NJA.
July 3, 2015
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joseph
Does that mean we have three ways of shifting the weight - stomp the left heel, rotate the left knee, and bump the left hip? I thought there was only one correct way to shift the weight.
July 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. There is only one way to shift the the weight properly in the golf swing. This drill as in others are trying to give you the sensation of what it feels like to activate these muscles. Don't over think it too much. This drill is just another example of different feels to shift the weight. The lead knee getting stacked, lead hip abduction to pull the weight and pressing down the left heel firing the lead glute will always be the same. (When you stomp) These things happen. (When you bump or sit) These items still take place. Just a different thought or feeling to achieve the same goal.
July 3, 2015
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Paul
Chuck, I still struggle with the posting up of the left leg and really generating power out of the ground. Is there anyway you can do another video on that topic and truly break it down and simpilify how to accomplish it and what it should feel like? thx
July 2, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Paul, there are a few good videos to get you started. Take a look at the stride and stomp drill which I believe is in the how the lower body works video. In a nutshell, if you're using your legs for power it will feel like you're pushing that left leg into the ground as if you were going to jump up in the air off it (exaggeration).
July 2, 2015
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John
OK. Here is my question. We have been told for years that the secret to longer distance is a bigger shoulder turn, especially relative to our hip turn....BUT if I wind up my shoulders to the max, I'm going to have tension in my upper body (especially shoulders and arms). We have all been told about the image of a coiled spring. That is a coiled upper body, and that a release of all that tension is where the power comes from. I agree that the body will sense the tension and will want to release it first rather than last, so what is the answer here. How do you wind up without winding up?
July 1, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi John, the majority of the tension should be in your core, hips and legs. When you turn your shoulders, the majority of the rotation happens in the thoracic spine and you're really rotating with your obliques. It's better to thank about rotating your entire rib cage rather than your shoulders specifically. I would tell you not to "wind your shoulders to the max". Your tension in your upper body will automatically increase in a healthy way as you start the downswing with the lower body first.
July 1, 2015
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Roy
I agree with Richard. Best tip I have ever witnessed and understood.
July 1, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Wow, very kind Roy!
July 1, 2015
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Richard
Chuck, this last video is the best exercise and tip I have ever received since being a member for the last two years. Your first suggestion about sitting down in order to load up seem difficult to co-ordinate and be in a position to release the club. This way, even though, I have not tried with a club convinces me that its makes more sense and easier to accomplish a better weight transfer and being able to solidify my leading side. Take care & keep up these great tips, Richard from Ottawa, Canada.
July 1, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Richard!
July 1, 2015
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Ryan
This is a nice video and the stomp is for some reason one of the hardest things for me to get the right feeling on even doing it slow but I do have a question. Isn't there supposed to be tension in the shoulders when you get to the top? I thought the back glute and shoulder were supposed to feel loaded up
July 1, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
the tension is relative, but in general your shoulders should feel relatively relaxed compared to your trunk.
July 1, 2015
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rick
Boy, this video is one of the best for sure. To me, nothing could be more important to a majority of Amateur Golfers who want to improve. Great stuff.
July 1, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Rick!
July 1, 2015
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Boris (Certified RST Instructor)
I use to stomp my right heel because I had an issue with swaying in the backswing. To this day, I use a similar move to start my backswing. This video gives me greater insight about how to use the legs properly.
June 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Boris. Great. Your swing is looking pretty darn good. If you have more insight now how to use the legs. I'm gonna be worried you will start kicking my butt .
June 30, 2015
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Tom
I believe this video will become a cornerstone for RST. I now have a much, much better understanding of the role muscle tension plays in my swing AND how to build tension to the right muscles at the right time. Thank you. Tom N.
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tom. Appreciate the compliments. Understanding the role of tension in the golf swing can really cure a lot of ailments.
June 30, 2015
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Donald
Great video. Very timely as you described my struggle perfectly. Thanks.
June 30, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Donald. Fantastic. Get that swing tuned up!
June 30, 2015
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tom
Good stuff with rst i have used Jimmy Ballard as my template how to load into the right side and fire the right side. I am 68 years old and suffered a stroke 10 years ago that messed up my ability to hit the ball a good distance. With your site and using Ballards videos I am able to hit my driver 235 to 250 in the air when i hit it squarely irons pretty crisp to. At my best 20 years plus ago I won numerous long drive trophies but before using your site while recovering 200 yrds of the tee was out the question thanks for your instructional site TOM WAINMAN
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Tom!
June 30, 2015
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William
Excuse me for coming across as kinda dumb - but where does 'elevation' happen in the backswing - or is it just an just an 'event' that occurs in the sequence... William
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi William, check out the takeaway and backswing vids, there is elevation happening gradually right from the start.
June 30, 2015
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Colin
Great explanation. I finally get it!
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
thanks Colin! I am hoping this video is an "ah ha" moment for many!
June 30, 2015
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Ken
This video is great news for the "over 50" group (I'm a member). There's no excuse anymore for the vast majority of us: This video clearly shows us how to get a full shoulder turn without strain or pain, and the focus isn't even on turning the shoulders. The "building block" mentality of RST really pays off for the student if one can grasp and perform this particular step. Follow the steps!
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ken, I always tell people that flexibility has little to nothing to do with making a full shoulder turn, now you see that anyone can and should make a full turn!
June 30, 2015
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Pino
Love the drill. I still have trouble with turning my left knee in toward the right knee. Is this causing the occasional shank when I try to swing faster?
June 30, 2015
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Sean
For what it's worth, I got an in-person lesson from Chris Tyler while in Florida lately and he advised me on the same issue... told me to keep/guard my left knee bend and not allow it to break down too much, as that ends up serving as a "governor" for ensuring you don't get in trouble at the top of the backswing (overdoing it in my case). I don't know if that's causing your shank because obviously the downswing sequence from the top is an entirely different set of potential issues, but I did want to share the part about guarding the knee bend. Weight shift to right glute back and right one inch during takeaway, then "twist up the spine while not giving up the left knee bend". This has helped me with my game and keeping my swing more consistent.
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Pino, we'd need way more info to help you with this. Theoretically, yes, as this would be an indication of over rotating the hips which would allow the club to work too far inside and then that would allow the club to approach the ball from too from the inside, causing a shank. Best to submit a swing for review.
June 30, 2015
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Pino
I submitted a swing a few days ago. Are you able to take a look at my swing?
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
One of our certified instructors will look at your swing.
June 30, 2015
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Robert
This makes complete sense. Once I start the shoulder elevation part of things (slightly during the takeaway and finishing into the backswing) my shoulders tend to stay engaged. I've moved everything with the core muscles to create depth and used the arms to create height ... but once I activate the shoulders to create elevation I feel the need to throw them. I know there's too much muscle activation going on. Any drills or ideas for calming the amount of engagement down? Should I almost feel my arms float at the top or let them go "dead" at the top while I transition? As this video suggests, this is the missing piece of my golf swing. I know the positions, I know the reason for those positions, but the transition is my everest ha!
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Rob, the arms should be pretty "chill-axed". Momentum from your body turning should create momentum to help move your arms to the top without you having to over active the shoulder muscles.
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Alan
Hi Another great video to help me to work on my swing. Have already tried with both my arms crossed over my chest and with a club. With stomping , first the back foot on the backswing and stomping the front foot on the downswing, is this something we could do in practise hitting balls or even on the golf course ? Thanks Alan
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Absolutely!
June 30, 2015
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Sean
One of the best RST lessons ever, thanks!
June 30, 2015
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Sean!
June 30, 2015

How many times have we heard over the years have we heard the expression of starting the downswing from the ground up?

We have heard this expression for as long as I can remember and from some really great teachers and even some of the best players to ever walk this planet.

After hearing this expression for all these years, how clear are you on the topic and how well is it working in your golf swing?

Most golfers have never really been taught clearly how to perform a downswing in golf from the ground up. Well, great news, we are going to show you exactly what it means and more importantly, we are going to show you how to put it to use in your own golf swing.

Question: Why do most amaetur golfers start the downswing from the top of half of their body and not the lower half?

Answer: Your body is going to use tension as it's primary indicator in the golf swing to determine which muscles to fire and in what order.

That answer alone, should be the big lightbulb moment on why you cannot build a downswing from the ground up, no matter how hard you have been trying.

The Faults that start it all...

1. Pushing the club into the takeaway with your lead arm/shoulder.

2. Fulling setting the club with your wrists to get the golf swing started.

Take a club out and swing to the top of your backswing and freeze. Determine where you are feeling the most amount of muscle tension in your body. I would be willing to bet that you feel in mostly in your shoulders and arms. If this is the case, THEN YOU MUST KEEP READING!

Clearly it is going to be much harder to build a golf downswing from the ground up if you have fully loaded up your much smaller shoulder and arm muscles. Why you ask? Because muscle groups do not want to stay fully contracted for long. They want to fire and go!

How do we fix it? Tell your body the right signals!

Load up your right leg (trail leg) by shifting your weight to start the swing. A simple drill to help you do this is, pick your right heel off the ground and then push it down into the ground with some force. This will teach you to shift your weight and also get your glute muscles and other important leg muscles woken up first.

Now that you have shifted your weight and have the lower body loaded up properly, you need to prioritize rotation of you core muscles. Feel like you are winding your guts up as much as you can, all while keeping the arms and shoulders as relaxed as possible.

There you have it, now you have created a backswing that has signaled to the body that you want your lower body to fire first.

Start without a club first and cross your arms over your shoulders. Work on shifting, loading and rotating. Once you have that mastered, add the club back to the mix and focus on the re-creating the same body movements you were just performing.

 

Downswing from the ground up…

Now that we are properly loaded, you can start working on shifting your weight by picking your left heel (lead heel) up off the ground. Push the heel back down into the ground with some force, stomp it! Try and here your own stomp. This is going to force you to shift most of your weight and get those big leg muscles used for leveraging the ground and stability woken up. Check out a great video called “how the lower body works”. This will show you a great stride and stomp drill.

By stomping and shifting you have now pulled your upper body into the hitting area where you will be releasing the club with so much speed.

That is exactly how you build a golf swing from the ground up!

Hi, Chuck Quinton, founder of rotaryswing.com, here. I want to talk about a really important concept that you've heard a million times, but probably still to this day, no matter how hard you've tried, no matter what else you've done to try and drill this into your golf swing, you haven't been able to do it. And that is, starting your downswing from the ground up. How many times have we heard that?

                Jack Nicklaus, everybody under the sun, start the swing from the ground up. Use your legs for power. Yet nearly every amateur golfer that I teach starts their swing from the top up, or top down. Why is that? It's a really simple yet really important concept, and it's going to help you understand why it is that you can't do this, and what it's going to take to be able to do it.

                Let's take a look at what causes you to start from the top down instead of the bottom up. The reason is, is that your body is going to use tension as its primary indicator of what muscles to fire in what order or sequence. The body is really, really clever in that it listens to you when you tell it what it is you want it to do. We're just usually giving it the wrong information. That wrong information is tension typically in the upper body, or the shoulders, this area we refer to sometimes as the rectangle.

                You want to swing more from your core, from this top of the downswing. And you know that, but no matter what you try, you still can't do it. It's because you're giving your body the wrong signals.

                When you go to the top of your swing, stop and see, which muscles are the tightest in your body. What you'll probably find in most instances, it's going to be these muscles up here in your shoulders and arms. Of course, what you're telling your body is, "Hey, these muscles are really tight." What does your muscle want to do when it has a lot of tension in it? It wants to release the tension, of course.

                What you've got to do is start telling your body the right signals, but before we do that, let's look at what is typically the wrong signals to send to your body. The wrong signal is when you first start the club going back, and you take this lead arm, we're going to refer to as pushing, and you start pushing this across your body. Instantly I feel tension in the upper part of my back, and the rear delt, and my shoulder here. As I've done this, I've now gone where I've moved my arms and club a long ways, but my body hasn't really turned much. I haven't created any healthy tension or load in my trunk, my core, the area we call sometimes the box. That's this area from here to here, basically.

                Instead, I'm loading up my shoulders. By the time I get here, I'm so tight that guess what my body wants to do? It's got to get rid of this tension in my shoulders. Of course, it does. As you're doing this, if you don't start using your body to load and load these muscles up in turn, your shoulders are going to get loaded long before the big muscles do. By the time you get here, you've got to fire from the top. Your body, instead of using your legs to go to shift your weight, and so on and so forth, in the downswing that you know are good things you want to do, your body just freezes to try and keep you from falling on your face, because you're creating all this force going out away from you. All of a sudden, you've got a bad golf swing. How do we fix it? That's the key.

                The most important part of learning RST, or any golf swing for that matter, is learning how to load your body first, and use your body to swing from the inside out to move the club correctly. Here's how we do that.

                First, throw the club down. You don't need it anymore. You need to learn how to use your body first. It has nothing to do with that golf club. Take your arms across your shoulders. The first thing I want you to do, lift your right heel up in the air, and plant it on the ground. As you do that, push it into the ground, and let your upper body turn and rotate on this hip. I want you to load and create tension. I feel a lot of load in my quad, my hamstring, and primarily my right glute.

                As I'm doing that, I'm going to keep the flex in my knee. It's okay if we were to straighten up a little bit, but what I see all the time is people swinging with their arms. Their right leg straightens up, and all of a sudden, they've got this move going on.

                As you go back, lift your right heel up. The right heel gives you something to focus on pushing it into the ground, which gives you a little mental cue to load that right glute. As I lift it up, push it into the ground, and now all of a sudden, I feel loaded and powerful as if I could move and jump that way. Granted, we don't want to push that hard off the right leg, but it's okay to use it.

                The primary thing we're trying to do is get load and stability in there so that we can have a powerful move coming down. As we do this, right heel up, plant it in the ground, turn. Now my shoulder, completely relaxed. It can hang out here all day, but I've still made a full shoulder turn. My right leg is loaded up. My trunk, importantly, my core, is now really loaded up, so guess what's going to want to fire first? Not my shoulders, because they're relaxed. I'm loaded up here, my abs, my core, my obliques are loaded.

                Now the first thing I'm going to do is what? You know this. You need to shift your weight back to the left. How do I do that? Again, give yourself a little help. Give yourself a little mental cue.

                Lift your left heel up now, and stomp it into the ground. Now as I do this, when I say stomp it, I mean I want to hear it. Stomp it, because now as soon as you do that, the muscles in the left side that you need to use to post up on, and drive up to rotate your hips, are going to be activated. Lift the left heel, stomp it into the ground. As I'm doing that, I'm also using my leg to push my hips back out of the way to get my shoulders squared up into impact from the down the line.

                Now I'm going to lift my right heel, stomp it, load it up, shoulders are relaxed. I'm going to lift my left heel, stomp it, post up, and now you'll see my shoulders are at impact. I didn't move my shoulders. In fact, my shoulders have been chilled out and relaxed this entire time. Right leg, left leg. Now I'm in a great impact position. And this, all of these big muscles, these big thick, dense muscles in my hips, my core, my quads, my hamstrings, have done all of the heavy lifting to move my arms and shoulders into impact without me having to use my arms and hands to get in the hitting area.

Focus on getting your core rotation first. Then worry about what the club and arms are going to do in the swing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What moves first in the golf swing?

Where most people go wrong with the backswing is that they try and move their arms and club into this depth dimension. When they do that, that's how you end up really flat and deep and in a bad position at the top. What you need to think of is that you never move your arms into this depth dimension. All the arms are doing is moving in this vertical dimension and that's it. Now technically that's not exactly what happens, but that's what 99.9 percent of the students need to focus on and feel in their golf swings.

How do you start a turn in golf swing?

    What you're going to do is to get into this depth dimension because obviously the club is going to end up behind us. That is handled through rotation. Now as I turn, that moves my arms, starts to move them, into this depth dimension. It's done by rotation, not be me taking my arms and swinging them across my body. That's going to end up with a flat swing. What your arms do is that they feel as if they're only moving straight up and down in this vertical dimension.

How do you trigger a backswing?

A great backswing in golf starts with a perfect takeaway because the backswing is just a continuation of the same movements you initiated the takeaway with.

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