Perfect your golf impact - 4 of 4

Lag in the golf swing is key for clubhead speed. In this video, I'll show you how to add more lag for effortless power with a simple 30-60-90 drill.

  • Swing into the takeaway and set the wrists. Club shaft parallel to the ground. 
  • Working into the backswing until lead arm is parallel to the ground. 
  • Set the wrists so the club shaft is not vertical. 
  • Allow your weight shift to increase the angle for lag. 
  • Post up and release it with speed. 

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Alan
At 30 percent and 60 percent the lead wrist looks pretty flat. Going to 90 percent it looks like there is some cupping of the wrist. I know that in my case I can get a 90 degree angle between the club shaft and my forearm with a flat wrist. But the only way to make this angle smaller is to cup my wrist. Maybe I'm just not flexible enough. Is it ok to have some cupping?
December 24, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. The swing will start with cupping, but that cupping will gradually decrease throughout the swing. Take a look at Using the Wrists in the Golf Swing to see the whole sequence.
December 24, 2020
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Neil
Hi Craig. Thanks for the review on the 9 to 3 drill. I need to get some reps in to consolidate what I'm doing but I expect I will be able to start working up to this drill over the weekend. I'm aiming to introduce the longer backswing gradually as every fifth, fourth, third rep etc. One thing that I could do with is some guidance on how deep my hands should be when my lead arm is horizontal, I'm guessing in line with my sternum but if you can point me to a DTL video that would be great. Thanks. Neil
December 4, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Neil. Inline, or just slightly behind. Great. Keep me posted.
December 4, 2020
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Mike
Hi Craig. Thank you. I set cube up 2 1/2 feet behind and inside ball No problem starting from lead arm parallel. However when I take a backswing, shift add lag and post I do hit cube from my right arm pushing down on club. After 3 months of trying to change from a right side driven swing of 24 years I thought I might be a little further along. I’ll stay after it
October 21, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Keep after it and happy to take a look at the move whenever. Take a gander at Golf Swing Transition Drill. You may need to feel lead thigh parallel the the ground.
October 21, 2020
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Mike
Hi Craig. I was able to get you a photo for previous comment. Mike
October 19, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. I answered under your post below.
October 19, 2020
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Mike
Hi Craig. Great drill. If you look at James downswing position when club is parallel to ground. I am in exact position with hips shoulders post up. However I lost my lag and club is at 45 degree angle. This an ongoing issue. What can I do to get this fixed Thank you for all. Mike
October 19, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Take a look at Impact Lag Cube Drill. Start smaller and work on maintaining the angle deeper in the downswing.
October 19, 2020
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James
This is the best drill I have ever worked on for my swing problems. It has helped me enormously and has helped to resolve a few issues in my swing and my gammy leg. Craig I have upped my review and one of the best results of working on this drill is getting better tush line as shown here in the capture below. Looking forward to your comments and anything to help me on any other points. Thanks so much for leading me into this drill.
September 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Great. I will get to the review this afternoon. Very pleased to read the drill is making so much swing progress.
September 30, 2020
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James
Been working on this drill for a few days outside my guest room window but today got out in front of the net with a 7 iron and I am really enthralled with this drill. Need to just get my change of direction going a bit earlier but I am so pleased with the results. (a) no early cocking of wrist on takeaway, (b) great lag and (c) I can't believe the impact position I am getting. Captures of (b) and (c) positions shown below. In the takeaway my head is staying so much steadier. When my arms reach parallel, my shaft is actually not quite reached 90 deg, it is at 76 deg to upright. Not sure if it is permitted to show a link to a YouTube I did of it, it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG4XCZZmkYk&feature=youtu.be. Please tell me if this is not allowed and I will delete it.
September 27, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Best the swing has ever looked. Game changer with the drill we are currently working on.
September 28, 2020
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James
Yes I have to say that this drill has really helped me so much. I am also, looking at 3 of 4 as well because that too is helping me. Not been able to do anything outside today as the weather is so poor but still working on it in my study, in particular in trying to keep my shoulders closed a bit longer by triggering that shift forward with my left butt being the trigger. I do feel that this is the key to solving my lead leg issue. The sooner I post up on it, the less stress I feel on it, especially by pushing that lead heel into the ground at the same time as the momentum of the club counter balances the forces away from the joint at that moment in the swing. It seems to me to achieve this, I have to accept that my backswing does not get any longer than is shown in that link.
September 28, 2020
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James
In the second of the capture shown here, in the first frame on the left shows Chris at the maximum shift point away from target, the movement he has shifted back is shown by that plant behind is lead hip. Watching the slomo it is at this point when the shaft is just past parallel that he starts to shift forward and by the time his lead arm reaches parallel you can see in the right hand capture that he has already shifted quite a bit forward causing his wrists to cock and get the lag he has coming down. Fascinating video and I am really starting to understand this so much more and why I need to get that shift forward starting much early but it is got to be slowly, slowly building it up as you say Craig.
September 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. You are allowing the change of direction to set the wrists/increase the angle. This is where you can actually start to train some crazy leverage positions in the wrists. However, law of diminishing returns would start to apply. But, you can also note why we preach lag is a byproduct of correct movements.
September 23, 2020
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James
Craig looking at these more am I correct in discerning that as Chris makes that forward shift there is a little upper body shift forward as well? I am looking at Chris's right should being level with the branches of that tree when he has reached the maximum shift away from target and is then just going to start to shift towards target that by the time he has reached the top of the backswing, there is a gap of about 4 inches or so opened up between that right shoulder and those branches. Is the shift forward uniform with the upper body and the lower body or does the hips shift more?
September 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The legs are leading the way, but the upper half doesn't hang back or you would get excessive secondary tilt. The upper half will have to follow a little bit with the weight transfer. Just like we say with the head. It won't stay perfectly static in the swing, or you won't shift weight.
September 23, 2020
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James
Thank you for this clarification Craig, I appreciate it.
September 23, 2020
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James
Having taken a video capture of the relevant parts of this drill and then analysing it carefully, including in slomo, two things became obvious to me. In the slomo I notice that Chris actually starts shifting forward just a little bit before his lead arm reaches parallel, which is a lot earlier than I have been doing. See here in the capture below showing his start position and the moment his body starts the move forward, so that is something I have to work on. The second point is something I have worked on a lot in my study is when he gets to club parallel in the forward part of the swing the inner part of his trail arm, along with his trail hand palm are facing the camera. Also, at that point I like to feel the lead hand starting to bow from the wrist. I can do this very easy at a very slow speed and hopefully as I build up speed it becomes more ingrained. The more I work on this drill, the more it excites me as I do feel it helps me so much with that lead leg.
September 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. When you start making it dynamic as Chris is doing in the video. The exact placement of the arm may very a hair since it is a drill. But, the goal is not letting the arms continue independently and legs get going. Glad you are excited about the progress of this drill.
September 23, 2020
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James
Started straight away on this Craig and as Chris points out about starting the forward motion by the time the arms hit parallel is the trick. Worked on the clunky bit first and found working on this in that front area, if I stand in facing my guest bedroom window, by the time my lead arm reaches parallel, this is exactly in line with my lead arm at the bottom of the window of my reflection and indicates the perfect trigger to transit towards target, perfect. When I initially started to do it in a dynamic n, I was guilty of going too fast and not at 40/50% that Chris advocated. Got myself to slow down a bit and then it started to work really well. Going to start putting in those reps now to build this up but this is really good for me as I can see it visually so well in the window reflection if I overdo it. Have to say it is so easy to release the club when I do it right and think it is a great drill for me. I am really hell bent on nailing this one and hope it is better for my next review.
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Yes. Don't drop the hammer when trying to get this move going. You have to start the process gradually as Chris states. But, glad you like how we are thinking about this conundrum to get the legs going with the gammy lead leg issue taking focus away from so much vertical drop.
September 22, 2020
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James
To give you an idea of what I am seeing in the window reflection I have attached a picture to show you what I can see. To make it easier to work through I have decided to use a wedge doing this drill, as I find it easier to control. Hope this is OK.
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Wedge is fine. But, try challenging to get it with a 9 or 8 iron so you can have a little bit of radius to deal with as well.
September 23, 2020
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James
As I have not been able to get that grip done yet on my 8 iron so I will go with a 9. Thanks for the advice.
September 23, 2020
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David
hello craig, I am loving this series,thank you. 2 questions I have please. I am also working on the dead drill at the same time, would you say that is ok to do? Also,I am really enjoying standing on my lead leg only, swing back to parallel whilst lowering my lead leg,then I post up and release,and try to remain in balance after the swing. Do you think this could have long term benefits? Thanks again Craig. Regards,David wright from Australia.
October 29, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. In the long run you do need to shift to your trail side and back to your lead side. Don't discount all the great things shifting weight can do. Also, working on the DEAD Drill is fine. But, try not to over complicate the procedure by adding too many new elements.
October 29, 2019
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Peter
Craig. These 4 videos are the best! These have crystallized the basic take away and down swing videos that i struggled with before and made the impact, release and follow through very clear to me. The problem I had was when i tried to post on my left hip, it would cause me to flip the club at impact and spray the ball. This 4 part series has now broken down each of the components and now at 1/2 speed I am hitting the ball as far as I did at full speed! It also helped with a cure for my "Over the top" chicken wing as it forces the right elbow to stay on line.. I am not done yet but this is the most improvement I have seen in 4 weeks. Thanks for a great series of videos and explanations!! I will continue my reps!!
August 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Much thanks for the compliments on the series. I will let Chris know. Exactly why we have them. To the point and hitting the highlights. Love hearing the new found distance with less effort!
August 9, 2019
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John
At the moment of striking the ball is that moment after the left leg is straight or simultaneous with the leg becoming fully extended? I would think it is after as then the obliques and glutes are working to increase swing speed. Also, I am confused about the idea of the shoulders slowing down in the downswing as the club head approaches the ball to increase club head speed. On the one hand I get the idea of the snap at the bottom of the swing that has to happen with the slowing body if the wrists are relaxed, but on the other hand I do not know why 30 pounds of muscle are needed if things are slowing down.
June 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Yes, you will post up and then strike the ball. You need to clear the hips to trigger the release of the club. You have to stall out to transfer the energy from all the muscle. If you continue to spin your shoulders the club never releases and the speed is solely tied to how fast you can move your body. When your body stalls (shoulders stop spinning) that energy has to go somewhere. That energy combined with the release of the lag and rotation of the face give you the extra pop.
June 11, 2019
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Tram
I am now focusing my practice on lag drills. There are many clips on lag drills like this one, but others are “9 to 3 lag building drilll”, “downcock pump drill”.etc..For starter, which clip do you recommend to practice on lag for good result. Thank you very much.
April 18, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tram. I would start with the 9 to 3 Lag Building Drill because it is smaller and easier to control the moving components. Graduate to the drill above and 4 Step Lag Builder.
April 19, 2019
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Amaury
Are the thousand reps with a ball or without? Thanks.
September 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Amaury. Proper reps with, or without a ball count. I typically have players do about 5 perfect practice per ball.
September 8, 2018
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Chris
Graig, Should I feel some tension between the bracing of the front side and release of the back side, or should the whole thing feel fluid??
February 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. It should feel pretty fluid. If you have a tendency of casting and not shifting the weight properly though. You may notice some new awareness of glute engagement and wrist angle change (try to keep them soft).
February 11, 2018
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raj
Hello Gents, Ive been working on the RST system and its GREAT! Finally a series of lessons that puts everything in context and keeps reinforcing it. I finally feel i have a swing i can be proud of thanks to you. so my question is, when we want to bomb the ball off the tee, do we give the swing 100%? Perhaps we could do that by swinging harder or maybe by squatting more at address so that there is more of a lift when the lead leg straightens and the cheeks are squeezed? best wishes and thanks again.
February 5, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Raj. Take a look at the Proper Tee Height Video. Make some setup adjustments first. Adding more squat in the downswing (Tiger Squat Video) and using an aggressive post up (You Hit the Golf Ball Withe Your Legs) will help you gain more distance. I would advise only using 100% force when absolutely necessary.
February 5, 2018
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Walter
When do you let your rear leg heel lift of the ground and on to your toe? When is it too early?
November 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Walter. During the posting up phase the trail foot should roll onto the instep. The trail foot will start to lift after the release is completed around the 3 ' O Clock phase of the swing.
November 30, 2017
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marshall
Great series of video lessons, possibly the best I've seen on the site. After several weeks of working on the site, I just stumbled onto these. Can you give me some idea of how the site is organized. I see 5 Steps to Better Golf. I see 9 days to Better Golf. I see the dashboard, then I found another whole series of videos. Each program then seems to have another entire group of videos added to it. I'm sure these were all produced at different times, but I'm beginning to get a little lost although I love almost every video I watch. Is there a pattern or should I just pick a program and stick to it?
August 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marshall. Thanks for the compliments on this series. My 2 cents. 1) Upload a swing for review and let myself or another instructor provide the videos you solely need to be working on. 2) For a complete swing rebuild (5 Minute Series), Quick start - 5 Step System, and the above set or 9 days after you have completed one of the 5 Min/Step Series.
August 21, 2017
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Jack
Agree with Marshall above. Love the site and all the videos, but it can get confusing. Just curious - it has been almost two years since your comment above. Has your opinion changed or stayed the same?
June 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jack. Yes. It is pretty much the same. Except I have found players tend to progress faster by putting more focus initially on the 5 Step System. Because of the simpler nature of the drills in the 5 Step System. Members tend to not be confused as easily.
June 11, 2019
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stephen
Also when hitting a ball I find I cannot do it in slow motion. To make sure I get the lag and turn through it needs to be faster. Am I doing something wrong.
July 17, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Stephen, Can you submit your drill swings for review so we can take a look to see what is going on. It sounds like you are just way too tense with the hands and the arms BUT we would need to look at it first to better understand what is going on.
July 18, 2017
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stephen
Craig. When you say work up to full speed in the 1000 reps do also mean to a full swing? What you are doing in the video drill is a 1/2 swing to me . At the 300 to 500, should we be at a 3/4 swing and the rest at full swing back and through? Or are you saying to speed up the motion but all from the 1/2 swing position arm parallel to the ground? You look like you are close to full swing at the end of the video.
July 17, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Stephen, Chris here! You are correct, I am doing a 1/2 to 3/4 swing in this video. You can make this length of swing producing all of the movements correctly in a slow paced environment until you become proficient with the movements and then you can ramp the speed up as you get more comfortable. Just take your time and make sure you are using a camera to back check the positions.
July 18, 2017
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Timothy
Craig if you are out there thank you for helping get my game back into the SWING of things lolol.... On a serious note i was at a callaway demo session just before and the trackman had me hitting the new epic 7 iron carry 177 yards, club head speed 93 mph. My contact has been crazy good since i figured out I'm a hip spinner, which was the opposite of everything i was ever taught. Thanks again!!! i felt like this guy today....... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUz5cMht
June 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Timothy. No problem and my pleasure. Thanks for the note. Glad to hear things are headed in the proper direction. I tried the video. However, it said the video didn't exist. Keep getting the long ball.
June 8, 2017
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Timothy
John Daly - "Tee the Ball Up" by dj steve porter
June 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Nice!
June 8, 2017
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Randall
Is there something that I can do to avoid that from happening?
May 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Randy. After maintain good lag you need to let it go. Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball Video.
May 14, 2017
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David
When swinging the driver, should the left wrist be bowed at impact therefore leaving the head of the club behind the hands at impact? How would I know if I have a negative angle of attack-without a launch monitor?
May 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You don't need a big bow of the lead wrist with a driver for launch purposes. It is tough to tell your AOA without a launch monitor. However, what you would notice with too negative would be a lot of ball spin with minimum carry/roll out.
May 14, 2017
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Randall
Thanks Craig. These drills have helped me significantly and noticing a big difference after doing all the reps. Another anomaly I've had issues with lately is I've been basically shanking the ball extreme right. Is this a timing thing that maybe I'm coming through, but my release is late, or is this a weight-shift issue that I'm not shifting enough to the lead side, or do you suspect something entirely different?
May 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Randy. More than likely hanging on to more angle and the release gets late.
May 13, 2017
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Randall
Through all these drill segments I have been working on keeping my trail foot flat and folding it in as I weight shift to the lead side. At what point is it acceptable to allow the trail foot to come all the way up to the toe box? Am I sacrificing power keeping it on the ground as I weight shift to the lead side, and through my follow through? Thanks
May 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Randy. The trail foot shouldn't start to come up until you have fully released the club. After a full release the momentum will pull you to a full follow through and the foot will finish on the toe. You aren't sacrificing any distance. No worries.
May 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Randy. The trail foot shouldn't start to come up until you have fully released the club. After a full release the momentum will pull you to a full follow through and the foot will finish on the toe.
May 7, 2017
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GC
These videos are really getting me to learn. So first downcock, to preserve the lag in the downcock, am I right in saying the squat is very important too? The body moves down thus it also allows the club head to stay high hence preservation of lag? I think that's the major missing piece in my understanding.
May 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello GC. The shift and squat is very important in preserving lag. Sounds like you are starting the see the picture correctly.
May 6, 2017
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Dean (Certified RST Instructor)
Great job Chris. These videos with help my students remendously. Thanks. Dean Greene
May 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Dean. I will relay to Chris. Keep getting those guys swinging well.
May 4, 2017
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Justin
After working on these drills I had the opportunity to be on Trackman this weekend. Overall a lot of positive feedback but I'm hitting it on towards the toe - any suggestions would be appreciated?
March 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Justin. Toe would tend to be slightly across at impact (out to in), or you are trying to over rotate the face too soon. Flip vs Release for gradual release. Also, check your path.
March 27, 2017
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Yuefeng
Great video guys. Thanks for the tips! If the wrist set when lead arm is parallel to the ground is about 60% of max wrist angle, what is that angle at top of the backswing? Is it ok to be in the 90-100% range, assuming I can still maintain a relatively soft relaxed wrist? I wonder when the pros have their club parallel to the ground at the top of their backswing, is it 100% set already? Thanks.
February 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. You want to shy away from max wrist set at the top. If you are fully loaded you will tend to cast. You are looking to increase the wrist angle when you start to transition down. It would be tough to say on the pros because if you use more trail arm fold to reach parallel. That doesn't mean you necessarily added more wrist set.
February 14, 2017
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Yew Hwan
This video series is a good recap for all the RST instructions i have watched. Everything explained here is very concise and clear. Thanks to the whole RST team for producing such great videos. Good job guys!
November 18, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks so much and really glad to hear you enjoyed the series.
December 5, 2016
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James
This video is really helpful for me. What is a good way to go to a full back swing after getting grooved with the back swing length in this video?
November 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video should help.
November 5, 2016
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Randall
For an impact position for 3 wood and Driver specifically, how many degrees open can the shoulders be? Are the shoulders supposed to be perfectly square at impact with these longer clubs as well as with the irons? I can keep my shoulders square at impact with irons but it seems impossible to do it with the driver . So assuming, I'm releasing properly with the left and right hand? How open can my shoulders be at impact or do they have to be dead square like they would be with a mid-to-long iron? Thanks, Randall
October 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Randall. The goal would be shoulders square at impact with both the 3wd and driver. The irons as well. As noted in the last swing I saw of yours. I think your feelings or confusion with the woods is lack of hip usage.
October 28, 2016
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Lance
I am noticing that the left tricep stays directed at the target until until the left wrist rolls over after impact. Also I sense that keeping the left tricep in front of my chest during the transition helps me keep my back to the target during the weight shift. Are there any videos that explain the movements associated with the upper arm on the lead side. Started to see a correlation with the rotary connect on the arms above the elbows.
October 17, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Lance. That is correct. The left elbow and tricep aim at the target at impact along with your watch or logo on glove aiming at the target. Check out the left elbow at impact position video.
October 17, 2016
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Tom
I would appreciate a discussion of WHEN does the lead arm/wrist/hand start to turn over in your presentation of shifting weight You state that the lead arm on the DOWNSWING is parallel to the ground with lag At this position is this when the club is released by the lead arm with allowing the club to turn over with appreciation Tom Lawson Columbus Ohio thomaswlawson@gmail.com
October 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. The club is always rotating. However, as you enter the trail thigh with the club retaining angle roughly parallel to the ground that is when the vast majority of rotation will take place to release.
October 3, 2016
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Paul
Well this works fine until you try to do it with a driver. I have no idea why but the whole thing breaks down for me. Shots seem to get blocked right. It just doesn't feel right. Any thoughts? Kind Regards, Paul
September 8, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Paul, if your getting some blocks off to the right that is a club face angle issue for the most part. Work through 5 minutes to the perfect release and that will help square up that face for you! You could also be coming really under plane which can cause blocks and in that case look at "trace the plane".
September 8, 2016
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David
During the down-cock, is the right hand purely flexing along the thumb line or does it have some "backwards flex" as well? In fact, is the right hand flexed backward to its limit of range of motion?
August 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You may have a little backward flexion/hinge.
August 15, 2016
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Dave
Hi Craig. Question on the back swing part of this. Should I feel that effectively my backswing is complete at the 60 degree point shown by Chris? So the Glute and trail hip are loaded at that point by the weight shift and this signals the start of shift to the left to initiate the downswing? In reality weight shift to the lead side completes the back swing due to the club lagging back as the wrists are relaxed? I watch Justin rise in slow motion and his club barely gets above parallel with an irk before starting the weight shift back to the lead side.
June 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. For the drill, you will feel that effectively the backswing is complete by the 60 point described. Once loaded that will be your trigger to start shifting forward. While shifting forward with soft wrists the lag angle will increase due to the change of momentum. Also, take a look at Starting the Downswing Before Completing the Backswing.
June 20, 2016
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Tom
Quick question: When doing the 30-60-90 drill should I be pausing at each position or moving continuously, understandably at half speed at first?
April 25, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. You can piece it together in your practice swing to feel where you need to be. But, when drilling try to gradually put it together starting at pace (half speed).
April 25, 2016
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Scott
Hi Chris/RST, This series has been great for me. I am hitting solidly compressed controlled shots. Good shots feel like I am hitting the ball with the front of my left wrist. Becomes harder with longer irons and driver. When releasing the left wrist with these clubs it is harder not to hook the ball. Any tips to use these drills with longer irons/driver? Thanks!
April 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. With a long iron and a driver you will be swinging a bit further than described in the above drill. You need to allow gradual, but tension free face rotation. Take a look at the Play the Best Golf of Your Life Series 2 of 6. Start feeling proper face rotation and don't force it too much. Also, take a look at Curing Elbow Pain Video to get it good and square at impact.
April 11, 2016
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Paul
There seems to be an emphasis on stalling the hip rotation with the hips and shoulders square at impact. It always seems to me that power is gained from those big rotational muscles and the tour players seem to rotate their hips quickly. With this technique when do the hips fire to ramp up speed.?
April 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Take a look at Rotating Body versus Releasing for some good visuals. Tour players do get speed from there hips and they do rotate quickly. But, it is more through a short stack cycle. The stretch and torque they build going back help the hips reach impact and the stall sooner. The hips will clear when posting up on the lead leg. Straight Left Leg at Impact and Perfect Impact Part 2-3. Also, watch Jason Day vs. Rory Mcilroy Power Post Up. You will see the hips don't rip through the shot, but stalled out by using the trail side properly. At impact we are looking for the shoulders square and the hips open roughly 35-45 degrees.
April 2, 2016
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TOM
I saw a demo of eliminating the flip motion by keeping your right hand palm facing the ground as you swing down. It worked very well and gave me the lag/compression I was looking for at impact. Is this a good swing thought to execute according to RST standards?
March 25, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. You can think about maintaining better position with the trail wrist (Step by Step Right Arm Drills, Golf Forward Shaft Lean with the Right Arm, Exaggerated Hands Ahead). But, still make sure the lead arm/wrist are the main show of attraction.
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Stephen
Hi Craig, can you clear a few things up from my latest review. When performing this drill in the above video. You mention that I shift and then I get a little rotation. You explain that I am too early with rotation. Am I performing this move correct, and I am just rushed? Should I wait just before impact before I pull with my lead oblique? Or should I be just be making the shift and pull more apparent Thanks for your help Stephen
February 3, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. You were performing correctly merely rushing to the rotational aspect. The shift and pull should be more apparent as in the (Ground Up Video). Shift, then pull. Don't race to rotate hard.
February 3, 2016
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Stephen
When you shift to the square position, there is rotation to get yourself in that position. You mention that I am rushing to the rotational aspect. Is this posting up aspect that I am rushing to? You don't mean the rotation of the body to the square position?
February 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Take a look a the Perfecting Impact Bonus Video. When you shift into the square position the lead knee will externally rotate and there is some hip/torso rotation. The move was very quick and clunky. We want a more blended move.
February 10, 2016
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joseph
A short story made long ... at the ~40 sec mark Chris demo's the left wrist at impact position ... I'm a basket case ... suffer from just enough flip near impact to thin everything ... got really frustrated yesterday ... decided to really exaggerate the left wrist position come hell or high water ... I vaguely remember near impact (with a 6 iron) seeing the palm of the left hand and the top of the right hand ... at impact I felt this strangely solid feeling ... looked up and saw a divot in the air and the ball fly fly fly over the green ... had this silly idea I ought to do the same on the next hole ... this time I hit a 4 hybrid about 190 ... did the same chipping and even putting ... maybe paying attention to what Chris says has merit - ... going to video a swing today and see if what I feel to be extreme wrist bowing to be a proper wrist position ... now on to my question ... when I do create additional lag with the transition move I feel that I loose control of the club and hit with an open clubface - solid shots going right ... I'm trying to keep my arms passive (too passive?) ... I can sense more left wrist cock but also the sensation that the right arm quickly bounces from its now more folded position to a straight position. Thoughts? Thanks.
February 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. There is a balance. The arms need to be relaxed, but too passive can cause loss of control over the face as described above. You want to have control over the arm and hands, but the wrist stay soft. Grip pressure will increase throughout the swing to help with control, but the wrist need to remain supple. You don't want a bouncy feeling, but more of a whip or slingshot.
February 1, 2016
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joseph
Craig, I did 3 to 9 left arm only drills today ... in addition to weight shift, I pulled with the tricep thru release ... kept the wrist and hand loose/quiet ... is this a good balance?
February 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. I like hearing weight shift and pull with wrist quiet. Just make sure you are keeping enough control rotate the face.
February 2, 2016
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joseph
I'm rotating by making the back of the left hand face the ground thru and after impact ... at this point I can deal with low/hooked shots if the face closes at impact
February 2, 2016
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joseph
Thanks
February 1, 2016
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Loran
Then, should a player be sitting on the left side when the club prepares to descend? When should I think about shifting my lower parts and sitting into the left side? Noticed many parts are moving simultaneously?
January 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Players differ in their transition. Some start very early and other are adept to being able to pause and still swing smoothly. If you struggle with over swinging, lag and tempo. You should start thinking about sitting into the left side as you finish into the backswing.
January 28, 2016
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Boris (Certified RST Instructor)
This video was recommended by Craig in my latest swing review. Go Cowboys! The reasons that I became an RST member is the concepts of Effortless Power and a pain & injury free golf swing. Before I saw this video, I developed a drill that used a part of the "5 minutes to the perfect Takeaway" video and I really tried to feel the club snap down from the top; I felt the effortless power. It is very hard for me to allow lag and release to be the speed generator. I'm a big guy who feels strong and that I can power the ball with my strength. Most of the time, my strength allows me to overcome poor technique. I hit some shots today that didn't make since to me. I could hear that the club was moving fast, but it was like my brain could not figure out why the club was moving so fast; This video will help me to understand and learn new "feels" as Tiger would say.
January 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Boris. I agree. Go Cowboys Golf Team. They have plenty of time now to get tee times locked in on the weekends . Yes, with your size you rely on over powering with the body. I like hearing that the club was moving fast, but the brain couldn't register why it was doing so. You are on the right track.
January 15, 2016
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Barry
I'm feeling the lag for the first time in 35 years! But, I tend to pull all my shots, where the divot is pointing inside the target line rather than at the target. I feel my plane is maybe too upright and my trail elbow doesnt always drop in front of my trail hip on the downswing. How do I straighten this out and please explain where the hands should be relative to the shoulder at the top DTL, and what the right elbow does during the forward weight shift.
January 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. Happy to hear you are feeling lag. If the plane is too upright you need to shallow the lead arm. Use the Over the Top Stick Drill to help feel a shallower plane. The hands should be in front of the trail shoulder on this drill, but will not go above it. The trail elbow will help maintain lag then work in front. Take a look at the Key to Creating Lag Video.
January 10, 2016
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Richard
Is the wrist set accomplished by lead hand, trail hand or both together.
January 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. The wrist set is accomplished by both. The lead hand will feel in control as the trail hand helps support. Take a look at the Using the Wrist Effectively and Efficiently Video.
January 7, 2016
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Anthony
Chris, in this video you mention the 22to 24 mph speed in the takeaway, backswing and first part of downswing. Are these speeds related to how fast the body can move in the backswing and how fast the hips can move with the weight shift in the downswing but once the arms takeover in the release area they can move much much faster than the body.
December 17, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Anthony, yes...that is correct. If the arms are not doing much in the takeaway, backswing and transition and the focus is on loading up the body, then the club will not be moving all that quickly as a result.
December 18, 2015
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thomas
not sure I heard how many are without a ball and when to start striking a ball. Are all of the 1000 reps without?
November 24, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. All the reps don't have to be with a ball. It should be a little mixture of both. Take a look Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
November 24, 2015
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TOM
Chris: I have noticed when I just move the club to where my left arm is parallel to the ground and then shift my weight to start downswing it creates lag and I hit the ball pretty far.... almost as far as at full swing. I almost tempted just to take the club back in all situations like this. I like the feeling. However, when I go to full swing mode, I don't seem to get that much extra distance. Your thoughts? Should I got to what appears to be a "half swing"? Thanks... and a great series.
November 20, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. In the shorter swing you are probably being more efficient with creating the lag and releasing the energy. The longer swing might get a little out of sequence and not increase as much in wrist angle. I would stick to the shorter swing for right now. Work slowly up in increments. Find out when you start to lose the power or better strike. See if you can notice a difference in the swing or upload it to one of our instructors to do a comparison.
November 20, 2015
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TOM
Chris: Could you add a video showing the golf impact at full swing? You have put together a great series. It would really be helpful to see at full swing speed. Thanks and keep up the great work. Tom
November 8, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. I will notify Chris. In the meantime, feel free to use the self analysis section swing viewer and compare with one of our models.
November 8, 2015
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Eugene
Chris Best video series I have ever watched. Hit all of my 3000 plus swings without a ball, just using a mat. Without ball flight just focused on the sound. Taking it to the course is exciting as my ball striking has improved more in the last month than at any time in 40 plus years of range work. With winter coming up my goal will be 20,000 ball less strikes. Can't wait for spring.
November 4, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Eugene. We appreciate the post and positive comments about the series. Good luck with the swing. Keep the game moving forward.
November 4, 2015
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Hilmar
Hello Chris, I'm working hard at this, and it did improve my ball-striking quite a bit! I did all the reps with a 7-iron, and was tempted to strike it 'low trajectory' over 120 yards, which felt great. Part of striking it well on the course is also caused by the confidence that I build up while practicing. But here's an idea: I do find myself getting a great rhythm and impact when I stand behind a professional hitting balls on the range: this really helps with the rhythm. Is there a video that I can play over and over again to use for this purpose? Maybe something with a little variation for different club selections?
November 1, 2015
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Matt
Hi Hilmar. I usually google "Adam Scott swing tempo" just before I start my warm-up routine. There is a youtube video that shows Adam in real speed hitting irons and driver. It really helps me to get into a good rhythm. But I would also love a video of Chuck that I can save on my phone so that I can check it just before tee off.
November 3, 2015
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Hilmar
Hi Matt, thanks for the tip, Adam Scott is a great example indeed!
November 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Hilmar, glad you got some progress from the videos. I am not sure I really understand your idea. Could you please rephrase it for me so I can help you out as much as possible?
November 2, 2015
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Hilmar
Christopher, an example video for tempo (see Matt's reply above) would be great, but what I am really looking for is the same visual of standing on the range, looking at a pro swinging a few places in front of me. In video terms this would be a back view, rather than front view or down the line view. I've had some amazing sessions on the range while looking at a swing from the back, and trying to copy the rhythm this way. Any thoughts?
November 3, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You could try using a metronome or just download the swings that you want to look at onto an ipad or something of that nature to help you out. Otherwise, I would just try and visualize the tempo.
November 3, 2015
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Cavan
Just a gentle request for a fault / fixes video - thanks
November 1, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Working on it as we speak
November 2, 2015
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Nacho
Chris, u talked several times the need to make btw 1000-3000 reps to ingrain a move. My question is: how many of them must/can be done without club? How many with the lighter part of the club; and how many with a normal golf setup? Are all them equally effective? What do u recommend me? 1000-1000-1000? Thank you v much!
November 1, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Nacho, I purposely did these drills in this video series that could be done with the heavy end of the club right from the start of the series. If you are seeing breakdown from one video to the next, then you need stop and go back and work on the previous video more.
November 2, 2015
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Warren
Chris, really good series. You had us anxiously waiting for each new video. Thanks for your help. Now back to more reps....
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Warren, very glad to hear you enjoyed the series. Yes, get back to the reps
November 1, 2015
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Drew
Chris, great series. I really like how this uses impact - the most important position - as the starting point and works backwards. This is unlike every instruction I can recall which starts at address and works forwards. My swing performance rating went from 73.2 to 78.1 after working through the series.
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That's awesome to hear Drew! Keep up the good work and nice advancement on the swing ratings.
November 1, 2015
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sandra
These are great videos. I am able to get into all of the correct positions with stop motion drills, but I am having a lot of trouble syncing it all together in rhythm. Is there a way to practice this with metronome clicks (i.e. 1 click for move one, click to the top, click for weight shift, click for release). What would the correct ratios be?. Then you could gradually ramp up the speed.
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Sandra, very glad to hear you enjoyed the videos. If you are going to use a metronome, the ratio would vary from one student to the next really. I would keep the ratio/tempo pretty even and slow at first when working from hip high to hip high in videos 2 and 3, but then gradually increase the speed as you become more comfortable. Once you become more proficient, then work further up into the swing and start trying to add video 4. Good luck and start slow. Even playing this game professionally, I start off all my drill sessions with video #1 and then add more speed and moving parts the more I become comfortable.
November 1, 2015
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KC
I agree that the tips are good, and the partial swing seems to work. But when I take a full shoulder turn and my arms go past parallel to the ground it doesn't seem to feel the same. Please add another video with the "Full Swing"
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey KC, make sure that you are stabilizing your hips when working into a longer swing so that you are not allowing the swing to get longer and more out of control. I will see if I can't get a video together to show how to add the last bit of rotation, elevation and flexion.
October 31, 2015
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Loran
The shift and squat occurs earlier in the swing then I thought? Golf is more body core rather than just swinging arms?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Loan, this is a shortened golf swing and we are not into full rotation and width to the top of the swing. By adding weight shift and rotation in videos 2 and 3, you should be using the body to to generate power and speed for the release.
October 31, 2015
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Luis
Chris, good job on this series. Picked up quite a few great tips. I would like to request a fifth video for a full swing. Thanks.
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Luis, thanks and glad to hear you enjoyed it. There is a possible 5th video in the works. The full swing would just be adding more rotation, elevation and flexion to the move.
October 31, 2015
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Gary
Question- it appears that the release happens after the ball is struck, is that true. That is the way it looks in the video. Question - in Chucks ladd video he talks about the wrist and forearm rotating leaving the left elbow to swing straight down the line. He also says the rotation begins from the top of the downswing. It doesnt appear that way on this video - clarification would be helpful so I can train the wrist and forearm to do the appropriate thing. Please answer both questions Thank you Gary
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Gary, the release should be starting to happen as the hands approach the trail thigh. You wont see the right arm fully extended until post impact. The wrist will begin to rotate from the top of the swing down. We want the club to be rotating at a gradual rate at all times. It would be hard to pick up a large amount of club face rotation within this drill and my apologies if the demonstrations created any confusion.
October 31, 2015
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Gary
Chris if the wrist is started from the top down why is it that the back of the left hand is pointing perpendicular to the target at the right thigh just before impact? If that were the case then the wrist and forearm would have to release fairly quickly at the bottom wouldnt they? Please explain??? Thanks Gary
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Gary, if you pause the video directly at 3:53, you will notice that the position of the lead wrist has rotated from being directly out in front of me (where it should be at a completed takeaway position) to a few more degrees facing up. Not a ton of rotation was added going back and the same amount of rotation that I used going back is now working in the opposite direction, just with more momentum. Take your lead wrist and put in just in front of the outer portion of your trail thigh with your glove logo facing out in front of you. Then, let your lead arm just fall from the shoulder into impact and rotate the wrist to where your glove logo is facing down the target line. You should notice, that if you have no tension in the wrist, that is is very easy to rotate the wrist the need amount of degrees to square the face.
November 1, 2015
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Gary
Chris this is where i experience most of my issues. Taking the back of the left hand rotating it tha fast at full speed is difficult to time. I find that I I have a tendency to pull the left hand through without rotating the forearm and wrist. Any suggestions to appropriately time this move at full speed? I am told that pros typically have a swing speed at 30 mph most of the back and downswing until when the left hand reaches the right thigh. Any drills or suggestions to apply to effectively ingrane this move so the club has a chance to square up at impact? Thank you Gary
November 1, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
I would suggest that you just have to get as many left arm only swings in as you can working on rotating the wrist from the top of the swing down. I would start slow. Otherwise, we need to see you direct issues in the swing review system because there could be other factors that arm making it hard for you to rotate the wrist.
November 2, 2015
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Gary
Ok I am going to video today and send it in tonight. What exactly do you mean from the top down? Should the rotation of the forearm and wrist feel the same on the way down as it did on the backswing?
November 2, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes Gary! I stated that in my original response. You want the club face to always be rotating. That is what it is designed and when swinging on an inclined plane.
November 2, 2015
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Arnie
I'm running into a problem on this drill. The 30 position corresponds to the end of move 1, so I've practiced that a lot. Move 2 is from that position all the way to the top, and I know how to execute and check that I'm in that position correctly. But the 60% position is somewhere between the end of move 1 and move 2 (call it move 1.5). I'm pretty sure I'm not on plane when my lead arm is parallel to the ground. I keep hitting the ground well behind the ball, no matter how slowly I do this drill. There has been no drill or instruction up to this point to teach us to know if we're on plane at that point in the swing. This may not be a problem for others, but it is for me. I've been able to do the other three drills very well. I'm open to any suggestions.
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Arnie, you are correct that this drill is right in between move 1 and 2. It is always best to start small and add more rotation and width the more you become comfortable. Swing plane is consequential to the body movements. If you were to draw an elbow plane line is your club shaft just above the plane line and parallel to it? Let me know what you see so I can help you. Also, are you getting your weight shifted properly into the lead side before you release it? If you are hanging back a bit, that could cause the club to bottom out too early.
October 30, 2015
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Arnie
Chris, I didn't think of using the elbow plane line. I set one up on my dtl mirror, and that appears to have helped a lot. I was kind of steep. I'll keep working on it and let you know how it goes. Thanks.
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
My pleasure and keep me posted on how it's going or if you need further help.
October 30, 2015
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Byron
I think people are confusing 30, 60 90 with degrees of wrist cock and not as a % of the wrist cock. At the 60% position, the wrist has cocked 90% (as many other golf instructions state)/ Thoughts?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Im not sure I am following your question. These numbers were used in the most hypothetical sense possible, with the only goal of not allowing the wrists to get fully set as you move further into the backswing. I haven't seen much confusion from the members on this at this point.
October 30, 2015
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Nick
Chris, I think he means that at the 60% position the club is at about a 90 degree angle to the left arm. Maybe people are confusing the % of total wrist cock to the angle of the club to the left arm. I see what he is saying.
November 3, 2015
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Dan
What do you do in the final 3 feet from the ball to increase your speed to 96 mph from 22mph.
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Stall the body post up and release it.
October 30, 2015
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James
So, it should FEEL like I am starting my downswing with my body before I reach the top of my backswing, correct?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
That is correct, get the weight shifting when you feel like your lead arm in parallel to the ground.
October 30, 2015
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MICHAEL
CHRIS THIS IS THE MOST HELPFUL IMFORMATION TODATE. ALSO DOING THE WORK AS WELL AS WATCHING THE VIDEO'S ANSWERED A LOT OF QUESTIONS I WONDERED ABOUT . THANKS GREAT JOB!!!
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Michael and very glad to hear you enjoyed the series.
October 30, 2015
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Matthew
I believe the 90 is when your left arm is parallel to the ground, correct? I may have misunderstood in the video but when that left arm is parallel that is when you are telling us to shift left and begin the downswing. My question is when you shift left at that point in the swing, it feels like you never make a full turn or complete the backswing, is that correct? Seems like there could be some lost speed by doing it this way, but can you clarify?
October 30, 2015
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Braden
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Matt, this is not a full swing at all. This is a longer version of 9 to 3 in a sense. Adding more width and and rotation later will certainly help ramp up the speed. The 90% should be achieved from the weight transferring into the lead side. 60% is what you want to "feel" when the lead arm is parallel to the ground.
October 30, 2015
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Matthew
So then on a full swing when is a good thought to start shifting to the lead side?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Right as you near the top of your swing and are completing your full shoulder turn.
October 30, 2015
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Nacho
Hi Chris! The last 2 vids are awesome. Neverthelesd i would like you (if possible) to comment/explain (with some drills) how to properly shift to the left side while (slightly) clearing the hips. I watched all vids re this question but for me is the most difficult part of the golf swing. Many thanks! You're no doubt one of the best golf instructors in the industry!! Cheers
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Ignacio, thanks for the kind word for sure. To sit/shift into the lead side, you want to use internal femur rotation from the lead side. Much like a baseball pitcher. Did you see the sitting into the left side video? I can work on a video that will help further clarify for sure.
October 30, 2015
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Denis
Hi Chris Thanks for the great videos. Please answer one question. In the 60 part of the drill you mention that the club should be vertical. Does that mean straight up and down or does the club have some angles. Thanks denis
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Denis, my pleasure. The 60 part of the drill should have the club straight up and down. Butt end of the club directly down at the ground.
October 30, 2015
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Denis
Thanks Christopher
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Peter
Morning Chris, many thanks for your vids. I'm still working on this lag since three years and doing a a winter premium member alf RST. Always when I try to generate lag by let the club getting narrow in the downswing my left wrist joint cups and the club face opens dramatically … is this normal?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Peter, cupping would be caused by the right hand getting too active in the downcock of the club. You need to keep the right hand extremely relaxed on the club.
October 30, 2015
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Suneel
Chris this time you have addressed a part of the golf swing I always struggled with. I could never figure out when to set the wrists in my back swing in order to generate lag. With your tip on 30-60-90 I have clear instructions this time and I can't wait to hit the range today!
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome Suneel! Make sure you take your time and keep focused.
October 30, 2015
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Dale
This was a great series of video instruction. It was well sequenced and allowed for good progression. I had a pro once tell me to not come back for a new lesson until I had mastered the current drill(s). I approached this series the same way! I learned a couple flaws in my swing that I need to focus on so this was better than any lesson I could get locally. Thanks for the instruction and hope you guys do more focused instruction series like this in the future!!
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome to hear this Dale! Keep working at it and we have some good video series in the works.
October 30, 2015
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richard
need to explain where the 30, 60, 90 degrees mean ---angles in relationship to what part of body
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Richard, the numbers of hypothetical numbers in regards to the range of motion in the wrists for cocking.
October 30, 2015
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daniel
Should you fire the right forearm when you get to the impact area. Dan
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, much like the throw the ball drill that we have the site.
October 30, 2015
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Anthony
Dave, some error occurred and the reply did not make it. My question was when I get to the point when my hands are approaching my trail thigh and want to add speed in the impact area I loose my spine tilt and start an upper bogy lunge. Any suggestions to correct this, thanks
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Anthony, sorry for any question errors. You need to focus on videos 2 and 3 and make sure that you are keeping the trail heel down as long as possible and shifting your weight properly. I am maybe going to do 1 bonus video that would show some common faults and fixes and people want them.
October 29, 2015
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James
No maybe's about it that would be a great video. You actually may already have it, it just may need to be tweaked to this 4 part series.
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Keep the requests coming
October 29, 2015
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James
Chris, Thanks for this series. I was very well done. I committed to the series myself & the secret is in the reps. My lower back(Rt Side) started hurting during week 2, so I added some lower back stretches into my workout & that really seemed to help. As a long time Premium Member keep these series coming they are worth the price of admission, not to mention how my game has improved. Thank you!
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Jim, glad to hear you like the series and we have some good stuff coming this off season. Stay tuned.
October 29, 2015
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Robert
Toski, Flick, McLean, Leadbetter, and now Tyler. This Perfect Your Golf Impact is an epic series in the history of golf instruction. Finally a clear "how to" in creating pro-like lag at impact, with piercing, pro-like shots. Kudos, Chris. Thank you.
October 29, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Rob, those are some of the kindest words I have ever received and are much appreciated. We work very hard at RST to make sure all the students get the best instruction in the world.
October 29, 2015
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David
Is this the last video in the series?
October 30, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
This is the last video of this series. I may do a fault fix video if there is enough request for it.
October 30, 2015
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David
I watched a few swings from Dustin Johnson. Where exactly does the steepness of his shoulders come from. What stops it from happening. I'm guessing the shoulders should be close to perpendicular to the ground instead of parallel to it. Does that make sense? Also, how is it that his head actually move away from the target thru impact as opposed to moving toward the target. An amateur move and a huge power loss and as Chuck would say "that's no fun."
October 31, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
David, I assume you are talking about the shoulders steeping post impact? This is a by product of not pushing the trail shoulder and arm through the hitting area, keeping the head quiet and allowing the club to pull you into a finish. The head should stay quiet and if it is moving away from the target then that is attributed to really steep shoulders post impact and possibly a little weight hanging back.
November 1, 2015
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David
So we pull the right shoulder back and the down swing begins from the left side. What makes this so difficult? Is it because most of us don't put the time and reps in. 1,000 reps a week is good but I'm almost willing to bet that doing 500 reps a day is the way to go. It takes a long time to ingrain a habit or new movement. Yes?
November 1, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
It's difficult because most of the time players want to use the trail side of their body to get things motoring in the downswing. Repetition is the only way to correct it.
November 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Perfecting Your Impact Video Series Number Four. I hope everybody has made some really good progress through the first three videos. In today's video what we're going to be doing is we're going to really be kicking it into high gear and adding a lot more speed through some more leverage with lag. Lag is a big component of speed in the golf swing, so if you're ready to really start to ramp your speed up and you've got good control of the club face and you've worked through the other three videos, let's go ahead and get started now.

                Okay gang, so here we are at week number four. I know we've put in a lot of hard work together and we've gotten 3,000 reps accomplished working from an impact position, then adding a little bit of weight shift to the mix. Then obviously we added a little bit of rotation and a little bit of ground leverage last week. I've seen a lot of great progress. I've had some students send in some videos. We've seen some good comments posted up. People are starting to get more compression, starting to feel some of that effortless power that they've always wanted.

                This week we're going to add a little bit more of that. We're going to come up with a drill here that's called a 30-60-90 drill that's going to teach you how to develop lag in your downward move. Lag is such a big component of the golf swing. It's a big component of speed. If you look at what a tour player does, tour players typically with a six or seven iron move the golf club between 22 and 24 miles an hour through the takeaway, into the backswing and then in the downswing it's still moving 22 to 24 miles an hour. Then three feet prior to the golf ball it speeds up to about 96 miles an hour.

                You can see there's a big increase of speed. That's what this drill is going to be designed to do. I encourage you, if you're not overly comfortable with either your impact position or if you feel like you've got too many moving parts at this point to just pump those brakes again, take your time, make sure that you get comfortable with it and then slowly work your way up into this new drill. All right, so let's take a look at the 30-60-90 drill and the objectives behind it.

                Still our focus point here is to be able to get that 1,000 reps so you can see that there's been a level of progression throughout this entire process. What I mean by 30-60-90 is we're just going to be talking about the total percentage of risk that you're going to be trying to achieve at each one of the positions of the golf swing. All right? If I were to have my wrists in a fully set position here or fully cocked, much like I were hitting it with a hammer and trying to hit a nail into the wall, you can see here that I've got a pretty sharp angle between the club shaft and my forearms.

                We would call that about 100%. What we're going to be trying to achieve is not getting everything fully set very early on in the golf swing. We want to allow the weight shift to move your wrist percentage to 90%. Our drill is going to look like 30% into the takeaway, so we're going to call club shaft parallel to the ground this week is 30%, okay? Club shaft parallel to the ground, 30%. As I work up to the top of my swing where my lead arm is now going to become parallel to the ground, okay, and the right arm starts to flex to help add some elevation to the golf swing here, as my lead arm gets to about parallel, the club shaft should be vertical, okay? Butt end of the club down to the ground.

                You can see that this would be 60% of my wrist set. This would be 100. We're going to work to go 30, 60 and then as we start to feel our lead arm working to that parallel position, we're going to shift our weight into that lead side. You're going to shift and allow the momentum of the golf club moving in this direction and the weight shift going in the other way to help increase your angle to 90%. We're going to go 30, 60. We're going to shift and because we're not moving at full speed here you're not going to see a drastic increase in my angle. This is only going to happen when we start to work up into full speed.

                Let's go ahead and do that now. I'm not going to go at 100% speed here. I'm going to go right around 40 to 50, but I want you to see my weight shift is now allowing the angle to increase. Okay? I got a little steep on that one. I got a little out in front of it, but the idea is that we want to use the other three videos and add this little component in. You can see that we're taking the club back a little bit further. Now we're focusing on making sure that our wrists to get fully set early on and we're allowing our body to help increase that angle so that when you get down to the hitting area what you're going to be looking for is that the club shaft should be at least parallel to the ground when your lead hand is approaching in front of your trail thigh here.

                You can have a little bit sharper of an angle. Don't go too drastic here. That will be too much lag. You'll never be able to get rid of that angle in time and then you'll have a messy ball striking situation on your hands. That's generally what we work on with tour pros is we try to help them get rid of lag. It can be a double-edged sword for those of you players that didn't know that.

                Your focus point here is as your hands are getting pulled down to the hitting area and you're posting up on that lead leg, just like we talked about last week, is that at least have the club shaft about parallel to the ground. If you can achieve that then you've got tons of angle there. You've got tons of leverage to be able to fire and get rid of and that's going to help ramp your speed up pretty drastically. Let's go ahead and take a look at this again, 30, 60. Okay, club shaft parallel. I generally drill this a couple times so I can feel where my arms are, my hands are.

                I'm trying to keep my wrists really supple as I get to that 60% spot. Okay. Then you can see that I shifted my weight as my arm got to the top of the swing. Start very slow, okay? Feel these positions and make sure that you have 30, 60%. Make sure you feel like the wrists are really relaxed. Your trail hand needs to be very, very relaxed on the golf club. If you go to a fully wrist set position up here early, now you're putting yourself in a position with your thumb and your lead hand can start to push the club and then you'll lose that lag and you'll also start to use that trail hand that we never really want to use that much anyways.

                Again, let's look at it from speed here. Okay, so you can see I'm starting to get a little bit more club head speed. Okay, so you see the increase in angle now and now my club's really starting to pick up the speed. What you want to do it is make sure that you start out slow, okay? Make sure that you spend your first maybe 100 to 300 reps at about 40 to 50% of your normal speed. Once you get comfortable with it, you're checking your impact positions on camera or in a mirror with an impact bag if you need one, but make sure that you're checking yourself on camera to see that you're hitting your weight into your lead side like we worked on.

                Make sure that you're getting this angle to start to increase. Then what you'll do in your next 300 to 500 reps is you'll slowly ramp up that speed and then you'll finish off almost feeling like you're at full speed. Again, going back to what I was saying before, the ultimate goal is to feel like you're swinging about 80 to 90% of your normal energy and the golf ball is going further. You have much more control of it because we trained what that lead wrist is supposed to be doing down in the hitting area. Okay gang? It's time to graduate now.

                It's time to get out there and put it to use. I encourage you all to start posting up your results in the comments. I've seen a lot of great videos come in. Post up your results. We love to see that kind of stuff, we love to be able to help you along the way. Now let's get out there, let's perfect your impact, let's add some speed to it and let's play some great golf next season. 

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