Jamie Donaldson - Downswing Sequence

Jamie Donaldson has a remarkable golf swing and has a number of RST like characteristics to it. In this video, I'll show you a better way to sequence your downswing by using your legs properly.

  • Externally rotate lead leg (internal femur rotation) to start the downswing. 
  • Keep your back to the target.
  • Let arms fall. 
  • Once weight is shifted, post up and release it. 

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Ivan
Less hip rotation than shoulders As your lead leg rotates back to square keep your shoulders back with your back still towards the target.
October 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ivan. Did you have a question about the downswing sequence?
October 24, 2016
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Kip
Really helpful, and thanks! At 4:32 Chris mentions letting the arms just fall as you rotate your lead leg until the hips are square. Should that feel like letting your shoulders relax so that your lead shoulder leaves your chin? (Trying to isolate how that feels, that's the feeling I get if I just let my hands freely drop from the top of my backswing without any other movement.)
December 27, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kip. Take a look at the Winter Downswing Video and How to Swing from the Ground Up for more information on feel. It should be as if the shoulders feel passive and even a little shut as the lead arm swings freely from the shoulder joint. The lead shoulder will leave the chin, but the emphasis will be on the shoulders staying passive.
December 28, 2015
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Lance
Thanks for this analysis Chris. After working on my release from your last video I noticed that my upper right arm works downward to the right side as I shift to the left side and keep my back to the target as long as possible. I still have the right arm flexion but the shoulder elevation is the first to go in the sequence during the weight shift. This feeling of the right elbow being at the side with my back still partially at the target then seems to allow me to fire the right arm into impact without ripping my shoulders open to release the flexion from the elbow angle. Once this happens the right arm then becomes a passenger for the rest of the release and follow through. Is this a proper understanding of rst sequencing? Thanks for the top notch instruction using the tour pro examples!
December 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. Thanks for the compliments of the video. When you shift the weight to the lead side. Your arms will start to fall (gravity portion of the downswing). It is the losing of elevation and maintaining of angle into the downswing. All sounds correct.
December 21, 2015
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William
Another beauty Chris - practicing and perfecting the key moves and SEQUENCING are, to me, the 'answer'... Cheers! William
December 14, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks William for the compliments of Chris's Video.
December 21, 2015

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