Step 1 - Weight Shift - Drill Only

Step 1 - Weight shift drills

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Keith
Am I correct that when I begin to shift to the right it actually begins to move the club and the proper Takeaway position and then I finish as I continue to pull my shoulder blade back? I have been struggling with shoulder blade glide going to inside and low but I was not shifting my way when I started to shift my way I realized it seem to be taking the club in the right direction without me doing anything else I just want to be sure this is correct
April 8, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Keith. Weight shift is a great trigger. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets Video. Weight shift won't complete the takeaway alone. But, will aid in getting it properly done.
April 8, 2020
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Ted
I finally am getting my weight transferred but hit to left (I'm right handed) or fat. Any suggestions? Thanks Ted
April 5, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ted. Make sure you are posting up properly and not pushing excessively with the trail hand.
April 5, 2020
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Fred
I seem to pound the ground on occasion. I cant really see my head dropping and do t have much body drop....could it be my shoulder or not doing a wide sweeping turn?
December 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. Make sure you are shifting enough weight and that you have enough lag angle. Most of the time the trail arm/hand starts to push early causing a loss of lag and steeper swing plane leading to the chunk.
December 3, 2019
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Fred
Question about clubs. I tried to learn 15 years ago with little success. I am picking it back up this fall and was wondering...my clubs are now close to 20 year old but they are Ping G2s that were fit to me. Would you suggest keeping them they are in perfect shape or upgrading to more modern clubs.
December 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. You should be fine with those clubs as long as the length are correct. The more the swing starts to get into the proper position. You may revisit the club situation.
December 3, 2019
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Blake
When shifting my weight and transitioning from right leg to my left. Is it normal to feel tiredness or soreness from doing this turn. Assuming it from using muscles I have not been using
November 26, 2019
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Blake
Most of the soreness and tiredness is coming from just above my waste line in my lower back
November 26, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Blake. Soreness is normal when activating muscles you aren't used to using. But, the movement shouldn't feel like you are power lifting and getting fatigued quickly.
December 3, 2019
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CJ
Am I able to do all the step 1 drills simultaneously or do I have to fully complete one to go to the next?
October 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello CJ. The goal is to shift weight. If you can shift weight pretty efficiently (walk and chew gum at the same time and still transfer), then no worries stacking Step 2 - Core Rotation on the move.
October 5, 2019
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CJ
1st day. 250 reps. I assume I will experience some working of muscles that I am not used to. Is it normal to feel some muscle fatigue and tightness in my back just above my left hip. Also as I progress to other drills this will be the case? I also assume my body will get conditioned to these new movements?
October 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello CJ. Muscles should be sore because you are using/firing them in a manner that they are not used to working. If it starts getting your back and above the hip. Make sure you are pulling the weight correctly. Preventing Hip Pain and Which Muscles to Use in Golf Swing Transition Videos.
October 3, 2019
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Paul
Would you send a full swing to get a review on weight shift
September 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. I would because that way your instructor will know if the information is taking hold in the swing.
September 9, 2019
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Brendan
Hi there, I want to get straight in to registering reps to get the ball rolling - to my understanding, so long as I am happy with the set up, I need to begin with the videos named "drill only". So copy the drill and log the reps. The issue I have for example in the weight shift drill only video. There are many levels of progression within, so am I to log a rep when I perform the basic level of the movement (wide weight shift without turn) or only log a rep when it is the advanced level of the rep (light heels, normal stance width with rotation)?
September 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brendan. Yes, you can start to log the bigger reps or progression. Once, you start moving correctly and don't need the early steps you start weening out the easier beginning reps and put more focus on the advanced moves.
September 4, 2019
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Les
Hi, I'm watching the videos on my kindle fire tablet, and when I view the drill only videos, I can't see the rep tracker. Do I just need to dig out my laptop, with Chrome browser, and log in to be able to enter the numbers of reps done ? Thanks.
September 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Les. Too my knowledge, it is only available on Desktop and iPad. However, I could be incorrect on that. Notify customer service. They know much more on this topic than I do. Sorry to not be much help on this. I'm just the golf guy .
September 2, 2019
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Les
Thanks Craig. As somebody who only started playing a few months ago, I'm sure I'll have a few golf questions for you before too long
September 3, 2019
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Craig
This is a really interesting drill for me. It's showing just how trail hand (my right hand) dominant I've always been while not knowing it. Simply getting through 50 reps with my left hand leaves my hand tired and sore. I can do this all day long with my right hand. This is going to take me awhile to get to the 1K minimum.
August 6, 2019
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Craig
BTW - What's the difference between this and the sweep drill?
August 7, 2019
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David
Dave Last winter I completed the five step system and it has made a huge difference. Recently I've started hitting fat shots again and it's driving me nuts. I saw in one of your notes that step one would fix fat shots. What causes fat shots and what else can I do.
August 6, 2019
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Mikko-Pekka
Hello David. Fat shots can be caused by improper weight shift. I would work on step 1 and How to Take A Divot video. Hope that helps!
August 6, 2019
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Matthew
Hi - Can this drill be performed without a club? (limited space indoors)
August 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. Certainly.
August 5, 2019
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David
Thanks Craig........
July 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. No problem.
July 28, 2019
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David
Hi, I have a general question......I just saw a new? Promo ? as incentive for first time subscribers to have access to two videos for joining now........that I guess Chuck only teaches at clinics....one is the technique Pros use to bomb the driver and another video series on Jack Nicklaus putting secrets.......I’m wondering if I am able to see those as a subscriber already, and if not, can I cancel my subscription and join again now, to have access to those videos? I would pay double this year even, because I think Chuck is a Genius and the Rotary swing techniques are incredible, innovative, fundamentally superb and undebatably truthful in its entirety.........David
July 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. If you are already have a Premium Membership you should have access to both of those videos. I don't handle the promotional content. But, Customer Service will be able to help you. Nevertheless, Premium Membership will allow you to watch the Putting Series and Bomb Your Driver Series.
July 27, 2019
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Gregory
HI been using the weight shift drills to really start using the underbody. Fantastic feeling. Now I have noticed that there are two ways of shifting weight from right ankle to left ankle. When starting the backswing I load up and pressure builds into the right glute and heel. I can then shift pressure laterally with shifting pelvis over the heels to the left, but also push on my right glute to really increase the power and speed to the left. Is it the case that when wanting to add more power you in essence are pushing the right glute down to move your whole weight to the left?
July 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gregory. Pushing some with the trail side can add more power. However, I would prefer you to focus on your first diagnosis of shifting the weight. The push from the trail side will lead to other swing faults. That has to be walked through carefully.
July 24, 2019
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Gregory
ok got it.
July 24, 2019
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Darryl
When doing the lead arm only drill, I notice that I am feeling pressure on my lead thumb in the downcock. Should I feel nothing in the lead thumb and only the last 3 fingers of the lead hand? Just asking because I'm worried this may be a protagonist to throwing away lag.
July 12, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Darryl. You will feel some support from the lead thumb. But, you have to shy away from excess tension and push. Pressure in the last three fingers and very minimal in the thumb is the goal.
July 12, 2019
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
This might be a strange question! I am practicing the weight shift drill and use this song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaIzl1Tz-so , to keep the tempo that fits me. I can start with the smallest movement , just shift it from right to left foot and then gradually make the movement larger all the way up to a full swing always in that same tempo! For me the beauty is that in keeping the same tempo the club can make very small movement all the way up to a total swing. Is it wrong to practice this way? Thanks for helping!
June 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello M. Not wrong that way to practice at all. Helps you keep a little rhythm, but also gradually increase without rushing or messing up the sequence.
June 7, 2019
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gwan
How many reps do I do until I move to next step?
April 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gwan. If you already shift the weight well, or have good pre-existing movement patterns you won't need a ton. But, typically 100 minimum to create a new movement pathway (in a practice session), 1000 to get proficient, and 3000-5000 to master. If after 1000 you are shifting weight well and without thought. You may proceed to Step 2.
April 22, 2019
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gwan
Thx. To be sure - I will do the ‘step shift’ that chuck showed in his video? With the left hand on the club only. Or should I do another drill?
April 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gwan. Correct. Work on bigger steps into smaller steps to challenge yourself. But, you are correct in what to drill.
April 22, 2019
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Eric
Would it be beneficial to incorporate the orange whip training aid into the weight shift drill?
April 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. You can incorporate the orange whip. However, you goal is to feel how you move the weight correctly with the body and not the club in this drill.
April 2, 2019
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Donald
Should the drills be done as you showed meaning keep swinging or should you do 1 swing at a time.
March 13, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donald. To start off learning you can keep the momentum going to get the feel. Once, you are comfortable moving weight start to button up the movement and do some resets in-between.
March 14, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - Jim Darcey here - working on the drill with set up and weight shift and continuing to wake up that left glute. Question: Between weather and work schedule, have not really swung a club much at all, and wondered what you recommend as far as going to the range - should I be just doing short swings and focusing on the moves I am learning? I kind of want to just go out and play 9 holes and try to focus on what I have learned so far with the whole spectrum of clubs (plus enjoy the nice outdoor space), and/or work the full bag a bit on the range, but thought I would check to see if you had any advice in that respect. Since I haven't played golf with any regularity, would likely be somewhat rusty, but kind of want to "take a test drive". Also, looking ahead a bit, would the next video I submit be the set up and weight shift routine, or so I get further in to more movements before submitting again? Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom. Best, Jim
March 13, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
If you're going to go play, just go play and don't think. Your hard work over time will eventually integrate its way into your normal game, but if you go out there and try to think about what you're doing on the course, it will likely be bad news bears and you'll get frustrated with the program. practice time and play time are like business and pleasure, we want to keep them separate.
March 13, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - Great advice - nice view to keep it simple and enjoy. I appreciate the feedback a lot. Best, Jim
March 14, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
you're welcome
March 14, 2019
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Kirk
Have a question about weight shift at the top of backswing i'm having trouble when i am over the ball to bump my hip first before starting the down swing don't seem to have a problem when no ball present so I'm able to bump my hips at the same time when i do have a ball present is this a concern?
March 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kirk. Shifting the weight properly will take some time and getting over the hump of wanting to hit from the top when the ball is present. I would put some emphasis on Sitting Into the Left Side Video to help your progress.
March 9, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - Working on that combo set up/weight shift drill. Really focusing on the pull from left, glute use, inside ankle, neutral position with knee over ankle, etc. Wondered one thing: Is purpose of the one inch shift to right just a prep for the eventual introduction of the turn for the back swing? Since the main focus is that pull to the left, wanted to make sure I understood the reason for that slight 1" shift to the right. Best, Jim
March 6, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
The shift to the right side is the first step in loading the right glute in the backswing. Seeing how the first move that we want to make in the downswing is to shift to the left, even before we finish at the top of the backswing, then the first thing we must do in the backswing would be shift to the right. the sequence of the backswing tends to be the sequence of the downswing, too. If you have early wrist set in your backswing and the wrists are the first thing you load in the backswing, chances are, that will be the first thing to unload in the downswing, causing us to cast our potential for speed out behind us instead of down at the ball.
March 7, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - Very helpful. I am enjoying waking up the glutes. I hadn't tweaked on focusing on the right glute in that take back, but more on pulling with the left glute on the shift back to the left. I can see why the right would count too. For a guy who has been "all arms", this is beyond fundamental and I can't wait to get it put together newly enough to see how the results show. I appreciate the interchange very much. Best, Jim
March 7, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
I'm glad to hear it, Jim. I'm excited to see what your next swing review looks like.
March 8, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ or anyone - I am beginning to work on the weight shift drills. There is the one moving from one foot to the other and and the one that combines set up and weight shift. That one is one Chuck recommends the 1000 reps over a month's time. I only have so much time to put in to the program, so want to maximize the results. Stick with the combo set up and weight shift for now? And, related to that, would you recommend not beginning any succeeding drills until I have done that one for the full month? Seems like if I keep watching videos I will build up quite a few other drills that are introduced, but would not be right to start until the foundation was fully there. I don't want to spread myself out too thin and water down the results by not building the foundation properly. Any guidance would be appreciated. Best, Jim
March 3, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
I would definitely get the 1000 first because after 1000, typically by doing 100 per day, you're going to be able to do the drills without thinking about them. So when you can get to the point where you can do the drill correctly while having a conversation with someone, then you're adept enough with the move to start stacking on more. It's better to be the master at one part of the swing than to know a little bit about every part. If you need tips on how to sneak reps into your daily routine, let me know.
March 4, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - In addition to my earlier reply, yes, if you have some recommendation on how to fit in the reps during the day, would greatly appreciate it. Best, JIm
March 5, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
When I used to smoke, I don't any more, but when I did, I used to take a 7 iron out with me and do about 20-30 reps each time I went out so, I usually ended up doing approximately 150 reps-160 reps per day without spending any extra time that I needed to set aside. Another thing you can do is whenever you're going to the bathroom, I would look in the mirror and do some reps after I used the restroom and washed my hands or before I got into the shower. That would help with reps as well. I had a full length mirror on the door. Also, believe it or not, mental repetitions are almost as good as physical ones. Because we're actually trying to train the brain, not necessarily the muscles themselves as they don't actually remember anything. This is more tricky, but if you can imagine your drills from the view point of yourself and imagine yourself doing them properly before you go to bed, this can actually help reinforce your new movement patterns. I used to use it as a way to help myself fall asleep when I had insomnia problems. I would think of my favorite golf course and imagine myself playing a round of golf, one shot at a time with practice swings of whatever drill I was working on and imagined myself having a picture perfect rotary swing. I never made it to the back 9. It was good for taking my mind off the anxiety of not being able to fall asleep and it helped my golf game in many ways. So you don't necessarily have to bust out all 100 reps at once, just find time in your schedule where you might be waiting on something where you could be bustin' out some moves. If you cook in your household, you can get a lot of reps in while waiting for water to boil.
March 5, 2019
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Jim
Great ideas - I will definitely implement! I plan to watch the video showing the drill a few more times as well - that slight shift to the right after having gone in to axis tilt on the set up is a bit subtle and I want to be sure I am doing it right. Best, Jim
March 6, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
sounds good, let us know if you need anything
March 6, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - The one you are recommending to focus on is the one that involves set up and weight shift combined, right? Not the one that involves "jumping" from foot to foot. Assuming so, I assume no harm in continuing to soak up further videos and watching them somewhat repetitively as time allows. I got a 6 ft tall mirror and that should help me master the drills, I think. Thanks - Jim
March 5, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, the one that is combined with the weight shift and stance so we can start blending those together while still working on and polishing up your stance.
March 5, 2019
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Jim
Hi RJ - Thanks - that is what I thought. Thanks for confirming. Best, Jim
March 6, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome
March 6, 2019
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Paul
I just got my 1st review, I think I received more useful feedback than I've ever had in a private lesson, I'm already blown away and recommending you guys to my buddies. Can you just confirm, when you said close the gap on the weight shift I get the bit about pushing the right heel down hard and then rotating the core, I'm just trying to understand how I close the gap without losing my axis tilt, I've attached the screenshot of what you showed me with Chucks closing of the gap. Thanks Paul
January 21, 2019
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Paul, glad you enjoyed the review. Use the video called the necktie drill in conjunction with the shift/push of the heel to learn how to maintain the tilt. You may not even need to use that video if you turn properly after you shift. Drill the stuff we talked about first and then compare it to the model. If you are more upright, search necktie drill on the site. Hope that helps
January 23, 2019
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Edward
May I please ask what constitutes a 'rep' with this drill? Regards, Ed
January 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. A proper shift from trail to lead. The above drill has you go through sequences of stepping. Big, or little count as a rep. The fact that you get comfortable moving from trail to lead is the goal. Not staying stagnant. You will clean up the finer pieces with the body in Step 2.
January 21, 2019
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Edward
Craig, thank you so much. Very prompt reply, thank you. Regards, Ed
January 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem Ed. My pleasure.
January 21, 2019
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William
Do I need to worry about how far my right shoulder is going back? I’ve always had an arms swing and have long arms. Done enough reps now and read enough that the mind instantly thinks better posture, weight over ankles. Just wondering if I should be doing a fuller shoulder rotation.
January 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. You will work on this issue during step 2. But, in the meantime a full shoulder rotation would be a good thing. Fell like you allow the trail shoulder to go behind your head.
January 15, 2019
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Alexander
Hi Craig, I’m not sure I understand the differences between the “Weight Shift - Drill Only”, “Weight Shift Sweep Drills”, and the “Weight Shift Tempo Drill”. I want to make sure that I’m recording reps correctly, so it would be helpful to understand the differences; or more specifically which reps count for which. Also, on I’m noticing that I find myself thinking about my lead arm when doing these drills, but I haven’t gotten to that section of the training yet. Should I be focused on the lead arm at all right now? I find myself worrying that I’m building bad habits with the lead arm, and next thing I know I’ve done several reps without really focusing on weight shift. Any advice/clarification is appreciated.
January 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alexander. The goal for weight shift is to solely start getting comfortable moving weight. Once you get to Step 2 you will start buttoning up the move. The Sweep Drills and Step 1 are very similar. Perfectly fine to record your reps working on those drills. For right now, just allow the lead arm to stay relaxed and react to your body movements. Odds are you aren't doing anything detrimental with it that you will have to undo in the future.
January 9, 2019
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Alexander
Thanks Craig, that’s really helpful. To piggyback off of that question, how focused should I be on the setup fundamentals during these drills, specifically the Weight Shift - Drill Only? For example, if I notice that I’m losing axis tilt; should I stop, go back, and focus on setup because that means those things are solidified yet?
January 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alexander. Yes. Try to stay in proper setup as best as possible. When you are making big steps that will be tough. But, while minimizing definitely keeps some focus on it.
January 9, 2019
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Mark
Hello, I plan on submitting the weight shift video for review early next week and wanted to know if you want to see this particular drill or a full swing? Mark
January 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Leave in the notes that you've been working on weight shift and let's see how the application of it has blended into your normal swing.
January 9, 2019
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Mark
Hi Craig, I've noticed that I can do this drill over and over perfectly, however, when I add the right arm my upper body takes over and my hips spin out. Should I just keep going with the drill? Right now I'm a little over 2k reps. Mark
January 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. If you can transfer weight without any thought and have over 2k reps. Go ahead at start working on cleaning up rotation and shift with Step 2.
January 11, 2019
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Mark
Perfect. Thanks!
January 11, 2019
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Nolan
Under “step 1 - weight shift - drill only” rep tracker, do the reps done under the drills in the picture count towards the above mentioned rep tracker?
November 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nolan. Yes. If you are performing a proper rep of weight shift back and through that will count as a weight shift rep.
November 18, 2018
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Rolf
I started the exercise. I have the problem that I do not touch the ground at impact. Is it okay if I concentrate on weight shifting and ignore ground contact? Thanks Rolf
October 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rolf. You don't need to be making a big divot for the above drill. If the club is swinging freely and yu are transferring weight. All good.
October 23, 2018
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charles
At the driving range, I have found that I hit my 7 iron straighter, farther, and more consistently using my left arm only, than I do 2-handed. (btw, I am right handed.) Is it ok to play on a course that way? It might look strange, but I think my score would benefit, and I would not lose as many balls! -Chip
October 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Sure. Until the lead arm gets mastered you don't have to add the trail. The trail in the end will help with speed, but only if it doesn't overtake the lead arm motion. Which should be your primary goal of ingraining right now.
October 15, 2018
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Christopher
I am confused as how to progress through the 5 step system, or if I am supposed to use the RST videos etc. For example, it says 3-5k reps to master a move. At 100ish reps a day, that is about a full month for one move. That’s 5 months total of you progress sequentially, and that’s not even including the basic setup and axis title videos which are each another 3-5k of reps. That seems like an awful long time. I assume I am misunderstanding something about how to chain the moves together because one at a time seems like it would take a looooong time to completely. I’m all for getting the reps in but want to make sure I am following this program correctly so I don’t waste my training time. Thanks for the help. I know I asked a similar question in forum a few days back so sorry for being repetitive.
October 14, 2018
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Christopher
For more detail, I have been doing the setup and axis tilt drills and have not touched any of the basic 5 moves drills yet. I have about another 2k reps in each of above to get to 3k. Should I incorporate some of the other moves now?
October 14, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. Stack as many moves as you can while doing them properly. Here's my suggestion. Do the full proper setup with axis tilt at least 1k times correctly. As you work on other moves you have to have proper setup which will let you to continue ingraining the correct position. From there you can use the 5 Step System to start overhauling the swing. Once, you get proficient at a move. Say Step 2. You can stack Step 3 into it if you can maintain correct movements. If not, then go back and rep further until you can without thought. It takes about a 1k to start being proficient and 3k-5k to master. You just have to be disciplined enough to know what parts need more time a proper repping before stacking.
October 15, 2018
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Christopher
Thanks very much, Craig! Are there any weight shift drills I could practice without a club? Away from home for a few days so was wondering if there is another drill I could do in meantime.
October 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. I like the Weight Shift Sweep Drills. You can perform those without a weapon. Arms across the chest perfectly fine.
October 16, 2018
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JonDerek
I have a question regarding the difference between the RST Drill and RST 5 Step Drills. Should I focus on one set rather than the other if I'm just starting out. I see they all appear on the Rep Tracker (Great tool by the way). I have 950 reps for the setup and wanted to start to incorporate the weight shift while I continue to work towards the 3000 reps. Second question when would I look to work through the Full Swing Course via Rotary Swing University? Do I approach that after completing all videos and drills from the dashboard. Thanks again for all the help
October 13, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jon. The RST 5 Step System is a quick start too a great swing. Some players don't want all the nuts and bolts. The 5 Step breaks the swing down into very simple parts/motion for a great overall swing. If you want all the nuts and bolts with a complete rebuild. Go ahead a start the University with your setup work and rebuild piece by piece.
October 13, 2018
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JonDerek
Craig, thanks for the response. With regards to the University at the end of each chapter I'm suppose to submit a swing for review to determine if I pass. Is this done with a club striking a ball? I know the club is not added until later in the course. Thanks again for your assistance.
October 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello JonDerek. Ideally, with a club to make sure you have completed, or transferred said move to the swing. However, some players use the review as a checkpoint to make sure their drill is being done 100% correctly which is fine as well. This to ensure they aren't ingraining an improper drill.
October 20, 2018
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raffaele
Hello!thanks for this incredible website!!!my question is...how i start weight shift in the downswig for a correct motion?i should squat and pull with my left side?I should open my hips for transferring my weight? What muscles should be engaged? Sorry for my bad english Thanks in advance
September 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Raffaele. Take a look at these videos. Should clear up your questions. Fixing Your Weight Transfer, Which Muscles to Feel in Your Transition, Closed Hip Slide and Preventing Hip Pain.
September 7, 2018
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David
When i shift my weight on the backswing i feel i loose my axis tilt how can i stop this?
August 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Proper shifting of the weight to the trail side will cause a very slight amount loss in tilt. Sounds like you are breaking the trail hip line though. Take a look at the Weight Shift Video Part 2 and maintain your hip.
August 26, 2018
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Frédéric
Patrick, thank you for your comments on my first swing review. I tried to do the drill barefoot and found it perfect for feeling the weight shift. Is it OK to continue doing reps barefoot? I have almost 1500 reps already done. I intend to do it with shoes after 2000 reps. Thank you for your advice. Fred.
August 19, 2018
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Frederic, whatever leads to success is fine. Just make sure you get the feedback from a mirror and / or video while doing the reps to know that you're on track. From face on, you want to see your trail hip in contact with the "hip line" - watch the video "right hip line". From the down the line perspective, want to make sure your trail knee stays flexed and does not straighten. Thanks
August 19, 2018
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Mark
Hi. How many reps of the three drills in this section should we do before we move to Step 2? Thanks
August 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. The goal is a minimum of 100 per session and 3000-5000 to master. You may start counting with the basic drill, but really start honing in once you can get it without to much foot movement.
August 11, 2018
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Navid
Hello. What is considered one rep for this drill?
August 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Navid. Reps will be correct weight movement (step, or no step). But, the goal is to rep early picking up the feet properly until you no longer have to.
August 7, 2018
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william
just started program a few days and a loving it!! I have 500 reps in on this video and 100 on rotation and already noticing difference-wow. I notice a lot throughout the site you mention left side and right side dominance and to learn how to use the left arm more and think about "pulling the truck" instead of pushing. a lot of your advice is more geared for right handed players. My situation is that I am left handed person who play golf right handed (right handed clubs). I write, bowl, throw balls etc. with my left hand but have always golfed and baseball swing with my right side (don't know why, just seemed more sense to pull with dominant side i suppose). it seems like really want to pull hard with my left side by nature as that is were my power is (in my mind). Anyway i notice i can do the left hand only swing/weight shift drill like a champ and it comes very easy to me and i have been adding a bit of posting drills with it-i feel i could easily hit balls with only my left had. do you have any advice for a left side dominant person who plays right handed? i am 53, 20 handicap, and used to slice all my life by coming over the top. thanks.
June 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. In your instance, the key would be to master the body movements first. And, then let one of our instructors figure out how lead side dominant you are. If you tend to come over the top, or lose lag in the downswing. You still need to some lead side dominance training. You can get to pulling too much. When that happens we have plenty of videos to help correct the issue.
June 24, 2018
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william
Thanks Craig for replying to both of my posts. Regarding my other post I will send a video of the "left hand" tempo drill and rotation drill I am working on. If I have enough video time (30 seconds max, I know) should I send a full swing example? Thanks for all your support! Lastly, in the rotation drill, you show that it ends with hips slightly open and shoulders square. how much weight should be transferred to the left side at this point? when I end the move and check my position, I still feel some pressure in my left quads and am focusing on getting my weight back more on my heel to activate the gluts (?). I tend sometimes to over extend the drill into more of a "post" or stacked feel -so I am trying to end the drill in the same position as you show in the video. what percentage of weight transfer should I have? do you want the right foot down, or slightly rolling in? Thanks again
June 24, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. If you have the time availability adding a full example perfectly fine. At least 80% should be transferred at that point (impact). The whole leg will be helping with stability. But, the glutes should be the primary focus point. If you start getting a lot of quad pressure. Make sure your weight isn't more towards the ball of the foot, or on your toes. The right foot should always be rolled in at impact. I'm a little confused about the ending drill weight question. At impact 80% lead side. Into the follow thru 90%. And, fully once the swing is completed.
June 25, 2018
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Kibo
Ever since watching the Snead Squat video, I've been using my hip adductors to drive the weight shift (it feels like the only way I can pull my weight laterally). Is this the right approach?
June 2, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kibo. Sounds good to me.
June 3, 2018
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Kibo
Thank you, Craig.
June 3, 2018
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Magnus
I have a hard time doing this drill without pushing from the leg that is left on the ground. As I see it I have two options: pushing with the back leg och moving the cog by "throwing" the lead leg. I cannot practice pulling with the lead leg because it is up in the air. What should I do and what proper movement am I ingraining with this drill?
May 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Magnus. For this drill, I definitely don't want you training a ton of push. However, this drill is merely for getting the feel of weight transfer. If you are moving from right to left and getting comfortable with the notion of shifting weight. You are doing fine. You should be able to feel just a type of rocking back and forth (Weight Shift Sweep Drills). Once, you stabilize moving the feet. You will gain more awareness of the pull (Preventing Hip Pain Drill).
May 26, 2018
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Brian
Little by little, went to the range for the first time since starting and worked of weight shift. All went well for most and am happy with progress and know I am in this for the long haul. I have to play tomorrow so I did hot a few 7 irons 9-3 drill and that also went good, Hit a few full shots and was to worried about the ball but rather the weight shift and shoulder turn etc. I was hitting the 7 iron 20 yards farther than I ever have with no effort at all and never felt the ball when I hit it. I am so excited to continue the journey of building a new swing
May 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. Great. Weight shift is a must in the golf swing. Continue the swing rebuild to see even better results. Always here to help you when you need it.
May 24, 2018
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David
If you want to use a club for this drill, is there a club that you would recommend? 7 iron? Thank you! Do you even recommend a club?
May 22, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. For the drill above using a club is fine. Not worried about particular mechanics, but getting that weight moving. 6-8 Iron is the usual preference.
May 22, 2018
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Andrew
I have done the first 300 reps but i am having problems with getting wrist hinge on the backswing. My left wrist is not strong and gets quite sorr after 20 or so reps. Any ad b ice would be welcome.
May 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Your wrist isn't setting? Take out the tension for right now. Don't worry so much about perfect placement. More that you are shifting weight from trail to lead side letting the club swing and wrist be soft. However, I would check to make sure your lead hand grip isn't too strong. (Golf Grip How Too Video and Golf Grip Tips Video).
May 16, 2018
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Andrew
Thanks for the suggestions, i worked out the problem. I wasn't rotating my arm on the backswing to allow the wrist to hinge
May 19, 2018
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Brian
OK here I am first question. Does the 5 step program relate to Irons and driver or is the driver different?
May 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. One swing for all shots. Only setup variations.
May 15, 2018
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Brian
is that set up change ball position only?
May 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. Ball and Axis Tilt. Sometimes even stance direction. Proper Tee Height Video.
May 15, 2018
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Brian
Where can I see that video the only driver one I see is bomb it 300 yards
May 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. Use the search bar. Proper Tee Height.
May 15, 2018
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Brian
Thanks found it and saved it for later
May 15, 2018
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James
What drills should we include in the rep counter for each section. Should it be RST 5 Step only? Or should it be reps from all the drills and 5-minute videos? Thank you.
April 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The online rep counter is located in the RST 5 Step Only. However, the 5 Minute Series follows the same learning protocol with required reps.
April 18, 2018
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A J
Thanks Craig. I'm getting the reps in now. Regards Tmc
April 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. No problem. You're welcome.
April 12, 2018
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A J
Hi, I have just started doing the weight shift drill. I have found this drill gives me a better understanding of my lower body movement, needs to fire first, instead of the over the top swing as I have done previously. Definitely will continue with drill reps. Many thanks. Tmc.
April 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. Great. I like where you head is at. Keep your head focused on weight shift and proper lower half movements while the upper stays in reserve.
April 11, 2018
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Michael
Continued with my weight shift drills, but needed to go to range. Golf league starts this week and I must attend. I am fully aware that it is not the best to play during the 5 step drills. But .... I need to. But something interesting happened at the range. My previous instructor was at the range and he made a visit and advised on what I was doing. He commented on that my lead arm is too dominate. In my head, I was said excellent! the RST Drills are working. He also stated my hips are shifting too much....or my lower half is noisy. Which could be true, but for me I was happy to hear cuz I used to be all arms....but for me this indicates I'm doing the weight shift..... funny he did not pick up that I am different from last season. But the things I realized at the range: With my swing, i am ending up on my toes. Even when i try to post up. (I watch the videos, but I will start the rotation drills after completion of 3000 reps of weight shift, unless you think it acceptable to stack the rotation with shift at this stage) And I am not releasing the club or in other words the club face remains open at impact. I watched the video on the towel snap and that has good results when I am really concentrating that. So....is there something you can tell me i can be mindful when I am playing for these items. I know this stuff will correct this stuff, as I progress in the RST drills. Thanks....I know there is a lot.
April 2, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. If you are shifting the weight with relative ease these days. Feel free to stack Step 2. It will continue to reinforce weight shift and button down the lower half without getting on the toes. Step 2 will also help you release the club (snap the towel) because positing up will help you slam on the brakes and allow the club to release. The main thing for playing is just be mindful you are changing you swing. Stay focused on achieving at least one of your goals no matter what happens with ball contact/shot result. Glad to hear the swing is changing!
April 2, 2018
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Michael
Performed 550 reps, during the reps, I am paying attention to what muscle are being used and what are not. With the wide stance weight shifting and even with the smaller stance, it remind me of ice skating, but instead of a fwd CG...more out on the toes, I should be more back sitting and a force pressing on my heals with weight on the inside. I should not be rolling out of my shoes . Am I understanding this properly.
March 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Yes. Keeping the weight back over the ankle joints and using more of the glutes. Also, while not allowing rolling of weight to the outside of the feet.
March 26, 2018
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Michael
Thank you. I do feel in it my glutes, but I feel it in my I.T. bands (i think that's what they are called) running down from top of my glute/hip to the outside of my knee with most of the tension being at the outside of my knee.... Does that seem correct or is this indicating I am doing something wrong. Also; it is not uncomfortable, just that I can tell I am working them. I am not in the best of shape, I sit at a desk 60+ hours a week. Again thank you for your time.
March 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. It maybe be from all your desk time and tightness. Or, you could be overdoing it with push and getting the hip pushing against the hip socket wall. Take a look at Preventing Hip Pain.
March 26, 2018
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Michael
will do, thank you
March 27, 2018
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jason
For righthanded golfer is it ok to lift the heal of the left leg a little on the backswing? Is it a must to keep the heal on the ground? By lifting the heal it seems to put less strain on the back. Thanks
March 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. Ideally, the lead heel should stay on the ground. It is okay to lift while training to help feel weight transfer (Weight Shift Sweep Drills). If you are experiencing strain. Something must be a miss. Try allowing for a little more hip turn on the backswing and make sure you have axis tilt. If you can upload a swing for review. Let one of our instructors take a look at the issue.
March 12, 2018
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Richard
would it be good to start getting video lessons, even though I'm only on setup and weight shift drills? To make sure I'm doing the moves correctly?
January 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Absolutely. In fact I think that is some of the best uses of swing reviews.
January 11, 2018
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Anthony
Patrick. Thank you for your comments on my second review. With the weight shift drill only can it be done indoors without a club. The weather has been so poor here it's been difficult to get outside for any length of time. Also as you have advised me to keep my right hand off the club do you want a left arm only swing at my next review? Having the other player alongside my video is very useful to see where I need to be, Cheers, Anthony (UK)
January 8, 2018
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome Anthony. FYI: You can upload a model swing for comparison anytime when using the swing analyzer tool. The models are on the right hand side of the screen. Let's stick to body movements first. When we are ready to add the club, it will be necessary to keep your right hand off the club. In the meantime, yes, you can work on weight shift indoors. I recommend starting with "5 minute set up with weight shift". Learn to shift weight into the right leg as your first move. When that is mastered, move up to the drill in the "core rotation" video in the 5 step program.
January 8, 2018
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John
I have recently joined, and am slightly confused as to what order I should be doing the drill within each of the 5 steps. For example, In this weight shift section, should I start with video 9, or 15.5? . 9 comes before 15 but 15 seems to be more fundamental. Looking forward to your reply. I live in England and wonder whether you have any golf schools over here? Thanks.
December 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. The RST 5 Step is a quick start guide to a great overall swing. The 5 Minute Series is for a complete rebuild. My suggestion would be to take a swing review and let one of our instructors guide you through the vast catalog of videos to narrow down the specific ones tailored towards your need. We are looking to expanding traveling clinics in the future. Thanks for your input and looking forward to improving your game.
December 29, 2017
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Charles
After running though a few hundred reps I can already feel a massive difference in my club head speed, the ease of my swing, and that I'll finally be taking a divot instead of picking the ball like I always have! Can't wait to see the difference when I've reached 3000 reps!
December 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Great. Love reading the good news.
December 29, 2017
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Scott
Just wanted to say that anyone who is serious about this swing should do the unlimited online reviews (And, no, I do not have an affiliation with RST). I thought I was doing some of this correctly, but Craig saw things that I would never have picked up on my own. I think I'm finally doing this correct and getting some reps in the correct way. Thanks, Craig!!! I'm going to keep doing reps and will send in more videos in next couple of days!
December 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Thanks and much appreciative on the post. It is hard to see yourself. I'm happy to hear you are starting to get some proper reps. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
December 28, 2017
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Anthony
How many reps should be done in a session?
December 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Minimum of 100 perfect reps per practice session.
December 28, 2017
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Barry
I live in a small house without a lot of room to swing a club as far back as Chuck demonstrates. I own a weighted Momentum club designed for travel which is 30.5" long. Would there be any negatives to using this short, heavy club while in the house?
December 20, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. You may use a weight club, but make sure you keep the focus on how the body moves the club to the proper positions versus letting the club swing you around.
December 20, 2017
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Anthony
I have just started the step process and am about to start working on weight shift reps. I have always had a problem shifting my weight. At what stage in the entire learning process should I have my swing reviewed? I could do one now but that will be the swing I have lived with for years and wish to see gone!
December 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. I would suggest one now. Let your instructor know your goals and plan of attack for the next months. He will suggest exactly the drills and most pertinent areas in need of retraining.
December 17, 2017
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Mike
Is there a way to reset the rep counter I haven't practiced in mounths. Is there a way to reset the rep counter I haven't played or practice in several months and would like to start the program over again. I
December 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Contact Customer Service. They should be able to help you with the issue.
December 4, 2017
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Barry
Confused again! I want to start working on Weight Shift, stacking it on the Setup work that I've completed. This video, No. 9 in this series, is the Sweep Drill and is the one that has the Rep Tracker. Video 14 (5 Minute Golf Setup w/ Weight Shift) has the 50 reps per day requirement and the old pdf tracker. These two videos are significantly different. From reading the comments below, it seems as if one is for a new process, and the other was for the old process. 1. Which drill will produce the best results? 2. Should I do both in any particular order?
December 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. They are both adequate processes to have a great swing. One is geared to more of a quick start guide versus overall rebuild. I would use Step 1 to get the feel of moving weight. If you are good at moving the weight. Then, use Step 2 and Perfecting Lower Body Stability to hone it in. If you struggle with the weight move especially from setup. Use the 5 Setup/Weight. My overall suggestion would be a swing review. Let us tell you exactly the drills you need to be working on right now because I know it can be confusing at times.
December 3, 2017
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Curt
FOR CRAIG: P.S. Been experimenting with doing step 2 and step 3 drills, but adding stepping/stomping back and through. Does seem like a good approach.
November 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. Great to help get the feeling. As the shifting gets better tone down the foot lift.
November 27, 2017
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Curt
After about 300 reps, the weight shift is feeling better. But, I believe I am pushing off my right foot in the downswing, which forces my premature posting. If that makes sense, is their a video that addresses how to deal with that?
November 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. Role of the Right Foot, Eliminating Early Extension, and Sitting Into the Left Side.
November 28, 2017
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Carey
This is a process from a wide stance to a narrow one with just the heels raising upwards. Any advice about numbers of these over what period of time? Just keep doing them? Or start with them before a golf game? Maybe a good way of warming up for one? Best wishes - Carey D'Arcy
November 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Carey. The drill above is a great way to warm up. If you have big problems transferring your weight. Your goal would be a minimum of 100 reps per session and 3000-5000 to master. If you reach 1000 and are very proficient at shifting the weight with good comfort level and awareness. You may begin to start stacking Step 2.
November 17, 2017
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Robert
Should I stay in the weight shift section until I have completed the 3000 reps?
November 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. If you are performing the weight shift correctly. You may move on to Step 2 and stack the core rotation component. However, if you notice proper shifting starts to disappear. You will need to back down and perform more reps.
November 17, 2017
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tim
I have been working on this drill for three weeks, about 1500 reps. i am noticing my hands are moving away from me causing me to hit the ball on the heel and sometimes shanking the ball. When i set up my hands are in great position. I have video myself several times and thats when i noticed my hands are further away from me at impact.
October 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tim. The hands will naturally raise slightly at impact. However, I would check to make sure you aren't losing tush line (Early Extension or Chair Drill Video).
October 24, 2017
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gary
Is it natural for my left hand and forearm to ache doing reps of this motion or am I a wimp?
October 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. You are using new muscles. Usually we only see forearm soreness and hand when starting to release properly for the first time. Might me you are changing that as well.
October 18, 2017
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gary
This is probably true Craig as I don't use much hinge cock in my swing and rely only on my strong legs and core muscles to generate speed.I`m not a short hitter now with a 100mph driver speed. I`m hoping the new things I am learning and practising will give me more speed, less wear and tear on my body and lower my scores.
October 19, 2017
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Michael
Is it an absolute necessity when doing this drill that you make ground contact with the club.
October 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. The main goal is weight shift. Slightly grazing the ground, or missing it a little isn't a deal breaker.
October 2, 2017
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Ross
I'm working through the 3000 reps. When I've been playing I've also deliberately focused on getting a full weight shift onto my trail foot as early as possible in my backswing (and keeping it there) and onto my lead foot as early as possible on my downswing (and keeping it there). Is there any way to know when the benefit of the first step has kicked in? I don't mind doing the reps, but I'd like to know what changes I should be seeing or feeling when I play. Are there any signs I should look for to make sure that what I do on the course isn't destroying the benefit of the drills?
September 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. The benefit you should see is a little more power and fluid motion. Using the legs and momentum to help swing the club freely and with less effort. More than likely you will need to check a camera to see if the course is matching the practice work.
September 25, 2017
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William
I've started the RST program and am working through the Weight Shift module now. I see some improvement in my iron shots. This is my question: I've struggled for a long time now following through on shots especially when I play a round. I tend to punch at the ball or not have a complete, fluid swing. I guess it's a combination of not releasing the club and not turning all the way through. Do the upcoming modules address that issue? Thanks.
September 19, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. A proper finish is a byproduct of a good post up and release. That will be taken care of in future videos while training.
September 19, 2017
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Peter
ok, so Im just wondering how to go about this. I've done 100 reps, and I see 3000 is the ultimate goal. Should I just do 100 every day? Can I continue to do them without hitting balls, or should I only focus on hitting balls with the drill once Ive started to feel comfortable? I have the ability to hit foam balls indoors, but I'd rather not drive all the way to the golf course to hit real balls with one arm. It might be too tempting to take full swings
September 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Ideally, you would focus on doing them without balls and wait until you are very proficient before adding one. Foam balls for the drill above is fine. Also, yes a minimum of 100 for a productive practice session.
September 19, 2017
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Spencer
Here we go When doing this drill does it matter that my left foot turns out 45 degrees when shifting my weight to the left side Or should i try and keep my foot at 90 degrees through impact
September 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Spencer. Depends on flexibility and genetics. Ideally, you would keep the lead foot square (90). However, take a look at Should Your Splay Your Feet Video for information on whether you need to, or not.
September 6, 2017
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Spencer
Cheers
September 7, 2017
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James
Regarding reps, what are the pros and cons of doing the reps over a shorter or longer period of time. Does the myelination process depend only on number of repetitions or is there also an elapsed time element?
September 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. It depends on the difference in elapsed time. The main goal when training is a minimum of 100 perfect repetitions. Doing less doesn't provide enough for the brain to start thinking to itself "hmm, maybe this is how he or she wants me to do this from now on." 100 perfect reps per training session and 3000-5000 to make it permanent.
September 4, 2017
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James
I understand -- 100 reps per session. Should I limit to one session per day?
September 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. You may do more if you would like. However, try not to overwork the brain too much by trying to re-train the whole thing in 2 days.
September 5, 2017
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Ross
Where does the progression end here? Weight shift with steps then weight shift without steps then weight shift with club in one hand then weight shift with club in both hands then ... do we go to full swings at full speed? What stage do we need before moving on to the second video?
August 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. You were pretty spot on with your progression. You may add some weight shift steps with a club if you need it for feel. But, I didn't have any issue with the game plan. You don't need to go max speed, but up to a point that would be stock speed for your full swing. Once, you have completed around 3000-5000 you should be pretty efficient at shifting you weight and to start buttoning things up with Step 2.
August 28, 2017
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Phillip
Like the site and philosophy. Just getting started and had a question. In these reps I am really focusing on weight shift. I haven't watched ahead to the other steps. In repeating movements focused on weight shift, its it possible I'm engraining other bad habits not related to weight shift? If so, is it expected that future reps will undo any damage there and stack on top of the good weight shift?
August 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Phillip. I don't think you would be ingraining something poor. The whole purpose of the above video is to start getting comfortable with weight movement. If you are achieving that goal. All is well. The follow up steps will start to button up all the pieces into a sound swing.
August 26, 2017
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Harry
I am a high school golfer who is already a 3 handicap. Despite this, I have a very long backswing, using my shoulder and hands a lot and coming over the top (which I figure Chuck would say is because I have a lot of tension in my wrists/arms/shoulders in the backswing.) I am a pretty good ball-striker who hits about 12 greens per round. Despite this, I rarely hit a draw, or straight ball, and my ball flight is high because I lose lag into a scooped impact position. I have just become a member so that I can work on my swing for the next 6 months before my season starts. I have looked at my swing in slow motion and know that while there are serious flaws, but I think I shift my weight well and get a (slight more than) full shoulder turn. How should I proceed with this training program? And how should I approach these first two steps in the 5 step system?
August 20, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Harry. Ideally, if you have 6 months to retool I would send in a swing review. Let one of our instructors, or myself tailor a game plan for you over the off season. Therefore, you hit the high points and most pertinent area of need. If you don't have a camera or smart phone device capable. It sounds like you need to button up the top (5 Minutes to the Perfect Backswing) and then start working on Step 2 to tighten up how you shift and post (without shoulder spinning - main cause of OTT).
August 21, 2017
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Harry
Thank you, Craig. I sent my swing in this afternoon for a review and put your name on the comments, so hopefully I will be hearing from you soon.
August 22, 2017
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Richard
Wow 300 reps is a lot. I did it though and can see how important weight shift is. Near the end I was able to hit balls pretty accurately. cant wait to continue the program
August 4, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome to hear Richard. 300 reps is a lot of work for sure and we are excited to hear more about your progress.
August 6, 2017
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James
In the setup drill, Chuck was very specific about what constituted a "Rep". That is 5 times with the eyes open and five with the eyes closed in each part of the setup and repeating all of those parts twice, is one rep. With the weight shift drill and others, what constitutes a repetition?
July 30, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi James, when you stack in a new piece like this and you go into a proper setup position, then shift the weight properly, that would constitute as one completed rep. Same for when you stack in any new pieces moving forward. Just make sure you keep the quality of the movements in check when stacking in a new piece.
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Scott
Hi. I just started the program this week. I've learned more about the golf swing in one week then I have in years. I'm currently playing to about a 20 hcp and have the goal of getting into the single digits. I'm really going to commit to this training program and want to be one of the success stories! So, I understand and fully appreciate the importance of going through the drills one at a time before proceeding, but is there any harm in looking ahead and starting to incorporate some of the moves like the backswing? Thanks!
July 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Love the enthusiasm. You amy incorporate some backswing. However, don't overload yourself. Training the new movement patterns is very taxing on the brain. You don't want your "computer" losing focus on the goal. It is very easy to get side tracked when stacking to many components at once.
July 17, 2017
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Christopher
Regarding the rep tracker: In my dashboard, when I click on the video "Step 1- Weight Shift - Drill Only", I can add my rep count for the drill online. Additionally, there is the PDF rep tracking sheet for "5 Minute Setup Plus Weight Shift" which correlates with a DIFFERENT weight shift video and drill entirely. I am trying to reconcile the functionality of having an online rep tracker for one drill, and a PDF rep tracker for a different drill- both drills are proposed as IMPORTANT, so why wouldn't the tracking for both be available online and in the same column of "my dashboard"? We all know these drills can be boring, but why not streamline the rep tracking into one place? I have one place (online) to track one drill, and another place (the PDF) to track another drill for the SAME RST STEP! Can I just ignore one of these drills? If so, which one is more "important", the PDF drill or the "rep tracker" drill? For me, it's an added frustration- my apologies for the rant, I'm going to do both drills but it is cumbersome and confusing to try and track them in different venues. - Chris
July 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. I apologize for your confusion and frustration. The PDF's are from the older build of the site before we started incorporating online tracking. The 5 Step System is a jump start to a great overall swing. The PDF is referring to the 5 Minute Series which combines a complete overhaul of your swing. The 5 Step System was designed to simplify and put hyper focus on the important areas. If you are working on the Drill above and continue on to Step 2. You will incorporate what you would need from the 5 Min Series Setup w/Weight Shift.
July 17, 2017
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John
Something is wrong. I do not understand how to record my reps and I tried six times to recommend friends ro get the Jack Nicklaus putting tip but every time I got message he was already a member. I used a non golfer the last time but got same message. What gives?
July 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Rep Tracker is located under the 5 Step System Drill Only Videos. Also, I apologize about the error with the Jack Putting Tips. Please notify Customer Service with the Issue.
July 3, 2017
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Rob
I am 1800 reps into this. I just got my swing review back from Chris. I was doing the weight shift drill for the review. Chris told me that I was not getting enough of a backswing body turn during the drills and that I needed to focus on that until my next swing review. I thought the primary purpose of this drill was to shift weight but now I can clearly see that chuck is getting a good body turn in this video. Should I try to get a good turn for the last 1000 since we technically have not yet learned about rotation in this step or should I start over at zero and don't count them until I'm getting weight shifted and body turned? Chris mentioned that I was pushing my club back from the lead side but with only the lead arm on the club, isn't that kind-of inevitable? Should I do this drill and somehow not let my arm go across my body?
June 28, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Rob, Weight shift and body rotation are the 2 main components of a good backswing. The arms will be just slightly elevating, flexion of the trail arm and some wrist rotation. Now since you were working on weight shift and it looked like it was in place, then I added in the part of you creating a good turn with it. You can continue on with just reps of weight shift or you can start over counting weight shift and body turn together. Whatever you are most comfortable with.
July 3, 2017
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Wayne
I am 50 and have only been playing golf for 3 years, I have had RST for a couple of years but only been browsing videos. I got sick of continuos frustration on the course so have started the 5 step program. I have already learned so much, I have had lessons before but no one has ever told me the aim of weight shift is to have all of your weight on the front foot at impact - seems obvious now but no one has mentioned it. - I have done 500 reps on the first weight shift drill and already it feels more natural. Can't wait to get 3000 reps up and move on. Hopefully my 19 handicap will start to fall.
June 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wayne. Great to hear it is starting to feel more natural and your progression is coming along.
June 16, 2017
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shulei
i can't hot the ground with this drill left arm only .what's the reason ?losing the tush line ?
June 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Shulei. The goal of the drill above is solely weight shift. If you aren't striking the ground every time with it. That doesn't necessarily mean you are making an error. Just get down the feeling and movement of weight.
June 15, 2017
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Benjamin
I am a serial over the top swinger. I started at Step 0 and worked through the takeaway/backswing. Now that I'm starting the downswing, I've noticed that even if I shift my weight to the left side/left heel, I STILL can come over the top or if I dont my hands will start to fall into the slot but then I pull the ball (improper release?) My first thought was that my weight shift was off, so I went to this drill. In my practice swings, everything feels okay/arms are loose, but when I put a ball in front of me, I steepen way down on the ball and hit it with a severely closed face. I'm only using one arm (left arm) and a 6 iron (even choking down on it), but I cannot get a solid strike in this drill. I'm almost convinced that it has to be something with my arms being too active as I have been doing weight shift drills until my glutes are sore and nothing seems to be changing in the downswing. This drill also takes away the right arm so I'm really confused as to what is happening.
June 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benjamin. Sounds like you get very active with the upper half when adding the ball back. I would work on smaller drills and motions. Then, build yourself back up. Make sure you can perform weight, post and release in a smaller motion before trying it in a full version. Start with Perfecting Your Golf Impact 1 of 4 and work your way through the series (located in the Video Menu - Bonus Series).
June 15, 2017
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Gordon
The progression and repetition feels great. I've only done 100, but I can feel my muscles getting familiar with the motion. Thanks.
June 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gordon. Happy to hear you can feel better muscle engagement.
June 12, 2017
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Robert
Are the printable worksheets up to date for the 5 step program? The sheet says 5 minute setup plus weight shift but this video is weight shift drill only. Obviously this is what you want us to be doing since it has a rep tracker right? I would appreciate some clarification before I get to involved and do the wrong thing or things in the wrong order. Thank you!
June 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. When you replied to your comment instead of editing it, or creating a new one. The system thinks the comment has been answered. I apologize because it wasn't listed on our system. The 5 Minute Series has printable worksheets. The Rep Tracker is located for the 5 Step System under the Drill Only Videos.
June 12, 2017
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Gordon
I would also be interested in printable worksheets to take to the range. I couldn't find anything about worksheets to print.
June 12, 2017
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Robert
Does anyone know the answer to this?
June 6, 2017
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Douglas
I have been going through the first three vids at varing stages and as Chuck repeatly says been stacking them together to keep my reps up.In addition to this each tip has been incorporated into my game.My reps also take in the neck tie drill.I have been playing go.f since the age of 18.Started RST at age 59 and moved from 27 HC to 22HC in approx 12mths.Will be hopefully spending so time in Chicago for my 60th with a couple of games at Tim Overmans place.YES Ken you have to get of ones rear end to practice RST
June 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Douglas. Thanks for the post. I appreciate you sharing some of your story with our members. Glad the hard work is starting to knock off some strokes.
June 1, 2017
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Ken
I have been a paying member of RST for good while and must say, you're right about just watching the videos not helping my golf game. I've finally made myself get up and start working toward a better golf game. I've got a long way to go but at least it's a step in the right direction.
May 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ken. Thanks for being a supporter of the site over time. Yes, sadly watching the videos won't make you a better golfer. However, if you do give into the process and truly change your bad motor patterns. Golf will become much more fun and easier.
May 22, 2017
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Nathaniel
Hi, question regarding moving on from step 1 to step 2 - how do I know when I've mastered weight shift? In a drill session I quickly get to a point where I'm aware of the weight shift and it feels good when swinging with lead arm only (including the golf club), but I struggle to hit balls with any consistency or accuracy. I'm happy to keep working on this drill, but I don't really understand how I know when to move on. Thanks!
May 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nathaniel. The ball strike won't be your best aid in knowing whether you have mastered this drill. If you use a mirror and/or camera and with a ball in front it is showing you have the movement of weight. You may move on to Step 2 to button it up.
May 15, 2017
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Stephen
Hi there, Just at the start of my RST journey so I apologise if this is a stupid question. When doing this weight shift drill should it be a constant fluid movement to complete reps (I'm doing it in blocks of 20 as I'm getting tired) or should I be stopping after every swing like in the Tempo drill shown in this section.
May 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. The key is feeling the weight transfer from the proper muscle group. Some players will do continuous. But, you have to be conscious that you are letting the club produce the movement and that your shifting is swinging the club.
May 11, 2017
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Martin L
Played first round of year after practicing RST for a few months. Two questions. 1. After the round I feel like my ankles are quite tired and stretched. I take that as a good sign that I was shifting my weight. Am I correct? 2. My miss with irons is a low shot that starts slightly right and drops off to the right even more. I corrected it on the range my trying to shift weight onto right (back) heel on backswing. Am I on track. Overall I was getting effortless power off the tee and several very good fairway shots. I think RST is working well for me.
May 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. 1) Could be from proper shifting or an error of getting on the outside of the feet (Anchor to the Ground Video). 2) Proper weight transfer to the trail side is a must for tons of items (lag, path, etc.). But, it also helps with not getting ahead of the ball too quickly which may lead to low and right.
May 11, 2017
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Martin L
Yes. I think you got it. For the first time in my life I was really shifting my weight so I felt it in my ankles. ANd I wasn't loading my trailing side because my set uP put my weight too far forward so I wasn't loading on my trail side heel. I was watching Players today and saw how they were loading on their trail sides .
May 11, 2017
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Ed
I had practiced the first 1500 weight shift drills in the garage and driveway. After the first 1000 I stacked core rotation. Finally, I added 200 reps today stacking the squat move, at my clubs practice facility. I stacked, weight shift, core rotation and squat and swung with my lead arm only for 10 reps. Then I dropped 1 ball and tried the new swing with great success. I repeated this process a couple of times for each club SW - 5hy and driver. Significant improvement over my old swing. I am a believer. Thank goodness I found this site. All my best. Ed
May 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ed. Thanks for the post and compliments of the site. Happy to hear the improvement.
May 10, 2017
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mark
Hi Can i have good weight shift and still thin the ball?
May 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Yes, you can thin the ball with a good weight shift. However, I would check first to make sure you are shifting and not sliding the weight.
May 10, 2017
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Mark
Hi Craig. Can you explain the difference between shifting and sliding? Not sure I'm feeling it... thanks, (a different) Mark.
July 19, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Sliding would be moving the pelvis more in solely a lateral motion versus a blend of rotation and lateral motion. Use the Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video and Preventing Hip Pain Video to help.
July 19, 2017
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ok
May 11, 2017
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T David
I know that we want the shoulders square at impact, but what about the hips? Should they be slightly open as we pull to the left using the hip abductor muscles? It seems that if the feet are slightly flared, this would be the natural outcome. Is this correct, or am I missing something.
May 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. At impact the hips will be 30-45 degrees open with square shoulders.
May 4, 2017
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Eddie
This may seem like an elementary question, but I'm wondering if I can use a weighted club to do this drill. I.e. Momentous swing trainer. It seems it would help to develop motor and muscle memory, unless I'm missing something. So, is it OK to here's the weighted club? I want to do whatever's best to get the most out of the drill. Thank you!
May 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eddie. The only issue with the weight club is the club can start guiding you around versus the body dictating where the club is swinging. You can start to create tension and moving the club. You may use something like an Orange Whip. Where the weight isn't so much you feel you need to use strength to get it to move.
May 4, 2017
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Eddie
Makes sense. Should have known you guys will see what everyone misses. What about watching/starting step 2 before completing the 3,000 reps? Advisable or wait?
May 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eddie. You may start to stack Step 2 once you get pretty proficient at Step 1.
May 5, 2017
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Eddie
Thanks
May 5, 2017
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J Caleb
I realize that I should have started this program in the winter. Any recommendations on continuing with the 5 step program and playing obligations that come up?
May 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Caleb. Typically, for every 1 day of playing it will set you back 2 days of range sessions. If you are committed to changing the swing it will be hard to reboot while playing a lot. However, I don't think Step 1 or 2 would hurt you to start mastering and feeling good weight shift/post.
May 3, 2017
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Tom
I just started the program, 1st day completed 400 reps of the weight shift drill using lead (left) hand only, noticed that the point of contact with the ground is further than I would expect, almost even with the lead foot. Is this because the right hand in off the club.
April 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. More than likely you are starting to experience a shallower path and delayed release of your lag. This would be a better outcome or miss so to speak with the drill versus early.
April 27, 2017
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Tom
Thank you Craig makes sense, just started day 2, first 100 reps today of weight shift drill, for these reps I had both hands on the club and the point of contact with the ground moved back a little, slightly ahead of ball position, right where I would expect it to be. Lag and release with two hands on club vs. one hand is a little different, but with some work I sure that will come around. So far it feels pretty good.
April 28, 2017
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Ian
Hi just had my 1st session with Step 1 drill and felt that it went reasonably well. I am using an 8 iron and surprised my self that I was hitting reasonable shots with both hands on the club even with the wide steps however when i tried with lead (left) hand only, the ball contact was variable to say the least. What type of contact should i expect with one hand (hand hand) drill? Is contact and ball flight important on this drill and if so should the ball flight be straight and is this something I should concentrate on?
April 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. For the specific drill above I wouldn't worry much about the ball contact. You would need to have a proper lead hand release for the shot execution to be on par (typically, a little lower-straight to slight draw flight). The big picture goal is to have a proper weight transfer and feel that the lead side is starting to be the dominant motion.
April 25, 2017
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Ian
Thanks Craig just had my second session with 200 range balls and much improved contact typically 80 -100 yards with a 8 iron (left hand only) was becoming worried that I was becoming more focussed on the contact than the weight shift. Is the wide step (1st part of the drill essential) as i find this tougher to do from a co-ordination perspective that the heal lifts that we are supposed to train towards later on ?
April 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. You may certainly minimize the wide step. Some players have never transferred weight. The bigger step gives an exaggeration or easier perspective. The better you get. The less likely hood of needing a larger step.
April 25, 2017
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James
Great drill. It even helped me see I was inadvertently opening the club face on the way back! I'm going to post a video of me doing the drill for review, to make sure I'm doing it properly.
April 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Thanks. Great use of the swing reviews is to post your drilling move.
April 24, 2017
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Lance
Rather than lifting the front heel, would it be a similar thought mechanic to begin the weight shift/take away by pushing down into the ground with the ball of the front foot?
April 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. I would rather you shy away from pushing the ball of the foot down (weight over heel/ankle, not balls of the feet). However, take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up to see a similar motion.
April 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. I would rather you shy away from pushing the ball of the foot down. However, take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up to see a similar motion.
April 21, 2017
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Wayne
I don't have an area in my house where I can swing a golf club. Would it be worthwhile doing this drill without one? Thanks Wayne
April 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wayne. It is always good to train first without a club. However, I think you will get a better picture when you work on Step 2 and 3 since you can't use one.
April 15, 2017
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bryan
Nettie : weight shift
April 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bryan. Do you have a question about Weight Shift?
April 15, 2017
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Kathy
Using the "RotaryConnect" just above my knees has made my stance and weight transfer more stable and balanced.....this is a Great tool (0: Thank You!
March 30, 2017
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Kathy. Glad that it is working for you and you are enjoying it!
March 30, 2017
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BRIAN
In terms of tracking reps, would each "swing" be considered one rep? For example when starting from the beginning, step back with trail foot, transfer to lead foot and step forward while swinging = 1 rep? Thanks, Absolutely loving this approach to golf so far!
March 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. Yes, one completed rep would be swing back stepping back and through with weight shift.
March 9, 2017
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thiraphong
Hi Craig. I have some questions on the drills. Do you think that doing the drills only under the RST 5 step is sufficient to learn the rotary swing technique or do you need to do also the RST drills. The second question is on the drill reps. You recommended 3000 reps for each drill. Do you recommend that we complete the 3000 reps for the first drill before moving on to the next drill? For example, can we, say, complete 2000 reps on the weight shift drill and start on the core rotation drill on top of the weight shift drill?
March 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thiraphong. Working on the 5 Step will give you a great downswing. You might need to supplement with some release drills to polish the downswing move off. You may start stacking pieces as you described. But, if you lose a step you need to back down to a smaller drill and get more reps in.
March 5, 2017
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thiraphong
Hi Craig. The weight shift drill - only video is very useful. When Chuck demonstrated the drill in the video I noticed that he is standing pretty straight. Do you think that this drill can be performed by adopting a normal posture for an actual golf shot. In performing this drill should you feel that the weight shift is swinging your left arm upwards rather than trying to feel that you are swinging the left arm itself?
February 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thiraphong. You should allow momentum help from the weight shift/rotation to swing the lead arm to the top. This drill is mainly used for learning the feel of a weight transfer. But, you could apply normal setup. Similar to the RST Tempo Drill.
February 24, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, As a premium member, how many free swing review do I get? If no freebee, then how much is one swing review?How many swing reviews should I submit with unlimited swing review option? I plan to have 2 swings review per month. What is the self-analysis for and for whom do you think should get this? I plan to submit one setup video. What do you think I should video just the setup at the finish on down the line and face view? About the weight shift, should I video the practice with my left hand? or Should I video the full swing? Or Should I video a full swing so that you could critique my setup and weight shift.
February 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. It all depends on when you signed up as a premium member. On my end, it looks like you will need to purchase them separately from your membership. The cost should be $9 for a single review and $39 for a bundle of 5. With the unlimited swing review option. The instructor you choose will tell you when to submit a follow up review and what is to be expected or filmed for the future review. The self analysis is for your personal use. If you would like to use the same tools we use (instructors) to help diagnose your own swing faults. Take a look at Proper Camera Setup for Recording Swings. This video will show you the two angles we prefer. I would start with setup into full swing. Therefore, it will provide the instructor with the whole picture and he can start game planning where you need to start.
February 22, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, How do I go to purchase a bundle of 5 for $39? Thanks.
February 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. You should be able to view under Swing Reviews Tab --> Get A Review. If not, email Customer Service. They will be happy to assist you.
February 22, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, In the setup, what is the weight distribution after hip bum/axis tilt? Is the ball position and width stance the same for all irons and driver? Thanks.
February 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. 50/50 with weight at setup. The ball and stance will stay the same for all stock shots. However, you may have some tweaks with the driver for launch purposes. Take a look a the Proper Tee Height Video.
February 18, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, on rock forward and back, what i want to feel balance is when my weight is on my ankle or my heel? I am not sure I understand why I shrug shoulders and depress shoulders. When I hinge from the hip, how do i know or feel at what angle from the hip joint? When I lean inside ankles, Do I lean on both right and left ankles; and I should feel pressure on the inside of my right thight when I am at the top of my back swing. When I lean inside ankle and hip bump/axis tilt, I feel that more weight is on my left feet; that is it is hard or unnatural for me to maintain 50/50 wt. distribution. Do I do it correctly? On your width stance, I need to move 2" from NJA from left and right leg? Thank you.
February 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. You want to feel balance directly over the ankle joints at setup. The amount of forward hinge will be determined by the proper distance from the ball (How Far to Stand from the Ball Video). You want to keep pressure towards the inside of the feet to help you not sway to the outer edge of the foot. You will feel inner thigh and trail glute at the top of the swing. If you cannot maintain 50/50 you are either adding too much tilt or hip bump. They both should counter balance each other. Yes, 2 inches from trail and lead leg.
February 22, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, Yesterday, I made a lot of good contact with my left hand. Today, I did not. I chunked. I slowed down and still chunked. I tried big steps, small steps, and tempo drill. However, when I did with two hands, I transferred weight really well. I did with balls. May be I was tired with two days in a row. I don't want to skip around. I will not go to the next step until I got at least 3000 reps. Is this the right approach? and How would I stop chunked it? Thanks.
February 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Yes, it is the right approach. More than likely you were tired. It can sneak up on you fast when training new movement patterns. Sounds like the lead arm got a little tired and you started firing your lag a little too soon.
February 18, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, On 2/21/17, Using three fingers on left hand and tranfer wt. to left by landing on left heel, pivoting, and release made better contact with ball in this section. Still not very smooth from transfering to right to load up on right heel at the hip line, and transferring wt. back to the left. There is one drill for weight shift. In the deeper learning of wt. shift to the left, I understand much better each movement described in the video, why don't you have a drill for this? Or am I supposed to incorporate these movements in the only wt. shift drill? Master Chuck Quinton briefly mentions about stacking these movements in the wt. shift drill. Could you elaborate so that I know what I need to do. I really enjoy the practices of hitting ball with only my left hand. Thanks.
February 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. The 5 Step System was created as quick start to kick into gear a quality downswing. Even though elements of it are used in a full swing rebuild. Sometimes it doesn't contain all the nuts in bolts for a player. Hence the deeper learning when one becomes confused. Are you looking for more drills to help with weight transfer other than Step 1 - Weight Shift? I would be happy to leave a list.
February 22, 2017
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George
Yes, Please leave a list. Thanks.
February 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. How to Swing from the Ground Up, Fixing Your Weight Transfer, Preventing Hip Pain, Sitting Into the Left Side, Perfecting Lower Body Stability, RST Tempo Drill, Weight Shift Drill - Lift the Heels, and Squat to Square to name a few.
February 22, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, Which club do you recommend for this drill? Do you have a printable worksheet for this drill? Thanks.
February 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. For the 5 Step System I recommend the Rep Tracker. If you look to the top/middle of the video bar on your left you will see Rep Tracker. We do not have any printable sheets. I apologize. For most of our drills we usually recommend anything from a 9 to 7 iron.
February 16, 2017
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Enni
I have been doing this drill with both hands and then taking off my index fingers and thumbs to keep light touch, is it ok? With left hand only it is much easier to swing the club upside down. While the purpose of this drill is to learn proper weight shift (only), do I need to touch or hit the carpet / ground with my club? I also tried this drill like lefties do (I'm right handed player like most of us) and I was amazed how easy it was to shift weight, it came naturally.
February 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Enni. You can hit the carpet or ground if you want. But, if you start chunking it or not hitting it at all. Don't blame the weight. It could be a lag and release problem. Taking of the thumb/index is perfectly fine. Yes, weight shift will come more naturally when using your dominant arm. But, it will be harder to get the proper impact.
February 11, 2017
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Nick
I'm doing this drill with the orange whip and left hand only. I've noticed as I get tired, around my 3rd set of 25, my left thumb begins pushing on the shaft and that's a bad habit to pick up. After doing thesee I pick up a golf club for release drills and my left thumb is extremely active. I have two thoughts, the first being keep using the whip to build core strength and tempo or do I go to a lighter weight, choked up 8i to focus on the release?
February 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nick. Sounds like the tension and push come from being tired. You might be trying guide the whip too much causing exhaustion. I would keep using the whip, but the more tension that starts to creep in. Take the lead thumb off. Relax and get back to allowing the body to create the positions versus guiding the hand.
February 8, 2017
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Marcus
I tried this drill and it put a lot of pressure on my left elbow. It is still sore an hour later after only 40 reps are so. I also had a hard time making decent contact. What should we look for as far as ball flight?
February 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marcus. I wouldn't add too much of hitting balls until you work through the series. Focus more on getting comfortable with the weight shifting from one side to the other. Ball flight will typically be lower. Sounds like more of a release issue with the lead arm and elbow. But, you will learn more about that as the series progresses.
February 7, 2017
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Marcus
Without hitting the ball, what is a good feedback response on my weight shif?. I tend to shift too late (the same time as impact) but it is hard for me to tell this while I am swinging.
February 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marcus. You don't want to use the ball too much as your predictor of weight shift. At impact the trail foot should be very light and through the release you shouldn't have any issue with allowing momentum to carry you to a full follow through. If you must work on impact and add weight to feel if you are correct or not. I would focus on the first few videos of the Perfecting Your Golf Impact Series. You will start at impact and then add weight shift.
February 7, 2017
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Johan
I find that my focus is on swinging my arm instead of my lower body being active. How can I get more focus on my lower body?
February 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Johan. Step 2 - Core Rotation will focus more on the lower body action. The goal from this video is to get comfortable with the weight moving from one side to the other.
February 7, 2017
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Hank
Another possibility is that I am starting to look up too soon to see direction of ball flight. What effect would that have?
February 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. If you prematurely look up you will have the tendency to early release/throw the club. The head/eyes need to stay down through impact.
February 5, 2017
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Hank
I have noticed that my contact point on the mat in this drill without a ball is further forward than when I use a plastic indoor ball. Is it that I am not transferring my weight completely or releasing earlier and hitting down at the ball (also increased divot/force)?
February 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. Sounds like you are releasing a little early. Possibly, yanking the arm down versus even flow.
February 4, 2017
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Hank
I have found that the spot where my club hits the mat has been very inconsistent and feel that I have not been doing full weight transfer before I start releasing the club. The last reps, I have waited until I feel that I am fully posted up on my left leg and use that as a signal to release the club. I have used a plastic ball (indoors) in these last reps and this post up seems to be resulting in consistent contact and good trajectory. Makes sense?
January 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. Take a look at You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs. Using the post up as a trigger to allow for the release is definitely acceptable.
January 30, 2017
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Hank
Just an observation, in my dashboard, the "Video Lessons Completed" percentages make no sense at all. The reps % looks fine.
January 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. We are still working out some of the kinks. I apologize for the error.
January 30, 2017
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Frederick
I know that this is not a grip drill video per se, however, I have a weak left grip problem and want to make sure I am setting it properly. When Chuck immediately starts his weight transfer back, either his grip gets really strong or it is the beginning of his tarting to turn the club over. Can you tell me which that is? Thank you.
January 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frederick. Chuck doesn't re-grip to a stronger position. More a rotational aspect of momentum starting to take over.
January 28, 2017
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Paul
Ok to do this drill with no club? Ask because with weight of club I seem more focused on getting swing right and also the struggle with my grip makes swinging left hand only a chore right now. Should you not pay attention to other aspects of the swing with this drill and just make sure feeling a weight shift? Maybe you shed light on how to know you're doing this drill correctly?? Ask my grip question here if ok. When get to top of swing with this drill (because this magnifies my left hand grip issue), is your thumb bracing hard to hold the club, is there a gap between your thumb, pad of your hand under the handle of the club? With mine there is.
January 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. It's fine to perform the drill without the club. You can always drill body movements first. To know you are drilling correctly would be by the time you reach impact and finish that your trail leg has little to zero weight bearing on it. This drill isn't to polish off tilt, club position, etc. It is to get you comfortable with weight transfer back and forth. You will feel some pressure or bracing of the lead thumb against the grip. You do however want to shy away from pushing the thumb too hard against the club when transitioning. Yes, there will be a little gap below the thumb and pad.
January 27, 2017
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Mike
Would you recommend doing this drill using 'Tour Tempo'? Plant back heel on 'swing', plant front heel on 'set' and swing to time impact with 'thru'?
January 25, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You can use the tour temp for this drill for sure, but I would recommend using it after you become more proficient with the movements. Start slow and then when you get enough reps in and feel more comfortable with the movements, set the tour tempo to your desired speed and perform the movements. Great question and good luck.
January 25, 2017
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Mike
It's tough to get outside everyday in New England now that winter is here. Should I just do the reps without a club or would you suggest another video for indoor practice?
January 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. This is a great video to work on indoors in the winter. If you would like a whole series for the cold months. I would suggest you work through the Winter Golf Training Program in the Video Menu.
January 24, 2017
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Martin
Really seeing the benefit of the Weight Shift Drills. I have no doubt in my mind now that the weight shift is so important and is the base for everything else to follow. Basically without a good shift, forget a good result. I am finding it really helpful when I focus on shifting to the left before I finish my backswing. And making sure I bump my left hip before I take the club away is so so helpful. before this I kinda felt like the hips just floated with no real snap. Happy Days!
January 19, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. I can't begin to tell you how important weight shift is. Great to hear you are seeing the benefits.
January 20, 2017
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Gavin
I have just over 1000 reps done and went out to play a round and struggled so much to hit the ball off the turf let alone hit it well. Would starting this drill cause that? I was constantly topping the ball with most of the longer clubs
January 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gavin. Using solely the weight shift drill shouldn't cause that. If you were topping the ball with the longer clubs. The usual culprit is lack of shift back to the lead side and not hitting down on the ball.
January 17, 2017
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Enni
Hi. I'm a beginner and done the set up drill for two weeks now. I then tried this shift drill with iron and found the other drill for shift movement (1 inch right and three to left). Should I work the first drill with iron 1000 times before I start this shorter drill or vice versa?
January 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Enni. I think you are going about it well. Because the final step will hone in or tighten up the weight shift if you have too much movement. However, you will have a good feeling for what it is.
January 14, 2017
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Richard
I've received emails about sending my golf swing in to be reviewed but since I'm starting the drills I feel like my swing will b falsand not my true swing (even though bad). Do I still send in a video of my swing even though I'm early in the 5 step system, still in the first drill as a matter of fact?
January 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. I would advise 2 scenarios you may follow for your review. Upload a normal swing to make sure you are starting at the proper point. Or, upload the current drill you are working on and let one of our instructors make sure you are practicing properly.
January 14, 2017
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Richard
Thx so much Craig!!!
January 15, 2017
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charles
Craig Thx Finally found rep tracker for 5 step....why so complicated. Why not go to menus click on 5 step and go from there? cheers
January 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. I apologize the confusion. I will relay to the team to work on a simpler process.
January 12, 2017
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Brian
Hi. Just began my RST journey and have a question about playing while doing this program. What is the best way to improve in the least time? To play or not?
January 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. Slowing down on playing would be preferred. I understand it would be difficult to quit playing. But, remember for about every 1 day of playing it takes you about 2 practice sessions to get back on the horse correctly. I would at least get to 1000 reps to be pretty proficient at the move before adding back too many rounds.
January 11, 2017
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michael
So are you supposed to do 3,000 reps per video?
January 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. 3000-5000 to master any type of new movement pattern. However, after about a 1000 you should become very proficient at creating or repeating the move.
January 9, 2017
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Ross
I am a "closed hip slider" on my downswing and for the life of me I struggle to get my hips even a little bit open at impact. With a short swing there isn't much rotation of the hips and moving the weight is pretty simple. When Chuck does his two handed swing near the end of the video his hip rotation is very noticeable. Is it enough for this drill just to get weight shift happening with a short swing or should we be working in hip rotation as well?
December 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. For the drill above the key is weight transfer. Further steps in this program you will need to clear the hips as best as you can. Make sure you get the lead knee movement first to help with the closed hip slide. Perfecting Lower Body Stability Video.
December 18, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
About 50 reps from doing 3000. When I practice taking regular full swings (either in slow motion or up to full speed) I can't seem to keep my lead foot from rolling towards the outer edge. If I force it to remain flat, I can't seem to be able to rotate around my lead hip to finish the swing. I don't have any injuries or limitations to movement that I'm aware of. I've paid attention to shifting my weight over to the lead side and push up through the lead heel and still have the same problem. Second issue that is related: I've definitely suffered through the last couple of years not being able to keep from losing the tush line. I never feel that I'm getting any power hitting balls while keeping my tush back. I've posted reviews and Aaron is awesome, but I can't seem to get over these 2 issues. I've watched and practiced all the videos relating to the tush line but to no avail. Should I completely stop playing any rounds until I've completed a minimum of 5000 or more reps? That will be very difficult but willing to do what it takes. Thank you!
November 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. I understand it would be difficult to quit playing. But, remember for about every 1 day of playing it takes you about 2 practice sessions to get back on the horse correctly. I would at least get to 1000 to be pretty proficient at the move before hammering out 72 holes in a row. Use the post up properly against a chair. Combine the drills. Use the You hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs and the Chair Drill in combo. Also, take a look at the Anchor to the Ground Video to help you feel staying on the inside and centered part of the lead foot when posting. Also, make sure the lead knee isn't pushing beyond NJA when posting to keep the lead foot from rolling outside.
November 29, 2016
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Ross
A couple of things. First, when refining the drill, after the weight shifts to the left should the left leg be in neutral joint alignment and after the the weight shifts to the right should the right leg be about 1 inch inside neutral joint alignment? Second and thinking about a down the line view, in terms of stacking drills, should the drill start with an upright posture and then stack on starting in a golf posture? Or do these refinements come later in the 5 step program?
November 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. After the shift to the lead side the hip/knee/ankle should be in alignment. Yes, the trail shift will appear to be close to 1 inch inside NJA. As you move into Step 2 you will start to be in more of a golf posture setting. This video (even with Chuck close to golf posture) is more of getting the feeling of weight moving back and forth.
November 29, 2016
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Bob
Hi guys. Are you messing around with the website? I am working my way through the 5 steps portion of the website and now several of the links are buried and I can't get to them. When do you think your redo will be done?
November 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Haven't changed anything in two months on this.
November 25, 2016
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David
In one of the weight shift videos, the instructor gives a visual(for a right handed golfer) of creasing the right pant leg at the pelvic muscle to keep the weight from getting on the outside of the foot during the backswing. Would it be a good swing thought to crease the right pant leg on the backswing and to crease the left pant leg at the pelvic muscle coming down to keep the weight on the inside of the left foot in the downswing??
October 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. For the backswing the crease would be a good thought. You could possibly think that way coming down, but it might be a little cumbersome and cause a little too early hip rotation. I would focus more on the sit. Like the Sitting Into the Left Side Video or even the pull from the inner thigh in the Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video.
October 22, 2016
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Michael
What iron would you recommend using. Having just discovered that I have not used my left side much at all this drill with a 7 iron has fatigued my forearm and wrists. Or, am I better off just sticking with it to develop the needed strength? I probably answered my own queztion.
October 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Most players stick between 9, 8, or 7 Iron while working on these drills.
October 17, 2016
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Anthony
It really seems to me that since this drill promotes a lateral movement, that the "Squat" element of the swing is eliminated. I am working hard on the squat/dump concept, but don't want to train in the wrong direction by undoing what I have accomplished by overdoing a lateral movement. Your thoughts
October 16, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Anthony. Focus on just the lateral movement of the drill. When you are comfortable with that, go ahead and stack the down cock or squat to square in the drill.
October 17, 2016
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Ryan
I submitted a swing review of me doing this drill because I'd like to work through the 5 step system and Craig noticed that in doing the drill my knee and hip were stacked pretty well but my upper body was hanging back and I was pushing off my trail foot a bit. In my actual swing I believe my knee and hip get fairly close but are a little short of neutral and open at impact and my upper body definitely hangs back. The thing I love about this drill is how simple it makes the weight shift to feel, and my question is, is there a simple feel to adjust this drill for my specific problem?
October 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. Happy to take a look at your drill. A great way to use the swing review. Let me take a look at the drill in your review. We will see what is going on.
October 13, 2016
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Ryan
While I'm at it, I'm curious if this is related. I have a pretty low ballflight. I know hip spinners usually have a high spinny one and I probably don't fall into the better player category yet but my good shots have a great penetrating ballflight but it's usually too low for 5 or 6 iron on up to driver
October 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. The upper half falling back into the release can cause a lower than usual ball flight.
October 13, 2016
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Ryan
Thanks Craig! It was my most recent one and I know I'll need to check it on video but I'd like a nice feeling like maybe feeling like I'm standing up straighter or leaving my trail leg where it is at the end of the backswing during the downswing so I can keep the free flowing and simple feel of the drill
October 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. Preventing Hip Pain can help with feeling proper pull from the left versus trail push. Also, the Right Knee Downswing Drill and the Level Shoulders Drill to shy away from push and too much secondary tilt.
October 13, 2016
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Ryan
*not the most recent the one before that
October 13, 2016
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Mark
Hello, You talk about hitting balls in this drill. Do you work up to hitting them with the left hand only, to start?
October 10, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Mark, if you struggle to hit balls with this drill it is highly advised to start without hitting balls. Try to become consistent with hitting the same mark in the turf, then move to hitting the little white demon.
October 10, 2016
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Mark
Which size orange whip would be most suitable for a beginner. I am presently only playing with irons, not too interested in swinging a driver just yet. I would like to get an orange whip to further my practise. Many thanks, Mark
October 3, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. They all work well. I don't think anyone is preferable to another. Most of us here use the original because it really helps you feel the weight.
October 4, 2016
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Brian
I Can Not Add Steo 4 of the 5 step Quick Start System to my my favorites
September 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. I'm not seeing an error on my end. If you are still experiencing the issue. Please contact Customer Service. They will be happy to help.
September 26, 2016
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Frank
Regarding the weight shift... Rory McElroy (and Tiber Woods, I believe) really 'squat' during the weight shift and then post up. What's the purpose of the squat? Is it simply to increase the vertical movement of the post up (lead leg going from squat to extension) in order to increase the "whip" of the club through the hitting area? (Chuck says that the post up is what causes the 'whip' of the club through the hitting area, I believe.)
September 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frank. The squat will help stabilize the hips. Secondly, with added squat you can pull more leverage from the ground for power. That increased squat and vertical movement upwards will help create more whip. Take a look at The Tiger Squat Video.
September 6, 2016
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David
Have done lots of weight shift reps, but finding this is putting strain on my hips (esp. when I added in the club). I assume I am not shifting over far enough to get into neutral joint alignment as I push up with the left glute. If I do shift my weight over that far, I feel like I am way off centre and my head is all over the place. Should I be shifting my belt-buckle 1 inch right of setup position and then 3 inch left of setup position? Or should I shift as far as necessary to get into neutral joint alignment? Should I keep my head centred when I'm doing the weight-shift?
September 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. The head will have to move a little in the golf swing. The head is connected to the body and will have to react. The shift is a 1 inch movement away and 3 inches back towards the target from setup. You shouldn't have to go more because the stance width should still be 2 inches outside of NJA. Make sure you are shifting properly. Take a look at How to Swing From the Ground Up.
September 6, 2016
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David
Thank you Craig. Very useful. Will use the stomping for the reps. Pretty funny seeing Chuck with a beard
September 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. I think he had a disagreement with his razor that morning .
September 6, 2016
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Richard
In his 2012 book Mike Bender says that the weight shift is a result of a correct setup. In other words the weight shift is a result of the swing. In person he has told me to never "try " to shift my weight .
September 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. It sounds like the outside moving the inside versus the inside moving the out. You want the body to be the origin of movement. Some athletic players may adapt to naturally shifting their weight while swinging a club. But, I have found far more players do not shift their weight allowing them to have a more fluid and balanced swing. Weight shift helps create lag, shallower downswing plane and is roughly 14.4% or more of your power in the swing. Take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up.
September 6, 2016
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Ryan
Should we complete 3000-5000 reps before moving onto the next step?
August 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. It will take that many to master the movements. But, you can slowly stack other pieces if you would like. Just make sure if you lose track or progress. Back down and don't lose your good training.
August 16, 2016
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Jarek
Having trouble incorporating these 5 step drills into my swing, I can do the drill perfect but then have a hard time transitioning to the same feel in the swing hitting balls, do you suggest a certain progression that will allow my to bring this practice over into actually hitting balls?
August 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jarek. Take a look at the Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Video for better information on how to practice. In the meantime, once you get the practice swing perfected on camera. Start with lead arm only hits. You can work your way up from a 9 to 3 length and so forth. Take a look on film. Figure out which feeling you need to exaggerate when correcting with a lead arm only hit in front of a ball.
August 13, 2016
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Robert
Is it okay to use a weighted club for this exercise or should I just stay with a normal golf club?
August 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. You can, but ideally would be a normal club or something inline with the Orange Whip (more head heavy, than the whole club).
August 2, 2016
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Matthew
I'm giving this ago but feel as if I'm still over rotating and straightening my back knee at the top of swing...any tips to stop this?
July 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. Laser Beam Drills for Stability and the Right Knee Laser Beam Drill video to help.
July 18, 2016
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Craig
Hello, Should the student always be "moving" back and forth with this drill or setup normally and then do the drill, then setup again, do the drill, etc.? If you were trying to hit balls eventually with this drill you would have to setup/address each time? Thanks.
July 12, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You can do either, the goal is to get comfortable shifting your weight. At first, it helps many golfers to always be moving around, then slowly make it less "sloppy" by starting from a normal address position.
July 13, 2016
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jason
it doesnt appear chuck is in the recommended setup/posture in the beginning of this video. is that not important for this drill?
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. Chuck might appear to be taller or a little more vertical. However, he still is hinging from his hips. Chuck's normal posture is very similar.
July 12, 2016
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Greg
If I do this drill and feel the weight shift but still feel as if I am falling forward into the ball, what do you think causes this.
June 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. You might be too active with the shoulder rotation on the through swing.
June 22, 2016
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Stephen
Chuck, if I break down your instruction into only the four discrete weight shift drills as you demonstrated; (and I understand that there could be more than four but bear with me for this hypothetical), how many reps of each drill should I complete before I can expect that there would be a sufficient amount of myelin wrapped around that drill's nerve circuit to enable me to confidently move on to the next drill?
June 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Any given session you want to have at least 100 quality reps to start the process. Once, you get to a 1000 reps you will start to be pretty proficient at performing the new move. 3000-5000 to master.
June 7, 2016
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Terry
Hi Craig, so is that 3000-5000 reps of the feet wide apart before I move into the feet closer together?
July 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. You want 3000-5000 of shifting the weight properly. You may move from wider to smaller depending on your proficiency of doing the move. After about a 1000 of the wide you will be pretty good a getting the weight transfer. Start to narrow the step. If you notice you lose the proper motion, then revert back up to a wide motion. If you can retain the proper shift, then keep narrowing until you master.
July 7, 2016
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Stephen
Chuck, Would there be any advantage (or disadvantage) of using the Orange Whip (either driver or mid-iron version) to complete these weight shift (or other(s)) drills? Thanks
June 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. All versions will help you create the necessary body movements.
June 7, 2016
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Les
When I try and push my weight into my right heel my weight shifts past neutral joint alignment. ls the weight shift something you should consciously do before the club moves at all or when should you shift your weight in the sequence. Does it follow the take away or when? When I just focus on pushing my right heel in my hands drag into the backswing.Is it something that comes naturally or do you actually try and push your weight into your right heel? Thx
June 3, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Les, try rolling your trail ankle in a little bit at address. Weight shift will need to be a conscious movement until you master it and it should be the first movement off the ball for sure. Once you become more proficient, you can start shifting and rotating simultaneously, thus getting you away from the hands dragging back as you say. Shifting the weight to start the swing is critical. Hope that helps.
June 3, 2016
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Les
Thanks Chris. Also is the the rotating down by rotating the upper body against the shift or by shifting and rotating the right hip all at once?
June 3, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem. The hips are moving dynamically in the swing. They are shifting and rotating just slightly into the takeaway, 5-10 degrees or so, which will start rotating the torso with it. At this point you are completing the body rotation on a stable trail leg to the top.
June 3, 2016
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BARTHOLOMEW
I could post this anywhere but I'm currently working on this drill, so here goes: could you put up a terminology page? I find some of your terms confusing and not always used as defined in on-line golf dictionaries. E.g., "lag" is used frequently is ways that have nothing to do with "a shot that is purposively dropped short of the cup." "Wrist cock" in this video doesn't appear on the PGA golf term site. And so on. Thanks for considering this.
May 29, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bart. I will put that in the suggestion box. Anytime you have a question on terminology. Please feel free to ask us in the forum. For help with your wrist issue and terms. Take a look at the Using the Wrist Effectively and Efficiently Video.
June 1, 2016
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Gary
I'm having a problem keeping my left arm straight when I swing back. My arm bends at the elbow and the further back I swing the more it bends. Any suggestions please?
May 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. You can allow for a soft left elbow. You don't want it overly adding flexion though. You struggle with the left arm bending in the drill or normal full swing?
May 24, 2016
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Gary
Both...always have done. I've been to many teachers and they just told me to live with it because my timing is so good most of the time. My first move on the downswing is to straighten the left arm but then I have no lag which is how I found your site. I'm very encouraged by your videos so I'm determined to do this right. I uploaded a couple of swings for analysis so you will see the bend.
May 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. I'm sure your instructor will see the issue. Typically, the lead arm bends due to over folding of the trail arm or lack of wrist set.
May 24, 2016
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Gary
I watched the winter drill and if I hold the club by the head and swing the shaft I can keep it straight so maybe it is something to do with the way I set the club?
May 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. I will actually be performing your review within the hour. We will chat about it.
May 24, 2016
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Gary
Thanks Craig...I'm eager to improve
May 24, 2016
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Gary
Craig....thanks for your review. Keeping the right arm straight in the takeaway is something I worked on before so as soon as you mentioned it it brought back memories so off to work I go. BTW..I see you are in Georgia...one of my best friends is at Marietta CC and owns Ken Stanton Music.
May 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. I didn't receive this response. Yes, I am in Alpharetta, GA. Marietta CC is a good track.
May 29, 2016
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jonathan
Ha!! Never mind!! You guys have a video about it! LOL.
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No Problem Jonathan.
May 21, 2016
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jonathan
Great video! I have the Orange Whip....oh, the guy before me just asked the question I was about to ask. I'll just wait for the answer...
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Jonathan. We have a video about it. I think you found it looking at your post.
May 21, 2016
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Pete
Do you recommend doing this weight shift drill with the Orange Whip training aid?
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. At first, I would like you to own without. But, as you advanced more you can perform move with the Orange Whip.
May 21, 2016
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Craig
Will this swing work with bad knees and a big belly
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. I answered below.
May 20, 2016
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Craig
Can you make a video with people who have Limitations etc: bad knees, shoulders and big belly etc. Craig in Oklahoma city
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. I will put it in the suggestion box for the team.
May 20, 2016
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Craig
Can this swing work when you have bad knees and a big belly, I'm still a good athlete.
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. Yes.
May 20, 2016
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Brent
For hip spinners, would stepping closed with the lead side (maybe 5 degrees) reinforce good patterns for the downswing?
May 17, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Not sure what stepping closed means? Closing the hips or turning the lead foot inward? I wouldn't suggest either one really. I would focus on what is causing the hip spinning and then work on training the correct movements at slow speed at first and then ramp the speed up as you become more comfortable with the movements.
May 18, 2016
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Christopher
How much head movement is "permitted"? I've developed a reverse pivot - in part because I try to keep my head motionless. When I do this drill, it feels like my head is really moving back and forward a lot. Chris
May 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. The head needs to move in the swing. Keeping it overly still can cause a reverse pivot. Usually about a inch or so swinging back and a couple inches down. Don't lock the head.
May 13, 2016
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Bill
Great drill... When I start the swing with my feet together on left and then step right and swing, I kill the ball straight down the middle. When I start from the normal stance and do the weight shift, I lose considerable power. Am I not shifting to the left side enough? Actually thinking of using the "step" seeing during a live right of golf. Thanks, Bill
May 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bill. More than likely you are using the momentum and better hip turn to help you gain a little more power and it is creating a more athletic flow into the strike while stepping. Starting with Step 2 you should gain back what you lose when you don't step.
May 11, 2016
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Dan
Steve M recommended this weight shift drill to me because, rightfully so, he saw I was not shifting my weight from my lower body. Instead, I was attempting to shift my weight with my upper body and my stance was too wide to allow a proper weight shift. As I mentioned in my profile I have numb feet (peripheral neuropathy) which results in a balance problem. Thus, a previous instructor recommended a wider stance and shifting my weight with the upper body. So, I am confused. It seems I am getting contradictory instruction. I am willing to work on this drill but am concerned about what I should do if loss of balance becomes an issue as in the past. Is there an alternative drill I should review to ensure I shift my weight and maintain my balance?
May 4, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Who told you to shift with your upper body and a wider stance?? An RST instructor???? If it wasn't an RST instructor then you should probably disregard everything you heard from that person as they have no clue what's really going on with shifting your weight in the golf swing, the basics of rotation, your proprioception or anything else for that matter. This drill is one of the best as it's simple and gets you moving as so many people stay frozen over the ball with their lower body. As for your loss of balance due to neuropathy, that's a bit outside of our realm and sounds like someone in the physical therapy world would be the better person to help you work through those issues.
May 5, 2016
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paul
2 quick questions. First, if I do this in slow motion, I notice my "at impact" the club face is shut when my wrist is pointing to target. I am assuming my grip is too strong? Also, I have a tendency to do the opposite of the "over the top" which is I drop the club(flatten) and need to flip to square club. Any recommendations?
May 2, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Paul, Could be from the grip or also not having enough secondary axis tilt at impact. How much forward shaft lean and how much secondary axis tilt are you seeing at impact?
May 2, 2016
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paul
In order to get secondary axis tilt it seems to be tougher to stay on top of the ball and maintain forward shaft lien?
May 2, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You need some secondary axis tilt at impact to help shallow the swing out or the club would be coming straight down into the ground. The spine needs to be pointed just outside the lead knee. I asked about the shaft lean for a different reason...it will tell me what you are doing with the club on the way down to get the club shut. Thanks
May 2, 2016
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Kevin
I'm going to start this drill, but had a question regarding where to apply the weight. My instructor mentioned shifting my weight to the inside of my feet; however, in Chuck's videos here, it looks like when he's doing his steps he's shifting to the outside of his feet (you can see the inside of his foot lift off a little when his stride reaches its peak). I believe that's just from exaggerating things. So, when doing these stepping drills, should we try to be conscious of leaving the weight on the inside of our feet?
May 2, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Kevin, Just make sure that you are not rolled out onto the trail foot. If you have been battling with lower body stability issues, then yes, focus on the weight staying to the inside portion of the heel/ankle area.
May 2, 2016
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Leon
Chuck, It all makes sense. However, I'm 80 years old and my ability to turn back is a bit limited. However, if I lift my right heel on the back swing I can make it to almost 90 degrees. Would you have a problem with me lifting my heel as I practice this drill...with the anticipation that I will continue to do so when hitting balls?
May 1, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Leon, I assume you are left handed by saying "lifting your right heel into the backswing"? If yes, that is ok, but see my answer to James below for some further information.
May 2, 2016
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James
Hello. I decided to try hitting balls while lifting my lead leg heel, to shift to the trail side and slamming it down and lifting the trail leg heel while shifting to the lead side. Never ever produced such beautiful ball flight in my life! Combined with very relaxed arms to hit at the ball from the 6 week series, the ball starts low with a tour pro like trajectory and the distance is amazing. Is there anything wrong with staying with this heel lift technique like Ben Hogan or Sam Snead?
April 30, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey James, Glad to hear that you are getting some good results. You are fine to lift the lead foot like this as long as its not moving your head off the ball too much and is not allowing your pelvis to become unstable and over rotate going into the backswing. Keep up the good work.
May 2, 2016
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Loran
When I finish my swing...I balance my entire body on my toes, on both feet. Is this a natural feel? Of not pushing off the right foot for power? How does a player rely on feeling to tell she is performing correct footwork?
April 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Your toes will help with a little stability, but you should be balanced over your lead ankle joint and not by the "balls of the feet." Use a camera and mirror to check positions. Also, when relying on feel make sure you feel the lead heel centered and pressed into the ground after you shift your weight.
April 27, 2016
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Loran
This shift...when I shift to the left side, my right side does little to nothing in the transition? I can just totally ignore, or take out the right side equation, when I squat and shift? Like, just focusing on the left side, independent of the right, when shifting?
April 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Yes, the trail side will do little to nothing. You can take the focus off of it when transferring the weight back to the lead side. The trail side when shifting will move due to the reaction of pulling from your lead side. It will respond in kind to proper lead side movements.
April 27, 2016

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