Step 2 - Core Rotation

Step 2- Adding body rotation


Learning how to rotate properly and use your core in the backswing and downswing is the most critical key in developing a powerful and consistent golf swing. All the movement in the golf swing starts from the core and works its way out to the periphery - ie the arms, hands and club. However, most golfers focus on moving the arms and club first, and when this happens, the rest of your golf swing will not only be out of sequence, but lacking power. You simply can't sequence the golf swing correctly without loading the muscles of the body properly first. 

This golf swing drill is quite simply one of the most critical things you will ever learn that will help make you a single digit to scratch golfer. If you don't master this part of the golf swing, the rest of the swing will be a confusing quagmire of parts that you'll never properly understand and will never be able to execute correctly.

Okay, so, if you've made it through the weight shift section you're starting to have good lag. Your wrists are being able to stay soft. Your shoulders are staying soft. You're having momentum going back and going through. You're having secondary tilt, which is helping create a proper swing plane and path, so that alone should have taken care of your over the top move, so now we're going to start focusing on core rotation in this next section.

                Step two of the RST Step System is all about creating the engine for your golf swing. The momentum is coming from your weight shift. The power and the motor of the golf swing is your core rotation. You have a lot of muscles in the center of your body and all movement should emanate from the center of your body, from your trunk and your core. So, as you start to learn how to move your body, you're going to see that my arms are getting momentum, look how far my arms have moved, they've moved three feet, four feet, but I didn't move my arms. My arms got moved by my core rotation. That is the engine of the swing and everything happening in the periphery is moving in response and as a consequence of what you're doing here.

                So this next section of the RST Step System is critical that you start completely changing the way you think about the golf swing. You're not going to think about picking your arms up and hacking down on it and start chopping wood or be all tense and tight in your shoulders. Your shoulders can stay relaxed. They're your friends. Give them a break because you've been abusing them for a while. I want you to start think about moving from your core. I'm moving my shoulders by rotating from my trunk and I'm starting to create a lot of load by stretching a lot of muscle fibers in the center of my body and as I'm doing that, that's moving my arms, which is then going to move the club. I'm not moving the club, I'm moving my core, which is moving the club. So this next section is going to help you start to understand where the power and efficiency of the rotary swings through our system really comes into play.

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Kyaw Thet
Hi Craig, In this video, it says the hip shifts laterally until NJA before post-up. In that case during squat to square the lead hip will shift laterally until NJA right? Normally I do not reach NJA during squat to square. Do I need to fix that?
October 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kyaw. During squat to square the hips will be just shy of NJA. You will have very little lateral movement in the post up. The vast majority should be completed before getting into the post up move.
October 11, 2020
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Joe
I seem to be having trouble with the post up move....I find it difficult to post up only the left hip..my tendency is to move the right side along with the left. Any tips on what I can focus on to post up correctly instead of jumping vertically?
June 5, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joe. Take a look at at a few videos for me. You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs, Perfecting Lower Body Stability and Sam Snead Squat. All of those will help with transition and post to make sure you don't try to over power with trail hip. Also, Maintain Tush Line Chair Drill.
June 5, 2020
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George
I'm getting some lower right back discomfort when making my backswing. Is it because this is a new move or have heard of similar experiences?
October 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bob. Make sure you are adding axis correctly at setup, rotating around the spine and loading the glute. Sounds like improper load and adding side bend.
October 29, 2019
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James
i can do the core rotation well, without a club. But when i swing and video myself, i keep letting my right wrist breakdown and thus, the club gets stuck behind me. I cannot seem to fix this. Any suggestions and videos to watch, or drills to do, i will try my best. ps. i know, the club getting stuck behind one is an absolute killer. thank you
October 16, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Do it lead arm only first and get it working over your trail shoulder. Combine the Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video and 4 Square Drill. Once, lead arm is perfect. Start adding light trail finger tips. You just need to delete any trail side influence.
October 16, 2019
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William
Am I correct saying the squat squares the hips and then the hips are opened to 35 to 45 degrees at impact due to the posting?
September 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. Yes. As you squat to square the hips will square from the closed position on the backswing. As you post up the hips will open 35-45 degrees.
September 9, 2019
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Ryan
I've been working on core rotation drill through several swing reviews with Chris. Most recently, I've been trying to nail down the transition back to my left side with the squat to square move and focusing on trying to mimic the move of a pitcher with my left side. As I watch myself on video while running the core rotation drill I'm feeling a bit better about the transition back to the left now; however, I'm seeing that my head moves forward (towards the target) a lot as I transition back and come into the impact position. Do you have any video recommendations on how to fix that issue, or to see what an acceptable amount of movement looks like?
August 29, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. The head will have to move a little. Basically, if your head is getting ahead of the ball. That would be when you get into trouble. Have Chris in your next review show you compared to Chuck how much the head will move. It's not much, but it can't stay perfectly still.
August 29, 2019
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Ryan
I'm trying to understand what muscles to fire first in order to start the rotation into the back swing. In this video, Chuck talks about turning the shoulders; but for me, I've always been a "shoulder turner," and I find that when I approach the rotation into the back swing by turning my shoulders, I generate a bunch of tension in the chest and shoulders, but I don't feel any tension created in the core. The results on the course speak for themselves as I can barely hit a drive 180 yards. Recently, after watching most of the core rotation videos, I started to think about it as rotating my core rather than my shoulders. This seems to create a feeling of much more tension, and thus hopefully power, stored in the back swing. However, Chris did a swing review on me the other day, and his feedback was that it looks as though I'm pushing with my left side. For me, from a feel standpoint, I was trying to start the rotation by firing the left side obliques and move them to the center of my axis which apparently translates to a push from the left side during the video analysis. The analysis made sense, but I'm still struggling and I'm looking for some insight as to what muscles I need to fire and in what order to start the rotation into the back swing. (Note: I watched the shoulder blade glide video a few times, but I didn't find the "secret" for me in that video). Thanks...
August 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. Try the Body Rotation in Golf Backswing - Chair Drill Video. Usually when isolating the upper half and lower half it will be easier to feel the required recruitment of the core.
August 11, 2019
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Kelly
As I add pace to the reps, I find that I tend to get stuck a bit on the loaded up trail side. Should I work on pulling and shifting the weight forward with the lower body, while the upper body is still finishing the backswing turn? It's relatively easy to start the shifting and pulling while chunking up the movements but want to ensure I keep blending the forward weight shift part with the rotation of Step 2. Thanks for the help!
August 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kelly. Yes, you can start to add a little "start the downswing before completing the backswing" motion to aid in getting the weight back to the lead side sooner.
August 6, 2019
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Kelly
Hi, I find that some of the weight shift analogies and drills which involve lifting the lead leg when loading the trail side (e.g., the baseball pitcher analogy, weight shift sweep drills, etc.) seem to involve a slight trail side push in order to get the weight planted on the lead leg for the forward motion. Technically, is there a slight trail side push and settling into the lead leg, prior to the lead leg adductors taking over for the pulling? I'm working on pulling from the lead side, after loading up the trail side, but I'm trying to reconcile this with some of the weight shifts drills which seem to involve at least a slight initial trail side push. Thanks for the help! Kelly
July 17, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kelly. You shouldn't have to push yourself off the right to reach the left. When doing bigger steps and stomp drills you may have that sensation. But, once the feet are planted and you aren't going anywhere. You should feel pulling to get you to the lead side.
July 17, 2019
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Ross
I've come back to the core rotation videos after getting to the stage of knowing how to avoid the push off with my trail leg. I lack rotational flexibility but I can get my hips to lead the the rotation in the downswing in slow motion. But the move rapidly breaks down when I hit balls even with a short shot. Looking closely at videos of my swing from behind it is pretty clear that my upper body starts unwinding way before the hips even get started. I end up with my shoulders and hips rotating together with almost no separation at all. It's not like my upper body is wound up so well that it just has to fire. Quite the reverse in fact. My separation at the end of the backswing isn't great at all. I just can't figure out why my upper body is so keen to fire. Other than persistence is there any particular hint you can give to a student whose shoulders just won't stay back where they were at the end of the backswing?
July 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. Take a look at Keep the Rear Shoulder Back Video. That is the best video covering this topic. However, the best hint is don't rush it and use a mirror. At first you need to train this slowly and watch yourself keep the shoulders back. The biggest issue I see when people try to fix this is going to fast too soon. You may need to do a few thousand very slowly to create the proper movement pattern and very subtly add pace.
July 4, 2019
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gary
I have been able to post up and gain additional yardage on all my clubs as the round progresses. However, I have found that for some reason, early in the round, I hit my short irons really thin using this move. Can you tell me why this might be happening? I think I'm pushing up off my post leg a little too aggressively early on, and then I tone down this move later so I start hitting the irons really well. Thanks, Gary
June 18, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Early on it sounds like you might be getting too aggressive which is affecting your lead shoulder position. Take a look at the Moving the Fulcrum Video. Excessive post up can cause the lead shoulder to bail up and out. Causing the thin shot/top.
June 18, 2019
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John
Lots of confusion on transition. Could you please go over the steps and primary muscles used starting at the top (slightly before) ???? through release. Great site. Thanks.
May 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User23973. Take a look at Which Muscles to Feel During Golf Swing Transition. First coming down will be external rotation of the lead knee, pulling the weight by the inner thigh adductors (Preventing Hip Pain Video), lead oblique to pull the hips. From here you will post up firing the lead glute and hip behind you to trigger the release. The shoulders will be passive all the way down and into the release.
May 20, 2019
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John
What do the adductors do in transition. Thanks.
May 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User23973. Once the lead knee starts to externally rotate. The lead adductors pull your weight. The adduction process is what pulls the body over to the lead side.
May 22, 2019
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John
Thanks
May 22, 2019
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John
Thanks. ????
May 22, 2019
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Steven
When should I begin to post up? Is it when the left knee is vertically above the left foot or when the hip is in NJA?
February 24, 2019
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Dean
Hey Steven, the post up for Step 2 will take place after you have shifted weight into your lead side and your hips have been pulled to a square position. Your shoulders should still be slightly closed at this point and the post will bring your shoulder alignment to square at the impact position. If you post up before that has happened your release will be early and you wont have proper shaft lean at impact once you get to that Step. If you squat down to square with a few inches of lateral shift to the lead side you will get stacked into NJA if done correctly.
February 24, 2019
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John
When and how are the adductors used? Thanks, Big John
May 20, 2019
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Dean
I'll leave that one to Craig bud, just repost your question so he can see it.
May 22, 2019
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Steven
When posting up and straightening the left leg to the point where shoulders are square to the ball, does the head also move vertically up or should it stay in it's "squat to square" position?
January 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. You shouldn't see a lot of movement from the head. Sounds like you are getting more of the "up" with the leg versus "back" with the hip.
January 31, 2019
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Henrique
In order yo mantain different angles in my torso and my hips I need to keep activated my right blade. Should I keep activated my right blade during the downswing? When starts working my left Blade?
January 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Henrique. The trail shoulder will remain engaged and "in the box" in the downswing. You don't need to focus on your lead shoulder blade. Focus more on your weight transfer and pulling yourself down with legs/core.
January 21, 2019
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Giap
What does external rotation on the downswing mean?
December 2, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Giap. When you start transitioning down one of the first moves will be external rotation of the lead knee (Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video).
December 3, 2018
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Alan
The hip bump practice has my lower back a little sore. Is this normal? Also, how do you train yourself to rotate at least 90° or beyond? The elevation of hands and flexion seems to happen sooner than the turn is completed with me.
July 28, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. Elevation and Flexion will be gradually added as you turn. Elevation starts slightly in the takeaway and flexion after the takeaway is completed. Lower back soreness sounds like something is amiss. Make sure you are shifting the whole body (Preventing Hip Pain). I know it's your back, but I believe that drill will help. If you are struggling to reach full shoulder rotation you may need to allow for a little more hip rotation in the backswing.
July 28, 2018
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Alan
165 reps tonight and no pain. My lower right lat was just not used to "leaning" to the right during the swing. Swing speed is higher with bigger turn. 7 iron went from about 78 mph to 83 or so according to Swing Caddie. I still haven't done the impact and release drills yet. One question. Do we get 2 free swing analysis per month? I sent in one about a week ago, so that would let me have one more in July, correct? And then 2 in August? Or just 2 in a 30 day period? Thanks!! for the help.
July 30, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. Depending on your membership. If you are in the category of 2 per month reviews. The reset every 2 weeks. Great to hear about the swing speed and staying away from pain!
July 31, 2018
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Alan
Thanks Craig. I think it's just that my lats aren't used to swinging on that tilt. I just did 135 rotation reps checking hip bump axis tilt and right hip line and it feels better. I'm 60 so it's probably just a little muscle overuse. Thanks for the response Craig.
July 28, 2018
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tom
Do you have to consciously move laterally in the downswing? It appears that in pro swings this moves approx 3 inches forward from where it was at address. I am concentrating on rotating my hips from the top of the back-swing with the net result being my sternum moves approx an inch, if that. Thanks
May 24, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. If you don't naturally shift, or have that movement pattern ingrained. You need to work on pulling the weight over (Preventing Hip Pain).
May 24, 2018
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Joel
Hi guys, I've been working on maintaining width and core rotation in the takeaway. I've noticed if I keep that width through release good things happen. If I fire my hands the right takes over and the ball goes 45 degrees left. Is this video the driver of the downswing? Do we keep passive hands? I find if I keep width and passive hands the ball seems to go straight. Do we just use the unwinding of the hips to bring the shoulders back to square and then naturally let the hands go as opposed to firing them for speed? I'm a little confused of the role of the fire the right hand drill because when I fire the right I pull it.
May 14, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joel. Yes, you hit hit the golf ball with your legs. You don't want a last second quick fire with the hands to try and create speed. You will end up over steering the face. You allow for the club face to rotate by design of the club. The hips will bring the shoulders to square and the hands should remain soft to allow proper face rotation. Take a look at Flip vs Release, Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball and You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs. The right (trail) will add speed, but the vast majority over use it. For now, let him be the passenger.
May 14, 2018
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Joel
Thanks Craig.
May 14, 2018
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OC
Actually felt my core engaged in my golf swing for the first time in 43 years of playing golf yesterday. Cosequently was able to start my swing from the ground up without having to think about it! Dont know how I have been playing this game all this time, off of shear brute strength and what must have been greatish hand eye coordination. Had to concentrate so much that I would have a headache after any good round played! If I can get some consistancy stacking each component on top of each other, maybe the game will be come enjoyable to me, again. Driver now the main challenge. Any guidance here would be much appreciated! Many thanks!!!
April 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User114070. Great to hear good news. The driver is the same swing. Just setup adjustments. Proper Tee Heigh Video.
April 18, 2018
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OC
Craig thanks for your reply. Can you please tell me how to find the videos I have specified as favourites. Many thanks!!! I have asked before but yet to receive a response so you have become my go to person. Cheers, OC
April 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello OC. I apologize you haven't received a response. Go to the Video Menu Button ---> My Favorites (Under the "Videos for You" Category).
April 27, 2018
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Christopher
Hello I'm having some trouble with the core rotation drill and have a question as to how it pertains to other videos on the site. On the five minutes to the perfect downswing drill the first move is to " squat to square" however on the core rotation video the first move is to slide the hips the length of the pelvis. As the core rotation seems to be the second aspect of the swing sequence are there similarities? In other words, would I get into the same position using the squat move as it seems easier and fewer moving parts? Thanks
April 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. Both initial moves are the same (like squat to square). You are shifting back to the lead side squaring the hips with the shoulders passive. The two videos are presenting it in different ways, but the same move.
April 13, 2018
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Christopher
Thank you As a follow up, would the sequence be something like squat, move your left knee back over your left foot until nja? Thanks for your help?
April 13, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. More like externally rotate the lead knee first, pull the weight, and settle into your squat to square.
April 13, 2018
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Christopher
Or does moving your left over the left ankle create the squat like position?
April 13, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christoper. Starting to get it (Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video).
April 13, 2018
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Christopher
Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video I cut and pasted this into the search box and it didn't come up with anything. Is it under a different name? Thanks!
April 13, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. I searched the same thing and found it. Try doing it word by word.
April 13, 2018
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Michael
I do this drill with an alignment stick in the forward 2 belt loops of my pants and one held with my arms across my chest. This shows what my hips and shoulders are doing. What are your thoughts about this? Thank you Michael
March 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Using the alignment rods as a visual is fine as long as you focus on moving the body and not the sticks.
March 26, 2018
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Ryan
I am trying to shallow out my driver swing. I am having issues with timing by weight shift / hip rotation. At the top of the backswing I am shifting my weight and rotating at the same time. I just wanted a quick clarification. I am supposed to weight shift first then rotate?? Will that get my hands a bit lower and shallow it out. Irons are now hitting great while doing shift/rotate at same time but driver ins't ideal. 109 mph swing speed on driver if that matters in your diagnosis.
March 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. You need to start shifting with the lower half as the upper half stays very passive. If you start to use the shoulders too soon, or trail arm the path will steepen. The feeling maybe keeping your back to the target as long as possible in the downswing. That will shallow the path. How to Fix Plane and Path Video and Stop Coming Over the Top.
March 25, 2018
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Yuefeng
Hello Craig, thanks for the helpful comments, which inspired me to compare two videos of my swing with and without the ball, frame by frame, to understand why I always unwind my upper body faster and lose the lag quicker when there is a ball. I think I finally get close to the truth: it's due to my head movement. You may notice perhaps due to lack of enough flexibility, my head turned sideways a bit in the backswing so I lose a bit sight of the ball at the top of my backswing, so what happened in my swing with a ball is I turned my head back quickly in the downswing to "find" the ball which caused my upper body to unwind, whereas in practice swing my head simply follows the rythym of the swing. Does this makes sense to you?
February 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. Head movement will easily cause the upper half to unwind too soon. Where the eyes go the head goes. Where the head goes the body goes.
February 9, 2018
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Frank
Finally I found left leg information. This is great left leg description that is very important to me. I tend to slide and this helps! It sure would help if this came up when searching for left leg!
February 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frank. Great. I will see if I can make adjustments in the search bar.
February 8, 2018
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GC
how does one achieve a nice side bend during the downswing? What muscles are activated?
January 21, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello GC. Side bend is more of a byproduct of proper sequencing. If you are moving from the lower lead side and starting from the ground up. If the shoulders don't spin and your butt stays back. The plane will shallow plenty and have enough bend into the strike. After you release, the shoulders will steepen slightly to help you stay in posture and have good extension of the arms/hands.
January 21, 2018
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GC
How do the glues stay back when you are weight shifting?
January 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello GC. When you shift to the lead side and squat. The glutes should be engaged and stay back. The squat will help. Take a look at Squat to Square.
February 8, 2018
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zhou
Hi There, I am following the 5 steps series videos to completely rebuild my swing, however I really get confused. There are seems two routes of learning with RST, the relatively "old" 5 minutes series to follow with, and the "new" 5 steps series. The setup and weight shift are really the same, but once it gets to rotation part, the 5 minutes starts to touch the golf club, whereas the new 5 steps series really start to hold the club at the very end. I plan to take a good use of this 3 months winter time, one hour each day, trying to set out a detailed plan. Could you please help me to the plan. As I said, a little bit confused. Thank you.
January 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chen. Both methods will be effective. If you are adept at making a good backswing. I would go the 5 Step Route. Or, I recommend a swing review and allow one of our instructors to tailor the exact videos you need for the winter time.
January 7, 2018
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zhou
Hi Craig, Thank you very much for your quick reply. However I have just moved to a new house and haven't got a club with me. plus where I am the weather is truly shocking outside, so even I know that a swing review is great, but I guess I will follow the 5 steps just for now.
January 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hell Chen. The 5 Step is a great system for a overall rebuild. You should be fine. Congrats on the new house.
January 8, 2018
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Ian
Hi Craig- Am still working on core rotation . One of the faults is that I can't stop my my shoulders from going beyond square after the impact position . If I stop the video at the moment my shoulders are square the positions look ok . The last video I sent was "cut" at the square position but I did continue on. Is it important in the drills to actually stop at square and if so how do I make this happen?
November 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. Yes. It is very important that you learn to clear the hips and stop the shoulders at square. You need to either change the pace (slow it up to feel it), or exaggerate the sensation of back towards the target on the way down. You have to delete how active your shoulders want to be in the downswing.
November 14, 2017
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Curt
to Craig Morrow: As part of the RSA package, it there any way for me to comment back to your reviews with questions, etc?
October 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. The only way to contact instructors is through the forum portal. If you have a question pertaining to the review, or drill. Just leave it here as you did with attn: to me. I will respond when available.
October 26, 2017
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Ian
I am confused. In Weight Shift Part3 Chuck demonstrates with an assistant that the first move in the downswing is a lateral move to the left by pulling on his belt loop .In the video it is clear that there is no rotational movement until the move to the left heel is completed .Only then does the rotation occur bringing the hips to the square position . He says this sequencing of moves should be practiced. In Core Rotation Step 2 he makes a point of saying that the lateral move and the hip rotation happen similtaneously. How should I practice the moves as instructions seem to be contradictory?
October 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. The lead knee will externally rotate first to start stacking over the knee. Followed by a pull of weight from the inner lead thigh adductors. The lead oblique will pull the hips around to square. The videos aren't contradictory, but I can see how you might get twisted. I apologize for the confusion. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer for follow up.
October 9, 2017
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Ian
Thanks Craig. Still confused. If the left knee rotates first the hips must rotate at the same time. If ,as in Weight shift 3 , the first move is to drive the left heel into the ground with a simultaneous squat as illustrated, it is a slide with no hip rotation until after this position is achieved. So do I practice the moves in the weight shift video or start with the left knee rotation . I have watched the video you recommend which seems to move the left knee first with rotation.
October 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. It all happens very fast (almost simultaneous). Knee, pull of weight and squaring of hips (Squat to Square Video). Yes, the hips will have to rotate from 45 degrees closed to square during the knee and weight shift.
October 9, 2017
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Ian
Hi Craig. Now I understand. Thanks for the prompt responses.
October 9, 2017
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Ryan
I am going to struggle with this the most because I have always had the bad habit of pushing off with my right leg. Can you please be as specific as possible about what muscles I should be using to shift my weight and what I should be feeling? At the top of the swing with my right glute and leg loaded really well, it's hard for me to get the feeling of shifting weight without pushing off from the right side. Thanks
August 23, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ryan, if you are referencing the shift back to the lead side, then check out the video called fixing your weight transfer. I discuss the muscles used to pull yourself over to the lead side in that video. If that doesn't help clarify, let me know and I will further assist you.
August 23, 2017
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Ryan
Ryan In Reply To Ryan Ok, I think I am starting to understand it a little better. One last point of confusion. Can you elaborate on how internal hip rotation works in conjunction with the squat move?
August 23, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
The internal hip rotation, will be facilitated by the lead side obliques, once you are fully seated into the lead side (in neutral joint alignment) and with the glute activated to help stabilize the hips during the release. Hope that helps.
August 23, 2017
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Ryan
Ok yes thanks for the quick reply
August 23, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
My pleasure.
August 23, 2017
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Ryan
Ok thanks I will take a look
August 23, 2017
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Ryan
Ok, I think I am starting to understand it a little better. One last point of confusion. Can you elaborate on how internal hip rotation works in conjunction with the squat move?
August 23, 2017
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Hank
This is going to take me a some time to get right. My tendency is to hit using my right side and upper body. I can see with the drills that proper weight shift and hips and oblique's do the same thing. But if I put a club in my hand and hit a ball , I consistently block to the right with slice. I know I need to go back to no club to get it right. But I can't figure out if this is still a right side dominance or whether in posting up, I am not pulling back enough with hip to get club face square. In normal swing I find doing the Frisbee drill gets me there but in doing this drill never get that feeling.
July 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hank. It sounds like you may be spinning the body a little more with this drill and lack of release for the block right. I would check to make sure the shoulders aren't unwinding too fast.
July 24, 2017
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James
How important is the rotation beyond 90 degrees?
May 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. You only need 90 degrees at the top of the swing.
May 12, 2017
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James
Thanks. Is there a good way to measure rotation? Would a golf club across the front of the shoulders represent the turn? I would then think that 90 degrees is when the club is perpendicular to the target line.
May 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. You can certainly put a club across the chest and measure in relation to the target line.
May 13, 2017
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Christopher
Does this sound about right ? By maintaining the differential between my hips and my upper body in the downswing, you'll reach a point where the hips can't turn anymore (at post-up) .... and consequently, your upper body effectively stops rotating (assuming you maintained the differential and you're keeping the upper body passive). At that point, all the momentum of your hip/body rotation transfers "up the chain" to your arms/club causing them to whip through the ball. Problems occur if you try to actively keep rotating the upper body after the hips "stall". Close?
April 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. Sounds pretty much on par. Throw the Club at the Golf Ball Video will kinda show you the same thing in visual format.
April 26, 2017
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Diarmuid
I have been on this step for some time, i have been putting in the reps and making sure they are being done right in front of a mirror. I have been told my video instructor that my swing is mostly controlled by the movement of my arms shoulders etc. before coming to the site i have been playing golf for 5 years stated off 36hc and currently off 28hc, does it take time to build and groove these movements? especially since over the past 5 years and swinging completely wrong. I really want to get better and don't like sending in videos for instruction with no improvement from the last
April 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Diarmuid. Send a video with what you are working on. We are happy to check out drill movements and practice. Therefore, you know you are training the proper way. It does take some time to get the movement patterns down. Once, you rewire the brain to think body versus solely placing the club somewhere. The big picture will come to light. We have seen too many success stories to know it can be done by anyone.
April 26, 2017
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Martin L
Great Video. But at end of turn back should my chest be pointing straight back or slightly downward?
March 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. If you are maintaining proper tilt the chest will be pointed back and angled a hair down. If you lose tilt the chest would be straight back and your chest would be perpendicular to the ground.
March 16, 2017
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Martin L
Thats what I thought. The natural forward tilt at set up to rotates around and causes me to be leaning a bit over my right hip at the back of my swing. It seems to give me a longer swing by doing that and lets "my tie" hang off my chest as per another drill. The only problem is with longer clubs it seems to take me more time to get back to the ball and more chances for error.
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Mike
I can do this drill fine and get at or past 90 degree rotation, but when I add the club I don't get to 90 degrees and sometimes my upper body lifts up. Is there a video about taking this from a drill to a club to hitting balls and keeping the 90 degree turn?
March 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. The video above doesn't involve a club yet. Step 3, 4, and 5 will add the lead arm, club and trail hand.
March 3, 2017
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Daniel
Is it ok to pick my left heel off the ground on takeaway? Dan
February 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. While training if you need the little lift to make sure you shift that is okay. In the long run, we would want to tone down the movement.
February 28, 2017
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sambhu
Why is step 2 , video #11? Step 1 is video #1?!
February 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sambhu. The videos prior to the 5 Steps provide all the knowledge that is relayed in the 5 Step. The understanding of the nuts and bolts, so when you reach the 5 Steps it is easier to simplify the drill.
February 17, 2017
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Nick
I have done about 1k reps and have noticed I can't get to 90 without the left knee breaking down. I believe this has a lot to do with core flexibility, separation of my core and hips. My question is how far can the left knee break down before it becomes detrimental to the swing?
February 6, 2017
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Jan
Hi - I am a chiropractor working with golfers. Worth while getting checked to see if there are structural issues. Usually it is more functional and can get sorted with adjustments.
February 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nick. The lead knee may move a little. However, you want to shy away from too much movement when you start noticing lack of load in the trail glute, over rotation of the hips and difficulty with getting the lead knee stacked when shifting back to the lead side.
February 6, 2017
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Michael
How do we integrate the sequence described in this video with the concept that "the body stops and stabilizes, allowing the arms to rotate into impact " from the "Right Arm Release in Golf Swing" video? Specifically, I'm confused by the descriptions below that the external rotation of the lead knee and pulling of the lead oblique are kind of a blended motion (so there's no pause between them), and that the straightening of the left leg helps "snap" the club into impact (so it doesn't sound like we post up and then start the release). Is there a point where the lower body actions stop to allow the release?
November 18, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Take a look at a few videos for me. You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs, Rotary Golf Downswing Overview, Throw the Club Head at the Ball and Fixing Your Weight Transfer. They should clear it up for you.
November 20, 2016
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Ronald
This video is freezing at 29seconds and does not progress further, can you fix? Thanks
November 9, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronald. I checked on my end and it is playing correctly. Make sure you are using Chrome or Firefox as your browser. If you are and the issue still exists. Please Email Customer Service. They will be happy to help.
November 9, 2016
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Mark
This is the missing link I have been looking for!!!
November 3, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Mark. Happy you like the drill.
November 4, 2016
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T David
I am having a hard time putting together these concepts with the squat video. In this video, Chuck doesn't seem to squat as much and lifts his head at impact. When trying this out with the swing, I tend to hit it thin. Any help with this?
October 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. The Squat Video exaggerates a little because it would be hard to see on camera without it. You don't need to change your levels too much. A slight squat to engage the glutes is plenty.
October 28, 2016
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James
Great video. Can you comment on the amount of tension in the trailing leg during the initial left knee rotation to start the rotation? I feel tension in my right leg even while rotating my left knee, maintaining a consistent flex and trying not to push from the right leg.
September 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The trail leg should be fairly passive. You will still feel some tension in the trail glute and knee to help stabilize the hips. But, the main focus should be lead side pull with the trail side turned off and not pushing.
September 28, 2016
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Greg
Can you give me some sense as to the direction of the left hip bump during the initial shift of weight or where the left butt check goes?
September 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. It will move a little lateral and then behind you. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer (to help with shift), the Chair Drill and You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs to help with direction.
September 24, 2016
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T David
When working on this drill, I noticed that my shoulders get a bit open at the impact point (rather than square). Anything I should be watching out for to ensure the shoulders stay square? I am thinking that this may be the reason I hit a fade and struggle with hitting a straight shot or draw.
September 18, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. You might be pushing from the trail side or used to spinning. Try and focus on square shoulders. Start slowly if you have to. The concept of square shoulders is very important.
September 18, 2016
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T David
Thanks, Craig. I'll do that and get to work on those shoulders.
September 18, 2016
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George
At full speed, should the weight shift and lead side rotation feel near simultaneous, or should there feel like there is a slight pause between the two movements?
September 16, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer. You will feel a little lateral and rotational at the same time. The feeling will be a little blended versus a slide and then rotation to catch up.
September 17, 2016
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George
Where might I find that video? Doesn't appear to be in weight transfer section and no search results for a video with that title
September 18, 2016
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George
never mind, i found it
September 18, 2016
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Christopher
Chuck basically states to "Try to keep the chest closed on the forward rotation". Could it also be stated as ... "Maintain the differential between the hips and upper-body that was established at the top of the backswing all the way to impact"? Trying to keep my chest closed feels too "active" to me. But thinking of simply maintaining the differential allows me to relax my upper body on the downswing and let my lower body drive the swing.
September 11, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Christopher, Sure...that is a great way for you to feel the correct movements in the downswing sequence. Often times, we see students spin their upper body hard from the top and we want them to restrict as much as possible to overcome it. Your understanding is perfectly fine as long as you are in good impact alignments and proper sequencing into impact. - Chris Tyler
September 12, 2016
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Albert
Hey Craig You recommended this drill to me and just want to make sure im doing it right, after I shifted my weight to the left I feel my lead side abdominal muscles working to bring my shoulders back to square while pressing my left foot into the ground. Am I on the right track?
September 11, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Albert, RST Instructor Chris Tyler here...Yes, you are on a perfect track for understanding how to use the legs and core to pull the shoulders down into the hitting area. Good luck!
September 12, 2016
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Greg
In this video Chuck talks about the core moving the arms and shoulders. Is this any different with chipping and pitching or do you still have a sense that the core is moving the arms even though the weight stays predominately on the left side?
September 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. You should still feel the core and lead side (arm/lat) doing the majority of the work.
September 7, 2016
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John
I am trying to understand the feeling of "posting up". Is it possible to push too much weight on my left leg into the ground? (as a right handed golfer)
August 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. You can over do the movement. Take a look at Perfecting Lower Body Stability.
August 29, 2016
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John
Thank you. I think the idea of posting up over my left ankle specifically instead of my left foot in general should help. Let me know if that's wrong.
August 29, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Sounds good to me to post over the lead ankle.
August 29, 2016
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Christian
Hi, Great video ! I have a question, is it ok if after I am done my wind up to, to feel that I am transferring my weight by pushing on the ground until I post up.. I am pushing my heel in the ground while I keep my back to the target ?
August 19, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christian. Yes, the stomp feeling or pushing into the ground (like squashing a bug) is fine.
August 19, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glad you enjoyed it Christian! If you are speaking of pushing your lead foot into the ground, then yes this is a great way to do it. You may need to shift/sit into the lead side before you can push it into the ground, so that you are transferring the weight from the trail side to the lead side.
August 19, 2016
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michael
Hi Craig, the note says the hips shift the entire width of the pelvis. Would that mean that the left hip would move laterally approximately 12 inches from it's address position as that seems a lot. Or am I misinterpreting this? Thanks Michael
August 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Just a little misinterpreting. Remember in the 5 Mins to the Perfect Setup with Weight Shift (about 2 mins in). It's only a 3 inch move to return to NJA.
August 15, 2016
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Yuefeng
In the video, Chuck mentioned one should keep the upper body facing back as long as possible. Wonder if this is just meant for not doing over the top move, i.e. spinning the upper body right away during downswing, or shall we actually actively resist the upper body from turning by using the right-side back muscels to make it face back a little bit longer? Thanks.
August 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. That is geared towards over the toppers and players that aggressively spin the shoulders. Keep the shoulders relaxed and off. The will still have to rotate, but you don't want to actively do it that much.
August 8, 2016
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Yuefeng
Thanks Craig for the clarification. I guess I shouldn't artificially restrict them from rotating either, right? Should just focus on the correct sequencing, right?
August 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. Proper sequencing with shoulders relaxed. If you don't have a shoulder spin problem don't artificially restrict them to the point where the pull doesn't allow them to move.
August 9, 2016
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GC
Does the weight shift start by moving left leg or left knee? Small difference - just want to know where to put the energy. Thanks.
July 30, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello GC. The lead knee will externally rotate first and then you will pull weight with lead hip adduction or internal femur rotation (Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video).
August 1, 2016
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Michael
...until the lead hip is "NJA." What does that acronym mean?
July 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Neutral Joint Alignment. You can see that in the Impact Alignments Face On Video.
July 29, 2016
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Peter
Chuck, I find this technique demonstrating how to produce weight shift and core rotation very effective. Given the speed in the downswing, rather than focusing on squatting and and pulling the arms down before release. . . which I found tended to produce tension and slow me down. . . leading with the left leg and posting up is a much more effective way of producing the desired result. Have to work on it.
July 24, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome to hear Peter! Get to work!
July 25, 2016
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Ryan
Did this drill extensively and my butt has been sore for two days now. I presume that's a good thing and that I'm using muscles I haven't used before?
July 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. If your butt or glutes are sore, then you should be engaging the proper muscles for the first time.
July 20, 2016
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Stephen
What does NJA mean at 1:24 in the video. "Until the lead hip is in NJA" Thanks
July 9, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen- NJA=Neutral Joint Alignment. This is when the lead hip-knee-ankle are all stacked on top of one another.
July 10, 2016
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Bryon
I’m having troubles nailing down the transition at the start of the downswing. Should the lead leg externally rotate until the knee is in line with the lead foot and then start your post up turn (where the lead leg mostly posts up in the line established by the external rotation)? When the lead leg externally rotates, does it take the hip with it, putting the weight on the lead heel. And does this sort of feel like squatting into square while favoring the lead side? Thanks
July 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bryon. The lead knee will start to externally rotate to get stacked over the ankle joint. You will also pull the weight over with lead hip adduction. Once, you have the weight and proper stacking. You will then post up into the release. You can rotate the knee without the weight. You need to pull the weight as well (Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video). It will feel like squatting into square.
July 8, 2016
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Bryon
I think I got most of it, but the timing lead hip adduction is confusing me a little. When I externally rotate the lead leg, do I simultaneously adduct the lead hip, pulling the trailing thigh (and my center of weight) with it? Or do I externally rotate and then adduct? Thanks again! Love your site!
July 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bryon. You will rotate the lead knee and then start to pull the weight. After many reps they will blend together into a smooth motion.
July 9, 2016
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Eric
I understand the external rotation and posting up on lead leg; but, sometimes I feel a "good" burn in my left abdominal and other times I don't. When doing this drill when should we feel that lead abdominal tighten or activate?
July 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. You should feel a little lead oblique activation.
July 6, 2016
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michael
Hi Craig, i'm a bit confused after watching this video. At around 1.20 minutes in it says the hips shift laterally the width of the pelvis which is as in my latest review. However at around 3 minutes the movement looks more rotational as does the example of throwing a ball. Perhaps you could clear this up for understanding weight shift has been a problem for me. Thanks a lot. Mike.
July 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. The hips will move laterally and rotationally. The pull of the weight will feel more lateral. But, the external rotation of the lead knee and pulling of the lead oblique will start to open the hips. You don't want a closed hip slide (lateral shift only without rotation). It is a blend of pulling the weight laterally as the lead hip starts to open up and rotate behind you.
July 2, 2016
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Christian
my hands are behind the chin line. I am going to work on that.
June 27, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Sounds like a plan!
July 5, 2016
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Jacob
I've seen some similar comments but just need a little clarification. Regarding the downswing, should I basically turn the shoulders/lats off and just have them be pulled by my hips/abs/obliques on the downswing? My current feeling is my lead lat muscle doing most of the pulling in the downswing along with my lead arm (which doesn't seem like the way to go). When I try to just let the hands/arms fall, they don't feel under control but I'm guessing that's just because it's a foreign feeling. So just need confirmation that the source of power is from the hips rotating open and the abs/obliques pulling the upper torso into impact with gravity making the arms/hands fall. Nothing pulling from the lead (left side for RH golfer) lats/arm.
June 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jacob. The lead lat does help pull the arms in front (LADD Video). However, most players like to yank the arms or spin the shoulders. It isn't a big pull nor is it the main source of power in the downswing. Very little. Your power sources will be coming from the hips rotating, leverage pull from the ground, and lag/release (leverage, width, and rotation).
June 24, 2016
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Jacob
Appreciate the reply Craig. Quick follow up, is it an ok feeling to turn the shoulders off from the top of backswing, and just allow to hips/left obliques pull the upper body and arms into impact? Thanks again.
June 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jacob. No problem. Sounds like a good plan to me.
June 24, 2016
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Greg
Hi Craig, I looked at the transition and down cock videos. When I use a mirror and do the motions slowly, I am struggling to get that weight into the left heal. It is particularly hard with the driver. Any suggestions?
June 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. Take a look at the RST Tempo Drill and the How to Swing from the Ground Up Video. Also, the Preventing Hip Pain Video. You are either not pulling the weight or settling into the glute.
June 15, 2016
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Greg
I'm having trouble clearing the left side with my driver which results in an inability to square the club face or a slight over the top move. My hips just stop turning after I make the initial shift to the left. I hit my irons fine and when I swing facing a mirror with a driver it looks fine, but I can't seem to find that free flowing swing i feel with irons when swinging a driver. Any suggestions?
June 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. You shouldn't need a big hip turn to help you square the driver. The release will be taken car of more by the lead arm/wrist (Left Hand Release Drill - Fix Your Release Video). However, take a look at the Straight Left Leg at Impact Video and Perfecting Lower Body Stability though if you feel the sequence is off during the post up.
June 14, 2016
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Paddy
So i'm a little confused as to the sequence of moves. Should it be: weight shifts to the left, left knee rotates towards target, post up by driving left foot into the ground?
June 14, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paddy- The first move in the downswing is to externally rotate the lead leg. That will pull the knee towards the target while moving the weight left, rotating the hips back to a square position. From there we post up by driving the lead foot into the ground!
June 14, 2016
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Paddy
Hi Steven, Thanks for the reply. I'm still confused. In my recent swing review you mentioned that my hips shouldn't be square at impact but here you mention they should be square? Paddy.
June 14, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
They will be turned back to square during the initial shift left in the downswing (squat to square) through the external rotation. From there we are posting up on the left leg and pulling back with the left obliques which will open the hips roughly 30-45*.
June 14, 2016
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joseph
External rotation of the left leg/thigh has been a godsend for me ... had a lesson couple of weeks ago with Chris ... I was concerned I wasn't shifting my weight back to the left properly because the motion felt so uncomfortable (was making an initial lateral hip to NJA) ... Chris said the weight shift was good but there was still too much right side interfering with the swing ... so we worked on mitigating the right side, relaxing the grip and arms ... even when I hit a good shot the swing still felt uncomfortable ... so I went home somewhat confused (which is a big improvement because I'm usually really confused!) ... I reviewed this video and Chris' video on the same subject ... the motion was identical to what I did years ago playing baseball ... so I practiced the move in front of the mirror ... could see the rotation moving the left leg to the NJA ... additionally the body was completely at ease with the move unlike with the lateral hip movement to NJA ... as a result the swing seems more at ease, I trust the mechanics more, the ball goes farther and the misses are much more recoverable.
June 13, 2016
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Frank
Love this whole series, the content and structure are fabulous. I noticed that you never mention squat to square which seems to be a simple concept and integral to the core move. Is there a danger in the squat to square concept I need to avoid as you did here?
June 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frank. Not at all. This move just finishes what happens after a squat to square. The pulling of leverage from the ground with a little core rotation and straightening of the lead leg.
June 11, 2016
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Brenda
Another great, very specific video. They just keep getting better and better.
June 8, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glad you enjoyed the video Brenda!
June 8, 2016
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Greg
I have been shifting my knee over my ankle to start the downswing, but this causes me to start to come out of the shot. When I use the inside thigh muscles to pull myself over to the left side feeling pressure on the left instep, this does not occur. Is this the correct feeling and is this the reason Chuck slightly turns his knees inward on the set up? When I do that I am much more aware of this motion.
June 8, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Greg, this is the correct sensation for sure and I discuss it in detail in the fixing weight transfer video. You see Chuck's knee move in slightly as a result of a bulk of the weight being into the trail side and the hips rotating. This is just the cause and effect and is not a conscious movement.
June 8, 2016
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Scott
Thanks for another great video!! When I post up on my left leg, after externally rotating my left knee, that seems to be when I loose my tush line... Thoughts. Thanks again!!
June 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Combine this move with the Chair Drill. You might be adding a little bit of push from the trail side without feeling it.
June 8, 2016
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Carver
Thanks Craig. So, just to make sure I understand correctly, the weight shift to the lead leg is accomplished by shifting to the left and pulling with the hip adductors, which is the inner thigh. The weight shift left really goes to the inside of the left heel and then the oblique's kick in? I think my weight shift left was going to much to the middle of the left heel..not trying to split hairs but the only way the hip adductors pull the thighs together is from placing the weight on the inside of the heel first. Correct?
June 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Carver. Yes. You are on the right path. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer.
June 8, 2016
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Ron
Great video to focus on a few steps to a proper downswing path
June 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Ron!
June 7, 2016
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Carver
At what point do you start to engage and pull with the obliques?
June 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Carver. The lead knee will externally rotate, you will begin to pull the weight (lead hip adduction) and then lead oblique.
June 7, 2016
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sajid
Hi Craig, Should the left leg be completely straight ( I mean locked) at the start of downswing (transition) or it straightens up after impact. Can you give me a clear picture on this .
June 3, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Sajid, Chris here, the left leg should keep its flex long into the downswing and will work to a straight position at impact. Check out the straight left leg at impact video and also the sitting into the left side and fixing weight transfer video for further clarification.
June 3, 2016
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Gary
So I can do this fine until I put a club in my hand. As much as I try to rotate I can feel the hands starting the backswing.
May 30, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Gary, just make sure you are taking your time and focusing more on the primary moving parts of the body. If you lose awareness with the club in your hands, take the club out and do reps where you are focused only on the body moving, then add it back in.
May 31, 2016
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Gary
Thanks Chris...I think taking my time is the key.
May 31, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes sir! That is the key to learning any new movement pattern.
May 31, 2016
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bnanna50@hotmail.com
Having trouble getting on front leg on uphill lie. Because of that my weight transfer doesn't happen, hips don't turn, and like dominoes, neither does anything else? Any suggestions as I play on a course where this position is frequent
May 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bnanna50. Take a look at the Uphill Lies Video in the Specialty Shot Section.
May 27, 2016
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Greg
From the top of the backswing, the angle in the right knee only changes as the left side pulls and extends. There is no effort whatsoever from the right heal to extend the right knee. Is that correct? After I have weighted my right ankle, I am not making any conscious effort to push from the right side, but during the transfer of weight to the left side I have to consciously feel that all the transfer has to come from the pull of the left side or I come out of the shot. When a person walks there is a natural tendency to have some push from the opposite foot during the transfer of weight. However, if you limp then the unweighting comes only from the lead leg. If this is the feeling you want during the downswing, then besides emphasizing that the left arm is done at the top of the backswing and is moved by the core, you may also wish to emphasize that the right leg is done as well and is pulled into extension. I do realize you emphasize that there is no pushing from the right side there is a subtle push from the right side even in the first video on weight shift in the lifting of heal side to side. At least for me it is easy to let the right knee start to straighten prematurely without really trying. Chuck did say in one tape let the right knee go dead, he wasn't kidding.
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. Yes, the trail side will get pulled by the lead side. Take a look at Preventing Hip Pain and the Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video. Chris will emphasize the trail leg pull from the dead feeling.
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Christian
Wow ! : I can hit very hard and its more natural !!! thx
May 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christian. Glad you liked the video.
May 16, 2016
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Robert
Chuck: Any negatives to just flaring the left foot 45 degrees open at address. This would: 1. Prevent over rotation of the hips going back. 2. automatically externally rotate the left knee on the downswing. 3. Perhaps make posting up easier and achieve the proper 45 degree hip alignment at impact?
May 8, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. You could start opening your hips too soon and it can also restrict weight shift going back. Take a look at Should You Splay Your Feet at Address Video.
May 9, 2016
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Nicholas
I have been struggling to post up on my right leg (I am a lefty). I have found that if I allow myself to spin my lead foot open when I post up, it helps get my weight back on my heel much easier and I feel much more stable at impact allowing me to release the heck out of the club. I was wondering what you guys think about this move, a little bit like patrick reed but not as excessive. It almost feels like I need to do it because of some physical restriction in my right hip. I feel like I can't quite clear my hips enough which leads to blocked shots or fades unless i really flip the club head over. Any suggestions?
May 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nicholas. I would rather the foot not spin open too much. You might consider adding a little splay if needed. Take a look at the Should You Splay Your Feet Video.
May 9, 2016
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Nicholas
Thanks for the reply Craig. I will have a go with it!
May 9, 2016
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Robert
The downswing sequence is shift, turn, swing. Is the backswing the same sequence or as Toski used to say: swing, turn, shift
May 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. The backswing will be more rotating and loading the trail glute. You can start however the backswing by using your weight shift.
May 9, 2016
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Loran
This left leg posting up...controls the downswing, entirely? or is it both the left abs and left hip? My guess is the entire upper torso is out of the equation? Will posting up in any way run the risk of jerking the arms downward, out of sequence, or the C-shaped finish? I find myself doing a lot of weird body shapes during my swing?
May 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. The lead leg straightening, lead glute and lead oblique pulling the hip out of the way control most of the motion. The shoulder will remain very passive. As long as you shift the weight and allow the lead arm to work down you should be able to shy away from the C - Shape and jerk down.
May 9, 2016
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Anthony
I have an upper body lunge in my downswing an move in front of the ball and hit the ball low and left with very little power. What should I concentre on to help stop this lunge, weight shift, post up move, clearing my hips or something else. Thanks
May 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Weight shift, post up and passive shoulders. You need to start from the ground up while the shoulders are staying quiet and relaxed. Use in conjunction with the Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video, Stop Coming Over the Top and the Over the Top Stick Drill.
May 6, 2016
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Nacho
Hi there Craig! Just one easy question. At impact the left leg should be completely straight or slightly bend? I'm currently using an impact bag. Thx
May 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. The lead leg will be straight. You don't want to lock it out or aggressively snap it back (Or, you will end up like Tiger). But, it should be straight.
May 6, 2016
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Greg
In isolating the weight shift, it has been difficult for me not to have a moment when I post up that I role my hips under slightly and lose my body angle. If I really focus on pulling my left hip back during the post up and do it very slowly I can maintain the body angle. Is this the correct feel? When I just focus on weight shift and externally rotating my left thigh it can start to pull my right hip forward during post up causing me to come out of the shot at the last second. I do not feel any push from my right side. Does this just take repetition?
May 4, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Greg- Yes this will take repetition! Most likely it's a foreign concept for you and when learning something new we must do the reps very slowly to get the understanding of how to do it correctly. Once we have a fairly large number of quality reps in at slow motion, understanding the correct sequencing, that's when we can challenge ourselves by trying to speed up the process slowly but surly. Once we externally rotate the left thy we use the left oblique muscles to rotate that hips open as we are posting up.
May 4, 2016
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Boris (Certified RST Instructor)
I have started using this video in conjunction with the Transition Drill video. I have really focused on the proper use of the lower body to bring the club down from the top of the backswing, and especially the posting of the left leg to snap the club into impact. I have been consistently doing the transition drill for about 2 months now, and combined with the information in this video I hope to further improve my ball striking. Distance has never been a problem for me because of my strength, but as my kung fu teacher once told me: "You overcome poor technique with your strength." I'm not in good enough shape to maintain a consistent level of strength throughout an 18 hole round. Maintaining better swing mechanics is far easier and places less stress on my body.
May 3, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Boris. Thanks for the post. I think this will be a great addition to the drills you have come up with in our past reviews. Keep up the good work.
May 3, 2016
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Andy
Hooray the key of getting my weight shifted without sliding my hips has been unlocked !! The throwing of the ball and moving of the knee description is what was I was missing great videos series which I can take to the range on my ipad. Now I have started hitting the ball crisper with power and compressing it the rather than feeling like my arms and body are hitting the ball. The result more control and at least one club more distance gained. Would love to get to a clinic sometime but they all seem to be in the US any plans to come to the UK ? keep the vids coming :o)
May 2, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Andy, glad they helped! I'm open to doing a clinic in the Uk but we need local help to arrange a club to host it.
May 2, 2016
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John
Chuck, I'd also be happy to help with that, if it helps, as I'd love to do a clinic, but the US is a long trip.. I play at, and am an organizer, at a club that has an excellent practice range, with a hotel on-site, which fairly often hosts external pro's and coaching sessions, so, I'd guess they would be quite accommodating.
June 8, 2016
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Andy
Hi Chuck that would be great if I can assist in finding a venue or assist with the setting up of a clinic I would be happy to help as I have a few good contacts at a number of good clubs that I am sure would be interested in taking part. Let me know mean while will keep practising !!
May 2, 2016
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Stephen
I am still fuzzy on the details of the 'post up' move. Does the leg straighten all the way up and/or lock into position. Is the post up completed before impact or...?
May 1, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It should be straight but not locked at impact
May 2, 2016
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Richard
Great video Chuck. I finally get it. This was the missing piece, that ties many of the site lessons together for me. Glad to see you back doing videos. Looking forward to seeing you more.
May 1, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glad you enjoyed the video Richard.
May 1, 2016
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Nacho
Thank u Craig!
April 29, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem Nacho. Keep us updated on the progress.
April 29, 2016
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jay
Hi Chuck, I've always had the weight shift down, but the core rotation is where I have struggled. After the arms fall from the weight shift, would the "elbow chases the belly button" move work? I seem to have a hard time making my left hip rotate back. Thanks for everything you all do.
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Jay, not sure what you mean by elbow chase the belly button move, but the key is to learn to feel the left side pulling the hip back while the left leg helps push it back. Go really slow at first so you can focus just on feeling this one critical move.
April 29, 2016
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Nacho
Too much weight i mean. Sorry about my writing but my iPhone has a different set up (in Spanish)...
April 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. I believe Chuck got you down below. If still struggling with the weight. Take a look at the Weight Shift Video Part 1 and the Fixing Your Weight Transfer to help feel a proper weight shift and not leaving excess on the trail leg.
April 28, 2016
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Nacho
Hi Chuck! The whole series are the most remarkable pieces of golf instruction i've ever seen. Thank u! Just i quick comment. In transition, when i first internally rotate my left leg (keeping my shoulder a as shut as possible) i found that i still have some (i guess too much) on my right leg. Would u be kind enough to let me know how to correct this? I would also like to know if at impact my left leg should be totally straight (cause i posted up) or not. Thanks for everything!
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the kind words! Pushing too much off the right leg is very easy to do and you have to really slow down at first and focus more on squatting or settling on to the left leg or feel that you pull from the inner left thigh. The key here is to go slow enough at first that you can feel when you push off the right. The left leg at impact should be straight but not locked out and hyperextended
April 28, 2016
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Jason
watching this made me curious about axis tilt. (right handed swing) Isn't it possible to left hip bump and tilt too much at address to where your left shoulder is so high at address, that doing a rotation back from there causes a way too flat swing and a rightward moving head? I was noticing this tendency that I seem to have with alignment sticks: turning with a club compared to turning without a club. --->On the turn with a club, my left shoulder was much higher after the turn compared to my turn without a club.--> I have been reinforced by rotary swing videos and other comments from you intructors, that we are NOT supposed to diliberately tilt down the left shoulder while turning back: IE, no need to actively add left oblique front side bend as we go back.---> you must know that so many other instruction websites say contradictory things, that confuse the heck out of me.
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Stop looking at contradictory websites and you won't be confused! RST is based on fact, black and white science, no confusing tips! Yes, you can have too much axis tilt and it would be very common to swing too flat. Your left shoulder does need to go down, but just the amount needed to rotate your shoulders perpendicular to your spine. For those that swing too flat, this does feel very steep with the shoulders, but your spine angle is your guide.
April 28, 2016
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Jason
as a follow up to getting it right. this video was hard to find: https://www.rotaryswing.com/golf-lessons-blog/putting-tip-how-to-rock-your-shoulders-for-a-pure-putting-stroke/---------> but finally helped me see how turning works. to finish out the concept:: the putter face would close to too soon if we do not extend our arms down the line at impact because we are rotating around the line and not tilting up and down the line?
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
No it won't close too soon.
April 29, 2016
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Jason
final follow up:: I hope--> so I am understanding it is just a turn away and not a tilt and turn..I can see this when I look at myself in a set of mirrors which just so happen to be at 45degree angles to each other--> however, in your putting article video (the hyperlink I placed my question above) if you are really just turning, then why does it look like your putter is not opening on the down the line when going back, and why does it look like the putter face on face on is angling in a vertical orientation (if you really are not tilting the shoulders too?)
April 30, 2016
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Douglas
First sentence nails it. Personally, I think that if you are committed to a system that you feel works for you, stick with it and TRUST the instruction. If it doesn't work for you or you don't connect with it, then move on to other instruction. Again, personally, I think Chuck and company have created exactly what is needed and the communication on the Hows and Whys, couldn't be more detailed. Great job Chuck
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Douglas!
April 29, 2016
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rick
Is it also possible that an musculature imbalance in either the glutes, or the abdominals can cause or force an early extension or release? If that is so, I would think exercises for those areas would help, and a focus on maintaining the " tush line" throughout the swing would be important?
April 28, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Possible, I suppose anything, but the reality is it's pretty much always just moving from the wrong side of the body.
April 28, 2016
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Michael
For me this is the best description on the site for initiating and continuing with the downswing. I have not really understood this clearly until now. Thank you.
April 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Thanks for the compliments of our new video.
April 28, 2016
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Christopher
Lightbulb moment !! So, there isn't any conscience effort to rotate the shoulders on the downswing. Any feeling of shoulder rotation is simply due to the upper body being carried along by the lower body's weight shift and hip rotation. Right?
April 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. Yes. You are on the correct path.
April 27, 2016
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Christopher
Until now, I was always confused in RST videos that said the "shoulders didn't move in the downswing". Yet, in the videos, they were OBVIOUSLY moving. The missing piece of the puzzle was that they weren't moving of their own accord - they were being carried along by the lower body. This is a huge insight for me.
April 28, 2016
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Terry
Chuck not sure this is the right place to ask this question, but when if ever do the shoulders and arms "add" anything to the swing or so they just react to the momentum of the lower body action?
April 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. The shoulders and arms will do relatively little in the beginning of the downswing. You are using the weight shift and torso to help pull yourself into position. You won't feel a lot of motion until you start entering into the trail thigh positioning and start releasing the club (5 Minutes to the Perfect Release, Left Hand Release Drill and the Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball).
April 26, 2016

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