Step 3 - Add the Lead Arm - Drill Only

The golf swing drill for adding the left arm in the RST 5 Step System

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Fred
Quick comment to this drill. I like the thought and feel of the rotation moving the left arm and the arm hanging back during the initial downswing. Adds a whole new dimension to the swing for me.
December 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. Great. Glad you like the presentation.
December 15, 2019
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Pierre-Emmanuel
Hi, I am quite new to RST, I am going to post my videos for Step 1 and 2 for review in the next days, but I have a question. When doing reps for Step 1 (Core Rotation), I have the feeling I need to squat on my lead heel during the transition, pushing my lead butt behind me, to transfer on the lead heel and then post up. When doing the Step 2 reps (Add the lead arm), if I keep the same move, I feel like not having the time to do it before my lead arm reaches the impact position and therefore it is more a weight transfer with less squat. Does this ring some bell? Should I try to keep the squat even for this Step 2, learning maybe to do it more rapidly? Thanks for any feedback, Br, Pierre
July 7, 2019
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Pierre-Emmanuel
Sorry my bad, Step 2 = Core Rotation) and Step 3 = Add Lead Arm
July 7, 2019
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Peter
Hi guys, should I focus on getting 3000-5000 reps for step 3 drill only? Thanks.
June 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. To master a movement it will take 3000-5000 reps. If you mastered Step 2 and you are very good at performing Step 3. You may need only about 1000 to get proficient. From there you can stack Step 4 as long as the movements are correct and you don't break down/back track.
June 20, 2019
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Maxwell
Hello Should I be including elevation of the left arm while working on this drill? Or should that wait till further into the series? Thanks.
June 13, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Maxwell. If you are nice a relaxed the weight shift/rotation will create some momentum to help get the lead arm to the top. So, yes there should be elevation, but you shouldn't have to work very hard for it. Take a look at Proper Muscle Activation Video.
June 14, 2019
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
Good morning Marcel here. I have a question about keeping rep tracker record. As an example: If I do core rotation drill 50 times I add 50 reps to that drill, but in this drill I also do 50 weight shifts. Do I also add 50 to weight shift then? Thanks for helping!
June 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marcel. I would only add it to the drill currently listed you are working on.
June 10, 2019
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Olli
I was told in my swing review that I have too much tension in my left shoulder area while doing this. I think it's causes by the fact that I'm stopping the motion at impact. As I continue the movement a bit farther, like 45 degrees past the impact it is a lot easier to hold my shoulders and my arm more relaxed.
March 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Olli. If you want to allow the lead arm to release and swing to the 3 O'Clock position. That is fine. However, two big checkpoints for you will be not releasing early and doing the motion too fast to soon.
March 1, 2019
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Rich
I've reached this drill in my RST rebuild and I'm currently 1,600 reps in. My issue is that from 7 iron upwards I am now losing distance and strike quality. I'm a 5 handicap so prior to rst I was striking the ball pretty solidly through the bag. I noticed this issue visually and through feel when playing, but just just jad it confirmed at a TopTracer range. My 7 iron is carrying as far as my 8, and then there's only about 15 yards total between my 7 and 4! The strike and trajectory is way off. Is this normal process? Thanks
February 17, 2019
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
When we're working through the entire program, there will be times where we decline in results as we improve in technique. That's usually what derails golfers when they're trying to perfect their swing. They practice a drill or two for a good amount and then take it on the course. If they play poorly, they get discouraged and then go back to their old ways. If you're making sure that you look like what the video does when you're practicing by setting up a camera or using a mirror, then I am positive that you're going in the right direction. Make sure it looks good on tape though. Sometimes what we feel isn't what is actually happening.
February 17, 2019
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Michael
should I complete my reps for the lead arm drill prior to doing the reps for the 5 minutes to the perfect take away..... I am thinking the take away drill first, yes?
February 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Both will aid in the rebuilding process. But, if you struggle with the takeaway work on the 5 Minute Series. Even though you don't hit the ball with your takeaway having the starting sequence is crucial.
February 3, 2019
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Michael
K, thanks. I have issues with hinging the wrist so I will do the take away drill and then to the lead arm drill
February 3, 2019
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Chris
Hey guys, I have a query please. If you are using the rotation from your body to swing the arms for this drill and the golf swing in general, am I correct in saying that the takeaway is generated from the feet initially by moving the weight to the right side (RH golfer), to allow for the rotation > then the club head does not move unless my chest is moving..
October 19, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets. When you start with weight shift and rotation the club will start to move. It won't stay stagnant, or left behind. But, should move with a little momentum and primarily with rotating chest.
October 19, 2018
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Chris
awesome, thanks for your quick reply!
October 19, 2018
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Aaron
Just want to make sure I’m doing the drill right. How straight should the right arm be? I know the focus should be in the body and weight shift but I was just curious if there was a wrong angle I need to pay attention to.
September 11, 2018
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Aaron
Sorry about that Craig. I was meaning my left arm not my right.
September 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Aaron. (For Right Handed Players). The right arm shouldn't be added to the drill above. You won't be adding it until Step 5. In general the goal is for the right arm to not bend more than 90 degrees "3 Functions of the Right Arm Video."
September 12, 2018
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Steven
When I do the add the lead arm drill, my momentum carries the lead arm past impact. Watching Chuck, he stops at impact. What am I doing wrong/
July 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. A little is fine, but it sounds like you are either doing the move too fast or yanking down the lead arm.
July 17, 2018
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Ed
I have been practicing when I can and following the program. I play once a week. I had picked up about a club length with better control since starting the program. This past Monday the distance and control kicked in big time. It just happened. I was hitting my 7 irons about 135 yds when I started and now the carry is about 150+ and full distance about 160+. This happens with less wear and tear on my body. Truly amazing, I am approaching 70 and my distance and control are better than ever. I have to get a bushnell or similar device to measure my new distances. I am not certain what all my club distances are at the moment. I was flying greens and pins all day yesterday after clubbing down each shot. Its a good thing. Thx RST.
June 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ed. Fantastic. Love that you are getting the distance with less effort! Appreciate the post.
June 12, 2018
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Dave
I have just started this drill and I am having a real problems with it. 1. When I swing back with a very relaxed lead arm my elbow hinges at the top of the swing … hardly surprising since my elbow is a joint. Chuck’s arm is virtually straight. Could it be that my lead arm should be passive only part of the way back but that I need to use muscular control to keep my arm straight near the top of the swing? 2. Because my arm has hinged at the top it stays hinged on the way down and my forearm feels and looks like it is lagging my upper arm by a long way as I move into the hitting area. It catches up with my upper at the bottom of the swing with a shock to the elbow. After not very many reps this got to be very uncomfortable. The elbow has become quite painful overnight and I shall give it a rest for a few days. Once again I wonder if this was happening because my arm was too relaxed coming down. Could you advise please?
June 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. A little flexion is okay, but if you have a lot make sure you are allowing it to rotate from the lead shoulder socket (How to Keep Left Arm Straight Video). Make sure soft wrists and straight lead arm. The change is in the angle of the wrist for lag and not the elbow. Also, you may practice in a smaller version first and build yourself up similar to the 9 to 3 Video.
June 4, 2018
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James
Should we complete 3000 reps of the RST 5 step drills only first time through each of the five steps. Or should we practice other drills and count them towards the 3000 in each section?
May 3, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The goal is to ingrain a proper movement pattern. If you throw too much at yourself you will tend to not perform the move as correctly versus when the focus is solely on some smaller specific moves. The RST 5 Step stacks components to reinforce the previous Step when adding a new challenge. I would keep hyper focus on performing the 5 Step properly and not adding the other drills to the reps.
May 3, 2018
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SCOTT
Message If I integrate “adding the left arm drill” and “ core rotation drill” and do 100 reps, do I count That as 100 reps for each drill, or just 100 reps for adding left arm? Thank you
April 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. If you can perform Step 3 Perfectly. You are ingraining 2 moves in 1. 100 reps then would be the key to have both moves.
April 26, 2018
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Anders
Maybe too much to ask, but do you guys have videos for left handed players, (showing the movements With the lead arm (my right hand), adding the Club, trail arm, (my left arm) and in the self analysis section a Complete swing by a left handed player so i can compare my movements and later my Complete swing?
April 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anders. We don't have any left arm only videos. However, in the swing viewer you can use the flip tool to make anyone swing left handed from the model list.
April 23, 2018
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Denny
Hi, looking at Chuck's impact position, his belt buckle is pretty much pointed at the ball (at least appears to be) when he stops, I thought the hips should be open at impact. Is it ok for the hips to not be open ala Adam Scott at impact? New member, working through the videos (started with weight shift) and can already see a huge improvement in my ball striking!
March 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Denny. More of an optical illusion. The hips will be open (35-45) degrees and the shoulders square to the target line. Belt buckle in front of the ball may not seem like much, but will do the trick. You don't want them wide open to the target.
March 6, 2018
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gary
Pat Callahan, In my last review, with a club, you wanted me to focus on a bowed left hand at impact. In the add the left arm video that Chuck has, he appears to have a completely flat left hand at impact. In this drill, without the club, do you want me to model the bowed left hand or do it like Chuck is doing in the add the left arm drill? Thanks, Gary
February 20, 2018
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gary
Ok, thanks Pat. Catch you in two weeks!
February 20, 2018
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Gary, Yes, focus on a bowed left hand. Imagine a hole drilled through the palm of your left hand. At impact, you would be able to see the ground through that hole as you look down. Check out the "Fix your release" and "Knuckles down" videos as well.
February 20, 2018
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Mariam
Hi, no response needed but just wanted to comment that it would be helpful if Chuck's drills for each of the steps could be added to the self analysis section so that we could compare directly. If not possible, no worries.
January 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Thanks for the post. We might have something loaded for that in the future.
January 17, 2018
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Mikko-Pekka
I was wondering the same thing! That would really be valuable if each step from 5 step series would be available on swing analysis tool!
April 11, 2019
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David
How do i stop my shoulders unwinding too early and the upper body getting ahead of the ball
January 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You have to practice the shoulders staying passive and proper lead side pull. Go back to Step 2 and really exaggerate the feeling of the shoulders staying close and gradually come back to Step 3. Your sense may be that the sternum or chest stays aimed away from the target longer.
January 12, 2018
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Curt
I’m Working on step 3 drill. When my left hand reaches the top, without pulling it higher, would the back of my left hand be facing away from me...back down the line? Having kind of a hard time mimicing the move w/o a club.
December 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. If you allow the lead arm to rotate internally from the shoulder socket. The back of the hand should be facing away from you close to being down the line. Take a look at How to Keep Your Left Arm Straight Video and Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video for a good visual.
December 10, 2017
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Curt
TO CRAIG: I'm pretty disappointed that I can't get these basics right. Every review exposes something different. Maybe my expectations aren't realistic, but, it is what it is, and that is why we're doing this. I have 2,360 reps of the Step 3 drill, and am doing 100+ per day. I will get the 1500 more in for the next review. I hadn't thought about it, but I'm not surprised my head is moving. I've felt that, in working towards a complete shoulder turn, there was more movement than there should be. As for the lead arm, I've really not concentrated on it other than to keep it "passive". I'll work on that as well. I will start doing 100 reps of step 4 as well, which stacks on these items and should help.
December 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. Don't be so hard on yourself. Exactly why we are doing the process with the swing reviews. It is hard to watch every swing. You will get it. Just be diligent about checking your mirror and/or videos while doing reps to catch yourself.
December 8, 2017
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Mir
Dear Craig, Thanks for the comments... Step 3 - Add the Lead Arm - Drill Only - chuck never release the left arm ; he stops it at impact. Is this what we are supposed to do in the 3rd step of 5 step video series? Best, Mir
October 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mir. Yes, and with your glove logo facing the target.
October 24, 2017
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Mir
Hi Chuck, Question, I am now working on "Adding the lead Arm" and building up the reps... I want to know what happens to the Lead arm when we do the wightshift and rotation in one go... Do we stop the arm at the impact or release it ? Down swing starts as one piece with weithshift and rotation - pretending that my arm is "dead at the top of the swing" thanks for your input. best.
October 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mir. Take a look a the Left Hand Release Video. You one have to allow the release to happen instead of trying to continue to pull the arm through impact. If you do the club will never release. Also, posting will start to help with deceleration (You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs).
October 23, 2017
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don
In this tip you talk about his rotation. I tend to have an incomplete hip turn. Any drills to have me finish my hip turn.
July 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dominic. You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs Video will be a good addition to help with hip turn.
July 4, 2017
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Paul
Very important drill. Thanks! Question--I am new at this drill and playing a lot of golf now on vacation. My first attempts with switching from a Right arm dominate swing to a left arm dominate swing resulted in me promptly digging the face directly into the Tee Box a whopping 5 inches in front of the ball. Embassaring. So, to finish the round yesterday, I still did the RST left arm frisbee dominate swing but picked all my irons clean with no divots. Help me briefly understand how PUSHING DOWN WITH THE LEAD LEG (WHICH CAUSES THE FACE TO GO DOWNWARD) PLUS LEFT ARM DOMINATE DOES NOT RESULT IN MASSIVELY FAT SHOTS?
June 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Pulling with the lead actually shallows out the swing path more. Take a look at Taking a Divot Video to understand how a proper divot is taken by lead arm motion. Also, as you post up in the golf swing (You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs) you are creating more space for the club to go down.
June 11, 2017
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Paul
I had an Aha moment! In the video, it specifically says to keep the left arm soft. My mistake yesterday was that my left arm was stiff. I just played my best round ever and it felt so weird actually hitting the ball with forward shalf lean with my lead hand steering the shot. I have to "club down" now because I am hitting the ball farther now! Its a freaky new feeling and I love it. No more overpowering bent right arm pulling shots. Still no divot but I am so happy that I can direct my iron approach shots.
June 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Paul. Happy to hear the good results. Yes, nothing in the RST Approach should be overly rigid or locked.
June 11, 2017
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Chris
Hello - when I do this drill I notice that my left shoulder seems a bit too tense and therefore my right shoulder dips and my left shoulder is higher than it should be. Any ideas/exercises on how to fix this?
May 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. I don't have any exercises for the tension in the full motion. However, you may try the video Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks 2 of 6 to help reduce.
May 9, 2017
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TOM
In all the golf instruction programs, golf digest tips; lessons by golf instructors, I have never heard the emphasis of swinging with the lead side,arm/hand. Why if the tour pros do it, the instruction for us amateurs ignores this key point of the swing emphasis? I have helped amateur friends of my mine the last few months to focus their swing with lead side, and boy what a difference it made in their results. In 2 months one friend handicap went from an 18 to a 12!! RST is the best golf instruction available. Great job and cudos to Chuck Quinton and company!!
May 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. I can't answer that one. Some pros naturally picked up the habit as a youth and others might have picked up the secret when trying to control ball flight. That was the goal with Rotary from the start. To look at the swing objectively and actually diagnose what is going on.
May 8, 2017
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Hector
Craig Hello.... nice to meet you at the clinics. in the downswing, then I do the weight shift to the left, moving of course my left knee to the left etc... the club is parallel to the ground when ? before posting ? hands are at the level of the right pocket and club parallel to the ground when ?
May 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Hector. Nice to meet you as well. The club is parallel to the ground when the hands are in front of the trail thigh. From here the posting up should trigger you to release.
May 5, 2017
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Paul
Hi Craig, Confused here. For the first 2 sections, the 'Printable Workout Sheets' worked out great for me for the drills. Setup Rotation Weight Shift Now these worksheets below don't match up to drills for section 3,4 5 of 5 step, which I've been following. Takeaway Backswing Downswing/Impact Release Are these drill worksheets part of the old system? And to confuse it further, you assign me drills for swing review so kinda all over right now with what drills to do. Maybe just do the drills for last 3 parts of 5 step without any worksheet considering they're straightforward and rely more on what drills you prescribe per swing review? Thanks as always.
April 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The workout sheets are part of the old system. But, the same information. More or less following the 5 Minute Series and not the 5 Step Series. Correct. Feel free to use the last 3 without the guide knowing they are more direct and its all about getting your minimum of 100 in any practice session and 3000-5000 to master. What I speak about in the review is inline with the most pertinent area of need and positions that might take some extra focus to accomplish.
May 1, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, I feel pressure or little sore at my lower left back when I post up the left leg to snap my left arm at impact position. Is this normal? I really like the teaching since joining in February 12, 2017. I have played a few rounds scoring from 89 to 100, depending on putting and my short game. As far as ball striking concerns, I improve a lot. I also watched the wedge and putting video; they are very good. I only have time to play one round a week. Overall, RST is the best teaching for me. My goal is to break 90 consistently. Thanks.
April 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Thanks for the compliments of our videos and site. You could be over doing the post up (snapping back too quickly and into a locked position). I would go back to Step 2 with the focus of proper shift and then a good post. If the soreness is more the oblique area that would be normal when first starting out.
April 26, 2017
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Ted
I'm getting the takeaway down reasonably well, although it's still the focus of my RST reps.. But I'm still playing golf and, therefore, still at the range doing some full swings before I play. I'm not trying to "jump ahead" in my training, but as I transition while doing range work I'm still having problems with the old autopilot that has me trying to fire my arms at some point too soon. I load up correctly and even though I know better as the club is coming down I'm still fighting trying to "make" it happen with my arms in the middle or at the bottom of my swing. Can you give some guidance towards what I want to train myself to be feeling as I shift my weight back towards my lead side? I'm just having a tough time breaking the association of "power" with "arm strength" when it comes to the moment of truth in the downswing. Hope at least some of this makes sense!
April 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ted. Take a look at the Squat to Square and You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs. The two associations you need to make. 1) You have to transfer the weight and get into a proper pre-release position with the body. You only have one speed burst in the swing and it can't be during the transition or first half of the downswing. 2) Once, you reach the Squat to Square position use your legs to trigger the release to happen naturally versus trying to over power the shot with your arms.
April 5, 2017
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Mike
How many reps do you suggest before you move to the next step? I did 100 reps each of the first 4 steps this morning and my lower back is a little sore.
March 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. For any type of drill or big change. The goal would be a minimum of 100 perfect reps in a session. After about 1000 you will start to get pretty proficient. 3000-5000 to master. You can start to stack based on how well you start seeing your progress after 1000. But, don't rush so you don't have to back track in the future.
March 27, 2017
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thiraphong
Hi Craig. At impact when your shoulders are square are your hips are slightly open as in the core rotation drill?
March 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thiraphong. At impact the shoulders will be square and the hips 35/45 degrees open.
March 26, 2017
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Antti
Must you keep the lead arm completely straight in the end of the backswing or does it bend a little because of it is relaxed when you start the downswing? Does it bend automatically a little?
February 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antti. We would prefer for the lead arm to stay straight in the golf swing. However, you might see a little bend while performing the drill above. But, I would shy away from letting a lot of flexion or bend come into play while working on the drill.
February 16, 2017
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Antti
Do you mean that a little bending like the video above is OK and natural.
February 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Antti. Yes. You just want to shy away from excessive bending.
February 16, 2017
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Wanda
Can you stack the "Squeeze the Checks" drill with "Add the Lead Arm" drill? If not, what is the best drill to stack with Add the Lead Arm drill? I'm already combining the "Weight Shift" and "Core Rotation" drills with the "Add the Lead Arm" drill.
December 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wanda. I replied below.
December 5, 2016
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Wanda
Can you stack the "Squeeze the Checks" drill with "Add the Lead Arm" drill? If not, what is the best drill to stack with Add the Lead Arm drill? I'm already combining the "Weight Shift" and "Core Rotation" drills range "Add the Lead Arm" drill.
December 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wanda. When using the squeeze the cheeks technique. You are trying to get a little extra "umph" on the ball. I wouldn't combine with this drill as you are mastering a better sequence. I would wait until you start adding the trail hand and have the trail side pretty dormant.
December 5, 2016
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Wanda
Thanks Craig. Can the Squat to Square or Downcock drills be added to the Add the Lead Arm drill?
December 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wanda. You may add a little squat to square. Downcock might be excessive. But, "Reshaping Your Golf Swing for Lag Video" shouldn't be.
December 5, 2016
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Loran
What are some ways I can practice drills in regards to keeping the left arm straight on the back or top of the swing? I see Tiger has a perfect straight arm on his backswing, not bent like mine. Is it necessary to have a straight arm swing at the top of the golf swing? Or is the downswing a more critical move, concerning impact positions and compression?
November 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loran. The Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing will help. You want the lead arm to be straight. It can be a little relaxed, but straight. Make sure your trail arm isn't bending more than 90 degrees. Typical reason the lead arm folds too much.
November 21, 2016
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Lance
Wondering how to keep this drill consistent with a proper takeaway. Should I keep hips parallel to the target line until they are forced to turn by the momentum?
October 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. This drill is focusing more on the downswing. However, allow the rotation of the trail shoulder pull the hip open going back.
October 11, 2016
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Edward
How important is it to keep the lead arm perfectly straight? I see Chuck is allowing to stay loose and bend a little. Thanks
September 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. You don't want to allow for a lot of flexion in the lead elbow. But, keeping it soft and loose you might have a little bend.
September 14, 2016
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Craig
It seems Chucks stops the drill at impact and doesn't follow through fully. Is that the normal action for this drill and is that how it should be done? I assume there is probably a reason for not finishing to follow through so that is why I ask. The Core Rotation drill seems to have the same action also where you stop at impact. Same question for that one too. Thanks.
July 12, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You would only go to a full follow through if there was enough momentum and speed to pull it through. However, in the case of some drills, it helps to stop at impact to check your impact position.
July 13, 2016
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Lesley
Hi Craig! If you dont want the lead arm doing much in the downswing and having it along with the ride, will the club naturally square up at impactif you keep your wrists nice and loose through out the swing?
June 19, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lesley. For most players, they will need to train the proper wrist/forearm motion into the ball to square the face. After quality reps and mastered movement of the wrist/forearm. The release will become very natural and happen more natural with the proper body movements down. Take a look at the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release and the Left Hand Release Drill.
June 20, 2016
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TOM
Love this 5 step series. In working with the 5 minutes to master rotation, the focus is in keeping hips still while rotating the shoulders 45 degrees using the torso/obliques. In this video, Chuck starts the swing with weight shift, then swing your lead arm with shoulder rotation to the top. Which process should we start with?
June 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. A lot of players neglect weight shift, but it is very important in the swing. You can use it as a trigger to start the swing. You need to make sure you do both rotation and shift. Chuck is using weight and momentum to help get the lead arm in the proper spot, but still pulling back his trail shoulder. If you struggle with folding the trail arm too quickly going back in your full swing. You need to learn how to rotate and pull with the trail shoulder/oblique to get the swing going back correctly as in the 5 Minute Drill.
June 5, 2016
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TOM
Thanks Craig for clearing this up for me.
June 5, 2016
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Marc
Dear Craig, what is driving the return of the left hand in front? In the video we just saw Chuck is saying that he does not have to do anything to bring the lead hand in front of the body at the time of the impact and he is referring to the oblique and the posting of the lead hip doing the job. I tend to find that if I actively try to clear the lead hip and rotate the upper body with my left oblique I tend to pull my shots. Since I get cannot push with the right side, how can I engage my lead side to get maximum club speed and keep everything in the plane (left knee followed by left hip followed by left oblique?). Thanks, Marc
June 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marc. Weight shift, pull from the lead side and a little bit of gravity. Try not to actively rotate the upper half. Make sure you don't unwind the shoulders too soon and allow for them to follow. I think you are rushing the rotational part too soon.
June 5, 2016
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Marc
Dear Craig, in the right foot drill that you recommended me, Chris wants us to leave the right knee behind the club to make sure we are not pushing off the right foot. I see however that Chuck is his video is keeping the right foot on the ground (actually he is rolling the foot) but the right knee is being pulled quite a lot by the left side and the right knee is definitely past the the club. Is Chris' video just a drill because I really don't see how the knee cannot kick in even it is passive and is being pulled. Best, Marc
June 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Marc. Chris's video is just a drill for players that are really active pushing in the trail knee. You should take the awareness from the drill and apply it to this step that it has to get pulled.
June 5, 2016
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Lance
Hi Chuck You reference everything coming from the center as we work down. In these drills should not the initial rotation come from the shoulder blades and rather than the center you refer to? I had to go back to the take away video to be reminded the shoulders rotate first before the center (hips). In fact I actually get the feeling the the shoulder rotation produces the hip rotation in the backswing. It seems like the separation of the shoulders from the hips in the turn must be carefully maintained else there can be a tendency to get too deep and loose?? I realize the weight shift component is critical but this becomes almost automatic in both directions if the torque produced by the shoulder rotation on the hips is in proper sequence. One thing I realized when going back to the takeaway fundamental in light of these drills is that the swing feels compact yet the width and elevation produced is greater and more effortless.
May 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lance. Pulling of the trail shoulder blade will pull the trail hip in the backswing. You are correct on that point. However, we have noticed a lot of members are forgetting that they need to shift and rotate in the backswing. This helps get the point home. Unless you start pushing from the lead shoulder going back I wouldn't worry about getting too deep (Winter Series Backswing Video).
May 20, 2016

Lead arm drill with the body, so very simple drill again. The whole key is don't do anything. Just do the stuff you did before. It's just the arm is just going along for the ride. Turning back shifting. I'm just leaving my arm up here. My arm should be relatively relaxed. The momentum that I'm using for my hip shift, and my body turn, helps swing my arm up here. If you're feeling like you're having to hold your arm up here really tight you need to use the momentum from your rotation to help swing your arm up there and then come down. Back and down. Here, down. My arm's staying soft.

                I'm starting to feel that as I post up on this leg it helps speed up my hand. A little secret there. As I post up on this leg that's what moves my hand and club fast down at impact. You want to start getting very coordinated in this motion of posting up, rotating back, unwinding with your hips. You can do it from down the line, back, here, so the drill very simple. You don't have to do anything with your arms and hands. It's all coming from the center. The arms and hands are just following along.

                The next video we're going to start working through adding the club.

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