You Hit the Golf Ball with Your LEGS!!

You hit the ball with your legs, specifically your lead leg, not your hands in RST. Learn how the long hitters on the PGA Tour and Long Drive Association get the power in their golf swings.


Have you wondered where the long drive guys get all their power from? Have you also ever wondered why guys like Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau have their lead foot literally leave the ground rat impact with the driver? What on earth are they doing? It looks like they're jumping!

That's because they are! RST Founder Chuck Quinton goes in depth on the physics of power and muscle fiber recruitment in this golf instruction video that will teach you the simple truths of how to create power in the golf swing. You've no doubt heard Chuck discuss how you should always be moving in the opposite direction of the golf club. At first, that may sound strange, but as you begin to understand centripetal and the resulting centrifugal forces involved in the golf swing, it begins to become very clear that you've been going about it all wrong from the beginning! Swinging the golf club powerfully is actually much easier than you think!

While watching the videos of the physics of the golf swing Chuck has done may seem unnecessary to hit a ball with a stick, they will help you understand exactly why you've been struggling with your golf swing and how to actually improve going forward. If you follow RST, you WILL develop a great pro quality golf swing, but an understanding of the mechanics and physics will make that process quicker.

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andree
Hey there, I'm a self learner that seem to have plateaued around HCP10. I can play 9 holes 1 under Par and then shank every other shot for a few holes. I realise that video is king here, but I'm starting to learn about 'early extension' and I think that's me. I've seen some other videos on here on the topic and it's something I will try to focus on getting rid of. Chuck quickly mentions that extending early leads to swing plane shifts. Is pushing from the right known to be associated with shanking? Do you have any other video tips to get rid of it? I'm coming from TGM and have a lot of mechanical swing thoughts (not all at the same time). While technical knowledge can be a source of power, I also think it can lead to non-natural/non-athletic patters vs. someone that is more hand-eye oriented.
July 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andree. Early Extension is a leading cause to the shank. Take a look at How to Cure the Shank in 3 Steps. You will see how the shift towards the ball moves the heel closer to the strike.
July 8, 2021
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andree
Thanks Craig! I am a self diagnosed hip spinner and no-releaser. I've always been pretty flexible and I'm guilty of trying to enjoy the illusion of power by turning through the ball. I'm in the 'from the inside' category and I'll revisit the '5 minutes to perfect release' video. I've been having success with my (unshankable) driver lately by being more patient and letting the club head release and sync up with my left arm, instead of just keep rotating my hips and shoulders. Mentally I'm onboard, but I do think my arms and hands have a tendency to move too much outward and too little downward in the downswing. Anyway—thanks!
July 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andree. Try to learn "more chill" and less "yank". Take a look at this Live Lesson. Should help with the hand outward issue. Why You DON'T Pull the Butt of the Club Toward the Ball Video.
July 8, 2021
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andree
Sounds good. Was there a link in there (doesn't show in my browser)? Can I search for the title of the lesson?
July 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andree. Paste that into the search box . Why You DON'T Pull the Butt of the Club Toward the Ball.
July 8, 2021
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andree
Small update and realisation (might help others): I just realised that I have unconsciously "made an effort" to maintain lag by holding onto my right elbow bend all through 'squat to square'. This means that even if the right elbow is pretty snug-ish to the ribs, my hands will always be more or less at 'right underarm's length' away from my torso. I've tried for some time to "crack the nut" of how to get my hands closer to my right thigh (in the depth dimension) by all sorts of tricks.... including by messing with axis tilt. Standing in front of the mirror today, in the squat to square, with hands/arms as described above, I simply extended my right elbow which lowered the hands and brought them in towards my right thigh. Lightbulb moment. I must have thought of this extension (unconsciously) as "releasing the lag", but now I saw that lag is still maintained through the left wrist and the angle: left forearm and club. I hope what I write makes sense. Not sure this "swing fault" has a name or related video. But testing some swings in my living room, allowing my hands to make a gravity assisted drop by releasing the right elbow early felt pretty... hmm... "speed generating". Question: is it OK to make a muscular effort with the right arm tricep from the top, or should it be relaxed and allow gravity to do its thing? I will at least not try to hold on to it anymore...
July 10, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andree. I would try to allow gravity to do most of the work vs muscular effort. However, take a look at How to Stop Hooking the Ball Video. It sounds more or less like you are doing the pump drill. Lag will be maintained in the wrists, but at some point you have to start allowing the arm to straighten.
July 10, 2021
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andree
Thanks again, Craig. Yep. That video is pretty spot on. Like I mentioned earlier, I've been a spinner/early extender that has been holding on to the right elbow bend—it's been kind of coupled with the left wrist release. As in: the the turning of the back of the left hand from facing away from my chest to facing the target (more or less), has been what has extended the right elbow. With today's realisation and the Pump exercise, I'm thinking of a much more sequenced release where the elbow extends gradually from the top so that the hands drop and aren't "slung away from me" and then a snap release of the wrists when the time comes for that. This last part is mostly natural and I'm not trying to twist the wrist or anything. But I'm pretty sure this will all lead to a much healthier club path in the downswing, hopefully removing many of the shanks and feeling of being stuck. Great stuff, and impressive, quick response times here. Thanks!
July 10, 2021
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Joel
Hi Guys, I'm trying to drill this movement in the DEAD drill at the moment and it's giving me fits. Particularly when trying to put it into my swing. In my swing my legs are moving too much (think swaying instead of post) which is leading to very inconsistent contact and likely an armsy swing. I also end up with sore adductors after a round. Problem is when I practice squat to square and post it doesn't feel real powerful. My mind/body wants to HIT the ball but the lower body motion feels quite soft. Craig gave me the analogy of the jump shot in basketball which I like as a visual but I can't seem to get the combo of the body motion and upper body/swing to generate speed. I can't seem to reach a stable position at impact. Just confirm squat to square and post with soft hands/arms then release club with force or still with soft hands etc? Any tips for improving at this. I'm not really enjoying the game at the moment while I try to fix this. The video is great
May 25, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joel. The arms and hands need to be able to whip, but will be impossible to not have a little increase in grip pressure. You have to shy away from excessive pressure. The squat to square will be the loading phase. It shouldn't feel fast. When posting it is the hip going up and back. Take a look at Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks 4 0f 6 Video. Try sequencing the stages.
May 27, 2021
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Mark
Very helpful Video !!!!
March 10, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Thanks. Glad you liked.
March 10, 2021
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Mark
Should this same post up move be used with a shorter backswing for a 60 to 100 yard wedge shots or only for a full swing iron shot and drive? If so for what range wedge shots?
January 17, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Hitting a full wedge will be the same. But, the lower the yardage when you are trying to dial in the shot 60-70 yards. The post up won't be as aggressive nor to you need a big full release. Chuck talks about this in the Penetrating Wedge Shot Video.
January 17, 2021
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Gavin
Hi Craig I'm still stuck on my back foot still, is this because I need to load more weight on the front foot and post harder to get the look of Chuck with Driver DL. When I post I should be just using the lead leg and not raising the body? It looks lazy, what drills can I do to get the legs working as expected.
November 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gavin. The legs are working, but the upper half fall back away from the target in the swing too much. Allow the upper half weight to move a little when shifting weight back to the lead side. You are stuck because the upper half is back.
November 30, 2020
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Gavin
thanks Craig, to clarify if I was more stacked with the shoulder like an iron It would be a different look? also, can we get a recent pic of Chuck with driver so we can see the correct alignment. I think I was getting stacked but found the ball was flying way to low?
November 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gavin. It would look different. However, I don't care if you are slightly behind with the driver when going for stacked. Just not that much behind that a lot of the upper half weight is still on the trail side. I will search for a picture.
November 30, 2020
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jane
Got the homework assignment , forgot about not allowing the head to move up with the post up. I will work on it and send in another video later. Thank you!!!
June 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jane. More than welcome. Huge improvements over the last few submissions.
June 17, 2020
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Mike
Hi, When trying to "post up" in the past the club flees out too fast which will cause thin shots. Is this because there is not enough rotation ?
May 24, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Typically a really good post does the opposite of thin shots. I would think when you get aggressive with post you either add a little slide with hips, or shoulder spin causing the thin.
May 25, 2020
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Mike
definitely not spinning out with the shoulders. I will have to film it.
May 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Film should identify the culprit. I'm sure not a big glitch in the matrix.
May 25, 2020
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Jonathan
Hi. I tried this lesson and I noticed I was getting a huge increase in clubhead speed, and my positions were falling into place more naturally. However, I hate to say it here but it was tweaking my back. Is this because I was swinging too hard? I noticed that I was losing my posture. The forces going up are pulling my back out of sorts. Maybe I'm creating a reverse C and too much secondary axis tilt? Any feedback you can give me? Thanks.
May 16, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jonathan. Either too hard, trail legs push, and/or spinning chest. Take a look at Level Shoulders Drill and How Swing Speed Affects Compression Videos. Fixes to all items I mentioned.
May 16, 2020
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Mayur
I was really confused about the axis tilt during the downswing. I did 9 to 3 drills and I was hitting some fat. I am not sure why.
May 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mayur. You are hitting the ball fat because your trail arm gets stuck on the downswing and you have to fire it too soon into contact.
May 13, 2020
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Mayur
Hello, I am confused on what exactly is happening with the lower body during the post up move. Once I shift my weight onto my left leg to initiate the downswing, does my spine shift to the right as my left leg straightens?
May 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mayur. Because the pelvis is moving laterally towards the target and you are keeping the head behind the ball. Axis tilt will slightly increase (secondary tilt).
May 13, 2020
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Mayur
When I took the quiz on the downswing, it said that there would be a secondary axis tilt. When I perform the movement, it doesn’t seem that way to me.
May 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mayur. It shouldn't be a ton of increase. Depending on stance width. Wider stance driver will have more than a standard stock shot.
May 13, 2020
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Tom
I really found using my rotary connect for my legs has helped me get the feeling how my lower body works!
May 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Absolutely. Great tool to help stabilize leg motion.
May 11, 2020
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Kevin
Captured my release as well - can’t see it but the toe did finish up
April 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. If we can get the shoulder hair more stacked (not leaving head/upper behind). Definitely better.
April 13, 2020
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Kevin
Hi Craig - I’ve been working on the drill in this video to help make my post up move earlier - I don’t appear to be past NJA anymore by doing that but the upper half still looks like I need more weight left at impact - just wanted to get your thoughts?
April 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. This is much improved. Just looks like you are forcing the head to hang back giving you a little tilt.
April 13, 2020
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Fred
So the post up happens just befor ball impact?
December 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. Yes. I always tell people a good way to think about it is shift, post, and release!
December 6, 2019
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Fred
Great way of thinking about it. How should the feet be right at impact....I hate to ask minute details
December 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fred. Unless you are trying to achieve lift off with a max launch driver. Trail foot slightly rolled onto the instep. 80-90% of weight on lead side with lead heel/ankle firmly planted (squishing a bug) type feeling.
December 7, 2019
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van
Craig, can you explain where there is and is not tension in the shoulders ,wrists and arms. In order to make the proper back swing craig has a video which shows the muscles on either side of the spine that are engaged in order to keep the head still during the back swing along with the obliques and a somewhat cupped left wrist to push the club into quadrant #2 and indicates that this continues until the back turn cannot continue. You have stated that there is relatively no feeling in the shoulders as the downswing begins into sit and squat which is all legs and core from then on. I don't comprehend how there cannot be some tension in the arms and shoulders in order to hold them in position so that all or most lag is immediately lost due to their relaxation once the transition, and thus their relaxation, as the downswing begins. To use your example, the snapping of a towel begins and ends with relaxed arm and wrist but from my interpretation of what you and Chuck are saying the golf swing doesn't or put another way I don't follow how to get the golf swing started under the same circumstances as your snapped towel analogy. Please help me on this point.
November 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. There is a difference in providing muscular support and tension. Of course at the top there are going to be muscles activated to help support the club and you don't want to go "dead." Zero effort to help keep the club upright. The goal is that the upper half is pulled and not actively rotated down. I think you are over thinking this one. Take a look Proper Muscle Activation and My Golf Backswing Secrets. Players aren't concentrating on every supporting muscle to support the club. You will use primarily the core to rotate. The shoulders need to remain relaxed and not non-existent. To be overly technical the upper fibers of the traps, delts and pectorals will need to remain to an extent relaxed. The abs, obliques, and middle/lower fibers of the traps will be the major ones engaged and working.
November 20, 2019
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van
timing of wrist snap and successful post up are simultaneous???
November 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. You don't try to time the snap. The release is a byproduct. Posting up will trigger the release and with the body slamming on the brakes the club will rotate over. But, yes you need to post to have a powerful release.
November 19, 2019
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Paul
Ok the legs power the swing, I get that. Does the upper body do anything or is it just passive? How do I know when I have the right balance? Thanks!
October 16, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Upper half passive. Shoulders are dead to you in the downswing. The balance will be when you can use the legs and trigger a proper release without spinning the shoulders.
October 16, 2019
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James
awesome!!!!! pga tour all the way
September 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. When you reach the tour don't forget about us .
September 23, 2019
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Robert
I'm really confused about rotation of lower body. RST teaches that we should post up on left leg while other golf instructors teach that we should rotate our legs and hips as we start the downswing and don't talk very much about posting up. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoN4llsRWvo&feature=em-uploademail. Can you explain what's going on? Am I crazy or are these two methods really very different or are they the same and I am missing something? Thanks.
September 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. I think you're crazy if you are getting information from anyone other than RST . Completely agree. The hips needs to rotate as you start to shift to the lead side. Then, you post. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer, Closed Hip Slide, Squat to Square and Perfecting Lower Body Stability. You will see the light. (More the same than you think).
September 20, 2019
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Kevin
I was working on this today with some short 9-3 drills. I feel like when I post it is driving my left shoulder up and out early / before my release. Any advice on how to stop this from happening? It’s a powerful move when I can keep my sequencing correct but am struggling with “moving fulcrum”
August 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Sounds like you are getting the up part, but not the back part. Focus more on clearing the hip. If the lead hip doesn't work behind you it will be hard to maintain posture.
August 25, 2019
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Tram
I still struggle on posting up the left leg. One time I think it is ok but when I top the ball and look at the my video clip, I find my right leg raised up during left leg posting which create the spine near vertical at impact. I think the posting of the left leg automatically move the right hip up and can modify the flex of the right leg and in consequence the spine angle. Can you explain what is the cause and how we can remedy this problem. Thank you very much.
August 20, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tram. Sounds like you are posting "up" and not allowing the hip to move "back." The lead leg during the post up will straighten, but the hip must move back. In the video, Chuck talks about maintaining spine angle even better when the hip moves behind you. I would isolate performing some Step 2 - Core Rotation Drills with the Maintain the Tush Line - Chair Drill. This will help the spine angle retention, butt stay back, and legs more grounded.
August 21, 2019
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William (Certified RST Instructor)
should I be more conscious of pulling my left arm down to help square the club. At impact my left hand is not facing down the target line it is parallel to it, and the arm and hand look too far out away from the body. Further away then where they were at setup.
August 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. If you continually pull too much from the top it will delay the release of the club. Take a look at Stop Slicing Start Releasing. You may need to exaggerate letting the club release a little bit more.
August 1, 2019
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William (Certified RST Instructor)
I keep getting to this position on the downswing. My club is not released nearly enough at impact and I can’t figure out why. Even when I only use my two fingers on the left hand it’s still not releasing properly. I feel like I am releasing it I just can’t figure out why it’s so late
July 31, 2019
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William (Certified RST Instructor)
i tried to post a picture but it wont load
July 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. Check file size and type. Needs to be under 1MB and (JPG, Gif, PNG).
August 1, 2019
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claudio
If we post too soon, is there a potential risk of grounding the club by releasing it early and hitting behind the ball? In other words, is the 'timing' part a blend of left side left shoulder/ hip to bring the club in front first followed by posting to create the snapping effect? thank you so much for the great videos.
July 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Claudio. Posting too early can trigger the release of your lag too soon. Which can definitely cause fat, or even topped shots when combined with excessive lead shoulder movement. I'm not fond of the timing word, but yes you have to make sure to achieve some prior goals first. You need to transfer the weight and be planted into the lead glute before you start firing/posting up.
July 6, 2019
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claudio
Thank you very much Craig!
July 6, 2019
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Giap
When I try to hit the ball farther, I tend to use my hands through impact more. Does that slow my swing down?
May 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Giap. The hands will be working, but the speed needs to be in the club and not the hands. Take a look at Flip vs. Release and You Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball.
May 24, 2019
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Mikko-Pekka
Hello Craig! Thank you for the review. You mentioned that I am falling into trap because of my active legwork (or that's what I understood). I am little bit confused because aren't legs the powerhouse of swing? I am not sure if I understood you correctly so can you please elaborate? Thank you!
April 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mikko. Yes, the legs are the powerhouse for the swing. I was meaning in your backswing when you tend to over rotate losing trail knee flexion.
April 15, 2019
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Mikko-Pekka
Thanks Craig. Old habbits do die hard!
April 17, 2019
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Anthony
Craig. I used footspray on my irons this morning and could clearly see I was hitting towards the toe. Can you provide any likely reason why this is happening, how to correct and any relevant drills. Thanks. Anthony.
April 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Sounds like you may have started opening up the body a little too much into the strike and sweeping a little out to in. I would check that your shoulders are square at impact and that you aren't coming a little steeper into the strike.
April 4, 2019
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sambhu
Does posting up move the lead hip out of the way? I suffer immensely from early extension/ losing spine angle. Does this posting drill help? You are the original online video source and really helped me...nowadays there is too many instructors posting conflicting messages on youtube ruining our golf swings.
March 25, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sambhu. Posting up and using the lead side will help with early extension. Practice the Chair Drill Video with proper posting up. Thanks for your kind words about Rotary and our content.
March 25, 2019
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Scott
This is the video that did it for me. For the first time I have been able to truly reduce grip pressure and feel the club head and a correct release. I made a few practice swings trying to properly time the posting up move with the downswing and my right hand felt like it was going for a ride rather than a trailer trying to push the truck. Many many thanks Chuck for getting into the physics (Newton's 3rd law) to help guys like me with binary minds.
February 12, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Great news. Thanks for sharing with us.
February 12, 2019
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Tram
At your advice for the practice of golf impact, I follow this for about 3weeks already. I still struggle. My problem is the timing of these motions in the downswing: sitting into the left leg, drop the club, post up and impact and finish. I confuse in my mind and I observe my fault is I start the downswing by posting up immediately and dropping the club. So I lose my tush line and feel awkward in the downswing. I cannot find the way to time these movements. The use of tempo perhaps may help for ex. Counting 1 for backswing , counting 3 for squat to square, count 3 for posting up , impact and finish. But downswing should be counted once. Do you have any idea to help for this timing. Thank you very much.
February 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tram. I would focus on making small movements first. Focus on the 9 to 3 Drill. Work on a shorter sequenced swing and at a slower pace. This will allow you to feel and retrain the lower half movement much easier. It will take the timing out of the equation. Gradually build back up to a fuller motion. Or, if you can do the 9 to 3 properly and want to make it a little longer. Practice with some breaks in the swing. Go to the Play Your Best Golf in 6 Weeks Series - 3 of 6 and 4 of 6 Videos. These will help with flow and sequence.
February 4, 2019
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David
Hi, I struggle mightily with standing up in the downswing. I've watched all the relevant videos (chair drill, wall drill, step 2 core rotation and this one obviously) and I've done the drills but apparently not enough. I feel like i can stay down in my living room but put a ball in front of me and I pop up like a gopher. I understand this comes from pushing off from the right side, and you're supposed to initiate by pulling from the left. So would thinking of the trail leg as "dead" (basically doing nothing with it on the downswing) be an appropriate thought?
January 29, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You may think of the dead leg to try and turn off push in the downswing. Another suggestion would be try fixing it with a smaller swing and/or pace. Slow the pace way down, or try to conquer with a 9 to 3. Shy away from rushing too much to full speed/shots while fixing.
January 30, 2019
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James
I’ve been working on this area as advised by Craig to try and get my lead hip turning back and away from the ball as I post up. Following what Craig advised me to think more of pulling my lead oblique back as I shift my weight over to my lead side. I can feel the benefit of that plus, what Chuck says here at the end of the video of where he does those swings of feeling the left leg post up. However, in many of Chuck’s videos when referring to the backswing, more specifically the rotation back, he does put a lot of emphasis on controlling the rotation back on the right shoulder. I can see the point of that in the initial videos of showing how to get the shoulders turning to 90 degrees or plus but for me it is that core, more specifically the obliques seem to be extremely important in controlling the rotation of the body. After watching all of Chuck’s Road Shows, that I think are great, he does emphasise on his students of using their obliques to be the focus of the engine power or core. Whilst in his online videos, although he does mention about the importance of the obliques, he does tend to put more prominence on the shoulder blade glide. My point here is that up until I watched the road shows, I was concentrating more on turning the shoulders back with weight shift. After watching several road shows where Chuck put more concentration on the obliques controlling that turn, as he does when he gets the student to sit in the buggy and make their upper body turn. As a result, I started to do the same and can feel more benefit putting my concentration more on the obliques and weight shift, especially in the backswing. As a result, I have seen my golf swing progress. In my latest review from Craig, he too has told me to feel my lead oblique pulling back as I change direction to the lead side. This has made much more sense to me and already I can feel the benefit of it pulling my left hip out of the way to allow a more freely flowing swing towards target. As I said, where Chuck demonstrates that DRILL at the end of this video of freely swinging the club as he posts up, not worrying too much what happens in the backswing, I can easily post up with the club easily releasing through. Whilst I appreciate weight shift, shoulder turn, pushing the legs into the ground are all very important, as a question, should there not be more emphasis on the use of the obliques controlling the golf swing? Since I have put more focus on that area my swing speed has increased and ball striking is much improved and my accuracy.
January 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Thanks for the post and very happy you are seeing the light on how to use the muscles correctly. Also, thanks for the suggestion that our content may need to involve further discussion on the obliques. Your post above will be helpful to our members.
January 30, 2019
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James
Many thanks for your reply Craig; it is nice to know that I am focusing on the correct movements. If you get time there is a question I have posted on Perfect Pitch Shot Setup regarding playing to a green way above you. Chuck gives guidance to level and downhill but not uphill. I do have problems at the particular hole I show in this link playing a pitch shot to a green 30 feet or more above me. https://rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction-videos/short-game/wedge-play/perfect-pitch-shot-setup.
January 31, 2019
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James
Been working on using my legs more as I make that weight shift forward, controlling it more by the lead oblique. Also although not shown in the capture, at the start of the takeaway, although using my trail oblique feeling the shoulders work with it I have managed to almost eliminate that handsy movement GREAT! Will keep working on this until it becomes more ingrained. I am really happy to maintain that shaft lean. The difference between the two shots is one frame, hope you think I am getting very close Craig. Will not be any further videos for the next few days unless the forecast improves, as today is about the best.
January 27, 2019
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James
Been checking my swing change from October 2017 to current date and was shocked and pleasantly surprised on how Craig and RST has changed me, see below. I have never had anything like my current swing in my life - thank goodness I discovered RST. Many thanks to Chuck and especially you Craig for pushing me and not allowing me to sit on my butt!
January 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. I think the swing progress has been tremendous. Much thanks on my end. But, it's my students hard work that make me look good . Let's keep it moving forward! Appreciate you sharing the changes.
January 30, 2019
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Ashar
I do not know where to post my question so i have chosen this video. I am totally confused with the idea of dropping my arm after the finish of my back swing with some wight shift and than release. I get this feeling of release with posting my left leg up some times but i forget/miss timing usually. So just advise me some drill with this dropping hands. The idea of pulling the club head u rather you push it sounds good but balls goes lost so it makes u scared to do that.
January 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ashar. Take a look at the Frisbee Drill and Step 3 - Add the Lead Arm to help you sync weight shift and lead arm motion.
January 3, 2019
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Jens
As i finnish my rotation around my right hip, and as im about to transfer my initial weight over to my left leg (squatting to square) i feel i can do this two ways. One is that i just feel like i weight transfer without rotation and start turning my hips as i post up. The other is that i let my hips follow the motion of the weight transfer only making it a slight turn of the hips as i post up. Am i creating too much lag if i delay the hip rotation completely to thd straightening of my left leg or is it something to strive for?
December 21, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. As you transfer the weight from trail side to lead side you need to allow for a little hip rotation to shy away from a closed hip slide. Take a look at the Closed Hip Slide Video.
December 21, 2018
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Jens
Thnx Craig, Will look at it .
December 21, 2018
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Nolan
Should the lead shoulder be in line with the lead hip, knee and ankle when posting up/at contact?
December 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nolan. Yes, the lead shoulder should be stacked over the hip, knee, and ankle joint.
December 10, 2018
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Tom
What's the difference between sit to left and squat to square?
November 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Shifting into the lead side is the same as squat to square. Shift left and engage the glutes as the hips rotate to a square position.
November 20, 2018
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Ron
When Chuck reaches the point in the video where he is talking about early extension, he mentions side bend. What does he mean by "side bend"?
November 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Take a look at Side Bend in the Golf Downswing Video.
November 15, 2018
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Ron
Thanks, I just watched the video and understand what Chuck is saying. Right now I am definitely over using my upper body and the club is going from the impact zone and through the follow through only as fast as my upper body can turn. I have never felt that the club head is out ahead of me in the follow through in my life, after a few practice swings keeping my right shoulder back I'm feeling the side bend and I'm feeling what a real release feels like. Thanks, back to practice
November 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Great. Throw into the mix Throw the Club Head at the Golf Ball and Arms vs Body Release for further information.
November 15, 2018
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Giap
Also when I try to squat on my downswing, sometimes I would chunk it. What can I do to prevent me from chunking it
November 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Giap. May be 2 issues. 1) Over squatting. Exaggerated vertical motion. 2) Lack of weight transfer and post up. Not shifting enough weight during the squat and clearing the hips after may lead to a chunk.
November 6, 2018
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Giap
So what chuck is saying that I just need to post up in order for my hands to release, instead of throwing my hands at the ball?
November 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Giap. Exactly. The posting up triggers the release of the club.
November 6, 2018
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stephen
FYI DeChambo is playing today and one of the leaders at the shiners children’s open.
November 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Thanks for the heads up.
November 4, 2018
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stephen
Watching the Shriners open on tv. One of the preview commentators did a swing review on DeChambrows swing and commented about why he was hitting so long-lots of hip rotation. If I understating your training his swing is the antithesis of the rotary swing trained swing. The commentator also compared the swing to one of the long drive champions. They both are hip swings and chicken wingers. According to your training they are both injuries waiting to happen. What do you think?
November 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. I haven't watched much of the swingers you are referring too. But, typically the over drivers with the hips not only have to make compensations in the downswing with their arms. They also are putting their body under much more stress than is actually needed.
November 4, 2018
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David
Are the videos in the course (the power point slides) the same as the videos listed? I have been watching the power point slides but I'm seeing different titled in the dashboard list of videos. I want to make sure I'm looking at the right place to go thought step by step..
October 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. If you are referring to the University Slides the videos are the same on the site even though the title of the category maybe changed slightly.
October 27, 2018
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Paul
Thanks Craig i am assuming you meant to say not overdoing it correct?
October 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Thanks. Yes, overdoing the move. Too aggressive can lead to issues.
October 11, 2018
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Blake
Thanks again Craig!
September 5, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Blake. You're welcome.
September 5, 2018
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Blake
Hi, again. My point is what Chuck is saying and what he is doing are different. The verbal says, "Shift your weight, your hips square up and the club drops to your waist." The visual is, "Shift your weight and really the club drops very little and your hips stay sort of closed." I hope it's alright to attach screen shots to show what I mean. I can delete them later. The following are from the "Fix your Shank" video.
September 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Blake. Yes, shifting and allowing the arms to drop during the shift with squaring of the hips. (Squat to Square Video and Closed Hip Slide). In the above stills you can see Chuck hasn't finished his weight shift because the hips are still closed and the trail foot is still completely planted. Use the range rope he is standing on as a visual. As the hips square the lead lat will help aid in pulling the arms to the waist positioning (Left Arm Downswing Drill and Frisbee Drill).
September 5, 2018
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Blake
Hi! Love the program! When I watch Chuck's downswing, I see him shift his weight and squat without lowering his hands much or squaring his hips. So I take it that the first move is a simultaneous external movement of the lead knee, squat and weight shift, and only after that do we start pressing the lead heel into the ground and rotating the left knee behind us. Further, don't the arms have to move some on their own, without the influence of the hips, to get to the ball? I find it hard to understand how the hips movement alone gets the club to the ball. Especially because earlier in this thread, an instructor said to delay the post-up until just before impact. So if the weight transfer and squat don't move the club/arms much, and the post-up is just before impact, how does the club get down to the ball? Thanks!!
September 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Blake. Thanks for the support and glad you are enjoying the site! Are you wondering more how the arms move from the top position? Or, how the post up triggers the release and the club is able to reach the ball? Take a look at Rotary Golf Downswing Overview, Winter Golf Training Program - Downswing and Pro Power Move. Both questions will be answered in those videos.
September 4, 2018
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Paul
Q— Assuming I do the previous tasks correctly, i.e. lag (a feel like a throw from the top, and downcock, and starting down slightly before my backswing is complete), FOR IRONS—DO I WANT TO HOLD THAT DOWNCOCK OR ANGLE INTO THE BALL AS I POST UP AND THAT RELEASES THE CLUB? THX, PAUL
August 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The post up will trigger the release of the lag angle. You want to retain the angle until you are in-front of the trail thigh with the club parallel to the ground. Then, let it go. Shift to help create/maintain angle and post up to pull leverage from the ground/release the club.
August 18, 2018
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Brad
Wow. Have had 5 instructors try to rid me of early extension/loss of spine angle to no avail...no one ever explained that is from pushing off the right side (which I surely do) vs posting off the left is the root cause...looking forward to getting rid of this nasty move I have had from day one!
August 8, 2018
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Paul
Me too, 5 instructors!
August 18, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brad. Awesome. Love the light bulb moment.
August 8, 2018
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Steven
Brilliant. Thanks!
July 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. Thanks.
July 26, 2018
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Jeffrey
When performing this post up move with using my legs, which triggers the release, I really feel it in on the outside of my left hip. I feel like my outside left hip is pulling left (I'm right-handed), opening up and posting. Is that the correct feeling right around the left hip and "love handles" area?
July 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jeffrey. The feeling should be in the obliques "love handles" area. Pressing against the outside hip socket wall is too far (Preventing Hip Pain Video).
July 17, 2018
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Stewart
I'm having real problems posting up and releasing my driver. Hitting the ball very high and left with no distance. Appreciate any thoughts on causes and remedies. Thanks
July 14, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stewart. A lot of things could cause high ball flight and lack of distance. I would check for spinning shoulders (Keep the Rear Shoulder Back) and (Arms vs Body Release) to help with releasing the driver. Posting up you need to practice the sequence. (Step 2 - Core Rotation).
July 14, 2018
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Scott
My game has taken a long decay into the world of hip spinning, shoulders spinning, and not getting to the left side. This video along with the other related ones has cured a 5 year old problem. Finally I can swing and not worry about left going left.
July 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Love it. And, thanks for the post. Keep that swing moving forward.
July 12, 2018
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Gordon
Best of all your excellent instruction videos for what I am trying to learn at age 75. I've added about 25 yards to my drives and 10 to 15 to my irons incorperating this combination move into my swing. I'm getting it right about 50 to 60% and of the time, going for 100%.
July 9, 2018
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the kind words Gordon! Keep working the drills for 30 days religiously and you'll hit 100% of the time.
July 9, 2018
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Frank
This video solved my tush line problem! Thanks, a big help. My feeling was to push up AND BACKWARDS with left heel. That was the feeling that got me opening my hips more and stopping loss of spine angle, hope you can find way to help others by linking this video to early extension. Thanks again.
July 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Frank. Great. Yes, I usually use this in conjunction with the chair drills to help get the hips moving properly while shying away from early extension.
July 8, 2018
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Paul
Is it helpful to think of a Left Shoulder glide in the downswing? i.e. replacing your left shoulder with your right. I tend to lose my spine angle in the downswing. So, is an "under and through" shoulder turn is the correct way to hit past the ball and make a full swing with a powerful release along with posting up to release the ball with the left leg?
June 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. I would try not to guide the lead shoulder in the downswing. The shoulders are getting pulled into position by the lower half and core. Take a look at the Side Bend Video for the feeling through the shot.
June 29, 2018
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Gaetano
Great drill but how do u get it going with a full backswing ? Thanks
June 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gaetano. You should be able to with a full backswing. You shift and then post up. Similar to the Step 2 - Core Rotation Video.
June 24, 2018
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Vicente
Been feeling soreness in my lats and other back muscles I didn’t know exist... haha. would you say it’s best to allow time to rest before practicing the drills again? Or should i push through it?
June 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Vicente. Soreness is too be expected. Pain you should rest and make sure you are performing the move correctly.
June 12, 2018
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Lyndon
The club face is closed...not square but closed at impact after I post up and release the club. It’s coming through the impact zone shut vs being square....I keep hitting the ball left. (9-3 drill). Any suggestions. Lyndon
June 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lyndon. Make sure your shoulders are square and that you are not manually speeding up the hands (Flip vs Release Video).
June 6, 2018
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John
I'll work on it..lost my swing...
April 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Johnny. Happy to help get your swing back. Keep us posted with any questions along the way.
April 6, 2018
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Michael
Question based on the concept that your body should be moving in the opposite direction of the club. Why should we post by pushing our lead heel into the ground--wouldn't a push by the ball and toes of the lead leg be more effecting in pushing not only up, but helping to clear the lead hip and push the body away from the ball (since club is traveling both down and towards the ball)?
March 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Because you don't want the weight moving from the ankle joint to the ball of the foot. If the weight starts to move forward you start changing you primary balance point (putting more strain on the knee). The post up moves up and back. It's easier to clear the hip with the weight staying back versus moving forward to the front part of the leg.
March 20, 2018
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Tom
Hello on the downswing using the LEFT leg when posting the LEFT leg on the downswing does the LEFT hip move FORWARD FIRST then up and back to prevent hip spinning Tom Lawson
January 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. The lead hip needs to be stacked over the ankle joint before posting up and moving back/away from the target. Shift to a stacked position and then clear the hips.
January 28, 2018
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Todd
how do you hit down while posting up ???
January 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Todd. The body is moving back and away during the post up which throw the club down and out. You are only looking for a few degrees down on a typical strike. You need shaft lean to achieve. Take a look at Angle of Attack and How Attack Angle Affects Compression.
January 10, 2018
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Suiqin
What do I focus on down swing? Do I start from the left knee? Turn the left knee outside towards the target to start the weight transfer? Or is there a sequence of knee and hip movement? Many thanks Benny
November 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benny. The external rotation of the lead knee is first. I would take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer and Perfecting Lower Body Stability.
November 16, 2017
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Daniel
If the external rotation of left knee is first, is that THE key first move down? I watched the left knee of Web.com players a couple weeks ago, and it seems they move the left knee first. Or is this a result of weight shift into the left heel. (I’m still trying to find a dependable left move/ weight shift trigger that leads to post up.) Thanks.
August 30, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Clark. External rotation of the lead knee will be the first movement. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer and Closed Hip Slide.
August 30, 2018
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David
I think this video is great, it makes a lot of sense to me. Unfortunately I struggle with the posting up. I lose my spine angle badly (even though i BELIEVE i'm initiating with the left leg), don't/can't transfer my weight to the lead leg and therefore I'm hitting it fat at the all at the same time. It doesn't FEEL like i'm doing all that but upon reviewing video i definitely am. I used to consider myself a fairly well coordinated guy. Good luck diagnosing a cure for all that!
October 26, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. I haven't met, or had a student that can't shift or post up properly. It's more the fact they have never done it correctly and lack the correct feeling. Work on some Weight Shift Sweep Drills to start trusting weight movement. Then, combine Step 2 and the Chair Drill to help with shifting, posting and maintaining tush line.
October 26, 2017
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Erik
My question is when should we time the post of the lead leg to maximize club head speed at impact? To be specific, at what point in the downswing should the posted leg be at maximum extension? My guess would be that the post should be at maximum extension just before the club impacts with the ball, but it could be significantly before that time to allow for the club head to accelerate after the posting move occurs. I don't expect an exact measurment as an answer, but something like "at impact" or "a little before impact" would be good enough, thank you.
October 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erik. A hair before impact because you need the energy to travel through the kinetic chain and deceleration to occur.
October 3, 2017
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Curt
A lot of commentary on a recent Feherty show with Lee Trevino and John Daly about pros injuring their knees by "stiffening their left leg/posting" for power in the downswing. Your thoughts?
September 11, 2017
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
As long as you don't snap it or hyperextend it you will have no issues.
September 18, 2017
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Charles
In another RST video, it discussed three sources of swing speed: rotation, width, and leverage. It primarily discussed the leverage in the context of lag, which is accountable for 60% of the club speed. Those are lateral movements. In this video, it really discussed a source of swing speed from the ground up as a leverage or vertical movement. Is it true that lag itself is just a result of the correct body movement and grip/wrist actions? Is it correct that the primary sources of swing speed come from the rotation/width (lateral movement) and squatting/posting (vertical movement)? The understanding of this will help us not to focus on lag too much (creating/maintaining/releasing lag), and more focus on the blending of lateral movement and vertical movement. For instance, I have spent on more time training my left leg so it can get stronger and consciously leverage with the ground. Has RST done any research on relative impact of lateral movement vs vertical movement? Thank you!
August 21, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Charles, Preserving lag in the downswing is definitely a byproduct of correct sequencing and proper setting of the club at the top of the swing. Over 60% of your speed will come from the leverage you have available through lag and release AND the ground force you use in conjunction in the hitting area. If you focus on sequencing the downswing properly, lag is very easy to achieve. Focus should be primarily on using the lower body properly in the downswing to pull the upper body down into the hitting area for maximum efficiency. We have done research on lateral movement and also ground force and how it attributes to clubhead speed. Lateral movement in any hitting or throwing sport is critical for maximizing efficiency. However, in the golf swing, we can only more laterally a certain amount (Neutral joint alignment) because our feet are stuck to the ground.
August 23, 2017
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Charles
Thank you Chris for your excellent reply!
August 24, 2017
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Craig
hi when i post up on my left leg i seem to top the ball occasionally...is this a timing issue? cheers
August 16, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. Sounds like you aren't posting properly. Typically, the top is caused by a lack of weight shift and too much secondary axis tilt. Make sure you shift before posting up.
August 16, 2017
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don
How active are the left core muscle after impact. Should we still be pulling with the left side. Don
August 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Don. After impact the finish is created by the momentum of the release and the deceleration of the body. You don't need any forceful pull after the ball is struck.
August 10, 2017
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don
Thank you. I asked the question because I don't feel that I am getting to the proper follow thru. Rarely do I get my club to the back of my head and belt buckle to the target. I feel like everything stops at about 3 o'clock and on video my hips stop turning all the way through the shot. I do fell like my weight shift is good and I am posting up correctly. Drills? Don
August 11, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Don. Take a look at the Golf Swing Follow Through Video. It is either a lack of shift, incorrect post, or improper release. We would be happy to take a look at a video of your swing if you need help diagnosing.
August 11, 2017
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don
Thank you. Will do both of your suggestions. Don
August 11, 2017
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Kevin
One of the best videos on the site...ive had a lot of lesdons over the years and can honestly say my game and my understanding of the swing has improved so much since i joined this site
July 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Kevin. Really appreciate the positive post!
July 30, 2017
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Andrew
How did pro golfers back in the day generate power? Back then they didn't post-up their left legs, their left knees were bent at and through impact. I'm watching the Senior Open Championship right now, and for example, Tom Lehman's left knee doesn't ever post-up. Lee Trevino made this same point on Feherty's 100th show last week as well. So since most pro golfers in years gone by didn't post-up their left legs, and yet they still hit the ball a long way (with inferior technology and fitness, I might add), from where did *they* derive their power? And why isn't that still a legitimate source of power today? Thanks!
July 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Players of old might not have used as big a post up, but still had a lot of rotational drive from the hips. Lehman has always had the bent lead knee, but never considered a power player. Jack used lots of leg drive, but also pushed with his trail hip. Leading to a push of his lead hip into the socket wall. Thus, requiring a new hip when older due to the legs and reverse c swing. Players of old used the legs, but more in a rotational manor. They also used lots of leverage from the wrist. The key is to have a good blend of rotation, leverage and width to create power. And, not solely rely on just one.
July 29, 2017
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Mark
This is all good stuff. I hit 110 balls at the range and I don't have a sore neck! The rear top of my left leg, under the glutes, however, is pretty sore so I guess I have been engaging it and posting up. Could it be a sign of something going wrong in my action or do you reckon it's to be expected? Maybe just pushing too hard for extra distance? I also have a sore index finger on my right hand (I blame hitting it off the hard mat!) Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
July 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. It could be trying to push too hard for extra distance, or firing the glute for the first time. Most of our students when they start shifting and posting properly in the early stages have a little soreness due to an under utilized muscle. The mat can play terror on the hands/wrists.
July 27, 2017
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Tom
Thanks Chris. Makes sense. We'll give it a go--
July 20, 2017
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Tom
I have just a few questions--First move of downswing is shift weight to left (squat?)--post up on left leg at impact releasing club at same time--How do we post up and move or clear left hip at same time? Is the left shoulder square at impact or open? Thanks
July 20, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tom, Yes you are correct by saying the first move in the downswing is a slight squat with weight shift. After the weight is shifted to the lead side, then you want to work on pushing the lead heel into the ground and rotate the lead hip away from the target with the lead side obliques. The shoulders will be pulled to a square position into impact by the hips. Hope that helps.
July 20, 2017
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GC
It's the posting up that releases the energy stored in club lag into impact? So in a good golf swing, the club should not even start releasing until post up?
July 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello GC. The posting starts to trigger the release of lag. Therefore, you shouldn't start releasing hard until you start to post up.
July 14, 2017
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David
Brilliant Video
July 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks David.
July 8, 2017
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joe
What causes this for most amateurs like myself, our instructors to focus on shifting to the left that is interpreted as moving leftward so that your base is supporting the left is imbalanced forcing you to push from the right. Is the correct feeling there for that at the start of the downswing you pressure the left leg and hip straight into the ground with no intention to move laterally increasing the pressure into the ground along the axis formed by your ankle knee and hip.. it looks to me as if most great ball Strikers have maximize that for so long that axes and don't have or allow my shift of the hip forward replacing entirely with downward pressure through that angled axis and concomitant rotation??
June 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joe. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer and Preventing Hip Pain. The goal is to allow the lead knee to externally rotate to get stacked. Pull the weight over with lead hip adduction and then settle into the glutes. You will have to shift roughly the width of your pelvis. It is a lateral and rotational move. I would also recommend Perfecting Lower Body Stability.
June 1, 2017
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Matt
Okay, so we are starting the downswing before our backswing completes. However, that video talked about using the core, now this video is talking about using the legs. To keep it simple, in terms of swing thoughts, is it Core rotation for backswing, core rotation for downswing or is it core rotation for backswing then left leg posting up for downswing?
May 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matt. You have to use your legs and core for the downswing. You don't post up until you start getting into the latter half of the downswing and releasing. You use your weight shift and core to start and then post for power and to release the club. Take a look at the Rotary Golf Downswing Overview.
May 25, 2017
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Matt
Thanks again, Craig. I will look at that video!
May 25, 2017
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Benjamin
I have been playing/learning golf independently for 3-4 years and have been focusing hard on the shoulder glide/weight shift/hip turns (while moving the ball up in my stance and narrowing it a little), mainly because I have a VERY ingrained habit of swinging with my arms that I am trying to break. After a week of drills, I went to the range and my irons were fantastic! I had the best flight angle I've ever seen and very consistent contact. Even my long irons were on point! This is still the case until I get to my driver. When I miss with my driver, it is a HARD pull to the left with solid contact and I can't get out of the tee box. Occasionally it will be a slice, but this is not the norm. My assumption is that this is caused by my arms trying to get into the swing with the longer club. How can I prevent this from happening? Every time I swing I tell myself to just let my arms hang and follow my core, but it always eventually creeps back into my swing. My irons have improved drastically since starting this program and I want to have the same results with my driver. I'm doing my best to not move through the program until I can eliminate this problem because I don't want to start worrying the non-essential parts of the swing until I have the fundamentals down pat.
May 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benjamin. Glad to hear things are improving. One, make sure you are adjusting your setup accordingly (Proper Tee Height Video and Driver Setup Adjustments). Two, it sounds like you are not allowing yourself to catch the ball at a different stage in the swing. More or less trying to force an impact position. Make sure you shift your weight and make the same swing. Allow the club to swing through its positions and catch at a different time. Don't try to make your own adjustments mid swing with the arms.
May 15, 2017
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Benjamin
How can I train myself to be more patient in the downswing? I feel like my arms are as relaxed as they can be as to not rush ahead and make contact earlier than needed.
May 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benjamin. There isn't a quick fix for this issue. You have to trust in the weight shift and core movements to bring the arms down. You only get one speed burst in the swing and you don't want to use it at the top. It's tough being the issue is with a driver. But, I like to work small and into big. 9 to 3's until perfected. 9 to 3's into 3/4 swings. Finally, up into full swings trusting my prior training.
May 15, 2017
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Benjamin
What I have been trying to do is when I'm at the top of the backswing, I push my weight into my left heel to initiate the downswing but the pull still happens. I'll also make sure the ball isn't too far forward in my stance but I don't believe it is.
May 15, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Benjamin. I would advise a Swing Review with your driver. We might see something in addition to the rush causing the pull. Happy to help.
May 15, 2017
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Benjamin
I ordered a tripod for my phone today so I will be submitting one as soon as it comes in.
May 15, 2017
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Jordan
I want to make sure when I do this that I'm not early extending? Any suggestions to prevent that?
February 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jordan. Take a look at the Chair Drill.
February 23, 2017
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Wyatt
I know Quinton comments in the video that losing posture is caused by using the right hip, but I think what I do is stop moving the left hip back.
January 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wyatt. If the lead hip stops moving usually the trail hip will start to move towards the ball. Work on clearing the lead hip back better or properly. Work on Step 2 - Core Rotation. You can even combine it with the Chair Drill I mentioned in your post below. Feeling your lead butt check pushing the chair away.
January 28, 2017
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Wyatt
I believe the reason I hit so many push fades with the driver and thin shots with irons is that I stand up too early ine downswing. Can you comment?
January 28, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wyatt. That could be a possibility. Early extension usually leads to being stuck in the downswing causing the push fade. I would work on the Chair Drill.
January 28, 2017
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Nacho
Again sorry for my English. Have a great day!
January 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem. Your English is fine. Have a great day as well.
January 24, 2017
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Nacho
If I'm not wrong for what you said the lead oblique is already working when I'm posting up so I dont need to even think about it. Thank u!!
January 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. Yes.
January 24, 2017
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Nacho
I beg your pardon if I didn't express myself in a proper manner. I'm from Spain and my English is not in good shape
January 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No worries Nacho.
January 24, 2017
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Nacho
Hi Craig! If i'm not wrong (please correct me) when I have started to post up then I stop pulling around myself with my left obliques, right? This pulling motion after posting up is just a byproduct of the centrifugal force I created when posting up and unwinding ca. 45 dregrees my hips. I'm I right? To sum up, the transition is based on: 1. Externally rotate the lead leg to shift my weight and square my hips to the initial position; and 2. Post up (by pushing my lead leg against the ground) which leads my hips to open another 45 degrees while I release the club. Please correct me if I said something wrong. Thank u!
January 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. The lead oblique is pulling the hip and aiding the post up. Once, the post up is complete the lead oblique shouldn't pulling anymore and the hips should be cleared 35-45 degrees at impact. You are correct the your summation from the transition down. However, when posting the lead oblique does help open the lead hip a little more.
January 24, 2017
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Nacho
That's the tricky thing. How much active my lead oblique should be? When I straight up my lead leg (after posting up) I see that my hips (without any additional move) have opened ca. 35-45 degrees from the initial position. That's enough? Should I then use my obliques to open'em up further more? Is the centrifugal force from my arms (after impact) which is leading the hips to unwind til I reach my finish? My point is hips active or passive (lead leg external rotation and post up aside). Thank u Craig and sorry to bother you with this but it's important that I can finally understand this thing. Best!
January 24, 2017
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Edward
Hi sorry if this is covered elsewhere but can i ask 1) a question about posting up after the transition and 2) a question about pulling with the left. From experimenting with different ways of doing these two things it seems to produce radically different results so I am looking for some precise advice on exactly what the correct mechanics are. Question 1) Does the left glute post up vertically, does it post up vertically and also continue to move laterally toward target, or does it post up vertically and then pull behind the golfer? Question 2) does the idea of pulling with the left side mean once you have initiated posing up you then continue to pull around yourself with your left obliques and left shoulder or are you trying to stop the pulling motion when shoulders are square and then let the club head pull you round into the follow through? Any guidance on the correct feel of these moves would be really helpful!
January 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. The glute and lead hip will be posting up vertically and behind you. Not more laterally towards the target. You want to let the club head or momentum of the release pull you to a full follow through. With the feelings of the shoulders being square at impact. You don't want to continue ripping or pulling the lead side through to try a reach a full finish.
January 9, 2017
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sambhu
Is there a drill for what he says at 7:40? Brilliant!
January 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sambhu. Step 2 - Core Rotation. Or, put a chair behind your glutes/butt. Practice proper posting/pushing the lead glute behind you into the chair without losing or pushing from the trail hip.
January 7, 2017
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sambhu
Should we do this with a wedge too, from 100-110 yards? Or is that more armsy.?
January 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sambhu. Wedges will have a quieter leg motion due to its more for accuracy over power.
January 7, 2017
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Thomas
This piece really connected so many things together for me. I have tried to get my own swing for two years now, and have taken so many pieces of advise and tried to "chain" them together. I had always heard about getting power from our legs, but I always pushed with my right leg. I now think of this generation of whip and release as a continual wave flowing through my body. Its almost as if the responsibility for creating whip moves through the body just like the bend in the towel whip move towards the tip of the towel? Pushing off with the left leg is almost the final piece in speed generation? This kinda make sense? I have have a long way to go, but if I can get the science of it, I will have a better chance of executing it. Thanks.
January 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. Yes, like creating the bend or whip towards the end of the towel. Also, leveraging the ground by posting the lead leg is the final piece of speed generation.
January 4, 2017
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Ryan
When you are posting up, how do you make sure you don't post up too much and spin out of the shot and create a big block? Do you focus on keeping your chest covering the ball while posting up?
January 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. One is proper releasing with the chest staying square at impact. The second will be making sure the trail hip doesn't push through allowing for more hip rotation. Think about the trail side/foot as being a braking system for your hips. If you don't push through or extremely jump (leverage from the ground) you shouldn't spin out of the shot.
January 3, 2017
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Ryan
Thanks for the response. When I drill this, I am scared that it will turn me back into a hip spinner and bring back my baseball swing. My key points when drilling are-- 1.) Shift to lead side 2.) Post up 3.) Release while keeping my trail side foot on the ground. Are those good cues while putting in the Reps. or do you have something better? Thanks!
January 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. Those are very good cues. Keep in mind. The golf swing is about speed and not power (or, brute strength). You are trying to crack a whip, not bring down Goliath. Also, when posting lead side behind you and not trail hip towards the ball. No need to over leverage the ground. You are blending the rotation, leverage and width for power.
January 5, 2017
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Ryan
Thank you very much!
January 5, 2017
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Michael
Is there a way I I use this video on the self analysts page? I'd like to have my swing side by side with Chucks for comparison.
January 1, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to upload it to the self analysis.
January 2, 2017
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christian
This video is awesome. I think the penny finally dropped for me on how to hit a golf ball. I've been playing casually for 20 years and never got it, I've had two lessons from my local pro and never got this information. I never knew you have to snap your left wrist AND post up your left leg at the same time to get a consistent shot. I've been hitting the ball with my arms all my life. I saw this video yesterday and just played nine this morning, this ACTUALLY WORKS! After a couple of holes warm up I had two pars in a row and a bogey. This has never happened for me before. I hit two greens in regulation in a row - both par 4s - this has never happened for me! I hit 6 irons in a row from the fairway or edge of it. 6 in a row! Normally I duff 2/3 fairway irons. I love golf, I hope this was not a fluke and I can do it again tomorrow, thanks so much rotary swing, you guys are brilliant.
December 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christian. Thanks for the positive post. I don't think it was a fluke. You are recruiting more muscle fiber to help you not only hit it further, but more consistent.
December 28, 2016
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christian
Thanks Craig, it wasn't a fluke I went out today and hit 4 more greens in regulation. I usually have 105-120 for 18 holes and I just broke my record this morning with an 89!!! I was shaking the whole back nine I was so nervous, I can't believe how well I hit the ball. I have to bottle this because this feeling is fantastic! I got a green in regulation with an 180m 3 iron.
December 29, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Nice! Good playing. Keep up the good work. More greens = More potential birdies .
December 30, 2016
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Lee
Thanks. Will try, have impact bag and will continue use. I also noted a slight sway on my backswing, which seemingly was corrected by slightly pinching my right knee in at address. Is this ok?
December 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hell Lee. The trail knee needs to remain stable going back. If you are keeping the knee pointed forwards and the pressure more on the inside on the leg. No worries.
December 15, 2016
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Lee
I have problems with techniques of allowing my hands and wrists to relax and stay soft.
December 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lee. You need to maintain enough pressure to control the club. But, not so much that you steer it. Use an impact bag. It is a good way to train staying relaxed and using the legs to efficiently release the club.
December 15, 2016
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Edward
Hi. Could someone clarify for me the following - if we stand up through the impact zone to cause release then logically the club is higher from the ground at impact than at address so we must miss the ball? Or have I missed another move that compensates for this? Any help to understand this would be great!
December 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. During the release the club actually gets longer due to ulnar deviation. That's why typically you will see the hands slight higher a impact versus address. But, the un-hinging of the wrist lengthens the club.
December 12, 2016
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Steve
This question concerns sequencing hips and shoulder alignment during the downswing. Following this video it appears that, in the downswing, when the hips have rotated back to square, the shoulders should still be closed. It then follows that when the shoulders are square, roughly at impact, the hips are open. Is this how the legs lead the downswing? Thanks, Steve.
December 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steve. Yes, you have the proper sequence correct.
December 6, 2016
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Bryan
After the weight shift to the left/ squat to square move comes the post up on the left leg to release the club correct? If so, would the feeling of the post up be more of a "jump" where your weight would become lighter if you were on a scale? Or would it be more like you were trying to press your left heel down as hard as you can down into the ground which would make your weight increase even more coming into impact if you were on a scale? Or am I thinking in the wrong terms?
October 8, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Bryan, Yes that is correct. It is somewhat of a jump and press because when you jump, you are pressing against the ground using it as leverage. Something that will help get the correct sensation is making sure your shoulders are slightly closed or feeling like your lead shoulder is lower than the trail shoulder. this allows the left arm to swing freely and get a natural standing/jumping/posting feel through the release. Check out "Level Shoulders at Impact" to see Chuck explain this further
October 9, 2016
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David
I put this in the downswing section but I think that it is better her It's winter time here in New York and I have the next three or four months to prepare for next year. To me, my swing feels as though it is all upper body but that may not exactly be the case. I want more lower body. But I cannot feel it. I know that I have a tremendously strong core but I don't feel as though that I am using it and losing out on valuable clubhead speed. Even when I do the stomp drill, I still feel nothing. I know I get absolutely no ground leverage. I try just for laughs to jump off the ground, it does not happen. I want to hit it further. This is exactly what I am talking about I cannot feel my feet pushing into the ground. Why do you think.
December 18, 2016
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mark
This is a FANTASTIC Video !! .... it is really starting to make sense to me, which could be dangerous !
September 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Great. Knowledge is power though. Be careful
September 26, 2016
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Loran
Both legs simultaneously, correct? However, which leg is the more dominant? Post of the left leg, or post on both legs at the same time? The left leg does the majority of the work? Then, the right leg kind of does the anchor?
September 23, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Loran. The left leg is the dominate leg. The posting of the leg, even though it is pushing down, is an overall pulling motion for the club head. Watch out for the right leg as becoming active and starting to push and that will hinder unlocking the release with the lead leg.
September 25, 2016
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Randy
Hey, RST Team. I've been studying the concepts on the site for over a year now. I even spent several months as a member of Chris's unlimited review group. I made tons of progress with setup, backswing, and weight shift. Yet I STILL flip the club. At about 1:50 in this video, Chuck starts talking about how passive his wrists are and how this driving with the legs is actually what unlocks the release. So, my question is, can someone help me identify the right thought to help me finally trust this action / preserve the lag in the swing? It's confusing because it APPEARS like Chuck / the tour players are pulling the club down and more into the body, but I know that's not really what's happening and what they're thinking. Does success with this mean being so incredibly passive and relaxed with your wrists and arms that you truly let gravity carry the club down from the top, and then use the left leg pushing into the ground to "snap the towel (i.e. club)" through impact? I keep searching for the right thought solution as none of the videos have yet to help me solve this fatal flaw. I truly appreciate any help the team could offer!
September 23, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Randy. When Chuck describes that he is unlocking the release with his legs, he means that he is squatting to stand or posting up on the lead leg. The squat pulls the club head down into the impact zone, the stand or posting of the lead leg releases the whip or snapping of the club by intensely changing the direction of the club head by pulling it up. Your are not pulling with the arms as they do stay primarily passive. The force of the squatting and posting are the primary accelerators in the swing. Check out the "flip vs Release" video and "fix Your Release" video
September 25, 2016
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David
When the club is coming down, does Chuck apply any "arm force?" Is it just gravity all the way? I know the throw the ball drill. As a righty, when do I throw? And when I throw, do I want to feel as though I am throwing a 98 mile per hour heater? While I do believe in not applying too much force because it will slow the club down, there must be something going on in order to crank out a 115-120mph swing. Tiger you could tell, was going all out. He wasn't taking it easy when he wanted to go after one.
September 30, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey David, you will apply a pulling force to with the arms, but this should almost be a secondary and somewhat subconscious thought in comparison to the thought of moving the club with your legs. Your not using gravity so much as using the centripetal and centrifugal force coming from the legs to build momentum. You want to hold off the arms in the down swing in order to let the upper body build tension. Think about throwing a Frisbee as hard as you can.. you would step and really activate the lower body while delaying the upper to really build tension and build power from the ground up. This is what tiger is still doing when he's trying to go at it. Check out the "Arms vs. Legs Release in the golf swing" video to see this better explained.
October 3, 2016
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David
I've watched this video so many times that I know it verbatim. My question is this. How do I achieve "lift off"? I want to have some fun with it but no matter how hard I try, I cannot get off the ground. I am currently a six handicap. I will wait for a reply before I ask my next question. Am I pushing with the left leg only?
September 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Takes a lot of practice. The better you load the glutes. The more you will be able to reach the lift off position while posting up. You don't necessarily have to add a ton more squat. But, really getting the proper muscles to fire on all cylinders and a hard push into the ground to post up will help you achieve.
September 20, 2016
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David
So where should I start. I know that I do not use my legs nearly as much as I should. Sometimes I can feel it it but most of the times I cannot feel the ground. Does that make sense? Please try and tell me exactly what I should be feeling and where from my hips down.
September 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. The first place to start would be good glute engagement. You need a load into the glutes and squat. Take a look at the Tiger Squat and Squat to Square. Those two videos should really help you sit and start to load the lower half. You should feel a good anchor to the ground and primed to start a post up. Work there first. Report back when you can feel a good sit.
September 21, 2016
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richard
Which video shows how to shift your weight
September 3, 2016
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David
There are a bunch of vids under Step 1 - Weight Shift. I still have reps to do there but watching this to prep for step 2.
September 4, 2016
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Tom
My question deals with self diagnosing of poor timing. What happens to ball flight if you should push up on left leg too soon-prior to impact? Also, too late? Thanks
August 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Club face dictates 85% of initial ball flight, so it would be hard to nail down the post up being out of sync forcing tons of different ball flight. Some players are better with their hands and can save the shot. However, usually posting early leads to a body spin and coming out of the shot. Too late, the player will tend to dig and lose power.
August 24, 2016
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Daniel
When having subtle forearms and wrists, and allowing the forearm to rotate over, i find it hard to have any face control. Accuracy suffers. How do you improve this?
August 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. Freely releasing should takeaway some of the timing. Use the Fix Your Release Video to get a good feel for impact. Also, practice Perfect Your Golf Impact Part 1 to create a more smooth or consistent rotation.
August 22, 2016
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Matthew
This isn't really a comment on this video, however just a recommendation or request for the site. As a premium member there is the section for Self-Analysis with some loaded up videos of Chuck and some pros. The videos of Chuck on here seem to be from a few years ago so with him learning more about the biomechanics and coming up with the 5 step plans, can Chuck load up a few swings on that player from Driver and then a 7 or 8 iron and then finally a penetrating wedge shot so that users can compare his positions to the positions of the player? Thanks in advance! Matt
August 21, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matt- Thanks for your request. I will pass along the information and see what we can do! Let us know if we can help you any further.
August 24, 2016
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Terence
This video is great. The concept of flicking a towel with your legs has helped me a lot.. I have been doing the 9 to 3 drill to and I starting to get really good contact. I have noticed my lead hand thumb is getting sore. I guess I have been using it for so long as a caster. Any hints for how to be more loose with the hands and to stop pushing with the thumb?
August 21, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terence- if your lead hand thumb is pushing on the shaft, take it off and get some good practice in doing lead arm only swings and since the thumb is off we won't be pushing with the lead thumb. Then slowly add it back until you have learned not to push. You can also take a look at left thumb: fix pain, soreness, and casting.
August 21, 2016
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Kenneth
Thank you so much for this video. It answers a lot of questions. However I have one unrelated problem. With the tension created with the back swing, in the right side of the back and right inner thigh, I'm suppose to have my arms so relaxed that they drop when I squat a little. Having a difficult time doing this, and it's leading to some pretty steep swings. Do you have any thoughts or visuals that can help relax the arms?
August 14, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kenneth. Take a look at How to Fix Plane and Path. Also, some lead arm only swings in the Step 4 Video (RST 5 Step System) should help with tension.
August 15, 2016
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Brandon
I noticed that you focus on driving your weight through the left foot to naturally straighten your left leg. On TV, announcers often say pros snap their left leg (which puts more strain on the left knee). Is my analysis correct?
August 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brandon. The lead leg needs to straighten, but if you snap it back too hard it can hurt the lead knee. The push into the ground will help clear the hip and leg more efficiently from a Neutral Joint perspective without adding excessive rotation from an improperly planted lead leg.
August 15, 2016
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Nacho
I mean a 2 hpc golfer. Thank u!!
August 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
No worries Nacho.
August 15, 2016
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Nacho
Hi Craig, Chuck! Just a quick question. My sequence, specially in transition, is not working well because my arms always fired first. I'm a 2 golfer and i'm working hard on the RST 5 steps. Any idea on how to cop with this. I'd like to improve the role of my lower body in transition (i mean squating to square while shifting my weight to the left) and slow down (or freeze) the speed of my arms. Thank u! PS. Pls see this video of Tiger as an example. https://youtu.be/VVOqZ5BVhHM
August 13, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. Try starting the shift before you complete the backswing to keep the arms from firing too soon. Start Downswing Before Completing Backswing Video.
August 15, 2016
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Nacho
Thank u v much, Craig!
August 16, 2016
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Peter
Great explanation! Makes good sense. I have a problem, though. I've had a peripheral neuropathy (due to a period of starvation). It's never going to be better. I have trouble getting to-and holding the follow through position. If you put a stake along the left axis line, I can hold on. But in the real world, I cannot confidently hold balance: the proprioception in my feet is gone, and I don't know where I am in space. Any comments? Peter Kennedy MS MD peterskennedymd@gmail..com
August 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Glad you liked the video. I would focus on the fact you can't/won't need to hold the follow through if that is the case. Relax and let yourself come out of it.
August 16, 2016
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Peter
Craig, Thanks for responding. I've lived long enough to t-r-y to accept my limitations. But I played pretty well as a kid-was on Harvard's golf team-and when I picked up clubs again after 30 years learning the cancer treatment craft, I got down to about 3-4 handicap. My last round on our home course, San Gabriel CC was a 64. (I'd spent 2 months dialing in my pitches and chips.) I've spent my whole life beating the odds. Age and disease, however, are impossible to hide from. Thanks. pk
August 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. I understand the accepting on limitations. My father has MS and I often try different ways for him to make certain moves. But, we have to accept what he is capable of. Keep beating the odds buddy. I know you will grind it out to the best of your possibilities.
August 17, 2016
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Anthony
When I do this move I feel my belt buckle moving Forward and UP and the left side and left forearm rotating. The right side is somewhat leaning back and facing towards the ball and the right forearm is not rotating much but coming across my body. Are these feelings telling me I'm doing the post up move correctly. Thanks
August 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. You should feel the belt still moving away from the target similar to the lead hip feeling. A little up, but not forward like losing the tush line. Everything else with your notes sound on par though.
August 10, 2016
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Iain
Hi, great video. Can I just clarify, whilst needing to keep the wrists soft to get the snap when posting up, I have found that you get a better snap and extension if you grip the club a little firmer at the point of impact rather than keeping the grip really soft all the way through. Is this correct? Many thanks Iain
August 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Iain. The wrist and forearms need to be soft. But, you do need some pressure in the last three fingers to help with control. The typical tour pro starts at a pressure of 2 at address and ends up with an 8 at impact. (1-10 Scale with 1 being the lightest).
August 5, 2016
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Nacho
To sin up: I'm dinamically adding pieces to my swing without hitting balls. Have a good day!
August 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. I think your training plan is very good.
August 5, 2016
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Nacho
Hi Chuck, Craig! Thx for everything u do. I'm currently devoting my time (in the morning) doing hundreds of reps following this pattern: 1. Elevation + flexion + rotation to improve my backswing; 2. Elevation + flexion + rotation and (dinamically) shifting my weight to the left using my left leg while squating a little bit to improve my weight shift; Mmm 3. Posting up with my left leg using my left arm only and hitting an impact bag to improve my impact. In the afternoon I spent most of my time playing 9 holes and chipping & putting. Do u think this training regime its cooect? I mean no hitting to much balls but devoting most of my time doing reps (following the above commented pattern), improving my shirt game and playing golf with no mechanic thoughts but targets? Thank u!
August 5, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. That sounds like a good regimen. More quality reps, than range balls. When playing you have to separate swing work and just play the game. I like that you are setting up a good work plan and focusing on fixing the body positions versus just the ball flight.
August 5, 2016
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Darron
Just another great feature on how to post up on your lead leg. Great explanation on why you loose spine angle by standing up. Chuck really understands the golf swing & how to put across to students on what you need to do!
August 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Darron. Thanks for the post and compliments. Glad you are learning more about the swing.
August 2, 2016
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Noel
G'day Chuck, Thanks for the spot on explanation, I've been struggling with this for years, and the penny has finally dropped.
July 31, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Noel. Happy you liked the presentation.
August 1, 2016
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Tom
Hi Chuck-Just a few questions from an apparent "hip thruster". Is it ok to begin the downswing with a squat to the left foot or left side? Is the post or rotation of left hip the next move? Is the post at the exact same time or prior to contact? My misses are all right (not ok right). Thanks---Stelly
July 29, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Sure. You can shift into your lead side and squat to square position. The post up is after the shift. You will being posting up as you release into impact, not after.
July 29, 2016
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Robert
Chuck: Does it make sense that on the downswing ,like a pitcher, where the left knee is aimed, so goes the body? If I keep my left knee from coming in on the backswing, I find it easier to shift my weight left on the downswing. A RST instructor in another state told me that on the downswing, your hips slide along the edge of a table then "turn the corner" when you post up by pushing back with the left leg. Comments?
July 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. Less lead knee movement on the backswing will make the transition or shift easier coming down. Laser Beam Knee Drills for Stability Video will help. You don't want to create a closed hip slide, but yes when you post up with the left leg the hips will work behind you or away from the target. Use Fixing Your Weight Transfer to make sure you don't slide the hips from a closed position. Also, the Chair Drill for reference to your table thought.
July 27, 2016
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Matthew
What do you mean by making sure you don't slide the hips from a closed position?
July 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hell Matt. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video. When you externally rotate the lead knee, pull the weight and lead oblique. The hips will rotate. You don't want to keep them completely shut.
July 27, 2016
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Jay
This video could quite possibly be the holy grail of the golf swing! Love it!
July 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Happy to hear you like the video.
July 27, 2016
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Victor
Chuck, This IS the most powerful video I have seen! Hogan said to clear the hips in the start of the down swing but did not elaborate nearly as much as you did nor provide reasoning for hip clearing and association with left leg posting and power. Excellent video! Victor
July 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Victor. Thanks for the compliments and post!
July 26, 2016
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Ryan
Do you have a secret recipe to ensure that my chest is still covering the ball when you clear your hips up and out to create the "SNAP" of the club. I am able to create the move with my legs but I am struggling mightily with stalling the body and "staying in the shot" Thanks in advance!
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If you're coming out of the shot, you're most likely pushing from the right side. See the youtube video link I posted below in another response
July 26, 2016
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James
As I've said already, this is a great,great video. Having the best iron ball striking of my life at the moment. However,the driver is the one club misbehaving. Does this principle equally work with the driver? I tend to hit push slices with the driver. When I really concentrate on a quiet right side, I tend to then pull the driver. It's very frustrating - I've got to 4 handicap but am a bit stuck. Only takes a couple of loose drives and you're struggling to break 4 handicap every round. James
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Most likely driving too hard with the right as you've suspected, the pulls could be because you've trained yourself to flip your hands to square the face which you need to do when you're pushing hard off the right as the club will be stuck. See if quieting your hands helps get rid of the pulls.
July 26, 2016
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charles
Can't get to a good divot wasn't replied to?
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Don't see the question. What is it exactly?
July 25, 2016
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charles
Not getting a crisp impact with divot after the ball. Ball off my left ear but can't seem to get bottom of arc right.
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
There could be a million things going on there, you could be flipping, not shifting, spinning shoulders, spinning hips. What did your instructor say on your last swing review regarding this?
July 25, 2016
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DENIS
The issue for me is the timing (or sequencing) of the straightening of the lead leg. Too early and I will come out of the swing before the hands have released. In lessons I have been told I am "standing up" in the swing. Am I correct in assuming that the hands should be opposite trail hip area AND the weight firmly planted on the lead leg before any straightening of the lead leg? With the lead leg fully posted and straight do you maintain, or lose naturally, the spine angle. Thanks in anticipation. Denis
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Denis, if you're standing up it's because you're pushing from the right side. When you move from the left side you will maintain your posture. Don't think so much about where your hands are to time this move, try to feel how the legs help release the club for you by swinging back and forth like I demonstrated here.
July 25, 2016
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Steven
I do not have a problem with posting up my lead(left) leg. However, I seem to have a major problem with the first concept in the video-snapping my wrists as part of the release. I assume that this is the same concept as throwing the club head at the ball in one of your other videos in the last month or so. I have spent a lot of time on the 5 minutes to a perfect release drill, but I still don't seem to get it. Any suggestions?
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
The leg will make the club release if your wrists are SOFT - that's the key. Most everyone I teach has their wrists WAAAAAAAAY too tight - and they think they're soft. Try to get your wrists much softer and when you think they're soft enough, make them 10x softer!
July 25, 2016
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David
Chuck. I understand about the wrists being soft. But when I keep them to soft, the shot is no good. It is like I am slapping at it. Also, when you swing and post up, can you feel your legs in action. I don't feel mine at all. 20 years ago when I was a Senior PGA events, I used to tell them squeeze my are like you are holding the club! I had made that up back then!
July 31, 2016
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Steven
Thanks. I probably will need some in-person instruction to make this work. I live in St. Petersburg, except in the summer. I have had two half-day lessons with Chris about 18 months ago, but we did not work on this subject. I will be back in Florida in early October. What do you recommend as the best way for me to master soft wrists and proper release-two day clinic, half day private, or full day private?
July 25, 2016
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Matthew
How would suggest to name them softer? I think that is a hard concept for me to try and understand. I feel like I am barely holding the club but I am sure it tightens up throughout the swing. Any ideas?
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I get this question often and I honestly don't know how else to answer other than make them soft. Relax your wrists as much as possible, that's the simple answer and there is no magic to it.
July 25, 2016
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David
Could the answer be be a little firmer with your fingers but do not lock up your wrists
July 31, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Generally if you tighten up your grip your wrists will get tighter too. Keep them both soft.
July 31, 2016
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Michael
After two years I still dont feel like I can master this move. When I try to post up, my hips thrust forward and I lose my spine angle. I get the theory of this move, but just dont understand how to get there from the top of my swing. It's so frustrating, because it seems like a successful RST swing all centers around this one move in the downswing.
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If you're losing your posture, you're pushing off the right side instead of pulling from the left.
July 25, 2016
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Dean
Posting up and maintaining posture (tush line) can be a challenge. I see tush line as different than spine angle which Chuck covers. Comments are welcome.
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Same as above, if you're losing tush line you're pushing off the right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGjuVPF9NQM
July 25, 2016
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Anthony
Do you post for chip and pitch shots?
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
No. this is for power.
July 25, 2016
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Jason
I have been working on the lower body move(s) to avoid my dreaded tendency to push my right shoulder thru and or the "upper body dive" down therefore coming very out it in. I wanted to verify something that I think I am doing to make this problem even worse--> standing up and losing my hip bend over angle on the backswing.--> Couldn't that cause a more flat shoulder turn and a subconscious realization that I am now too upright hence reinforcing that bad upper body habit? thanks as always
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If you're losing your posture, which it sounds like everyone above you in the comments is as well! You're pushing off the right side, check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGjuVPF9NQM
July 25, 2016
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Jim
Along comes the best video on the site, well done Chuck. In my backswing I make sure my weight does not go over the inside of my right foot. However, it seems in the follow-thru your weight continues over the inside of your left leg. Is that what is happening. Thanks, Jim
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, you will eventually get weight on to the outside of your foot in the follow through
July 25, 2016
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Nicholas
You discussed posting up by moving your left hip behind. What about the lateral move to the left? Should you be moving laterally first then posting?
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, as covered in all the weight shift videos, you must shift laterally first.
July 25, 2016
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Jason
you before have discussed the problems of a closed hip slide and way too much of secondary axis tilt---> can you say if that tendency is less likely to occur if you "hip bump" followed by posting up on the left leg?
July 25, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If you post up that stops any slide and as long as your head didn't move too far off the ball going back you can't have too much secondary tilt then
July 25, 2016
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Anthony
I read an article about "parametric acceleration " is this video an example of how it works. Thanks
July 24, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes
July 25, 2016
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Mason
AMAZING VIDEO! This is the best video on the site and is the single most helpful golf video I've ever seen. I've heard of "swinging from the ground up" for a long time but was never able to do it in my swing. I've been told over and over to simply "sit into the left side" by this site (and by teaching pros) and then everything else would fall into place in the downswing/followthrough. While this weight shift is critical of course, simply sitting down into the left side for me did not give me the feel for creating significant snap or speed by using my legs (I don't mean to be rude or anything, I just want to provide feedback for you guys for how effective I found certain tips to be compared to others). THE most helpful part of the video was the idea of PUSHING UP WITH THE LEFT LEG TO SNAP THE CLUB DOWN. This "snap" feeling combined with the "vijay release" have been the greatest keys to building efficient club speed.
July 22, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Mason!
July 25, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mason. Appreciate the positive post and happy you are learning how the body actually moves to create good/efficient club head speed.
July 23, 2016
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John
Chuck can we call the "9 to 3 " drill the "post up " drill now ? It seems to me the move is the same only in this new video you explain more in depth the "post up" snap of the club .. I hope I'm right with my analysis Your site is the best!
July 22, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Thanks for the compliments of the site. I don't know if we can change the name just yet. The 9 to 3 helps with focus on other items, not only the post up. But, yes it is a good drill to help train on a smaller scale better lead leg usage through impact.
July 22, 2016
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charles
How do I find the bottom of my swing when I shift my weight? Cheers
July 21, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Charles, both hands does move the bottom of the swing arc back slightly. I think I covered that in the downswing overview video.
July 25, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. The bottom of your swing arc will always be below the lead shoulder joint.
July 21, 2016
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charles
Even with 2hands on the club. Thought it wold be in line with sturnum?
July 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. The bottom of the swing arc will be just passed impact. The ball position is off of the lead ear/logo of shirt. The sternum would be too early.
July 21, 2016
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James
This video is the best on the website. Finally twigged with me. Went out and hit 12 GIR and 13 pars yesterday with this as my sole swing thought. The weak push fade drive disappeared! Two word mantra of 'knee-clear' for downswing for left knee to target for weight shift and clear left hip out of the way. Left leg naturally straightens and boom my club stops being stuck on inside with open club face and beautiful baby draws. So,so good.
July 17, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks James, glad you enjoyed it! I'm starting to put some more advanced content on the site that I normally reserve for in person lessons, so it's good to hear you guys like it.
July 18, 2016
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Loran
According to his instruction, the sitting into the left side with the use of abs and torso is something that can be measured since it is dependent on timing and power, correct? I am always trying to find a formula, but I do not want to slow down while thinking?
July 14, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Loan, don't get overly technical, focus on feeling these new movements and the timing of the snapping of the release.
July 22, 2016
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Nicholas
WOW! This video really has helped me understand how to gain speed at impact without actively using the hands and arms! This drill seems to have really boosted my club head speed! Beautiful explanation Chuck!
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nicholas. Thanks for the compliments.
July 12, 2016
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bernard
Chuck, This video along with the Takeaway video overview are doing it for me... Probably the best explanation of how to execute the golf swing I have seen thus far. Keep them coming for other aspect of the game... Thanks. Bernie B.
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the post Bernie and happy you are enjoying the new content.
July 12, 2016
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Gary
The theory of this action is terrific however how should it feel? For example - what is the true leg action suppose to feel like from start to finish? Do the legs lead the backswing ? do the legs lead the downswing? at what point in the downswing should one feel the left leg push off in Resistance and allow the right side to come through? At what point does the left hip rotate back ? An explanation of how it should feel throughout would be helpful Thanks
July 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Weight shift or rotation maybe the trigger to start the backswing. The legs will lead the downswing. The trail side should be very passive and won't come through a lot until you have released the club. The lead leg will start to push (or pull leverage) from the ground once the arms/club start entering the trail thigh area. During the posting up move the lead hip will rotate behind you. It's hard to describe and teach you the exact feeling. However, you should feel that you glutes are engaged throughout the swing. And, the the lower body is providing stability for the upper half. Take a look at Step 1 and 2 of the RST 5 Step System and Perfecting Lower Body Stability.
July 12, 2016
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Gary
Ok questions from your comments - 1. Trail side passive- are you saying the entire left side/upper body stays back until after the release which is after impact? 2. Push - are you saying the push is the left leg planting and pushing away from the target? 3. Post up - so as the lead leg pushes up and back the left hip rotates back and behind while the upper body stays back? 4. Are you saying the only feeling throughout the golf swing should come from the torso/gluten? And when you say
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. 1) (For right handed player) The trail side will stay mostly back through the release. The trail side will rotate some, but you don't want to push with it or excessively rotate (Arms vs Body Release in the Swing). 2) Pushing up from the ground with the lead leg. Posting Up (Straight Left Leg Video). 3) Yes, the lead leg will post up and the lead hip will rotate behind you or away from the target. The upper half will be square at impact with minimal rotation to the 3 O'Clock Release point. 4) The major feelings will come from the glutes and the core in the swing.
July 12, 2016
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Gary
Great to clarify # 1 - what body part stays back and to what degree ? # 3 please explain what you mean by the 3 o'clock release point? what body part and where is 3 o'clock in relation to impact ? # 4 what initiates the takeaway/backswing and downswing - glutes or legs - does the glutes pull back on the backswing and forward on the downswing as the upper body incl the arms and hands stays quite and just comes along for the ride? We are getting close I think - sorry I am a feel player but very analytical in my learning
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. The trail shoulder and hip will stay back. To what degree. I don't have a perfect number for you, but they won't move much at all. The 3 O'Clock release point is (9 to 3) position. Club Parallel to the ground after impact. Weight shift or pull from the trail shoulder can initiate the takeaway. The arms and hands will be guided by the rotation of the body other than the obvious vertical motion you have to train. The pull of the weight and settling into the glute will lead the downswing.
July 12, 2016
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Gary
OK are you saying the upper body stays back until just before impact ? and the release happens after impact to the 9 o'clock position? I still am confuseed as to when the club is actually released? also when I try to hold back my upper body that long in the downswing I feel I have to throw my arms down to play catch up. Is there a drill that I can do to get my mind and body to sync so I can trust that staying back that long will be ok? At this time when I stay back that long I feel that I am going to hit the ball out to right field Appreciate all your help Garu
July 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. The upper body (shoulders) will be square at impact. The trail shoulder you don't want pushing into impact or through the release to maximize speed. The release starts in front of the trail thigh and completes after the lead thigh at about the 3 O'Clock Position (Fix Your Release). Take a look at Throw the Club at the Ball Video for the arms have to release and swing. Step 3 and Step 4 RST 5 Step System will help you sync the move. After you strike the ball and release the club. You can let the trail side be relaxed and move freely to the finish.
July 12, 2016
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Gordon
My question with this drill is do I transfer my weight first to the ball of the forward foot then roll to the heel while my leg straightens or immediately to the heel.
July 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gordon. You will transfer the weight to the heel/center of the ankle joint.
July 11, 2016
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Gary
Hello I am struggling with a flip at the bottom of my swing and need some guidance. I find that I flip the club so the back of my left hand flips upward as my right hand rolls under. I have looked at several videos and understand the concept of the forearm rotation so the palm of the right hand turns downward as the back of left hand turns downward trapping the ball but I can't seem to get rid of the upward flip. It's wierd my mind knows what it should do but I cant seem.l tok get it to cooperate with speed involved. Can anyone suggest a thought or drill to get rid of this movie? It is frustrating and robbing me of alot of distance. When I make the right move I can hit My driver 300 yds dead straight but when I flip it it goes weak and right. Hopefully someone has a remedy Thanks in advance Gary
July 10, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary-Flipping in the hitting area is caused by too much right hand/arm dominance and control. The left hand is what we mainly focus on when looking at the release. If the right hand takes over too much your left wrist will break down. Try turning the last three knuckles of the left hand down through the hitting area and that will take care of flattening the left wrist at impact (or try backhanding the ball through impact). Take a look at the 5 minutes to the perfect release/left hand release drills.
July 10, 2016
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Gary
Thank you I am aware of the knuckles down drill however for some reason I cant get my hands and arms to cooperate. I think about it when at address and to impact and when I try to execute the knuckles down I cant seem to get the left hand to turn down. I know I am right arm and side dominant and somehow need to figure a way to become more left side dominant. Thoughts suggestions?
July 11, 2016
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Steven (Certified RST Instructor)
Gary sounds like you may have a little too much tension in the wrist. The best option is to send in a swing review so our team can pin point the fault. But take out the tension in the left wrist and you will see the hand turn over naturally
July 12, 2016
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Gary
Craig on video it looks like my arms are trailing too far behind and my body is put racing my arms do at impact I delay the lower body to allow the upper to catch up and that delay combined with the arms getting to far behind make my right hand flip up as the back of the left hand flips upwards. I think I am taking the club to far inside thus it gets stuck on the transition from the back swing to the down swing. Question - should the butt of the club always be in the center of the torso during the backswing and during the transition to the downswing the butt should feel as if it comes along at the same pace as the backswing? If I start the takeaway in one piece the butt should be pointing at the middle of the torso and where I seem to lose it is from the folding of the right arm. This is where I somehow get out of center with the butt and when I start the downswing the club feels like it's too far behind and I then feel like I have to race to catch up. I hope I am not confusing you with my post?
July 14, 2016
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Anthony
In this video Chuck says to transfer your weight to the left side with the left leg then rotate the left hip and then post up (straighten left leg) which causes the side bend and the release of the wrists; however, Chuck never talks about or uses the word pivot. Are these movements another way to explain the downswing pivot. Thanks
July 9, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Yes, this is another way of explaining the same progression that happens in the RST Model Downswing.
July 11, 2016
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Frank
Great video and I like the recent videos breaking down the fundamentals. My question. does straightening the left leg on the downswing take care of the hips opening? I'd rather do that than think of the hips in case I get too aggressive and spin the hips. Same goes for pulling with the left side obliques. Just trying to simplify things!
July 8, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
The straightening of the left leg should be used to help rotate the hips.
July 9, 2016
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Mark
Best video ever surrounding my power loss! Thank you Chuck. To date, i have not successfully kept my tush back and right foot down consistently. Hoping this drill and maintaining my axis tilt will help to do the trick. Where should i feel the "lift"? Inside thigh of my left leg? (R handed)
July 8, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Lift? If you're describing the pushing force of the left leg you're going to feel it in your entire left thigh/glute area.
July 9, 2016
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Kip
This does help the thought process a lot. I've been a puller, not a snapper. So putting all the lead leg sequencing together ... is it worthwhile to think of starting the downswing with hip adduction using your lead leg, and then snapping through by straightening the same leg? Is thinking "hip adduction" kinda sorta the same thing as "squat to square", or do you do both? I guess purposely squatting a bit gives you more snap-ability when you straighten the leg as discussed in this video. My problem may be that squatting isn't getting my hips over to the lead side enough, so I'm curious if adding a hip adduction thought makes sense.
July 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kip. Yes, you want to think lead knee external rotation, lead hip adduction and lead oblique pull to get to the lead side properly. Then, posting up on the lead leg. Step 1 and 2 of the RST 5 Step System. You need to make sure you pull the weight with the lead hip adduction and settle into the glute.
July 7, 2016
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Tom
Great job demonstrating how to have speed and control through impact. I have already enjoyed a big jump in club head speed from drilling posting while releasing the club. In particular, I found focusing on the movement of my lead leg in the downswing kept my right side at bay and helped me time my release. Many thanks for the insights, Tom N.
July 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Thanks for the post and great to hear about new found speed.
July 7, 2016
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Dennis
I added a comment earlier but did not get a reply. I have a problem with taking a divot in front of the ball. When I look at the back of the ball I take a divot at the back of the ball. When I look at any spot on the ground that's where my divot will occur. So do I look at a spot in front of the ball because if I look behind the ball that is where my divot occurs. Or is it that I am doing something wrong with my swing?
July 5, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Where you look doesn't really matter, it's the mechanics of the swing that will determine where your divot bottoms out primarily. there are a thousand things that could cause your divots to be too far back, so you need to upload your swing for review so we can get you on the right track.
July 6, 2016
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Nacho
Hi Chuck! Shifting the weight into the left side technically means externally rotate the left leg while squating a little bit? Thx!
July 5, 2016
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Not necessarily, you can shift while not rotating the leg, but you certainly don't want to. You need to do a slight external rotation just as if you were taking a step forward.
July 6, 2016

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