Intro to Core Rotation in Golf Swing

The rotating core is the "engine" of the golf swing and the primary mover of the entire swing. Once you've mastered weight shift, you'll want to start building your engine!

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Eric
On the website there is talk about the right shoulder glide, especially in the takeaway. When I do that, may shoulder blade moves down and in by the time I am done with my takeaway and I stop rotating and finish with my arms and an over rotation/dip with my right hip. I find I am much better with purely a rotation with my obliques and elevation. I can feel the shoulder glide at the end. Thoughts?
January 29, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. Perfectly fine. You may not feel it until the end, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening. A lot of players overdo too much glide in the beginning.
January 30, 2021
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Eric
Thanks I have broad shoulders and narrow hips. My tendency is to set up based on my shoulders or at least outside NGA+2 inches. Can you explain to me the physiology. We I set up in NGA+2 it feels real narrow, but when I do it I naturally have better shoulder posture (less rounding), my right hand goes on the club easier with no forearm rotation (which immobilizes my right shoulder) and the shoulder glide works better for rotation and my right elbow pit rotated properly facing up versus internally rotating?
January 30, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. The legs are connected with to the hips. The shoulders are inconsequential to proper joint alignment and placement with the feet. More than likely when the stance feels narrow you are adding push somewhere to give you the sense you can't maintain balance. This is followed by blaming the stance versus the origin of movement.
January 30, 2021
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Matt
How is moving from the core compatible with shoulder blade glide? Feels like one involves the box and the other the rectangle.
September 7, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matt. The lower part of the lats will be pulling the shoulder blade diagonally down/in towards the spine as the abs/obliques will be working to facilitate proper rotation. Using the box muscles.
September 8, 2020
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donald
I understand the turning of trail shoulder but do not know and feel the initial weight shift to trail foot and glutes.I seem to sway to get that initial move. Can you refer me to the actual method of initiating that move?
August 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donald. Take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up Video.
August 17, 2020
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Tony
I seem to rotate quite well in backswing and rotate back or uncoil nicely up to point of contact or a little before and hips/core Completely stop and arms take over. Any suggestions/comments to why and ultimately videos or drills to address or fix?
May 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. The arms/hands should release independently of the body. Is that what you are referring to that at impact the club releases and the body slams on the brakes?
May 26, 2020
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Tony
Hi Craig, I get where The body stops in arms release and that makes sense. When looking at my swings it looks as if my hips only rotate back to square and never further, and when arms release seem to get crowded or can’t fully extend to target -so maybe a better question how far should hips rotate?
May 26, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. The hips should be open 35-45 degrees at impact. Take a look at You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs Video.
May 26, 2020
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Keith
I have watched all the rotation, take away videos. some confusion. So as Sam set up with axis tilt my right shoulder is lower then left. If I pull shoulder blade back it will take the club far inside and low so I need shoulder elevation which is raising the arms so at take away club is parallel to toe line as show in 4 square drill and even with pocket. To be clear shoulder elevation is a conscience move correct, you will not end up in correct position naturally without it. Something everyone must do? if not does that mean I don't understand the shoulder blade glide correctly? is there another way to take club back that keeps it in front of me?
April 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Keith. You have to have elevation. Not much, but is a necessity to keep the arms in front. Rotation with the slight elevation. Most players already add this upwards motion, but some players have to be conscious in the beginning process of changing the swing to make sure they add the elevation.
April 9, 2020
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Keith
I have the rotary connect to help keep my arms together. When I begin to take back with the shoulder blade glide should I be sure the club goes out straight down the line for the first 12 inches? If I do that that seems to help and allow arm elevation instead of taking it too far inside
April 10, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Keith. It may feel like the club is going straight down the line as you rotate and begin elevation. Because you are rotating it won't necessarily be dead straight, but can feel that way.
April 10, 2020
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Keith
Thanks Craig. Doing the shoulder blade glide if I turn it very sharp late it goes very sharp inside. If I think about the club going to straight back the first 12 inches as I begin the shoulder blade glide I end up in a good Takeaway with proper elevation. Doing the shoulder blade glide if I turn it very sharp late it goes very sharp inside. If I think about the club going straight back the first 12 inches as I begin the shoulder blade glide I end up in a good Takeaway with proper elevation So is that a good beginning thought during the take away?
April 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Keith. Sounds like the 5 Minutes to Master Rotation to me. Rotate off the ball while feeling the arms/club stay in front/quiet. And, to keep the arms in front it will naturally have to elevate.
April 12, 2020
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Mike
I get the pulling of the lead side to pull the rest of the body through but what exactly are you pulling?. I always have done this with my lead side but this is a very grey area. Are you feeling it with the lead shoulder also? I would think not but confirming.
March 5, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Take a look at Which Muscles to Feel in Golf Swing Transition Video. Should clean things up.
March 5, 2020
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Robert
when shifting weight forward the left hip moves back to clear the way, this movement if not corrected will pull the left shoulder back as well,thus opening the shoulders too soon and this will open the club face . So if this is true than one most keep their left shoulder inline with the right shoulder and the target.
February 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. The hips will pull the shoulders into impact. At impact the shoulders need to be square. If the shoulders are spinning open it will leave the face open.
February 25, 2020
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Charlie
HI I have throughly enjoyed the series, and I am doing exercises that I have never focused on before! My question is: as we begin to put clubs into our hands and do drills should we be using different types of clubs? I find myself always using my 8 iron, and other clubs begin to feel strange--like hybrids. Thoughts? Thx, Charlie....
February 10, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charlie. Glad you are enjoying the videos. When you start to get repeatable and comfortable with a 8 iron, or 7 iron. Then, try to graduate to different clubs. The swing will stay the same, but you will need to get used to different lengths/lofts. In the beginning, no need to switch up very often.
February 11, 2020
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Charlie
Thanks so much!!! Charlie...
February 15, 2020
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Michael K
Where should our hands be when the club is parallel in the back swing?
February 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. When the club is parallel to the ground in the backswing. The hands should be a trail pocket height. Take a look at the Pencil Tee Drill.
February 3, 2020
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gary
Hi, I am not sure where is the proper area to ask this question, but I decided to land here. My question (problem) is understanding the correct drill progression sequence. First question, do I need to finish (3000 reps) Step 1 weight shift drill before I can progress to Step 2 core rotation? Second, in Step 2 am I suppose to do all 6 of the foundation drills before doing the core rotation-drill only, or do them simultaneously, or do the core rotation drill and supplement the foundational drills as needed? And lastly, should I be using the Rep Tracker as my progression guide or just follow the 6 steps in the DEAD drill? They don’t seem to exactly parallel each other. I apologize if this is the wrong place to asks these questions, just trying to be efficient with my learning curve. Thanks, Gary
November 16, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. If you already have a good movement pattern of weight shifting. You don't need to do 3000 reps before moving on to Step 2. If you haven't shifted weight in your golf swing ever, or played in other sports and have an existing movement pattern of going back and forth. You may need to log a lot of reps. The videos (foundation drills, etc..) are there if you get stuck. If you can perform a perfect Step 2 you don't need those other videos. Only if you get stuck. Those are supplemental to help you over the hump. The DEAD Drill you can follow as a complete guide 1-6. The 5 Step System and DEAD Drill reach the same conclusion. The DEAD Drill is just a newer concept at how to reach the correct ending. Most players I have follow the DEAD Drills and use the 5 Step/Foundation/Etc. Videos as supplemental help to make sure the DEAD is perfect. Body, add arm, add lead arm and club, both arms in that order.
November 16, 2019
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Jeffrey
At the top of my back swing, when I feel as if I'm loaded up, there is tension in my right oblique, right glute and right thigh. Normal? Tension is detrimental to the golf swing? Thanks for clarifying!
October 29, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jeffrey. You should feel engagement and load, but not so much that you are worn out. If you feel excessive working of the muscles. You could be over doing the move.
October 29, 2019
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David
On the takeaway i have a habit of checking/watching the swing to make it isnt get too flat. In doing so i am aware of my head tilting towards the target and so getting ahead of the ball. How can i stop this.
May 25, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You will have to train yourself out of watching the club by making sure you make proper takeaways/backswings and checking them after completion. It will be an element of trust. Use some video. Make some practice swings to where you believe the position is correct. Check the film and if incorrect make the adjustments. Keep your head down until on film you can get the correct position and start ingraining the movement/feel. Therefore, you can start trusting it isn't going too flat without watching.
May 25, 2019
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Mike
After working all winter to improve my swing, in the first week that I let loose outside I played 3 days in a row and pulled a hamstring. It is snowing again now so I won't play for a week or more. Any advise on how I can avoid the hamstring injury? I am 70 years old and not the smartest guy for playing 3 days in a row..
April 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. It sounds like you over did something. Having/creating an injury usually means some part of the machine was moving incorrectly, or too much at the wrong time. Do you play right handed, or left? Which hamstring?
April 15, 2019
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Mike
I am right handed. The pain is in my glute and hamstring when I shift to the right
April 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Make sure you are loading the glute correctly and not swaying. Load Right Leg and Weight Shift Video Part 2. Sounds like you jumpstarted the car a little bit too soon after the winter weather.
April 16, 2019
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Paul
Hi, Im losing connection between lower and upper torso. Any tips. Ta
April 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The upper and lower half do have to separate. Take a look at Upper vs. Lower Body Rotation Video.
April 7, 2019
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Paul
Hi craig. That video connciders the lower body as the hips. My question is in regards to the relationship between stomach and chest. Ta
April 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Could you define more losing connection? You should feel the core (abs, obliques, lats) creating the rotation as the shoulders stay relaxed. Proper Muscle Activation Video and Body Rotation in Golf Backswing - Chair Drill. The main goal is that the core is rotating and the shoulders are staying depressed and in the box. The sternum may feel like it rotates a tad more than the belly button.
April 7, 2019
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Paul
I think im beginning to understand . I never used my obliques in golf swing. I used shoulders. I think what I have been trying, now that im trying to use core,is to keep my obliques pushed down towards ball during backswing then pull my chest\ shoulders against them. For me this may feel like seperation between stomach and chest. What you are saying is obliques rotates the chest so the whole upper body rotates as one unit , connected and roughly the same speed. Hopefully this makes sece. Thanks.
April 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Connected roughly, but you seem to be on the proper track. Sorta like the 5 Minutes to Master Rotation Video. The core will rotate to move the arms and hands which will feel like a unit.
April 7, 2019
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Paul
Thanks for your patience craig. Just watched bucket drill video. Am I right in thinking we should rotate the core horizontally to the ground? I understood rotate around the spine as to mean rotate core at whatever angle the spine is at. So i have been rotating core at a 45 degree angle towards ground. After trying to rotate core along the x axis, i was amazed that as long as I kept right elbow in to side, my arms folded up to the top. Is this the correct thinking regarding the core rotation?
April 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. The trail lat moves diagonally along the back of the spine. In and down. You want to rotate around the spine (Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill), but the sensation that you are moving in the horizontal dimension with rotation as the arms work up in the vertical dimension sounds on par. You may have been tilting instead of rotating. You can also get the correct feeling in the (Body Rotation in Golf Backswing Video).
April 9, 2019
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Paul
Thanks craig. Think i understand the concept now. Had so many good new feelings at the range today. This new understanding of rotation is huge for me.
April 9, 2019
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Michael
It's much harder to get a full shoulder turn when shoulders are hunched but that seems normal when your hands meet in the middle to grip the club.
March 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. A rounded thoracic spine definitely limits mobility. When you grip down further. Try to keep the spine flat and add slight more hinging from the hips.
March 2, 2019
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Chad
Hello, the light bulb is finally coming on for me. I've been focusing on the drills and just starting hitting into the net and all my focus has been relaxing the shoulders , getting weight on left heal and pulling with core, I can't believe the effortless speed I'm getting and solid contact. I basically feel like my arms are doing nothing, is this the right feeling or should I have some effort or tension. The Rotary system is the best teaching method I've ever seen. I've had many golf instructors and you guys are the first to help me get rid of my early extension and use my core. Thank you!
February 11, 2019
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Dean
Hey Chad, you are spot on again. The release is passive and it is the only point where the arms swing independent of the body and the ball just gets in the way. It is supposed to feel effortless when done correctly. That's the part that Chuck says may take some getting used to; the lack of effort that is. Cheers.
February 11, 2019
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Steven
Craig thanks for the feedback. I know I have been stuck on this rotation with my arms across my chest for some time. I appreciate you desire to get it perfect. 1. you correctly point out that my right shoulder is way too high at the top compared to the model (Chuck). How do I find the correct angle so I am at a T with my spine 2. at impact the shoulders are square and then post up with hips 35 degrees open and rolling to instep of right foot. I should let the shoulders follow my body. Is that all right?
January 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steven. Connecting to the Core Video first. You need to relax the upper shoulders. Also, Proper Muscle Activation Video. Then, follow those videos with Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill. 2) The shoulders should follow the body. Post up to 35-45 degrees which will bring the shoulders to square as the trail foot rolls onto the instep.
January 24, 2019
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Graham
I am soon to embark on the core rotation module and wanted to get clarification on your views of head rotation. I see this has been touched on before but I see that many great golfers ( who did not have c1 to c3 neck fusion) rotate their heads quite significantly during the backswing. For me it makes turning easier but I have tried not to do it ( leading to a very short swing ). Question is may I do it to aid rotation or is it a non bueno..? I am talking pure rotation here not swaying. At the moment I can only get about a max of 70 deg rotation so I can’t turn my shoulders 90 without some movement.
January 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Graham. You may allow for a little head rotation in the cervical spine if need be. Also, if you can't reach 90 degrees. Make sure you are allowing for enough hip turn to reach full 90. Everyone can get a full shoulder turn.
January 7, 2019
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Andrew
I have just rejoined RTS after a lay-off. The improvement in the site is amazing, well done. Now to start the course again.
December 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Welcome back and thank you for the support. We are here to help you if you need guidance on conquering your swing demons. Much thanks on the compliments.
December 29, 2018
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James
Following the video progression is my biggest challenge. They don't seem to be in a logical progression. I'll deal with it, but it seems to me that all drills related to the base movement should be set up to be next. Not have to go to deeper drills or somewhere else. Not trying to be difficult.
December 19, 2018
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Dean
The "Full Swing Course" on the Dashboard is organized and has progressive structure. If you stick with that, it makes sense. But there are many other helpful videos scattered on the site that relate to what you are trying to learn and your instructor will give you a link to them after a review as well. The search box is helpful if you know the key words or you can ask and you will get a response as to what you are looking for. I hear ya; you have to dig around a bit as so much is here.
December 19, 2018
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James
Aha moment. Found the shoulder slide video.
December 19, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Great. Sorry for the confusion.
December 19, 2018
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stuart
Ok thanks Craig. Stuart
November 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stuart. No problem.
November 9, 2018
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stuart
How do we decide which drills to use? Are the 'deeper learning' ones optional? Stuart.
November 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stuart. Deeper learning is optional and for additional help with certain positions you may be struggling with.
November 9, 2018
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van
There is only so far that my obliques will allow me to turn without doing using the arms, when I reach that max rotation between oblique stretch and shoulder blade glide what do I do to get club to the top of my swing? Also in one of the preliminary videos Chuck stresses 5 drills to advance on the concept of moving the club with the core. Both right and left. I think I understand the cores work in starting the club from rest , however is there a conscious equal and opposite movement of the other oblique in the downswing - or is the same oblique used in the takeaway doing the work in springing back?
November 5, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. You will be using muscles on both side of the swing. But, primarily you can think trail muscles to go back. And, lead muscles to come down. Both sides will still be engaged and doing work. However, don't over complicate things. The arms move up as the body rotates. The key is they move in the vertical space and not the horizontal space. Take a look at the 4 Square Drill, Pool Noodle Drill and Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video for help with the arms up issue to finish the backswing.
November 5, 2018
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richard
my arms aren't getting high after completing back swing i do the elevation with flect.... drill thanks
October 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Try the Pool Noodle Drill and Winter Golf Training Program Backswing Video to help.
October 29, 2018
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richard
I've been doing my reps of core rotation exercises I feel a stitch in my upper back after doing 25 reps, its feeling better as I continue another 10 is this a good feeling or its over use?
October 27, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Muscle soreness is good, but pain is bad. You might be over doing it, or too tense. Focus more on your core and try to keep the upper shoulders relaxed.
October 27, 2018
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Guy
What adjustments do you have to make with core rotation of going on uphill lie as opposed to downhill lie? Second question is how much change in ball position in your stance between the two? Thanks Guy
August 2, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Guy. Visit the Specialty Shots Section. Uphill, Downhill, etc. will be in that section.
August 3, 2018
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Barry
Watching myself in the Mirror I notice if I keep my right arm straight in the backswing and then flex the arm I make a full shoulder turn. If I bend my Right elbow early I don't make a full shoulder turn without extra effort :
July 28, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Barry. Exactly. Folding the trail arm too early leads to lack of shoulder rotation.
July 29, 2018
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Robert
Your course has saved my game. I quit for four years as I could no longer predict what was going to happen with my swing. Your program has slowly but surely brought me back to (at this point) somewhat predictable results. It gets better and better as I practice more and more, and review the videos for correction. Also, am slowly introducing your approach to my 7 year old grandson who just shot an 87 on his home course - shoots from 200 yards on the par fours and 300 yard on the par fives. Hits from the red tee box on the part threes. He already has a pretty classic swing, but his weight shit and set up are going to improve as he watches and understand your video teaching. Many thanks for bringing me back onto the golf course so I can enjoy playing with my two grandsons, 7 and 9. Having a ball and while not smashing them (not sure I can any more at 72) but today hit several drives straight without much effort 200 yards. That was my goal, now I'll keep refining and improving to bring my scores down. Thank you!!
July 16, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Excellent post and much appreciative of the compliments. Glad to bring you back to the game and will continue to post great content. Always welcome to submit a swing review for yourself, or grandsons and we will be happy to further your progress.
July 17, 2018
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Bob
Hi! I have scoliosis and have pretty rounded shoulders from working at a desk for years....I can make a pretty solid turn but I was wondering if you had some advice on getting rid of the rounded shoulders. Thanks! Bob
June 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bob. Take a look at Connecting to the Core Video. The rounded shoulders issue is a tough one too beat after years of desk work. I also suggest a foam roller against the spine if you have one.
June 29, 2018
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Bob
thanks Craig!
June 30, 2018
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stephen
Hi --completed step 1 and into step 2--find when focusing on weight shift and moving my legs like a baseball pitcher but trying to hit balls on the course and even practicing the sweep drills ion the course , I started what you call early extension and early release. Maybe I just need to do the impact bag drill inside in front of a mirror a million times but hope you have some other suggestions...in todays round I will try to make sure that I am on the centers of my feet.
May 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Impact bag and mirror sounds like a good plan to change the movement pattern. But, what bothers me is if you are shifting with the lead you shouldn't have any early extension. That would come from trail side push. My suggestion would be practice slower reps at the course and make sure you get the accuracy of the movement first. Get the proper movement and the speed part comes later. Also, if you are working on Step 2 - Core Rotation. Upload your drill for review. Let one of our instructors make sure you are performing the drill properly and it isn't an error in your drill.
May 15, 2018
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David
Hi guys, I'm really struggling with shifting my weight before finishing my back swing. I'm sure this increased lag would increase my speed and lag but I just get frustrated trying to do this. Any other drills or thoughts to help this? Thanks!
April 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Do you have weight shift and core rotation mastered yet? You not only need to get comfortable moving the body, but without much thought to introduce more advanced movements. The better you get at Step 1 and Step 2. You will notice it will start to show up a little on its own.
April 13, 2018
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Jerry
Fabulous explanation
March 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jerry. Thanks for the post and appreciate the compliment.
March 15, 2018
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Anders
Hi, i have done a couple of rotation drills but i have started to feel some pain in my back. Is it recommended to relax a few days without doing rotation drills? do you think it is an injury or could it just be that my back is not used to such training?
February 21, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anders. All RST moves are designed to keep you away from pain. If sore, you are just getting used to using new muscles. Pain is either doing the move incorrectly, or you are injured from the past and need a breather.
February 21, 2018
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Anthony
I have just found my 'Current Swing Performance Rating'. How is this generated?
January 20, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Your instructor on the swing reviews makes adjustments as necessary for performance ratings, or on request.
January 20, 2018
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Ms Terry
Hi Chris Thank you very much , What is the best video to watch for pulling your scapula down and in towards centre while using the obliques to facilitate the body rotation.
August 14, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ms Terry, Take a look at the videos in the takeaway section. This is discussed in several of the videos.
August 23, 2017
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Ms Terry
Hi Chris Can you please help me get this order right.. Re :my turn do I physically turn my chest then pull with my obliques and core or is is my pull with my obliques and core that turns my chest? Thank you
August 14, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ms Terry, You should be pulling your scapula down and in towards center while using the obliques to facilitate the body rotation.
August 14, 2017
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Ms Terry
Hi Chris I am also sending a couple of videos this evening. Thank you again.
August 7, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Ok sounds good. We will be on the lookout for them. We will get your videos back to you within 48 hours of the submission time.
August 7, 2017
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Ms Terry
Hi Chris Addition info to my response that I just sent. I also don't think I am turning my shoulders enough on the way back. I took a lesson last year and he told me I was stopping my shoulders . So please give me a thought about my trailing shoulder where it should end up. Thank you.
August 7, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Ideally you are wanting to make 90 degrees of shoulder turn. The trail shoulder should end up moving behind the head when looking at it from face on. If you're stopping your turn, there's a pretty good chance you are moving more from the arms to get the swing started and your lead shoulders girdle is getting too loaded wants to fire before you complete the turn.
August 7, 2017
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Ms Terry
Hi Chris When you say pull your trail shoulder towards centre - centre spine is that what I think? I am also going to send a video. Thank you very much.
August 7, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ms. Terry, yes that is correct towards the spine. We instructors will be on the look out for your video.
August 7, 2017
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Ms Terry
Hello I am turning to flat , instead of left shoulder down - if I think turn on a tilt I get it sometimes. But I am working on keeping my hands, arms and shoulders passive and trying to rotate my core using my obliques .. not sure what I am doing or not doing. Any suggestions for this?
August 3, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ms Terry, sounds like you are pushing too much from the lead shoulder to create this sort of result. If you are in a correct setup position, and you work to pull your trail shoulder towards center, you shouldn't turn flat into the backswing. You can always send in a swing for review and we will take a close look at it to help you fine out what the issues are.
August 6, 2017
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Mike
I've videoed my swing and my hands never get above waist high. How and when is elevation of the arms? Do I lift them as I continue turning? Bad 71 yr. old back makes me tentative to continue turning.
April 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Yes. Rotation and elevation. It will be a blended move. Slight amount in the takeaway and the vast majority from there to the top. Take a look at the Pool Noodle Drill and 4 Square Drill.
April 13, 2017
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George
Hi Craig, Regarding to video 2 "start downswing before completing Backswing", is there any drill to practice this move? In slow motion video, I can see the pros doing all the time. Thanks.
March 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. That is the only one I know of. Perfecting Your Golf Impact 4 of 4 deals more with lag, but mentions the change of direction to help increase angle.
March 30, 2017
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Curt
I have been struggling to "master" core rotation by pulling from my right side, after years arm arm driven swings. There is a body of instruction that teaches pulling your left arm back until left shoulder is under the chin. These seems to accomplish the same thing for this aspect of the swing and seems like it may be easier for me to incorporate. However, I don't want to spoil the recipe. Can you help understand if or why is this method isn't a good fit in the program.
January 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. Pushing the lead shoulder will not create rotation. The vast majority of golfers when told to push their lead arm or place their lead shoulder under the chin will simply protract the lead shoulder. Disengaging it too quickly from the core. Some athletic golfers will naturally pull back with the trail side when trying to accomplish what you stated in your post. However, solely using the lead side will not create rotation. Take a look at Pushing vs. Pulling (Physics Part 1 Video) and Pushing with the Left Side in the Golf Takeaway. You don't have to engage any muscular effort to just push the lead arm across the chest and reach a lead shoulder under chin position.
January 7, 2017
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john
HI ..which video is next after watching the core intro..? same question after weight shift intro? Thanks John
November 9, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello john. For the Weight Shift video I would use "Step 1 - Weight Shift." For the Core Rotation Video I would use "Step 2 - Core Rotation."
November 9, 2016
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David
Is there a core video which is more in depth? This is just an intro.
October 2, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Step 2 - Core Rotation Video.
October 3, 2016

The core of your body is where all movement comes from in the golf swing. It is the rotation of the core that moves the upper torso and your shoulders, which in turn move the arms, which move your hands, which then moves the golf club. Got that?! It's this sequence that separates the pros from schmoes.

As you work on core rotation in your golf swing, make sure that you continue to work on keeping your arms very relaxed so that your body can be the star of the show.

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