Biggest Hurdle for Amateur Golfers

What's the biggest hurdle for amateur golfers and how do you fix it?

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Eric
Thanks, for me I think the right hand/arm is the biggest swing wrecker on my backswing. Pulling the club into a flying elbow. When I do the mirror drill my right arm folds into a nice elbow down position. So I really need to do the drills with no right hand to groove that movement. Mirror drill is great!
June 21, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Sounds like you have a good game plan.
June 21, 2017
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Eric
I liked this video, stumbled across it. My right hand arm is very dominant. I use it to pull the club on the back swing into a flying elbow. In that position my right hand pushes on the club on the downswing. If I mirror the left with my right the right elbow points down and I can start a good downswing without coming over the top. I even backswing with the left hand and start the right arm in a bent 90 degree and rotate into it, from that position I can hit balls. Question, how do I go about training the right hand/arm so it is automatic? Mirror drill swings 100 times a day?
June 18, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Eric, That's a good game plan for sure. You can slowly introduce the right hand into the swing by hanging onto the club into the backswing and letting go of it before impact, checking to make sure you are getting into the same positions with just the left hand on it. Then you can work to hang onto the club longer and longer the more proficient you become, always back-checking for quality in the movements. Hope that helps.
June 20, 2017
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Gisella
HI, watching the video , I have a question. I have a good lag with the club but my right shoulder turns too early. Have I to master my backswing rotation or I have to create more separation from upper body and lower body? I really appreciate your way of teaching, is news and based on biomechanical knoledge!!
December 18, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gisella. You need to work on not spinning the trail shoulder through. Take a look at the Step 2 - Core Rotation Video. This will help with upper/lower separation. Also, if you tend to get steep take a look at How to Fix Plane and Path Video and Stop Coming Over the Top.
December 18, 2016
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Mitchell
Chris mentions specific drills to get your trail hand back on the club. What specific sequence of drills is he referring to? I don't see a lot of one handed drills rolling into adding the trail hand. What the RST 5 step drills?
October 20, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mitchell. Step 4 - Add the Club and Step 5 - Add the Trailing Arm is what Chuck is referring too.
October 20, 2016
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joseph
I have a problem with what Chuck says about the right shoulder movement at the initiation of the downswing in this video and what Patrick Reed does in Chuck's Patrick Reed video. Reed's right shoulder becomes visible very early in his downswing. How does he get away with it? I've done my reps but as soon as my lead hip shifts to the left, my lead shoulder also moves laterally left. As the hips begin to open, the shoulders open (and this occurs when I'm practicing core rotation drills ... long before adding the lead arm or club).
October 6, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. Some of that is camera angle with Reed. But, he gets away with it because he doesn't rush the arms down allows them to work in front progressively. The shoulders will have to follow the lower body. It is okay to let them rotate as a function of lead side work. The feeling of holding the shut to the target helps you not spin them too early or come over the top. It is impossible though to hold them shut all the way to the ball.
October 7, 2016
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joseph
Follow up question ... observe the student in the right screen as he starts his downswing (~4 min into the video) ... seems the hands/arms move a long way down before any shoulder movement. How is that accomplished? Coordinated hip bump and left arm pull?Also does he perform enough lateral weight shift? Thanks
October 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. Yes, he could've had a little more shift to the lead side. It's coordination of weight, lead arm and gravity. I think one of the big keys your missing is to hold the arm up there too long forcing your self to have to rotate more. You need to allow for lead side pull and tension free arms (that will allow for some gravity) to take place. Take a look at Re-Shaping Your Swing for Lag. Listen when Chuck talks about turning the muscles off and gravity.
October 7, 2016
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joseph
Craig, I would like to follow up on your comment " I think one of the big keys your missing is to hold the arm up there too long forcing your self to have to rotate more." Question #1 : Will I hit pull hooks or flip hooks as a result (which is what is happening)? I hit balls today with the goal of getting the hands/clubhead quicker to the ball in relation to the weight shift (at this point don't ask me how I'm doing it.). Contact is more solid and flight is straighter. Am I on the right path? Thanks.
October 10, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. If you don't allow the lead arm to work down and then at the last moment try to flip or catch up with the club face. It can easily lead to a pull hook or flip hook. Yes, a better blend with weight shift and allowing the arms and club to swing down/through the shot sound correct.
October 10, 2016
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joseph
Will do.
October 7, 2016
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William
What drill? It is something and "5 step" drill but you are saying it so quickly I'm unable to understand what you've said.
September 24, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi William. Basically Chuck is saying the biggest hurdle for the amateur is to stop pushing with the right side and start pulling with the left. The entire 5 step process with help with this but primarily the "add lead arm" video or the "9 to 3 drill"
September 24, 2016
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William
Thank you.
September 24, 2016
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Micah (Certified RST Instructor)
My pleasure!
September 24, 2016

Golf can be an extremely frustrating game for most amateur golfers. If you don't have the proper mechanics in your golf swing it's nearly impossible to improve. Improving your golf swing is all about understanding what the correct things are to work on in your golf swing and having the correct pathway to learn how to fix them. In this golf instruction video RST founder Chuck Quinton shows you how to overcome these very common hurdles that so many amateur golfers struggle with. You'll see what the most common problems are and how to fix them.

The first big hurdle to lasting golf swing improvement is over using the right arm for right handed golfers. Because it's their dominant hand, nearly every golfer dominates their golf swings with the right hand and it destroys the swing. It no longer is a golf swing and becomes a golf hit. In order to swing the golf club properly, you'll have to learn how to use the left arm in the golf swing properly.

As a part of this, you'll see that the right shoulder is also discussed. You'll see how it pops out from behind the head early in the downswing, indicating that the golfer is throwing from the right side of the body in a futal effort to produce club head speed. This move feels powerful, but in fact, causes the golfer to lose lag which is the true source of power in the golf swing.

 

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