Sam Snead Power Squat

Learn how Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Sadlowski and countless others use this incredibly unique power move to build power in the golf swing.

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Erik
Power squat yes, but Sam Snead is a push releaser, no? Seems to really drive with the right leg?
December 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erik. Snead still had a tendency to over work the hands more in a flipper/crossover type motion added with his leg drive.
December 14, 2020
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James
I am working on my tush line and find that this drill fits in with what I have been doing to maintain my tush line. What I was thinking was as I transitioned, I try to maintain the inside of my trail foot, with the left side of the heel twisting clockwise and at the same time feeling the inner thigh muscle move towards target. Chucks way of describing this drill is much more easier to understand but it feels good that I actually was doing something off my own bat to accomplish what he is teaching. Great video Chuck, nice to know I am on the same wavelength.
October 3, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Great! Glad you find the counter torque move helpful.
October 3, 2020
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James
Where I got the twisting of the right (trail) foot in the ground actually was from the Dead Drill Step 2 - Transition at the 4.25 mark of that video. It was a combination of working on that and the observation of Chuck's movement in the Dead Drill Step 3 - The Post Up where at the 2.00 mark and especially at the 2.15 mark, where he shows the split picture showing DL looking backwards from target, you can see that the upper thigh of the trail leg is clearly moving towards target. It was this observation allied to the feeling like the trail foot digs in and feeling like it twists clockwise made a huge amount of sense to me and it has been part of what I have been working on for some time.
October 4, 2020
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Kevin
Hi Craig - Ive been working on the trail hip push that you mentioned in my review. The Snead squat coutertorque foot move has helped along with keeping my chest shut but the right tush still comes off as I start down. Should I focus on more sit on the left side, left oblique pull and posting left hip back to help "turn off" the right side? I've found it difficult to shift my weight when I just think about keeping the tush back - I seem to get very flat with shoulders when I just focus on my hips and tush - difficult to keep my chest down and in the shot for some reason - snip from review attached
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. The better you use the lead side the less the trail will work. I conquered it by solely focusing on the initial sit move.
September 22, 2020
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Kevin
Hi Craig - I’ve been working a lot on the lead leg rotation and sit - still not getting to the lead side early enough though it appears . Struggling with the balance of properly loading the right glute and getting to my lead side early enough...those two moves seem to conflict with each other
March 6, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Just pushing. Giving you the secondary tilt. Look at lead glove logo. Someone's been neglecting the release.
March 6, 2021
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Kevin
Haha thanks - I knew something didn’t look right there - so worried about flipping I’m afraid to release it. This is the position just before impact
March 6, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Yep. Just more of a slide/push. Not increasing the pressure on lead and getting lead hip out of the way.
March 6, 2021
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Jim
If I really load the right glute in the backswing this right heel move is almost a "natural" result in the downswing....in the office anyway!
August 10, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jim. Great. For some this move comes in very natural to put in place.
August 11, 2020
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Matthew
Craig, Thanks for the recommendation on this video. It’s awesome. This move feels immediately natural to me. It’s almost like a pulling sensation from both sides, pulling left side into squat while pulling a little with right abductor to get that slight external rotating, stabilizing feeling. Actually seems to increase width between both knees. Am I thinking about this correct?
December 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. Yes. I thought it was much improved on your review today.
December 20, 2019
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Daniel
I am having a lot of trouble with my left shoulder moving up to start the downswing. When I get to Left arm parallel on the downswing my lead shoulder (Left) is above my right, creating way too much tilt before impact. I seem to be able to do it fine with no club, or just with my lead arm. Once I add the right arm I can't stop my left shoulder from moving the correct way. Any specific drill that will help my get the right feeling that I need?
October 13, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. Take a look at the DEAD Drill 2 and Level Shoulders Drill. You will see push is the most likely cause.
December 20, 2019
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Daniel
Just trying to find out the root cause..I think its the right side and loosing my toosh line.
October 13, 2019
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Pete
As the left knee moves toward the target to initiate the downswing, should I also feel like the left heel is moving inward?
October 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Feeling pressure on the inside of the lead heel is fine . But, I don't think you need to feel the corkscrew move.
October 6, 2019
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Diane
Just seen this on Bootcamp 2. In effect does the right foot externally rotate at the same time as the left knee externally rotates, to initiate the transition? It feels much more 'positive' to have both legs engaged in the transition, and as the right leg is loaded first during the backswing it seems logical for it to do something rather than just switch the work to the left leg. Great Bootcamp session!
September 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Diane. The knee won't move, but the sensation will be that the trail knee externally rotates at the same time the lead knee does. Chuck exaggerates in the video for visuals, but I can see why this feels much more positive for you.
September 14, 2019
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Diane
Got it.
September 14, 2019
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Thaddieus
How much of the “squat” look is a result of the left knee moving toward the target and initiating the downswing. It’s the only way that seems to work for me to get everything moving to left and when I do, I maintain the flex in my right knee rather than it straightening.
March 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thad. The first thing to happen will be the lead knee externally rotating towards the target. That motion combined with a slight squat into the glutes. Take a look at Fixing Your Weight Transfer.
March 9, 2019
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Jeff
If you look closely at Bubba Watson, he actually does exactly the position you show at around the 4:30 mark. You can even find some video segments of Tiger Woods and see where his right heel actually will move inward a slight bit before posting up on his toes. Bubba Watson is a good visual aid for this because he does it quite noticeably, especially when he is trying to crush a drive. Just thought I would point that out.
November 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jeff. Thanks for the heads up.
November 11, 2018
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Gary
What is the connection/relationship/proper sequence of the weight shift to the slight external rotation of the right foot/leg? I currently initiate the weight shift by applying pressure on my left heel (like a mini stomp) . Should i incorporate the right leg external rotation with this and perform both at the same time? Should i do the right external rotation first? Thanks in advance.
September 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gerado. Start shifting first to the lead side and as you you settle into the squat try to feel the slight external rotation of the trail leg.
September 26, 2018
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Gary
I feel that the squat can be more easily executed if I initiate the squat by allowing my right knee to bend more at the start of the transition. If i don't bend my right knee then it results in my left knee bending while my right leg is still braced which results in more of a hip slide instead of a squat. Do you think this is the proper way to initiate it the squat?
October 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. You don't need to have a big increase in flexion in the knees during the squat. But, I would be concerned if you started to allow for a lot of trail knee flexion in the transition. However, if you watch out for push and have a slight increase you should be okay.
October 11, 2018
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Devon
I think I finally get the “squat to Square” with this video. The ‘bowing’ of the legs allows me to get in the right position for the downswing. It actually makes the weight transfer to the lead ankle/heel easier. Thanks
August 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Devon. Glad you liked the presentation.
August 8, 2018
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Martin
Forgetting golf for a moment it's interesting that a critical aspect of performing a basic squat move is to feel during setup that the feet are each screwing themselves into the ground in opposite directions: right clockwise, left counter-clockwise. For the squat itself the first move is to feel the glutes engage similarly rotating in opposite directions, which has the effect of moving the knees out and away from each other pretty much as described here for much the same reason, to establish a balanced stable base for the remainder of the move.
November 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Just to make sure I am gathering the information correctly. I don't mind the anchored or connection feel to the ground, but you want to the have the pressure more inward with the feet/ankles (Anchor to the Ground Video).
November 22, 2017
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Nacho
Hi Craig, not pretty sure if the next move is pushing off the ground with the left leg or pulling w/ my left hip-lat. Is it the same thing? Thank u!
November 3, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. When you push of the ground you should start to clear the lead hip behind you.
November 6, 2017
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Bruce
Should the hips rotate level to ground or at an incline? Is there any slide or bump to the left? Thx
October 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bruce. You have to shift the weight laterally and rotationally in the downswing. The hips. The hips are slightly off from being level.
October 17, 2017
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Andre
Just integrated this move in my core rotation drill and it feels great, as a former hipspinner it´s preventing my former evermoving right hip to cause any damage and I feel a stretch across my abs. But I still struggle with the timing when I should do it in my backswing. Any tips?
September 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andre. It's more a practice issue. This is an advanced move to get down. As you start to transition pulling with the lead and squat. You should feel the trail leg move.
September 12, 2017
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Nacho
Just a quick one: after squating what's next? Squeezing the chicks or pulling with the left hip-lat? Thank u guys! Your job is simply remarkable!!
August 27, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. You should start posting (clearing the hip and leverage pull), then squeeze the cheeks.
August 28, 2017
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Nacho
After a week working on this drill I must say that i picked up some good extra yardage and have taken the left side of the course out play. This is the most productive drill ever!! Thank u!
August 9, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glad you found the drill useful Nacho!!! Hope things are going excellent for you.
August 9, 2017
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Greg
This swing thought has added 20+ yards to my drives! and has also taken the left side of the course out of play. With this swing, however, I'm hitting significantly more fat iron shots. I'm thinking this is due to keeping too much weight on that right side (due to focusing on externally rotating the right leg) and not properly posting on the left side. Do you post on the left simultaneously with externally 'rotating' that right let? Or is one before the other? I'm trying to link these 2 thoughts together. Thanks!
August 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Greg. Sounds like you are having a little lack of weight shift. Which is of the utmost importance to have. You will feel the move above as you shift the weight into the squat before you post.
August 9, 2017
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Nacho
Amazing stuff.Thank u Chuck & team. If i'm not wrong, the first move from the top is an external rotation of both legs (knees) to stabilize the lower body and let the club fall into the delivery area. From here (if i'm not wrong) i should pull from my left oblique-hip to release the club. Pelease correct me if i'm wrong. Thank u!
July 31, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nacho. Yes. Some players don't need to train the move above, but it will lead to a powerful squat. I only add just make sure you shift the weight as you sit into the glutes.
July 31, 2017
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Abdulrahman
Great tip. I really do not think it is for advance golfers. I felt this is exactly what I needed. I saw good results right away.
July 27, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
We are very pleased to hear you got good results right away. Keep working hard and keep us posted on your progress.
July 29, 2017
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Yuefeng
Great video! This question is addressed to Craig. Somehow my notes were not uploaded correctly in the last review, but I actually wanted to ask about the same point you talked about on my upperbody up and down movement during the swing. You mentioned the head should be lowered by the squat move during downswing rather than upper body bending down. But I believe that bending down move is more of a natural reverse/ reaction of my upper body straightening up (as a result my head gets higher) during the backswing. I tried a million ways but could never stop that from happening. Any comments on that and any videos I could watch? Thanks a bunch!
July 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Yuefeng. It may be a reaction to the slight lift in the backswing. But, it has always looked more as an aggressive upper body motion to try a get the arms down with lag versus starting form the ground up. I would focus on the Weight Shift Video Part 2 and RSA Core to help with the backswing lift. Then, upper body light and following the lead side lower half motion to initiate down.
July 27, 2017
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Luther
Awesome video Chuck! This pulling up move you are talking about causes my lower back pain as well. I believe you guys put out a video about a month ago regarding this same lifting up move in regards to lower back issues. Classic move for weekend warriors, most helpful to correct the weight shift in the proper manner. Always helpful! My video stops at the 4:30 minute mark. Tried several times to continue or reset the video. Please check to see if this is on your end and I will do the same. Thanks,
July 25, 2017
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
thanks Luther, video is playing fine for me.
July 25, 2017
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John
Thanks Chuck, I understand the feeling that you want us to create. Isn't this very similar to the right knee lazer drill ? I am very aware of body movement because I did a lot of olympic gymnastics when I was young and which has held me in good stead in many sports and movements over the years. Wouldn't it be a little better to focus on keeping the imaginary lazer from my right knee pointing down at the ground slightly to the right of my knee, rather than thinking of something turning in the opposite direction to everything else ? Regards John Mc
July 25, 2017
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi John, right knee laser beam is only referring to setup
July 25, 2017
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Dave
I am a little unclear as to what the "drill" actually is. The description is of what happens in the swings of golfers like Snead, but wasn't quite sure how to drill. Also, when I have seen this discussed before, it is followed by a push off and straightening or posting on the left leg. Seems like the combination keeps you from hitting shots fat, (and adds speed at impact, apparently) and fat is what I get when trying to "squat" in the downswing. Any thoughts on an actual drill? and how to avoid fat shots when "squatting"? Thanks!
July 25, 2017
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Dave, the drill would be to slowly perform this move in front of a mirror to watch how your body positions change while doing it correctly and incorrectly, then slowly work up to half wedges, etc.
July 25, 2017
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Paul
Great instruction! I struggle with loosing my touche line; this video clarifies and more the issue. Thanks!
July 25, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Paul. Thanks for the positive post.
July 25, 2017
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Benjamin
Can I perform this move if I am practicing with the Rotary Connect to help stabilize my lower body? I definitely drive my right hip towards the ball when starting the downswing and need to know what to practice to prevent that death move.
July 19, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Benjamin, Yes you can use the connect when working on this. Use the fixing weight transfer, sitting into the left side, eliminate early extension videos to further help you with your movements. Good luck.
July 19, 2017

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