RSA Power Release Program

This is what it's ALL about! The release is the most fun, most exciting part of the golf swing. It's the big payoff for all the hard work you put into making a perfect backswing and elegant weight shift. See that extension in my arms? That's what you'll look like as I walk you through what a pro release feels like and the speed that comes from it! Good bye chicken wing, hello effortless club head speed!

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Michael
I was able to view this content last week. I'm not able to view it now. Can I get some help?
January 29, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Are you an RSA Member?
January 30, 2021
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Michael
The membership is under Michael Cooper
January 30, 2021
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Michael
I believe so, I'm billed every month for a premium subscription. Is there a difference? Also, I did do a clinic years ago with Chuck.. maybe one of the first ones. Anyhow I guess the question is does my monthly membership give me access to this content. As I mentioned I was able to view it last week.
January 30, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Yes. I checked you have Premium. This content is for the RSA Membership. A different tier on the site. We did have a promo running recently like a (free weekend type deal). More than likely why you had access.
January 30, 2021
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Dan
In this drill, as Chuck shifts his weight, he never loses the angle between the shaft and his forearm. When I do it, the weight of the clubhead seems to uncock my wrists. Chuck's hands are pocket height and the shaft is at somewhere around 9:30 or 10:00. I get there and the shaft is maybe 8:00, at best. Now, I'm pretty sure that we're not supposed to be focusing on holding the wrist cock in the downswing, but why else might I not be able to reach that position like Chuck does? Is it a grip thing? How do I get the leverage on the shaft that Chuck gets?
August 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. It sounds like too much pressure, or adding shoulder spin. When piecing together the drill the hands must remain very soft. If you add any spin, thumb push, trail hand influence, etc.. you will start to lose the angle. I would also check that as you shift weight allow the angle to increase.
September 2, 2019
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William (Certified RST Instructor)
is there anyone on here who has struggled with a late release and not being able to attain that feeling of really releasing the club on time, and overcome it. If so what was the feeling or thought that helped you start releasing properly? THanks
August 19, 2019
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Mikko-Pekka
Hello William. I answered your question in other video. Check that out.
August 20, 2019
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Craig
Not sure where to ask the question about Chucks swing so I'm asking it here! Towards the end of this video @8:55 he's giving a face on of his swing for the drill. During his backswing and moving to the top, his head appears to be following his hands, essentially looking away and then it comes back during the down swing. I see this in almost every video where I see his swing when he asserts any sort of speed into the movement. Any thoughts on this or is this just his personal signature on the swing? Keep in mind I'm new here and there may be a video on it but it's every time I see it, I want to know the answer!
August 13, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. Chuck's neck is fused in C1-C3. If you have cervical spine issues you may allow for some rotation of the head, but it is unnecessary. This allows him to achieve full rotation.
August 14, 2019
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Joseph
Hi Craig. I noticed that when he shifts weight to the left and the club drops down to parallel, he is already posted up. This is then followed by the release by the arms only without posting up, which is what I thought you need to do simultaneously. Would it be better to do this sequence then? If you watch closely, the sequence would be back swing, then weigh shift with post up and with the club dropping parallel, then release to the 3Oclock position without the post up.
July 2, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. The above drill is all about creating speed. You are correct the sequence would be weight, post and then release from the parallel position. Things happen much faster in the real swing without the pauses and will seem almost simultaneous. And, won't be as exaggerated as above. However, for the drill you are training to be done with the body and the only thing left to snap through is the release.
July 2, 2019
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Craig
Thanks for asking this question Joseph. I was having the same exact issues. Craig - I've done a bunch of deep diving and comparison with Tiger slow mo videos. Chuck compares him a lot so I feel like it's safe to analyze him too. When Tiger is fully posted up on his lead leg, at that exact moment is when his hand are start to already rollover if I'm seeing it right. But I guess it could just be a specialized shot his doing too. I guess for the purposes of this drill only, you're purposely fully posted up much earlier when you just reach parallel. My question is this. Is the RSA way to be fully posted up by the time you reach parallel or is this just a drill to mimic it as close as we can so we can watch it in a mirror and get that release action working? Hopefully it makes sense because it's damn hard to explain! I'm sure there's a video explaining it that I just haven't gotten to yet...
August 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. The motion in the normal speed golf swing won't be as exaggerated as above. The sequence is happening so fast that most people don't post up in time to trigger the release. This is to make sure that you prioritize posting up to trigger the release. Once, the post up occurs the club can rotate freely and square up on its own. In real time it will be closer together.
August 14, 2019
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Craig
Of course now that I go through slow mo video on this drill, when he demonstrates step by step and pausing in between steps, Chuck is fully posted up when he enters the impact zone. When he actually does the drill with some speed, he's getting fully posted up right around impact of the ball, not when entering the zone. /n/n So at least I'm learning a lot breaking things down frame by frame, lol.
August 14, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. Sounds like you are starting the see the whole picture now.
August 14, 2019
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Joseph
Thanks for the clarification Craig. I like doing this drill but I am having a hard time prioritizing between this and squat to square which requires the knees to bend more compared to just plainly shifting weight. Any recommendations?
July 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joseph. As you shift weight you will still have a tiny squat. I personally think the above drill is one of the top videos on the site. You can add a little more squat if you would like. Not necessary though.
July 3, 2019
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John
U use term shift Does that include two parts in the 9-3 drill or just the left ankle weight shift? Or left ankle and hip parts together? Why change terminology? Thanks, John
April 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello User23973. We use different terms meaning the same thing because some click better with students. Sorry for you confusion. I can understand. As you push the left ankle into the ground you will shift and then be required to clear the hips.
April 29, 2019
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John
Thanks for the prompt reply. ????
April 29, 2019
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Colin
I'm fantastic at this drill although if the right hand is effectively doing a forehand smash it seems counterintuitive to be able to let the left wrist go. But, that isn't really my question. When I have a ball to hit with the swing I've been practising diligently for weeks, everything falls apart. Effectively, I don't release when I need to! I understand myelin 'building' and I'm prepared to perform the drill (almost to the exclusion of anything else) but my mind is not allowing my body to swing as I do in the drill when there's a ball (even on the range). If I'm not already mad, I think I'm heading that way! Any suggestions to protect my mental health?? Thanks
April 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. Where does the drill/swing fall apart when there is a ball in front?
April 3, 2019
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Colin
I was hitting balls slowly with the 9-3 drill - just trying to make sure I was releasing. It's perfect with no ball - toe up. When I then have the ball something makes me 'snatch' and it shanks or tops but always out to the right. I will try and get a video of with and without the ball! I think it's because I used to hold the club tightly and prevent the club rotating so there was no release. It went a long way and sometimes it was straight but I knew that it wasn't right which is why I'm trying to change.
April 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. I think a video of the practice swing vs real swing would be the best bet before guessing. However, maybe try the 2 Ball Trick in the Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Video to get the hit instinct out first.
April 3, 2019
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Colin
Thanks - I'ii try that and also get you some video!
April 3, 2019
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Ed
Slowly but surely my contact is truer for all shots from tee to green. I just love this training. I shot a 40 on the front nine for the first time in 3 years. I am getting closer to my young self scores with a much better old self swing. All my best. Happy St Patricks Day.
March 17, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ed. Thanks for the post of your current progress. Happy St Pat's as well. Thank You.
March 17, 2019
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Christopher
When Chuck gets to the point where he is going to release the club it looks like his hip is wide open and his knee is straight. What is his using to real ease the club? His left oblique by pulling throgh?
March 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. At this point you are allowing the arms to basically cross over and release as Chuck is already cleared in the drill with the lower half as you stated. You can also see Chuck describe this drill in the Lesson 18 Roadshow Series. Basically, taking care of all the sequencing and letting the release come on through.
March 10, 2019
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Christopher
Hello Can I get the link to that lesson? I tried searching for it and nothing came up Thanks.
March 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. It should be in your email.
March 11, 2019
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Scott
Hi. I've been working on the release. I'm having trouble the idea of a roll release. I'm having trouble timing the rotation into impact and the balls are going all over the place. I watched the YouTube video where Chuck says you should not actively roll the forearms but this confused me....Is another way of looking at this is that I can keep the club face fairly stable into impact and AFTER impact allow the forearms to roll? Rather than thinking rolling from the downswing? How do I minimize the timing to keep it simple? Thanks!
January 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. The release will be triggered by the post up. Rather than thinking of the release as a major active motion, or speeding up of the hands. Feel the weight of the club turnover. The club is designed to rotate and will do it if you don't impede it. Take a look at Flip vs Release and Moving the Fulcrum. Your goal/thought process. Should be to stay relaxed enough that you allow the face to rotate freely on it's own versus feeling like you have to make it square at impact.
January 11, 2019
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Scott
Thank you, Craig. I'll be back on your unlimited reviews on Monday. Can we work a little on the release so I can get hitting balls? I'll send in my core stuff..."Talk" to you then.
January 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. No problem. My pleasure. Sure thing we can check it out if you would like. Looking forward to seeing how the swing has progressed. I won't be back in until Monday afternoon, so that works out just fine.
January 11, 2019
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Christopher
When Chuck gets to the phase where his hands come to the delivery area are his hips already open to 30-45 degrees? The point where his hands are just in front of the right thigh? Thanks
January 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. For the drill above you will already be cleared with the hips by then as you stated.
January 10, 2019
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Christopher
Thank you sir
January 10, 2019
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Dan
Any secret to softening grip and keeping shoulders relaxed while keeping core tight? Thanks. Dan
December 1, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. I like shrugging the shoulders up and then relaxing. This allows you to feel the shoulder blades depress and focus on engaging the core with relaxed upper half.
December 2, 2018
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Tom
This is a timing question. After I perfectly execute my backswing and initiate my downswing by shifting my weight to my left side thereby bringing my supple wrists/arms into the hitting zone - do I post-up and THEN let release the club or do I attempt to time the release so that my club is fully extended down just as I complete my posting-up move, OR?????
November 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Use the post up to trigger the release. As the release definition says, "Let it Go!" As you start to move up and away it will trigger the club automatically to work down and out.
November 25, 2018
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Giap
In this video chuck said to throw the club at the ball but in the others he said to use your legs to release it?
November 13, 2018
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Andrew (Certified RST Instructor)
Most players overdo the use of their upper body and don't use their lower body enough during the downswing. If your already posting up correctly at impact, then this video is for you. In order to fully release the club, you will have to do so by first posting up that left ankle once you've completed your weight-shift in the downswing (using your legs) and then releasing the club with square shoulders (throw the club at the ball/throw the ball drill)... Does that help?
November 14, 2018
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Robert James
Craig, my right shoulder is moving down only because of the weight shift. I guess my anatomy knowledge is not so good and I have confused the left lat for left oblique. Not pushing with right leg, just pushing left hip back with the left side muscle, whatever it is called, to post up and release. Is my picture of the shoulder movement correct even though it is a result of other muscles?
November 12, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello R. Your image sounds correct. Some further videos to help with the visuals as well. Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane, Keep the Rear Shoulder Back and Side Bend.
November 12, 2018
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Robert James
I understand that the shoulders are always rotating 90 degrees with respect to my spine angle. So in the transition, the right shoulder is lowering and the left shoulder is rising and at impact the shoulders feel about parallel to the ground but 90 degrees to my spine. During release the left shoulder is rising and the right shoulder is lowering, but the angle to the spine is still 90 degrees. The force moving the shoulders is the posting up using the left lats to move the left hip back and any shoulder rotation is the result of the club's momentum from throwing the club. Is this a good picture of the swing as it helps me keep the right shoulder back?
November 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello R. As long as in the transition you aren't trying to push down the trail shoulder. The movement is a byproduct of proper body motion and sequencing. Some players get into trail hip pushing which will lead to excessive drop in some cases. Also, the lead oblique is doing more to clear the lead hip.
November 12, 2018
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Kim
When I do this at the range, I seem to have a tendency to pull the ball left with a little draw for good measure. Thoughts?
August 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kim. Make sure your shoulders aren't open and that the release is powerful, but not flipped. Take a look at Flip vs Release and Moving the Fulcrum.
August 11, 2018
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Kim
Is that open at address?
August 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kim. At impact. If the shoulders start spinning combined with a powerful release. You can hit the power pull.
August 11, 2018
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Gary
I have about 1700 reps now in and beginning to feel my left arm being pulled down from my weight shift, ( I’m playing right handed) but don’t feel a pull on my right arm. Is this the proper feel?
August 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Great. You shouldn't feel much from the trail side.
August 6, 2018
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Paul
my question deals with the weight shift...at the top of the backswing most of my weight is on my right (trail) leg, my confusion is what is powering the weight shift? Does the shift START from pushing my weight over to the left FROM my trail foot and THEN adding the "core" to continue, or do I start pulling from my left "core" and left thigh to get the weight shift started? it seems like when I use the core/left-leg, my left hip tends to slide forward. In the video, right after you do the weight shift and before you release the club (hands at hip level)...what is the belt-buckle (hips) doing at the instant? is the belt-buckle already rotating towards the target or stationary facing the mirror in front? suggestions? Paul C.
April 4, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Always pulling. You first pull from your trail side to lead side. Look at the Fixing Your Weight Transfer Video and Preventing Hip Pain Video. External rotation from the lead knee followed by inner thigh adduction. As you pull the weight over the hips will square with the core/torso (Squat to Square Video). The hips will be 45 degrees closed to target at the top, square after the shift and 30-45 open at impact. The will be rotating as you pull the weight over.
April 4, 2018
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Charles
On releasing the club, should I try to keep the hips parallel to the target line as well as the shoulders?
March 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. You will be posted up. Keeping the hips roughly 35-45 degrees open. Shoulders square.
March 7, 2018
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Lippen
I'm a little confused when to add the right hand ping pong move. Is the right hand added at the release point in front of the right thigh? Is there a danger of too much right hand push? Or is that push being offset by the speed of the left hand rotation?
November 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lippen. Yes, at the release point in front of the trail thigh. You can overuse the trail hand. You have to make sure it is helping add speed and not taking over the control factor of the lead hand.
November 24, 2017
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Luc
I have been working on releasing the club and rotating forearms. I am now hitting big hooks. It feels like I am brushing the ball like a tennis shot. How do I correct that ?
November 12, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Luc. If you are hitting big hooks you are likely flipping instead of allowing for a gradual release. Take a look at Flip vs Release and 2 Finger Release Drill to make it more gradual.
November 13, 2017
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Colin
I’m having a great deal of trouble releasing with the obvious results. I’m holding on (no idea why) and ending up with no real follow through. I was watching the golf from Turkey and a slow motion swing of Nicolas Colsarts. When his club was parallel to the ground, his arms were completely stopped and only his wrists were moving. My question is whether he truly just ‘lets the club go’ or powers the wrists’
November 4, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. Truly just lets the club go. Take a look at the Vijay Release Drill and 2 Finger Release Drill.
November 6, 2017
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Colin
The reason I asked the question is that this video is a 'power release' video. If I truly just do let it go I don't think I'd be able to get to 3 o'clock at slow speed. I've watched the Vijay release where he removes his right hand. If I let go when the club is parallel to the ground and I've just shifted my weight to drop the club into that position, I don't see where I can use my right arm for speed. Am I being thick?
November 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. The trail arm does add speed. However, in the early going you have to master the lead arms role. Rarely do I have to train someone to add trail hand speed. It will be working even if you don't think it is once added back.
November 6, 2017
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Colin
Thank you
November 6, 2017
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Miles
When I do this drill I feel like my club path goes inside to out and it feels like the club bottoms out (hits the floor) before it should. Focusing on maintaining spine angle and head back but I can't seem to get the correct swing path. Feel a little lost. Any thoughts?
November 1, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Miles, sounds like your upper body is hanging back too much before the start of the release. You need to make sure that you do not have too much secondary axis tilt in transition, as this can cause the exact issues you are facing. If you are lost on this, send your swings in for review and let us take a close look. We will do all that we can to identify the issue and help you get on the correct track.
November 1, 2017
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Bernard
I've just watched this for first time and would like more focus on how to shift. On the site it focuses on squat, rotation and post up. However, I cannot see, or it's not obvious that Chuck squats or posts up.
October 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bernard. You need weight shift, squat and posting up. This is more for the advanced golfer who has most of the core movements down already. You may not see it because of slow motion, but he is performing all three.
October 23, 2017
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James
so start the release when the hand get in front of my right thigh? the feeling of turning my little finger up towards my chin with my left hand? I struggle with over using my right hand ( SIDE ) so I try not to let my right side know that I'm making a down swing. lol
October 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Yes, you start to release once you get in front of the trail thigh. The feeling of rolling the knuckles down. You will start to see the under side of you hand. Take a look at Fix Your Release for a good visual. Or, the 2 Finger Release Drill.
October 23, 2017
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James
I have a swing plane question. IN THE DOWN SWING when u shift back to the left ankle and the arms drops (club) when the hand gets to the right thigh is that plane too steep? when releasing should the angle 30degrees etc. between the forearm and the shaft be release down at the ball or just let the forearms roll over and let gravity take over? When u r doing the drill on the video look steep?? THANKS
October 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. He's not too steep in the video. You can see the club working almost right off of the trail arm there. You will allow the club and forearms to rotate over with gravity.
October 23, 2017

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