Moving the Fulcrum & Hitting Shots off the Toe

It's one of my most important golf instruction videos ever, this will completely transform the way you think about hitting your irons.


If you struggle with inconsistency in your golf swing, listen up, because I'm gonna show you one thing that you've probably never ever heard before, and in fact, if you're taking golf lessons, there's a good chance that your instructor's actually teaching you to do it wrong, that's making it virtually impossible for you to play consistent golf and hit your irons consistently in the same spot, and get them to go the same direction.

                What is this concept? I call it, moving the fulcrum. When you think about it, think about a grandfather clock for a second. A grandfather clock has a fulcrum at the top, and then it swings on a very slight arch, right? Goes up, going back, down, bottoms out in the exact same spot every time, and then comes up in the same spot, and it never misses the bottom of its swing arch, does it? Now if you think about it, that's the whole secret to iron play, is getting the club to bottom out in the exact same spot, in the exact same way, every single time. That's all iron play is; if you can do that, golf is really simple.

                However, what would happen to my grandfather clock, in the bottom of its swing arch, if I started moving it's fulcrum, or it's pivot point? So right now I'm gonna keep it constant, pretty constant. Constant as I can keep my hand here. And now I'm gonna move it. Oh man, club hasn't bottomed out in the same spot once, or maybe every now and then I get lucky and I get it to bottom out in the same spot. And how many times did I do that? Maybe one out of 20. Sound like your golf swing? If so, listen up, 'cause I'm gonna teach you this concept you've never heard about, keeping your fulcrums, staying in the same spot, so you can be the best iron player that you possibly can.

                So, what is this fulcrum, how do we relate this back to the golf swing, and what does it really matter? Well, we have lots of pivot points in the golf swing, really, but the one I wanna talk about primarily is this left shoulder. Now, you've probably heard me talk about this concept of pushing versus pulling, and you get by now that makes a ton of sense. You must be using the pulling side of the body to get the club to travel behind and do the same thing every single time. If not, go back and look for my pushing versus pulling video.

                Now, if we're pulling in the down swing, what side can we pull with? Well, pretty obvious, it's the left side. And you know, I've talked ad-infinitum about releasing the club with the left hand. So, think about how that would relate to the grandfather clock again. What would be the fulcrum in your golf swing. Well, I'll give you a second to think about this, but it's not a trick question. It's your left shoulder socket. The left shoulder socket is moving in the golf swing, and your left arm and the club, a heck of a lot like a grandfather clock.

                Now, of course, it's not exactly the same, there's obviously stuff happening in 3D space here, but what I want you to understand is that when you start moving that fulcrum in your down swing and at impact, like so many golf instructors are teaching you to do by rotating your shoulders through, you're making it virtually impossible to hit the ball in the same way every single time, just like the grandfather clock couldn't possibly hit the bottom of its swing arch the same way every single time.

                So let's do this as an example. I'm gonna just try and pivot the club from my left shoulder socket, I'm gonna try to relax my hand as much as possible. And you should notice that as I'm doing this, the club is starting to take a little [inaudible 00:03:28] in the same spot, it's starting right here virtually every single time. Now what happens if I keep doing this, and I move my left shoulder? Whoa, can't even hit the ground, 'cause rotation inherently shallows out the swing. And if I did hit the ball, I'd be wiping across it.

                I'll show you from down the line. So we'll go back and do the same drill here. Just try and relax my arm, get the club to do the same thing. Starting to bottom out in the same spot, right underneath my left shoulder. And now I'm gonna move my fulcrum. Whoa, club swung right across the top, would have whacked the ball off the toe, completely missed it. It'd have whacked it off the toe, and would have hit it terribly.

                So many golf instructors teach their students to take their chest and rotate it to the left; why on Earth would you do that? Wouldn't you have one fixed point in space to use as a fulcrum to get the club to release the same way ever single time? Doesn't make a lick of sense to me, I hope it doesn't make a lick of sense to you either. So, how do we get this fulcrum to start staying in place, so that we can more consistently get the club to swing the way it was meant to be swung?

                Great question, I'm glad you asked. So, the most important thing, as you're starting down in your down swing, is to not rotate your shoulders. If you starting rotating them right from the top, they're not gonna magically stop at impact, of course not. They're gonna keep turning, moving your fulcrum, in 3D space, away from the ball, which means you've gotta make some sort of compensation to get the club to work back out and actually make contact without whacking it off the toe.

                So, what you wanna do from the top, is make sure your chest stays shut in relationship to the target as long as humanly possible. I always stand behind my students when I'm giving a lesson, and I say, "Okay, why don't you turn your chest back here to me, keep it there as long as you can." And you initiate the down swing with your weight shift and your hip turn, and that pulls your shoulders back to impact. And since you didn't start rotating your shoulders from the top aggressively, guess what happens to your fulcrum at impact? It stays nice and quiet.

                If I start rotating really fast, I'm dead. Club's gonna get thrown out, I'm gonna lose lag and gonna start swiping across the ball. Or I can even get the club stuck behind if I use my hips really well, but either way, the fulcrum is moving. If I keep my shoulders nice and relaxed, and just shift my weight, as I get into impact there's no momentum from my shoulders to keep turning, so all I gotta do here, release the club, release my form, golf swing's done, easy peasy, Bob's your uncle, piece of cake. Stop moving your fulcrum, and start becoming a better ball striker.

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charles
Hitting fat and is frustrating. Prob too much right hand ,
August 30, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Could be too much right hand, but left thumb push as well. I would try some Vijay Release Drills and watch out for pushing on the left thumb.
August 31, 2022
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raman
Very important video for me! Learnt to keep shoulders square at point of impact by keep back to th target for as long as possible thereby move the fulcrum past the ball. Before. Used to turn through the ball.
August 20, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Raman. This video is a priority for proper releasing of the club.
August 20, 2022
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arthur
Great video! This concept has really helped me strike my irons better but then I noticed it helping with short irons and eventually with my driver. The concept seems to help me “feel” like I keep my back to the target longer and maintain my spine angle throughout the swing. Solid!
October 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Arthur. Nice! It is a very important concept for consistent ball striking.
October 17, 2020
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Dennis
I’ve struggled with firing the right arm and chicken wing on the follow through forever. I’ve tried just about everything. This fulcrum feel is the only thing which has worked. Amazing. Is there a variation to this I should feel with the driver - ie same feel, but hitting on the way up rather than bottom of the arc ? Or is there something else I should try ? Thanks again, amazing drill/feel.
September 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. This will remain the same. The driver you make a setup adjustment and not a swing adjustment. Take a look at Proper Tee Height Video for details.
September 2, 2020
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Edward
When starting the downswing with the lower body do the arms also drop as the chest and shoulders stay back? Or do the arms also stay back until they are pulled to impact by the lower body?
August 18, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. You will allow for gravity to have some effect. But, the club/arms/hands/etc will be pulled by the legs and torso.
August 18, 2020
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Bill
Thinking of left arm socket as fulcrum not only improved my consistency of hitting the ball in the center of the club face, but also has the effect of keeping me down through the shot. LOVE IT!
June 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bill. Great. Not only just for swing function, but good imagery. Thanks for the post.
June 24, 2020
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Joe
This concept has been a huge help to me. As Chuck said, I had been taught something different. Being excessively right hand (and right side) dominant, I have gradually improved with this video. This keeps my right shoulder back and I have much fewer pulls. This video coupled with the Throw the Ball Video has me back on the correct track. Not so much an "Aha" moment as much as "this is a better fundamental" moment. Many thanks.
March 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joe. Great Joe. Many thanks for the post. Always great for our members to read.
March 29, 2020
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Kevin
I’m missing the driver off the top pretty consistently probably due to my left shoulder rotating too much. Should we feel that our shoulders stop once they are square and the forearms release at that point? Just curious if that thought makes senses...I fee like I need to over correct my thoughts to help tame my shoulders spinning
March 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Take a look at Arms Release vs Body Release. Yes, you should feel like the shoulders stay square and the forearms rotate over.
March 2, 2020
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Richard
In order to release the left arm, is it possible to contract the muscle to bring the left the scapula toward the spine like we do on the back swing. Not moving theleft shoulder with the chest but moving the left shoulder with a quiet chest but active relase of the left scapula stabilizing the chest and doign a towel snap....
February 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. The lead lat will be engaged helping the lead arm work into the proper position. However, if you started performing the shoulder blade glide to help release the club. More than likely you would open the shoulders actually delaying the release.
February 13, 2020
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john
Hello, RST has been great for me until this video. How can you possibly make a golf swing without moving your left shoulder?! I just tried and couldn’t get the ball off the ground. I rewatched step 1 of the dead drill and the teacher very *clearly* says to move your left shoulder. Can someone explain this? He calls this video his “most important” but also calls the weight shift video that too. Does the fulcrum move? What am I missing? Does he mean it moves and then returns? Does it slam to a halt at horizontal on downswing? I’m very confused by this video next to some of the other videos that clearly show the left shoulder moving. Thanks!
December 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. The lead shoulder has to move in the swing when you rotate without a doubt. Chuck is merely referring to when your shoulders return to square and releasing the club that the lead must stay as stable as possible. It is the forearms that rotate over and the club releases. Not the shoulders the spin through. Take a look at Arms vs Body Release Video.
December 30, 2019
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rex
Guys, it isn’t that complicated. Just keep your shoulders closed as long as practicable on the down swing.
December 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rex. Exactly. But, some players have trained for years to spin the chest which makes it somewhat an arduous task to beat.
December 27, 2019
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Rich
Wouldn't secondary axis tilt, move the location of the fulcrum? The spine not being in the same position, means anything attached to it will also have changed...
October 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. After you shift the weight coming down and begin to finish your post. There won't be any need for the lead shoulder to move anymore as you should be stacked. The fulcrum position at impact isn't the same preset position at address.
October 15, 2019
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Rich
Then I think I've missed the point of this, if the fulcrum moves at impact from the set up position. I thought Chuck was emphasising the club bottoming out in the same point because the fulcrum doesn't move??
October 17, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Yes, at impact you need the Fulcrum point to stay as steady as possible. I was referring to at address the lead shoulder won't be stacked like it is at impact. Once you reach the stacked position the lead shoulder needs to be stable.
October 17, 2019
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Kevin
I was working on some drills but still struggle to unwind my hips and keep my back to the target / chest closed. Are there any good exercises / stretches that Rotary Swing recommends to help increase separation between the upper and lower body? I feel like this is going to be a tough concept to mold into my swing
October 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. I don't have any that I can think of, but if i find some I will post them here for you.
October 4, 2019
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Kevin
I found some on Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) that I think are pretty good. http://www.mytpi.com/articles/fitness/14_exercises_for_generating_impulse_and_separation_-_a_key_to_increased_clubhead_velocity
October 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. A lot fo ones similar to that would be in our Glute Series, Thoracic Spine, and Strength and Power Videos.
October 4, 2019
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Arthur
The "stop moving the fulcrum" video makes little sense to me. The whole time he's explaining not to move it, he moves it! He moves it around the one fulcrum that doesn't move--the top of the spine. He does make the point that you have to bring the shoulder fulcrum back to starting position, but that's where I'm having trouble. The tiniest difference in muscle tension will move that fulcrum up or down, causing a thin or fat shot or, my favorite, topping the ball.
April 11, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Arthur. The main point is the lead shoulder can't bail out. Yes, the slightest bit of tension will make big differences. But, when you reach the ball you want the shoulders square with the forearms crossing over versus trying to spin/rotate the chest through. You want to minimize the movement as best you can.
April 11, 2019
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james
Craig - thanks for your reply and both of your suggestions are helping me - however two surgeries in that shoulder is compounding my correction. Moving from the shoulder socket is the problem for me = thanks Jim
April 4, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Take a look at Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks Video 2 of 6. Let me know the amount of pain, or lack of movement you have when focusing on a very relaxed swing from the socket.
April 4, 2019
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james
Craig - I do not have any pain from the shoulder and the swing has changed with a lot more freedom since it is not being shorten by the shoulder restriction. thanks again - Jim OM
April 6, 2019
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Ron
could this be why I have some a hard time taking a divot? I was taught to always keep rotating, and from there I would always pick the ball clean
March 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ron. Yes. This could definitely be a culprit with the divot.
March 2, 2019
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Stan
It all makes sense but when you watch the pros they end up with club over the left should and their hips completely turned and chest facing the hole....you don't talk about that nor do you look like that in this video, nor mention of rotating the hips which supposedly is where the power is......its just a very confusing sport.
February 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stan. The fulcrum is just one component that needs to be stable at impact. The hips do provide the power (You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs Video). And, you will end up with the club over the lead shoulder when finishing. But, you get there because the momentum of the release pulls you there (Golf Swing Follow Through Video and Arms vs Body Release Video).
February 23, 2019
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DR HARRY
Doesn't "posting up" move the shoulder up and back to get the club to move down and out? Wouldn't that effect the location of the bottom of the swing?
February 22, 2019
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Dean
The post moves the shoulders back to square because they are still slightly closed prior to. Upward direction not so much because your butt gets out of the way and your spine angle is maintained or even increases when the move is done correctly. When the lead side gets stacked with the head behind the ball it bottoms out at the same spot every time.
February 22, 2019
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DR HARRY
Thanks for the clarification!
February 22, 2019
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Matthew
Great series of videos Chuck! Thx!
November 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. Thanks. Appreciate the compliments.
November 11, 2018
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Edward
Hi, I am trying to understand the fulcrum point in relation to 1 inch back on takeaway and 3 inch forward weight shift in transition. Is the idea to get the fulcrum to move away from its start point on the takeaway and then back to where it started in the transition.? Or does it end up further forward than it started at impact? Or does it always stay in one spot? I guess that the way axis tilt interplays with weight shift dictates how the fulcrum moves laterally, so any guidance to help me understand this would really help. Thanks! Ed
August 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. The lead shoulder will be stacked by the time you reach impact. And, your goal once stacked is to keep it stable for the proper release. Now, with the driver for max launch the fulcrum point may be a hair back due to a lot of secondary axis tilt. Body will have to move slightly due to the weight shift you described. But, the goal is once you get it back stacked coming into impact that it stays stable for release and the shoulders don't spin.
August 11, 2018
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Martin
Thanks for another great video. As a suggestion, I would find it helpful to have a series of videos that focus in on one specific joint and/or muscle group and describe what it will do throughout the whole swing from start to finish. This would help draw together the various drills into a coherent whole and help see the big picture. The lead shoulder would be a good example. I'd guess if you can get this doing the correct thing throughout you'd be 90% of the way to having a pretty good swing.
May 25, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Thanks for the suggestion and glad you enjoyed the video.
May 25, 2018
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James
What fulcrum drills are there to work on?
May 17, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. Left Hand Release Drill, 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release, Fix Your Release and the Perfecting Your Golf Impact Series.
May 17, 2018
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Erinn
Does this video pertain to fairway metals and the driver?
May 7, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erinn. Yes. Remember, with the Driver though you have to make setup adjustments which will change the position of the strike. Proper Tee Height Video.
May 7, 2018
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Erinn
When I try to keep the lead shoulder lower, I find myself hitting a lot of fat shots. Any advice?
May 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erinn. You could be lacking weight shift, or pushing against the club with the lead thumb too much.
May 8, 2018
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David
Excellent video, this just makes so much sense - makes the whole swing much simpler & repeatable.
March 8, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Glad you enjoyed the video. Or, is this Adam Scott ?
March 8, 2018
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Mark
I tried the tips in this video on the course, though mainly with my driver (the club giving me the most grief). I am happy to report a significant increase in the number of fairways hit (or close enough to hit). And straighter ball flight, too, when used with adjusted driver setup. This video ties in nicely with the side-bend video and they both get my seal of approval.
January 26, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. Much appreciative of the post. Thanks for the positive feedback.
January 26, 2018
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Hector
Sound logical . The problem is that in the downswing , when I try to keep my shoulders looking back , I feel to much hands in the downswing and also the club face is closed and I starts hooking !!! Any suggestions ? I'm feeling that my downswing I pulling my hands down
January 11, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Hector. Sounds like you aren't allowing the transition to bring the arms/hands down with weight shift. I would split Step 4 into 2 sections in the downswing. And, the start slowly combining the pieces.
January 11, 2018
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Peter
"Easy peazie" "Piece of cake". Don't stop, Clay. Don't ever stop teaching. I get to be a better golfer. But you! Someday, you could be at least a US Senator. And then, perhaps... Well, for now, I'll just enjoy you from my tiny little spot "on the planet". Peter S K . p.s. The lesson was great, too. Look at other ball sports; in baseball, throwing and hitting are based on the same concept. Anchor the lead foot, and deliver against a fixed fulcrum produces...maximum momentum. Thanks.
December 19, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Peter. Chuck . I think Chuck will stick with the golf career. It would be really hard to have an honest politician in government. Glad you enjoyed the presentation.
December 19, 2017
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Marius
Ho ho, nice vid. You relate this fulcrum to the iron swing. What would be the case for a driver or wood? Thanks
December 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Marius. Your fulcrum point will still be the same. However, since the driver has different requirements at impact you need to make setup adjustments (Proper Tee Height Video).
December 10, 2017
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Tom
Hello Excellent Lesson I am watching Tiger Woods hit irons at the Hero in the Bahama Islands I note that he hits woods, hybrids, irons with HIGH BALL FLIGHTS I would appreciate your comment how Tiger Woos creates heigh ball light Tom Lawson Columbus Ohio
December 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Tiger and most pros change their trajectory with lead arm/wrist. Take a look at the 9 Days to Amazing Ball Striking Section to work on adjustments to change flight.
December 10, 2017
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Everett
Every now and then there's an ah-ha! moment, this is one of them. Chuck, this make perfect sense, is this the only thing that determines the low point of the swing?
December 8, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Everett. The lead shoulder joint will always be the bottom of the swing arc. Now, you can have improper body positions and movements that change the position of the joint and where the club bottoms out. Too much secondary tilt, lack of weight, trail push, etc. But, it should always be the low point.
December 8, 2017
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George
Bob's your uncle! You have to attend a clinic to find out what that means.
December 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Ha . Easy peasy.
December 7, 2017
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ANTONY
Fantastic. I think you are probably right (are right). If I can stop the chest rotating and facing away from the target it gives me more time in the backswing and seems to give me a good crisp clean hit. A lot of the time I hit a good strike but because the chest has rotated I pull it left. Brilliant video. It explains the reason why in simple easy to understand instruction.
December 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. Thanks for the compliment of the video.
December 7, 2017
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Tom
If I attempt NOT to rotate the shoulders and use ONLY my LEFT leg to clear my hips then is the correct thought to RELEASE the club AT the flag Eventually the shoulders do rotate but is this AFTER I release the arm club unit at the flag and THEN the shoulders follow the hips DO YOU HAVE A PRACTICE VIDEO OF HOW TO NOT ROTATE THE SHOULDERS EVEN AS THE LEFT LEFT / HIPS ROTATE- CLEAR TOM LAWSON COLUMBUS OHIO
December 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. You are correct, but I can't think of a video describing your note. I would for good visuals take a look at Throw the Club Head at the Ball, Arms vs Body Release and Cure Chicken Wing.
December 7, 2017
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Kevin
Just described my developing problem. Why striking so poorly during warm-ups and killing confidence.
December 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Glad the video was a good diagnosis tool for you.
December 7, 2017
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Colin
I used to address the ball with a small amount of shaft lean. As the ball needs to be hit with hands ahead of the ball this made some sort of sense but now it seems that at address, good players seem to address the ball inline. I'm not hitting my irons as well as I used to - what's your view on why shaft lean isn't seen at address now?
December 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. Address is static and impact is dynamic. When you add too much lean to start, or mimic impact your tendency is going to be to add too much tension or bow to make impact feel dynamic. Both which are hurting your opportunity to swing through the shot correctly.
December 7, 2017
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Len
Hi Craig Just looked at the fulcrum video. Does keeping one’s chest closed to the target not increase the chance of hitting fat shots by allowing the right shoulder to get too low through impact?
November 24, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Leonard. Even though the chest is staying/feeling like it will be shut to the target. Unless you increase your secondary axis tilt too much you shouldn't bottom out too soon, or get under plane. The move above combined with a proper release will actually keep the divot very shallow.
November 24, 2017
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Jay
What swing thoughts will help insure that I keep the fulcrum in the same place (i.e. return to setup position on the downswing)? Thanks very much, Jay.
November 20, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Chest square at impact and making sure you don't push with the trail shoulder to release the club. Arms vs Body Release Video and Cure the Chicken Wing Video will be good visuals.
November 20, 2017
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Jay
Given how critical keeping the fulcrum in the same place is from shot to shot....do you have any drills that I can do to hone this skill? Thanks very much and take good care, Jay.
November 14, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release and Vijay Release Drill would be a good place to start.
November 14, 2017
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Hank
Maybe it is just my eyes but when I watch "you hit the golf ball with your legs" the left shoulder of Chuck's looks like it is not square but back and up.
November 2, 2017
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Hank, The shoulder line should be square to the target line at impact. However, there is an increase in axis tilt at impact, which will give you the appearance that the lead shoulder is a bit higher than the trail shoulder. This is called secondary axis tilt and is imperative for shallowing out the swing and also holding the head in behind the golf ball through the hitting area. Hope that helps clarify.
November 2, 2017
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Tyler (Certified RST Instructor)
I love the channel, Im a believer in RST, but I'm unsubscribing. Not because of any bad information or issues. I'm a 1.7 handicap and I feel that I have developed a good understanding of the swing. The whole site has because centered around the 5 step system, which is amazing for people just getting into RST. I don't feel i need to rebuild my swing, I just have a few issues that i need to address and work on. Consequently, I don't want to pay 20 dollars a month + the amount it costs for video lessons (which is much more beneficial for me). I can diagnose most fundamental issues on my own so i feel I'm gaining much more from letting one of the instructors take a look and tell me what they see. I only say this because I'm sure I'm not the only golfer on the site that is in a similar situation. Have you guys considered a video lesson option only, maybe a separate type of subscription or being able to buy video lessons without being a member of the site?
October 17, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tyler. I'm glad that you enjoy the RST Content. We might consider that in the future, but for the vast majority of our members. Having video reviews without access to the videos or drills to fix them wouldn't be very beneficial. There are countless times when I provide a review that the student is linked to watch a previous video already listed in their homework. And, when they go back and watch it for the 3rd or 4th time they hear something a different way or capture a major point they previously missed. Not many are aware of how to fix, or diagnose.
October 18, 2017
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Tyler (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Craig, I can understand that. On a side note, what would it take to become an instructor?
October 18, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tyler. To be certified in Level 1 you would have to pass the Certification Exam first (details from the manual and site videos). From there you could move up via video tests, in-person grading and further knowledge.
October 18, 2017
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Robert
Chuck focuses on not moving the left shoulder/fulcrum on the horizontal plane. But what about the vertical plane? if my upper body is leaning forward a bit, a natural shoulder motion around the spine will be a bit horizontal & vertical. i've been trying to rotate my shoulders a bit more on the vertical plane to clear room for a good late release and allow the club face to stay pretty shallow as it approaches impact. sort of a feeling of pulling up the left shoulder at impact. Chuck would suggest here on focusing on post the left shoulder at impact and not rotating the shoulder on either plane, i think. comments?
October 13, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. If you start bailing out with the lead shoulder or keeping it a little further back it could delay the release. If you watch the Tiger Woods/Chuck Quinton Video. You will hear Chuck talk about how his lead shoulder coming back is giving him the ability to actually get the hands a little too forward. It will also tend to shallow the club more as you suggested. Ideally, you don't want the lead shoulder moving in the horizontal plane or too much in the vertical plane.
October 13, 2017
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Sergio
When you straighten your left leg to release the club, doesn't that make your left shoulder turn?
October 10, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sergio. It shouldn't force shoulder rotation. More clearing of the hips. Take a look at You Hit the Golf Ball with Your Legs.
October 10, 2017
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Rob
So slicing off the tee would be caused by a moving fulcrum from a shoulder swing? It seems to make sense since I would be swiping across the ball. Rob
October 9, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. That can definitely be a cause of the slice.
October 10, 2017
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Thomas
Want to make sure I'm getting this right. The fulcrum is moving while the torso is rotating except when you approach the hitting area and the shoulders should be square or even slightly closed? At this time is the left shoulder "stalling" to allow the left arm/hand to release? thanks in advance
October 7, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Yes. Sounds good to me. Square shoulders at impact and stable lead shoulder to allow release.
October 7, 2017
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Dave
No sound on any videos. Have iPhone 7 with OS 11.0.2. Worked before.
October 6, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. The video has sound on my end. If the problem persist. Please notify tech support. Apologize for your error.
October 6, 2017
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gary
Easy peasy..... Bob's your uncle...piece of cake....love It!
October 5, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Make Golf Simple Again!
October 5, 2017
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Dave
Nice. However my left shoulder moves around during takeway. Should it be rigid and not move at all?
October 5, 2017
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
No it must move during the swing and be stable during impact
October 5, 2017
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arthur john
excellent video, makes great sense, of course the momentum takes hips shoulders through to finish. i have tried in the back yard. i got good really clean crisp little pitches and chips. if i tighten last three fingers in my left hand i get a bowed left wrist and the clubface closes giving lower shot. is it good to do the same with a full swing?. cant wait to try it out. it seems to give me more control of left wrist. its great to have the club grounding where i want it. regards John
October 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Thanks for the compliments. For sure with the irons.
October 2, 2017
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arthur john
Thank you Craig i went to driving range today it worked on full swings as well and i am not dropping my right shoulder so much causing so much secondary axis tilt and better still. NO PAIN. Regards John
October 3, 2017

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