DEAD Drill Step 1 - The Backswing

Here's the first step in building your perfect golf swing using the DEAD Drill. It's critical that you master the backswing movement and each checkpoint contained in this video before moving on to step 2.

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Jeremy
I am new member and I just submitted my first swing review. I was instructed by Manny to watch step 1, its videos, do the drills, and then submit another video for review when I feel like I am comfortable with this step. My question is am I suppose to submit the swing review without the club while doing this step 1 or am I suppose to submit another review while actually swinging the club after practicing step 1?
July 12, 2021
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Jeremy... 1st make sure you are focused on the check points as indicated on the drill videos. 2nd complete the number of recommended reps when possible, if you feel confident, or have questions, don't hesitate; send in videos for my review for clarity or agreement to move on to the next step or steps. Now for your question. I prefer to have you send a FO and DTL video of the DRILL in the steps, as it is presented in the DD videos. There may be times when you may want clarity in the referenced videos; in that case I prefer you send the DD steps only, just make note on the comment section and I will respond in the review. There will be plenty of times ahead when the club will be included and full swings are recommended. At anytime you want to add a comment to include actual field performance, advice on equipment, or just simply your thoughts on the process; use the comment section. See ya soon!
July 13, 2021
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Andrew
Chuck mentions you should feel about 80% pressure on the back foot. should I be feeling this primarily in my glute VS my quads? So even though he mentions “pushing down”, my weight is in the same position as in the set up drill VS more towards the ball of my foot as if I was going to push off? I have a very strong tendency to push off too hard from my right leg instead of pulling from my left, which I’m obviously trying to correct. Thanks
July 6, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. You will feel some quad, but most of the pressure/engagement will be in the glute. During transition the weight will move from the ball of the foot and as you post towards the heel. Take a look at the Tour Pro Downswing Sequence Drill Video.
July 6, 2021
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alastair
How much right wrist extension do I need to do the backswing properly? I have a medical condition which means my wrist extends back 30* max, not 90 plus like most people. That old visual of the top of backswing being similar to a waiter holding a tray of drinks on his right palm is not available to me-
May 16, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alastair. Most players will be around 45 at the top. You don't want full waiter's tray position. Lag increase will be a little tougher though on the way down. You will need to be very passive as to not throw the angle. Take a look at Using the Wrist in the Golf Swing Video for more details.
May 17, 2021
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Eric
When I have done this right it is amazing. The ball goes 10+ years father than my normal distance with great trajectory and accuracy. It was kind of sporadic for me during my round today and I was pushing a lot of balls right. I THINK arms take over on the backswing and even a left side push. I have been working in front of a mirror for about 30 minutes after watching these videos. Should I be trying to get my left arm (drill) and both my arms to the top purely from the momentum created from the weight shift into the trail leg and the shoulder rotation. This seems to put it in the right spot. If I just use a little momentum then my arms seem to take over around mid backswing and I get flat and a flying elbow.
May 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. Momentum will really help. There will be a little elevation and flexion from the trail arm. But, most players vastly over use the arm motion. Big Body turn and tiny arm swing. Sounds like you are going the right direction.
May 10, 2021
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Eric
Follow-up on the comment below. I went to the range tonight. I feel it is critical for me to get my weight in my mid foot/ankle at address. Leg lock bending from the hips and softening knees gets me from heels to mid foot (watched Common Faults at Setup). Chris Tyler in a private lesson taught me on my backswing (life long flying elbow) to put weight into my trail foot and pull my right shoulder behind my head (Dead Drill). Clarification. I don’t want the weight at the top to go into my right heel. I feel like when I do that the beautiful elbow down goes out and I get stuck. It feels better to me to have the weight on my mid foot or foot as a whole versus my right heel? Is that correct? I feel like in the downswing the shift is to the middle of my left foot but then moves to the left heel at post up, is that correct? I think I misunderstood the pattern of the figure 8 you mentioned. Thanks
May 4, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. You do want the weight moving towards the heel in the backswing. But, as you mentioned some players feel they get too far back on the foot to recover. You need to load the glute, but not to the point the toes would be lifting in the backswing. Yes the weight will shift more to ball/mid foot on lead side and then work to heel during post because you need something to push off of.
May 4, 2021
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Eric
That is a perfect explanation. I think it would be a great video - the feet in the golf swing. I have been a member for a few years and I've heard it mentioned in various videos, but I'm realizing just how impactful the weight distribution on the feet at address and throughout the swing has on the upper body and plane of the swing. Thank you.
May 4, 2021
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Eric
I’ve been a subscriber for a few years, the DEAD drill is making a lot of progress. Some things I noticed: 1. Putting significant pressure on the right foot is extremely important or I start to do a reverse weight shift. 2. Posture, especially a straight/flat back is critical. If I have rounding in my mid/upper back my spin won’t rotate and my hands and arms take over. 3. It is important to have weight in ankles. If I let it stay in my heels (from bowing into good posture), when I do squat to square the club comes down across the target line leading to a pull. Any comments?
May 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. Make sure the weight doesn't stay in the heels throughout the move. If you stay to far back during the swing it will affect the post up. The weight moves a little more similar to a figure 8 because you need to be able to move back on the heel during the post up after the squat to help aid in clearing the hip.
May 3, 2021
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Eric
Sorry, that wasn't very clear of me, what I meant is weight over my ankles at address. The good setup with the straight back bowing into position with the locked knees naturally shifts the weight into the heels. I think the softening of the knees moves it back to the ankles? Anyway, if I set up this way with my weight in my heels, on the downswing the club comes down across the target line to the left. The figure 8 concept is an interesting one. I think I naturally do it in a good set up, but it seems like a good thing to work with on the range. Thanks
May 3, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. Yes. Balanced over ankle joints. When you finish with bow and add flexion with the knees the weight will come slightly forward away from the back of the heels and settle over the ankle joints. You can see the process in Common Setup Faults and Fixes Video.
May 3, 2021
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Michael
Bit random but I’ve seen a few questions on the best method to learn from, which I get because I was a little bit confused with the navigation when I first joined. Honestly though, I’ve been using the site for quite a few years and have been really encouraged to see the fundamentals and principles of the swing are the same throughout all lessons (RST 5 step + Dead Drill + all reference materials). Basically, it’s the same swing but the method of learning it is slightly different. I’ve had real joy using the “5 minutes to the perfect...” drill videos and these “dead drill” videos - I’ve found both methods complimentary for me. I like the supporting videos too for understanding. I wouldn’t limit yourself to just one method (unless that works for you) and you shouldn’t be worried that you will end up learning different swing mechanics if you look at the older videos - honestly recommend you watch them all. The biggest lesson for me is learning the movements without a club; it’s freakish how it ingrains the movements and let’s me practice anywhere (I’ve found my swing degenerates the more balls I hit - fatigue and concentration - and the body movement drills reset things). Looking forward to seeing what the Axiom is about, albeit I will keep using my old favourites!
April 7, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks for the post Michael. Physics will still be physics at the end of the day. Just refining how we learn said move. It is vital to have that body only feel. That way you can dumb down the thoughts on those pesky arms.
April 8, 2021
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Andrew
In I believe the posture videos, Chuck says angles should be slightly rolled in. Should this be maintained for the backswing/weight shift to the back leg? I find a slight angle helps me not get my back hip swaying too far back. Or should sufficient axis tilt help not get the rear hip swaying too far back?
March 26, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Your pressure will change in the foot, so I wouldn't just glue it to the inside. But, you don't want to roll the weight to the trail side where the inner edge starts to come up off the ground.
March 26, 2021
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Geir
We are a lot of recreational golfers who for years have paid for the privilege of watching instructional videos by Chuck, in the hope and belief it would make us better golfers. Then came the DEAD Drill, to kill all instruction once and for all. Now in your advertising for the AXIOM you say "in golf often the harder you work, the worse you get" and "that's our fault as golf instructors". And yet, we are being asked to pay another $97 to watch the webinar. This doesn't feel very right...
March 22, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Geir. The DEAD Drill is the only thing you need. The webinar is a totally optional program to purchase. The entire Axiom Theory, Drills, etc will be released to the entire membership base Masters Weekend.
March 22, 2021
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Robert
Returning member here. Trying to get clarification on what is the best way to "learn" A couple years back it was one thing, now it's the DEAD drill and from what I can see, it will soon be the AXIOM. So please tell me, what is the best way to learn the golf swing on your site right now? The START HERE button and just do the DEAD drill??? Please point me in the right direction. Thank you!
March 5, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Start with the DEAD Drill 1-3. Get the body components down. It will blend with Axiom. The theory behind what to achieve hasn't changed. Just a better way of learning it.
March 5, 2021
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Merrick
Hi all. I'm just beginning the program and I'm determined to fix my swing. I have 2 problems in the backswing that are driving me crazy. I'm able to rotate back but my upper body becomes so tight that I can only rotate about 150 degrees. In other words, I can get my shoulder to the right side of my neck but no further, and it creates an incredible amount of tension, more than I'm creating in my right glute. It also leads to the second problem when I try to use a club. I'm only able to bring the club to an essentially upright position at the end of my backswing, perpendicular to the floor. Again, this creates so much tension in my upper body, I can't breath. I'm older, but I've always had this problem. I've done yoga, stretching, etc., with little improvement. It affects my timing because I can't get rotated enough. This shouldn't be that hard to rotate, should it? I've looked at all of the backswing drills and they don't have a solution. Do you have any suggestions?
March 1, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Merrick. You only need 90 degrees of shoulder turn in the backswing. Sounds like you are way overdoing it. Exactly. It shouldn't be that hard as I have tons of older students that can make a full turn. You are probably locking the hips too much. Take a look at the Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video. You need to allow for some freedom in the legs.
March 2, 2021
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David
When I see Chuck demonstrate the backswing it looks to me that he is moving his hips and shoulders in sync without any separation? Now the shoulders keep going past when the hips stop but I am a bit unclear about how hard I should try to keep my hip from opening when I pull my right shoulder back. Thanks!!
February 27, 2021
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi David. First, think of it this way. The sequencing of the downswing is totally dependent on the sequencing of the backswing. So, the 1st move of the backswing sequence is the shoulder rotation. Shoulders move first while our hips try to remain in their address position for as long as possible without causing undue muscle tension. At approx. 45 deg. shoulder turn, the hips begin to turn so we can finish our backswing. The hips turn about half as much as the shoulders thus developing the tension required or hip to shoulder separation to prepare for the transition move to the downswing. As for the amount of effort, it should become a natural and smooth movement to the backswing while attempting to develop the feel for the transition. The drills are to introduce your body to these motions and sequencing, the more you do them the easier they become.
February 28, 2021
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David
Makes total sense Manny. Thanks!
February 28, 2021
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Daniel
I can start the backswing by pulling my right shoulder blade behind. But the same movement that brings my right shoulder blade back also does two things that i don't want to happen. First it causes tension in my right shoulder, which is the last thing I want at top just before starting my transition. Second it tends to pull my hands to the right relative to my chest, so instead of the club being out in front of my chest at the top it is well behind me and off plane. So, how do I pull with my right shoulder blade without encountering these two issues? -------------------- On a separate but related note, I have a hard time reconciling the concept of trying to keep both arms straight during the backswing with the concept of folding the right elbow like a waiter holding a tray. I understand that keeping both arms straight is just an intent and in reality the right arm will fold a little, but in my case when trying to keep my arms straight the fold in my right eblow is no more than 20-30 degrees, not the full 45 degrees I would get when miming a waiter holding a tray, and that 20-30 degrees of fold happens automatically rather than intentionally. Should I try to keep my arms straight even if I don't achieve the waiter-holding-a-tray feel at the top, or should I really be trying for that particular feel? Thank you in advance.
January 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Daniel. Sounds like you are pulling way to hard. The rotating shoulder can't pull the arms behind the chest. That would be you are moving the arms across the chest with rotation. Think about a robot. If you had metal arms glued how would the rotation move those arms across the chest. I would try to keep the trail arm straight and allow for the natural flexion at the top. You don't need to be full waiters tray position. Only a slight hinging back of trail wrist. Too much will shut the face at the top.
January 9, 2021
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Alan
My head is lower (less than 1") than at address when I push into my trail heel at the top of the backswing. Is this alright?
October 24, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. You can have a slight drop. But, if you are starting to drop a lot you need to make sure you aren't squatting in the backswing/pushing with lead shoulder dropping the head down.
October 24, 2020
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Mary
So this week very frustrating trying to figure out why suddenly not hitting the ball very well. Have been straightening right leg during the backswing, guess this might be the cause. Plus husband’s-comments were with driver and 3 wood should be sweeping the club along the ground but that doesnt make sense as you I would be using my arms to start the backswing instead of rotating right shoulder! Any comments would be appreciated????
October 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mary. Without seeing the move it would be tough to asses. However, you you try to stay low and slow too much with the driver you will tend to just start pushing the arms away. And, yes you do want to try and maintain some flexion in the trial leg as you make the backswing. Very important to get the trail glute loaded.
October 13, 2020
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Jeroen
Is there a nice drill to prevent the knee from collapsing inside in the back swing. I understand it needs to move the create a nice backswing. But mine goes far too much inside and gives overrotation.
October 4, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jeroen. Take a look at the Laser Beam Knee Drills and Problems with Over Rotating Your Hips Videos.
October 5, 2020
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John
I hope that I explain this correctly. I have no issue, doing my backswing, by pulling my right shoulder behind me, when I have my arms crossed over my chest, however when I try to Drop my arms, into position, no club, I have issues recreating the movement, that I get when I cross my arms over my chest. I feel like my arms are still contributing, a little, towards turning in my backswing. Is this how it's supposed to be?
October 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. You will still feel the arms when rotating back. The will be elevating and allowing the plane to be set correctly. The key is that you are rotating and the arms are being moved/directed by the body. Take a look at Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video.
October 1, 2020
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John
Thanks!
October 1, 2020
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Joshua
Hi, I am struggling with the concept of maintaining axis tilt. The videos say that you should keep your spine in neutral joint alignment. So, to isolate the movement, if I sat in a chair and pulled my trail shoulder behind me, would this be the correct movement of the backswing of my shoulders and spine? Then at set up, I shift my pelvis slightly towards the lead side to create axis tilt, does the axis tilt come from lateral pelvic tilt or lateral flexion of the spine (side bend) or both? and I also find it hard not to swing with a flat shoulder plane unless I add lateral spinal flexion towards my (left) lead side at the top of my backswing. Where am I going wrong is my question!
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joshua. Take a look at Body Rotation - Chair Drill, How to Fix Reverse Pivot, and Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill. The chair rotation is correct and you will be letting the spine lean away from target with lateral hip bump. The goal is to keep the spine neutral and not add lateral flexion.
September 22, 2020
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Duc
Hello. Participating in boot camp 7 right now. During the takeaway you guys mention the first step is shifting the weight onto the right (chuck does the same in his videos). Essentially shifting the hips over to the right about a 1 inch or so to get the wgt transfer. I had always pictured a gradual wgt shift as I rotate my shoulders/club back. I know this all happens in a matter of seconds, but do y'all recommend I actively shift my hips/wgt before my shoulders start to turn? Duc
September 21, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Duc. The goal will be to blend the motion of shifting weight and rotation. We separate at first to get the movements. You just want to make sure you get weight shifted early in the backswing and not wait all the wya until you have reached the top. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets Video.
September 21, 2020
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Thomas
Hi, I have a very simple question. Should I be aiming to complete 3000 reps of the backswing drill before starting on 3000 reps of the transition drill? Or can I, say, do 1500 reps of the backswing drill, then combine my next 1500 backswing reps with my first 1500 reps of the transition drill, i.e. so by the time I get to 3000 backswing reps I will also have done 1500 transition reps, and so on. Thanks in advance. Tom
September 15, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. The goal is 3000-5000 of the complete dead drill. You rep as many with each section to where you can perform the movement without requiring thought. And, when you stack the next component the prior movement doesn't completely disappear .
September 15, 2020
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Thomas
Thanks Craig. If I understand RS correctly, the complete dead drill is actually a full swing. So the idea is to get to the point where you can correctly do the full swing as taught in the dead drill 3000 - 5000 times, and you take as many reps of its 6 elements as you need to get the point where you can do the full swing correctly. Is that right or am I still confused? Thanks, Tom
September 15, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. Yes. Therefore, you can rep the full move. Some players need more reps of certain components before stacking.
September 15, 2020
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Thomas
Got it thanks. I was thinking that it was going to take a lot of time doing 3000 of each bit individually!
September 15, 2020
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Hector
Sorry but I don’t understand the example , can you send pictures of the dril ? Thanks
September 12, 2020
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Hector, my apologies for the confusing instructions. I wanted to help you better address the issue around loosing the feel of the shoulder blade glide when going from no club to the actual club while performing the takeaway. The right shoulder blade glide (for right-handed golfers) to move the shoulder blade down and in toward the spine on the takeaway can become difficult to sense, hence you push from the left, creating more issues. I want you to review this video. " https://rotaryswing.com/golf-instruction-videos/full-swing-advanced/takeaway/understanding-shoulder-blade-glide". As for the coin toss over the shoulder, it is quite simple you're just kind of pretending to flip a coin back towards the target...as you rotate, flip that coin, the feeling you'll get while rotating back is a pronounced should blade glide. I currently have no pic to show you, sorry.
September 12, 2020
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Hector
this is my problem ... when I do the drill without club is perfect , I can pull the right shoulder back but when I put a club in my hands the feeling it is different , for some reason I can't pull and then I push with the left side. the only way I feel the left shoulder down in the backswing is if I push the left shoulder down and my left arm it is turned down and back but the movement it is not natural , then when I do that I feel a reverse pivot o pressure in the left side of my foot , not the right . my problem it is the takeaway , I don't feel the right glute in the backswing and I cant feel the shoulder blade in the backswing , I do a sway with the upper body. help please
September 11, 2020
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Hector, try this drill; 1st stand up straight, pretend or do this drill, throwing a coin over your right shoulder and follow through as though you are hitch hiking and the vehicle has just gone right by while you turn your upper body. This will give you the shoulder blade glide feel; (back & down, including bringing the left shoulder with it without pushing. Do this with a club several times (Trail hand only), but do not throw it , while always checking the shoulder movement and final position; Now, try it while in the normal golf posture, without a club 1st. As for the weight transfer; simply flex the trail leg, this will automatically trigger a load shift.
September 12, 2020
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robert
I am starting the program and my have missed this in the materials but as I’m working through the steps of the DEAD drill, how many reps should I be targeting a day to get this down?
September 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Minimal of 100 reps per day. The goal is 3000-5000 of the finished project and enough reps of each step to be able to stack a component without the prior piece breaking down.
September 2, 2020
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robert
Thank you.
September 12, 2020
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Thomas
Big difference when adding club. I can do dead drill all day in a mirror. But when adding a club, I don't have sufficient momentum to get the club up without activating my arms. Thoughts?
August 14, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Thomas. It will take some muscular engagement to get the arms to the top. However, it shouldn't feel like you are lifting weights. Take a look at Proper Muscle Activation and My Golf Backswing Secrets to help.
August 14, 2020
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Veasna
Do you do this with an axis tilt?
August 10, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Veasna. Good question. Absolutely. On every rep.
August 10, 2020
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Martin L
I'm right handed. I feel that stretching my left glute on Backswing helps me to transition without using my arms and hitting the ball effortlessly . Does this make sense?
August 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. You will feel some lead side tension in the backswing. Not a ton in the glute. But, that stretch you are feeling will help you start coming back to the lead side.
August 2, 2020
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Alfred
Stupid question here - what is the point of side axis-tilt at set-up? If we were to have our right shoulder lower than the left at set-up... only to have the right shoulder higher than the left at the end of the backswing, wouldn't it make sense to just have no side bend and have the right shoulder start out at flat if it's going to go higher anyways?
July 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alfred. Tilt and side bend are different animals. Tilt is allowing you to keep the spine in neutral to facilitate proper rotation. Take a look at Axis Tilt at Setup and Why It's So Important Video.
July 30, 2020
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Sanjiv
How much Kneeflex should there in right knee at the end of the back swing? I do manage to transfer weight on right leg but tend to have ankle, knee and hip, all in straight line
June 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sanjiv. You can lose a little flexion in the backswing. The goal is to not allow the leg to completely straighten.
June 29, 2020
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Keith
How is the pelvis supposed to rotate? I have the flexibility and strength to rotate my hips independent of the upper body but still end up rotating them too much. Now, I have tried feeling the left hip bone rotate in a downward motion more towards my right foot and so far seems to help me keep the tush line better and not over rotate.
June 24, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Keith. Most players don't have to think at all about aiming the hips. The hips won't rotate perfectly level. If you are over rotating the hips I would put focus on the trail knee and glute load. Take a look at Problems w/ Overturning Your Hips in the Backswing Video.
June 24, 2020
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Keith
Well that certainly described exactly what I do. Thank you!
June 25, 2020
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Matt
Regarding pulling the right shoulder back to initiate the Backswing. Is this the same as the two inch shoulder glide? And are we pulling from the shoulder or shoulder blade first? When doing shoulder blade glide I feel that moving independently first a couple of inches, then the rest of the shoulders follow. Does this sound correct?
June 17, 2020
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Michael (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Matt Yes it's the same move. The most important thing is you pull with the trail side rather than pushing from the lead side. If you feel like the blade glide doesn't move the shoulders in the first 2 inches then make sure you are in the box and the shoulders are connected to the body.
June 17, 2020
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Martin L
I feel like I can do dead drill well without club but I will do a video review to confirm. My problem is when I have an iron in my hand I can't get my hands above waist high. With a driver this isn't a problem and I hit it solidly. What do you suggest?
June 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Take a look at Proper Muscle Activation and 4 Square Drill. Sounds like you need to reduce some tension and allow for some arm elevation.
June 12, 2020
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Pete
I’m a right handed golfer and get a very good load in my right glute using this drill. I don’t get the same load in my left glute in the downswing and post up. Would it make sense to use Dead Drill 1 in reverse (as if I were a left handed golfer) to “feel” that load in the left glute?
June 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Pete. Take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up. You can try in reverse to learn the feeling of activating your glute. But, see if the stomp helps.
June 11, 2020
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Brandon
Hello, I’m new here. Dumb question...where do I find the rep tracker for this video? My plan is to do the 3k reps for each step. In the leaderboard I can see at the bottom the rep tracker numbers for each overall step. However, when I click on the rep tracker it’s very confusing and I don’t see a rep tracker for this specific video. I do see RST step 1 - drill only....but that takes me to a different video. Thanks
June 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brandon. I don't believe we have the rep tracker loaded for the DEAD Drills yet. I apologize, but Customer Service will have more details.
June 11, 2020
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Martin L
I'm planning to upload some videos for analysis. Some questions: 1. Can I start with uploading full swing or should I go step by step through dead drill and load a video for each? 2. Is a practice swing sufficient or should I hit a ball?
June 7, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. I don't have a problem with you submitting a baseline move with a ball. That can be very useful so the player understands why the necessary changes are going to be made in the swing. But, the most advantageous way to use the swing reviews is to supply us with drills and go step by step through the DEAD program.
June 7, 2020
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Brian
Im finding that when I am doing DEAD part 1 either without a club or a full backswing and stopping at the top, I am able to do it perfectly, however when I am doing a full swing (on video) I notice I am sometimes losing my right hip line and sliding, creating a reverse pivot, and ideas on possible causes and solutions?
June 3, 2020
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Brian, this is generally an indicator that you are losing stability in the trail leg. Generally, this will happen if you do not put enough weight into the trail leg early in the loading process and then the momentum and inertia created from the body turn and the club will pull you out past the hip line. I would pressure the ankle a bit more before starting your rotation and then keep the trail leg flexed and facing forward as you turn to the top to help maximize the stability. Then once you rep it out in pieces, do the movements together, load and rotate. Hope that helps.
June 3, 2020
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Brian
That actually sounds exactly like what I am doing thank you
June 3, 2020
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Kyaw Thet
Hi, I would like to know what causes head dipping in the backswing?
June 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kyaw. Lead shoulder push and weight going towards the toes.
June 2, 2020
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Martin
I have been working on loading my trail glute on the backswing. On the front on analyzer if I draw a line along the outside of my trail leg at address then I have noticed that if I really load the glute, a gap opens up between it and my hip socket, in the direction of the target. I have just checked one of Chuck's 7I reference videos and the same happens to him. Thinking about it this makes sense, as it will be as a result of the hips turning. In the past I have tended to focus on my quads not crossing the line but I think I also should check this hip socket gap as well??
June 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Can you post a screenshot here for me to see?
June 2, 2020
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Martin
Sorry my mistake. I tried to repeat but could not, I think it must have been the wrong camera angle
June 4, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. The main goal is loading combined with not allowing the hips to reverse shift. I kinda see what you mean by the gap. If you are loaded, rotated, and the hips haven't shifted too soon towards the target. All should be well.
June 4, 2020
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Martin
Just to add, it is even more apparent on the Tiger 8i reference video
June 1, 2020
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Kyaw Thet
Hi, Should I pull the right shoulder blade first or should I increase the right leg pressure first during back-swing?
May 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kyaw. This can be a little player dependent. I typically have my students work on loading first.
May 22, 2020
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Brian
Is there such a thing as too deep a shoulder turn? Before Rotary swing I used to do very shallow turns. Im finding the dead drill to be super helpful but Ive noticed Im able to make really full turns, almost to the point of wondering it it is too much? I am guessing the majority of the time players dont turn enough so emphasizing making full turns would be helpful but just wondering how much I should focus because I feel like with work I am getting my hands consistently almost behind my head, but wondering if that is too much of a good thing.
May 20, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brian. You can always have too much of a good thing. My thoughts would be though from your notes: 1) Are you hips overturning? 2) Are the arms overswinging? Very rare someone over uses shoulder turn properly.
May 21, 2020
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Brian
I dont think so I think everything looks pretty good so I might be doing it right. I’ll submit for a review soon though to check
May 21, 2020
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Ronald
Sorry if this sounds so basic but I am new to this system and want to get maximum benefit whilst working smart. At the moment I am working on my address position per the 5 minute to a perfect address video and putting in the reps at that. I want to stack a drill and introduce some of DD1. How would you recommend that I start doing that? Would it be doing the wall drill? Thanks in advance.
May 19, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronald. After you get the setup add DD1 to the repertoire. Start first attempting DD1. Then, diagnose where you go wrong. Use the wall drill, etc. to perfect the move.
May 19, 2020
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Mayur
There was also a slight weight shift to the right at the start of the swing but it was not mentioned in this video. Do I still need to incorporate this or is it not necessary?
May 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mayur. The increase in pressure above is the same premise. Load the glute. Some players tend to sway which the increase in pressure is a better way to think about it for them. Others need a trigger and have to get the weight moving on the sooner side to help load and kinematic sequence.
May 13, 2020
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Andy
I have noticed that my head is dropping an inch or so as I rotate backwards over the right side. My head isn’t swaying backwards but more a vertical drop in height. Is this ok? I am working on the wall drill but anything else that might help here?
May 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andy. Are you adding knee flexion? You shouldn't see a "squat" in the backswing.
May 11, 2020
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Andy
I think I might have worked it out. Don’t think I was turning properly into the right leg. The video that explains the turn into the crease of the leg helped. I will keep working on it and then maybe post video for review.
May 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andy. That makes sense. I believe you are referring to Weight Shift Video Part 2.
May 11, 2020
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Andy
Wow, just does my first 100 reps of this one and can really feel it in my glutes and hamstrings. Assuming this is a sign I’m doing it right? I do find the rotation more difficult with the axis tilt at the moment though. Is that normal too?
May 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andy. Feeling the glutes being alive is definitely normal. However, the tilt/rotation should still be easy. You probably aren't used to rotating around a neutral spine.
May 9, 2020
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Ryan
How can I tell if I am getting the optimal amount of hip turn in the backswing? In an attempt to maintain the flex in the right knee, I feel like the hips might not be turning enough.
May 8, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. Typically you are looking for 35-45 degrees. You aren't allowing enough hip turn if you aren't getting a full shoulder turn.
May 8, 2020
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Ryan
Should I ever speed up the reps and if so how do I know when it is time. Also, what is an approximate estimate for how long it will take for my swing to start looking as desired at full speed if I am completing 100 correct reps per day. Thanks.
May 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. If you can correctly do the chunks and fluid motion. Absolutely start testing it at a normal pace. For each drill it can be a little player dependent on time. The goal is to stack components when you are comfortable with them and can perform without error. Don't stay too complacent. Challenge yourself after a few hundred reps.
May 7, 2020
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ted
I am a bit confused and new to this so forgive me if I am missing something obvious. It does not appear to me that there is a spine-tilt (discussed in the set-up videos) when addressing or setting up for the DEAD Drill. When the club is across the shoulders at the start it is parallel to the ground whereas with the spine tilt the left shoulder would be slightly higher than the right, leading the club to point downward somewhat.
May 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ted. Always add axis tilt to your drills. Sometimes going through the motions you may not see it with Chuck. However, you must have it during every rep.
May 7, 2020
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Gordon
What is the proper weight distribution on the lead foot at the top of the backswing? Is it more towards the ball of the foot or should it still be over the centre of the ankle like at address? I find if I shift the weight towards the ball I can achieve a more full shoulder turn.
May 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gordon. 80/20 at the top trail to lead side. The weight does move a little like a figure 8 in the swing. It will tend to move a little forward of center of the ankle joint.
May 7, 2020
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Lee
When I pull my right shoulder back, do I also want to contract my shoulder blade, which would lengthen my backswing, or am I just thinking about the shoulder?
May 4, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lee. The shoulder blade is going to move diagonally towards the spine as you pull with the trail lat. You don't need to make this move excessive, or too pronounced. Because you will start shoulder blade wrenching. Think about using your whole core to rotate away.
May 4, 2020
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Neil
RJ - thanks for the recent review. I have corrected the fault where my head was moving down and to the right by focusing on pulling from the right shoulder. It has also stopped my shoulder plane from being flat. However I now find that my head has to move back laterally if I want to transfer my weight onto my right side and keep the appearance of my right hip staying in the same place. I can rotate around my spine and my head stays still but my right hip appears to move forward and I have more weight on my right side but not 80%. How much head movement is OK?
April 29, 2020
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
If you're having issues with your head moving off the ball when you're staying centered and you're coming off the right hip line, it's likely that your stance width is too wide.
April 29, 2020
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Michael
Hello, where is the rep tracker for this dead drill step 1 backswing?
April 28, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. I don't believe so. If I find different I will give you a heads up.
April 29, 2020
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Chris
Message for RJ. Don’t know where else to put this sorry. Thanks as always for the swing review. I was praying you wouldn’t see anything too much going on as i have been working really hard on the movements. I appreciate what you’re saying about basically ingraining the swing so I will keep at it. But just really wanted to say thanks for everything you’re advice has far exceeded any coaching I have received in the past and all my previous coaching had the advantage of being in person! So yeah very grateful and will be in touch at some point for your thoughts on how things progress and a video on my short game. When I said best golf of my life to put that into perspective, 46 points off 4 h’cap thank you rotary swing! Cheers. Chris
April 27, 2020
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome. I'm glad that I could help guide you on the journey, but you deserve all of the credit. You put the work into it and you decided to buy into the information that we have provided for you. I'm just glad that I was fortunate enough to be a part of your journey. Keep up the good work.
April 27, 2020
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Jens
Craig, as long as i perform my backswing without pushing with my left shoulder, is it ok to feel like it is my left trap (or sort of the area around my infraspinatus) enabling me to keep my shoulders from turning togehter with everything at transition. Am i just masking poor movements by doing this or is there something to it?
April 26, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. I would rather the motion be controlled by your trail side and core. It the top you will have some sensation of lead shoulder protraction. But, you don't want the lead lat getting too dominant.
April 26, 2020
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Jens
Confirm if i understand you right. The muscles i use to move in the backswing, the same activation is what i should feel that i hold on to as i start moving in to transition, to not get my shoulders rotating too early. Is that what is meant by starting the transition as you are still completing the backswing? #lightbulbmoment. But overdoing this is what i guess chuck talked about in his latest video, getting in to too much sidebend and putting the spine at risk
April 26, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Yes. And, what Chuck was referring to when putting spine at risk. You don't all of a sudden change massive muscles groups to keep them back. The same engagement and wind up you just created stays recruited.
April 27, 2020
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Jens
Excited to rep this! Should i feel like i maintain the tension structure i build in the backswing all the way until i get pulled into my followthrough or do i want to let go of it earlier or maybe not let go of it at all?
April 27, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. You will slam on the brakes at impact to let the club release independently of the body. Typically, you won't feel like you lose it until the club is fully released.
April 27, 2020
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Jens
Thnx Craig! Will have a video sent in so you can see if it improves my transition
April 27, 2020
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Christopher
Hi guys- When loading in the backwing, is it OK to feel as if the rotational force created by the abdominal muscles is almost throwing the arms and club vertically (in a controlled manner)...to a height just below the pectorals? And should you feel as is if the momentum of the club head causes the right arm flexion?
April 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Christopher. Weight shift/rotation will create momentum. It will aid in reaching the top, but I don't want items flinging. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets and Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing.
April 23, 2020
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Roger
Great Video Thanks Chuck You've Really Helped Me
April 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Roger. Thanks!
April 22, 2020
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Larry
In bootcatomp and I believe that I am not transferring my weight so as I try and increase the weight on rear ankle to try and get weight loaded on rear I am seeing that my head is dipping in the mirror. Thoughts? Thank You
April 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Larry. If your head is dipping a lot you will tend to be squatting as you are loading, or adding side bend & steep shoulder rotation. You shouldn't see a big head drop.
April 17, 2020
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Jens
Can't remember seeing this being approached directly on the site anywhere, but can notice it in chucks backswing. Do we want the shoulders to turn on a steeper plane than the hips so some curvature in the upper spine, or do we want them to be turned on as close to the same plane as possible?
April 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. When hinged forward properly the shoulder plane may be slightly steeper than the hip plane. Chuck has to make some variations for his neck fusion.
April 17, 2020
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Dmitry
How would you ensure that head stays in one place during the takeaway and does not move? My right hip line seems to be good and I am not adding extra knee flex. However, as the weight shifts slightly to the right & with rotation, my head moves over by 2-3 inches away from the target.
March 31, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dmitry. The head will have to move slightly, or it will be impossible to shift weight. The vast majority of players over do this motion however. If you aren't pushing with the lead side and the head move an inch or so. You will be fine.
April 1, 2020
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Kevin
I've worked the backswing dead drill but don't know how to get my hands higher and not behind me in a stuck position. I've fought this for 20 years and don't know how to fix it.
March 30, 2020
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Kevin
ok thanks. Where do I find these videos? Are they on the RST site?
March 30, 2020
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Chris Tyler does an excellent video to help out with this. It's called 3 Functions of Right Arm in Backswing
March 30, 2020
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Simon
Hi, in the back swing, should we notice our head drops slightly? If not, what could cause this?
March 30, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Simon. It may drop a hair. But, if you are noticing a big drop you may be squatting into your trail side load.
March 30, 2020
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Jesse
I’m a righty. During the backswing, what should the front knee do? Should it move out more over the front ankle or bend (flex) toward the back knee?
March 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jesse. You want the lead knee to stay pretty stable. It will tend to move a little. Take a look at Left Knee Movement in the Golf Swing Video.
March 26, 2020
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Ronan
Hi there ! Chuck is using in a few vidéos an app to connect Iphone and Ipad, something like "live view", I can't find it on the French app store, Whats the exact name ? cheers
March 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ronan. I think it is just "Liveview app".
March 25, 2020
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Doug
I am having trouble blending the arm elevation and rotation after I finish the takeaway. I havve always been way to handsy/armsy. Can you give me some help on when do you initiate some arm elevation, roughy how much etc.
March 24, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Doug. Elevation begins in the takeaway. Not much, but you have to have some. Take a look at the Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Video for additional help with backswing and arm up movement.
March 25, 2020
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Liam
When doing step 1 of the dead drill. I feel like there's pressure on the inside of my left knee (left handed player) at top of backswing. Is there something I'm doing wrong here? Thanks
March 14, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Liam. The trail knee should maintain with the weight over the ankle joint. Make sure you aren't adding too much knee flex at setup and the weight is trending towards the toes.
March 14, 2020
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Jason
I think at address, due to the spine axis tilt, the weight already starts a little more on the trail foot, maybe more like 65-35 or something, and not 50-50 like you mentioned at the start of the video. Would you agree?
March 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. I won't argue over 5% here, or there. But, the weight should be 50/50. Take a look at Axis Tilt at Setup and Why It's So Important and Common Setup Faults and Fixes.
March 12, 2020
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Dan
I am wondering why I feel a very different coil when I take my backswing like the outlined in this step but not with a club. It is much harder work without the club. I am in the bootcamp and have been doing my reps today. Thanks in advance.
March 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. When you add the arms it sometimes can be easier too coil because of less restriction. But, maybe that expresses how much you have been using your arms vs body when swinging normally.
March 12, 2020
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Eric
I took a lesson with Chris Tyler. He mentioned the benefit and curse of the shoulder glide is that it can cause the wrong feel in the backswing. It is very soft. I have a problem with my right elbow and shoulder pulling like a lawn mower pull into a flying elbow. I get into a nice position (elbow down and relaxed) by using the momentum from the original weight shift, and hip and shoulder turn to get to the top of the swimg in an arms and shoulders relaxed and elbow down position. Anything wrong with this. It works great on the range......
March 10, 2020
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Eric
I went back to the range. So, when I think of a momentum swing my arms are hanging in good posture (not rounded shoulders). When I think about the shoulder pull it tenses my trail shoulder and I get a trail hand (right dominance) on top of the grip, weak, trail shoulder hiked up. I thought about nice and relaxed hanging arms and used my axis tilt to get the my trail hand on the club nicely. If I do this set up the DEAD drill - pull from right, good hip line, neck tie and trail knee flex works amazing!
March 11, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eric. You don't want to be jello. However, take a look at Proper Muscle Activation and My Golf Backswing Secrets. You may be on to something.
March 12, 2020
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Fraser
Hello. Can you stack step 2 to complete the reps once you are comfortable with step 1? Or is 3000 reps step one only, then stack step 2?
March 10, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Fraser. Stack as much as you can. Just have to make sure the movements are proper and you can handle the new pieces.
March 11, 2020
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Ross
When we send in a video for review do we hit a ball or just put our arms across our shoulders?
March 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. Up to you. Ideally, we like to get the drills moving in the proper direction first.
March 11, 2020
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Martin L
I have been working on this for some time and I think I have been trying to rotate too much around my spine and not enough around my right hip joint. I recently tried doing most of my rotation around my right hip socket , creasing my pants in the right groin area. It seems easier easier this way. Does that make sense?
March 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. The load is important and you should see that crease in the pants. But, the hips aid you finishing full shoulder rotation. You should be rotating around the spine. However, to me is sounds like you are doing this: How to Swing from the Ground Up Video. Which is perfectly fine.
March 6, 2020
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Chris
having a hard time playing the videos even though my speeds are high (200mbps+). I've tried using both Chrome and Safari as my browsers. I do have it set for Auto as well. The video will start and then stop and then I get the preverbal spinning circle. Any recommendations?
March 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. We haven't heard any complaints and it sounds like you have plenty of speed. Chrome is what all of us use here. My suggestion would be make sure flash is enabled. Also, clear cookies and history. 99% of the time that cleans it up.
March 2, 2020
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Ramesh
Hi Chuck, the video plays on my laptop but does not play on my iPhone 6. Please help fix this. Thanks, Ramesh
March 1, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ramesh. Please contact customer support. You may need to play it from the app, or need another extension.
March 2, 2020
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user101392Marvin Dennis
would it be a significant problem top reload the right leg some in the set up ?
February 27, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. Ideally, you wouldn't want to preset the weight at setup.
February 27, 2020
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Matthew
Hi Craig, when we talk about rotation with the lead arm near/at the top of the backswing, timing wise, when should this rotation start to take place? After the hands have passes parallel or more just at the top? I feel that I’m starting to do this way to early.
February 25, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Matthew. The lead arm doesn't start to have lots of internal rotation from the shoulder socket until the trail arm starts to fold. So, this wouldn't begin until a little bit after the takeaway.
February 26, 2020
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Martin L
I've been following rotaryswing for two years and find dead drill very helpful. On Backswing I find I get in better position if I begin with a slight move of my right hip back along hip line as in videos and the turn right shoulder instead of leading with right shoulder back or right shoulder blade glide. Does this make sense? Nicklaus said the first thing to stop on Backswing is the legs.
February 23, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets. Sounds like the same thing. No issue using weight to trigger the swing.
February 24, 2020
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Charles
I appreciated your reply to Gary C regarding head turning due to stiff neck after an injury (applies to me). How important (or not) is the degree of neck flexion? Should I try to keep my head back and/or chin up? Or does it not matter, so long as I'm not lifting up or moving my head laterally on the backswing?
February 17, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Try not to bury the chin in the chest. It will limit mobility. You want to maintain as flat as possible to have maximum mobility between each vertebrae.
February 17, 2020
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Edward
The explanation of the Dead drill steps are really good. The demo videos seem to be only for iron play. Am I wrong? Should I use the same sequences for driver play?
February 12, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Edward. Exact same for driver. Only setup adjustments needed. Take a look at Proper Tee Height and Driver Setup Adjustments Videos.
February 12, 2020
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Raymond
New member here. How would I incorporate the dead drill into my practice sessions. I currently practice 3-4 days/week for about 60-90 mins. And play at least once/week. Should I only do the drills during my practice sessions? Is is wise to hit balls with full swings during the Dead Drill process. Thanks and I am very excited to completed this course.
February 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Raymond. In the beginning, I would focus more on getting the moves correct and repeatable until you introduce the ball. Once, you can perform without thought start introducing the ball to challenge yourself. But, make sure you take a step back if you falter too much. When introducing the ball/playing the goal is the correct movements and not the strike. You need to stay hyper focus to force the change.
February 9, 2020
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Raymond
Thank you Craig!
February 9, 2020
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Timothy
Quick question...when initiating the backswing do the shoulders and hips start moving at the same time? Or should the shoulders start first creating a little stretch/tension across the obliques and in a sense pull the hips back into the final position?
February 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Timothy. The shoulders/core will pull the hips back in the backswing. You should feel abs/obliques initiating the rotation. Take a look at 5 Minutes to Master Rotation Video.
February 6, 2020
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Timothy
Got it, thanks...
February 6, 2020
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Burdell
Should the lead foot stay on the ground during the backswing? Or is it OK if the lead heel comes off the ground a little? Thanks!
February 3, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Burdell. Ideally, the lead foot would stay on the ground.
February 4, 2020
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Mike
So, I've done just over 900 reps of this move. I tried to add the club last night just for fun but it felt like my arm barely gets to parallel. Is this normal without the club? Is there a drill on the site about this? I know you reference raising the arms but I'm not sure where that video is. Can you point me to it? Thank you.
January 28, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Take a look at Proper Muscle Activation and Winter Golf Training Program - Backswing Videos. Sounds like you have a lot of tension.
January 28, 2020
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Gary C
Where do these dead drills fit into the RST 5 step program? I’m new to the site and frankly a little unsure what I should be starting with. I started practicing the first DEAD Drill step about two weeks ago and have been doing a few other drills as I go through the videos on the site but now I’m wondering if I have started with the wrong thing in starting with the dead drills...
January 21, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. The DEAD Drills are the expansion of the 5 Step. You can still use the 5 Step as your guide and make great swing progress. The DEAD Drills just explain more checkpoints.
January 22, 2020
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Mike
is This different than the Wall Drill? Or should I enter reps for both on rep tracker? Just curious. Thank you.
January 21, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. The wall drill is a supplemental drill to help perfect the one above. No need to enter those reps.
January 21, 2020
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Bruce
Hi Craig. In this video Chuck talks about pushing 75 - 80% of pressure into the right side by driving the right foot into the ground. Could I please be clear when this pressure starts and whether it is a conscious push? Should I commence the backswing by pushing my right foot into the ground or only once your shoulder turn is underway? I find that pushing with my right foot on takeaway makes it much harder to compete an effect weight shift on the transition and downswing, whereas when I keep my feet quiet on the backswing, I can use my legs to get through much more effectively. Very grateful for your advice. Many thanks.
January 19, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bruce. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets and How to Swing from the Ground Up Video. Weight Shift is a great trigger to start the swing. You are trying to get the glute to load and the legs to wake up. Some players already shift their weight in the backswing and can overdo this move which is why sometimes you will hear rotate and slightly increase pressure. For others pushing that trail heel to load early because they typically don't shift enough. The goal is to facilitate a weight shift and proper rotation. We prefer load and rotate (it will be a conscious move). Because the sooner you load it will be easier to sequence the weight shift back in the transition. You may just be overdoing it while working on the drill.
January 19, 2020
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Gary C
I have a neck injury that has limited my cervical range of motion. I notice when I do this drill that my head come with my shoulders a bit when it has reached the maximum range it will turn. I have been practicing the wall drill and watching in a mirror to make sure my head only rotates with my shoulders and doesn't sway (as it would if I were pushing with my left shoulder) but I wanted to get your thoughts on this as I am only about 500 reps into this drill and want to make sure I am doing things correctly. I definitely feel like I am getting it right and everything from my shoulders down appears to me to be correct according to the videos I have watched so I just want to double check all this. I know sending in a swing review will be the best way to have you guys look at this but I'm not sure exactly how to do that and if you need face on and down the line views.
January 16, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Gary. Face On and Down the Line preferably. Take a look at Proper Camera Angles for Recording Video. Also, Chuck is fused from C1-C3. You will notice in some of his videos his head turn to allow more freedom to achieve full shoulder rotation because of how important the cervical spine is too rotation. Letting the head turn a bit, but not move excessively laterally will be ok.
January 16, 2020
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Colin
I'm slightly confused about the position of the right leg in the back swing. Is there no lateral movement of the hips in the backswing. I'm sure I've seen a video on the site that suggests that only turning would create too much of a static, less athletic position?
January 15, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Colin. Take a look at the Weight Shift Part 2 Video.
January 15, 2020
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Rohan
Hi there, thanks for the great videos. It has helped my golf a lot. One thing I struggle with is how core rotation and right shoulder blade glide work together, are the two interlinked thus happening at the same time? Or should you start your takeaway with the shoulder blade glide and then rotate your core. Some clarity on the matter would be great, thanks. Rohan
December 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rohan. Yes, they are interconnected. You will tend to feel more engagement from the core (obliques and abs) off the ball and as you continue turning the trail lat will pull the shoulder blade down and in.
December 7, 2019
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Rohan
Thanks Craig, I guess my question then is what starts the takeaway/backswing? Is it core rotation or is it the shoulder blade glide? Thanks
December 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rohan. 5 Minutes to Master Rotation Video. You will tend to feel/work more the obliques.
December 8, 2019
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Rohan
Cool, thanks.
December 9, 2019
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Jacob
I have been working on my dead drills for quite awhile and was part of the beta bootcamp. In general I'm still struggling to pick up distance in my swing (158 carry on 34* 7i) and when I took a lesson at a golftec the instructor pointed me to my weight shift in the backswing. It was clear from the video that I was maintaining my right hip line but the instructor actually wanted me to get the hip line to move *towards* the target in the backswing. They pointed me to a number of slow motion tour swings where the hip line does appear to move slightly towards the target while maintaining axis tilt. I'm sort of at a loss now as I foolishly spent quite a bit on a lesson package but I don't want to go back because I'm getting conflicting advice. I've watched the backswing videos and Chuck is quite firm on the right hip line and I have no reason to doubt it, Is there something I'm missing or are these two pieces of information just in conflict?
December 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jacob. We don't like to speak poorly of other companies, or instructors. Having said that I have dealt with many GolfTec Students and Instructors. We base our information solely on anatomical absolutes and biomechanics. One shouldn't base their swing on what someone else does (Who Cares What Tour Pros Do Video). I have yet to have one of their instructors truly give me a "why" and "how" yet versus just do what this guy does on film . And, I've experienced a lot of hip and back issues from their students.
December 6, 2019
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Bernie
I continue to struggle with the axis tilt requirement and I have been working on this for some time. My most recent swing review again pointed out that I do not have/maintain my axis tilt throughout the swing. When I "really" try to maintain it, I do not transfer weight from my trail side to my lead side. I have even had friends say that I am leaning back on a lot of my shots. I really feel that I can't progress through the course until I get past this.....I am stuck, and your help will greatly help me progress. Thanks Bernie Chapman
November 25, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bernard. If you are hanging back in the downswing. That sound like excessive secondary axis tilt. You might be pushing from the trail side, or forcing the trail shoulder down. Take a look at the Level Shoulders Drill. Maintain the axis tilt back, and feel the lead shoulder staying down while not unwinding the shoulders prematurely.
November 25, 2019
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Michael
Im having issues getting the turn of shoulders with axis tilt. When I have tilt it doesn't look like my shoulders are angled properly. Also should any hip turn just be incidental to get shoulders to 90 degrees. I've been doing chair drill and not sure I'm translating to dead drill 1 properly. Will try some more than send review in
November 8, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. The hips may turn, but they need to be pulled into position by the rotation of the shoulders. It shouldn't be an active motion. Also, take a look at the Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill to help with rotation on plane with axis tilt.
November 8, 2019
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Russ
I am struggling a little on the feel of the pulling the right shoulder back (always been a left shoulder down pusher). Im over the ball thinking of the angle to pull my shoulder back and how tight my right arm should be to my chest. Ive read on other parts of the site that this feeling should be like throwing a ball. when I throw a ball, I first bend my elbow and then pull my shoulder back and it feels natural to pull my shoulder back. The arms are straight at the start of the golf swing so im not getting the natural feel to pull my shoulder back. Any tips on what i should be feeling or exercises to get this?
November 7, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Russ. Take a look at a few videos for me. One should be the light bulb moment for you. Body Rotation in Golf Backswing - Chair Drill, Understanding Shoulder Blade Glide, and Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill. The trail shoulder blade will be moving down and in towards the spine with pull from the trail lat. However, a simple trigger or key thought. Take your rib cage and rotate around the spine away from the target.
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Scott
I recently saw a show featuring a well known nationwide golf instruction company and was trying to understand there philosophy. They seem to promote forward back lean (spine leans toward target) at the top of backswing to get max power. I would think it makes proper weight shift difficult and rough on the lower back. Any comments? Thanks.
November 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. Exactly. Two of the most critical elements in the swing would be spine position and weight shift. They directly affect how you rotate and create proper swing plane/lag. The position it sounds like they are promoting would be very rough on the spine and require a lot more brute force to generate power.
November 3, 2019
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Jens
Could getting the club deeper than shoulderline at the top of the backswing have some benefits?
October 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Behind the trail shoulder? For optimum efficiency and not having to make counter manipulation by keeping the club in front is the best way to go.
October 31, 2019
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Jens
Yea behind the trail shoulder. Was thinking it could give me some free speed. But does it lead to having to manipulate the clubpath in the downswing?
October 31, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Exactly. The deeper you go the more chance you have at being stuck. From there you will need to manipulate to get the club back in front.
October 31, 2019
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Jens
I might have had a lightbulb moment. Got my video reviewed by Craig earlier where i got some tweaks to work in. One of Craig's comments was that i looked really tense which was completely the case. I tinkered around a bit with the liveview that i got recently and i noticed that when i make a turn focusing on turning my torso but with the goal of turning until i feel my right shoulder is fully retracted i feel super tense, my torso gets very stiff from basically crunching my body to a full retracton of my shoulder. When i tried just focusing on retracting my right shoulder i feel a mild stretch in my torso and you'd have no problems speaking to me at all. Looking through the liveview the end positions looked identical and keypoints such as hipline and head line were also the same. I always thought that the shoulderblade glide was just a help to basically get the right sensation for turning without sway but that the main focus had to be feeling the rotation happening more in your abdominals. Have i just misunderstood this completely? Do i still recruit the right muscles if i feel my focus for the turn is completely in the shoulderblade glide? Sorry for slightly long and incoherent post
October 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Sounds like you are on the right track Jens. If you remember from the bootcamp. I don't want you overly tense and bound up. You can over do trying to pull the trail lat (shoulder glide). The trail lat is still working, but if you feel your abs and obliques more it should help you keep the shoulders relaxed.
October 24, 2019
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Jens
Ok, so wok my obliques enough to aid the rotation, but not so much that i feel rigid like an oak tree?
October 25, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Yes. You shouldn't be locked up during the turn.
October 25, 2019
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van
Chris, One point I am not clear on--- at the beginning of the takeaway using the pull vs push philosophy is it all started by a pull of the right oblique and at the top of the backswing is there an intentional reverse to the left oblique?
October 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. The pull will be initiated by the core using the obliques and trail lat to rotate proper in the backswing. The lead oblique will pull in the downswing, but first will be lead knee external rotation and pull of the inner thigh adductors.
October 24, 2019
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Douglas
Hi, Has there been any reported issues with the App? I can login, but none of the videos will play. I have the latest IOS version on my iPhone 8.
October 23, 2019
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chris
Same. Need to use the safari browser instead.
October 23, 2019
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Douglas
Yeah, but the point of having an App is to not have to use a browser in this case.
October 24, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Douglas. They should play correctly on the app. If they are still not playing. Please Notify Customer Service. I apologize for the error.
October 24, 2019
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ANTHONY
Hi there. In the boot camp and working on day 1 reps. I notice that my head lowers (does not move laterally) when I do this move. I think due to putting pressure into the back foot. Is this a significant problem?
October 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. If the head is dropping a ton then you are squatting too much into the trail leg. To increase the pressure isn't a dramatic move. Check to make sure your knee flex isn't increasing.
October 23, 2019
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chris
Hi - it does not look like Chuck has setup with axis tilt as he goes through this demo. His shoulders and spine angle look more vertical than a tilt to the right.
October 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. Chuck has axis tilt. An absolute must as you progress through all the drill in the system.
October 23, 2019
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chris
Agree on the significant importance of axis tilt. Given how important this is, and how is changes the angles of the shoulders, with the right being lower than the left in setup, but then higher than the left if the rotation, it would have been good to see this in the video and understand how that works.
October 23, 2019
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CJ
looking for some clarity on the DEAD drill and the Rotary Swing Steps. I am going to be finishing up step 1 this week and and working through step 2 and plan on continuing through 5. How does the DEAD drill work into this? After completion of all 5 steps then do I incorporate the DEAD drill? What is the best way to utilize these platforms while continuing to play? I understand to not be focused on results/outcome driven initially while playing , but cant just stop playing I enjoy it too much.
October 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello CJ. The DEAD Drill and 5 Step are trying to accomplish the same goals. You will see more checkpoints in the DEAD Drill, but the movements are the same. I would use in conjunction with it. For example: When workin on Step 2. It is DEAD 1-3 Combined. Step 3 is DEAD 4. Etc.. Also, it's tough to introduce new concepts while playing. But, try to keep in mind at least one concept you are working on. Come hell or high water you accomplish making that move regardless of result.
October 21, 2019
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CJ
Gotcha. So what you are saying to get the most significant and lasting results stop playing until I successfully complete all the steps, correct?
October 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello CJ. The answers you seek for your journey: Should You Play Golf While Learning Your New Swing? Video. Chuck will give you all the details about pros/cons of playing while cleaning up the move.
October 21, 2019
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Richard
When focusing on starting the backswing by moving the right shoulder behind the head i feel as if i complete the shoulder turn before the backswing is complete and arms are elevated. Any advice?
October 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. You should have a pretty good blend. You may be dragging the arms and hands back. They aren't working in conjunction with your turn. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets Video to see if you can blend them better.
October 21, 2019
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Paul
Just want to clarify— there is no wrist cock or wrist hinge in the RST backswing right? Just (1) rotation, (2) elevation, (3) flection. The wrist cock tense to add tension to my arms! BTW- the video on Starting the Downswing before the backswing is completed helps me a lot with the DEAD Drill transition!!! It also helps me automatically let my arms just drop with passive shoulders!!
October 12, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. 50% of your wrist set happens in the backswing. Take a look at Wrist Cock vs Wrist Hinge and Using the Wrists in the Golf Swing. Wrist setting will be gradual. You don't need a lot of manual manipulation as you rotate, elevate and add flexion. Love passive shoulders in the downswing!
October 13, 2019
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lee
I'm not sure which video this was in, but there was a brief discussion about the damage to your swing that a "flying" right elbow can do. The first time I went to the range after seeing that video, I focused primarily on making sure my right elbow was reasonably tucked in throughout the swing and it made a huge difference. Before, I was topping the ball, hitting behind it, slicing, hooking, etc. Now 80% of my practice shots were struck well. Hopefully I can continue this on the course!
October 10, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lee. Great. Take a look at the 3 Functions of the Right Arm, or Stop Overswinging Video.
October 11, 2019
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Michael
Just starting out with dead drill 1 and wanted to get clarification on how many reps before going to step 2 and how do I record in rep tracker
October 9, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. At least 300/400 perfect reps (minimum 100 per day) before advancing and stacking DEAD 2.
October 10, 2019
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Scott
Don't you mean 3,000-4,000 reps?
October 15, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Scott. To master a move you need 3000-5000 reps. For the above DEAD drill I was stacking the components a little sooner like in the Bootcamp. Rep the pieces in sections to get proficient. And, then spend the reps mastering the blend together like you would Step 2 - Core Rotation.
October 15, 2019
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Thomas
This messege is for Pat Callahan. Sorry for the horrible video's. It seems that in my attempt to edit the file in order to meet the proper file size it shows up as if I'm swinging left handed. I am right handed. Before I begin doing my 5000 reps on the dead swing I would like to send you a better video review this time I will do them correctly so I can get a much better review. Those video's I sent you were horrible. Would that be ok? I'd feel a lot better and I will then feel much more comfortable knowing that you had a good clear view of where I am at this early stage of learning the proper golf swing. Thanks, Tom
October 9, 2019
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Absolutely OK Tom. Happy to take a look again. Thanks man
October 9, 2019
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Serge
Would you say that the Rotary Connect is still a great tool for performing the DEAD drill backswing while hitting all the checkpoints correctly?
October 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Serge. The RotaryConnect is fine to use with these drills.
October 6, 2019
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Josephine
When I Post Up, my left shoulder goes up. How bad is this?
October 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Josephine. Body only the lead shoulder needs to stay down. It will seem as if the shoulders are almost level to the ground.
October 5, 2019
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dennis
I opened a video this morning and there is no audio. I checked several other websites with audio and it is fine. Is something wrong on your end?
October 5, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. I had IT look at the issue. Over multiple computer streams everyone seems to have audio. My suggestion would be to log out. Clear History/Cache. Log Back in. 99% of the time this fixes any glitch with a video. I apologize that you are having a problem.
October 5, 2019
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dennis
Problem still exists only on your website. Please help me fix it. I have been making excellent progress and i'm frustrated that I have no audio on the Dead Drills.
October 6, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. I have asked other members. It seems this is a localized issue on your end. I apologize. It may be a setting, or something that needs adjustment. I am just the golf guy . Email Customer Service they will make sure you get rocking again.
October 6, 2019
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MICHAEL
Hi Guys In the dead drill videos Chuck mentions the reference videos. I dont see them below the drill? Thanks Mike
October 3, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. Go to Video Menu --> Dashboard. Under each category there will be the videos.
October 3, 2019
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Chris
This new DEAD Drill teaching seems to differ from previous teachings such as '5 minutes to the perfect set up with weight shift' whereby the initial move was a 1 inch lateral move (maintaining spine angle) whilst rotating. Patrick has me working on this at present. Im feeling a bit frustrated with conflicting messages now that the DEAD drill stuff is out. What should I focus on? I would like to do the DEAD drill boot camp however my dollar is in AUD so it would cost a bit too much (around $750) ...
October 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. The DEAD Drill doesn't conflict with the other drills/methods on the site. You are still rotating around the spine maintaining tilt and loading the trail glute. Some of the nomenclature has changed, but the same good RST Principles are still there. We noticed some players would tend to sway too much with saying weight shift. Therefore, Chuck uses increase in pressure to achieve the same goal while hopefully cutting out some students mistakes. The order of firing loading and rotating/rotating and loading won't make a difference as long as they both still occur. Some players get frozen over the ball and loading first is a good trigger to help from not being stuck. Using the videos above, 5 Min Series, 5 Step Series, and Swing Reviews will easily help you achieve your swing goals.
October 1, 2019
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Chris
Thanks Craig (and Patrick and Chuck), much appreciated.
October 1, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. No problem. You're Welcome.
October 1, 2019
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Paul
As you are putting the 85% weight on the trail foot, Is the majority of the weight in center of the foot or inside portion of the foot? Is there a "best" practice for this? Thanks.
September 30, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. You should feel center with some pressure more towards the inside to shy away from rolling on the outer edge.
September 30, 2019
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lee
Just starting the course with the initial DEAD Drill. I'm 68 yo with a "finicky" lower back and as I'm doing the backswing drill, I feel tension in the mid lower back. My checkpoints seem correct. Any suggestions? I don't want to injure my back. Thanks!
September 29, 2019
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lee
Follow-up. Went to the range today and no back problems. I think I was just using back muscles in a way they weren't used to.
September 30, 2019
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Joseph
Love this program and it just got easier. Do I now focus on just the DEAD drills? Also, just got an email for the Boot Camp starting in Oct. and ending Nov. How many day(s) is it?
September 29, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Check out this link for all the details https://rotaryswing.com/lp/premium-bootcamp-launch/
September 30, 2019
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Tom
Will there be a video for the release phase of the DEAD drill covered in the final boot camp webinar?
September 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. To my knowledge, I don't see an addition in the forecast after Dead Drill Step 6. But, happy to help you, or if you have any suggestions for further videos.
September 30, 2019
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Richard
Hi giuys. I joined up just over a month ago and shot my best score of the year within 2 weeks. Since then i feel as though my consistency is going backwards slightly. I'm still doing the reps but just wondering if any of u guys run in to a stalling point where do u regress back to ? Do u take club away completely, put one hand on, focus on one particular part of the swing? Also how many 'dead rep' drills do u guys put in at each stage to really see an ingrained progression? Thanks. Rick
September 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Exactly. You need to back down and refine the mechanics. I would suggest warming up with the body drill and gradually adding lead arm/club. Use all the checkpoints presented. I'm sure your old motor patterns are just trying to fight their way back in. It will take some time to completely not revert back when playing a lot. You will get there though! The reps can depend. It takes 3000-5000 reps to master a new movement pattern. If you can stack some drills and do them correctly. Then, you won't need that much at each new stage. But, 100 a day perfect reps at any stage will do wonders.
September 29, 2019
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Martin
This is a great video and I agree with the comments of others that this and others in the "dead" series have the capacity to be game changers. I have just one comment/suggestion based on my experience. On completion of a good backswing you should feel the energy stored up in your core. It's crucial in the remainder of the swing that you hold onto this energy so it feels almost as if the shoulders do nothing (they will but as a result of movement from the lower body). If you practice by doing reps just of the backswing its natural that once you reach the end position the first thing you do is turn your shoulders back so as to be ready for the next rep. This gets reps done quicker but risks developing a really bad habit of letting the energy stored in the core release immediately after you get to the top of the backswing. I'd suggest adding an extra step at the end of this drill once you hit the right position. Something like - pause for 5 seconds or so. - feel the tension built up in the core and stating the objective of holding onto this through transition - reset for the next rep by shifting your weight so that it is 80% over the lead foot while holding 100% of your core tension. Explain at this point you don't need to worry about exactly how to do this, just get used to the feeling of shifting while maintaining core energy and that the next step will expand on this. This avoids the risk of developing a bad habit and replaces it with a good one. Every rep done this way will not only develop the backswing but also act as a stepping stone towards transition.
September 28, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martin. Thank you for your suggestion and comments. It makes perfect sense. And, this note will be good for other members to read.
September 29, 2019
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John
Hello would it be okay to trigger backswing like Henrik Stenson? I find it allows me to transfer weight to rear leg and maintain the leg flex.
September 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. As long as you don't have excessive movement off the ball. Take a look at My Golf Backswing Secrets.
September 27, 2019
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Jens
Im working on getting more elevation at club parrallel, but at this point i already have a full turn in my torso. Am i supposed to? I get some more shoulder turn as i elevate further, but from club parallell it very much just feels like only elevation. Thing is i dont feel i get ro rhw top "naturally" this way. Arms swing nicely to club parrallel but from there it feels very mechanical to get to the top. Is this how it is supposed to feel or can i change something to get natural momentum from my core rotation?
September 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Sounds like tension. You should be able to get to the top while continuing shoulder rotation. Also, could be you aren't allowing for the arm to rotate from the shoulder socket. Take a look at How to Keep the Left Arm Straight Video. As you start reaching the top allow for some rotation. Should help you finish correctly.
September 27, 2019
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Jens
Ill have a look at it. But it is not as much me not getting a full turn, i do. Having issues atm with me getting beyond a full shoulder turn ;D (which i feel is kinda caused by me being close to fully turned already at club parallel. From there i keep on working around even more as i elevate the arm to my pec getting me quiet a bit beyond 90°). Might be something i'll have to send in a video for you to figure out what i do wrong.
September 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jens. Hmmm. I agree. If you can upload a video. May be something simple. But, remember it is a blend. You don't want 90 degrees of shoulder turn only halfway back because the arm will be out of sync and you will have to play catch up.
September 27, 2019
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Ravi
Hi. I recently got my dead drill reviewed and the first observation I received was that my right knee was rotating outwards on my backswing and that it needs to keep facing the mirror. I have tried to do that but although I have managed to stop the rotation to a large degree but there is still a slight movement of the knee to the right. Is that acceptable or does it effectively have to remain completely still through the backswing ?
September 25, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ravi. You want the trail knee to stay stable. As long as there isn't excessive external rotation and you are hitting all the correct parameters. It should be good. The more you keep focusing on good shoulder rotation and loading the glute. The easier it will be for the knee to quiet down. Take a look at the Laser Beam Knee Drills and Perfecting Lower Body Stability for more help.
September 25, 2019
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Ravi
Thanks Craig for the quick reply. Your answer is much appreciated.
September 26, 2019
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Howard
Hey, sorry if this is a stupid question. But during this drill it looks like there is no setup with axis tilt that’s laid out in the current full swing course? Is that correct or am misunderstanding this drill? I get plenty of tension in the right glute / hamstring and using the neck tie drill shows I have axis tilt at that point. Hope that makes sense! Many thanks!
September 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Howard. ALWAYS ADD THE AXIS TILT! Caps for emphasis. Hence, in the video the reference to the necktie drill. If you don't have enough tilt. Impossible to achieve. No stupid questions here. I would much rather you ask than drill incorrectly.
September 22, 2019
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Howard
Thanks Craig for the lightening quick reply! Much appreciated.
September 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Howard. Most welcome. No wasted reps!
September 22, 2019
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Alfred
I'm also a little confused here. The axis tilt that is referred to in another Setup video calls for sliding the left hip forward slightly so as to get the right shoulder slightly lower at address. But in this video I cant really see Chuck doing that - he appears to be aligned vertically when making the backswing. So should I shift the left hip forward a bit when doing the drill, or just maintain vertical alignment & figure the hip will get positioned once we add the club in? Thank you!
October 19, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alfred. Take a look at Golf Backswing, Completing the Golf Backswing. You will see Chuck do it from the static positions. I know it looks like Chuck doesn't have the tilt in this video. But, axis tilt is a must. When completing the backswing drill from setup add it at address. If you feel you struggle having enough at the top. Add it as you will see in the video I gave you above while doing the static or sectioned pieces.
October 19, 2019
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Mike
Im finding that my left shoulder is considerably higher than my right at the post up. The other check points look spot-on. Your suggestions or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks, Mike
September 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mike. We will have the post up coming soon. Take a look at the Level Shoulders Drill and You Hit the Golf Ball With Your Legs. You either are pushing from the trail side getting excessive secondary axis tilt. You moving the shoulder up with the post up. You need to train it down while clearing the hip.
September 22, 2019
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Angelo
Hi guys. New to the forum. How can I get access to or sign up for the Boot Camp? DP
September 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Angelo. The first BootCamp is sold out. When we email all members when the next one is available and scheduled.
September 22, 2019
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Ken
A profound yet simple method of teaching, Chuck. And a pretty video as well. Thanks to y9u and the RST team for their labors.
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ken. Thank You.
September 22, 2019
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Ed
Nice job on this video. I am going through the boot camp and have picked up some good info. I have injured my traps again from two years ago - so I am limited to the reps I can do. I haven’t videoed yet because of this. Recent Injuries are unrelated to golf. My golf was on the right track with more consistency, distance and pure enjoyment but lifting my grandkids over my head did me in. Although I’ll be in FL for the winter I am taking a month or more off from golf and will just perform lessons without a club. Should be unstoppable by Spring.
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ed. Thank you for the compliments. You should be a machine by spring!
September 21, 2019
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Mark
Hi two quick questions. I am in the middle of the Boot Camp, which is awesome. In session 4 Chuck suggests going slower is often better and to be comfortable with each piece before stacking the next. I like that advice, but having paid for the Boot Camp I want to make sure I can get through the sessions before the videos are taken down. So the question is how long are the videos left up after book camp? Secondly where is the appropriate place to post questions such as this regarding Boot Camp? Thanks!
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. They will be left up for the BootCamp Participants for awhile. I will find out the exact timeline for you. Anywhere under a video pertaining to the issue you are struggling with will suffice. I will find you.
September 21, 2019
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Mark
Thanks!
September 21, 2019
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Roger (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Craig, In the video Chuck states that if you maintain the right hip line and increase load to 80%-85% in your right foot you have executed the backswing properly.. I’ve worked hard on weight shift and struggled with it, but I can easily do as Chuck has provided keeping my right hip on the hip line and increase loading. That said, do I really need a visible movement laterally to the right or is just maintaining and loading the right foot acceptable? Thanks Roger
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Roger. You don't need to see a visible lateral movement. Lateral and rotation movement will negate each other. Rotate and increase the pressure maintaining the hip line will do just fine.
September 21, 2019
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Johnny
Thank you for this simplified video. Does this mean that we no longer need to focus on core rotation (using the obliques) to do the backswing? Taking the right shoulder back - is this the same as the shoulder blade glide?
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Johnny. You are still using the core and shoulder blade glide back. Focusing on pulling the trail shoulder behind the head on the proper shoulder plane requires the same muscle groups.
September 21, 2019
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Johnny
When using the obliques, to create the most powerful backswing possible, do we use the obliques equally (both left and right), or do we use the right oblique more to make the right shoulder go back? Is the shoulder blade glide automatic if the use the obliques correctly. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the lowest), how much are we exerting the obliques to create a powerful backswing? Chuck looks very chilled in the videos and I’m guessing 1. I feel like I have a more compact swing when I have around 7 or 8. Which is correct? At the bootcamp Chuck said it’s not a workout, hence my confusion.
September 22, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Johnny. Both will be working, but some tend to feel the trail side more. If you feel like you are turning your core/rib cage away from the target around the spine the shoulder blade glide will perform. Muscles need to be ready to fire/engage/work, but it shouldn't be like a workout. A perfect number scale would be tough cause that can be subjective. But, definitely on the lower end vs upper end of muscle exhaustion. Engaged, not overly tight/tense.
September 22, 2019
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you for this great new video Chuck! Working with the 5 steps videos already was a joy, this first DEAD drill video is another step forward in learning a proper swing. Maybe this is not the right place to ask my question but maybe you can help me. It is about working with the checkpoints during lessons. I often notice that (some) students get “overloaded” in their heads with the checkpoints. They want to have their attention to all checkpoints and that blocks them. I try to solve this by just have them focus on one checkpoint at a time but that means other checkpoints remain as a fault. What is the best way to address this? Thanks for helping
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Have them focus on them in sequence. For instance, I'll start with the head. If it's moving all over the place, I couldn't care less about the rest of the checkpoints. Then I'll look at the right hip line, etc. There's a priority to each movement and then you simply look at what's causing the student the most trouble and work from there.
September 21, 2019
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Timothy
Thank you, this is the greatest single piece of instruction. A complete epiphany for me. My arms were too far advanced at post-up all this time. This sequence is infinitely more powerful and stable. Thank you, thank you. Tim
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Timothy, glad you like it!
September 21, 2019
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Timothy
Chuck, to clarify, my epiphany and comment referred to your session 4 (otherwise my comment wouldn’t make much sense).
September 21, 2019
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Charles
Chuck and Team, Thank you so much for the entire program. The new DEAD Drill Step 1 video is excellent. You and Team TEACH not TELL . Thanks again. Charles A. Light, Indianapolis, IN
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Charles! The rest of the videos are just like this as well.
September 21, 2019
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Francis Hastings
Chuck, A superb new video.Great graphics - a real triumph. Congratulations and thanks for this.
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome!
September 21, 2019
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Alan
Wow, this is the deal. Clear, concise, with great overlays. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Great job Chuck!!
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Alan!
September 21, 2019
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Diane
Great video for Part one of DEAD Drill. I'm in Bootcamp where the reference videos are listed in the handout but I can't see the reference videos linked to this new one when I watch it? BTW everyone, especially beginners should start with the Wall Drill, it's so simple and it takes no time at all to see and correct that initial movement to the right that we all do in error.
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Diane. Thanks for the post about beginners. Yes, this isn't initially in the handout. We are creating these as we speak.
September 21, 2019
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Diane
Great. My question was also about where are the reference videos for this Dead Drill part 1 - will there be links on that screen that you can go to for the reference videos? They work well in the workbook, but that's only for Bootcamp folk.
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Diane. Good question. Let me suggest that to the boss man.
September 21, 2019
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Dan
Super good video. Very cool! This really brings together all of the instruction on the back swing. Lovin' the added lines. Very nice location. Hope to see more of these in the next steps. Dan
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dan. Thanks! More videos to come.
September 21, 2019
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Craig
I definitely feel like I really had good timing joining just a couple months ago. This and the RSA is probably all I'm ever going to need. Having the DEAD drill is going to be great because now I know exactly what my plan will be. @Chuck: Let me know when you're ready to upgrade your mobile apps in a very serious way. I build them for a pretty major mobile-health company and this Boot camp would be perfect on a platform similar to that. This is medicine for you golf game!. Can you imagine working on your game from the range with these drills while talking to an instructor live?? Yahtzee!!!
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Craig. Glad you enjoy the presentation. I will forward this message to Chuck.
September 22, 2019
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Terry
I agree with Ted. The overlays are great visuals for those of us that need visuals to "get it." You have combined a number of specific areas to make sure we understand how the move is meant to be. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your upgraded videos so that I can finally figure out and understand the "elusive swing." Appreciate what you are doing. Terry
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Terry. Thank you for the compliments and thanks. Good luck in today's bootcamp session.
September 21, 2019
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William
Did you mean quads instead of hamstrings?
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
No. You should feel the hamstrings
September 21, 2019
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Sean
Very nice! Love that this boils down required “fundamentals” that must be mastered before moving on.
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sean. Thanks for the compliments.
September 21, 2019
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Ted
obvious upgrade in video production. Well done. Use of graphic overlay should be a part of all future videos or even retrofit into the older ones. Also spot use of close ups helpful way to focus emphasis. Location doesn't hurt either! Chuck, you are rolling out a nicely streamlined version of the RST fundamentals tacking on the in-depth videos at the bottom in a way that makes a better and more immediate visual connection to the main video. Looks like the entire website is on its way to a very productive facelift! Well done. See you in Camp.
September 21, 2019
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Ted! I’m very excited about the updates coming. The website is going to be super simple to use going forward.
September 21, 2019
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Alan
Chunk, one of the best videos so far. I am in your bootcamp , and after watching this , I am realising that I am not feeling any muscles activate in the back of my trail leg in the back swing. Realised that weight is moving to middle of trail foot . Away to practice keeping weight on inside of trail foot and I can feel my muscles in back of trail leg now working . Thanks Alan on my trail leg
September 21, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Alan. Awesome. Fix that weight placement and get ready for today's session!
September 21, 2019

All right. Are you ready to learn just how simple the entire backswing is when you use the dead drill from face-on?

All you need to do is this

That's a perfect backswing. Now I'm going to walk you through each key checkpoint face on and down the line so that you can get the perfect backswing as good as any ball striker in the world and master a perfect swing, super, super fast, and really, really easy. So let me walk you through the checkpoints as you're going through this. So the first thing is that most golfers tend to make a mistake by pushing from the left shoulder, instead of pulling from the right, and that causes their head to move off the ball and the shoulders to turn really flat. You can see that my left shoulder almost looks higher than my right here. That won't work because you're adding a lot of extra movement to the swing. And any time you start changing the spine angle and your axis, that's going to affect what's happening to the swing, plane, and path.

So in order to make your swing really, really simple, all you need to focus on at first is pulling that right shoulder behind your head. You can see that even me, I have a fuse neck after our neck injury and my head still stays centered. When you start pushing from the left side, that's when your head starts moving off the ball. So focus on the wall, drill in the reference videos so that you can start getting the feeling of your head, staying nice and centered. While you pull your right shoulder back behind your head. Once you have that move, the next checkpoint is your right hip line. The best way to think about this is if you were up against a chair or a countertop at this height, this right hip should never move away from that or move into it from face on. It's going to look like it stays exactly where it started out a dress.

So imagine my hand is a coffee table or a chair. And as I start rotating, pulling that shoulder back behind my head from face on it looks like my right hip never moves this way or this way, what golfers tend to do, especially when they stop making a full shoulder turn. When they pick their arms up, is that their hips start sliding this way. Obviously, if there was a countertop or a chair here, I'd be bumping into it. So that won't work. So as long as I imagine I have an immovable object here and I'm just rotating around it. So that face on it looks like it stays in position. I'm going to have a perfect turn. The other common mistake is to shift this way. When you're rotating back, you need to feel that you increase the pressure on your trail foot. So at address you're about 50 50, give or take a little bit, but at the top of your backswing, or before you start your transition, you want to imagine you have about 80% pushing that right foot into the ground.

So as you go back, you want to imagine you can kind of push it in a little bit more, increase the pressure in it, and that your lead foot is going to feel pretty light. If you do that, that will help you maintain that right hip line and help you reward, avoid your hips, sliding and swaying all over the place. If you do, then the last thing that you need to check is your access tilt. I like to use the neck tie drill as a really simple reference for this, because it makes it really clear when you start to lose your access, as you go back, which is really common. So what the neck tie does is as I go back, I want to imagine if I had a neck tie on, it would hang down freely just to the inside of my right knee.

If I slide my hips this way, you'd see the neck ties going to start to drape across my belly. It should hang freely from the top. If I've maintained my access tilt, your course, you don't want to have it hanging this way. That's a reverse hip shift. So again, use the right hip line, pull the right shoulder behind the head. And if you set up correctly, you'll have the neck tie drill down perfectly. Now let's talk about the checkpoints from down the line. The first thing that I want you to focus on when you're talking about looking at your swing from down the line is your shoulder plane. If you imagine that this was my spine angle and this shaft represented the by future shoulder plane, that is perpendicular to my spine or 90 degrees to my spine angle. As I rotate back, my shoulders should just rotate on that same plane by put a club across here.

This makes it really easy to start seeing it or mirror whether or not I'm turning flat. This is obviously flat. If the club shaft parallel to the ground, I clearly didn't rotate perpendicular to my spine. And now that means I've pushed from the left side. And most likely my head has moved off the ball as a result. So instead, I'm going to pull that right shoulder behind my head, push that right foot into the ground. My maintain the right hip line. And as my right shoulder goes back, my left shoulder goes down as a result. As long as I'm not doing anything with my left shoulder, it'll rotate perfectly back on plane to the perfect position. The last checkpoint for the backswing is maintaining flex in that trail leg. What a lot of golfers tend to do is straighten that leg up right away, and you lose all the healthy torque intention that you've built in your obliques and your core muscles by just making what I call the lazy man's turn.

This makes it really easy to turn, but you've built up no activation, no load in your muscles. And so what you want to do is maintain that flex. As you go back, it's okay to lose some. You can see as I go back my right legs and to lose a little bit of knee flex, but I still feel that I have enough that I feel athletic and I can continue to push and drive that foot into the ground to activate my glute and my hamstring. If you feel load and intention here in your muscles, then you've maintained flex. As soon as you straighten that leg, you'll feel all of that load in the right glute completely go away. So if you can master those simple checkpoints, adding the arms and the club is going to be a piece of cake, but make sure if you're not certain that you're doing these moves correctly, get a review of your swing so that we can help you master these moves and check out the reference videos below because they will walk you through each cheat key checkpoint in great detail

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