The Tour Pro Downswing Sequence Drill

If you are looking for a golf swing drill that can INSTANTLY improve your ball striking power and consistency, then look no further! This drill is designed to teach you the exact same sequence as the tour pros using the data gathered from the SwingCatalyst 3D Motion Plate.


Introducing the Launch Monitor for Your Body

What is it that makes a “pro swing” a “pro swing”? Is it the speed they produce? Is it the accuracy? The combination of the two? Perhaps it’s the efficiency in which they produce speed that allows them to be accurate?

For hundreds of years, golfers have been trying to understand what allows an elite player to hit the ball miles in the air with seemingly little effort. And let’s face it, putting makes the money but there’s nothing better than crushing a monster drive and that is something that has always been the most enjoyable part of the game for me. Even at age 44 with all the injuries I have endured from other sports, my swing speed still averages 120 mph.

Everyone who has ever picked up a club has made an attempt to understand where effortless power comes from in the swing. If only there was a way to measure and display in an easy to understand way exactly what the best players in the world do to produce speed.

Enter the 3D Motion Plate

Launch monitors have been around for a while now. Trackman truly revolutionized the industry’s understanding of what the club and ball do that leads to great shots but there’s a problem with Trackman. It can only show you WHAT happened, not HOW it happened.

Imagine arriving at a scene at a car accident. You see the carnage of cars mangled, it’s clear WHAT happened - two cars collided. But the first question you ask yourself is HOW did this happen? 

If you had a video of the accident you can clearly see WHAT happened and logically deduce HOW it happened but to truly understand the accident, you need multiple perspectives. Multiple camera angles would be very helpful, that helps fill in the picture a bit more. But having data on each car, i.e. was the driver hitting the brakes or gas, were they turning the wheel, were they looking at their phone, etc., is the only way to truly get the whole picture.

We need a way to peek “under the hood”. In golf, having a launch monitor and multiple high speed cameras gets us a long way into understanding how a high level player generates speed and accuracy, but with a 3D force plate, we can actually peek “under the hood” to see exactly HOW the best players in the world are moving their body’s to create effortless power and control.

While most tour player’s swings may “look” very different on the surface to the average golfer, the reality is that they move their body’s in a very specific sequence in incredibly similar ways. Through the use of 3D motion technology, we can now prove what I’ve been saying for the past 15 years and doing in my own swing - move your body correctly and the rest will follow.

So, in today’s introduction video to 3D technology that will usher in a faster learning pathway to becoming a more powerful and consistent ball striker, I’m going to discuss and demonstrate the sequence that the pros all follow in the downswing - lateral, rotational and then vertical - the exact same sequence of the DEAD Drill and what allows me to regularly hit drives well over 300 yards.

 

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Michael
This question is for Craig. Hello Craig, you sent me to this video when I asked about the sequence with the release with the post up, thank you. I am currently hitting balls with the drill mentioned at the end of this one. The modified 9-3 with the release and my weight all ready to the fwd leg. I like it, this gives me a feel that I have been looking for. I do have an issue, I am loosing the tush line and doing the clam shell drill is not sticking, when get rid of the chair and do some more reps, I go back to the old trick and up on my toes I go. Is there another drill that can help? Also, I am having issues with my hands. One issue is the lead wrist not flat at impact. Some vids indicate it should be a natural motion/occurance, but I really need to concentrate on this, it needs to be a dilberate thought and manipulation of my hands. The natural motion for me is for the butt of the club to keep coming thru. When I do concentrate on this, it feels that I need to keep my club face closed thru the back swing and with the down swing and then I want to hold it there coming thru the ball. And my hands/fingers are NOT feeling too good. Hope that makes sense. Can you point me to some vids. Thanks, Regards, Ortho
November 27, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Go to the Menu Tree --> Axiom Legacy Dashboard --> Hit It Straighter --> Fix Your Release ( not the trail shoulder back version). The seeing the hole through the hand really helps players. Also, the Day 2: Hitting Low Shots. If removing the chair you are losing the tush line it sounds like you aren't thing enough about your feet and lead oblique. Try to focus on pulling the lead oblique behind you when posting and moving the pressure in the lead foot from ball of foot towards the heel. Don't solely just focus on straightening of the leg.
November 28, 2022
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Michael
Craig, Thanks for getting back with me. Trust you had a great Thanksgiving! I will check those videos out, much appreciated. Yesterday….I located the “play the best golf of your life in 6 weeks”, and one of them indicated the “neck tie”, so I will incorporate that, yes? Also within that series it pointed to “5 mins to the perfect release” (I forgot about this one) and what I realize I am too dominate with the trail side, its weird….because I watched that video multiple times and I don’t remember those statements in the vid…lol sad…. So I will do lots of reps of the drills stated in the “5 mins to the prefect release”. And I purchased an impact cube to help with those drills. Also; I see you are available for unlimited reviews…. I may sign up with you after I burn thru my available swing reviews. Again thanks for the help.
November 28, 2022
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Dave... Here is a video which I should have directed you to on the last review. Check it out! https://rotaryswing.com/videos/latest-videos ... "Why Your Lead Leg Doesn't Straighten at Impact"
July 24, 2021
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Manny (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave... Left Field? Is the target line in center field? Hmmmm? Can't quite visualize what you mean, sorry buddy.
July 24, 2021
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Dave
Working on the downswing sequence at the range today, I realized a big move that seemed to help to start the downswing. That is, keeping my back to the target and moving laterally slightly down and moving my back to left field before posting up. This seems to help to put the focus on using the lower body to swing, while relaxing the shoulders and arms. Does this make sense?
July 23, 2021
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Nathan
Hey I am coming along great with the drills and the videos and understanding how to create power from leverage. I had a question though, would it be a fair assumption that during the downswing after my weight shifts back to the left side, which intern rotates my upper body, would it be fair to say that some of the release is coming from the unfolding of the right arm? I went to the driving range this morning and tried to feel pulling with the left side versus shifting the weight pulling with the left side and unhinging my right arm into the ball. I hit it fantastically. Was wondering if you could shed some insight on this?
July 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nathan. The trail arm will tend to be more of a passive conduit of power in a lead side dominant release. But, you can add a little speed with it. You would see much more active throw in a trail side dominant release.
July 2, 2021
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Nathan
That’s what I was thinking thank you. When I was pulling with the left side, I noticed the right arm passively unfolds rather quickly when I’m synced up with the shoulders being closed on the down swing, and when I get the club stuck behind me the right arm doesn’t unfold early at all, and the left arm gets thrown off my chest, and I block it. Can associating the right arm passively unfolding early, tell me I’m getting the arms back in front of me as long as I continue to be lead side dominate?
July 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nathan. Feeling the trail arm in front can indicate that you are out of the stuck position. But, I would be cautious of just thinking unfolding because you don't want it to start doing that too soon.
July 2, 2021
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Nathan
Very good then, I would assume the trail arm starts unfolding after the weight shift, when the shoulders close 45 degrees, arms catch up, post and release. I’m so close man I shot 68 this week and I’m starting to nit pick now.
July 2, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Nathan. Good playing! Kinetic chain from the ground up. Take a look at Downswing Overview for good visual.
July 2, 2021
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bob
If I was to try to put an alignment stick in the ground outside my left hip to give me an indication of where lateral should stop and help me to rotate my hip then use the vertical where would I put this? I've been rotating or trying to rotate the hip from too far inside the proper vertical alignment and have had difficulty in posting up properly. IE left leg never straightens. Should I get my hip into NJA and slide it in the ground from there?
May 1, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bob. That would probably be best. Get yourself in impact position with lead hip in NJA. That way you can have the reference spot. Also, take a look at Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks 4 of 6. Good sequence drill to help make sure weight and hip clear.
May 3, 2021
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bob
Other than this video I recall one where there was great detail about force plate analysis. Is it still available on the site?
May 5, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bob. Maybe --- Vertical Ground Force and Double Peaks Video?
May 5, 2021
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bob
Thanks Craig, In working thru this I'm making gains from improving my getting into the right side more effectively but when I make the initial lateral move should I try to feel the weight go immediately to the left heel in transition? It feels like when I do that the arms and club are carried into impact smoothly but as you guys like to say "Feel isn't Real" It all fits in the Magic Box in video but my left hip isn't clearing right just yet.
May 8, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Copy that. Happy to take a look at it if you want to post it on our community page. It will move quickly to the lead heel/ankle, but the initial shift will feel more balanced towards the ball of the foot.
May 9, 2021
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Harry
You say the sequence is lateral, rotational and vertical. When I tried that I failed immediately for having a 'closed hip slide'. You just can't win???? What is the difference please?
February 11, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Harry. The closed hip slide is the tiniest of versions you will see. You shouldn't really pick it up without slow motion. The main difference is in your swing you just stayed in that for too long. All the way until the hands were at the trail thigh. Think more like Magic Box Video and where the arms stop parallel in the transition.
February 11, 2021
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David
I have a problem with bowing my wrist and squaring the club at impact. When during this sequence would you begin to bow the wrist to square the club at impact? Top of the backswing? S2S? Post and release? Thanks.
October 27, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. The club is always rotating. Some players need to feel it a little earlier. Case in point: Square the Face Early Video. However, as the hands start entering the trail thigh is when most players start to feel the lead wrist bow and the club square up.
October 27, 2020
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Kevin
Hi Craig - I love this video but am still trying to diagnose why my upper body hangs back. Shifting earlier has really helped stopped my hip from going past NJA at impact which is great but the upper is still not there. Do you think my upper hanging back is the result of other factors or should focus on getting the upper to sit / fall left more? Side note In this video I moved out toward my toes at impact and slowed my rotation - I think I getting setup too far away from the ball with the driver
September 6, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. You've always had the tendency to hang back and flip through the shot because of your old push move. This has improved greatly since we started tackling the release lately. I think you are still having the issue of wanting to push a little with the trail hip, but trying to hang back to lift the ball in the air. You need to swing the driver like an iron and allow the setup adjustment to create the launch.
September 7, 2020
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Kevin
Thanks Craig - I rewatched the lead arm in the downswing and think that move might help stack things better practicing in front of a mirror and feel more of a compression move with the lead arm if you agree? I’d really like to zero out my path more - my two way miss due to the in/out path cost me some shots yesterday although my handicap is trending down nicely the past month
September 7, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. Absolutely. The lead arm downswing move will be important for working towards that zeroed out path.
September 7, 2020
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Andrew
Excellent video. Love the way you break it down into segments. Just wondering could you do this drill with your Driver? Would it help the timing out it? As I am struggling to keep it on the planet at the moment. Ha Thanks
September 2, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. The same sequence is for a driver. The drill may be hard to replicate with the wood. But, the kinetic chain will remain the same.
September 2, 2020
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Shane
Great video, I often struggle with the transition from body only drills to actually hitting a ball. Question, should this drill produce straight shots? I'm hitting into a net so not sure if the shots that are not straight are little draws.
August 31, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Shane. You are supposed to be drilling . RST should produce straight shots with a bias of leaning towards a draw.
August 31, 2020
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Shane
Thanks Craig. I'm still drilling club upside down, you have my word on that! Was just a little side hustle (left arm only) to see where I'm at!
August 31, 2020
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James
one could remember this to music. L. R. V. just like S. R. V. lateral, rotational, then vertical. and stevie ray vaughn. hope this helps someone. this is nice. like a reverse engineering almost, kinda work backwards.
August 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. When people ask me my downswing sequence. I say, "Stevie Ray Vaughn."
August 31, 2020
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Charles
Chuck, Thank you for this video and all your work. Very interesting and helpful to really see the proper sequencing. As you know, injuries really mess with you. I used to play at a low single digit index, injuries, got old -- yadda yadda and game went haywire. Your program renewed my hope and interest in playing reasonably well again. You and your team's instructional style has been very helpful. I was part of your Beta test of the Dead Drill and recently did the Bootcamp again (6/9/20-6/27/20). I'm having fun again and improving. Again, thank you so much. Sincerely, Charles / Indianapolis, IN
August 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Charles. Thank you for the post. Happy to hear the renewed interest and looking forward to continuing your swing progression and scores back to the good old days.
August 31, 2020
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Robert
Chuck, I notice you are using the GForce club. Is there a specific advantage for this drill with this club or just a better prop for your purposes with the contrast of the white shaft etc?
August 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Robert. Contrast does help. But, no particular reason.
August 31, 2020
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James
I have studied this video quite extensive this evening and have to say after looking at it several times it really has come to my attention about that vertical movement starting when it does, when the arms reach parallel to the ground. Further that vertical movement has completed by the time the club has reached parallel to the ground! On looking at my swing analysis FO the two things that are glaringly obvious. The first one I was aware of is that in the back swing, my shoulder tilt is too shallow, almost flat. When I look at when my vertical movement begins, comparing the movement with Chuck's swing, I can plainly see that his lead shoulder has risen more than mine at setup. Whereas mine is still at setup height. It is not until I am at impact that my lead shoulder rises above setup height, plus I still have some flex at my knee joint compared with Chuck at this point , his lead leg is fully posted up. So I feel I need to work on this a lot more but really need to get my lead shoulder more tilted in the back swing. I would appreciate a pointer to a drill or video that would help this respect. Thanks Chuck for this video, you have got through to this senile old brain!
August 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello James. The only videos I know that discuss this would be the Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane Drill and (live lesson) How Tiger, Rory & Ernie Use Their Hips for Power Video.
August 31, 2020
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James
Huh like many of your previous answers, your pointer to Golf Backswing Shoulder Plane, again is down as one of my favourites! Really should trawl through my favourites when I get an issue like this. :o The other one was not there but is now )
September 1, 2020
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Kevin
Great video pulling all the timing elements together! Curious if Swing Catalyst can measure the effort to pull the club down from the top vs having completely passive arms? I know it’s a blend but I think it would be interesting data to see
August 29, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kevin. I will have to check with Chuck. But, interesting data for sure.
August 31, 2020
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Gregory
Thanks Chuck for a great explanation and drill to hit balls! Quick question: I struggle with hitting thin iron shots which has varied causes which you nailed with me in my online lesson. The question and fear I have) is wouldn't the vertical lift ( using the ground in the last part) contribute to my thin shots. The thought of pushing off the ground is so counter intuitive with trying to stay in the shot and down and through with my golf swing. Thanks for any insights into this ! Greg
August 29, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Your lower body is what's moving up, but the upper body is staying in the same position or even going down if your hip is going BACK, not just UP.
August 29, 2020
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Kenneth
Thank you Chuck for posting this video and your explanation of only the lower body moving up and back, this stopped the topping for me. I've been with RST since April and this drill switched the light on for me. My biggest issue has always been late on the lateral shift so I improvised and address the ball with 70% of my weight on the lead leg and then go through the hip and body turn in the backswing. Then it's just left cheek up and back. I practiced the drill for 30 mins and went out the next day and hit the longest drive ever! Added 10 to 15 yards with every other club too! My group said I added 30% to my drives! I could not believe how much longer I was hitting it without any upper body effort. I know I can do more as I was not even focusing on the release but just the post up move, and my left hamstring was sore, I guess that's normal since I've never done it before. I'm going to use another of your live lessons tip of feeling the left lats pulling during the post up which helps me with the release. One move at a time but your method and the way you teach it are nothing but the best, so easy to understand! Thank you again! Ken
September 1, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
That’s awesome Ken! Fun times ahead!
September 2, 2020
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John
I have the same problem. When I work on the post up move, I start hitting the equator of the ball. I think it's an issue of separating the upper and lower body. The upper torso and shoulder pivot point are essentially stable and square or even a bit closed to the target line while the post up move and release are happening. That prevents thinning it. But I have trouble with the separation. My torso wants to go with the lead hip when I try to post up. My lumbar disks are in bad shape which is part of the problem (not from golf).
August 29, 2020
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Kevin
This is a great topic and when I work on this move my miss is thin (better than fat) - I have to really keep my upper half in the shot with the post up move and square shoulders at impact - when I do it’s amazing how square and long I hit it!
August 30, 2020
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Tony
I have been dipping into your Pandora's box of gems for quite some time, and finally a lightbulb has come on for me via this latest drill. The key words for me are 'deceleration' and 'posting' 90% of my weight to the left leg much earlier. The improvement in timing and sweetness of the strike is dramatic. Thank you Chuck.
August 28, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tony. Thanks for the post. Much appreciated. Glad you had a lightbulb moment.
August 29, 2020
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David
In a recent video ('How Ernie, Rory and Tiger use their hips........'), Chuck spoke about using the rotation of the right hip towards the target in the back swing to initiate the shift in the transition. Is this the move I should be looking for as it wasn't specifically mentioned in this video?
August 28, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
This video is specific to the downswing only
August 29, 2020
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Chris
I like it ! The lead arm parallel position ( rotational position ) is just under parallel yeah ? Lateral = 9:30 - 10 Rotational= 8:30 - 9:00 Vertical = 7:00 ?
August 28, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. Sounds like you are on the proper path to me.
August 29, 2020
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Michael
Great video Chuck! Can't wait to give it a go. ~Mike
August 28, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Mike!
August 29, 2020
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Rayan
Chuck thanks for the video on the downswing the pros do. I will start using the drill today and report back on my progress in a few weeks. This has been the bane of my swing, not having my downswing in the proper sequence and timed correctly. This drill should definitely cure that. My swing speed is very good (111 mph) but my sequence is off and that screws up my game. Sequence and timing are key. Again, thanks for all of your help. FYI: I’ve gone from a 19 handicap to an 8 in less than 2 years. My immediate goal is get it down to a 3 in 2 years and then To scratch within 5 years From today. Again, thanks for all of the help, couldn’t have done it without you and your staff.
August 28, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
That's a great jump from 19 to 8 in that time span, great job!
August 29, 2020
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Rayan
I was told the same thing by others. It’s a testament to your system. I’ve been doing the drills everyday since becoming a member. I guess my old sports skills are helping some - baseball and basketball. Always been very good with my hand and eye coordination along with timing. I understand that getting lower is a lot more challenging and will take a lot longer to achieve, if ever. Again, thank you so much for all of your help. Keep up the excellent work.
August 29, 2020
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Arthur
Great video Chuck. Is there any merit in being conscious of keeping the trail foot rolling onto the inside edge through the downswing?
August 28, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It should stay down as a by product of not pushing so hard off the right side or overrotating your hips. At first, you may need to consciously think of it to become aware of it.
August 29, 2020
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James
What I did notice in this video is that Chuck lets his trail heel come off the ground as he comes into impact at post up. I have been working so hard to let my trail foot roll on to the inside edge and maintain the right heel touching the ground as he explains in the the Dead Drill Step 3- Post Up at 4.05 in that video. When I worked on this video here and let my heel come off the ground as I posted up, it was so much easier and my swing more fluid as there was no drag from my trail leg at post up, plus I achieved so much more speed. It would be interesting to know why Chuck has changed this situation regarding to letting the heel come off the ground at post up, whereas in the dead drill post up he talks of maintaining the heel on the ground. Craig, just looked at your comments in my review and hope that you could see that I do try to maintain that trail heel on the ground as I post up. As I say here following what Chuck is showing and saying here of letting that trail heel come off the ground at post up, I find it so much easier to straighten that lead leg. It is dark here now but hopefully I may get a chance to work on this tomorrow but would like to here your comments here please.
August 28, 2020
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Arthur
Hi James, I didnt see your comment before I posted mine. We seem to be asking about the same thing! Cheers Arthur.
August 28, 2020
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James
Yes Ryan when you look at Chuck in "Golf Downswing, Rotary Golf Downswing Overview" I have to question about this trail heel, especially when you compare Chuck in this video and Tiger in the captures below. I must admit why have been trying to maintain that right heel to the ground at post up?
August 28, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You are comparing an iron swing to a driver swing. Apples and oranges in terms of what you're looking at. The driver swing will generally have a wider stance so, of course, if you shift laterally to the left, the right foot would need to come off the ground slightly. It can also come up when accuracy is not the primary goal, which, with the driver, that's not the primary goal. You're trying to hit a target 50-100 yards wide. With an iron your focus is down to a 10 yard circle. Keeping the heel down is for control and with the irons, that's what you're looking for. We emphasize keeping the heel down because of the tendency of our students to push hard off the right side and never engage the left, so they lose their posture. As soon as the heel stays down they become aware of the fact they need to engage the left and if they were "humping the fire hydrant" they instantly maintain their posture. As for my own heel coming up, that's from weakness in my left side from my accident so I push off the right to compensate and I often do this too much. I'm working to rehab my left to get it strong but it's been a long process and nerve damage just is what it is.
August 29, 2020
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James
I accept that Chuck but even in this video you yourself are referring to a little bit of push off the ground with your trail leg at 15.30 and in the movement you have your left heel coming off the ground before post up as shown in the capture here and that is why I remarked on this.
August 29, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I am not hitting a ball. I am discussing a concept and demonstrating.
August 29, 2020
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James
So I assume you maintain that you should keep the inner part of the trail heel on the ground, with an iron, at post up as you come into contact with the ball? I have to say looking at some of the videos of iron play it does look, with a ball, the tour pros seem to let their trail heel come off the ground at impact. As I said I have had issues in trying to maintain contact with the inner part of the heel to the ground at impact. It seems to inhibit me in a to obtain a more fluid, freer release after impact.
August 29, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
If you want to raise your heel then do so. I can point out and have dozens of pros and who keep their heel down. As i already stated it is for control. If you can have precise control with the Heel lifting then go for it
August 29, 2020
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James
Chuck I can see what you are driving at and it is something I have discussed a lot with Craig and I know my main fault is not so much a problem using the lower body to transfer over to the lead side but I know that it is mainly a push with my right arm that is the main cause of my problem instead of letting my arms drop more vertically rather than pull them into the ball. Thanks for all your advice and I do greatly value, just wish this old frame of mine would be a bit more flexible. Craig will tell you all about that )
August 29, 2020

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