#1 - How to Move the Right (Trail) Knee Like the Pros - Part 2

Combine the Clamshell Drill with this right knee trick to give yourself more speed in your downswing and help you maintain your posture to stop losing the tush line.

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Steve
Hey guys, would you say this move happens after squat to square or at the same time? Is this the first part of the new lessons that Chuck developed from his force plate training? Thanks, Steve
December 16, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Steve. The flexion will increase on the SQ to SQ as you keep both butt cheeks against the chair and then you can apply said move. Yes, this will be the first out of a series of 10.
December 17, 2020
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TOM
Craig: I’m seeking your insight as to a possible reason why I’m been hitting very weak shots to the right after our lesson last week. I’m thinking I’m not getting a full shoulder turn in backswing . When I do, it seems I can go from 6 to 7 to right toe with knee firing better. Needless to say it’s been frustrating!! Thanks for your help.... Tom W.
March 23, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. It may be lack of shoulder rotation because you are lacking muscle fiber recruitment. However, the face is open and there is a lack of speed. Sure you aren't coming in too steep and holding the face?
March 24, 2021
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TOM
Thanks Craig. I believe I have figured it out. In addition to not getting full shoulder turn in the back, I am focusing too much on the right arm coming into the ball. I went back to pulling with my left arm as I shift my weight from 6 to7 to toe on right foot. I'll confirm when I go hit range balls later today. Thanks, Tom
March 24, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great. Yes. I had to get my lead arm back engaged as well. Took me about 2 days.
March 24, 2021
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TOM
Craig: The adjustment to pulling into the downswing and release with better getting off MGR.... perfect!! I’ll confirm it on the golf course tomorrow. Thanks, Tom
March 24, 2021
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Keep us posted Tom.
March 24, 2021
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Steve
Hey Craig, Thanks so much, that's what I thought made the most sense, but always good to clarify. I am excited for this addition to the series! I think it is well timed to add this in... Those who have done the Dead drill boot camp and put the time in to INGRAIN the proper movements are ready to incorporate this next step! I think it's important to emphasize that you must have the basics dialed in before adding this move! Perhaps that's where some of the confusion is coming from with some of the other member comments? This is a PRO move! Thanks again, as always I Love what you guys are doing! Keep up the great work! I am seeing a lot of success in my game thanks to Rotary Swing! Cheers!
December 17, 2020
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Howard
This is really great and will liberate my right leg. I did notice that your right heel is coming off the ground on your downswing. Wasn't that or no no requiring a bunch of push-ups? Is this a change? Thanks for the help
December 13, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Howard. Depending on how much you open through the shot, etc. The trail heel may have to leave the ground a touch. You can see a little of this action in the Tape Drill Video when Chuck goes slow motion. But, you still don't need a big push of the foot, or you can get into Early Extension.
December 14, 2020
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Martin
Is the DEAD drill dead? I really hope not because I believe (like I thought Chuck did) that it really is a breakthrough that provides the central framework on which everything else can be built. I think this series looks interesting but it will be a step backwards if it replaces the simplicity of the DEAD drill with a million and one swing ideas. Unless you have killed the DEAD drill I suggest that every single instructional video that you publish as some point references back to the appropriate part of the DEAD drill and that you tag them as such too so they can easily be found.
December 10, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I literally referenced the DEAD Drill in this video
December 10, 2020
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Martin
Sorry. I am a DEAD believer. I am an RST believer. A lightbulb went off in my head the first time I saw your videos. Because I am an IT systems guy and yours was the first golf teaching approach that spoke my language, treating the entire swing as an integrated system built on core fundamental principles. My swing has changed beyond measure in the time I have been following you but even more satisfying for me is that my understanding has improved too. I think the DEAD drill has the potential to be a game changer but as with anything new it needs constant referencing and reinforcement. I think each and every video should reference the DEAD drill . Yet I did not hear the word "dead" once in this video. I heard "clamshell" a lot but then when I watched the clamshell video I did not hear the word "dead" there either. Ideally I should not be straining to hear the word. It should be part and parcel of every video's introduction and/or closing. So for example this could open with "the DEAD drill takes you through how to execute a repeatable powerful set of movements that will have you consistently hitting the ball well. This key move from the pros is something to keep an especial eye on as you are working through the first 3 stages. Get it right then before you add the club and you will have ingrained a great habit. Then close with "when you are practicing your DEAD drills stack the clamshell on top and then really focus on what your trail knee is doing". I'm sorry if this sounds like nit picking put it really is important.
December 11, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Martin, the entire program, the entire site, is built around the DEAD Drill. Each subsequent drill such as the Clamshell Drill is simply to help you master the DEAD Drill and more deeply understand it. So, I'm not certain why you feel the need to mention it in every single video as it seems redundant. Everything, including this video, is to reinforce the 3 core moves of the DD
December 12, 2020
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Martin
Just as further point. One thing that occurred to me as I first watched this was "surely if I am doing the DEAD dril (inc clamshell) l correctly then I will already be doing the correct thing with my trail knee". I don't know what the remaining 9 points will be but it may be worth differentiating between those that should already be covered if you are doing the DEAD drill correctly and those which may be not (e..g. lower hands at the top?). While the DEAD drill is great it is likely to adapt and this would be a good way to introduce and stack these changes.
December 11, 2020
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Stephen
Do you recommend using the rotary connect on your legs when working on this new right knee move, or would that hinder it?
December 9, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes you can. The knee isnt moving aggressively toward the left knee
December 10, 2020
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DR HARRY
Chuck, What about keeping the right foot (heel) on the ground at impact? You owe me $100!
December 9, 2020
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Haha, I'm going to go broke! That's a control move for those who spin out and struggle with good contact. I'm having trouble with neither but am a little aggressive with my hips and that is causing the heel to lift.
December 9, 2020
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Tony
That's excellent. Thanks
December 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome Tony. Thanks.
December 9, 2020
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Joel
Thanks Chuck. That's a good point about feeling light. I've been feeling quite sore in the legs and particularly the lead lower leg after a round. I think I've been trying to put too much force through the leg positions. One of the challenges I'm having is keeping it light but moving through the leg positions without coming up out of the shot. I guess I need to keep working on clam shell so that I can keep my spine angle while rotating the hips and posting up.
December 9, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joel. Glad you liked the video. Yes. The challenge is maintaining that clamshell without the urge to drive that trail side hard.
December 9, 2020

In part one of the video, we talked about how this right knee works in the golf swing and some of the best players in the world. And we could go through dozens and dozens of tour pros, you're going to see the same things over and over again. And especially when it comes to power, those golfers who are really hitting the ball really well, really hard and really high  you're going to see this over and over again. And the reason for this is that this allows the angle of attack to shallow out for higher launching and thus, longer drives. As you come through, as you saw in Brian Gay swing, if you tend to just swing down with the arms or if you're that type of golfer where this right leg straightens, and you just throw the club down, you're going to tend to hit down on the ball pretty sharply. And that's going to cost you a lot of distance with the driver and make it harder hit long irons.

So in order to do this move, what you need to understand is this, again, more than one way to skin a cat, but the basic idea is that as you're coming down, if you remember from the Clamshell Drill, that we, we focus on getting that right hip to go back in the backswing. You saw in Dustin Johnson's swing that right, and he really extends back a long ways and many golfers. You're going to see it not move nearly as much in my case, I don't really move it a lot. It doesn't really matter. It's just really about getting that hip back. And then as you start down, this is where the money is made from here. Most amateurs will tend to drive hard. If they're going to try to use this right side to help produce power, they will drive hard off this right foot and drive the pelvis into the ball.

And of course this leads to early extension. So you can't do that. You can't just push hard this way off your right foot. That's going to cause you to stand up. So instead, if you remember from the clamshell drill, once that right hips back on the chair, the left hip, then also kisses the chair. So now both butt cheeks are on the chair and you'll see, as I do this, my right knee is moving forward. Now I'm not actively trying to move my knee forward. That would obviously cause me to move my pelvis or move my pelvis into the ball. Instead, what I'm doing is my left hip is going back. Obviously, nothing changed. Whether you're going to add a lot of right side into the, to the swing, or you're just going to feel all left side dominant. It doesn't matter. The left side, still leading everything.

And then as you unweight this right foot, you'll see in the tour pro data. If we look at the swing catalyst that 90% of their weight will go to that left foot, the lead foot during the transition. So this legs getting light, the trail, it gets light. And so as I'm doing that, and my hip is going back, both hit, especially the left. One is going back to get onto that chair during the clamshell drill. That's, what's bringing this right knee forward, but I can also do it by beginning to help drive that right hip through. If you want to get a lot of re hip rotational speed, then you can use this right side to help speed that up. As I showed you in my swing, where did both the left side and right side on the one on the left, the left hip, who was doing all the work and my right leg was just pretty chilled out on the second one.

I wanted to add a lot of right side. And so you saw a pretty big increase in that right knee flex. And that was helping me drive my right hip through the ball a little bit. You had to be careful with this. There's a lot of tour pros that do this, but if you're really aggressive with it, you can really get a lot of side bend. Now there's ways to reduce side bend by doing other things. If you still want to add a lot of right hip, if you can add a little bit more shoulder rotation out a little bit more right arm, which will stall the hip out earlier, you won't get quite that open. There are things that you can do, but just be mindful of it. If you're going to use this right side to help your swing, to help produce some speed, then be mindful that you're not getting into this crazy side bend position.

Like you see so many of the younger tour pros. You can do that for a while, but eventually it's pretty tough on the old back to keep getting your hips that severely open and then keeping your shoulders back and creating this massive amount of side bend with rotational twist in there. The easiest way to think about it again is the right knee needs to go forward, but not because you're actively moving it forward. You'll see if I did that. That would instantly move my hip off the chair and the clamshell drill. So again, put this move together with the clamshell drill, put a chair back here, work on keeping during the transition, getting both butt cheeks onto the chair. And then as you keep going through that, right knee can keep help moving forward to get your pelvis through the ball, because if you're hitting the ball and you look like this at impact, right where your hips are pretty much dead square, perhaps this right leg is straightened up.

You're costing yourself a ton of distance. You have to get your hips open. I, as I go through this list of the, you know, the top 10 things that you see, the modern tour prayer player, do their hips being very, very open and impact is one of those key things. And I think a lot of golfers don't really understand how to get those hips open. We'll talk about that, but this is one of the keys. If you're just going here and then just pushing laterally forward and straighten this knee, your hips are never going to open, but if you just start to understand how to do this move with combining that with a clam shell drill, to let this right leg get light, they'll let the knee relax and come forward. As your hips are going back, you can add a little bit of right side push, just be careful of the side, bend that you'd get in there and do this in a way that you feel light and quick.

Don't make it this heavy thing. I see a lot of times when students are submitting drills and they're, they're going like, and they look super tight and tense. And, and perhaps that's my fault. A lot of times I'm dimming the street, demonstrating this stuff. I try to exaggerate some of these moves. So it's easier to see, but the route is you gotta move quick. It's all about quickness and lightness and speed. Not about being heavy and producing a lot of pressure and force. If you go back and at the part one video of my swing on the right the vertical ground force, there was about 260 pounds of ground force. And I weigh about 160 pounds. So I'm producing a lot of force, but that swings happening very quick. I'm not trying to like push hard into the ground. I'm moving quick. And that's, you can, you still create a tremendous amount of ground force by moving very quickly. So keep that in mind, as you're doing this, don't try to get in there and make these drills all perfectionistic and say, okay, I gotta put my hip here and do this. And now you feel all tight and rigid. You've got to be fast. You've got to be light. So if you keep that in mind, as you're doing this, it should look a little bit like this.

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