Phase 1 Follow Along

Learn how to practice your golf swing productively and follow along with a pro in this practice session. You'll learn how to enter your scores into our AI ScoreTracker so the system can guide your progress.

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charles
Chuck, I notice that when you start your positioning to address the ball, you first place the club face just behind the ball, then you bring the club toward you away from the ball, tap the ground a few times, then place the club back behind the ball, and start your takeaway. Regarding the part where you bring the club back toward you with your hands close to your thighs and tap the ground..., are you doing that to calibrate your distance from the ball?
July 2, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Perhaps subconsciously but to be honest I had no idea I was doing anything you just said. It’s definitely not something I am doing consciously for any reason. My mind goes pretty blank as I address the ball. I imagine I am doing it just to avoid tension and stay fluid and relaxed as much as anything.
July 2, 2022
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Trevor
I found myself in the woods during a recent round of golf after having done many Phase 1 reps. Normally I would have chipped out sideways in order to return to the fairway but this time I saw a gap, maybe two yards wide and about 20 yards ahead, that would get me much further up the fairway. Easy, I told myself, this is a Phase 1 shot and i think I have the confidence and consistency to pull it off… Sure enough, the ball flew through the gap, and ended far enough down the fairway to reach the green on my next shot. Stroke saved and confidence boosted by another notch, thanks guys! Now to figure out why I was in the trees in the first place, but that is for a later Phase ☺️
June 29, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Love it! Every shot saved matters! Way to use what you learned in a real world circumstance.
June 29, 2022
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Tim
Is it possible to do these drills into a practice net if so what is the best way to check it's coming out straight? As I an only get to the range one or two nights a week
June 29, 2022
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Anthony (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tim, I practice into a net as well. Create a target, maybe use some tape to create an area on the net, or use a fixed point behind the net to focus your aim.
June 29, 2022
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Tom
I forgot to add this to my earlier post. It appears that the shot tendency portion only allows you to choose one type of error. During a set of 10 I can experience more than one error type. Was it your plan to limit the types of errors chosen during any one set_
June 22, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Items may expand in the future. For V1 of the AI choose the most common type of error in those 10 shots.
June 22, 2022
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Tom
Seems like a key to progressing in Phase 1 is to NOT add power to the shot. Is this right?
June 22, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Proper mechanics and checkpoints. Not high on power, or distance. Very small controlled shots.
June 22, 2022
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Stephen
Hey Team, I ḏid 15 sets yesterday with an average of 9/10. I feel I’m ready to start phase with my practice sessions. How do you move to phase 2 with entering in my reps ? Also if my right instep is not completely rolled in do I need more weight shift into my lead side. It’s rolled a tad but not like Chuck. Is that an issue? Thanks. Loving everything about it. I’m excited to practice every day
June 20, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. You can certainly move on to Phase 2 if you want. However, the AI decides when to move on to the next step. So, the reps would have to be entered before the AI would update your next goal with Phase 2. If you are stacked on the lead side. You should be fine. But, lack of trail foot roll onto the instep can be an indicator of lack of weight, or lack of hip turn.
June 20, 2022
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Stephen
Hey Craig, Thanks for that. Makes perfect sense. I'll work on that thank you.
June 21, 2022
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Jules
Hello, I think there might be an error with the input system for the AI. I’m out in my yard, doing reps for C1 and it says I’ve reached my “daily limit of 20 sets” when I’ve only done 20 sets total, spread out across 3 days. I’ve only done 5 sets today. How can I fix this issue?
June 19, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Did you choose a different day when entering the sets? The system allows 20 sets per calendar day
June 20, 2022
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Stephen
Yeah I just got this error aswell
June 20, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
We made an adjustment to the algo so should be good now
June 20, 2022
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Stephen
Amazing thanks Chuck
June 21, 2022
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Jules
Thanks Chuck!
June 20, 2022
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Patrick
Chuck, Craig, This looks great. I started Phase 1 Follow along reps today at the range. How many sets of 10 do you recommend each day?
June 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Patrick. The new AI will help determine your progress. (Launching this week). However, 100 reps is a good number to use as a baseline.
June 14, 2022
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Joey
Wait a minute,what race track!
June 12, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joey. The one down below
June 12, 2022
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Rich
Hey Chuck, Craig, when tracking shots and looking at my grouping in Phase 1, how much should distance matter? Say the range for a group of 10 shots is 8-15 yards for example, but 8 were on my hitting line, should I be working to get that distance tighter?
June 7, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rich. As long as you aren't powering the shot. The ball jumps a tad further because of compression, etc. Ii don't see any worries. But, try to keep the yardage as consistent as possible.
June 8, 2022
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Michael
I understand the concept to build proper ,effective golf shots. How do you build this into a practice , warm up session before you actually play? Do you just do phase one or do you work full swings into the session? Etc
June 4, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. This is for training purposes. Once, you can complete a lot of the phases successfully. You can build them into a quick program from small to full swings to get ready for your round.
June 5, 2022
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Richard
Chuck, I am finding it really instructive, having played for over seventy years! You manage to combine in a relatively short instruction session the reasons for poor strikes. Thank you!
June 4, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Richard, that was the goal!
June 4, 2022
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charles
Great program Chuck! I have a tendency to shank irons. I saw your explanation of potential causes, and some of them apply to me. I know one of the main causes for me is my right hand/arm sometimes takes over and right before impact to "HIT" the ball harder. Even though I am aware of this, I still do it too often. Could the root cause of this be one the items you already mentioned?
June 3, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Charles. That's one possible cause, but typically when you take over with the right hand it doesn't shove the club that far off line to put the hosel in play. I'd lean more toward a setup issue first and then body movement second
June 3, 2022
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Dennis
Another revolutionary approach! Chuck you just don’t stop. From your push vs pull theory through this step building approach with ball striking. Awesome from the start and this I might be the best program yet. Just one question… Am I missing a link or is the actual shot tracking page still not live? Looking forward to entering Step 1 results to see if I’m good to go for Step 2!
June 3, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Dennis! I try hard! Yes, I mentioned in the email (I think!) that the AI portion is a couple weeks away from launching, so we're getting very close!
June 3, 2022
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Tom
I think the follow-up videos will be a huge help to us. Now when one of our strikes is unacceptable we know immediately what was the problem and have an immediate solution rather than having to review a long video in hopes that we correctly understood what error we were making. I am looking forward to seeing this type of video for the other phases. On another topic, are the notes we enter under a video public or are they just shown to whoever entered the note? Kind regards, Tom
June 3, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Notes are private for your personal use only.
June 3, 2022
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Beno
Hi Chuck, I'm confused. In this vídeo you keep your hands squared after hitting the ball. But I thought that in the downswing you come rolling your wrists toward the ball, and keep rolling your wrists right after the shot in the follow through until finish the swing. Is it possible to clarify my doubt? Regards. Beno
June 2, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Beno. In a full, or 9 to 3 swing the rotation of the forearms will be present through the shot. But, in Phase 1 you are focusing solely on impact. If you go back to the Phase 1 (first video). You should be maintaining the impact position. Very small shot.
June 3, 2022
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Ross
All looks good. My question is whether the shot tracker will say when it is time to move on to phase 2.
June 2, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. Yes. The AI will determine how you should proceed.
June 3, 2022
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Rich
Hey Chuck. First of all, this is truly amazing. Not really sure "amazing" is even close to describing C4, but it’s the best I can come up with. I love to practice, and now with so much feedback and follow-up information available, I can feel more confident that my practice reps will be good reps. Seriously can't wait to get home and start working on Phase 1. I did have a question regarding the RS-AI Shot Tracker. Am I correct that it isn't ready at this point? I assumed that, but wanted to make sure it wasn't somewhere I wasn't looking. I also wanted to say thank you for continually refining and retooling. Your system, IMO, has always been heads and tails above anything else out there, but as we all learn differently, not everyone has been able to implement your teaching into their swing. it is so refreshing to see you stay consistent with your message but continue to evolve how that message is delivered. I, for whatever reason, have struggled with implementing what you've had available, but I really feel that C4 will get me to where I think I can be. So, thank you again.
June 2, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks so much for the kind words I will definitely work hard to keep trying to help everyone play this game we all love at a higher level. You are correct the AI system will be ready for you to start entering reps within the next two weeks
June 2, 2022

Welcome to the first follow along video for phase one in the C4 program. What this is all about is teaching you how to practice effectively and efficiently. Because the worst thing you can do is practice wrong because not only do you ingrain bad habits, but you literally go backwards. So you want to make sure that you're practicing the correct way. And that's what this is all about. You're gonna follow along with me exactly the way that you should practice.

So I've got my seven iron here and what you're gonna do first is to break up your practice sessions into sets of 10. And that's how you'll enter your scores on the site as you'll see in just a moment. But what you're gonna do is just take outta your pile of balls that you're gonna hit for the day. Take 10 balls.

This is my focal point. I'm not worried about the rest of those piles of balls. It's not quantity it's quality. In fact, you'll see, as you enter your scores in the score tracker on the site, that there's actually a limit to how many shots you can enter per day, because practice needs to be productive and going out there and pounding a thousand balls mindlessly, without focusing on what you're doing, is completely counterproductive. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna cordon everything off into, into sets of 10 so that we can focus on what we're trying to do. And in phase one, it's all about learning how to hit the ball dead straight. To do that, we're hitting our five checkpoints that I covered in the phase one view. So I'm not gonna go over that here. We're just gonna start going through and getting some practice reps in before we actually start hitting balls and checking our checkpoints.

We know all the checkpoints by now, flat wrist, shoulders, square hips, open, left leg straight, right foot rolled in. And we're gonna just kind of hold off that follow through right now in phase one, to make sure that we've got the clubface square, becuase if we stop, we can see, well, is the club phase open? Is it shut? So this is this trick to learning how to hit the ball very straight is learning how to control these impact conditions.

So then as you go to start hitting balls, these are gonna be very, very short at first. And the great thing about phase one is you can do this in your backyard with whiffle balls or foam balls. You don't have to be hitting real balls at first, if you don't have a chance to make it out to the course. Of course we want you hitting balls so that you get over that little white devil phobia that we all have after we're doing our drills. So this is important to move up to real balls when you can, when you can get out to the range.

So now I've done some practice SWS reps here and just working on getting that same feeling, that same position over and over again. And then I'm gonna hit one. One last thing before I start two questions that you guys ask me all the time, uh, one, where do these balls go? Don't worry. They're going on our land. They go down to the racetrack and we pick 'em up with our lovely labradoodle, Briar. And the second thing is no, that's not a green screen. Those are the lovely San Juan mountains of Colorado. So now they've got those two things outta the way. Let's go ahead and hit a couple here. And as I'm doing this, I'm gonna talk you through practicing, what you need to be thinking about what you need to focus on and don't expect to hit every shot. Perfect. The goal is to get you to hitting 8 out of 10, consistently straight hitting it into our little grouping pattern, getting the ball to start on the same line over and over again so that we get used to getting into those impact conditions. So as we're going through this, I'll talk you through the mistakes that I make, the things I do, right. And we'll go from there.

Okay. So now all I'm doing, I'm checking my checkpoints, looking where the club face is. Obviously, if I go past the impact position, if I don't stop right at impact, cuz I have a little bit too much momentum. The club face should be starting to close a little bit. My left wrist is still flat, elbow down the line here. My shoulders are square. Hips are open weights on this lead leg. I can pretty much lift my right foot up and the ball happened to fly where I wanted it to. So that's a good thing.

Now of course, this is, this is a little bit shorter. You're gonna be hitting these balls 10, 15 yards. Um, so they're gonna go a little bit longer. This isn't long enough off this tee box here to see where the ball stopped, but you wanna see them all flying of the same direction, same trajectory, same line and ending up in a grouping, a couple yards on either side of your starting line there. No more than that. So that's 1 out of 10. We're going for here.

Another good one. Now I Dropkick that one, just the tiniest bit and you might have caught that on camera. And this is something I want to talk about here real quickly when you're doing these follow alongs and you're starting to hit these balls with the little nine to three swing or really nine to six, as we're stopping at impact, you're not gonna have time to make a full weight shift. You don't have all the momentum you don't have all the time. So it's okay when you're doing this to either preset your weight a little bit more on the lead leg and not quite shift so far back in your back swing, or just be a little bit more aggressive with your weight shift. But the truth is you just don't really have a lot of time for a weight shift. So the weight shift's gonna be pretty small, pretty minimal during this phase.

But if you find yourself hitting it fat, and of course, when we go to our scores in a moment, I'll show you know, you can select that you're hitting it fat and then the system will recommend videos based on your trends of how you're striking the ball, whether or not, uh, what you need to focus on. But the first thing that you're gonna pay attention to just getting starting with that pressure a little bit more on the lead side, or just being a little bit more aggressive with your pressure shift back to the lead side.

Here we go. That one was better. So I've got 3 out of 10 so far here that are acceptable. Another good one. So I'm just repeating it. I'm checking my checkpoints each time. Now I'm gonna go through this really quickly in my head because I know what these checkpoints are, but I just start feeling like okay, as my foot rolled in, are my hips open is my pressure on my lead side, that I have the face square as the ball, which is now starting to be my guide. If I did this right, the ball should be coming out very much on the same line every time. Now I'm gonna do a couple incorrectly so that I can start to show you the tendencies that you're gonna see happen. So you've seen, uh, the first five have been, you know, pretty much right on the same line.

Now I'm gonna do one incorrectly. Now, what did you see there? So you can see that the ball went a little bit, right? And from the face on view, the club face was a little bit open. And then as I got, as it carried past the impact position a little bit, it wasn't closed a little bit. It was actually still a little open or even square. That's showing you that you're not letting the club face get down to a square position. And when we get into the release phase in phase two, that you would be holding off the release and that's what creates those dreaded slice balls. So to fix that, we gotta go back and just do a couple practice swings and make sure you've get that club phase squared up at impact and check it. If you've got an impact bag, use the impact bag to stop yourself right at impact. And you can always back it down a little bit. So I'll hit this one even shorter. This is the tricky part. When you're trying to hit these really short and you don't have enough weight shift or enough time to get the weight shift. So I'm gonna put a little bit more weight on the lead side of it. Address and make a short swing again. There we go. So I'm just checking as I can stop it closer to impact whether or not that face is square. Once I've got that down, I'm gonna go back, make a little bit longer swing. There we go.

So each time I'm just going through my checkpoints. Did the ball come out straight? Did I hit it clean? Did I hit it in the center of the face? If I hit one off the toe, which I'll do here, watch what happenes. So now I hit that one off the toe. I get a rebate on that one. And what happened there? If I held my follow through, you'll see that my shoulders were open. You'll remember the video, moving the fulcrum on the site, that if you're trying to rotate your shoulders to hit the ball, you'll start wiping it off the toe. So those types of things are what you wanna start paying attention to. If you're hitting it off the toe, put that when you're entering your score in the system so that you can see the system can see, oh, you keep continuing to do the same thing. Here's how you fix that issue.

If you're hitting it off the heel, I'll hit one off the heel here, the old dreaded shank, what did I do? My right heel popped up my knee, moved into the ball. My heel moved into the ball, which moves my pelvis into the ball, causing me to lose my posture, my elbow and the arms don't have room to bring the club down. So of course the club is gonna work out toward the ball.

So again, when you're making these mistakes, hitting it off the toe fat, thin, whatever, hitting it too high. If I start to flip my wrist, enter that in your scores, which we're gonna do now. So let's take a look at how you enter your scores. You can do it right on the range, right from your phone. Let's take a look at that.

When you are entering your scores in shot tracker, you will see your previous shots here, your tendency and the membership average over time. You'll see, hopefully over time. As you do more sets that your tendency, your scores will improve. And of course you can track your history with all your notes here, but let's add a shot real quick. So let's just say that I got 8 out of 10 there and 10 to hang back and hit some fat shots. So I'll put a couple notes in there. I'm also gonna enter some positive notes. Golf beats us up enough as it is. So I want to reflect on the stuff that I'm doing really well. Uh, and which is everything else is really solid. Um, you know, I'm con my shot shots are coming out straight and

I have a solid impact position. So give myself a little bit of reinforcement there. And then my tendency though, when the shots that I do miss tended to be fat, I tended to hang back a little bit, uh, no bonus challenge, no bonus challenge in, in phase one. So we just select no there and hit submit. And so, as I do that, it'll say shots were added. I'll see that in real time that my history was updated here. And then I will see that my progress through phase one will be updated here. And in real time, my shot tracker will be updated as well. So that's how you enter shots in there. And as you enter these shots, it updates the entire system. And as you enter enough shots and the system learns enough about your tendencies, you'll start getting recommended videos based on those tendencies.

All right. So now that you know how to use the system to enter your scores, the system can start tracking your trends and start recommending the right videos, that the perfect time for you with what you're struggling with right now. Now I'm just gonna go through a normal practice routine where I'm not gonna talk through it so much, but you can kind of get into the rhythm and flow. I'll still talk through the faults and mistakes that I make if I make any, but this is what you want to be doing. When you're practicing, you're gonna be focused on what you're doing. You're gonna be concentrating on what you're doing, and that's why we break it up into a set of 10 balls. So you don't have to think, oh God, I'm gonna hit a thousand balls here and just rattle through them. We wanna be really focused on each set of 10. And that's again, of course, how the system is gonna score you is on each set of 10. So now I'm gonna focus on what I'm doing and have a normal little practice session here.

Okay? Chunk that one a little bit. I was late with my pressure shift. My hands felt a little tense, totally normal. So I'm just gonna practice getting that out of there. Put a little bit more pressure on the lead side, as I'm doing these drills. There we go. Kept my head down. Pressure shift was better there. You could hear the quality of the strike was a lot better. We got one outta two. Another chunky one. So I'm laid on my pressure shift. And again, this is gonna be one of the most common things that you're gonna struggle with when making these little swings, because we don't have all that time to make a normal pressure shift. So again, just gotta remind myself to put a little bit more pressure on the lead side to start out, and then we get a good strike.

Here we go. These are all coming out the same line, same trajectory you see, they're gonna fly very low. You'll notice as kind of part of my practice routine. As I set up, I'm setting up my normal setup, and then I'm just kind of moving a little bit more weight into the lead side, helps ensure that cleaner strike. Still checking my checkpoints. I know that my shoulders are nice and square. The ball's coming out nice and straight pressure shift. I'm getting that right foot to roll in. Making short little back swings.

Perfect. So I got 8 outta 10. I botched a couple early on. So I'm just gonna go and enter my scores. 8 outta 10. My tendency was to hit it a little fat, which again is gonna be common. I'm gonna give you some recommended videos. The system's gonna recommend videos based on the shot tendencies that you have. And if you're hitting it great, don't worry about you don't have to select anything. You're just, you're hitting pure every time. That's awesome. But that's what we wanna see. We wanna have a very focused practice session, 10 set, 10 balls at a time. That's a set. Now you can go back, enter your scores after each set. So you don't forget what your score was. And then go back, rake over another set of 10 and whatever you were struggling with. Try and practice that.

So like I mentioned, I was hitting a little bit chunky. If you're hitting it off the toe and turning your shoulders, you wanna practice kind of keeping your, your shoulders. Once you turn 'em back a little bit, keep them pointing back back here at the camera, in my case, as you're doing these shots, if you're hitting it off the heel and you're, you know, losing your posture, you're gonna work on keeping that those hips getting deeper as you come through and keeping that foot, that heel rolled in, down on the ground. But the system will recommend the videos for you based on your tendency. So it's important. You enter your scores every time, and this will help you hit the ball very, very straight, very consistently, very, very quickly.

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