Phase 2 Follow Along

In Phase 2, you learn how to take your straight shots you learned in Phase 1 and add effortless speed to them by mastering the release. It is also here that you will begin shaping the ball, hitting gentle fades and draws as you become a ballstriking master.


Once you have completed phase one and are ready to move on to phase two, the real magic starts to happen. We're gonna learn how to really feel, how to properly strike the golf ball and really see the tendencies in your ball flight and the mistakes that you make and start grooving hitting, being able to completely release the club very effortlessly to hit very, very solid shots every time.

So before I start my phase two follow along, I'm gonna go through and make some practice swings here without the ball, making sure I transfer my pressure all the way to that lead side, making sure I'm checking my release. That club should be towed up or slightly towed in, the wrist should be slightly released at this point. As you know, from the phase two video, shoulders are still staying back and letting the club release. I'm not turning my shoulders through.

So now let's hit a couple. So again, we're dividing them into sets of 10. We're entering our, our scores after every single set of 10. So the system knows what's going on in your swing and how to fix it, help give recommended videos to fix it. So we're gonna do our first little shot here. These are gonna go obviously quite a bit further than when we were holding off the release in phase one. So we're gonna anticipate that

Now, hit that just a tiny bit heavy, which again was my tendency in phase one in the follow along video you saw. So I was entering that. I was, you know, kind of tending to hang back. So the same thing, you still don't have that time cause you're still making very short swings. So I'm just gonna preset my pressure a little bit more on the left side at setup, just to help me get over there in time. There we go. Nice clean strike there. Good release. We'll take that one. Preset myself over a bit. Another good one. These are all very, very, very, very slight draws. Very slight, just a little bit of draw spin on it. I'm just making sure I'm getting that club fully released on every shot. Preset like that one. Not making any mistakes so far. Preset, I hit that one, just a smidge thin. I was just a little bit aggressive with my hand out the bottom, trying to help it too much. And this is what you may find when you get into the release phase, instead of letting the momentum of the club release, you start trying to help it a little bit too much. Totally normal again. Enter your tendencies in the system. So it knows what's going on because we know all these results are very predictable. We know what causes them. So that's why we can recommend the right videos for you.

Here we go. Now I'll make a couple mistakes that are gonna be very common that you are gonna find yourself doing. The first one that's gonna be perhaps the most common is this one. Now what did I do there? You can see the club face - still open. And I turned my chest through, which feels really powerful, but doesn't produce any power. Keeps the club from releasing. So you don't wanna turn your chest through and hold the face open. You can see what happened to the ball. And that's why we do these things progressively in phase one, we're just hitting these little shots, but you can see that you can start to hit the ball straight. And then when you go to phase two, those fundamentals, you keep reinforcing the same thing that you did in phase one in phase two in phase three, we're reinforcing these same good habits so we know how to hit it straight. But when you start making little mistakes with the release, you're gonna start to see very clearly what that ball's doing. Because it's easier to see the ball flight.

Now, if I hit one to the left, here's another common mistake that we're gonna see. Now you can see I hooked that one. Now my chest is quite open at this point, it's kind of pointing almost down the target line and the club face is very closed. So that was turning my shoulders and flipping my hands over. No bueno. We don't wanna do that. So we wanna make sure that club is releasing very relaxed. You want to get a sense of just like where that club face is square through the hitting area. If you get lost, you can go back down, go back down to phase one, reinforce that dead straight laser shot and then start making the release, letting it happen a little bit bigger.

So now can just do a little modified phase one. I didn't have much of a release there. It was just a little straight shot, but that's how you're gonna practice sets of 10. You're going to make mistakes. It's totally normal. Your goal is to get eight outta 10. If you hit 80% of your shots on the golf course, dead straight, exactly where you aim, you're gonna be shooting some pretty good scores. So that's why our target is eight outta 10. So go and after you do your set of 10, enter your scores on your phone real quickly. I did eight and I did this and then the system starts keeping track of everything that you're doing and it knows what you're struggling with and what videos to recommend.

So now go through one more practice session. So I'm gonna break over 10 more balls. And as I'm doing this, I'm gonna start to really focus on the mistakes that I made in the first session. So for you, that might be that you're holding that face open. So before you start hitting balls, you want to start practicing releasing the club, letting that wrist, reh hinge a little bit, the right wrist, rotate over. You don't want to be looking at your left wrist from face on. You wanna be able to see your left fingers under your right hand. If you release the club. Now of course, again, you don't want the club fully released toward the toe is pointing down because that's gonna cause you to hit the ball left. So this is how you're learning, how to add speed to phase one, where you're hitting straight shots by letting the club release.

So now my tendency just like most of yours will be when making these little short swings, we don't have time to make the pressure shift. I'm gonna preset a little bit more on the lead side. That one felt nice. We'll take that one Again. I'm gonna go through my checkpoints on every shot. Head down, shoulders are still pretty close to square, club released, pressure on the lead side, right foot rolled in hips, open. Everything's on the money, everything you did in phase one, we double check in phase two. We're just now adding the checking point of the wrist being released and the, the toe of the club face.

Take it three outta three. I'm getting closer to our goal of 80% here, preset on the lead side. A little bit thin. And you'll see, look where my chest is pointing. I moved myself through the shot instead of letting the club release. I dragged the club through and I hit it just a tear thin. On a normal seven, it might cost me five yards of distance, but that might be, you know, five yards that puts me in a water hazard instead of next to the pin. If it's a front pin, for example. So we wanna make sure that we're puring these as many as we can. We wanna get that same feeling of being very detailed about how we're releasing the club and the quality of the strike of the ball.

So I'm not gonna count that one. That was a bad one. And what I do wanna do is go back, make a few practice swings, and now you'll see I'm keeping my right shoulder back. I'm letting that club release.Take that one. Perfect.

So you're gonna start building a lot of confidence when you're hitting these little 50 yard shots like this with your seven iron, seeing them go dead straight every single time. And of course, as you want to take the bonus challenges, those videos are gonna start taking those skill sets and developing them even further. So you can practice and enter your scores. You'll see. In the, when you go to enter your scores, there's a checkbox for bonus challenge or to select yes or no. And then when you do that, this is where you're starting to shape the ball. So the first bonus challenge is about controlling shot direction. The second bonus challenge is about controlling trajectory and so on, but you can enter those scores, if you're in that phase where that bonus challenge is. So in phase two, the bonus challenge is shot shaping. So I can start to alter my shot shape just a little bit here. So I'm going to close my stance a little bit, make a couple practice swings and get that club to release just a little bit more. And I wanna see a little bit of curvature, right? To left a little bit more than normal on this shot.

There we go. Got a nice little baby draw. Super easy to do this. When you follow these phases in the sequence that we are. So I can hit a very controlled draw and I need to get to a back left pen. It's a perfect shot. You're gonna be able to do this. You can see how simple it is now. I wanna hit a little bit of a cut. So now I'm gonna practice holding that release off a little bit and the mistakes that you typically make actually work to help you hit a cut. If you let your shoulders open just a tiny bit more, it helps hold the release off. Obviously, if you don't want to hit a cut and you want to hit a draw or a straight ball, that's a death move, because then you're never gonna get the club released. But when you want to make it fade and you need to make it fade, we can use that little bit of shoulder rotation. Again, these are minute amounts, just small degrees, but I'm gonna hold the face open. And a tiny bit of shoulder rotation will help me hold off the release just a little bit to get this ball to cut.

Perfect. Now again, it's a 50 yard shot - that cut may be one yard. So you're not gonna see a ton of curvature. You don't wanna hit a slice shouldn't you shouldn't be able to put that much speed on it yet. But a little controlled cut like that, that's what the rotary swing C4 program is about. It's about control, controlling trajectory, controlling side, spin, hitting it straight. When you want to hitting it high in a high draw. When you want to, as you move into phase four bonus challenge, you're gonna how to hit every shot in the book. The high draw, low draw, high cut, low cut, you name it. You'll be able to hit it. So, but we need to build these skill sets in phases one, two and three, before we can put them all together to have complete mastery over the ball. And that's what we're all about is being able to have complete dominion over this little turkey so that you no longer are afraid of it. You know where it's going before you hit it. So now I'm gonna do one last shot outta my set of 10. And this is just gonna be a normal shot. I'm just gonna hit my nice little straight ball here. Perfect.

So now you keep track of those sets of 10, go and enter your scores, enter your tendencies, enter any notes. And as you're entering notes -these notes are valuable. Not just for you to say, ah, you know, I keep hitting it fat or I keep hitting it off the toe or I can't curve it right to left or what have you note the good things that you're doing well, too. Golf is hard enough without beating up on ourselves all the time. There are things that you're doing better than you were when you first started. You're learning how to hit a flat left wrist, if you're scooping it before., You're learning how to be able to hit it straight consistently, maybe you can't hit a controlled cut yet, but those are still things that you're gonna develop. So give yourself some positive notes too, in there so that you know exactly what you're doing you and you can track your progress over time. So keep working on this until you get to the number of reps that the system recommends that you're ready to move on to phase three, and we'll see you in the bonus challenge in phase three.

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Donald
my left wrost is still cupping after impact and the left arm is extended but seems to be collapsing. Any suggestions? Thank you
September 22, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donald. Sounds like trail arm takeover. Take a look at the Cure Chicken Wing and Fix Your Release. You may need to add more of a bowing feeling and less trail involvement.
September 22, 2022
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Michael
So I am in phase 2 but have basically gone back to phase 1 because the lower body needed more work on consistency. Having more confidence in those P1 moves I tried to implement them on a round today. Probably hit my irons more solid then ever. Some issues with an occasional push or pull but all solid. I attribute the squat move and the feeling of covering the ball with my chest as the key swing thoughts for me. My question is related to the squat. Clearly the squat is important for me on a full swing. But when I see some of these partial swing videos such as this one I’m not seeing a squat at all. So, is the squat move a progressive thing that becomes more pronounced with a bigger swing or is it a fairly consistent move throughout the bag with the exception of pitches and less?
September 14, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. The squat is in the smaller swings, but as you mentioned its not as pronounced vs a longer one. Think about the squat like basketball. More squat/legs for more power. You don't really need big power in the short shot.
September 14, 2022
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Michael
Thanks Craig, that makes sense. Another question on the squat. On video I see my head drop 2 or 3 inches during the squat. By the time I get to the point of contact my head has moved back up but still slightly below where it was at address. During all of this the rear has basically maintained the touch line and the spine angle stays pretty consistent. So is it a swing fault to have the head move down and slightly up or is it just a natural move as you post up?
September 15, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. You don't want it popping up much after the squat and during the post. But, a slight raise of the head or even the lead shoulder is okay.
September 15, 2022
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Chan
Chuck or Craig, I’m really struggling with pushing from my left thumb. I’ve been doing the two finger release drill but do you recommend that I completely take my left thumb off the grip? Because when I do it releases so much easier and I cannot break that habit of not pushing with the left thumb. What do you think?
July 9, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chan. For training taking the lead thumb off is perfectly fine. But, we need to curtail this push because in the long run the support from the thumb should be there. Have you checked your grip? If you are focusing on keeping the thumb off you may have a long vs short thumb issue with placement of the thumb.
July 9, 2022
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Ross
When Chuck says 50 yards, is that in the air or total distance?
July 4, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ross. 40-50 yards total distance.
July 5, 2022
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James
Chuck, should we wait until at least 1500-2000 repetitions are completed in phase 2 before we do the bonus challenge since that will allow time for the myelin to be ingrained for the basic move before we attempt the shot modifications? Your thoughts please. Thanks. Jim
June 30, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Try it any time even right in the beginning and see how it goes. Spend some time on it even if you’re struggling because your brain is still learning and adapting even if you don’t feel you’re hitting the shots the way you want to. The only way you will learn how to do it is by doing and we all have to start somewhere.
June 30, 2022
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Tom
I think the next version of this section would benefit from having more options for errors including thin and fat shots when recording your shots.
June 28, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tom, the misses are tied to the faults and fixes that you can experience in this phase. What others do you think should be added?
June 28, 2022
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Tom
I still get the occasional thin shot. I think is because I tense up and do not let the club release so my right side joins in to try and deliver the club. This type of miss comes darn close to being a shank as well. The ball goes off about 30 degrees to the right but is too ugly to call a push. I would love to hear your analysis and fix for this type of miss that continues to lurk in my repertoire of misses. I still get the occasional fat (ish) shot. These are not FAT but rather just a little too heavy to be called a pured shot. I think it is because I tense up and on these small shots the club is going slow enough that I can stall my arm and preclude the club from rotating - in this case my right arm comes to the rescue and throws the club towards the ball early resulting in hitting fat(ish). Do you agree? Thanks for asking my opinion. Tom
June 28, 2022
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I gotcha, and yes, that makes sense. If you're still hitting these shots in Phase 2 and back down a step and hit some phase 1 shots, do the misses clear up?
June 29, 2022
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Tom
Added a few Phase-1 shots at the beginning of my Phase-2 sessions and watched the Forward Shaft Lean/Blocked Shots suggested video. The type of missed shot described in the video matched quite closely the miss I was hitting. When I added the "turn the door knob to the left" motion to my swingt the demon was put back in the jar. I am now hitting 9s and 10s in Phase 2. Thanks
July 2, 2022
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Tom
Hugely helpful! Thank you.
June 4, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome Tom. Thanks
June 5, 2022

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