Practice Session 1

See how Craig's first practice session goes and what you can learn about how to practice like a pro to make improvements fast in your game.

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David
Craig, It looks like in this session, you are going quite a bit further with your downswing than in later sessions, and there's a little bit more release happening. You didn't really mention that in later videos, so I'm curious if that's something that you noticed later on. I know that this session was good, but after reviewing it, you had to make some adjustments. Was shortening the downswing something you worked on specifically? What's the distance a shot should be going in phase 1?
August 6, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. 10-15 yards. Exactly. I noticed I was sliding and aiding with my shoulders too much which was hindering my ability to hold the impact position. As I continued further into my sessions. Controlling my shoulders and better post allowed me to keep a cleaner impact position.
August 7, 2022
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Arthur
Loved it, never boring, great sense of humour, constantly emphasising the check points particularly importance of leg action. More of the same please. Best regards, Arthur.
July 27, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Arthur! More to come. Will see if that sense of humor stays when it becomes more challenging .
July 27, 2022
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tom
Hi, Craig: Love what you doing on this first video. I enjoy your comments, the way you talk to yourself to recalibrate your swing and don't mind the length of the video. What really stood out for me was the way you incorporated the goal(s) of the session. You reminded yourself of rotation, move the legs, and pressure shift. Very helpful. Tom
July 26, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Tom. Glad you are enjoying the videos! I hope it makes your practice session more productive.
July 27, 2022
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Luc
Love this session and love to see it in his entirety because your feelings/comments is what we are also going thru. Nice initiative!
July 21, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Luc. The votes are kinda split down the middle. The important ones I will leave as much content as possible.
July 21, 2022
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Malcolm
Hi Craig, I have been doing 10 sets of 10 a day, most of my shots are in 8 to 9 range with a couple of tens but also a few in the sixes. My question is witch set do you recommend I input into the rep tracker. Thanks Malcolm
July 20, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Malcolm. All of them! As I progress through I input the good and the bad. That way the AI can better gauge when I should press on.
July 20, 2022
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Gary
Gary , Great clinic. I’m have some nagging injuries also, Glad to know I have hope. Such great verbal instructions on focusing on those Hips. My hips have been on lockdown quite a bit, so this really enforces to keep my mind to lead with those hips. Thanks so much!!
July 19, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Much appreciated Gary. I think my hips are still on lockdown as well.
July 19, 2022
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Robert
Bob here, The tip about keeping the head behind the finally sunk in, I head that a number of time, you help me realize that I was not keeping my head down. Thanks Bob b
July 17, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Bob! Very important to keep the head down and in the shot.
July 18, 2022
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Stephen
Absolute gold! Great to see the warm-up session process especially how you just stayed focused on the checkpoints. The self-talk and in-session troubleshooting sets a great example of HOW to practice properly.
July 16, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Awesome. The simple things in life can be the hardest. Very easy to have the mind wander. Practice with a purpose. Thanks for the compliments and post.
July 16, 2022
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Joey
Great to see how a pro goes thru the drills.I love all the small comments along the way.Keep the sense of humor rolling as well!
July 16, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you Joey. Glad you are enjoying the content. A ton more to come.
July 16, 2022
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Stephen
Hey Craig, Firstly sorry to hear about your accident. Never knew. So glad to see that you're doing good now. Secondly loved your video. I could certainly identify your practice session with my practice session. Accept mine is indoors. Appreciate the time and effort you put into this video. Looking forward to being on this journey with you. I guess the biggest learning for me is when you don't hit a good one and how you solve it for the next shot. Great stuff
July 15, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Stephen. Thanks for the support. I don't wish those injuries on anyone. Stay healthy too . Glad you are enjoying the sessions. I will throw in some curve balls (shorter/longer/maybe instructional) along the way. Hope it helps you continue to grow you already good swing!
July 15, 2022
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Terry
Craig, My suggestion would be to show the last 45 min of your session which would be after you have warmed up. T2
July 14, 2022
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Terry
Forgot to say, maybe add in a slow motion swing of your choosing.
July 14, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Terry. I liked showing the 1st ever to show what everyone kinda goes through in the beginning of their warmup. The next one will be the last 25 strikes of the session with added swing review as a bonus.
July 14, 2022
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Tom
In response to what I would like to see in upcoming videos: 1) Post your practice session after you have a chance to give yourself a swing review so you can add at the start of the posted session a review of what errors WE ARE GOING TO SEE, 2) How you recognized the type of error and 3) How you corrected it so we can bring those insights to our sessions without having to watch the entire session, Additionally, show us the errors you expect (who would know better than you) us to be make, how we can recognize them, how to correct them and how the shot will feel when we have eliminated that particular error. Finally, I would like to be able to see the full session. Thanks, Tom
July 14, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Thank you for the pointers. I have a couple coming out that will be shorter. But, I am going to make different length versions depending on the phase and topic of the day. The next one coming out actually begins with a swing review followed by a session. Already ahead of you on that one
July 14, 2022
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Greg
Brilliant video Craig. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your commentary throughout explaining various issues was extremely helpful with “little gems” for everyone. I’ve been pushing with my right hand and not rolling my right foot at times slightly lifting my right heel! I now realise to wake up my legs and get the pressure shift working. I hope you recover well and not too sore. Looking forward to the next one. Thanks Greg
July 14, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Greg. Everyday finding something new that is sore. Ha. Happy to help. We will all go through these changes together.
July 14, 2022
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Christopher
Great video Craig, my miss seems to be toe the a i did recommend the fulcrum video which I watched several times. There was kind of a light bulb moment when you mentioned lifting that lead shoulder and not staying in the shot. I feel that nugget might benefit myself. I look forward to future videos thanks.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Nice Christopher! That feeling of staying down and in the shot is crucial. I am still battling that demon a little bit. Happy to read you learned a valuable nugget on information.
July 13, 2022
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Peter
Hi Craig, So good to see you in action again. The timing of your journey using C4 is perfect - having recently come out of the world's longest set of lockdowns, I'm also striving to reset and couldn't ask for a better model to follow. The length of the video was about right - enough to take away some excellent pointers without getting impatient. Many thanks for sharing, Peter A
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank You Peter. I am going to mix in some shorter and longer versions in the future. But, the first couple of sets in each phase I think are important to keep on the longer side because those will be the ones I will struggle with the most. Glad I was able to provide some helpful information.
July 13, 2022
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jack
Craig, super start. I’m about 2 months behind you having had L2-S1 quad fusion and unable to start C4 until September. I liked watching the full 45’ to see how important focus, self reminders, and periodically relaxing are to getting in good reps and not just going through the motions. Hip replacements in late 2020 will challenge the admonition to use those legs. Thanks for providing this prescription for my future swing recovery.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
You're welcome Jack. We look forward to hearing about your journey back into the game. Keep getting the body healthy and know there is a path to sharpen those skills once you begin to practice again.
July 13, 2022
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Leo
Enjoyed watching you hit balls it’s going to help me practice a lot better
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Many thanks Leo.
July 13, 2022
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Jack
Gave me a better idea of how to practice.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great Jack. One of my main goals. To show how to really get your game to the next level with proper practice.
July 13, 2022
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Garry
Hey Craig appreciate what your doing very relatable. Will playing a round or hitting full shots be detrimental to this training process? Thanks Garry
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Garry. Ideally, during a swing rebuild you don't want to play too much. But, this game is supposed to be for fun and enjoyment. If you want to play a round and throw in a few full swings. It won't set you back too much. Now, 1 day of practice and 6 days of playing then we will have to talk.
July 13, 2022
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Dave
Awesome, enjoyed all of it and especially your commentary. Al lot of learning points in your commentary, particularly when you hit them a bit fat or thin. The one thing I noticed in the check points is your shoulders appeared open and not square to the target line. Keep this going , so much good stuff!
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Thank you. Exactly. I had a tendency to open my shoulders on a few. I have made notes to myself I need to calm them in future sessions. They are aiding in my lazy legs.
July 13, 2022
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Donald
Hi Craig, Appreciate the session. Could you add some detail about the pressure shift since I was pre=setting the weight on my left side and I didn't really feel a shift in this short swing. Thank you.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Donald. Perfectly fine to preset the weight in Phase 1. I have kept my stance a little more neutral to start forcing some leg work since I know that will be one of my toughest challenges. The pressure shift for you will be a small/tight window. I wouldn't stress too much if hitting the checkpoints.
July 13, 2022
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Chris
I haven't held a golf club for over a year, due to a series of knee and back surgeries. On the same day I got permission from my surgeon to swing a golf club again, I got the email and watched your "journey" videos. It gave me the inspiration to head to the range and begin the hard work it will take to get my game back. Thank you very much, and I will be watching for updates.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Chris. Nice. Happy to hear you are on the mend as well. Follow my lead. Take it small at first. I am definitely going through some "growing pains". Let's correct this together.
July 13, 2022
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James
Craig, I thoroughly enjoyed your video of the first lesson and your candid comments after each shot. You are reenforcing exactly what we are trying to do on our repetitions. The time of future videos is your call since it may vary slightly as you progress and start to build on the phases. First time I heard about your accident. 19 broken bones is hard to even imagine! Glad you are on the mend and progressing back to some semblance of normal. Missed that smile and warm demeaner. Jim P
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thank you Jim. I am a few sessions deep currently. I am going to throw in a few short bursts mixed with some longer ones. I think Phase 1 will be covered well. Phase 2 is where it will get interesting .
July 13, 2022
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Lenny
Great help. My game has regressed recently. Went directly to the range and instead of beating balls went back to your basics. Feel like there is hope now Keep the progress going. Cant wait till the next lesson.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome Lenny! Keep grinding away. It will take work, but follow the checkpoints. You will improve.
July 13, 2022
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Cullen
I appreciated the description of what you were feeling while you did the drill. It was also helpful to see you repeat the drill over time with the description of what you are trying to accomplish; the overall time could be cut down perhaps Thanks.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Cullen. Thank you and appreciate the suggestion. There are more to come that are a little shorter for quick burst of knowledge. I really wanted to capture the first time though back in the saddle.
July 13, 2022
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Craig, I loved this first practice session and look forward to all the others that are coming! For me "the whole picture" will work better than just first and last part. Seeing how you keep dedicated through the whole proces and judge your shots is very valuable info. This is the way to learn and not just hitting the balls without analysing what you did. It also shows how time and the amount of balls you hit relate to each other. Finally it also shows that this way of training is NOT a boring activity, but something that gives you satisfaction when done correct. Thanks for sharing.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello M. Bal. Thank you and much appreciate the suggestions. They will vary from time to time. But, I will strive to get as much of the sessions in as possible. The little things in life. Sometimes even the smallest of shots/drills when done correctly can give you such a sense of accomplishment to help drive the work forward.
July 13, 2022
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Tom
I was surprised how open your shoulders were at the end of these shots and how far the club went past impact. Is this what we should aspire to achieve at this stage? Thoroughly enjoyed the video.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Tom. Glad you enjoyed. I did an assessment of day one which will be released. I noticed the same thing, but at impact shoulders were square. This is why you need a little feedback. Could be buttoned up a touch. Had some adrenaline in the first go around.
July 13, 2022
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Tom
Thanks for the speedy reply
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Absolutely
July 13, 2022
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June
Very helpful video, I watched every shot with interest. My tendency is to hit thin shots, this practice session will be extremely helpful. My intention is to do this exact practice session on the range. Thanks.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello June. Glad you enjoyed. Check on that post up. Make sure you are clearing the hip and not sliding a little beyond NJA.
July 13, 2022
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David
Thank you
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. You're welcome. Much more to come.
July 13, 2022
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Joseph
Craig, I enjoyed watching and learning from your practice session..Great commentary and video. Especially, like how you describe how your body is reacting/feeling to good and bad shots. I endorse your suggestion to give a recap/breakdown of how you progressed after you have recorded your results on the website. Example, started out 8/10 and summary of ten-ball sets and how you finished. Maybe, hypothesize how your body reacted. Did you get tired and regress or stay even? Thank you very much. -- Joe D.
July 13, 2022
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joe. Thank you. A long way to go, but the journey has begun. I just finished filming my thoughts on my 1st session. It will be out later this week. Also, much appreciate your suggest on summary. I will start to add some of those tid bits in. Can easily answer the last question. Body definitely got tired
July 13, 2022

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