Load Right Glute: Shorten Swing, Start Transition

You're going to find out an easy way to shorten your golf swing. In fact, if you practice what’s in this video, you simply won’t be able to overswing. You’ll also find yourself in a much more powerful position to transition into the downsing.

  • Overswinging is caused by swinging back with the arms and letting the body just follow along
  • As a result the body never feels fully loaded, so you keep turning until the arms and shoulders feel some load
  • Fix it by loading into the right glute as soon as you start the takeaway
  • Twist on the right hip, keeping the right knee as quiet as possible
  • When your right glute feels fully loaded, it's time to start the downswing

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Jim
Can I squat fractionally more to help load?
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jim. You don't want a big drop during the trail side weight shift. However, if you need to exaggerate a little loading during this phase to start getting shifted you can experiment.
September 22, 2020
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Jim
Working on this, if the right leg straightens slightly, then I am turning and loading a little UP and into the right glute/hip. This slight height plus the load seems to make the transition to the left more natural, compared to keeping the right hip level. Craig, does this make sense?
September 22, 2020
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jim. Allowing for a little straightening is fine. The hips won't work perfectly level in the swing and I see all too often that players do rotate too flat. You shouldn't be getting taller (head), but the hips need to rotate on their proper plane.
September 23, 2020
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Mikko-Pekka
Thank you Craig for your review! You saw that I lost my tush line in the backswing. Would this loading of right glute help and should I combine it with Step 2?
March 27, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mikko. My pleasure. Loading the trail glute would help for sure. You can combine this feeling with Step 2.
March 27, 2019
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van
Although mirror shows that I have maintained at least modest lag on downswing I also note that I tend to get a bent left arm on the downswing on occasion. Does that account for loss of power and difficulty of getting a max release of the club toward the target? I tend to be hit lower shots but not fat and toward the toe of the club. I know that I need a straight arm at impact to release maximum power. Is that a function of starting with a straight left arm at address and maintaining it throughout or??????
January 23, 2019
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Van. The arm should be straight and maintain throughout the swing. If the lead arm is bending the trail arm must be over powering at some point. Take a look at Cure Golf Elbow Pain, Left Elbow Position at Impact and Cure the Chicken Wing.
January 23, 2019
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Sean
This drill finally clicked for me at hole 10 on Sunday. When I turn back with my lower body, I tend to twist the entire lower body even when trying to keep the knee still. At hole ten after bogeying three in a row for a 5 over, I tried turning where only my right hip moved. I typically hit mid to low eightys and only hit 20% fairway and green. I hit the last nine greens and pared our for 45% fairways and 65% greens. Shot my first under 80 round at LPGA International from the blues. Only had to hit driver three times to shoot par on the back! Between this and the wedge shots I have learned, my game has really improved (80 first time out after learning and 77 the second time). Go Rotary!
August 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sean. Awesome and thanks for sharing. We are always here if you need further help to continue your swing process.
August 29, 2018
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Sean
Hi Craig! So just did a review, turns out I wasn’t doing it completely correct. I’m an effort to get even better at the move, should it feel as if I turn almost from my first belt loop hole on my right hip (right handed)? That’s the feeling I have when I do the one leg drill from this video and it really restricts me from overturning.
September 10, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sean. It would be tough to tell if that feeling is producing the proper move because "feel" is subjective. I can see where one might think that though because there will be some tension/coil there. Take a look at Play the Best Golf of Your Life in 6 Weeks Video 1 for more drills/help achieve load and rotation.
September 10, 2018
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Mikko-Pekka
Aaron Mannes recommended me that I should shorten my swing. I have difficult time identifying what is causing my overswing. My shoulders stop turning but my arms keep swinging. Would the cause be that I am not loading right glute properly or something else? I am not accross the line but my arms just keep swinging. How can I identify what is causing my overswing?
August 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mikko. I haven't seen you swing, but improper trail glute loading may be the cause. I would also check for lack of external humeral rotation in the trail arm (3 Functions of the Right Arm Video) and that you're not loading the wrists too much (Using Your Wrists for Speed and Wide Narrow Wide).
August 9, 2018
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Mikko-Pekka
Thank you for your reply. As I set the wrists very late I think that is not the cause. It is just that I have rotated fully (full 90 degrees shoulder turn) but my arms just keep going. So everything else is stopped but arms are not. My right arm also folds more than 90 degrees and it's like 60-70 degrees. Aaron mentioned in my review to feel 3/4 or half swing but Chuck says in above video that it won't work. I am a little bit confused as I want shorten my swing properly.
August 9, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mikko. Take a look at the Stop Overswinging Video. When you put the trail arm in the proper rotation. The trail shoulder blade will brace itself against the spine to help with too much arm swing/flexion.
August 10, 2018
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Rick
Hey Patrick, thanks for the latest review. You didn't recommend this one but I thought this was a particularly good video for getting that weight transition happening in the takeaway. I was working on it today and one thing I noticed is that when trying to keep the trail knee flexed as I rotate my core I feel like I'm almost squatting into the right glute. When looking at recordings I'm not really squatting at all but I guess it's just what it feels like to me as I'm so used to straightening that right leg which would normally lift my right hip. Just wanted to check I'm on the right track? I'm a little concerned that I feel like I'm squatting in the backswing because I know the downswing involves 'squatting to square'. On a side note, the right arm is looking a lot straighter on the takeaway already!
July 21, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Rick. Great. For a player that has the tendency to not shift, or straighten the trail leg going back. It may feel like a tiny squat or twist into the trail leg. Sounds like you are on the proper track. I rarely if ever see someone do such a pronounced squat into the trail leg that it affects the downswing shifting and squat. Take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up as well to continue your progress.
July 21, 2018
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Sean
Aaron thanks for the review and video recommendation. In my last review I noticed I am allowing my back leg to straighten a tad and that is allowing the slight over swing. When I make sure my knee stays pointed at the ball it helps me load my right glute and stops my backswing because I already feel wound up and ready to fire. Hopefully the weather picks up soon around here so I can submit my next review hitting some balls. Thanks again - Sean
March 23, 2018
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Aaron (Certified RST Instructor)
That sounds like a perfect description of what you want to happen! Good luck with the weather...me toooo.
March 26, 2018
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Erinn
as you twist on that right hip to rotate back, where should the pressure be in your foot? The heel? the balls?
March 22, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erinn. Heel/Center of the Ankle Joint.
March 22, 2018
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Erinn
so the pressure should be on the inside of the heel/center of the foot. Almost as if you are posting up on the back leg as you rotate?
March 23, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Erinn. Yes, except during a real post up (downswing) the lead leg will be straight. In the backswing, you are loading the glute and just posting into the trail side.
March 23, 2018
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Donald
Hi, Do you have the same loaded feeling in your trailing hip/glute in your regular swing as you do in this drill? Just trying to in grain what I should be feeling when I go back to making full swings after doing the drill. Thanks, Don
March 5, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Don. This is slightly exaggerated, but yes you will feel the same muscles fire like in the drill.
March 5, 2018
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Paul
I've been working on this really hard; when I get to the top of the swing, I feel almost all the pressure in the right heel/right ankle area. Is this the right feeling to have?
February 15, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Paul. Yes. Not solely on the back of the heel. But, heel/center of the ankle.
February 15, 2018
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Dennis
Is there such a thing as too much hip turn? I recall reading and listening to golf commentators / instructors talk about the great hip turn and speed Rory has, but don't recall them ever saying he turns x degrees...
February 6, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dennis. There is a diminishing return with excessive hip turn. We usually shoot for around 45 degrees in the backswing. If you over rotated them too much coming down it will be hard to get the arms/hands to release.
February 6, 2018
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GEORGE
Can you confirm my understand as to why loading the right glute would prevent over swinging with the arms? The way I understand it right now is that the pressure I feel in my right glute will act as a "trigger" to release that pressure and initiate my downswing. If I don't feel the pressure my body would have the tendency to continue its momentum with the arm. Is this correct? How much of pressure should I feel for my normal swing to make sure I get this right?
January 29, 2018
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello George. Loading the trail glute will help stabilize your hip and not allow you to keep over rotating. Therefore, helping to keep the arm momentum from continuing and over swinging. You will shift about 80% of your weight into your trail glute in the backswing. You should feel loaded, but not overwhelmed with pressure.
January 29, 2018
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Mariam
This video did not make sense to me when I first saw it, but I think that I now understand it better. If I stand on my right foot while keeping my weight on the inside of my right heel (as Chuck does in the video) and twist around my right hip, I find that I start to lose balance and start to fall back towards the left. As my left leg catches me, my hips naturally rotate to 30-40 degrees open (with my weight on the inside of my left heel and my right leg in a neutral position). I struggle mightily with early extension and pushing from the right side. This find was exciting for me because it seems like when I do this, I naturally almost fall into a left side, hip driven transition that puts me in a good position for impact. My thought is to gradually build up to small swings starting on my right leg making the same move. Thanks so much for all the great videos!
December 21, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jay. Glad the video brought you some new insights. As you start to shift back into the lead side. To reach a proper position the hips have to rotate about 45 degrees. Sounds like you are starting to train a proper shift with rotation with the lead side movement.
December 21, 2017
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Bill
If the trail leg and gluteus muscles our preferentially loaded in the backswing, consistent with the stretch-shortening cycle, why don't those muscles naturally fire first in the downswing, leading to pushing off with the trail leg?
June 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Bill. You are going to see the stretch shortening cycle more from the coil of the core because it will want to unwind faster. The loading of the glute will give you the inclination to want to push. But, you need it to maintain its engagement to help stabilize the hips working into impact and not pushing (leading to early extension). It will have tension and the sense to fire. However, you have to train it to stay passive and let the lead side do the work.
June 29, 2017
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ian
On the takeaway, should you have a lateral movement of 1inch to the right , before turning into your right hip to load up?
May 29, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ian. It won't be solely lateral. The trail hip will have a slight rotation. Take a look at the Golf Takeaway Overview and the Weight Shift Video Part 2.
May 29, 2017
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Erinn
To Aaron Mannes: Hi Aaron. I am writing per your review on my completed swing review. You mention about my arms/hands continuing to continue when my shoulders have stopped ( I am glad you saw that because i have been dealing with this issue of getting to handsy for quite some time). When you mention you like the position I am in before continuing when the shoulders have stopped, but my question is would that be the end of my backswing?
May 23, 2017
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Aaron (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes exactly. At least for now and in feeling. We can check on video in your next review. If I remember correctly you did not send in a face on view but it looks like the shoulders stop rotating at a point and the arms and hands continue. We should be in our completed backswing position with the end of the shoulder's rotation. Now of course there may be a little give with momentum and change of direction but for feels sake you do not want to keep your hands going once the shoulders have stopped. So in short...yes, that will be the end of the backswing.
May 24, 2017
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Erinn
Thanks for the reply. I can't seem to keep my hands out of controlling my downswing. As I end my backswing my hands are my trigger to start down. As having played baseball my entire life I think the hands transitioned in to my golf swing. No matter what I try i can't seem to keep my hands quiet. As I get to the top of my backswing I do not feel "loaded" until I set, flip, whatever you want to call it with my hands.
May 24, 2017
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Aaron (Certified RST Instructor)
you can set or down cock with the wrists at the top, but it is imperative that the arms don't fold as well. The hands moving in the DS isnt really the hands per say. It is the lats and shoulders that are moving the arms down. Plus the shift to the left. Just think so motion from the top. That baseball "jump" at the ball is a DS killer. Think SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW fast at the very end.
May 25, 2017
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Erinn
Hi Aaron. I played around with some different feels over the weekend with my hands/arms. I was applying for pressure with my left hand on the club through the swing and the right hand was kind of just there for stability. Is this the correct feel?
June 5, 2017
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Aaron (Certified RST Instructor)
Sounds good. Feel VS real can be vastly different. I personally love the "FEEL" of a very very light right hand and a normal left in feeling. My right hand can get in the way of a good swing. So I think you are on the right track.
June 5, 2017
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Erinn
Question. As you shift the weight and then begin shoulder turn in the back swing to get the club moving, to assist in getting the club up, do you want a strong left hand and a weaker/soft right hand? I have been trying to keep my right hand out of the swing as much as possible, but i sometimes feel like its to loose and as if i almost forget to use the right hand at all and have no club face control
June 12, 2017
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Aaron (Certified RST Instructor)
Don't take the "no right hand" concept tooo far. If we didnt want right hand we would just swing with our left hand only, so of course the right hand adds a little. It is all about balance. We do not want the right hand taking over and for most right handed people that is what occurs. The right is more active and strong than the left. It is about finding that balance, and sometimes to have balance you need to feel like the right hand is doing nothing...sometimes you might need to turn on the right hand a bit more from there.
June 13, 2017
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Erinn
ah that makes sense about the arms not folding as well! I am sending a new face on video as requested.
May 25, 2017
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John
I am working on this drill & I am REALLY struggling with controlling length of backswing when I go to hit a ball. I can make nice practice swings in front of a mirror however, when I go to hit the ball my backswing is way too big (every time..even into a net at home). It is the worst with the driver as I take a massive swing. Do you have advice on how I should practice to overcome this? Maybe start with half swings? I have over 1000 reps in but something about going to hit the ball triggers me to lose my form. Thanks
May 22, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Do you over swing because of losing the tail arm positioning or straightening the trail leg?
May 23, 2017
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John
Hi Craig, I lose the trail arm position. I can do this properly in front of a mirror, but once I go to hit a ball, I see my trail.arm breakdown and fly out.
May 23, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. Are you maintaining proper external humeral rotation? Stop Overswinging Video and 3 Functions of the Right Arm Video. If so, and you are still struggling. Try practicing at pace. Start trying to mimic the proper move with a ball in front (full swing), but at half speed. See what pace you can create the good move and when you lose it. Start building slowly from there.
May 23, 2017
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Martyn
Hi ... this seems to contradict the perfect take away video where Chuck says you should be turning your upper body with your arms staying in front of your chest, and your hips not turning much? Can you explain please? Thanks
February 2, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Martyn. Some players don't load their trail glute enough. The hips do turn in the back swing (Weight Shift Video Part 2 - Golf Takeaway Overview). You want minimal turn in the initial, but some have to exaggerate a little (like in the drill above) to start changing the fact they need to load and allow for the rotation that does take place.
February 2, 2017
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neal
When loading up right side...does the left hip move away from the address position or do you try and keep it stationary or even a touch going in the opposite direction?
January 30, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Neal. It won't move a whole bunch. Focus on maintaining the trail hip line and the lead will take care of itself (Weight Shift Video Part 2).
January 31, 2017
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neal
thanks. It almost feels like the loading of the glute can initiate the back swing. Is that possible?
January 31, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Neal. Weight shift into the trail glute can be used as a swing trigger.
January 31, 2017
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neal
Thanks Craig....it seems to work well for me. And thanks for being there for us.
January 31, 2017
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
You're most welcome. My pleasure.
January 31, 2017
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Steven
Load your trailing right side leg early for stablity - ground the heal - wind the core - glide the shoulder
December 10, 2016
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Curt
You've addressed my most consistent problem with my swing, regardless of method I've used. Just so I get this right, for the sake of sequencing: setup, twist right hip to load, torso rotation, squat. Obviously, I want to integrate these through the reps. Is this correct?
November 17, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Curt. Yes. It seems on par. Also, use this video as a compliment. https://rotaryswing.com/videos/full-swing-basics/rotary-swing-5-step-golf-swing-system/core-rotation-left-arm-club-rsa
November 20, 2016
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Sean
Hi, this drill is the one that is most consistent in each of my swing reviews as something to work on. I really like the idea of feeling it on one foot and trying to turn to see how it feels. To get this same feeling I have to feel a SIGNIFICANT amount of pressure on the instep of my right foot. Like to the point my foot rolls ever so slightly into the instep and I can definitely feel the right muscles engage. Is this correct or is this too much of an exaggeration?
November 7, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Sean. You should feel some engagement of the glute, torque and pressure in the foot. If your foot however has some much pressure that it is starting to turn or dig into the ground. You might be exaggerating too much.
November 7, 2016
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T David
Hi Chuck - I am new to the RST... on this loading up in the backswing, what happens to the lead knee? I tend to maybe let this come in too much. Or, should it be allowed to flex toward the ball? Thanks for any insights on this.
September 12, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Dave -- Welcome to the RST family. The lead knee can have some minor mobility in it during the backswing as the hips begin to rotate. Too much movement, can result in the hips over rotating. Check out the self analysis tool and compare your movements to some of the face on model swings and see if you are doing something different. Also, make sure you are using the swing reviews along the way, so we instructors can help you in these areas and give you suggestions on how to correct it properly. Good luck - Chris Tyler
September 12, 2016
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T David
Thanks, Chris. I appreciate it. Yes, I will do that.... by the way, I just uploaded a swing video this afternoon.
September 12, 2016
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
My pleasure and we will get to your uploaded videos as soon as we can.
September 12, 2016
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Jason
I think this single-handedly has really turned me into my realistic goal: be putting for par more often than not I was eight over after nine holes and before that, was seven over after nine holes. The rain made me only do two blocks of nine on two separate days. I only have these swing thoughts now: 1)weight on the right heel and roll the remaining wt to the inset on my right foot 2) takeaway/ backswing and feel the restriction (great load felt) 3) squat and swing (my dwn swing thought)---> I can one day learn a better left side pull but I'll take what I got for now. never ever played this well ever before (been really trying vigorously hard at this game since 2010). Now I just need to work on a cross over release as I am still a body release guy and leave some drives to the right, especially because after swing thoughts 1) 2) 3) above, I tend to quit after impact and not fully commit to a finish. Thanks so much for your videos.
September 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. Looks like you have a good plan to make some good swings. Try to master the new motor patterns, so you don't have to think as much. Appreciate the compliments and good luck keeping your move headed in the proper direction.
September 1, 2016
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Jason
thx. forgot one caveat, I play the whites. not ready for the blues and typically the water that borders blue tees more than it does the white.
September 1, 2016
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colin
Hi, Have been hitting a lot of snap hooks so, worked on RS top half drills but with not a great deal of success then looking at load right glute video and immediately golf shots improved greatly my take on this I was working on sympton rather than cause would you agree?.
June 11, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Colin. Sounds like a possibility. You have to use the loading of the glutes properly in the swing. The lower half is a very vital component.
June 13, 2016
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Loran
My left arm cannot cross my chest anytime,correct? I feel only when I tuck my left shoulder under my chin, will I get proper rotation? This perpendicular shoulder wraps around the spine I conjunction with the tilt? Are they two opposing movements?
May 1, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. As the trail arm adds flexion the lead arm will cross a little of center line. Think about proper rotation of the trail shoulder going behind you, not so much of the lead. Typically, under the chin or nestled right around it would be enough turn. You are rotating around a tilted spine. It shouldn't be two opposing movements.
May 2, 2016
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Dave
Hi Craig. I have worked on loading and posting the trail side for about a month now and I think I am starting get the feeling. What I feel now is actually that I am shifting then sitting onto my trail glute. Is this correct? The effect is that I feel a big load in my right glute and hip however my weight is feeling mainly onto my right heel. Before I entrain this further this week I would like to check with you that this sitting feeling and weight into heel is correct? Just for note this is the first time I have got proper flex into my trail leg.
March 15, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. Take a look at the Weight Shift Video Part 2. You can feel it sits a little into the trail glute. No need to increase with a lot of extra knee flexion, but it sounds like you are on the correct path.
March 15, 2016
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Richard
Guys, still struggling with loading the lower body in the backswing after reviewing all of the videos etc. Is there one particular drill you all would recommend to really ingrain this feeling?
February 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Winter Setup and How to Swing from the Ground Up. What aspect are you struggling with? Feeling a load or maintaining some flexion?
February 26, 2016
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Richard
All of the above....the feeling of internal hip rotation to keep the weight from shifting to the outside of the right foot.
February 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Richard. Make sure you have the proper anchor "Anchor to the Ground Video". The Weight Shift Video Part 2 should help with the shift and lack of sway to the outside of the trail foot.
February 26, 2016
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Andrew
I am in the takeaway and start of backswing phase in my journey and think this may be a key for me. I have become so obsessed with not starting any movement from the hips (as in early part of RST training) and am finding that the best I can do is to rotate my torso 45%. When I load the right glute as an initial movement it seems to give me more momentum to actually get my shoulders to turn 90% and improves all my other positions. My thoughts are to rotate back and almost feel like I am causing a reverse motion with my right leg to restrict backswing and create coil or stretch between my right knee and right hip and all the way up to the right shoulder. I am feeling a good stretch and stress in my right oblique. Are these the correct feelings? Andrew
February 23, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. Creating separation between the upper and lower half will provide you with more torque. Your feelings sound fine on my end. Just know it is perfectly fine to allow (after the takeaway) for the trail shoulder to help pull the hips open about 45 degrees against a 90 degree shoulder turn.
February 23, 2016
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Andrew
Understood but isn't it the flexion and restriction of external movement in the trail knee that actually restricts you from over rotating the hips. If I understand you correctly it is ok to start the takeaway with loading the right glute and then use the right shoulder to continue the upper body rotation. Thank you.
February 24, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andrew. It is ok to start the takeaway loading the trail glute and using the trail shoulder to continue the upper body rotation. The inner thigh muscles will help restrict the trail leg movement. Yes, the flexion and restriction of external rotation will keep the hips from over turning.
February 24, 2016
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Robert
is it ok to feel like you fall into the left side? i.e. I'm loaded on the inside of the right heel, glute activated ... The pulling with the left hip ab(ad?)ductor should be pretty damn easy yeah? Is it a decent feeling to lightly pull over to the left with the sensation of falling into that left heel ... as long as the right hip line on the back swing is maintained?
February 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Rob. Yes, keeping away from too much tension and feeling a fall/sit into the lead side is perfectly fine. It is a small movement. No need to overdo or over-complicate the shift. Pulling is with lead hip adduction.
February 22, 2016
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Lewis
I really like the concept of loading the right glute early, but how does that relate to the takeaway teaching of simply pulling the right shoulder blade back and down. I find that if i simply pull the right shoulder blade back and down i often dont get get back to my right glute. I tend to end up in a bit of a reverse pivot at the top. Do the load rt glute first and the pull the right shoulder blade back first instructions contradict each other? Or do I just need to figure out which one works best for me to get in the proper position? Loving the videos and membership! Thanks!
February 12, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lewis. You need to load the glute in the takeaway. The vast majority of weight shift happens from address to 9 O' Clock. You can blend rotation as you load the glute. Or, use the weight shift as a trigger to start your swing. Thanks for the compliments of the site and membership. Take a look at the Winter Setup Video and Weight Shift Video Part 2 for some added info.
February 12, 2016
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Jian
When I load my right glute per the video, I feel my muscles are contracted and supporting the backswing. However, I don't feel my right leg are braced and right food instep against the ground. Am I supposed to have that kind of feeling? Other instruction video seem to suggest that is necessary for stability and preparation for the downswing. Can you help? Thanks, Jian
January 26, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jian. Do you feel to the outside of your right foot?
January 26, 2016
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Jian
Hi, I don't feel the weight is on the outside of right foot, actually I would say 90% on the instep。I just don't have the sensation of compressing my right leg from the ankle to keen to hip against the ground?thanks, Jian
January 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jian. From the feeling you describe I believe you are okay since the weight is being transferred and staying towards the inner part of the trail foot. I don't feel a massive load. More of a supported coil for the upper half. Does the feeling change when stomping (as in the Winter Setup or How to Swing from the Ground Up Video)?
January 27, 2016
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Jian
I feel bracing the right side makes it easier to transfer from the trailing to the leading. I just feel that sitting on right side glute tends to lead to sway, at least right knee will slightly move outwards, not 100% stable with the trailing side. I do feel compressing the right side against ground makes sense. Jian
January 27, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jian. I don't think you are making a big error. Supported and braced into the trail leg with some ground connection looks to be fine.
January 27, 2016
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Loran
Then, the upper body does a different job than the lower body? They are independent movements? They have different functions in the swing that is why there is a separation? Almost like they are opposite movements?
January 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. The lower body will provide stability for the hips and swing. You will use more ground leverage for power with proper usage of the glutes. The upper half will torque against the lower half to create more coil for rotational power.
January 21, 2016
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Dave
I have some difficulty controlling the takeaway when I have the club in my hands. I am fine on the drills but when the ball is in place and I have to hit it I tend to still revert back a little to failing to turn fully with the right shoulder and shoulder blade, mainly because the weight of the club is dominant over the shoulder blade for me. I think loading the right glute like this could help me get the feeling of loading and turning but I want to be sure I am doing it/feeling correctly. So, is it a case that the sequence is to shift weight slightly to the right and load into right glute/hip whilst turning in conjunction with the big muscles in the back and shoulder blade? Watching Chuck in this and also on his full swing its as though the load of the weight shift and load of the right glute early is helping move the right shoulder and back around with the arms on for the ride. Indeed he is so loaded his club doesn't actually make parallel at the top. The effect seems to be hips/shoulders turning together before the arms which is what I think I want for a full turn with the arms staying in front of the body. In essence what I am asking is, in principle is it ok for me to work on using the load of the right side to drive the body in the takeaway as I find this easier than isolating the shoulder blade on its own to initiate the takeway? thanks in advance. Dave
January 21, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Dave. You can use the load or shift into the trail glute as a trigger to start getting the takeaway correct. The notes sound like you are on the right path. Use this video in conjunction with the How to Swing From the Ground Up, Winter Setup and Weight Shift Video Part 2 to help you accomplish the solid takeaway.
January 21, 2016
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michael
Hi Craig, is this the best drill for me to correct losing my tush line on the backswing?
October 22, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Michael. Yes. But, also take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up and the Weight Shift Video Part 2. Swing Faults Cause by Poor Setup may help as well.
October 22, 2015
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Garry
I appear to have made great progress into loading the Rt glute and feel the Rt heal pushing into the ground and now maintain the brace with Rt knee, and there is a real feel of being 'loaded' and it's a 'powerful' feel. Where as before I would just keep my feet in position (with not a lot of pushing into the ground) and pivot reasonably firmly and experienced a "coiled" feeling (upper body coiled against lower body) in the lower back and waist area. This old feeling had me thinking I had achieved the intended outcome of the "coiled" feel. With my new swing whilst I feel loaded I don't necessarily have a coiled feeling, rather a "powerful loaded" feeling. e.g. I now feel that the glutes want to fire me into the downswing. Is that my new "coiled" feeling I should sense.
October 20, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Garry. Your previous feeling was one of torque. You need torque in the golf swing to help produce speed. However, the new feeling doesn't sound incorrect. You are loading the glutes more and putting yourself into position to pull leverage out of the ground versus upper and lower half separation. When you do this the hips might tend to rotate a little more taking a little of the torque tension feel away. I don't see an issue with the new feeling.
October 20, 2015
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Garry
Thanks again Craig, as you say whilst the feeling has changed with my new swing, loading of that right side now feels powerful and loaded, and the outcome is terrific in terms of ball striking. Cheers.
October 20, 2015
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Jonathan
I've solved the mystery of right glute! I was keeping the flex in the right knee but externally rotating it, which made me feel like there was very little resistance or load. I've found if you keep the right knee in place with very little or no external rotation you can still rotate the hips a little and load into the right side, whilst feeling tension in the glute. Can't believe it took me so long to figure it out, I didn't even realise I was doing it! I feel stacked and loaded with the right knee in place and at the same time it shortens the backswing. Is this correct?
October 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jonathan. I think you hit the nail on the head. Get that good load!
October 3, 2015
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Jonathan
Chuck says pivot on the right hip to load the right glute. I've been working on minimising hip turn in the backswing to get some seperation between the upper and lower body. If you load the right glute straight away by pivoting on the hip doesn't this cause early rotation of the hips? Please can you clarify if pivoting on the right hip is different to turning the hips to get the weight in the right glute. Also if you start at address with weight centred over the ankles and move it to the right heel in the backswing does this mean you are essentially moving your weight back through the foot from ankle to heel. This would mean your sat on your heels and off balance?
October 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jonathan. I replied above. I think you are on the right track now. You should still stay close to the ankle joint when pressing the heel. Don't rock to the back edge of the heel.
October 3, 2015
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Eduardo
Hello, over-stressing the tension in the right glute, may prove to be counterproductive? Lose power or stability? Do you stress to a correct point the right glute, or stress the most that can be? Thank you!! Best regards
August 26, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Eduardo. You need to load the glute, but not stress it to max capacity. It could lead to a loss of power and proper lead side shift.
August 26, 2015
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Anthony
My problem is not overswinging but my shoulder plane is much too flat, will loading the trail glute help this or do you think the flat backswing is caused by something else and what is the best way to correct this problem. Thanks
August 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. If your shoulder plane is too flat you need to rotate around the spine better. Use the Golf Body Rotation Video with a little hinge from the hips to help get the feeling.
August 26, 2015
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Loran
When I do this move, which is to load the right glute earliest, I feel like I am scooping the ball. Kind of like the "C" finish popular back in the old days.
August 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. If you are loading correctly, but then feel you Reverse C coming through. Then you are probably pushing to get the weight back on the lead side. Make sure you shift properly and don't push. RST Tempo Drill and Level Shoulders Drill for shift, less push, and minimal secondary axis tilt.
August 25, 2015
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Mark
I am getting audio but no video on this video aid.
August 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Mark. It is working correctly on my end. If the issue hasn't resolved itself yet. Please contact Customer Support and they will be happy to help.
August 25, 2015
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Andy
Great video to help biomechanically stop overswinging!!! Science based golf swing help at its finest! Did I just win rotary swing golf shirt?
August 25, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Andy. You never know with the shirt! Thank you for the compliments!
August 25, 2015
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ted
When I coil and feel loaded on my right side, I then transition into the downswing, however, my clubhead is probably only pointing at about 1:00, which I've been told is too short, and my hands are too low. My 7 iron carries about 145 and my driver about 200. I don't have any physical limitations, so I'm sure a longer backswing would produce more distance. Any videos on how to make the backswing longer? I've tried a few times, but it seems to mess up my timing.
August 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ted. Maximize elevation with the Pool Noodle Drill and the 3 Functions of the Right Arm in the Advanced Backswing Section.
August 4, 2015
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ted
Great thanks! I started watching the arm elevation videos already and they've helped.
August 4, 2015
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Ryan
Ok not exactly sure if I am transferring my weight properly. I feel a load sensation in my hip, but don't really get any type of load sensation in the right glute. I am maintaining some knee flexion and I think that my takeaway and back swing are pretty spot on. Is there something that I am missing here? I am pretty flexible so would that potentially "numb", for lack of a better term, the feeling of load in the trail glute?
August 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. All the muscles are helping to stabilize in that area. Trying stomping the trail heel into the ground to get the glute to fire. It still sounds like you are on the right track though. Swinging from the Ground Up in the introduction Section.
August 3, 2015
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Ryan
Well are you going to feel a burning so to speak in the glute. If I kind of do a weight transfer with no club and feel my muscles on the right side, I can feel with my hand that the glute is flexed, but not necessarily as much of a burning and sensation as my obliques feel during the takeaway and backswing. I hope this explanation makes sense.
August 4, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Ryan. It makes sense. I tend to feel my obliques more because I use my glutes in everyday life. Therefore, they don't feel like as much of a workout.
August 4, 2015
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Ryan
ok that answers my question perfectly. I have noticed sense working the drills of the takeaway and backswing that even the effort to put the club in the proper location and rotating is becoming easier and more effortless. Less of workout feeling and more of a natural motion now that my body is getting used to the proper movements. Thanks again.
August 4, 2015
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Cavan
Hi - Solely focused on this move with the intention of shortening my swing. Wondering how I manage to transfer my weight into the right glute during the takeaway without putting excessive strain / torque on my right knee? Unfortunately I've had a couple of basketball related surgeries and it feels like currently I'm straining the right knee right now during my takeaway / weight transfer / load of the right glute. Many thanks in advance
July 8, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Cavan. It is okay for the knee to straighten a little, but it sounds like you need to allow for a little hip turn. If you are pivoting into the glute properly you should take some pressure off it. Take a look at How to Swing from the Ground Up in the Introduction Advanced Section. Also, the Weight Shift Video Part 2 in the Weight Transfer Section.
July 8, 2015
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Cavan
Great! Will check those out and appreciate the pointers
July 8, 2015
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Paul
Thanks for this great lesson. I just watched the Bubba Watson and Paul Casey video clip and then went back and watched the Load the Right Gluten video. It had finally downed to me what I have been doing wrong with over swinging and also the problem I had transferring my weight to the left hand side. Believe me, a light just wend on in my brain and it all makes sense now. I have been practising this loading up my right gluten and it all finally feels great and easy. Thanks for a great tip.
June 29, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Paul. Get that glute loaded!
June 30, 2015
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Loran
Should the load pressure feel more in the glutes or the right hip?
May 16, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. You might feel some torque in the hip, but the load will be in the glute.
May 16, 2015
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Anthony
If I am to shift my weight slightly to the right in order to load the right glute as I begin the takeaway, does that mean I should feel both glutes activated at address then just the right, or is it just a sensation of weight through my ankles then shift/load the right glute?
May 13, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Anthony. At address the setup should be relaxed and both glutes ready to work. In the takeaway, you will start shift to the trail side and load the majority of your weight into the trail glute.
May 14, 2015
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Jackson
When I load into my right glute it looks like I move backwards about 2-3 inches (a vertical line drawn at the glute in the DTL view) but I come back on the line on the transition. With this move I'm able to shorten my swing (above my shoulder) instead of my right arm going further behind me. Although I don't feel any tension or torque, I'm able to shorten my swing and push the club outwards with my right hand. The clubhead traces the hosel-elbow line and my buttocks maintains the tush line. These are just feelings. Am I on the right track? Should I engrain this with a gazillion swings?
March 22, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Jackson. It shouldn't move backwards through the tush line too much. It all depend on where you are drawing the line. Make sure you are maintaining your knee anchor and the weight is centered over the ankle joints. If both are correct. It sounds ok.
March 23, 2015
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Jackson
Will the Anchor training aid help in facilitate the loading into the right glute?
March 20, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jackson. It might not perfect the loading of the trail glute. However, it is vital that the trail knee maintains its flexion to load it properly.
March 21, 2015
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phil
Chris just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your patience with someone who started playing at 46 and engrained lots of bad habits. The drills you gave me today were very helpful . I now feel the small shift you were trying to get me to shift 70-80 percent of my weight on the right foot before coiling into the backswing. Feels like a little shift right then rotating the right shoulder back up while the left turns down and then shift the weight back to inside of left foot. Is this pretty much what I should be feeling. Thanks again for your patience I really enjoy your teaching style.
February 19, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Phil, my pleasure! You are great to work with and I am sorry that I did not see this comment from a few weeks ago. Was sad to see you leave my group so soon and I will be around the site if you need anything at all.
March 19, 2015
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phil
Chris I cancelled the unlimited because of the time it takes me to digest and engrain everything.Thanks
March 19, 2015
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
No problem at all Phil. Let us know if you need anything at all.
March 20, 2015
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Alejandro
Hello, after watching my backswing on video hours and going back to all the setup and backswing videos I think I found there is something "off" with my weight distribution. So before I continue repeating potentially incorrect moves I feel I need to ask. Where EXACTLY should the weight be on the right foot ? a) The same as setup (which means that, naturally, because of the hip turn, the weigth on the left foot has to be arround the toe) b) force the weight on the left foot to stay in the middle and send the weight way back towards the right heel
February 18, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Alejandro, at address, you should be pretty close to 50-50 for your weight balance, but at the top of the backswing, you should feel about 80 percent of your weight on the inside portion of your trail side ankle. Check out the "Weight Shift Part 2 - Right Hip Line" video to help you understand the weight shift in the backswing. R.J.
February 28, 2015
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phil
Chris is this different from the first video that was sent to me [load the right glute where im supposed to rotate the glutes to start backswing
February 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Phil. I read the other note posted. I think you have it all straightened out now.
February 18, 2015
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Richard
So what muscles are you using/feeling for "twisting on top of the right hip?" Sorry, may be a simple question but I am REALLY struggling with loading up and have been for two years.
February 17, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Brad. You will feel a lot of twist and load usage from the trail oblique and glute.
February 17, 2015
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Richard
So do you start the process of your backswing with your oblique?
February 17, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Brad. You are going to shift your weight into the glute (max load) and then twist into the glute with some help from the oblique/hip.
February 17, 2015
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Richard
Ant good drills to recommend? Not really getting the shifting my weight into the right glute
February 17, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Here are a few for starters. Weight Shift Video Part 2 in the Weight Transfer Section. Maintaining Knee Anchor Video in the Backswing Section. Right Knee Laser Beam Drill in the Advanced Backswing Section.
February 17, 2015
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Richard
So I saw something where some instructors recommend turning your right hip pocket back and around to load into the glute... Is that something you all endorse?
February 22, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Brad. The Weight Shift Video Part 2 when you focus on the crease in the pants. Creates the same aspect of the right hip pocket turning back. Feeling the glute in the hip pocket area and the crease is ok. Maintain your knee anchor to keep away from too much rotation.
February 22, 2015
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Jason
Hello all I have a question. The main problem with my swing right now is my right straightens in the back swing. No swaying at all just straightens. I've been practicing the load the glute drill. I notice chuck has close to a full shoulder turn when the glute is actually loaded but he's says feel like it's loading right away.My Question is, as a swing thought.. Shoulder blade glide and load glute at the same time at the start of the back swing? Or shoulder blade first and concentrate on the glute fully loading? Thank you for your time.
February 15, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
You can use your weight shift as a trigger to the swing or start with the shoulder rotation. Some players need to feel the loading/shifting of the weight early on to make sure they maintain proper knee position. Since, you seem to struggle with the straightening. Try starting by shifting first into the rotation.
February 16, 2015
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phil
Thank you so much mr rayson it was a light bulb moment I've got good hand eye coordination but most of the Time in the back swing my weight be a little on the outside of my right foot. I'm so excited to be a part of rst can't wait to see what comes next again thanks.
February 5, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Phil. I will pass along the good word to Mr. Rayson. Happy to hear your excitement of changing your swing for the better!
February 5, 2015
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Greg
Sorry RJ, I wasn't clear on my last question. I entered the question on this page to keep the conversation together. The position I am referring to with Chuck is in the Full Swing /downswing section. The first video of that section shows Chuck in the squat position, it is there that the shoulders are level and the left shoulder appears lower than the right. It also appears he is slightly more flexed at the waist which gives the appearance of covering the ball with his upper torso. I can keep the shoulders in this position if I make a transfer of weight from the right ankle to the left laterally and slightly increase my torso flex as I sit into the left side. From there in my old swing I used to feel like I was working the club out to in which caused me to flip and lose my tush line. Now, I feel like the club is working more out in front of me then down the line and finishing more left. What do you think? Your other comments have been most helpful, thanks
October 19, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Greg, I think at this point, you're getting pretty close to putting it all together. When you are transitioning to the left, the move with the arms should be straight down. And you shouldn't be actively pulling them down either, you should let them be pulled down naturally by the rotation of your body being pulled by the obliques and lats on the left side. You should feel like you're trying to leave your arms at the top of the backswing as you're making these lower body transitions, when in all actuality, it's physically impossible to do so because the lats rotating will pull the left scapula towards the spine and pull your left arm downward. This will keep your arms inside the ball as you come through. At the end of the move described above, your hands will be at your pocket height in front of the right leg. From there, you just want to release the snot out of the club through the ball. I think you'll find that you're getting much more on plane after that. Check out the Trace the Plane video (Advanced downswing) and the Sang-Moon Bae Hips for Lag video (New videos), they should help you out with what I was talking about above. Thanks and good luck! R.J.
October 19, 2014
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Greg
RJ, I can engage the right glute at least in slow motion on the back swing. When I look at Chuck's downswing demo he seems to have his left shoulder below the right after he has squated into the left side. How is this accomplished? I can get them level, but not that look where he appears to be on top of the ball with his upper body. If I just shift laterally from right to left ankle, I come close, but he seems to have more bend at the waste.
October 18, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Greg, The amount of hinge at the hips that you need is determined by your body shape. Use the instructions on the "hinge from the hips" video in the Full Swing Program: Setup section to see how much hinge from the hips that you're personally going to need. Also, Chuck doesn't hinge from the hips a great deal like Tiger does. Chuck is concentrating on pulling the scapula in towards the spine and rotating the right shoulder behind the head. So, that might be a factor in it not appearing to be the same as well. Check out that video and see if it helps, if not, double check if you're getting your right shoulder behind your head by filming yourself from the Rear (not DTL) view. Good luck! R.J.
October 18, 2014
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Greg
Is it pretty much impossible to execute a good squat without getting into a loaded position with the right glute? Also, during the squat the weight is transferred to the left, but stopping at the first move down doesn't the weight feel pretty centered between the two ankles providing stability for the downswing?
October 18, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Greg, Without getting loaded into the right glute, the rotation of the core will cause your upper to lean back toward the target or cause the weight to move up on the balls of the feet. Both of these situations are going to cause problems later on in the swing. However, nothing is impossible in the golf swing, to be honest, but if you don't load into the glute, you're going to have to make a compensation that would take much more work to perfect than doing it efficiently with the lessons that RST teaches. Deviating from the program can be done, but it takes a lot more work and athleticism to compensate for it, which in the end doesn't make it worth it. It's best to work harder on doing it correctly in the beginning than to have to work ten times as hard to try to compensate for it later. Your first move in the downswing should be to claw your way back over the left ankle with your weight by using the muscles in the left side of the body to pull yourself over. So, by time you squat into the left glute, your weight should already be on the left side, roughly 80% of your weight will be on your left side at this point and 90% of it will be in the left side when you finish your swing. So, you would only feel like you're centered over both ankles for a very brief second as you pass over to get to the left side so, actually, you would never truly feel that point where you're centered over both ankles in the downswing. If you check the videos for the squat moves, you'll notice the back leg is already starting to lean forward. If your back leg is leaning forward, it's not possible to have equal weight on both feet without tilting your upper body back towards your back leg, which is undesirable. I hope this helps R.J.
October 18, 2014
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Chiara
For the first time in my life I don't overswing and my right elbow is in a perfect position at the top of the swing, without doing any effort Thank you, great video and great Chuck, as usual !!!!
October 5, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks Chiara! Great to see your success. Keep it up!
October 5, 2014
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John
I notice that in the Tour Pros Section, Henrich Stenson, @ the 3:40 mark of the video, he does a little forward press, distinctly preloads the right glute, then starts his takeaway. He is really using the ground to make his swing work. Do you recommend this technique? It seems to work really well for him.
October 3, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello John. We try to shy away from the forward press. However, using the weight shift or load into the trail glute to get the swing going is perfectly ok.
October 3, 2014
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John
I tried it yesterday and my ball striking was another level higher...it works! Hit six greens in a row.
October 3, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Great John! It makes the swing more athletic.
October 3, 2014
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Frank
Should you feel (stabilize) the right glute at address or after the turning into the right hip. Also when doing this how should the upper body feel, seem to be struggling with grip pressure while making this change. Thanks
August 22, 2014
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Frank, see my comments below, as they were meant for you. I accidentally wrote Don at the top. Sorry!
August 22, 2014
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Patrick (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Don, At set up, you want to feel weight balanced over the ankles. If you feel the right glute engaged during set up, it would indicate you have weight loaded into the heels. So, you want to feel the right glute engage AFTER you have turned into the right hip. Feel out about a "4" (out of 10) with your grip pressure. The upper body should feel relaxed. If anything, you will feel a slight tension in the right latimus muscle as you rotate back with the upper body during the take away.
August 22, 2014
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Don
do you "preload" the right glute before you start the takeway or during the takeaway.Seems like trying to load the right glute during the takeaway could lead to a sway.
August 2, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Don. The 1 inch weight shift will occur in the takeaway. I would try and stay away from pre-loading. You can use it as your trigger though. To get momentum started you can use the thought - Right Heel, Right Shoulder. It should help with the ease of blending and staying away from the sway.
August 3, 2014
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kelly
once I get to the top and feel my right bicep in connection with my pec is that as far as the hands need to swing or elevate?
July 29, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Kelly. As long at the right arm has elevated to the base of the pec there is no reason to go further. Keep the arms in conjunction with the turn. When the body stops, the arms need to stop.
July 29, 2014
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Ron
How does this jive with the right shoulder blade takeaway? Up to this point I believed that right glute loading happens as a result of running out of shoulder turn room. Or is this video simply for people who feel that they are over-swinging?
July 23, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
This is for the people that tend to over swing. However, the shoulder turn and rotation pull the hips. You need to load the right glute. Use the Weight Shift Part 1 Video in the Weight Shift Section and 5 Mins to the Perfect Takeaway in the Takeaway Section to put both together. The majority of loading the glute will happen in the takeaway.
July 23, 2014
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TIM
Here is what I struggle with right now. I start off great. Ball striking is great. By the turn I get really loose /sloppy. I can't feel the load as well and seem to over swing at times. How can I maintain the feeling of getting loaded after I limber up.
July 7, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Tim. Apologize for the late response. A little technical difficulty. Feel like you are driving the right heel into the ground and keeping the flexion in your right knee. The Maintain Knee Anchor Video in the Backswing Section and Right Knee Laser Beam Video in the Backswing Advanced Section will help you keep the flexion in the knee, to keep the glute engaged and loaded.
July 9, 2014
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David
I've been having a hard time shortening my backswing, even when loading the right glute very early and trying to keep the right knee from moving. The best way I found to feel coiled and shorten the backswing is to concentrate on not letting my left knee kick in towards the ball, which I believe in effect keeps my hips from opening too much. Is this acceptable, or will it cause other issues?
June 13, 2014
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
You need to keep the left knee from moving too much as well, so you're on the right track. Perhaps you need to also step back and figure out what else is going on though? It could just be lower body, but it could also be that your arms are overactive.
June 27, 2014
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Louis
probably a sway....I had the same issue...Keeping the weight on the inside of the right foot (from the inner ankle joints to the inner right heel) & pulling the right hip back helps a lot...
September 24, 2014
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glen
Guys I've just seen the knee laser drill that explained primary muscles used for maintaining kneeflex are hamstings and Glutes so beleive I know where the awareness need to be now. Cheers glen
May 30, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Ok Glen, glad you found the answer to your question
May 30, 2014
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glen
What muscles are used for maintaining knee flex? Is there some quad involvement? I understand that the glute stabilises the hips and will engage once the loading starts but I'm unsure what to use and feel for a braced right leg at address ready, for the first takeaway movement. Thanks.
May 30, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Glen, I am not sure I am understanding the question clearly as it sounds like you answered your own question perhaps. At the address position in a static neutral posture, the quads and glutes are working in a sense to support you in your address position. The quads will still stay working as you shift and load the the right but you are really wanting to feel more of the glutes fire. There are a lot of muscles that are working just not at full contraction while standing, walking or even in golf posture. Hope that helps.
May 30, 2014
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Michael
Technically this should be the feeling at the top of the swing right. Hips stay straight first as in the take away, then slightly turn right at last point at top of swing
May 27, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes that is correct. You want to just make a shift of the hips during the takeaway to load the right side and activate the glute for pelvic stability. The torso will then pull the hips to a wound position as you move into the top of the backswing.
May 27, 2014
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greg
Thanks, Chris! Any videos or help you can give me on rotating around my left leg, since I hit the ball well with the feet together drill? Thanks!
April 24, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Well as long as you have loaded the right side with the shift and have the glute engaged, then 5 minutes to master rotation would be the only thing you need to focus on at this point.
April 24, 2014
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greg
Chris: I'm starting my swing with the right shoulder blade glide, but I don't know what to do next? I don't feel "Coiled" at the top? Thanks!
April 23, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
see comment below.
April 23, 2014
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greg
Chris: I'm starting my swing with the right shoulder blade glide, but I don't know what to do next? I don't feel "Coiled" at the top? Thanks!
April 22, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Have you checked to make sure that you lower half is stable and you are getting no rotation from the hips during the takeaway. If the hips or lower half are unstable, you wont be able to feel coiled to wound in the body correctly.
April 23, 2014
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greg
Just what I needed, Chuck! Thanks! Aaaron Mannes wanted me to keep my right arm straighter in the backswing. This drill really seems to help do that & also gets me turning instead of swaying & shifting. Is it ok to for me to use the right glute load as the start to my regular swing? I love it!
April 19, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yeah greg, that is fine to shift and load the right side so that you are aware of the glute before starting the takeaway. Eventually you want to work towards having this move work together when starting the takeaway. The reason for that is that if you preload the right side too early, muscle contraction will only stay loaded for so long and I dont want you running into any early release of the load so that you are using the lower body effectively during the entire move.
April 21, 2014

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