Throw for More Natural Golf Swing

Do you want a more natural golf swing with much more speed? Then you need to focus on how your right arm works in your swing. Check out this new video now because it'll become much more clear why a basic throwing motion supercharges your RST Swing.

  • The basic throwing motion is the most efficient way to use the human body to propel an object with speed
  • The Rotary Swing Tour golf swing uses the same mechanical principles as the throwing motion
  • The left arm has many important roles in the golf swing, but generating power isn't one of them
  • The shoulder blade goes down and in, and the right arm moves up
  • Holding something under your right arm to keep it connected to the body eliminates needed leverage from the swing
  • Review "Reshaping Your Swing for Lag" to get the general principles right, then you can work on the details

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Jason
Jeff Mann (very technical) mentions that adduction of the right arm during the downswing (right handed swing) is an active conscious action. IE, lower body movements alone cannot get the arms to come down alone. As an upper body dive OTT afflicted golfer, I have seen that I cannot get those arms down with gravity/ shift alone. When I add active adduction of the right arm at the start of the downswing, I see my divots are no longer out to in. Is he simply talking of the same thing you are: throwing the ball drill?
February 28, 2016
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Jason. Yes, very similar to the throw the ball drill. It makes sense to me because you are allowing the right arm to help guide the club versus the right shoulder push the club over the top. Still make sure though the left arm is the "driver of your car though".
February 29, 2016
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Maximilian
Hello RST, i´m not sure about my new motion but i will discribe it. At the top ob my backswing i shift my weight to the left and than i fire my right elbow down to the ground? I think its the motion of throwing the ball but i´m not sure. It feels so effordless its amazing. While i´m doing this my left arm focus on the rotation of my wrist. I realized also that its the only motion that my right shoulder can stay back and not come in front of me during my downswing. My right wrist is doing really nothing during this motion, its just soft and relaxed. Similar to a throwing motion. So my question, is the throw the ball motion like throwing my right ellbow down to the ground and my left arm has to drive this effordless speed?
October 21, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Maximilian. You sound like you are on the right track. Check to see if your feeling are similar to the Step by Step Right Arm Drills with your trail arm.
October 21, 2015
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David
At the top of the backswing, does the right arm externally rotate? I believe Chuck said that. Also, at the top of the backswing, what should my right shoulder feel like. Like it is down, in and planted?
October 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. (For Right-Handed Player). Yes, the right arm will externally rotate to help put the scapula in the proper position. The right shoulder should feel down and in the box.
October 3, 2015
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Loran
I take it golf is a game dependent on the sling shot technique for power...not so much control and muscle...unlike a baseball pitcher?
August 18, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Yes, power isn't relative to body strength or size. It's about good lag and release. Having a good angle and snap down at the ball. Some of the smaller players on tour are the longest.
August 19, 2015
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David
I believe I am missing that in my swing. How do I get that in my swing. Where does it come from. I want more speed from right hip height to my left hip height.
October 3, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. Work on the Lag and Speed Drills and the Vijay Release Drill. Lag and Release fro power.
October 3, 2015
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Matthew
Not buying into Chuck's views concerning club head speed and the right side/arm/wrist. Reason why? Try the two club swing drill...swing two clubs...one in each hand...then you will clearly see why I am not buying in. The L/R arms and hands move at the same speeds. Both club shafts and heads are moving at the same speeds. Neither is dominate. Neither is moving faster than the other. Also go ahead and swing a club with only your LH/A. Swing it into an impact bag. You can get LOTS of speed/pop without the RH/A. Also Chuck minimizes the contribution of the right hand in other videos. And I am not going down the push/pull road in this comment, but it seems me that the RH would be pushing on the shaft. Lastly any push/pull/fire by RH/A would have some timing issues. Like when to bring to independently push/pull/fire the RH/A? You all don't need to reply to this comment. But recommend you relook some of Chuck's other videos as stated by other commenters below.
June 5, 2015
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Matthew
See Chuck's RST Overview Perfect Golf Swing video....specifically the downswing portion....Chuck clearly emphasizes the pulling action of the LS...over any action by the RS. Chuck also points out the timing issue with any RA/H pushing in this video.
June 5, 2015
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Mark
I must admit this video confused me as well. For those of us working through the intro section...after going through all the other videos emphasizing the left arm over the right...eg. why is the glove on the left hand and pulling vs pushing...to then come across this video is rather confusing! Perhaps better taken out of the intro. RJ's explanation below is really great..But in another of the intro videos, where chuck emphasizes the left arm over the right...he says that while some will prefer to bring the right arm into play (rotary hitters) his own preference is to just keep on pulling with the left..
March 6, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Mark, the main reason why this is confusing when we're working through the program is that we must learn how to use the lead arm and to release the golf club properly so that we can deliver the club head squarely to the ball at impact. Once we're able to do that, we can really focus on adding speed to our swing with the trail side arm. Also, in this video, Chuck references that there are motions that are necessary to put ourselves in the position to fire the arm to release the object. If we think solely about using the trail side arm for speed without learning everything else first, we're going to swing from the rectangle and have slow club head speeds and weak, high ball flights. R.J.
March 16, 2015
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David
I agree with Joe's comment below, in that this video created a bit of confusion for me also. I am a 10 handicapper only new to the site, though jumped ahead and watched a few videos of keen interest to me, before now going through all in sequence from the very begining. A number of the Intro ones talk about swinging and leading the forward swing with the left arm (via left weight transfer, slight hip turn, then left obliques and lat, while the right arm and hand goes along for the ride, until the release zone. It was great to hear about the importance of the left lead and to do the drills, as I have been a dominant right arm/hand player. However, while I was watching this video I was starting to think for a moment "maybe the left arm/hand does go for the ride as a 'guide' and the right arm/hand is the controlling driving force". However, I guess the 'pull Vs push' concept that gets discussed dictates the left side pulls the left arm (and back of left hand) to impact, and the right arm/hand goes for the ride and ONLY kicks in and powers through the release zone along with the left hand release. (We must be doing to left arm/hand only 'whipping' release drills for a good reason.) Do I have this correct?
January 21, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
David, Yes, you have the general concept. If you like cars, this reference might hit home for you. Golfing is like driving a car in the snow. If you have a FWD car while driving in the snow, there's rarely issues with driving straight because the weight of the vehicle is following the driving force (Front wheels) thus the car is getting pulled behind the force. However, if you take a RWD car in those conditions, although the RWD car is more powerful than the FWD car, it's practically impossible to keep the car moving straight because the weight of the vehicle is being pushed by the driving force. So, if you pull with the left side, you'll be much more accurate. Also, continuing that reference. The left arm of the golf swing is like the steering wheel. The torso is the engine. The feet are the tires, the legs are the suspension and the right arm is the NO2. As you're swinging into impact position, you're using all the torso, but the wheel is turned so, hitting the NO2 will spin you out of control. You have to straighten out the steering wheel (square the club face) before you hit the boosters. So, save the NO2 until the very last portion of the swing to optimize speed and accuracy. R.J.
January 21, 2015
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David
Thanks RJ. Yes those analogies help confirm the sequencing.
January 21, 2015
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
David, You're welcome. I'm glad I could help. R.J.
January 22, 2015
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Kim
Do you have any suggestions for a left handed person playing clubs right handed. Imagine trying to throw a ball with power with your right hand if you are left handed. Before receiving a golf lesson i powered my swing with my arms. A golf "PRO " later instructed me to turn off my arms ( let them cock naturally at the top ) and lead by uncoiling my hips getting my hips out of the way as quick as possible. Swing speed came from making a big swing and could be calibrated by how quickly i moved my hips and the club would automatically come back to 90 degrees. Having watched some of the videos i now realize that i was not fully releasing my club and am losing quite a lot of power.
October 18, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Kim, Yes, you would be classified as a hip spinner. Accelerating your hips quickly will help you generate power; however, the quicker that you accelerate your hips, the quicker everything else has to move and the quicker your hips need to decelerate as you move into the impact position. If your hips are accelerating much faster than everything else, your arms will get stuck behind you and you won't be able to release the club soon enough. You should be focusing on squatting your hips to square and then pulling the rest of the body through by rotating the trunk with the left obliques. Pulling with your obliques is what allows you to "turn off your arms" but still keep them in front of the body so that we can release the club properly. So, your golf pro wasn't necessarily 100% wrong, but he or she just didn't understand the how's and why's of the golf swing which lead to his or her misunderstanding of how the body moves and what we need to do to get ourselves in the proper positions. It's likely that this golf pro is a very talented golfer but doesn't truly know why he or she is good and what feels like spinning his or her hips through really fast to them is, in all reality, squatting to square then pulling with the obliques and the lats. As far as doing the throw the ball drill with your off-hand, you simply just need to practice it and check yourself on camera or in a mirror to make sure that you're doing it properly. Every drill that I have done on this site, I have done it as both a left handed and right handed golfer. You want to train both sides of your body. This will really help you out with your issues. Things that feel uncomfortable with your off-hand will feel more comfortable with your dominant hand. Doing that action with your dominant hand allows you to feel what the proper motion so that you know what it feels like when you do it with your off-hand. I highly suggest checking out the "Sang-Moon Bae Hips for Lag" video in the new videos section of the site. I think this video will help you more with your issues than anything else that you could watch. Chris also suggests watching some other videos at the end of the video, which would also be great watches for you. Good luck on your swing! R.J.
October 18, 2014
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Joe
in one video the instructor talks about getting your right hand off the club, and in this video another instructor says referring to the right arm, 'that's how you get power and speed' yeah golf is a tough sport.....
September 12, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Joe. The right arm does add speed on the downswing. However, most players tend to over use the right arm and are too dominant with it on the downswing. Others, don't use the right arm enough. If you are very right arm/right side dominant don't worry too much about adding the speed. It will naturally do that. Even as much as you think you are letting the right arm go coming down.
September 12, 2014
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Louis
I've been working on these movements as it really does seem to be an efficient method for properly rotating around the spine. My question is; For a right handed golfer...wouldn't it be "okay" (or "correct") to put something under the left arm pit. letting it fall out at follow-through?? When I focus on the right arm (straight to turn) I can easily achieve a straight back takeaway, rotate smoothly around the spine in the backswing, and elevate my arms correctly. However, if I focus on my left arm at all, I've noticed that I my shoulder/arm can very easily get disconnected from my core.
September 8, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Lou. You want to try and stay away form the old glove in pit routine. Work slowly through the progressions of training the left arm. Work on the LADD Video in the Downswing Section and the Left Elbow Video in the Advanced Downswing Section to teach the lead arm to work properly.
September 8, 2014
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David
I have a dilemma in that I am left handed but have learned to play right handed. I've been playing for 10 years and need to change my over the top downswing. When I was a kid, I also played baseball and was able to switch hit. So, i have a lot of left arm strength but i just can't seem to get the feeling of throwing with my right side, or right arm. I've considered starting from scratch and playing left handed. What are your thoughts? regards dm
September 1, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello David. I don't think you need to change side of the ball. Being left handed and wanting to stop the over the top motion should be easier for you. Take look at the Stop Coming Over the Top Video and LADD Video in the Downswing Section to train the right shoulder staying back and allowing the left to work correctly.
September 1, 2014
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wolfgang
Hi, I understand that the right arm is the main source for speed in the golf swing (besides, of course, the pivot, weight shift..etc). However, when the throwing motion is performed with the right hand, how is it possible to control the impact alignments and the club face with the left hand? To me, it seems that either creating speed with the right hand or controlling the club face with the left hand, is possible. Due to the throwing motion of the right hand, that produces enormous speed it seems impossible to control the club face with the left hand.
August 31, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Wolfgang. Take a look at the Vijay Release Drill in the Advanced Downswing Section. The right arm/hand is adding speed. You want to make sure you add it at the correct time and not too late. I can see how the throw/release at the same time could be confusing.
September 1, 2014
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William
When you throw with the right arm, as you demonstrate, what shape is it making? Without forcing a shape, is it a inside figure 8 shape swing? Great explanation and demonstration!
June 30, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey William. The shape would be on one plane. We don't want to deviate by dropping inside coming down or over the top coming down. More of a circular shape motion.
June 30, 2014
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Kevin
Again, this sounds/ looks like a video for a hitting style golf swing, and not a swinging- pull/ rotation- golf swing. Am i correct, or am i missing something?
June 17, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
The right hand won't be pushing through the impact zone. Primarily, once you start into the hitting zone the right hand is doing nothing. Take a look at the Lose the Right Hand Drill in the Downswing Section.
June 17, 2014
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Dan
Wouldn't your throwing motion be very difficult wearing the Rotary-connect? BTW, why is the connect no longer sold by RST?
May 30, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Dan, the throwing motion for the golf swing release with the rotary connect actually helps because it keeps you from protracting the right shoulder too soon on the downswing. Now the throwing motion i.e. with a baseball would be nearly impossible. Ha. But, it would be funny to see. We are working on a replacement for the Rotary Connect. The company we purchased them from no longer makes them. Putting us and the members in a bind. We apologize for that.
May 31, 2014
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Bob
I joined not more than a few days ago, so I'm just getting used to the site. That being said, I've watched several of the videos, and have already gained great understanding of the swing. Here is my question…what is the 'feel' sequence that I am trying to produce…as the weight shifts to the left heel, am I pulling with the left oblique and then throwing/releasing the right arm/wrist…or am I throwing/releasing the right arm/wrist(for speed)and pulling the left oblique?
April 15, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey and welcome to the site. We are happy to have you here and very glad to hear that you are getting some good clarity. You wan to shift into the left heel and then pull the left hip away from the target with the left obliques. As you are using the obliques, you are rotating the torso and that is moving the hands and arms back out in front of the body in which you will be ready to release the right arm into impact. Hope that helps.
April 16, 2014

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