Blocked Golf Shots | Fwd Shaft Lean

If you want to compress the ball for explosive distance, then you need to be working on striking your ball with forward shaft lean. But sometimes we run into some problems like blocked golf shots. In this video, I'll show you the 2 missing pieces to forward shaft lean. You'll find out: 1) What's causing your blocks and 2) What you need to work on that will allow you to hit pure shots with plenty of distance.

  • As Forward Shaft Lean Increases so Does the Need For Face Rotation
  • Hands in Front of Ball at Impact
  • Wrists Rotate Counter Clockwise to Square Face
  • Imagine Turning Doorknob to the Left

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Loran
So the forward shaft lean involves rotating the hands over to complete the release? All this time the body is still in squat position, correct?
August 4, 2015
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello Loan. Releasing properly will help with maintaining the proper shaft lean into impact. The body through the release will start to raise slightly with the lead knee pulling leverage from the ground. For drilling purposes, the lead knee won't straighten like full swing movement.
August 5, 2015
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Larry
How do you avoid "over-rotating" and hitting to the left or hitting too many balls that start straight and then draw to the left away from the target???
October 18, 2014
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R.J. (Certified RST Instructor)
Larry, check my response to your question for the Right arm release in the golf swing video, this should help you out. R.J.
October 19, 2014
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william
Haha! Do you think Tiger has too much shaft lean now vs. his 07 swing?
August 8, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Yes, I think Tiger has a tad too much lean. Excessive shaft lean isn't necessary.
August 8, 2014
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william
What Clay talks about in this video is interesting when one considers the debate between Chamblee and Nobilo on the golf channel last night. Chamblee says that Tiger has too much forward shaft lean which leads to blocks, but it seems like forward shaft lean is a good thing if the club face gets square at impact. It would be interesting to hear Chamblee's thoughts about this video.
August 8, 2014
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Craig (Certified RST Instructor)
Hello William. You can have too much forward shaft lean. Leading the inability to release the club. However, Tiger and Chamblee have way more problems than dealing with shaft lean.
August 8, 2014
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ys
I SAW AND PRACTICE THE DRILL. I AM CURIOUS ABOUT BUILDING LAG. IS THE LAG MADE OF THE WEIGHT SHIFT OR INTENTIONAL WRIST MOVEMENT(INTENTIONAL DOWN COCKING)? IN BACKSWING TOP, I GRAB MY CLUB LOOSLY AND WEIGHT SHIFT, AUTOMATICALLY LAG INCREASED. BUT INTENTIONALLY , MAY I HAVE SOME MORE LAG WITH WRIST MOVEMENT?
May 14, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You want the increased angle at the top to be caused by the shift to the lead side. If you are trying to overdo it in the wrists on purpose, you can cause problems in loading the wrists too much and then throwing the club from the top down.
May 14, 2014
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Matthew
If you don't intentionally load the wrists on the way down for more lag and rely on the shift to do this, are you at the mercy of the flexibility in your wrists at this point? When I concentrate on the shift, it doesn't seem like I get as much lag but when I add more i get more lag initially and you are right that it seems like i lose it earlier.
May 23, 2014
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Daniel
I did rotate the club through impact including driver the results were from a nice draw to big draw which is how I used to flight the ball , should I use this on full wedge shots also because it really produces a hook spin on the greens?
May 13, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Sounds like you need to just tone down the release a little bit. You can use this on wedge shots providing that you are not over releasing the clubhead creating a ton of hook spin
May 14, 2014
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rodney
OK Chris, I was looking at some tape and realized that I was bumping to my left side well but not getting enough hip clearance. Is this lack of core rotation from the left oblique?
May 11, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Yep, that is exactly correct. When you make that shift left you need to have those left obliques working working working.
May 12, 2014
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rodney
Thanks. Is there a good drill video to preset the shift and just focus on the rotation? Also do I want to feel the chest bump over along with the left hip?
May 12, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
weight shift part 3 video in the program section has some great info in there. Check it out and let me know if that helps.
May 12, 2014
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rodney
Hi, I have been blocking my driver frequently today. Irons on occasion. I am sitting into my left side really well and at times the throw the ball drill would help and others focusing on a more aggressive oblique pull while working the left hand into the proper impact position. However, I was not able to get it totally under control tonight. Any suggestions.
May 10, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
With the driver a lot of times students will hang on the the release much longer than the need to. Make sure you are getting rid of the angle and the left arm is nice and relaxed and rotating properly into the hitting area. You do not need a ton of forward shaft lean at impact with a driver. Let that thing release.
May 11, 2014
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rodney
Great thanks. Would getting my hands over the toe line through impact do the same thing as well. I think I might have been doing that instead of bring my hands more down the toe line. Is it good feeling to have the right elbow come down toward the right hip joint?
May 11, 2014
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colm
Hi Clay, I can manage the forward shaft, turning down with my irons and hit them pretty solid - but I am blocking my driver can you tell me if the same move should work with the driver - i.e. turning the face down ? or is there another video on the site taht I can look at to help straighten my drives out ? thanks
April 23, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
Hey Colm, be very careful with the driver as we are not really looking for any sort of drastic shaft lean in the hitting area or you will get a big ol block.
April 23, 2014
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Daniel
does this cause hooked or pulled shots if your hand rotation is not timed perfectly?
April 12, 2014
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Chris (Certified RST Instructor)
You can produce a hook or a slice if the release is not fine tuned properly. 5 minutes to a perfect release is one of the most important videos on the site and will teach you how to control the face through the hitting area.
April 14, 2014

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