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Avoiding Early Extension

TJohnson

Hey everyone.

Been playing for 3 years now and I must say I've got a pretty good swing for someone starting at 32. Been obsessively videoing my swing in slow motion for a while now and I finally noticed the one thing I can tell is dramatically off: I tend to move my hips towards the ball in the downswing. I think it might even start a little bit in the backswing. I still keep my head "down" (as in I don't stand up before I impact), my shoulders stay in about the same place, but my lower back gets much more vertical than it should by the time I hit the ball. This is obviously causing lots of problems.

But my main question is, what's the cause? If there's a cause for this, I'd rather treat that than the symptom.

Thanks.

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  1. Mike D., Team Titleist Manager

    Hi TJohnson,

    I battled this for a bit myself and found the MyTPI site to be an amazing resource. Check out this link with a section dedicated to understanding why early extension happens along with some exercises and drills to help remove it from your swing.

    www.mytpi.com/.../early-extension_v2

    Cheers,
    Mike
  2. Chuck Z

    Mike D., Team Titleist Manager

    Hi TJohnson,

    I battled this for a bit myself and found the MyTPI site to be an amazing resource. Check out this link with a section dedicated to understanding why early extension happens along with some exercises and drills to help remove it from your swing.

    www.mytpi.com/.../early-extension_v2

    Cheers,
    Mike

    Thanks for the reference, Mike. Having been having some issues with the short irons. It makes sense. =)
  3. Corey T

    I worked out this is issue with my swing coach a couple of years ago. The tools needed only cost $2 (caught it on sale during the fall -smile). Get a swim noodle, place it on an alignment rod and stick it in the ground (angled towards you) behind you. Take a swing with the noodle against your but and the goal is complete the swing with the noodle still in contact with your but (you must stay in contact during the swing).

    Hope this helps (definitely corrected my issue very quickly)!
  4. TJohnson

    Thanks so much!

    It took me a while to do it, and part of me is like "just embrace it, you're pretty good" but I think it's costing me a lot of consistency. Plus none of the pros do it:)

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