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Forward Lunge Overview

The forward lunge is an excessive movement of the upper body toward the target. While shifting 1-2 inches closer to the target at impact than you were at set up is normal with an iron many golfers shift more than that. Many golfers also shift that amount with a driver and struggle with predictable misses. If you forward lunge it could be because you are powering the swing with your upper body, or because you need the lunge to help control low point or the amount of face closing. Get a clear understanding by watching this concept video.

Tags: Poor Contact, Chicken Wing, Cast, Impact, Concept, Beginner

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This concept video is discussing the forward lunge.

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Now the forward lunge is a common component to an overall cast pattern.

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It shows up on video of an excessive movement of the upper body in front of the golf ball

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or compared to the lower body.

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So basically I've got this stick right here in line just about like this.

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The forward lunge could show up early in transition where the upper body just moves too much

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on top of the lower body like this or it could show up later.

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So if I got down to about here and then kept sliding that upper body forward.

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But a forward lunge is an excessive movement of the upper body towards the target.

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Now it's not quite as simple as just oh you need more Jackson 5 you need more side

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bend because depending on the timing of when it happens in your swing it could be from a variety

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of movements.

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And the easiest way is to help coordinate that is using something that helps you with your upper

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body awareness.

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And what you'll find is if you use something in front of your ear or to keep you more

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centered and when you do that you start hitting it fat then it's a good sign that your forward

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lunge is coming more from low point control and how you're releasing the club and less

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from power.

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And if you look at the video and you tend to see more of the upper body lunge early

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it's more of how you're creating power.

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And basically what's happening is you're using your upper body and usually that left

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shoulder to kind of pull on the club down in that direction almost like I was kind of pulling

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on a chain.

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If it's an early forward lunge associated more with power then what you need to do is

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you need to get more of the initial movement happening from the lower body.

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This is where the idea is of keeping your upper body close or back to the target or more

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of having a little bit of a bump can help with that early transition forward lunge.

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But if you're having that forward lunge movement down late it usually means that you're

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having more of a flip or a scoop style of arm movement and that forward lunge is going to

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get you far enough ahead so that you don't hit it fat because if you had that more scoop

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style where you don't have very much shaft rotation right so it just kind of is passing

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more like this and you have that timing of pushing on it more with your right hand going

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into internal rotation.

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If you did that and you were in a good kind of side bend where your upper body is behind

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your lower body then what would happen is you would typically bottom out well behind the

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golf ball and then if you were to have some face closing you would hit massive holes

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and pull ups so that upper body lunge is a I want to say it's a tricky issue but it can show

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up either from how your body likes to create power a dominance of the upper body compared

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to the lower body or how your body likes to control the swing the release and the bottom

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of the swing as more of a lunge to accompany that scoop.

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From a pure body perspective that forward lunge can show up in a couple different directions

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so if I were to just drop the club there it's not the same thing as just having side

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bend because if I have side bend and then I rotate I still have a bunch of side bend

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but you can see that my upper body has gone forward so even though you can see that my

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shoulders are down from the face on camera you can still see I still had a bunch of side

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bend so what'll happen is at the top of the swing the forward lunge comes more from

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not having enough of that lower body movement not side bend because side bend would

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move me this way in the middle zone if I do have more of the lunge kind of this way now

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my body is roughly facing the camera so yes now it would be more of a side bend movement

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that we keep me moving forward but as I get down closer and closer to impact and into

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the follow-through if I have the appearance of lunging forward it's more from not having

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enough of the extension of my legs and hips or even some in my spine basically I'm not

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getting into a good bracing position where I'm angled away from the target so I can have

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side bend and still lunge if I had poor hip extension so like I said it can be a little bit

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tricky but once you identify the cause it usually cleans up either with some transition

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sequencing maybe a little arm shallowing or at the very least working on some good release

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mechanics but if you have the forward lunge accompanying your cast and you've done a bunch of drills

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working on the cast component you may have to work on the forward lunge in a layer to ultimately

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solve your problem so a swing with a lunge kind of more that's one of my versions I'll do

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that one had more of a pull draw to it I'll do the over the top swing with the lunge

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there's a little steeper well-outfighting big slice and then we'll do a swing without a lunge

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and more like that

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