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Monitoring Chest Height - Pool Noodle

Standing up through the shot, which is often known as "early extension", can be a very difficult move to eliminate. While there could be a variety of physical limitations or technical flaws to blame, I have noticed that a considerable amount of students are simply unaware of just how severe this pattern can be. In order to break this often resilient habit, increasing awareness (specifically for torso side-bend and rotation) should be our number one goal before diving into physical and more technical troubleshooting.

Playlists: Fix Your Early Extension

Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Early Extension, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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The drill is monitoring chest height with a pool noodle.

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So many golfers struggle with standing up through the shot, so they struggle with standing

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up kind of like this.

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And they're really unaware of it.

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When you ask someone who does that, hey, did you stand up, try and stay down, try and

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stay down.

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They're really unaware of it.

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So what I usually do is I will either set up a station like this or I'll hold an object

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like a pool noodle in here, close to their chest height.

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So the main thing here is now I've got something, I'm gonna lower it just slightly.

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So I've got something that's in my field of view a little bit in front of me so that when

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I come through, I can have a reference as to whether I stood up or not.

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So what I want to try to do is first, I'm going to practice turning my body so that my

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chest stays at about the same height compared to this pool noodle.

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So even if I was to come up a little bit, I would say, oh, alright, I'm going to create

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a reference right about here in my mind and then I'm going to turn through keeping my

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chest at that reference.

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I like to have it on the target side, not directly in front of me because if it's directly

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in front of me, when I come through, I've kind of lost sight of it.

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I want it to be far enough ahead so that when I come through, I can still use it as a good

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reference and check it without having to turn or pivot my head.

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So then I'll do normal progressions of 9 to 3, 10 to 2 up to full swings.

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Let's get that a little bit closer to it.

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So now I'm going to feel like I'm going to come to their it impact.

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I might even do a push ball or something like that, but I'm going to focus on finishing

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in this position instead of that position there.

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So 9 to 3 double check, not too bad.

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That's pretty happy with that.

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Now in a 10 to 2 in full swing, it gets a little trickier because I now have to pay attention

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to where I was when I was moving down through here.

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But I'm going to leave this once I get the club past follow through position.

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So once I get to here, I'm the momentum of the club and my body absorbing the force safely

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is naturally going to stand up a little bit more.

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So as I go into a bigger swing, now I really have to rely on that flash of where was this

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thing just between here and here.

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And the more times I do it, the better my body will get at being able to recognize and

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pay attention to it.

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So I might have to start with a lot of 9 to 3s and a lot of slow motion swings, really

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trying to feel like I stay the same space or even like I get closer to it between the

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start of the release and the end of the release.

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Remember, the end of the follow through position right here is when I have the greatest

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amount of side bend of my upper body.

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So I'll be close to the same height with my chest, even though my legs are straightening

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as they're going into a nice bracing move.

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So now we'll go back to, we'll do a little bit more like a 10 to 2.

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So I'm going to feel like I stayed down through and then came up and then because of

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the purpose of this drill, my brain naturally tried to pull me back down, but that's

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okay.

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Now as I go into a full swing, I'm just going to use the feel.

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I'll get that even a little bit more in my way for the full swing.

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So I'm going to try and get extra low on this one using this as my source of feedback.

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So emphasizing, staying down using my abs, but controlling the height of my club.

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You don't want to set something like this up on a tripod, then you can take an alignment

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stick and put it in the ground and put a head cover or something on an angle like that.

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But I like to get it as close to my visual frame for doing this head height awareness.

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I like to get it as close to my visual frame as I can.

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So I highly recommend using a pool noodle on a tripod that works really well for me,

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or maybe you can get creative and create some kind of station that you can train with at

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home.

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