Tip Tuesday: Beating Early Extension with a Chair

Coming over the top and don’t know why? Scott Tanguay from The Coastal Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shows exactly why it’s happening. He even gives you a tip to fight this and all it takes … is a simple folding chair!



Scott Tanguay:
Hey, guys. Scott Tanguay here with The Coastal Golf Academy. Today we’re going to talk about early extension. Very important move to not do. You could call it picking up, standing up throughout the swing. That’s going to lead to a lot of issues. Could go left, right, chunk, top, whatever.

What happens mostly for people is, it’s kind of an attempt to keep the club coming from the inside. So you see people come in a little over the top or steep, and then to help save that, there’s a little bit of this pulling the butt off the chair move to keep the club coming from the inside. So you can find the ball, but it’s just purely relying on your hands. It’s very inconsistent.

The other reason people do it is, they’re just not using and squeezing their legs enough. So if you’re a guy and you’re trying to swing really hard and you get to the top and then hit it hard with your arms, it’s very easy to lose that angle. And then, like I said, the ball could really go anywhere. It’s really important that we maintain these angles in the butt, in the spine here, so that we can rotate and make solid contact.

So a really easy drill is you just put a chair there and try and keep your butt on the chair. Another way you could think of it, is right side on the chair and then left side on the chair. If I get to the top and then I pull off completely, well, then the ball could really go anywhere.

So we’re here. We’re trying to get that club coming from in here, and I’m really squeezing and using my legs for leverage to kind of hold those angles through contact. Let’s give it a try.

Okay, just like that!