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Alignment Stick Golf Drill To Fix Early Extension And Get Hips Deeper

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Milo Lines:
Hey, everybody, welcome back. Milo here, along with Henry, and today we’re hitting some shots into a net in the backyard, and we’re talking about different issues and how to fix them at home. And here we’ve got a little station set up. I don’t know if you guys can all guess, but this is a station designed to fix one of the most common problems we see in golf swings. What’s that problem, Henry?

Henry Fall:
Early extension.

Milo Lines:
I don’t know how many of you have that issue, but I’m guessing most of you and here’s a fun drill that can be very helpful. So Henry, describe to me, to the viewers, what we’ve got here in the ground.

Henry Fall:
Well, we’ve got a little cup there you can putt into, but we’ve stuck an alignment stick in it. I even put a little Ping head cover on it for us. But basically, this is going to act as sort of our gauge or our training aid to tell us if we’re keeping some of that hip depth that we lose when we early extend.

Milo Lines:
So it’s a little feedback station, right?

Henry Fall:
Right. And this is something you use a lot with your students, right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
Or something similar.

Milo Lines:
I don’t do it exactly like this, but I do something similar with my students.

Henry Fall:
So if this was something I came to you with and immediately, you see a person hit a few shots and you’re like, “Wow, they’re really thrusting into it and that’s presenting a lot of issues with the club.” So if we can sort of get them to work a little better into the ground and rotate. Right?

Milo Lines:
Yep. So first thing I look at is they’re set up. I look and see are they set up in a way… Often if you’re having an issue, it’s because you’re set up bad. But if we’ve checked that box, set up, okay and they’re still moving up into it, then we’ll do some little drills on how to get their rear end to move away from the golf ball and get their body to pivot.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. So if I was say that student, what’s that one drill you would-

Milo Lines:
So let’s move away from this one. I’ll just have you stand up here like you’re going to hit from right there.

Henry Fall:
Okay.

Milo Lines:
So what I will do is I’ll take a golf club for an alignment stick and I’ll put it about two to three inches behind your rear end and as you make a back swing, I want you to get your right cheek back to the wall. So you feel what you had to do to get your hips to go deeper?

Henry Fall:
Yeah. So is it me just moving this way or I’m moving into my right side?

Milo Lines:
Not necessarily. What’s happening is you’re taking your right leg and you’re pulling this hip back.

Henry Fall:
Okay. So really, it’s almost feeling like my right pocket here is turning the corner a little bit while I’m doing it.

Milo Lines:
Yep. And at the same time, you’re going to feel some bending in your body like this, which creates more depth with your butt.

Henry Fall:
Gotcha.

Milo Lines:
Okay. So you’re going to feel that bend in your body and your butt working back and now you’re on the wall. Now from there, what I want you to feel is that you roll down the wall. So you’re going to feel like your butt rolls on the wall. There you go. So you’re rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling and into the ball. There you go. Feel what that would feel like?

Henry Fall:
Yeah. So now that left feels really deep, but my right still feels pretty deep.

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
Now I’m feeling a crunch over on my right side.

Milo Lines:
For sure. Yep. Another way I’ll do this drill is I’ll take and I’ll set up there again. I’ll wrap it around in front of you like this and have you make a back swing and don’t get your hips to hit it.

Henry Fall:
Oh, okay.

Milo Lines:
So you had to create some depth. Now, come down and don’t hit it. Feel how you have to really push yourself back?

Henry Fall:
Yeah, that’s tough.

Milo Lines:
That’s hard.

Henry Fall:
I’m trying not to have my head go way back either. I’m trying to-

Milo Lines:
You’re trying to use your legs to push yourself back.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. That’s a tough drill.

Milo Lines:
It’s a tough one, but that’s a good one.

Henry Fall:
It’s almost like one of those Olympic hurdles right in front of you.

Milo Lines:
I’ve thought about bringing one of those to the golf course and having somebody just hit with that here as a blockade, so you can’t go that direction.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. So what about this guy?

Milo Lines:
This is pretty good if you’re on your own and you don’t have somebody who can hold a stick for you. What you can do is you can just touch it and then as you swing back, you want to feel like your right cheek comes around behind it deeper than it actually is. There you go. See, feel how you bent it?

Henry Fall:
Yep.

Milo Lines:
Now you want to feel like you bend it the other way. There you go. So now our rear end is deep enough. And if you’re an early extender, this is what will happen. So set up there again. Now this cheek was going to stay where it’s at and this one’s going to move forward. So for most people who early extend, feel how that’s moving forward?

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
And now from there, this one’s going to stay where it’s at and this one’s going to fire more forward. Now you’ve got all this space and you’re in deep doo-doo.

Henry Fall:
So it’s almost like my right hip never really got deep enough.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. It never went back.

Henry Fall:
Okay. So, and I hate to say it, but when I did it, it felt like the alignment stick was pretty much right in my crack line the whole time.

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
I was basically turning around that post.

Milo Lines:
Yes.

Henry Fall:
Versus making it wander right or left.

Milo Lines:
That’s what we want. We want feel like you’re turning around the post.

Henry Fall:
So let me try one. I’m going to hit one just slow and see if I can do this. So that’s where I could do that and then maybe go watch it on video and just see if I-

Milo Lines:
Yep.

Henry Fall:
Did what I accomplished there. Huh?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. You go look at it and see if you did what you were trying to accomplish.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. I mean, it felt pretty good. It felt like I kept the depth. I didn’t hit it great.

Milo Lines:
That’s the thing. When you’re working on changing a pattern, we’re not really worried about how well we strike that golf ball. We’re worried about how well we executed the pattern.

Henry Fall:
Now I could see how the setup and the posture could really start to, if you try to just set up and get farther away from the ball, how that could create some of that wanting to move into it.

Milo Lines:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Henry Fall:
So as I’m doing this, I’m almost focusing on being a little closer to the ball.

Milo Lines:
Close and feeling like you’re barely touching the stick behind you to start with.

Henry Fall:
Right. I’m trying not to bend it from the end.

Milo Lines:
We’re going to bend it in the swing.

Henry Fall:
So that felt pretty good. I felt like I even finished in here.

Milo Lines:
Cool.

Henry Fall:
That’s a nice feel.

Milo Lines:
Well, there you go. So if you struggle with early extension, that’s probably a pretty good little drill you can do on your own and you can stick an alignment rod in the ground and and make that happen.

Henry Fall:
Awesome. Well, thanks for watching. Make sure you hit that subscribe button and check out Milolinesgolf.com so we can help you a little bit more with your game and learn to swing like an athlete. See you next time.