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Crossfield: Fixing an Early Extension

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Countless golfers around the world are trying to fix a flaw in their golf swings called “early extension,” but it’s usually ineffective. Why? I’ve found that early extension is generally the symptom of another problem in a golfer’s swing.

In the video above, I discuss the root causes of early extension, and also take questions from my fans.

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Mark Crossfield has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, and has enjoyed shaping the digital golf world with fresh, original and educated videos. Basically, I am that guy from YouTube. You can connect with Mark on Periscope (4golfonline) and Snapchat (AskGolfGuru), as well through the social media accounts linked below.

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  1. Bob

    May 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    2 index here. Just wanted to say that this is a great article. I’d been working on preventing early extension by making sure I keep my left knee flexed while I open. I worked really hard at it and was able to do it. However, I had been hitting a ton of face pulls and pull draws with the irons.

    Made a quick adjustment to get my right hand so it feels like it’s more on top of the shaft and it helps very much. Now the only way to avoid hitting it right is to really open up from the ground up and feel like I’m throwing the club very left. Much easier to do with the irons than the driver but yesterday was able to hit the irons about 1/2 a club further and was mashing the driver albeit it’s much harder to change your action there than with the shorter clubs.

    Thanks very much for the video!

  2. Jeezus

    May 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Praise Jeezus for this video. I had one shank that prevented me from breaking 80 two weeks ago and this weekend was just awful, three more shanks and tons of hooks and blocks. Just when I thought I had it all figured out… But then this video reminded me, through the grace of Jeezus, that moving my right hand more on top of the club is what led to my improvements in the first place, but I was getting lazy and sloth is one of the 7 deadly sins.

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Brooks Koepka’s grip secret

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Here is a great video on understanding what allows a great player to get through the ball and deliver hardcore to his targets. Without this part of his grip, he would be hard-pressed to deliver anything with any kind of smash factor and compression. See what you can learn from his grip.

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Swing speed vs. quality impact

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In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.


Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.


If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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How to warm up for golf PROPERLY

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Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.

Who is Leo Rooney?

Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
B.Sc Exercise Physiology
TPI, NSCA

Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.

He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.

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