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In this week’s Fault and Fixes Series, we are going to examine the issues that come with losing your height during the swing and its effect on your low point as well as your extension through and beyond impact.

When a professional player swings, there is usually very little downward motion through the ball. Some is OK, but if you look at this amateur player you will see too much. When the head drops downward too much something, has to give and it’s usually the shortening of the swing arc. This will cause issues with the release of the club.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. RBImGuy

    Jan 22, 2020 at 9:23 am

    due to modern instruction is faulty this happens

  2. geohogan

    Jan 21, 2020 at 10:02 am

    The head and hips counter balance in the coronal plane.

    Every great ball striker from Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Ben Hogan
    Had their head as much as 4inches lower at impact than at address.

    Just as a hammer thrower lowers his head, as hips move back to counter balance the weight and movement of the arms and the hammer.

  3. Acemandrake

    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Absolutely, 100% correct. This is my swing issue.

    Any thoughts/drills on how NOT to lose height? (Other than “don’t do it”)

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