I added the Jim Furyk Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because it’s such a simple drill to perfect the set-up and eliminate early extension.
Jim Furyk Drill
Long Game Practice Drills
2 out of 10
Imaginary wall (or real wall). Any golf club. Golf ball. Golf Practice Planner.
Step 1: Watch
Watch the video below.
Step 2: Set Up Like Jim To Eliminate Early Extension
Most amateur golfers try to fix early extension at the address position by squatting too much (see image below).
Squat At Address = Bad
When you squat too much at the address position, you will almost certainly come out of the squat on the backswing and downswing, which is the dreaded early extension.
The squat also puts way “too much pressure on the heels” at the address and the only way to stay balanced is to straighten the legs (early extension).
A simple fix is addressing a ball with your back close to a wall (see below).
Get Close To A Wall Drill
Address a ball with your back 6 inches away from a wall (see image below).
Bend forward to the ball without touching the wall. From this position, you can bump the wall with your “right buttock” on the backswing, as the pros do.
The only time you’d want to squat at address is with bunker shots.
Jim Furyk Drill Part I: Crowd Yourself
If you’re not at home and don’t have a wall available on the practice ground, do the Jim Furyk drill. Crowd yourself close into the ball at the address like Jim (see image below). This will force you to create space on the downswing.
Jim Furyk Drill Part II: Watch Jim
This is an easy one. Simply watch highlights of Furyk’s historic low 58 at the Travelers Championship. Watch his “crowded address position”, and notice how much room he makes for himself at impact. Now contemplate this. Furyk is ranked third in career earnings (only behind Tiger and Phil Mickelson). His swing has made him over $70,000,0000, and that’s not including any endorsement money he makes off the course.
Step 3: Competitive Practice
Practice the Jim Furyk Drill at home in front of a mirror on the course for 15 minutes. The posture at address is easy to fix, but if you don’t fix it you’re making golf way more difficult than it needs to be.