For those like me, who are not very tall… sometimes we find ourselves standing on our toes and bringing our heels up above the ground often. In golf, raising our heels up in our set up position is a very effective drill to ironically enough, prevent us from “getting tall” or losing our posture during our backswing or downswing.
For those of you who are extending early, it basically means your lower body either on the backswing or on the downswing is moving closer to the golf ball and you’re standing up; you are extending instead of flexing.
In “Heels Up”, start in your golf posture then raise your heels off the ground slightly so you feel the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet or more toward your toes. Take a slow smooth backswing keeping the heels up and as you start your downswing, plant your heels into the ground. You will feel as if your hips have moved backwards during transition, and it gives you a sensation of how to move your hips in transition during the downswing. If you are an early extender or lose your posture by standing up during your backswing or downswing, give “Heels Up” a try.
Have fun, Matt Truong