Extension on the Backswing Think Wider

Good fundamentals are the key to playing better golf. Today we want to concentrate on one of the most important keys-good extension. You see this in the PGA Tour players, Champions Tour players, LPGA Tour players and all the top amateurs.

Fortunately, our teachers stressed good extension and helped us become very good players. Proper extension will help you hit the ball farther, straighter and more consistently.

Most of the students that come to us for help tend to lift their arms straight up and cock their wrists too soon. When they do that they tend to come down on the ball too sharply and take big divots instead of being able to take shallow divots and swing thru their shots effortlessly.

You should get the feeling of stretching your hands and arms away from your body as you swing the club back. The left shoulder should feel like it is being pulled back as the hands and arms extend. When you do this the hands, arms, shoulders and hips move back together in one motion. Note–keep a little pressure on the inside of your right foot and knee to keep you from swaying or moving off the ball.

Your wrist begins to cock as he club reaches knee high-definitely before waist high.

Purtzer-think-wide-back_1At the top of your backswing you should feel like your hands are low that your hands are stretched as far from your head as you can.

Good extension helps you get the proper weight shift and gets you in a powerful position to come back thru the shot. Take a look at the great players of any decade. Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, etc. They all have great extension.


In these pictures, you will see the proper position in the backswing in a revolutionary new swing training device called the Golf Swing Machine invented by Jack Jones. You can see it gets you into the correct, powerful position in the backswing and you are ready to swing back thru the ball.

NOTE: This tip is for right-handers, lefties please turn left and right around.

We hope this tip will help you enjoy this great game even more! See us at the Purtzer Golf Academy to make sure your fundamentals (grip, stance, etc.) are correct so you can play your best!

Keep it in the short grass!

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