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Gary asks at 1:00:
I have a tendency to stand up and release early on my downswing. What would your advice be?
That is a pretty solid motion Gary.
The standing up thing and early release on the downswing is directly related to your address position. If you have read this blog in the past you have heard me discuss the "Tush line" and how to maintain it. If you go to my website www.redgoat.smugmug.com and look at the Redgoat Fundamentals section on Tush line it will give you an idea what I am talking about.
The basic idea is that your tush starts too far behind your heels in the address position and is not in a position that can be maintained as you swing the club. To compensate for the inevitable loss of balance that comes from this starting position your weight will move towards your toes as you swing, forcing your torso to become more upright. As a result, your arms have less room to move down into impact before they collide with your left hip. This causes you to release the club earlier than you would like.
To fix the problem you must fix the address. Get closer to the ball with your entire body but move your toes back away from it. You should have the feeling that your weight is over the balls of your feet and even towards your toes. Your knees should be bending out over your toes forcing your heels to feel like they are barely touching the ground. This will force the weight to move into your left heel as you turn back and into the right heel as your turn through. (Yes, I have compensated for you being left-handed)
As a result your tush will stay back away from the ball, allowing your arms room to get down in front of your hips later into the downswing. This will store energy longer and allow you to pick up some clubhead speed while you are making better contact.
I would also recommend you check out the Redgoat fundamentals section on my website www.redgoat.smugmug.com for the different options in the takeaway. Your hands and arms move out away from you too much going back requiring a compensation later in the swing. You have too good a golf swing to settle for that type of inefficency in the backswing. Look at the Nick Faldo and Nick Price swings to get an idea what you should be feeling.
Send in the new swing when you make some progress and I will tell you what to focus on next.