Zipper-Away DRILL: Eliminate Early Extension & Steep Downswings with this Single Drill


The vast majority of all golfers need to work this drill into their transition. The zipper-away drill can kill several birds with one stone, especially issues with early extension, steep shaft angles, and the body outracing the arms.

Players of all skill levels, including tour players, have a tendency to suffer from the issues this drill corrects, and I cannot tell you how many of my students have benefitted from applying it to their swings.

With all of the hip restriction, hip firing, lag holding and handle pulling cliches and methods being taught, nothing gets linked up.

Steep, early extension, under plane, snap hooks, shanks, trailing rear arm, right heel flying, herpes, gingivitis and GAPO (Gorilla Arm Pit Odor) result.


If the target is at 12 o’clock and the ball is at 3 o’clock, at the top of the backswing, the zipper moving away from the ball will go to 10:30…if you draw a straight line from your zipper through your tailbone out to infinity, that’s the direction it goes

Another way to visualize. Target is west and ball is north. Zipper and tailbone go southwest:

This takes the leverage away from the hands in transition so they can’t steepen the shaft or AoA, it doesn’t allow the right hip to fire too early or out to the ball too much, creates room and time for the right arm to link up and gets you into your left heel faster.

What’s the downside? You won’t get as many strokes from better players after your handicap gos down?





  1. Thomas

    Is the 10:30 position for the zipper at the end of the entire swing?
    And should it be at 4:30 at the top of the backswing. With 12 being the targetposition and 3 the ball position, reaching 10.30 with the zipper at the top of the backswing seems like a very big hip turn.
    I proberly don’t get the clock-position right?

  2. Andreas

    Sorry Monte, for the first time I have no idea what you are talking about. Withoutr a picture I don’t get where your 12, 3 10:30 are!

  3. Dasbill

    You sure the 10:30 isn’t 5:30 or 6:00. I didn’t think it was possible to get the zipper to 10:30. I’m old not a contortionist. Lol

  4. Dasbill

    Ok I reread it. I get it now. Thought you were talking about the front of the pants zipper. Carry on.

  5. Andreas

    ok, I re-read it 20 times and it get it now. Indeed, great advice, carry on!

  6. g h pennington

    Still no clue….are you trying to say that the hips should be allowed to turn?

  7. fishmatics

    Hips to turn 45 degrees, front on zipper would be NE, where should your zipper be at impact and finish? Front on would that be NW and W

  8. Calvin

    Very well explained. Thanks.

  9. Chip

    Monte.. Great explanation, however instead of a down the line perspective, a frontal/posterior video may help us better see that southwest movement.

  10. Javier

    Another way to visualize it: If we had a sting from the spine all the way to the floor, at adress it would point at nine o’clock (actually, a few minutes past nine, because of the tilt). At the top of the swing it would point at 10.30, and the first movement in the downswing would be poking it at 10.30, right?

    Javier (a reader from Spain, great blog!).

      • Bill

        Your readers must be told how to shift the hips in the direction of 10:30 and it’s not by trying to make it happen in transition. Like everything else in golf, the correct left shift must be the result of a simple, natural action that precedes it. The shift will occur if you push off from your right foot (extend your ankle/leg) from a balanced, rotated (including the hips) position at the top while maintaining your spine angle (no early extension). The hips shift left in the direction of 10:30 because they can’t do anything else (biomechanics dictates this).

  11. Chip

    So…do any of you actually think about the poking at the beginning of the downswing? lol

  12. Robert

    I’m really interested in what you’re trying to say hear but surely there is a more relatable visualization you could use.. right? You shouldn’t have to reread the post 20 times to get the gist.
    I guarantee 90 percent of readers are scratching their heads with this. I believe one of the things that can make a teacher great is the ability to deliver a concept in a clear simple way. The most AHA! moment tips Ive ever had have been the clearest. Conversely, the the worst have been the ones obscured by complication. I mean Jim McLean effed my game up for years.

  13. Lawrence

    On the “Bump, Dump & Turn” video it seems as the bump is more of a 12 O’clock move verse the 10:30 Move? I am seeing this wrong? I have come into a slump of push draws.

  14. Ty

    Think of it like this. Divide things into quadrants imagining a clock-face. A vertical line runs through the ball (the centre of the clock) with the target at 12. A horizontal line runs through the ball with the gofer’s tail-bone pointing at 9 and his/her “zipper” pointing at 3. Now we commence the swing. At the top, Monte is telling you that the golfer has turned such that his/her tail-bone is pointing at something like 10:30 (with the corresponding zipper pointing at 4:30). He wants the first move down to be imagined as you moving (bumping/pushing) that zipper from its 4:30 location toward the 10:30 diagonal quadrant. You can also just imagine bumping/pushing the tail-bone further back along its 10:30 path. whatever works for you. But that’s the thinking.


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