A Tip on Judging Measure
One of the easiest ways to get good at judging measure is to always lunge in proper order. Extend the sword and shoulders first. If the target is very close you’ll strike it before you even think to step. After extending the sword and shoulders, if you have not hit the target, then begin to shift your hips and, if needed, add your step.
When you reach your sword first it is also easier to see how much farther you need to go to connect your point with the target.