Golf Takeaway Tips For Better Ball Striking
Achieve A Perfect Golf Swing Takeaway To Fix Your Swing Faults
Like many of the blog posts, articles and evening training aids on this site, it is from my personal quest for a better swing (currently play to a 7 handicap). I am an analytic so this may be too much thought for you, but maybe you can take bits and pieces of it and apply it to your golf swing.
Through trial and error, as well as a lot of video analysis, and input from some of the top instructors on the internet, I’ve nailed down a few key points you MUST do correctly if you want to fix any swing fault you have, as many of them are a result of a poor takeaway.
I don’t want to regurgitate the same information you may have read or heard before, so I’ll do my best to tell you (and show you) specific issues in the takeaway, what will be the result, and how to fix them.
I’ll use myself as the guinea pig as to what I was doing wrong, what the result was, and how I fixed it. Hopefully you will find something in this and be able to improve your golf swing.
Pay Attention To What Your Hands Do
If you look at this picture, one of many fatal flaws I had is a rolling away of my hands right from the start of the takeaway. This is death to your golf swing.
Here’s what happens when you do that:
- Hands get further away from body creating disconnection.
- The club gets off-plane almost immediately requiring a compensation in the downswing to get it back on plane.
- Incorrect cocking of the wrists, setting the club again off-plane.
- Left shoulder moves out towards the ball, putting your weight too much on the balls of your feet.
Here’s what your hands are supposed to do in your takeaway.
Take a look at the picture at the top of this page.
Notice in the picture how they are staying closer to my legs the first few feet of the takeaway? Also, pay particular attention to my “quiet hands”. There is no independent manipulation of them. They go straight back.
Also, see how I am now cocking the wrists so the club goes more up the correct plane, and not flat and too the inside like before. What I used to minimize my premature wrist cock with the golf wrist Lag aid. When you put this device on, you can’t cock your wrists early.
Golf Takeaway Shoulder Turn
Here’s where I really struggled, as I had many instructors tell me so many different things (thoughts and feelings).
What I came up to was this…
What Your Right Shoulder Should Do
If you’re a right-handed golfer, the very second you start your takeaway, your right should goes “behind you”.
Yes…you must get this right. I have struggled with this my entire golfing life. As my right shoulder move laterally to the right, which also means your head is not moving off the ball.
When you get this motion correct, you will be making an effortless, bigger turn in your backswing, which will give you more core torque, and ultimately power coming down and into the ball.
Your Left Shoulder
Okay…here again is where I struggled. I was always told the left shoulder “stretches across” during the backswing. Well, when you focus on that, it creates a massive amount of tension in the back of your left shoulder, and this tension limits, doesn’t increase your ability to make a full turn.
The feeling I now have is that the left shoulder “reacts” to the turning back of the right shoulder. When you get this right, you will feel minimal tension in the back of your left shoulder.
What Your Arms Should Do
Yet again, I struggled with this for years, and still to this day, work on it nearly every time I go to the range. During the takeaway, your arms should remain almost passive.
The first 2 feet for sure, you maintain the triangle between your hands, arms and shoulders. Nothing gets manipulated. Nothing changes independently.
This is where I use the Connected Golf Swing Trainer. Notice in the picture how this training aid allows me to keep the triangle perfectly. I try to use this at least once a week to ingrain the proper feel of the triangle going back.
My big mistake was bending my right elbow too soon. Almost right away, and what that does is eliminates any chance of getting coil in your backswing. Especially in your lead, or left lat muscle if you’re a right-handed golfer.
It also creates a very narrow backswing, and encourages more independent arm action coming down. Another added “timing element” to your swing that you don’t need.
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