Set your club in motion

2015 06 Sc

It’s not uncommon to see tour players work on their takeaway. The theory is that, if you get off to a good start, you’re on the right road.

I like to think your takeaway is all about setting the club in motion for the flow of your swing.

• Golf tips: Look at the hole when you putt 

• Golf Tips: Execute the perfect punch shot

I see a lot of people on the practice area really working hard on this part of their swing. People can follow and understand pictures of the set-up as there are static positions and this picture, above, tells the whole story - but when things start moving, pictures can be misleading.

Try and think of your takeaway as a start of a race between the clubhead, your hands, and shoulders. The finish is the top of your backswing. The strange thing about this ‘race’, however, is that it has to finish in a three-way tie: they all need to reach the top of the backswing at the same time.

If they do, it’s called synchronicity and that coils your swing up beautifully for the downswing.

The race, however, is unfair as the clubhead has the furthest distance to travel compared to the hands then the shoulders.

• Golf tips: Don't stay rooted on chip shots

• Ben Craggs - How to set goals

So to compensate, the clubhead gets a head start. I like to think about starting my swing by moving the toe of the clubhead back from the ball first.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Jon Rahm reveals hilarious advice to wife after birth of son
Ewen Ferguson reveals celebrity advice after course record
Cam Smith drops biggest LIV Golf hint yet
Golf courses urged to "take immediate action" amid heatwave
PROMOTION Toptracer reimagines how you practice

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh gives pro Stephen McCarthy a whirlwind lesson
Watch
play button
A simple tip to hit the ball higher
Callaway
play button
A simple drill to increase your shoulder turn
Callaway
play button
Good timing is the key to good striking
Watch
See all videos right arrow