How to Start the Golf Swing Correctly
Proper Golf Swing – Part 1
If you can start each swing along the right path, keeping the club in a good position early on, there’s a much greater chance that the rest of your backswing will follow that good path – and that in turn will promote a good downswing and a solid, straight strike on the golf ball.
I see a number of common takeaway faults in a lot of the amateur golfers that come to see me. As a result, they spend the rest of their swing working hard to adjust in order to make a decent contact with the ball. Not great if you want to become a more solid and consistent ball striker.
Rather than go through each common fault here, let’s stick to what a good golf swing takeaway looks and feels like…
There are a couple of very useful, very objective checkpoints that you can use to make sure your swing begins on the best possible path. I outline what they are in the video below (or see the video summary further down the page):
Golf Swing Takeaway Video Summary
- Start the takeaway by allowing your left shoulder to turn under your chin (for the right-handed golfer). Keep the left arm straight and the hands passive (no wrist hinge or rotation at this stage) until the club reaches hip height.
- As the club reaches a horizontal position, check that the butt end of the club points at your target. If you have access to a mirror use the down the line view to check that the club is in this position.
- The club head should cover the view of your hands. Looking down the line, the sole of the club should run parallel to your spine angle.
You can easily practice a good golf swing takeaway at home or at work with a spare club. You want it to become second nature so that on the golf course you don’t think consciously about checkpoints or swing paths.
I recommend that for 7-10 days you make 15-20 good takeaways 3x a day. Combine this with checking your set up position before each takeaway swing.
Golf Practice Drills for the Takeaway
To further help you get a feel for a good takeaway, I’ve filmed a couple of useful drills you might want to try: