What do Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, and Jim Furyk have in common with their golf swings? Proper takeaway position is the answer.
There aren’t very many things that just about every PGA Tour player has in common with each other. There are different grips, different tempos, different finishes, different positions at the top – you name it and you can find plenty of individualities on Tour. The takeaway, however, does have some uniformity.
From behind the player (known as ‘down the line’), when the shaft of the club is parallel to the ground, the clubhead should cover the hands of the player. Pick your favorite player and check their swing out on YouTube. If the camera is placed on the player’s toe line (and also square to the target line) you will see this exact position. On rare occasion, the club will be outside of the hands, but never inside of the hands.
Most of the players I see, take the club back too far to the inside (and then usually over the top from there – or at least too steep on the way down). In order to correct this action, a possible combination of three things must take place:
1) The path of the take away must travel straighter for the first couple of feet (often feeling ‘outside’ because of the player’s habits.
2) The backside of the player’s top hand (left for a right-handed player) must face the target longer on the back swing. If you are wearing a glove, keep the logo facing the target as long as possible.
3) The hands need to cock instead of hinge on the backswing. To feel this action, keep the butt end of the grip pointing to the ground as you break your wrists. If the butt points parallel to the horizon line you are not cocking your wrist – you are hinging them.
Not everyone with an inside takeaway needs to work on all three. Often times, one of the three will do the trick. Take this move to the range and nail THE position.