Take it away

The takeaway, that moment between the setup and the club becoming parallel with the ground, is an essential part of every swing we make.

A common fault in the takeaway is to drag the club back with the hands, causing the club to swing too inside. Alternatively, people can try and force the club out to create width, going too far outside the correct path and the losing connection between the body and arms.

A great drill to create a consistent takeaway, and get the club on the correct path, involves placing an alignment stick into the ground behind you at the same angle of the shaft in your setup. With the stick in place, begin your shoulder and arm rotation and keep the club as close to the stick as possible as it works back. A few practice swings should see you getting the club in the perfect position.