Golf Takeaway Drills
The takeaway (the first part of the backswing that starts from address) is, like the address, the backswing and the downswing, an essential component of the golf swing. You will likely find little to no success or consistency if you don’t put yourself in the proper positions with the correct takeaway. Often times, just adjusting your takeaway and then making the same swing can do wonders for your game. If you feel that your takeaway could use some adjustment, here are some takeaway drills and tips that will hopefully help you out.
The “Wrist Cup” Drill
Who this drill will help: Golfers who struggle with an inside takeaway and want a swing that is more on plane.
What this drill is: Set up over the ball as normal and observe a slight cup in your left wrist (or right wrist for a left-handed golfer). This is a position you want at address. Now focus on maintaining that cup in your wrist all throughout your takeaway, all while using your core and torso to rotate. The left wrist will gradually flatten out as you get to the top of the backswing.
What this drill tries to accomplish: What this drill does is help you keep your club on plane in the backswing and therefore allow for straighter and more consistent shots. If you do this drill enough, the maneuver will start to feel natural and your swing will consistently be on plane.
See the demonstration of this below from golf instructor Clay Ballard:
The One-Piece Takeaway
Who this drill will help: Golfers who tend to have an inside or outside takeaway and want a more on-plane swing.
What this drill is: Set up over the ball as normal, with a mirror about 15 feet away and perpendicular to the target line. When making your backswing, focus on “winding” your left shoulder (or right for a left-handed golfer) around and under your chin. With this in mind, take the club back until you reach roughly the halfway point, and look in the mirror while holding this position.
What this drill tries to accomplish: A swing that is on plane should see your clubhead blocking the view of your hands — if you don’t see this, your takeaway is either too far inside or outside. Performing this drill will help you develop the feeling for taking the club away on plane and hence allow you to be more consistent.
See PGA pro Pete Styles go through this drill in detail:
Give these drills a try — they might help you more than you think! See the product review section of the site for information on quality clubs that will allow you to get the most out of these drills.