This Golf Swing Takeaway Fault can Ruin your Game - But It's Easy to Fix

backswing drills takeaway Nov 08, 2021

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Hey everybody Danny Maude here thanks for joining us did you know that your downswing just takes about half a second to complete what's half a second that's half a second that's not enough time is it to start to make loads of changes in that downswing to hit good shots which places a major emphasis on your backswing you need to make sure that when you move that club away and you take in the backswing it is in a great slot so that your downswing can basically free flow right the problem is if you get out of position early or get out position your backswing you haven't got a lot of time to kind of make that up and when you try this is when you get into problems it's when you get into poor ball striking poor direction loss of distance you name it so in this week's training i'm going to share it with you one of the major thoughts one of the biggest thoughts i see that ruins so many golf swings and it starts actually in your takeaway we're going to fix that problem in the takeaway you get the take away right then what we're going to show you is exactly what you do from the take away moving into the backswing because if you can nail this position here you don't have to make too many conversations in the downswing you improve your overall consistency before i get into the video look if you're new to a channel swing your first videos of mine please consider subscribing just press that little bell button next subscribe button you get notified every time i release a video just like this one plus i always put a free download or practice plan in the description box below so you'll never have to remember a thing okay great so by the end of this video i want to get you into a position your backswing here that is going to allow you to become much more consistent in your approach to the boss you just generally hit much much more consistent shots so in order to do that we're going to do three things we're going to first of all show you exactly how the club works up and down consistently and how you can do that how you can feel that how the body complements that stay tuned as well for number three which is basically how you can really feel and enhance the feel of this all right so first things first in the takeaway what i want you to be able to do here is you see with any top player they have a wonderful coordinated emotional way where the body and the arms are all beautifully working away together here what they're not doing is they're not independently working well look at this my hands here work independently of my body my arms are working independently my body that's not what we want we want a coordinated motion away all right that coordinate edge motion continues all the way to the top of the swing question is how can you go about starting that well the first thing i want to do is this take set up to the ball just for a second like this right split your hands and then literally do this put them up like this okay trail arm is pointing directly towards you now take your lead hand off the club now all i'm going to do now is this i want you now to start to make a move okay into your backswing where you're going to imagine that you're going to put your thumb in your ear okay or the club down the target line and look the butt end right down towards your target it's all you're gonna do simply this now as you're doing this you might say depending on what your flexibility you might start to feel some kind of aches and pains and whatever you go to your flexible limit but what i'm doing here is i'm simply training the way the club moves now what you can also do here and i'm gonna give a bit of a shout out to my my friends andy and pierce at me and my golf here and there their great video with alder is as you're doing this motion as you move back i want you to imagine the butt end here pointing in between your target line and your foot line somewhere in between most golfers the biggest mistake they're making is this they working around too much their shoulder works around their hands work around their arms work around they don't work up and i want you to feel what this club is doing here as it's naturally working up to the top so it's point that's your checkpoint butts pointing in between foot and ball and then simply point club towards target simple as that just develop that simple sensation it is not this by the way which one of my students did recently you can see a difference pulling the club back here where's the book pointing down there pointing towards the camera or away from you club down the target line right now that's easy bit the tricky bit is when if you look at this lead side this is the biggest killer what stops happening is when you put your left hand on your my lead hand on here is this when i do this most people can't reach so what they block this lead site just doesn't really move and the problem now is this if i put my left hand on now okay and i don't move this left side i can't i can get to maybe that ball position but i can't get any further so that's when i start to make compensations that's when i might just lift my arms up i might roll my wrists around but i start to become uncoordinated simply because this lead side becomes blocked so step two now is to show you how you can actually unblock this lead side so you can start to create a much more coordinated motion so step two is this if you can stop the video get yourself set and what i'm going to do is this put your arms by your side we're going to feel exactly how the body works in the back swing so there is natural extension of the trail side and inflection of the lead side simply this just feel this backwards and forwards okay this is your back swing flexion here extension here most problems occur because what you're doing is this you are moving your body around and around there is no flexion or extension it's just doing this and this causes all of this the roundness okay and then when this works around you might then try to put the club in position but you're now artificially doing it we don't want that we want it to be a coordinated motion awareness to to support this what i want you to do is get yourself set now we're going to now get the flexion here and extension but now work around so we're going to put the arm towards here now we've got extension and a bit of rotation all in one this is now look can you see how now look this lead shoulder is unblocked and it's starting to work around i can now reach quite a long way towards you now why because i'm under now notice this i haven't reached over to it there this would be staying level i've reached under why because this is inflection this extension there now now you've got that sensation i'd spend some time with that as well by the way just feeling how this body works back and through now you've got the motion look at this now what we're going to do we're going to do the exercise again put that into position here put that into position here but now watch i'm going to extend and flex now it's a lot easier for me to get around look there we go makes sense now what we do go to split hand again for a second now what we're going to do is we move to this ball here i want you to imagine now you're going to simply extend extend as this butt points here extend that motion one now we're joining those two things together extend extend and as we keep going up up up up we keep extending now it's pointing towards you now we're talking now we're starting now we can join the hands together same principle we're going to point the butt to here but as we do this we're going to extend that body as the club look works upwards look how natural this also keeps you very steady the body is rotating yes but it's not rotating look if i rotate here and stay level i work off the ball now look i'm pointing the butt towards there i'm really working it up from here all we're going to do the downswing is reverse that process where ultimately here look the trail side will start to flex the lead side will start to naturally extend and that's how we then release the ball staying nice and level here we're not turning through staying level here this is what i see with a lot of people who slice if your slices is really normal fire it through i've got some detailed videos on the downswing sequence up in this top right hand corner so go and check that out after this video now we want to hit some balls first before we move on to step three we want to start hitting a few shots so what i'm going to do now is just start to add some flow to this so we'll make some swings and see if you start forward first just get some momentum and then what we're going to do is we're going to go into this point in the butt at that middle ball here whilst we flow into extension and notice i'm not trying to complete my swing at this stage i'm trying to feel this takeaway motion backwards and forwards look how coordinated that is without the extension and my arms now are starting to take over with the extension here i help to coordinate the body and the arms beautifully with the club let's hit a few shots just doing that so point it

and away we go nice strike okay so once you've done that then what we want to do is start to simply extend it from here to making a fuller swing now fuller swing have a look at this the butt is pointing towards you and the club is pointing towards the target this is where you now everything is wound up coordinated in a very powerful consistent position but this is where you may go wrong this bit is lovely it's fairly easy to get to once you get the habit here is where it requires a bit more stretch there's going to be limit to maybe your flexibility so we've got to figure out where that is but notice this when people get to here then what they do is they start to cheat this starts to stop this then stops the arms start to take over they start to spread like this move around where's the butt pointing it's not pointing towards you anymore is it where's the club pointing over there somewhere yeah it starts to move all around because suddenly the arms start to get very disconnected why because this is locked somewhere so exercise here once you're here just pull on the shaft a little bit here pull it towards the target so you can feel it you can see this that is pulling me around it's continuing to pull me around and upwards keep the extension going up then you can find wherever your flexible limit is going to be right once you've done that then hit a few shots but just stay tuned because if you're still struggling there may be one other thing and i'm going to give you the h drill just to kind of unlock something else but from here i would again same again just find the rhythm into your backswing find that motion as far as you can and then away we go

okay simple as that now second phase so if you are still struggling to really get this complete if you're really struggling to get around one it's going to be flexibility but this is the probably the final piece of the jigsaw if this is working great but this isn't it's usually because your feet here are very planted they're not really allowing to move and what i mean by that is this with all freedom of motion when you make a backswing the pressure goes to the front part of your lead foot the heel of your um trail foot here this is what's going to help you to get around right a nap too often i'm seeing these feet almost staying quite even here and they're almost rigid staying fixed that locks your knees locks your legs and it's impossible to move so one thing you can do is simple exercise to start off with with this take a alignment stick or a golf club doesn't really matter put it on the ground okay simply put your feet so your toes front part foots at one end your heels at the other end and all you're going to do from here is do the exercise now and what you're going to do is is that simple stick just simply is going to give you some awareness as to where your weight is relative to the front and back part of both feet you should be at the top here you should find that your weight is in the inside of your heel and the front part of your lead foot here that means you're unlocking the lower body if you find that actually it's still fairly even across both feet you know that it's locked it's just a simple feedback station great exercise and you can certainly hit shots like that my recent student paul i got him to kind of he didn't he couldn't feel it he was almost when he got to the top of his swing his heel was actually off the ground that really restricted his motion he wasn't aware of it we put this in in place he got some level of feedback he asked again ah there we go and that then unlocked this section and now allowed him to again make a much more coordinated backswing and therefore more consistent shocks to really enhance it you move to make it an uh the h exercise or the h drill simply put two alignment sticks again golf clubs will be absolutely fine and all this does here is really enhance your feel even more if you imagine your foot here all we've done is divided it across so you can feel front and back and now we've divided down the middle so you can even feel the quadrants again why is this important because the foot doesn't just move front and back there's also a spiral here so from here look i'm simply now i can feel the weight going to the the inside of my lead foot and the inside here of my trail foot this is just again just a simple feedback station backwards and forwards really sensing that motion that's all it's about i've mentioned the twisting of the discs in many of my videos where i talk about turning the discs here that simple feedback station just gives you the feel are you actually doing it a lot of people when they're trying here they're turning like this they're not turning like this okay and this all gives you that's great feedback so let's summarize if you need to get are you you're struggling with consistency most of the time because the downswing just takes half a second it's usually because you're in the wrong place at the top of the backswing to get into the right place take your trail arm here just practice sticking the club towards the target backwards and forwards butt towards camera here backwards and forwards nothing more complicated than that then all we're going to do is this peeler we're going to put a ball in line in between foot line point it at that line here then complement it with the body if you're going if you're struggling with this it's because often this leads side is blocked complement it with the body unlock the body here wow extension and flexion that's all it is this then allows the body to complement this motion helps this lead arm get around here backwards and forwards now the body can work with this trail arm as opposed to look can't work if you don't move it now with extension flexion you can and it's as simple as that start small gradually build it up and then use maybe the h drill again for extra feedback if you're really sometimes struggling to feel what's going on at the ground so super simple find some rhythm hit a few shots if you enjoy the video give it a little thumbs up and of course look if you're new to the channel press that subscribe button and the bell but remember there's a free download or practice plan in the description box below so you never have to remember a thing until next week have a great golfing week