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Golf Tips: Three Musts for a Smooth Takeaway

By Peter Krause
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From your approach all the way through impact, each movement in the sequence of the golf swing is pivotal to reaching a positive result.
Here are three tips for a smooth takeaway so you can start your swing strong.
  1. Grip Points to Belt Buckle -- Since the takeaway follows from the set-up, a proper address can correct errors before they happen. The height of the hands is critical: If they are too low, the wrists will cock the club up too steeply; too high, and the forearms will rotate the club too far inside. To ensure correct hand height, the butt of the club should point at your belt buckle at address.
  2. Club Face Points at Ball -- During the takeaway, the hands and arms swing the club head up on the same plane that the shaft forms at address. One useful checkpoint is to see that your club face is pointing at the ball as you swing the club back (right). This will head off two common errors: fanning the club face open so it points at the sky, or holding it closed so it points down at the ground. Either mistake forces you to become handsy if you hope to return the club back to square at impact.
  3. Wrist Cock Blends with Turn -- When your wrists begin cocking up, they should blend with your turn to keep the club on plane. You can check this by stopping your backswing when the shaft is parallel to the ground. If it is also parallel to the target line (right), your plane is correct. If the club head is either inside of the hands (too flat) or outside of the hands (too steep), your wrists have cocked to the side and altered the plane.
Put these three tips to use & be sure to check out this quick drill you can do anywhere from PGA Professional Brittany Testa to make sure you're starting your swing with a smooth takeaway.
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Peter Krause, PGA


Director of Instruction - The Wisconsin Country Club

Milwaukee, WI

2005 National PGA Teacher of the Year PGA Master Professional in Instruction 6 time MN PGA Teacher of the Year GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher Golf Digest Best in State- MN,SC,TX I have taught students who have been successful, at every level of the game. From the beginner to state high school champions, college All-American, USGA Senior Open Champion, USGA Mid Amateur Champion, PGA Tour Champion and LPGA 2022 Canadian Open Champion, Paula Reto.