Hi. I'm Rotary Swing tour instructor, Craig Morrow and today we're going to talk about how tape and a pencil can start correcting many of the flaws in your takeaway.
If we're going to start correcting our takeaway with just a piece of tape and a pencil, we're going to have to set up our drill first. What I want you to do is take the tape and take the pencil and form a T formation on the golf club, directly below the grip, as you can see here. For the right handed golfer, let's put the eraser on the left hand side. For the left handed golfer, let's put the eraser on the right hand side. The other thing that we need to check is to make sure that this pencil is pointing directly to the squareness of my face. I don't want this pencil pointing off center, this way, or this way. We want this pencil pointing right down the squareness of our face.
Now once we have our drill set up, there's a couple different things we can check. The first thing we can check is the making sure that our club face is nice and square. If you make your takeaway and the pencil's parallel to the ground or level to the ground, then you'll know that your club face is nice and square. If the eraser end is pointing down towards the ground, then you'll know that the club face is shut. If the eraser end is pointing up towards the sky, then you'll know that your club face is open. Do this little check, and make sure that this pencil is nice and parallel and level with the ground, which will mean that you have a nice square club end at the completion of your takeaway.
The next thing that we can check is we can make sure that we have the proper amount of wrist set and the proper amount of shoulder elevation. For this, we can't do this on the range. We're going to have to get in front of a mirror to really work on these positions and for demonstration purposes, I can just use the camera. Once you go home and you get in front of your mirror, use the shoulder blade, use the obliques to complete the takeaway. At this position here, you'll notice that the pencil is pointing to the bottom of my right pocket. If that pencil's pointing to the base or bottom of my right pocket, then I know I have the proper amount of wrist set and the proper amount of shoulder elevation at the completion of my takeaway. However, if this pencil's above the base of my right pocket, then I know I have too much shoulder elevation. If this pencil's below the bottom of my right pocket, then I know I don't have enough shoulder elevation.
If I complete the takeaway and I notice, well my hands are in line with the base of my white pocket, but my pencil isn't. That means that you're lacking the proper amount of wrist set, which, in the takeaway we need roughly about 25% of our wrist set. As you can see now, my wrists aren't set, but the pencil isn't in line with the base of my right pocket. If you set the club too early and get too much wrist set early on in the golf swing, now you'll see that the pencil's above the base of my right pocket. What we want to do is we want to make sure that that pencil's right in line with the base of my right pocket, which will mean that I have the proper amount of wrist set and the proper amount of shoulder elevation.
The last thing that we can do is we can make sure that we don't roll the wrist too much off the ball, which would allow the club to work inside, or hold the wrist too much and start to push the club head to the outside. To do this, what you're going to need is a stick, an alignment rod, a golf club, anything you can find that's straight. What we're going to do is we're going to set it up parallel to our body, about two feet to the outside of our right foot. For the left hander, it's going to be two feet to the outside of your left foot. What we want to do is we want to make sure that this pencil's roughly just on top of this alignment rod. If you complete the takeaway and the pencil is directly on top of the alignment rod, or parallel with the alignment rod, then you know that the club head isn't too far behind your body, or too far out in front of your body.
If you get into this position here where you allow the wrist to roll and the club head to get behind you, you'll now see that this pencil has formed a 45 degree angle with the alignment stick on the ground and the eraser's pointed out away from me. If you get into this position at the completion of the takeaway, where the club's too far outside the hands, now the eraser is pointing down in front of me and I've formed another 45 degree angle with the alignment rod on the ground. What we want to do is we want to make sure that that pencil is dead in line with he alignment rod, which will mean the club face is nice and in front of us at the completion of the takeaway.
Go get some tape. Go get a pencil. Let's set up this little T formation directly in line with the squareness of our face and let's start correcting some of our takeaway flaws. We can make sure that the club face is square. We can make sure the we have the proper amount of wrist set, shoulder elevation, and that we don't roll our hands and get the club out on the inside, or hold our hands and push our club to the outside.
If you need more information on how we achieve getting to these positions by moving the body as efficiently as possible. We have plenty of videos on the site that you can go check out. You can take a look at the five minutes to the perfect takeaway. You can take a look at the roll the right arm in the takeaway. You can take a look at the bucket drill. Many videos that will help you understand the positions that I was talking about today and how we'll use the body correctly to achieve these positions. Go set up this T formation and start correcting the flaws in your takeaway.