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Fix Inside Takeaway - Shake Hands Drill
This is the best golf swing drill to teach you exactly how your hands should work during the takeaway and the release.
Hey Rotary Swing golfers, Chuck Quinton here, founder of Rotary Swing. I want to talk about one of my favorite simple tricks, especially when you're working on this 9 to 3 golf swing drill, which is the entire golf swing, if you can get the club right from here to here, we've got some good things that are gonna happen in your swing.
But I'm gonna give you a really simple clue and a tip that's gonna help you think through the takeaway, if you're struggling with the club being shut, the club going inside, your wrist doing too much, that's gonna make this takeaway move that you're working on just body movement and learning how to tame the wrist, it's gonna make this so simple, so I'm gonna give you really something easy to think about.
And my favorite thing to think about, when I'm doing the takeaway, when I'm helping my students, is shaking hands. You're like, okay, what are you talking about, Chuck? What do you mean, shaking hands?
If you can shake hands on both sides of the ball with your right hand and not have some weird gang handshake, your takeaway is gonna be pretty close to being all right. What do I mean by that? Simple. When you go back, what I see all the time is people take the club back, and they do this kind of stuff. They tend to set up very right side dominant, right shoulder high, no axis tilt, right hand on top of the club, and as they take the club back, their right wrist gets on top of the left, because they're hinging the club, and see the club face is gonna be shut. From down the line, it looks like this, and this right hand is on top of my left.
Now if we were trying to shake hands, if I dropped the club and I said "Hey, shake my hand," well it's kind of a weird handshake, right? You want to shake my hand like this. So when you're taking the club back, think about, as you turn back, that we could shake hands. Now look, it's a normal handshake, here. As I rotate, you know all the takeaway stuff, it's the cover to the takeaway video. As I'm taking the club back, notice that my right wrist is still staying pretty flat. I haven't hinged it back. I'm letting a little bit of wrist cock happen. I'm still keeping my left wrist in that hinge position, like I talked about. And as I go back and shake hands, now we're in a normal position. The club face is towed up, instead of being in this hooded shut all kinds of weird stuff gonna happen there.
On the other side of the ball, you do the exact same thing. When you release the golf club, you want to be able to shake hands with me over here. So I'll go this way. Now as I go back, notice that now, that I can shake hands with you. What I see all the time for especially the higher handicap golfer, the more common this is, they go back with the right hand dominant on top of the left, and then under, pushing, as you can imagine, pushing with the right hand coming through, and so it looks like this going back, and this coming through. Shut club face, open club face. No power, no speed, 'cause we're not letting the toe of the club release, and that's what gives us our speed, is letting the club release.
So when you're letting the club release, you need to be able to take your hand from shaking my hand on this side, to shaking my hand on this side. So that's your goal with this nine to three drill, if you're struggling with getting this club face to work correctly, shake hands, shake hands. If we have a normal handshake at this point, guess what that club face is gonna look like? Nice and towed up. That's a proper release, a square golf shot. Big nasty snap hook, typical amateur high weak block, right? Shake hands on both sides of the target with your right hand, and make your takeaway really simple.