Takeaway In The Golf Swing: How To Start Your Swing

It is important for every golfer to understand how takeaway and swing path are linked. The takeaway is an essential move that either starts your swing off on a good path or not. In particular, in this piece I want to talk about the fault I see most often when it comes to the takeaway and that’s pulling the club away on the inside.

Golfers are not stupid and they know that the ideal swing path through impact is in-to-out. To help in this quest, it makes sense to takeaway in the golf swing to be on the inside. But this actually causes you to redirect the swing path on the way down. Coming over the top during the downswing will actually cause the slice you want to avoid and can be a reason for why you pull iron shots.

takeaway in the golf swing

Place an alignment stick in the ground at the angle shown and try to miss it as you take the club back on a good path

I want you to develop a more neutral swing path and this of course starts with the takeaway. As you can see, I have set and alignment stick in the ground at an angle. All I am looking to do here is take the club away without hitting the stick. If I can do that I will not be dragging the club away on an inside path. If you do hit the alignment stick (as in the picture below), you will need an inside takeaway golf fix.

inside takeaway fault

One more point I’d like to make is about rhythm. The golf swing should have a steady build-up of pace, reaching its maximum through impact. Do not snatch the club away to quickly but let the first move in the swing be as smooth as possible. This is the best way to develop the rhythm you need to get your arms and body working in synchronisation and will also help you create that one-piece takeaway that we are looking for.

This is a very simple drill but it works really well to help the takeaway in the golf swing moving on the correct swing path.