Building a Better Golf Backswing: The Takeaway Drill

Duration: 1:34

Muscle memory is established through repetition. The only way to reach the point where your body knows better than your brain is to continuously practice the same proper technique until the movement is second nature. Therefore, if you’ve developed a golf backswing with improper mechanics, correction of those poor mechanics can only come through repeated training of the right technique. In this lesson, we teach you how to get back to basics and discover the optimal golf backswing for your swing plane.

Breaking Down the Backswing

To help you nail the essentials of an airtight golf backswing, PGA Professionals Mike Adams and Joseph Hallett walk you through a simple exercise for a better takeaway. To complete this drill, you’ll need an inexpensive snow pole and your favorite iron. Mike explains how the snow pole can be beneficial for amateur golfers struggling to find the right takeaway angle, and introduces a few important golf swing tips you should keep in mind when practicing this drill at the range.

As Mike talks about the technique required for a successful takeaway, Joseph demonstrates what it should look like, dragging the club’s shaft along the snow pole to hone muscle memory. Add this and other golf swing practice drills to your training regimen, and take Mike’s tips into account, and you’ll be well on your way to building a better backswing and shooting lower scores!

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