The takeaway and backswing are vital because they set the golfer up to deliver a consistent and free flowing through swing.
However, the backswing has become awash with so many conflicting theories I’m amazed golfers across the world aren’t broken in half on fairways, their bodies torn apart by various pivots and twists.
In this blog piece I will identify three key positions in the backswing which you can check with a video camera or mirror.
By mastering these three backswing positions you will be prepared to fire through the ball, spanking it down the fairway and chasing the pin.
To remove myself from the accusation of over complication these three stages should be worked on individually and in order, once one has been mastered and become ingrained the next stage can be tackled.
The initial move away from the ball should be long and low, by this I mean keeping the club low to the ground and extending the arms.
If you are successful, halfway back your club shaft should be parallel to the ground.
When viewed from behind the toe of the club will point up at the sky and be in front of the hands.
From the halfway back position the wrists hinge upwards. This hinge, or cocking, of the wrists makes the club shaft point at the sky, this will set you up for the final stage of the backswing.
When the wrists have cocked you can simply turn your shoulders, bringing your left shoulder underneath your chin and turning your back to the target.
A successful turn will see your left arm sit across the shoulder line at the top of the swing.
From this position it’s possible to build a more consistent through swing, improving your golf and your scores.
Thanks for reading and happy hitting.
Peter Finch coaches at the Trafford Golf Centre in Manchester, to book a £35 hour assessment lesson call 0161 749 7000