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Video: Takeaway Tip with Scott Tanguay

In this video tip, Scott Tanguay of the Coastal Golf Academy at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C. demonstrates how to reinforce proper technique in your takeaway, the most important part of your swing.

Scott Tanguay:
Hey folks, Scott Tanguay here at the Coastal Golf Academy at Whispering Pines Golf Course, right across the street from Myrtle Beach International Airport. Today we're going to work on our takeaway, a very important part of the swing. A lot of people try and tell me that they can just kind of take it back however they want, as long as they get to the top in the right spot and come down. Which can be true to a point, but you're going to kind of hit a ceiling there. If you take it away properly, that usually goes into the rest of the swing. It's going to make it all flow a lot better, and you're going to play a lot better. So we're here, we've got two sticks. The green stick here is to represent the club path, the orange is for our hand path.

It's very important that we don't really cross them over. What I mean by that is we're right here, as long as we can, maybe until about hip height we want to try and keep the club head on the green stick, and the hands on the orange stick. Club out, hands in. Club out. Hands in. You can imagine, if you put the hands out on the club path and the club on the hand path, you're going to be in trouble and it's going to be very inconsistent. I see a lot of people who do this. They try and take it back to the inside, like that's going to help them come more from the inside. But it's usually counter-intuitive. The more you kind of whip it back in here like this, usually there's a lot of overcorrection over the top.

So what we want to think is … also most people don't even think of the hand path at all. You're just thinking about your club. The hands are doing pretty much the same thing as the club, just a little bit more in here. So we've got to keep them on both. All right, so we got to keep the club here, hands here. This wouldn't be good, or this wouldn't be good. We want to maintain that relationship as best we can. So again, slow motion. It looks a little bit something like this, trying to get the face kind of in line with the spine. And maybe at worst, you have it parallel with your hands like this. But the drill would be kind of feeling a little bit more like this, a little bit more like that. And you'll hit it much cleaner, trust me!