Swing Plane Takeaway Drill

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Video Golf Tip | Swing Plane Takeaway Drill
By Stan Sayers

Hi, I am Stan Sayers, the Director of Instruction for McGetrick Golf Academy and I am here to talk today to talk to you about swing plane. A really good drill to help you focus on swing plane and learn it without a lot of thinking. Today we are going to set up a station and the balls are ted up so that we can maintain exactly where they are. We have a ball teed up here, just outside it about eight inches is a tee. Straight back on that line we put this shaft in the ground. Then as we set up the shaft is tilted over and we pull it down basically right on top of our shoulder about three inches to the right. We are going to use this for our takeaway. If I hit it with my left arm I am taking it back too far outside, so I want to stay away from it, but I also want to stay away from it on the outside. The things it is going to help me with is it is going to help me not to take it outside and up but to turn and to come underneath the plane and basically stay right on plane. Then it will help to not come over the top. When you do this a word of caution, you need to make the shaft long enough so that you can not come up and over the top of that shaft. Please, make it long enough, get a shaft or a couple of shafts and stick them together, one with a grip, this is basically a tomato stake from Home Depot and I shoved that in the grip end of the shaft and it made it long enough. As I set up I am going to practice here just making some takeaways and making sure I am not hitting or going to hit my little teaching aid here. There we go. Again I would know if for some reason I begin to take it back to straight. Then it is going to help me really come down into impact and get a nice inside approach to the ball where I can hit the ball square. That is how we are going to work on swing plane.


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