Learn the Proper Golf Takeaway Position

By Adam Harrell

Learn the Proper Golf Takeaway Position

Hi, my name is Adam Harrel and I am the Director of Instruction for the Jim McLean Golf Academy at Weston Hills Country Club. What I would like to talk to you about to day is one of the most important positions in the golf swing. It is the takeaway position. From this vantage point, first let me show you what the takeaway looks like. From a good set up position, this is the position we are talking about, where the club shaft is parallel to the ground. We are now going to talk about this position from down the line. With a club shaft lain on your toe line, when you take the club back to this position a good checkpoint would be for your club shaft lining up with this shaft on the ground. Second, the clubface should be pointing directly at the horizon. A good way for you to check this is something that came from Ken Venturi and he passed it along to Jim. Take the club back to the half back position over here and simply turn 90 degrees and check if the clubface is still square. Turn your body 90 degrees but leave your hands and arms where they were so that the club is still parallel with the club on the ground. That is a great way for you to find a good takeaway position. So let’s go over a couple of key things here. As you get to the half back position the club shaft should be parallel to the club on the ground, which is right on top of your toe line, and the clubface should be in what we call the toe up position. If you get into this position you will hit longer shots and more accurate shots. Good luck getting into the takeaway position.

About the Instructor
Adam Harrell
Adam Harrell
Weston Hills Country Club
2600 Country Club Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332
Tel: 954-384-4663

Adam Harrell graduated from George Mason University, where he led as captain and became the number one player in school history. Adam has worked at the Jim McLean Golf School since 1996 and was Jim's personal assistant for three years. Currently, Adam is a Lead Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf Academy at Weston Hills Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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