Jim McLean Eight-Step Golf Swing: Position Two

By Jim McLean

Position Two of the Eight Step Swing Book - Halfway Back

As most of you know I wrote the Eight Step Swing book and I train all my teachers to look at eight key positions. One of them is position two, which is half way back, and it is an easy position to check. I have a lot of our juniors use this as a checkpoint position and it has been used forever. We just labeled it with a number and it is easy to refer back to position two, half way back.

Most Importantly, Check the Club Face

When you get to half way back you are looking to see what that clubface looks like, we are also looking to see how far my hands are from my body. I want to make sure that my hands are pretty close in to my body and that the clubface is relatively square here. It can be a little bit toe down. Let me explain that to you again. As I take the club away that is a great position to get the clubface into right there. It can be a little bit more toe down, that is little bit stronger more bowed position.

Do Not Roll the Club Face Open on the Backswing

What I do not want to see and so many people do this, I can not tell you how many times we have corrected this at our golf schools over 20 years, just thousands of people who roll the face open on the backswing. That is just a killer move, so you get too much rotation, you roll the face, lift the club away from the body, my hands are going out the club is going in. I am dead right away. So I have really fixed an early position in the swing, not something later on, something early in the backswing.

So when you go to position two check that clubface. There are a lot of other things we can check for here, but for right now I am looking at that clubface position of being square to a little bit toe down and you will be in a lot better shape.


Category: Backswing
Sub Categories: Hands, Swing Mechanics

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL