Click here to join now and get full access.
An "inside takeaway" is a common complaint of high handicap golfers. They are often told that they take it inside which causes the club to then swing over-the-top on the downswing. While these two often go together, it's not 100% causation. That said, getting your takeaway on track can help if you are way inside. An inside takeaway often comes from a flat shoulder plane or not enough arm rotation. In this video, I'll walk you through what to look for on video and how to fix it if you are struggling with your takeaway getting too far inside.
Tags: Standing Up, Drill
00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:10,000
This concept video is investigating two causes of the inside takeaway.
00:00:10,000 --> 00:00:17,000
So one of the common questions that I get from new students or new members of the site
00:00:17,000 --> 00:00:23,000
is relating to the takeaway that one of the looks that golfers hate the most is when
00:00:23,000 --> 00:00:28,000
the club gets inside here kind of in this space.
00:00:28,000 --> 00:00:35,000
So if I had the club on the ground and kind of a shaft line here, the classic look
00:00:35,000 --> 00:00:43,000
of the club coming more up the shaft line versus going inside or under that shaft line.
00:00:43,000 --> 00:00:49,000
I think for a lot of the swing plane arrow where the main thing that golfers were working
00:00:49,000 --> 00:00:53,000
on was kind of these angles that was one of the big-bed pew.
00:00:53,000 --> 00:00:58,000
So I'm going to talk to you about two main causes that I see of that inside.
00:00:58,000 --> 00:01:04,000
So takeaway, I don't think being a little inside is the worst thing for a lot of golfers.
00:01:04,000 --> 00:01:09,000
So be careful with it, but if it is excessive, it's way inside, then yes, it usually
00:01:09,000 --> 00:01:13,000
points to one of these two problems in your swing.
00:01:13,000 --> 00:01:18,000
So one of the problems is an arm movement and one of the problems is a body movement.
00:01:18,000 --> 00:01:21,000
We're going to start with the body movement because that's actually a little bit easier
00:01:21,000 --> 00:01:24,000
00:01:24,000 --> 00:01:30,000
So the main thing that's going to bring the takeaway too far inside is a lack of side
00:01:30,000 --> 00:01:33,000
bend or a lack of left shoulder or lead shoulder down.
00:01:33,000 --> 00:01:35,000
So left shoulder in my case.
00:01:35,000 --> 00:01:42,000
So what I mean by that is if I'm standing up here, if I was to bend to the left as much
00:01:42,000 --> 00:01:49,000
or as I'm rotating, then by bending to the left, if I keep my arms out in front of the
00:01:49,000 --> 00:01:52,000
body, that tends to make the club come up.
00:01:52,000 --> 00:01:59,000
So one common issue is that a lot of golfers turn those shoulders on a really flat plane.
00:01:59,000 --> 00:02:05,000
So if this shoulder goes high or this shoulder stays low, you can see how that would tend
00:02:05,000 --> 00:02:06,000
to do two things.
00:02:06,000 --> 00:02:10,000
That will tend to shift my upper body off the ball and then from the down the line view,
00:02:10,000 --> 00:02:15,000
if you were looking at the angle of my shoulders, it would be pointing more parallel to
00:02:15,000 --> 00:02:19,000
the ground or almost out towards my camera as opposed to down towards the golf ball
00:02:19,000 --> 00:02:21,000
00:02:21,000 --> 00:02:29,000
So if the body tends to tilt down, that first movement, that will help bring the club
00:02:29,000 --> 00:02:30,000
a little bit more outside.
00:02:30,000 --> 00:02:35,000
So that's a common one that I see for a lot of golfers who bring it inside.
00:02:35,000 --> 00:02:41,000
The other option is more from the arms, which is if I bring my arms across my body,
00:02:41,000 --> 00:02:46,000
so if my arms have very little rotation, if I bring my arms across my body, as opposed
00:02:46,000 --> 00:02:52,000
to when we do the backswing only type drills, we talk about letting those arms rotate
00:02:52,000 --> 00:02:57,000
a little bit and keeping that trail arm in front of your chest.
00:02:57,000 --> 00:03:04,000
Those movements while it feels like rotating the arms would bring the club way inside,
00:03:04,000 --> 00:03:09,000
it actually moves it more on a path kind of out that way as compared to the down the line
00:03:09,000 --> 00:03:10,000
00:03:10,000 --> 00:03:17,000
So if I do the arm rotation movement where I feel either the lead arm kind of rotating
00:03:17,000 --> 00:03:22,000
over, a little bit like this, only about 30 degrees or so, or if I feel the trail arm
00:03:22,000 --> 00:03:27,000
starting that jazzy Jeff move, where the elbow stays in front and the arm is going into
00:03:27,000 --> 00:03:29,000
some external rotation.
00:03:29,000 --> 00:03:33,000
If I do those two movements, especially if I do those two movements with a little bit
00:03:33,000 --> 00:03:40,000
of side bend, you can see how that almost naturally gets the club swinging on more of
00:03:40,000 --> 00:03:43,000
a outside take away.
00:03:43,000 --> 00:03:47,000
So like I said, either snatching the club inside from the arms or turning the shoulder
00:03:47,000 --> 00:03:52,000
plate really flat will give you more of that inside take away look.
00:03:52,000 --> 00:03:59,000
Now what I tend to find is the pattern is most of the time golfers will go inside take away
00:03:59,000 --> 00:04:01,000
and then lift up and come over the top.
00:04:01,000 --> 00:04:06,000
So part of the challenge is if you're going to fix that take away movement, you have to
00:04:06,000 --> 00:04:12,000
get used to having the arm shallow a little bit in transition as opposed to that steep movement,
00:04:12,000 --> 00:04:14,000
which is at the over the top movement.
00:04:14,000 --> 00:04:18,000
And if you're going to shallow your arms in transition then you have to get a little
00:04:18,000 --> 00:04:22,000
bit more comfortable with powering the down swing with body rotation as opposed to with
00:04:22,000 --> 00:04:23,000
00:04:23,000 --> 00:04:28,000
So if I'm working on it, I usually do the down swing drills and kind of work on getting
00:04:28,000 --> 00:04:32,000
the body to rotate and the arms to shallow.
00:04:32,000 --> 00:04:36,000
And then when you start to add a little bit better backswing it fits.
00:04:36,000 --> 00:04:39,000
So it actually helps you do the down swing movement to better.
00:04:39,000 --> 00:04:43,000
If you start with trying to do the backswing and you still want to come over the top,
00:04:43,000 --> 00:04:46,000
it'll actually make you come more over the top.
00:04:46,000 --> 00:04:52,000
You won't be able to commit to it because you will struggle with contact almost instantly
00:04:52,000 --> 00:04:53,000
and that's usually when you'll try it.
00:04:53,000 --> 00:04:56,000
Four or five swings and then bail on it and move on to something else.
00:04:56,000 --> 00:05:01,000
So I want you to understand the takeaway but understand how it fits into the equation.
00:05:01,000 --> 00:05:04,000
I recommend working a little bit on some down swing movements before you make it too
00:05:04,000 --> 00:05:06,000
00:05:06,000 --> 00:05:10,000
But if you are seeing a weight inside takeaway, first check the shoulder tilt and body
00:05:10,000 --> 00:05:12,000
position and second check the arm rotation.
00:05:12,000 --> 00:05:16,000
That'll help you clean up that annoying look that messes up your swing plane.
00:05:16,000 --> 00:05:21,000
So let's do one of the bad one where we're going to do both.
00:05:21,000 --> 00:05:27,000
Turn shallow and lift it up and you'll see it didn't make great contact but did kind
00:05:27,000 --> 00:05:30,000
of that classic pattern.
00:05:30,000 --> 00:05:33,000
Now we'll do one that feels a little bit more better.
00:05:33,000 --> 00:05:40,000
We're going to rotate those arms while getting that shoulder down and we make pretty good
00:05:40,000 --> 00:05:41,000