The setup determines the motion. I've said that for years, and it's absolutely true. But, the takeaway determines the backswing, so it's important to understand exactly how to start your swing once you're ready to pull the trigger. By now, you should know that you need to take the club back toe up into the catcher's mitt. In my mind, this is the move that starts my swing. However, because I've been hooked up to swing analysis machines, I know that the first thing that actually moves are my hips and shoulders.
The hips and shoulders (and even your knee) should all start the swing together. You shouldn't focus on just moving your shoulders, because then you will get way too rotational and around your body. You'll be stuck in the sacred burial ground with no easy way of getting out. If you think about them all moving as a unit, it's much easier to get the feeling of a strong takeaway and backswing.
Check out today's video as I'll demonstrate how the proper sequential movements of the body are key to a good swing. It's what maintains your balance, while also providing you power and consistency. Your first thought should be to take the club back toe up into the catcher's mitt. That swing thought will automatically cause your hips and shoulders to move together in tandem, which is the goal!
Give it a try and keep it vertical!
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