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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Creating a "Square" Takeaway (Video)

This video from Russell Heritage talks about something you don't hear very much. Take a look...


First, let me point out that he says something I really like and you probably remember reading something similar on my blog -- simply, if what you do is working for you, don't change it just because me or anybody else says it's wrong. Everybody swings a little differently and "wrong" for one person may be good for you. So if what you're doing works and it doesn't hurt, stick with it!

What caught my attention is what he says about shaft lean -- namely, that if you lean the shaft forward at address, the natural result will be taking the club back too much to the inside rather than taking it straight back on plane. He doesn't go into detail about why this is a problem, but it's because taking the club back inside too much on the backswing can create an over-the-top swing on the downswing.

I don't want you to think that this move is necessarily always a bad thing. On a short game swing, where you don't swing above waist high, this move might help you get better results on your chipping and pitching. Only you can be the judge of that, but that's the reason short game teachers tell you to set your weight more on your lead foot and put the ball back in your stance.

But that's short game, not full swing. It is possible to make this kind of full swing work; I can think of two ways but neither is particularly popular these days.

The first is Stack and Tilt. It never caught on with most teachers, but the swing does work if you do it properly. The address position creates a steep downswing that mimics a short game swing while making a full swing. Clearly Russell isn't a proponent of Stack and Tilt!

The other swing is what used to be called the St. Andrews swing, and Bobby Jones was a great example of that. The reason his version worked was that he had a very flat swing so the club never rose high enough to get over the top of a proper downswing plane. But that loopy move uses slightly different fundamentals than most of us learn these days, so it's a bit tricky to get it right.

What Russell demonstrates in this video works very well with the fundamentals Hogan taught, and will work with most other modern swing methods. You might want to experiment with it if you're having trouble with a slice because you aren't squaring the clubface at impact.

1 comment:

  1. While all the other men's tours paused for this week's US Open the ladies were fighting for their share of attention.
    The big story is Jiyai Shin's 60th career victory worldwide and 26th on the JLPGA as she posted a final round 66 to join fellow Korean and overnight co-leader Mi-jeong Jeon in a sudden death playoff at the Nichirei Ladies, eventually prevailing on the 4th go-around down the par 5 18th.
    The KLPGA contested a major this week, the DB Group 35th Korea Women's Open, which ultimately became a two horse race between the winner of four 2021 tournaments (including last week) Min Ji Park and Hyun Kyung Park, the winner of the year's first major as they were 6 shots clear of the field entering Sunday. It ultimately came down to 18 when Hyun Kyung failed to get up and down for par while Min Ji birdied to give her a two shot victory.

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