June 7, 2011
A good swing starts with a good takeaway. Smith uses a 2-by-4 to ensure his club gets started on the correct plane. Smith places the board a couple of inches behind his ball, then pushes it out of the way with the back of the clubhead. “The board’s weight forces him to use his core – instead of just his hands and arms – while turning away from the ball,” Sargent said. This drill helps teach Smith to start the backswing with the clubhead. “Start the swing from the ground up” is a common tip given by teachers. When he’s swinging poorly, Smith hinges his wrists prematurely, which gets the club swinging outside the target line.