Golf Tips by Tito Urias. Tito is an aspiring professional golfer with plans to compete on the PGA Tour. He is also the founder and president of Triumph Junior Golf of West Texas.
Many Pros will tell you that the first two feet of your takeaway is one of the most crucial points in your golf swing. I agree, because it is the first move that will set you up in hitting consistent and accurate golf shots. Before I swing the club, I make sure to have a confident posture and no tension in my shoulders or neck. As I take the club back, I make sure that my shoulders and chest muscles are initiating my golf swing, tension free. This sets me up for a more natural, solid first position in my back swing. This is KEY!
Allow your big muscle groups to start the golf swing rather than your small muscles such as your wrists, hands and fingers. Initiating the swing with your small muscles can encourage a steeper backswing, poor weight transfer and inconstant golf shots. Take the club back slow and low to the ground. This will widen your swing arc and help your large muscles work together while allowing your wrists to hinge naturally in the first position. When working with student athletes at my Triumph Junior Golf Camps, I focus on the importance of the first position. It is the position that instills confidence and leads the way for great ball striking.
First Position: the picture above was taken in the Face On Position. When in first position, the shaft needs to be parallel to the ground. The club face in this position cannot face the ground or the sky at any angle. It needs to be square and facing the camera man as seen in the image above. If the picture was taken from behind, the shaft would be aligned with the target line.
PRACTICE DRILL : Here is a drill that will help you feel the club being taken back properly using your chest and shoulders.