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I need help with my takeaway and an over the top transition. Any advice?

Hi Alex. Thanks for writing It looks like you have two areas that you are interested in working on: the takeaway and coming over the top in your transition.

I'm not exactly sure what about your takeaway you want to work on, but please send me some specifics and I will give you some suggestions.

As far as coming over the top in your transition, I'd like to discuss that now and give you some things to start working on. As you probably know, slicing is rampant among golfers and it comes from swinging over the top of the swing plane on the downswing. An over the top move can also result in a pull if the golfer gets the face closed before impact. It's estimated that 85% of golfers slice, so you're not alone.

The first thing I'd like you to consider is timing. Good players have a 3 count to their swing. #1 = Backswing. #2 = Transition. #3 = Impact. Higher handicappers however have more of a 2 count. #1 = Backswing. #2 = Impact. In other words, they skip or rush through the transition. The transition is a relaxed effortless part of your swing. That's often why people comment that the pros swings look so easy and effortless. They are simply letting their arms and club drop down vertically from the top of their swing and then letting their pivot take them to the ball. Whereas the average player isn't relaxed and letting their arms and club drop. They are pushing or forcing the club down to the ball. They are very quick from the top using the shoulders too early and throwing their arms at the ball.

In all stick sports: hockey, baseball, tennis and golf, the stick moves down plane first and then around.

My suggestion would be to work on your timing and try to get that 3 count feel to your swing. Make sure to feel like you are keeping your back at the target longer and delaying your shoulder turn until you feel your arms and club drop. At that point, you can then rotate to the target and hit the ball with your pivot.

Give this a try and if you are still struggling write back for more tips and even drills to help get you on plane.

Please start putting your rounds in the free Game Tracker and enter your practice in the Practice Planner so we can get a complete picture of your game.


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