How to make a perfect takeaway: Lee Trevino’s keys to starting your swing
The foundation of the swing is the backswing. The way you take the club to the top determines the path your clubface comes into the ball, so it’s important to nail this portion of your motion.
According to Hall of Famer and six-time major winner Lee Trevino, many recreational players either lift the club too early, causing the path to be too far outside, or suck the club into their body, making the path too far inside. The proper takeaway moves the clubhead directly behind the ball — picture it following the target line.
The Merry Mex’s takeaway would make any golfer happy; it’s a perfect model to follow if you want to see what the correct moves look like. Trevino’s key swing thought was to start his takeaway by keeping his left shoulder and arm “connected” with the shaft.
“It works from the left shoulder to the clubhead,” he says. “It works away from the ball all in one motion.”
Trevino suggests imagining the shaft as an extension of your left arm. Your left arm acts as the rudder for your entire backswing — sending it in its eventual direction. When the relationship between your clubhead and lead arm disconnects, you lose control off the club.
Keeping these components together makes it easier to produce a proper takeaway. If you want to hit a draw, close your stance a touch (and open it for a fade). Regardless of the shot you’re hitting, your left arm remains the key to it all, so pay attention to it