When it comes to golfers of all ability levels, there are several things that can go wrong in the takeaway and backswing.
Two of the biggest issues that instructors see from their students in those aspects of the swing are a shut clubface and the lack of a weight shaft.
Even ball-striker extraordinaire Tom Lehman cites those common mistakes as problems he's had to fight throughout what has been a stellar professional career.
If you have similar issues taking the club away, Lehman has a great drill in this video segment that will help you keep the face square and make a better turn.
So take your thumbs off the club and make a few swings - even hit a few balls. It might feel awkward at first, but you'll get to the top in better position to attack the ball and the result will be more accurate, powerful shots.
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