Hand Path

Hand Path

In an effort to get the club behind them, a lot of golfers disregard the hand path. It is well worth bearing in mind a few good checkpoints:

  • In the takeaway section, the hands move backwards away from the target and slightly inside. This is done with almost no club face rotation other than what occurs from the slight turning of the body. 
  • Do not rotate the club with your arms or wrists (pronation/supernation). Equally, the wrists should retain their starting structure other than a slight upward hinge (radial deviation).
  • Do not allow your wrists to bend back on themselves (right wrist flexion & left wrist extension) in the backswing.

Ultimately, we are trying to hinge the club upwards while the body turn takes it behind us.


A steeper shaft angle in the backswing is far easier to get back to the ball than one where the club has over rotated behind the player. Steep and 'crossed over' will tend (if we rotate the body well in transition) to shallow into the downswing. A rounded, backswing where the club head has gotten too far behind can be manipulated to stay shallow but is more likely to swing over the top and down steeply.

Movement Psychology

If we think about moving the clubhead first in the backswing, it often leads to a lot of club head rotation and sync/alignment issues.In my experience, it is better to think about moving the whole length of the shaft in the takeaway, thus reducing face rotation.