When I was at the mats yesterday I noticed that especially on my driver the first piece of my takeaway the club kind of drags on the mat. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
Club drags on ground during Takeaway
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I had that a while ago and it really bugged me, so I started to just hover my driver before I would swing. I just set it down where I wanted it, then slowly lifted until it was off the ground a small bit before swinging. I don't really do it with irons and wedges, but it helped me with the driver.
Not really a problem necessarily, just a quirk about your swing that you can change or leave be depending on if it affects you.
But how do I get my left shoulder under my chin if I don't let it go down?
As a general rule I don't think it's a good thing for the club to be "dragging" on the backswing because it might be due to a shoulder turn that is too level. This would cause the head translate too far to the right on the backswing.
Just depends on how far back it was dragging and could also just be the matts. If the turf is more "fluffy" you're going to brushing the matt more.
Anyway check out this video, will help you understand how to keep the head steady on the backswing.
Left shoulder going down or left side bend or right side stretch contributes to the gradual "upward" movement of the hands/club. Right elbow folding also provides "ascent".
I don't think it is caused by my head going right. I just had a lesson the other day and the only problem with my head was that it was moving up bit that wasn't caused by the club dragging.
But I have a question, do you all think about picking the club up on the takeaway
It depends. Like I said, what gets the club "up" is the side bending and the right elbow folding. Some players might roll the forearms too much on the takeaway, getting the club too low and in, and might need to feel more "Ryan Moore" or "Rickie Fowler", meaning hinging the wrists up sooner. This might be what you're doing, without seeing your swing I can't say for sure.
There isn't any "one" backswing feel, it depends on what your issues are. Someone that has a flat shoulder turn is going to have a much different backswing feel than a golfer who's head goes down and forward.