IIn the last couple of weeks I have gone backwards with my long/middle irons and when working through the basics I believe that during my take away I am keeping the clubface close.
If I stop during my backswing when my hands are about pocket high, the club face seems very closed, imagine if the club face was a clock hand, it would be pointing to about 10.30. Should it not be closer to 12. On a positive not the club is parallel to the target line rather than too far inside which used to be a fault of mine.
Generally what effect would this have on my shots. It feels like I am trying to recover during impact by manipulating my hands. It feels very awkward.
Can anyone confirm if I am thinking along the right lines, or point to any material I can read to get me back on track.
There is so much research today in golf that most proper coaches with any up to date knowledge would tell you not to worry about this too much. You might be a bit closed on the takeaway, but if it's perfect at the top of the backswing then who cares about the first bit?
The only thing that counts is what's happening through impact, if there's a problem there then you need to trace backwards to see where the problem is.
In an ideal world with an aesthetically nice swing, the club should be pointing not straight up, but almost straight up, think of it as about 3 minutes to 12 using your analogy. A lot of the top players will be in this position.
But hey, whoever hit the ball on the backswing?? A closed clubface on the way back never hurt Monty or Furyk!