Belly Button Drill for a Smooth Takeaway

The beginning of your backswing should be smooth and fluid. The best way to achieve this is to stick a club in your belly. Watch today's prescription and we'll explain.

Have you ever stood over the golf ball and thought…

“Do my hands start the takeaway or the shoulders?”


“I read somewhere a Pro tweaks his head and another kicks his knee.”

The very beginning of the back swing scares the heck out of people and it shouldn’t.

The beginning of your backswing should be smooth and fluid.

The best way to achieve this is to stick a club in your belly.

Watch today’s prescription and I’ll explain.

Your Prescription to a Better Game,


  1. Al Divina

    December 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Quite The Chap, do the video again about the indoor drills for the follow through and then the take away. Time of year these would be most helpful for us subscribers up North. Thanks.

  2. Mesc

    January 8, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Worst 2-5 seconds in golf is, before you begin your backswing after a shank! Yikes….

  3. James

    September 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Worst 2-5 seconds in golf is when you are adding up your scorecard.

  4. Matt

    October 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

    You are the best. Short tip are so good. And with your sly sense of humor. Love it. Matt

  5. John Bailey

    November 13, 2017 at 5:35 am

    good tips. I like the humor

  6. Dave Lichtman

    December 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Good job. Just saw ur video first time , belly, fluid swing. Then went out and had best round of year

    • David Evans

      March 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Dave, wish you could guarantee me of the same results. Heck GolfersRx would be multi-profitable, sign me up!!!!!

  7. Ann Grassel PT

    July 31, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    As a Sports Medicine Physical Therapist and Certified Golf Fitness instructor by The Titleist Performance Institute, I just watched your belly swing video and I have to disagree. First, it starts with the set up. Bad set up causes several different golf swing faults even if you stick your club in your belly. Once the set up is correct, you initiate your back swing by weight shifting to your right leg (if right handed), the take away starts with your feet and then rotates up the leg to the trunk and arms. It always starts with weight shifting. By far the biggest problem I see is incorrect weight shifting.

  8. Bob

    April 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    The start of the back swing does not seem like a big problem to me. I agree that keeping things together gets me off to a good start. The problem I sometimes have comes with getting to the right position at the top. What seems to work best is if I swing the club back with my hands and arms, starting with everything in sync as noted, and gather enough speed/momentum so the weight of the club pulls my shoulders, hips and legs into position at the top. From there I have tried different approaches: 1) driving forward with the hips/legs, which pulls the shoulders, arms, hands and club through impact and up into the finish, 2) pulling down with my left arm and letting the momentum of that move pull my shoulders, hips and legs through impact and 3) focusing on my hands and wrists to drive the club through the ball, which seems to result in delaying the release until from impact to a couple of feet thereafter and pulling the rest of my body along behind. I have actually had some success with all three of these approaches. It seems like the really important thing is the relationship of the club head to the swing path and angle of attack, which determines the direction and angle of the launch and the amount and type of spin that will be produced by the shot.

  9. Don

    July 19, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Drills needed for sliding or moving in front of ball. VERY FRUSTRATING


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