This is going to sound complicated, but it’s not.
Left’s look at the takeaway from a down the line view as a clock.
The biggest issue I see among golfers is that low and slow takeaway, where the arms and hands get behind the body immediately off the ball. That is a 7:30 takeaway. NO BUENO.
The problem is when I tell people the left arm needs to work up more, they end up pushing the hands away from them. That is a 1:30 takeaway. NO BUENO.
Then you have the people who want to widen to the arc and they extend so far away in the initial takeaway, it pulls their head down and the hand path goes low and away….or to 4:30. NO BUENO.
In the video below, I should have explained this concept better, because I have had people with the low and inside takeaway, come to me after trying to implement that video. Their hands work up fine but out too much (1:30). The video was to show the low and slow people there is some up in the backswing and people think it’s out as well.
You want the hand path to work toward 10:30. UP AND IN.