The starter move is very simple — to initiate your backswing, from a powerful setup position, you point your inside right knee at your inside left knee, ever so slightly and rather quickly.

This rocking motion puts weight on your left foot, which you can then use to initiate your backswing.  This rocking motion is preferable to just moving the club backwards from a dead still position.  And it puts your golf swing into a rhythm that is a swing, not a hit or a slap.

Best of all, it prevents swaying on the backswing, which you absolutely must not do if you want to play well.

Starter Move Variants

Angel Cabrera starter move to initiate backswing

Angel Cabrera initiates his backswing with a starter move.

There are many variants of the Starter Move.  In some pros it is more pronounced than others.  You can see Angel Cabrera in the photo on the right executing the starter move.  His right knee is pointing at his left knee, before starting the backswing.

Have a look at the swings and Starter Moves from Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Angel Cabrera, and Sam Snead.  Three men from today’s PGA tour, and one from a bygone era.  But they all have a noticeable and effective Starter Move.  Give it a try next time you are at the range!

Henrik Stenson’s is slow and deliberate.

Steve Stricker’s is rhythmic and controlled.

Angel Cabrera’s is very pronounced.  What a windup!

The great Sam Snead’s  was very pronounced throughout his career.  This old footage of his swing through the years shows it off well.

Don’t forget the Starter Move in your swing!  You will be a more consistent player when you do.

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