Stylus skipping at beginning of record

I’ve adjusted my anti-skating to maximize the SQ of my records.  However, a problem exists in that if I don’t cue up the needle very close to the first recorded groove on the record it skips ahead two or three grooves before playback begins.
Does anyone else have this situation?


I'd also look at tracking force, anything less than 2 grams is suspect. 

@rvpiano I have my Hana ML set at 2.04-2.05gr. It’s only slightly higher than the recommended 2gr. I also set the anti-skate just a bit more aggressive. Problem cured for nearly all records. There’s still an occasional skip thru the lead in grooves but it’s rare. I’d make sure the table is level as well.
Also @larryi provided a good suggestion that works!


Records have a lip. It is not uncommon for the stylus to slide down that lip between grooves pick up speed and skip over a few. Cue inside the lip and you won't have a problem or use a mute control. I cue by finger lift and I hold the cartridge steady until the stylus grabs a groove.