Golf Technique for a Perfect One-Piece Takeaway

Golf Technique for a Perfect One-Piece Takeaway

How you start the club back away from the ball sets up your whole golf swing and amateurs always want to know what I do to get a one-piece takeaway. Well, the one-piece takeaway has a few moving parts to it, so I don't know if it would really be called a one-piece takeaway, but here is the correct takeaway.

Correct Technique For a One-Piece Takeaway

A few things happen when you take the club back. The first thing is that your wrists hinge up and down in the golf swing. Now it does not look like that when you are swinging because you are doing several other things at the same time.

  • You are turning your left shoulder as you go back, you are swinging your arms back and up, and you are rotating your forearms.
  • You cock your wrists, you turn your shoulders, you swing your arms back and you rotate all at the same time.

This is the takeaway that gets your golf club coming back right along the angle of your shaft and right on the correct plane. If you get your takeaway on-plane you have a better chance of getting the rest of your golf swing on-plane and hitting better shots.

So cock your wrists up, not in, but up. As you turn swing your arms back and rotate your left forearm to get on the plane. If you don't cock your wrists the club goes inside too much. If you don't rotate your arms the club is going to be too upright. Cock your writs, swing your arms back, turn your shoulders and rotate your forearms. That gets you on the correct plane and gives you a good chance of coming down on the correct plane and hitting a better shot.

Category: Backswing
Sub-Category: Arms, Shoulder Turn, Wrist
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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
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Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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