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TIP #7: The Take-Away:

by Dr. Golf

One of the biggest problems on the takeaway is that most players roll their wrists immediately upon taking the club back. The PROBLEM is that the club face stays open and, therefore, will not come back to the ball squarely.

The takeaway is a one piece motion: Your shoulders and hips coil around your spine angle, away from the target, all at the same time. There must be a transfer of weight into a braced right knee, which means that the right knee stays in its original position. The shoulders take the club back until your hands are just over the back knee, with the shaft now parallel to the ground, the butt of the club facing the target.

Your thumbs, in this position, should be pointing up; the back of your left hand facing in the direction of your chest. You should not be able to see the face of your watch!


Do not attempt to raise the club with your hands. You must continue the movement of both your shoulders until one shoulder is pointing at or behind the ball and the other is behind your neck. At the risk of being repetitious, do this drill using a mirror,one step at a time. From here you coil your shoulders so that your left shoulder points at the ball and your right shoulder is behind your neck. Your shoulders move together in one piece. Your back is now facing the target or should be.

STOP in this position. Feel the weight on the inside of your right knee!! You may feel some tension; so take a deep breath, still in this coiled position, and let it out. You should feel all the tension release from your body. Now is when you want to start the down swing.

The DOWNSWING must not start before you finish the backswing. If you coiled properly; your back is to the target, and your head is behind the ball, with most of your weight on the back foot, you have completed the backswing and are ready for the downswing. Practice this in a mirror! "SLOWLY"! Rome was not built in a day! Remember that golf is a game of feel. You don't "make" things happen, you "feel" them happen.

Do not break your wrists. At some point in the backswing, you will "feel" them break. At the start of the downswing, your right elbow comes back into the rightside of your rib cage. This will cause your hips to start moving out of the way. During this move, remmeber to maintain the wrist cock. Bring your hands and arms back to the take away position where your shaft was parallel to the ground and the butt end of the shaft faces the target. This where the power comes in. This is where your wrists begin to uncock! Do not uncock your wrists; it will happen automatically.

Most important is that you KEEP YOUR HEAD BEHIND THE BALL! It is the most difficult thing you will have to do plus it applies to evey club in the bag. Make an effort to hit the ball with your back shoulder. Your chest at this point has traded places with your back, in that your chest faces the target. An excellent drill for this is to use a hittng mat with a rubber tee. After all, if you can't hit the rubber tee, how can you expect to hit the ball? Makes sense doesn't it?

Questions? You are welcome to contact me at golfxr@usa.net.Practice is the name of the game. And a game it is! Have fun!

Yours in Golf,
Dr. Golf

Any questions regarding the above or anything else can be mailed to: golfxr@usa.net or you may call 770-393-3069. Private lessons are available at a reasonable rate.

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