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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The One-Piece Takeaway is Back!

A couple of weeks ago I did a post called How Will Phil Putt Next? after Phil Mickelson showed up at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a belly putter. Luke left a couple of comments, and the last one included a reference to a YouTube video about -- you guessed it! -- one-piece takeaways.

Why would Luke include that? It's because Paul Wilson, the teacher who made the video, uses a putting motion -- with a regular putter, not a belly putter ;-) -- to demonstrate the proper way to perform a one-piece takeaway. I thought it looked pretty good, so I'm passing it on to all of you:

Paul only focuses on the one-piece takeaway going back about two feet from the ball. As you know, I want you to do it back to waist high. That's because I don't just want you to make a one-piece takeaway, I want you to get your shoulders turned (or "coiled") early in the swing. Good things happen when you turn your shoulders early in the swing. Never forget that!

But Paul's video provides yet another way to get the feeling of starting back "in one piece," which means you'll start your backswing by turning your shoulders first. That's what I want you to do. I know I say it until you're all sick of hearing it, but turning your shoulders early will solve oh so many problems in your swing and increase your power and accuracy as well.

BTW, did I mention that you should start your backswing by turning your shoulders first? ;-)

Thus ends my weekly sermon on the virtues of the one-piece takeaway.

And thanks again to Luke for sending me the link.


  1. Thanks for taking us to church:-D This is swing thought we have talked about before and one that I believe has contributed to my improvement. This thought along with the other drills you have shared with me makes the swing seem so natural.

    I went out an bought a couple yard stick yesterday. Although I am improving, I still get a little sloppy and rotate my forearms. I like the visual when using the yardstick. It's easy to get into a proper start and then impact position to get that "slapping" feeling that you talked about because of the fact that a yardstick is flat.

    Until it cools down a little bit, these are some good drills that I can do in the house and still be productive.

  2. Here's a really useful way to get the hang of NOT rotating your wrists, Dex:

    Just swing back to waist high and cock your wrists so the club shaft points straight up in the air.

    I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it just teaches you not to consciously rotate your forearms. When you actually swing, the bending of your trailing elbow combined with the momentum of the club moving back will cause it to swing "on plane."

  3. hi !

    Do you have a video that explain the next step. When your hands are in front of your pocket.
    At this point, i guess there's a little action of the left wrist in order to bring the shaft // to the target line and the face pointing to the sky ?

    Or it's only the rotation of the shoulders that bring the club in that position ?

    Thank's by advance

  4. Hi, Baptiste! I'll do a post on it. Be on the lookout! ;-)