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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Annabel Rolley on the One-Piece Takeaway (Video)

If you've read my blog for a while, you know I'm a big believer in the one-piece takeaway. In fact, I wrote a very popular post with a drill on how to make a one-piece takeaway. But my drill doesn't use a ball and Annabel's does, so here you go:

The key thing for you to note about Annabel's drill is that she wants you to smack that second golf ball back around 20 feet away! Why so far? Because she wants you to get some good extension when you reach around waist high and, if you can hit the ball that far, there's a good chance you won't tighten up and pull your hands in too close to your body.

By far the biggest mistake players make when learning the one-piece takeaway is they tighten up too much. They lock their elbows straight out and tense up so much that they can't cock their wrists properly or swing with any rhythm. Stiff arms make for a jerky swing, and that causes poor impact as well.

Between my drill (which you can do inside, without a ball) and Annabel's drill (using a ball) you should be able to learn a proper one-piece takeaway. And if you combine Annabel's drill with the L-to-L drill I recommend so often (most recently in this post from late December) you should be able to blend a good one-piece takeaway into your swing quite easily.

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