24 thoughts on “Tip: Mastering Your Takeaway

  1. Hey Steve,
    Rob here from Holland.
    Could you please tell me something about the moment of hinging the hand and hinging in general?
    King regards,

    • Rob–its Shawn FYI! The hinging happens at the same time as you turn your shoulders. IF you watch the video the shoulders and wrists turn and hinge at the same time.
      Where do you live in the Netherlands? I’ve been there a dozen times and have very good friends that live in Amsterdam, Vinkeveen, Utrect, Zeeland, Rotterdam, and The Hague. I’m a big fan or your the Netherlands.

      • Shawn. The two step lesson provides that hinging takes place first and shoulder turn take splace thereafter. It seems there is an inconsistency with the answer to Rob where you state “the shoulders and wrists turn and hinge at the same time”.

        • Omar–this is based on the individual player and the tendency each of us have. The 2-Step is a guide to follow to create consistency. However–non of us make the same moves so the diagnosis is a little different.

    • Tom–one cannot measure how much hinge. Its need to be sequenced with the turn of the upper body. Key is making sure the club is working up and not inside the tour-stick line. You just have to spend time in front of the mirror working on the move. Its the only way you can master the move.

  2. Shawn,

    Just getting back to you prior to my surgery. I have just competed in the Club Championships and after a real disaster, reran the video of “Two Steps to a Perfect Golf Swing” and zoomed up the comp list to finish third. GREAT SYSTEM IF we follow it. Thanks again for making the video.


  3. Shawn, Your tip for the take away is really good. I teach golf, mainly to young people, and I have found that if you teach them that the shoulders should be under the chin on both backswing and follow through, the head will always be in place, and a good contact is almost guaranteed. With this extra pivot in the swing you are showing it is sure to ensure that the right elbow is also tucked. Thanks I am in Ireland and also South Africa

  4. Great tip. To maintain a one-piece takeaway and slow it down is it best to pullback with the left shoulder, center of the chest, pull back with the hands? What is the best way to be consistent?

    • Randy–the best way to be consistent is to duplicate something. In order to duplicate–you must master the moves. Pretty simple–get as close to mastery as possible. There are no short cuts to mastery.

  5. Shawn,
    I try to have a long slow takeaway by keeping the club close to the ground as long as possible and I think the belt buckle as a guide will help in that respect. Since I eventually have to get my hands at the top of my back swing, when should my hands stop following my belt buckle and start moving to the “set” position over my right shoulder. I know it is a smooth transision and I don’t want to be mechanical, but where should the change start?

    • James–The longer the club moves close to the ground the more the club moves inside and will cause you some serious challenges. Everything has to be blended, balanced, and sequenced. The only way you can create feel is to be very technical. Technical is a great form to create feeling. To learn moves you have to break them down into steps, make them very technical to master the moves and ultimately create consistency. I would really recommend by DVD training system “Repeating Swing Blue Print”.

  6. Hi Shawn

    Thank you for all the tips, I lowered my handicap from a 16 to a 7 in less than a year, I cannot wait for “Humpday”, keep them coming, and by the way, I am from South Africa.

    Kind regards

  7. I find that focusing on the right scapula (shoulder blade) going back and down helps to keep the takeaway on a good path, and that focus helps with a good backswing in general.

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