Developing A Strong One-Piece Takeaway

A one piece takeaway is very important to your overall swing performance. Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and every other professional golfer performs a one piece takeaway in their golf swing.

Our friend Tom Patri is the Owner and Founder of TPC Golf LLC and a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher In America. When I asked him for some input on the subject, he supplied me with the following:

“In my 32 years of teaching and coaching I have seen a wide array of ways to begin ones back swing motion. On tour in the modern golf swing there are two basic starts:

1- The One Piece Takeaway 

2- The Early Set

Pre the modern era a third start , the lag load was also a possibility . Today as I teach the average player I’m always trying to make this already difficult game easier for  anyone that wanders into my lesson tee. All this being side , the takeaway I lean toward the most  with Mr. and  Mrs. average  player is the one piece start.

Very simply I tell my students if we start the major components  (hands , arms and torso) of the backswing away together it stands to reason we are much more likely to return them together . Picture a line drawn across your shoulders and then down each arm finishing at the grip. Basically we are describing a triangle . Your job once the triangle is formed  is  to get that triangle started in a dead heat !

Work on your one piece takeaway and you’ll be amazed at how much easier contact becomes ! Keep me posted .
Thanks Tom.

These simple drills on the video below will help to prevent your hands and/or arms from taking over in the initiation of the swing.  It will engage the upper body more which in turn develops more stability in the lower body

In this video, I will demonstrate the loosey goosey takeaway along with the one piece takeaway, and show you two really easy drills that you can perform every day that will help you to “FEEL” the engagement of your core in the takeaway.

Yes, that seems simple enough, but I want you to try it.  If you are performing the drill correctly, you will feel what I am talking about. An added benefit is that by engaging your abdominal muscles in this drill, you will help your lower back as well.

Ken Pierce
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Tom Patri:
Owner / Founder TP GOLF LLC

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