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Takeaway Analysis - What triggers the takeaway?

Creating an image of what tour pros do can be helpful for building your mental movement map. This video helps you see how golfers trigger the one piece takeaway.

Tags: Backswing, Analysis, Member Question, Intermediate, Beginner

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In this analysis video, we're going to look at the first movement in the takeaway.

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So I had a member question about the first movement in the takeaway and did a quick little

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video helping to understand the pressure into the lead side.

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So basically, in order to have the body start moving or rotating that way,

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it has to push against the ground this way. So to create some sort of anchor,

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most golfers are going to use their lead foot. It is possible to use the inside of the right foot,

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but primarily, most golfers are going to push through the lead leg.

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Now, here are a couple kind of classic examples where you'll see maybe a little bit of a forward press

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and you'll see that weight shift to anchor that lead side to then provide the platform that the

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leg and the core can start to take away with. That anchor of the foot and that leg and core

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movement produces the one piece takeaway, even in golfers who have a little bit quicker wrist set,

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like Danny Willet here. Now, here's probably one of the easiest examples. This would be Gary

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Player. So you'll see he had that famous knee kick in and you'll see that left quad in that left knee

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kind of push into the foot to create the anchor that he can then rotate around. So if you struggle with

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what takes the club back, there's a good chance you're kind of floating in between your feet

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and trying to initiate the takeaway more with the hands and the shoulders and connecting it all the

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way to the body can usually help. Let's look at a couple more subtle examples and one example that

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may not technically be the left foot, but will help you understand this concept even better.

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So now we have two different examples that are going to demonstrate one of the common ways that

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some golfers do it. We have Tiger Woods from 2000 over the right and Jordan's beef. Now if you're

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ever looking for these triggers, you have to find things from practice sessions where you can see

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them before they hit the ball for a little bit of time. Here what we'll see with Jordan is we'll see

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before he takes the club back. He actually has a little bit of a rotation towards the target to apply

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some pressure into that lead foot. Now that's accompanied by the slight forward press of his hands

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following his belly button rotating. So if you're just looking at it from a distance, you may think

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that it's the hands starting the takeaway. But now that you know what to look for, you can see that

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his hips rotating to the left, help apply pressure to provide an anchor that then he can start the

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takeaway from to create movement you need a fixed point. Now Tiger demonstrates a similar

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pattern. You'll see before he starts to take the club away, you'll see a slight rotation there

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where he's shifting and slightly rotating his pelvis towards the target before it starts to rotate

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away from the target. And that rotation towards the target will shift some pressure into that

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lead leg to create the anchor. Now for the final example, we have the mini tour player

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Manuel de los Santos, who lost his lead leg. So you would logically think that he's not going to

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shift into that lead leg. But what we'll be able to see is right here before he starts his takeaway.

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You'll see that left or the right knee kind of bend in towards the left, he's anchoring on the inside.

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So he's pushing slightly against the ground this way in order to create the anchor for his body

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to rotate around. The force pressure stuff that I've seen all indicates that there's a slight

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pressure shift into that front leg which helps with creating the fixed point for your body to rotate

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