The Easy Way To Make A One Piece TakeAway
Purpose– To keep your “triangle” (formed by your two arms and your chest) intact on your backswing and downswing. This is helpful for all golfers especially for those whose trail hand/arm tends to get over active. This is very helpful in learning a proper “core turn”. It helps you quickly learn a simple “one piece takeaway” (i.e., core turn) to start your backswing.
At address with your front arm push with your PowerThumb lightly forward toward the target. You should feel some tension and some pulling forward with the triceps (upper arm muscle on the back of the upper arm). You may feel some light tension in your pectoral (chest) muscles also.
With your trail arm pull lightly backward. You’ll be pulling back mostly with your pinky, ring finger and middle finger of your trail hand. This opposing force very lightly tenses your arms in opposing each other. (Note: you should still make sure your front elbow is just slightly bent and pointed at the target).
The opposing force prevents you from getting too tense in your grip. My students report that when they do this it prevents them from gripping the club too tightly especially with their trail hands. It also helps them make a firm one piece takeaway that helps them make a bigger shoulder turn and helps keep the club right on plane.
This means you can take the club back with your shoulders turning together as a unit keeping your “triangle” nicely intact making a one piece takeaway until the club is back to almost horizontal or more. The will help you gain some distance.
The Power Triangle is also especially helpful for chipping. It helps prevent any breaking down of the wrist so your core (chest, shoulders, abdomen) powers the chips like it’s supposed to. Do remember that we are not saying to freeze your wrists. Even with Power Triangle there is definitely some wrist action.
Please try the “power triangle” during your set-up and let us know how it works for you.