Proper Takeaway Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman
A good takeaway will strengthen the rest of your swing.
A good takeaway will strengthen the rest of your swing.

The golf swing can seem quite complicated to the beginner or infrequent golfer, but it all starts with a strong foundation and then a proper takeaway -- the first move in the golf swing. When holding the club, your hands, arms and shoulders form a triangle. This triangle is the key to a good swing.

Turn your shoulders away from the target, allowing your arms to follow in unison -- not initiate -- the takeaway. The triangle remains intact as you turn.

Maintain the flex in both your knees as your weight naturally transfers to your back foot (right side for right-handed golfers).

Allow the right elbow to fold as your arms approach hip height. If you do this properly, your right elbow will point in the direction of your right hip, but your left arm will remain relatively straight. Do not lock the left elbow, though. Your forearms and an imaginary line between your elbows should maintain the triangle shape.

Continue to turn your shoulders until your club reaches the ear-height. If you were to look in a mirror, you would still see a triangle formed by your forearms.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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