The Takeaway

Henry Fall here from the Milo Lines Academy, joined by LPGA Tour's Dana Finkelstein. Today, we're diving into a crucial element of your golf swing – the takeaway. This initial move sets the stage for a successful swing, and we're here to guide you through it.

When it comes to the takeaway, we often see golfers struggle with two common issues: a club getting too far inside or excessively outside. Both stem from a disconnection of the left arm from the body. The key? Connection. Your arms and body should move together, forming a unified pivot.

Imagine a Y-shape formed by your shoulders, forearms, and grip. As you start your backswing, maintain this connection while allowing a slight wrist hinge. To enhance your takeaway, try exercises like placing a ball between your forearms or a glove under your armpit. Another effective drill involves swinging the club while keeping it close to your sternum or belly button.

For those looking at it from a down-the-line perspective, using a plane stick can help maintain the club in front of you during the takeaway, ensuring a smooth turn and wrist hinge.

Remember, nailing the takeaway is the foundation for a consistent and powerful swing. Practice these techniques, and watch your game soar to new heights!

Henry Fall is a Golf Coach with Milo Lines Golf, LPGA Tour Caddie to Dana Finkelstein, content creator, and Rukket Golf ambassador. You can check out their online academy at or on his instagram, @henryfallgolf

Dana Finkelstein has played on the LPGA Tour since 2017 and finished first in Driving Accuracy in 2017 and 3rd in 2019. Her best finish on Tour thus far is a T-11 (2x) and she finished T39 at last year's AIG Women's Open Championship at Royal Troon with Henry on the bag. While at UNLV, Dana was a three-time Mountain West Golfer of the year. You can find Dana on Instagram @danafinkelsteingolf

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