One-Piece Takeaway Drill

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  1. richmosney, 1 year ago

    good evening paul,,,fine piece of advice..i presume that one-piece,one inch preliminary takeaway applies to both irons and woods ?? correct ??

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Yes, all clubs. You have one swing and 13 clubs plus your putter.

  2. ERIABBERA, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,
    I wish you had given me this drill right from the start. All I can say is that it’s
    smart. Thanks.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Just thought of it a couple months ago. Then I was hesitant because I didn’t want people to over do it. Glad you liked it.

  3. MichaelBlock, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,

    My question is as follows:

    You swing is with the upper body for you the left shoulder.
    Is the one inch takeaway also with the left shoulder or something other than the left shoulder (I know its not the hands) ?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      It is the left shoulder. This is just an easy way to make it all happen.

  4. JoseCarceller, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul, I use the two piece take away and I definitively will give this a try. My question is then when to hinge the wrist. I started to do the two piece takeaway because it gave me the impression of putting the wrist in the correct position instead of the “let go” feeling that I have doing it later.

    I don’t know if this makes any kind of sense, but I feel I can control better how the club face will be at the top of the backswing with the two piece takeaway rather than the one piece takeaway where at some point I feel I don’t control the clubface at the top (pointing at the sky or down, etc)

  5. chrisrasmussen, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul, do you do this one inch move in your regular swing on the course?….or is it simply used on the range to help promote a one piece takeaway?

    Chris R

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Try this takeaway drill on the range first. Get a feel for it. Then if you want to do it on the course until you are positive you are taking it back in one-piece then do it. After you are sure you are doing it the shoulder coil should make this happen without the use of the hands and arms.

  6. Steven D, 1 year ago

    I had noticed in some of your videos something that looked like a slight lag in the takeaway and I’m glad you expressed it this way. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but it would seem to me to be a good way to keep the wrists from starting out stiffly in the backswing – as long as one doesn’t overdo it, as you said.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Past students seem to have good results doing it this way. Give it a try.

      • Steven D, 1 year ago

        I tried it today and it feels very natural to me. What a valuable tip!

        • Paul Wilson

          Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


          That’s great news. I didn’t know how this one would be received. If I can even help 1 person it is worth it.

  7. PaulLucas, 1 year ago

    I’ve been doing a forward press before coming back in a one piece takeaway but it seems I’ve been buckling my right knee (lefty) too much. I’ve recently stopped the forward press but it does seem odd start from a dead still position. I’ll give this a go this evening so in theory it good replace my forward press?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      This should be good to eliminate the forward press. Good thinking.

  8. MicheleTripault2, 1 year ago

    Paul, it has helped me too. Really good tip !

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback.

  9. michelwandel, 1 year ago

    o.k. for the one step take away, but why exactly the small one inch move?
    is it just to start a dynamic or is there another reason. I love the whys, which you address so well, so please, enlighten me on that point.
    michel wandel, brussels

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago


      I say why about 3/4 of the way through the tip:

      1. You will look like an idiot doing it too much.

      2. You will have to flip the club to get it to the top which will cause your backswing to be out of control.

  10. jamesmerlo, 1 year ago

    how can i be sure i’m not rolling my hands in the take away?

  11. paulelliott, 1 year ago

    Hi Paul,
    I can do this one piece takeaway without moving the inch is that ok?

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 1 year ago

      Paul, If you are already doing the one-piece takeaway you do not have to do this drill.

  12. paulelliott, 1 year ago

    Forgot to say What is the role of the left leg in the take away/ backswing, mine seems to stick out, away from my right leg or if you like folds away from my body i think Hogan said it should go in towards your right leg?

  13. paulelliott, 1 year ago

    also my friend told me today i am sliding my hips in backswing like a reverse pivot so my left leg moves to the right and collapses if that makes sense and i dont keep my balance

  14. HughClark, 10 months ago


    This really helped me, even with my one piece take away I have always used… Not sure why it works, but seems to slow me down on te way back. This helps me after I set up with my elbows close together in the “Y” – keeping my arms “powerless”.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 10 months ago


      That’s great news because going back slow really helps in so many ways. Please keep doing this.

  15. paulelliott, 10 months ago

    I notice Paul that you waggle the club before your one piece take away Why?

  16. JohnHugo, 8 months ago

    Hi Paul,
    Love your work. Paul I’m told that when I try to keep my back swing wide and in one piece I not only move my head but my whole backwards off the ball. May I ask for some clarification please.
    Love your work.
    Thank you,

  17. clintwalker, 7 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for your clear instruction. I am a big fan. You have done wonders for my OTT move and I thank you !!

    I feel that with my laziness of standing too tall and not extending my arms, the club would be way under plane at the initial takeaway (way under shaft line) even with maintaining the triangle and rotating the shoulders. Perhaps I was also still pulling with right arm without realising. However, your other tips have helped alleviate this. However, to get to the halfway point in correct position I feel its actually my club head straight back which triggers the takeaway. This rotates (not see saws ) my shoulders prefect and I get loaded onto my right axis point. I have been having trouble with the trigger being the left shoulder thrusting around or the right shoulder moving, instead if I maintain the triangle but focus on club head straight back (even though its not really straight, rather a arc) this seems to get me in right spot. even though I feel the club head moving back with arms my shoulders still rotate and the arms don’t overtake. Is this acceptable?

    Secondly, this gets me where the takeaway starts to trace the shaft line at address for first foot or so, is this ok.

    Thanks for your great site and vids. I hope to be in US mid 2015, and grab some lessons when in Vegas. I have looked at a few online methods, but yours by far has really helped. Keep up the great work.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 7 months ago


      Glad you like the tips and glad you are improving. I love hearing it and appreciate the feedback.

      I am okay with your takeaway move for now because based on what you were doing before this seems to be working. I would think that once you have done this for a while you will start to feel the shoulders moving it back but if you don’t and you are in great position at the top you should be able to keep doing it.

      Just let me know when you are in town. It would be great to work with you.

  18. PaulBrett, 2 months ago

    Paul, I am struggling to get the club in the correct position at the top of the backswing. I have videoed myself and I seem to end up too long and across the line. When I take the club back using the one piece take away do the wrists set naturally at the top of the swing? Do you consciously lift your arms and point your thumbs towards your ear after the club is level with the hips? Kind regards Paul B.

    • Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson, 2 months ago


      Crossing the line is a tough on to fix. I did a couple of tips on it here:

      Crossing the Line:

      How To Stop Crossing the Line:

      It is usually caused because you are hitting with the back hand. This stop the back wrist from folding properly at the top because when you do it feels out of control. People don’t like this feeling so the try to control it with this back hand. This stops it from folding properly at the top. People can also take it too deep inside. The more deep you go the more it will cross the line as you get to the top.

      Follow the tips and do nightly practice swings with a mirror of your side. As you watch yourself watch the club position at the top make sure the club is down the line or even laid of. This will counter-act the crossing of the line. Also make sure the right wrist is folding fully. This out of control feeling disappears after a few practice sessions.

      You can also lay an alignment stick on the ground. Go to the top thinking about matching the shaft to the stick. If the club is down the line at the top it would be parallel to the stick. So keep going up and feeling this parallel position then copy this feeling when hitting your shots.

      I did a tip on shortening your swing here:

      How To Shorten Backswing:

      As I said, this is tough to fix so don’t worry about where the ball is going and hitting great shots right now. Just fix the position. Worry about the ball later.

  19. PaulBrett, 2 months ago

    Thanks Paul. Do you have the facility for me to send you a video of my swing. I play off 8 and am a reasonable golfer but to become a category one golfer I need to be more consistent off the tee. I hit the ball well but the top of my back swing has never looked right on video. Many thanks.

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