Golf Swing Takeaway – One Piece Takeaway and On Plane Backswing by Herman Williams, PGA

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Learn the Golf Swing Takeaway from PGA Golf Professional Herman Williams as he demonstrates how to make the perfect one piece takeaway for an on plane backswing. Herman reveals the common mistakes most amateurs make in the takeaway that lead to further swing plane errors in the golf backswing. And he shows you a few popular misconceptions that you still see in modern golf instruction.

Some of these common takeaway problems are the old “low and slow” sweeping the golf club back inside which gets the club off plane almost instantly. Then there is “fanning the clubface open” … even a “toe up” position half way back is too open. And lastly, picking the club up to the outside. All of these takeaway mistakes send the club off plane and compound into further backswing problems at the top of the swing. Naturally, the transition to the downswing will be more difficult as a result, and impact will suffer as well.

So the secret to developing efficiency and repeatability in the swing is to start the golf swing takeaway online, going straight back and in one piece. Watch a good player like Tiger Woods and notice the width and on plane extension in his takeaway. Tiger works hard to stay on plane as it is so much more efficient.

Another key distinction to be made about the golf takeaway is the clubface position at the waist-high point half way back. Most golf instruction has this position incorrect, describing the “toe” of the club as pointing straight up. Herman Williams is known for the detail in his online golf lessons, and this video is no exception as he pinpoints the exact clubface position you should expect to be in at the waist-high backswing position. The clubface in a proper one piece takeaway will appear slightly “closed” with a 10-15 degree tilt downward toward the golf ball. This is just one of the many valuable nuggets you'll get from watching Herman go through the entire armswing motion for the golf backswing.

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Also in previous videos from Herman Williams, he has talked about the perfect golf setup and the importance of a neutral grip and flat left wrist to make the correct backswing. Today's golf swing takeaway video adds important related details to help further understand how the swing actually starts with a cupped left wrist but ends up with a flat left wrist. In the proper setup and takeaway, the cupped left wrist is maintained until the waist-high position, and then Herman teaches how to finish the backswing as the lead arm rises and rotates the club on plane and the wrist hinges into the “flat left wrist” position at the top.

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just sunny says:

The best backswing video on YT bar none! The one arm push drill did wonders
for my takeaway. I did 20 left arm drills and then added my right arm and
everything was so easy and smoth. I will still do the 20 rep left drills
every morning till further notice. Further more your explanation about
rotating the forearm and hinging the wrist was so perfect.

I cant thank you enough! 

LaugherOne says:

Your video was recommended to me, and you emphasise the same points my PGA
teacher showed me. Today on the range using this takeaway, I started
hiittng it straight and no more shanks.

Alan Waite says:

Hi Herman
I love your takeaway video which I have adopted into my swing.
My practise swing looks great in the mirror but when I put the ball down I
get too quick and start to rotate early and get really flat on my
backswing. Do you have any drills that ensure I fully complete the takeaway
before I start folding and rotating.

Many thanks Alan

Golfaddict says:

Hello Herman, thanks for that great video that I have watched over and
over. It helped me tons. I can good contact with the ball and get the
distance, however I cannot do the transition to step 2 which is the left
forearm roll over together with hinging the wrist. I reckon if I manage to
do this part correctly I could get a few more yards to my strike. Did you
have any experience on other students facing the same difficultly and what
is a perfect drill for that? Thanks a lot.

Dudley Murphy says:

Great lesson. Where do you instruct golf? This is the most logical
explanation I’ve seen including the transition

Michael Crosby says:

Thank you. Can’t believe how many teachers say the club should point
straight up during the backswing. I did that for decades and could never
figure out what I was doing wrong.

James Hampton says:

Thanks for your advice! I’m already seeing results!

ghgesq says:

The one thing I find a bit confusing is the rotation of the left arm as you
raise the arms. Can you explain further? Thanks 

saijinkai says:

as usual, very detailed and nice teachings, Herman! Perhaps you can put a
link for people that overswing on their top of back swing in relation to
this video.

Noel Greene says:

Excellent and clear explanation 

Dylan Patterson says:

Keeping the toe hooded on the back swing is the most GOLDEN piece of info!
I battled a slice all winter and my iron game is awesome again due to a
friend pointing out my face was wide open and taught me the proper
form…it almost “feels” like your rolling your right wrist to the left as
you begin the backswing (for righties)….anyway cheers!

Andrew Alderson says:

Excellent demonstration well worth a watch.

klarkus says:

Please do follow on videos for this ie downswing, follow through ect as
this video has helped me so much. Great job!

ezenza1 says:

thanks herman! very easy and usefull! 

Robbie Robinson says:

Very thorough and practical without being overly technical. Covered main
bases of the takeaway from address to waist high, then from waist to top of
the swing. Great way to show wrist rotation at top of swing.

Jonathan W Golf says:

Excellent video Herman. Really simple but effective description of the
takeaway move. Thanks for sharing.

mo abrahams says:

Hi mate , I would say the three critical points for me being a right hand
golfer, are the left arm over my chest in the set up, then the pushing away
of my left hand on the take away and the most helpful part was how you
explained about the left forearm rolling over and the wrist pushing down in
backswing,I have always had a struggle with that transition and you just
explained it perfectly it’s changed my hole swing and what’s awesome about
it is that it loads my hips and makes me feel like I can clear
automatically .

Can’t thank you enough

TheCdog24 says:

thank you

Lance Cummings says:

I’m going to say one thing: Great, but. What’s the ‘But’? It’s simply that
you don’t perform the takeaway for the camera as you would perform it in an
actual swing. You won’t look at the club head in a normal takeaway, so
please don’t do it in a video. I want to see how your head is almost
independent of your chest rotation.

Rob Tol says:

Herman, there are teachers and teachers. You have the right words to my
Now, lets go to work. Thanks coach

George Woodworth says:

Good advice

Steve Kay says:

Best explanation of takeaway on YouTube. Thanks mate.

Chuck Downing says:

Thanks for this video. You’re clearly an excellent teacher and
communicator. I’ve watched many of your videos and you are more clear and
precise than others I have found.

I’m an “analytical golfer” (because I started late I think) and I think too
much. I’m having trouble with the “two step move” to rotate my left
forearm. It feels much more natural to me to start rotating early (on the
take away), but that produces the “inside sweep away” you said not to do.

Why is the timing so important on the rotated left arm? Thanks.

seth1455 says:

Very nicely explained Herman, the left hand palm path is so easy to do and
helpful for my current swing issues, thanks 

Ignacio Rodríguez says:

This is exactcly what I was looking for .. Once again I´ve been Hermanized
!!! xDD


krak2121 says:

As always, excellent instruction. Detailed but not confusing. I love you
already know the questions you’ll get so you answer them ahead of time.
Nice job!

Wesley Sink says:

Thank you lots and lots,I am fourteen years old and before I would struggle
taking it to the outside or too much around me, but after watching this and
hitting the range, I was finally able to shoot my best round of 68, hitting
my driver and irons straight as an arrow. I will keep up with your

Hubert Hopkins says:

Thanks Herman, I think maybe I’ve been cocking my wrists too soon and not
turning my chest enough. Those bad habits creep back in.

bizallin says:

I just wish all of the ‘What not to do’ could be edited out. Otherwise

So much instruction is spent endlessly speaking about what not to do that
it almost ends up having the opposite affect.

sonicdeviant says:

True. Works on iPhone but no iPad. No idea why.

Troy Ugrich says:

Nobody has ever explained the second move into the top of backswing like
you just did!! Why won’t others explain that 2nd part? Thanks so much as
now I can finally get on plane!!

paul conlon says:

Great to see you uploading again Herman. I always liked your style of

Jay B says:

Good explanation. I keep seeing videos on “vertical wrist cock” but as you
pointed out you cannot get on plane with a vertical wrist cock. Keeping
the arms connected to the shoulders/body with a left hand push keeps you on
plane up to waist high….then simply rotate your left forearm with a
little wrist cock and allow your shoulders to complete the backswing. Easy
to understand.

xzorro123 says:

Thank you for another great video.

Blake F says:

Thanks for this video. I watched it and today got my left arm over my
chest. The results were amazing, especially on my drives. For the first
time in forever, I was able to hit the ball hard without fear and I
actually broke 80. What sort of bugs me is that I have paid a lot of
money for lessons over the years, and no one ever spotted this issue.
Thanks, again!

Herman Williams Golf says:

New Golf Swing Takeaway video ready. It’s got all the details you want from
setup to top of backswing. Check it out now and be sure to like and
comment. Thx – Herman

Rob Atkinson says:

hi Herman,i would just like to ask are you teaching the one plane swing?it
looks like it,iam just getting my head round after 7years of play what i
need to ignore,and what to take onboard..ive decided to go down the one
plane swing route and stick with thanks for your time and keep up
the very good work.

ngocky vu says:

You are The Takeaway Master, seriously! The person that didn’t like this
video gotta be Tiger.

Colin Johnson says:

As always Herman, a superb explanation of the take away, clear as a bell.
There seems to be a problem with the back drop though. Looks like you were
superimposed on a screen, and a lot of the time I couldn’t see the shaft of
your club. Good to see you passing on your thoughtful tuition again, thank

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