There's a million ways that the takeaway has been taught in golf instruction. There's a million ways to get the club from here to here. You can set your wrists early. You can shift off the ball and lift your arms. You can lift off the ball, lift your arms and set the club early. You can try and turn there's a million ways to do it, but there's only one optimal way to do it. Do it efficiently, do it correctly and keep yourself centered. And that's a big key. Or the rotary swing is obviously we're trying to rotate around our spine. So using our spine as our fixed point or our center point, we want to try and move in a direction and use our muscles and joints in a way that allows us to rotate around our spine efficiently. And what's the beauty of it is when you do it correctly, your movements are really about this far to complete the takeaway.
Now that may sound crazy, but in a moment, you'll understand because technically the club travels from here to here about seven or eight feet, we'll call it about two and a half yards or so now if I let everything go back that way, my head and everything, and I shift off to the right now, I've got to shift big shift back to the left. I made put the club in the, still in the same position, looking down the line, it may look right on camera, but is it the right way to move? You know, if we're wanting to stay centered, obviously we don't need a big shift to the right. There's obviously a weight shift to allow yourself to store power, but we don't need a big sway with the upper body. So if we were trying to make the simplest machine possible, how would we do it?
Well, I'm going to show you if you understood the push versus pull videos on the website and understanding how to rotate around your spine, rather than pushing from the left side, pulling from the right, this'll be a piece of cake because all you're really trying to do is move your shoulder blade a bony part. And that sits on your top of your rib cage about this far. And it's going to move slightly down and in towards the spine because remember we're trying to stay centered. So if we're going to try and stay centered, we want to move in towards center, simple concept, right? So if you, if you have an engineering degree, we're going to try and create some triple force, and that's going to allow the club to move this way. And this is an important concept to the golf swing. You're always trying to move in the opposite direction that the club's going.
That may sound kind of crazy, but that's the number one problem for most amateurs is they try and move the club and their move their body in the direction that they're trying to move the club. And when that happens, all kinds of things go wrong. But certainly it's, it's inefficient. If you're trying to understand rotary motion, centripetal force is always going in the opposite direction to the centrifugal force. Centripetal is the action. You want to be the action moving in towards center and the club moving out away from you is the centrifugal force. That's the reaction. So let's look at this in real world terms. All I'm going to do is I'm going to move my shoulder blade this far, and the movement is going to be so small and so efficient. You won't believe how easy to get a perfect takeaway it is. So I'm going to do move my shoulder blade.
That's it. That's all I did. I'm moving my right shoulder blade in, towards my spine and slightly down. So the movement looks kind of like this. If this was my spine, here's my shoulder blade. It's going slightly down and in towards my spine. That's it. And it's only about this far now, what happens when I do that? If I keep all of this intact move my shoulder blade, it's going to turn my body, turn my shoulders about 45 degrees. And I don't need any hip rotation at this point, minimal hip turn, 45 degrees shoulder turn with two inches of shoulder blade movement that moves my shoulder about six to eight inches, which moves my hand about two and a half feet, which moves the club about two and a half yards. I moved two inches to two and a half inches. The club moved two and a half yards.
Now you can try and learn to move the club two and a half yards and try and put it in the same position every time with your hands. And it's pretty hard because you're not looking where you're trying to move the club and it's happening behind you. And you're trying to think about sending the club up that way, or you can learn to just move your shoulder blade two inches choices up to you either way. But if you want to move efficiently, two inches of shoulder blade movement in towards your spine, we'll move the club in the exact same spot. It would be very difficult for me to put the club in the same spot here every time. But if I'm just trying to move my shoulder blade two and a half inches, I can pretty much do it in the same spot every single time without trying.
It's a perfect takeaway. I didn't try and put the club down the plane or put it up on planet and try to position it where it's pointing down the target line. I didn't try to do any of that stuff. I just tried to move my shoulder blade two and a half inches. That's the way your body's designed to work. If you want to rotate around your center around your spine, you need to move towards center. When I moved my shoulder blade towards my spine, the club moved that way. I'm moving this way. Club moves that way. So let's think about that again. I'm going to move my shoulder blade and just to make it simple and to think about taking my shoulders straight behind my head. The club moved that way. I didn't try and move the club that way. I'm trying to move away from the club that forces the club that way on the down swing. And the opposite is true. Trying to move this way, forces the club out this way. So when you start to think about your golf swing, in those terms, you start to understand how rotation really works in the rotary swing. So two inches of movement, that's all you need to know for the takeaway.
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