The Takeaway

  • The goal is a “one-piece” takeaway
  • But not with the “Y”!
  • Organizing this torque and additional vertical forces along the correct backward-leaning rotational axis
  • Understanding the back-and-forth “alternating dance” of wrist extension and flexion that facilitates optimal wrist-release
  • A well-balanced and properly-architected finish designed to guide the left shoulder through the correct rotational path throughout and following impact

It’s important to begin with initial basic concepts for the takeaway. The first goal of the takeaway is to promote a “one-piece” movement of what I call the “Y”, which is shown in the picture as lines coming down through the two arms into the shaft. A “one-piece” takeaway occurs when each point along the two arms and shaft move back together at a similar rate of change. In reality the head of the club may move back a bit faster, but that is the only part of the “Y” that should move at a faster rate.

The mistake I see students make in their takeaway is when overly focus on trying to originate the movement with the “Y” itself. They mistakenly move the “Y” with the front parts of their body — their arms and hands. Instead, the better way to originate the club’s initial movement is from the rear of the body.

To do this, think of a “rectangle” formed by the student’s two scapulas above, and their two glutes below. If the body’s initial movement originates with the “four corners” of this rectangle, the arms and shaft on the front side of the body will move more easily together and in sync with the full complement of the body.

William M. (Biv) Wadden IV came to the golf instruction profession through a unique route. In High School, he competed against local Chicago standouts Gary Hallberg, Gary Pinns, Dave Ogrin and Hank Haney. In college, he played Varsity golf for the University of Notre Dame, lettered three seasons, and was runner-up in the 1977 Indiana Intercollegiate Championship. After graduation, he earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and went to work in the investment management industry where he enjoyed a successful thirty-year career as an institutional fixed income portfolio manager. He was a member of both the Evanston Golf Club and Bob O’Link Golf Club for over forty years combined, and is a former Club Champion of the Evanston Golf Club.

Biv joined the golf industry in 2008 to focus attention full-time on his life-long love: golf instruction and custom clubfitting. Biv has been studying the golf swing his entire life. In his mid-twenties, he began to seek out the nation’s top golf instructors, and over the course of the next twenty-five years would work with thirteen of the top-fifty ranked golf instructors in the United States (plus over twenty excellent local instructors not nationally ranked). Few golf professionals have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, as many of the nation’s top-ranked instructors. This multi-decade investigation into the swing keys of the great teachers provides Biv with a unique perspective into the bio-mechanics of the golf swing, shot-shaping and course management, tour-level putting mechanics, and an arsenal of wedge and sand play methods. Biv has taken the “best-from-the-best,” and now devotes himself full-time to sharing this knowledge with his students.

Biv has earned professional certifications in both golf instruction and custom clubfitting. He is a Class A PGA Professional with the PGA of America and a Level 9 Certified Clubfitter with the Association of Golf Club Fitting Professionals (AGCP). As a step to join the PGA of America, Biv medaled his PGA Player Ability Test with rounds of 77-70, while hitting 25 consecutive greens in regulation (and 33 of 36 greens total) during his mandatory 36 hole qualifier.