This is a quick update on my progress utilizing the “drag, flare, and open” takeaway I came up with recently while studying Hogan for the millionth time. It is helping to accomplish a bunch of things I have trying to do with my backswing: get the shaft up on the plane from the beginning of the takeaway (instead of cutting under), keep my upper right arm spaced away from me and higher at left arm parallel, and keep the club on plane and not crossing the line at the top (rotating the wrists and keeping the left wrist cupped externally rotates the right shoulder sooner which in turn stops the lifting of the elbow and lays the shaft off more to the left). Another benefit is that the drag and opening “throws” the club against the hands as it gets to the top, increasing the wrist cock and allowing for the sidearm throwing action to kick the shaft flatter earlier in the forward swing. Overall I have picked up a ton of distance with all clubs and every strike feels heavier and more consistently solid. Of course, we will see what happens when I get to my next competition.