I have always believed the takeaway as the make or break area in the golf swing. I like to use the analogy of an instruction manual that comes with a product that you are about to assemble. Obviously, a person needs to follow step 1 in the instruction manual in putting something together correctly and easily. Therefore, the golfer should understand the importance of takeaway since it is the first step in the golf swing and learn to master it. When we neglect the first step (even with the golf swing), we become discombobulated with the proper sequence of events that follow. In the case of an incorrect takeaway, the golfer will be forced to make unnecessary adjustments and compensations during the rest of his/her golf swing causing inconsistent shot making. Whereas, a golfer with a good takeaway will have the best chance of acheiving good positions throughout the golf swing. Thus, creating the proper sequence needed for excellent ball striking.
Hope to see you on the lesson tee, to learn more about the takeaway and to learn how to engrain it through proven drills and exercises.