Your takeaway sets the stage for a good swing or not-so-good swing.
As you begin your backswing, maintain the triangle by keeping your hands, arms, and shoulders moving together as one unit. This keeps the club on the right path and promotes a wide arc—the key for more distance. I like to feel my front arm against my chest and maintain this connection as I TAKE THE CLUB AWAY WITH SMOOTH TEMPO. A quick and jerky tempo will send your club off-plane.
A common tendency for women in particular is yanking the club too inside. This is typically a result of a disconnect and lazy torso. Allow your big muscles to do the work, allowing your hands and arms to go along for the ride.
A path that is too inside will most likely result in compensations on the downswing, such as snap hooks or pushed shots to the right.