Tip From the Archives
You do not feel a natural hinge in your wrists as you take the club back and notice that the ball either pulls or slices.
Check to see if you are rolling your wrists back instead of hinging them. If you do, it will cause you to take the club back too far inside of the target line.
Practice correcting your takeaway by swinging over your golf bag, so if you bring it back too far inside of the target line, you will hit the bag. Set up with your bag standing a foot away from your trailing hip, with the top of the bag pointing in the same direction as your buttocks is pointing. Work on taking the club back so you have enough wrist cock to move it up and around without hitting the bag. If during your backswing you simply move the club back, into the bag and then up, you know you are rolling your wrists instead of hinging them.