Your backswing should be one continuous fluid motion. Never should you feel like there is more than a single movement. In this video, I explain how to execute a proper takeaway into the vertical backswing.
Never let your arms get too far behind your head and into the sacred burial ground. From our 14 Drills to A Better Swing, you may remember the cactus drill, hands up in a cactus pose. Those drills include an additional drill just on the takeaway - the serving champagne drill.