I have read AOP a while ago, and to be honest I am not sure I understand how he is trying to describe taking the putter back? Take a look at the image below of his takeaway. Notice there is basically no shoulder movement. He barely moves his hands back at all. He describes elsewhere in the book about letting the "right elbow soften and fold close to your side" in the takeaway. Is the right wrist hinging in this image, or is the right elbow folding in as he describes? What is he really doing to allow virtually no shoulder movement and very little movement of the hands backwards?