Learn How To Coil Your Body In The Backswing

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In this tip I explain how to coil your body in the backswing. This is essential in creating the necessary torque for a repeatable golf swing. Once you learn the backswing coil you couple this with the uncoil for a powerful consistent swing.  After you check out this tip please take a minute to watch the product review below of the Ultimate Swing Trainer which is a great device to help you increase your backswing coil and flexibility.


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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

17 Responses to “Learn How To Coil Your Body In The Backswing”

  1. June 14, 2012


    Paul, I have a forward hip thrust on my backswing that causes me to raise up and hit poor shots. Can you please tell me what causes the forward hip thrust, how to stop it and maybe a drill or two to help stop it?


    • Carl, you should by trying to resist moving the hips going back. Remember, your shoulders move the most at approx. 90 degrees. If you are trying to resist them turning the shoulders will move them into position because they cannot get to 90 degrees unless the hips move half that amount. Also, keep in mind you are not hitting it going back. You are setting the club to go the other way and hit the ball. If you are thrusting your hips in the backswing you are telling me you are taking it back way too fast. So slow down going back. Focus on keeping your hips still as you turn your shoulders back. In doing so, your hips will move into position.


      Coiling: http://ignitiongolf.com/learn-coil-backswing

      Hips: http://ignitiongolf.com/turning-hips

      You should be doing this drill:

      Helicopter: http://ignitiongolf.com/important-warm-drill

  2. September 24, 2012


    When you talk about coiling your shoulders in the backswing, do you really mean coil your upper body? When I just coil my shoulders, I feel a bit disconnected.

  3. If I turn my shoulders going back, my hips don’t move why is that? Thank you Mimi

    • Paul Wilson

      January 29, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You need to get the shoulders turning upwards of 90 degrees. If you can turn your shoulders to 90 degrees with no hip turn then you are the most flexible person in the world. If this is the case then turn your shoulders as much as you can. In doing so the hips should be turning with them. It is like a spring. Turn the top and the middle will have to turn. You can’t just turn the top and the middle not move.

  4. April 2, 2013


    Hi Paul Quick question when doing the coiling back drill, at first can feel the tension on left side , after a week or so of doing drill ,the tension gets less as i coil to same position, do we just keep coiling that little bit more to achieve that same amount of tension that we felt when first started doing drill.

    • Barry,

      If you are not feeling the stretch you could be getting loosened up. Most likely you are moving the lower body too much. Keep in mind that human nature wants you to relieve this stress on your body so it will look for a way out. Tighten up the lower body and you should feel it again. If you are are keep the lower stable and just feeling it less then feel it this same amount. This will be what you will feel.

      How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/stabilize-lower-body/

  5. Paul, I can get the tightness feeling when doing the helicopter drill or when taking practice swings without a club in my hands but once I get the club in my hands and I stand over the ball, the tight coiling feeling leaves me. What am I doing wrong?

    • Adam,

      You are most likely moving the hips too much but there are 5 things you can be doing:

      1. Lifting up

      2. Moving sideways,

      3. Straightening the right leg.

      4. Lifting the left heel.

      5. Turning the hips too much.

      You could also do way too short of a backswing but I doubt it.

      So tighten up the backswing and you should feeling it. Don’t avoid the tightness, use it.

      This is a good way to slow down the lower body. Watch:

      How To Stabilize The Lower Body In The Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/stabilize-lower-body/

  6. August 22, 2013


    Paul – as a beginner of your method, I think that I’m starting to get your method, unfortunately, it has taken me about 6 weeks to get it.

    I understand now you coil your upper body to get the tightness feeling (torque), and you uncoil your lower body to hit the ball. In the helicopter drill, your arms are connected to your drive shaft which is hitting the ball on the downswing.

    In your teaching method, does your arms stay connected throughout your downswing? Meaning, as you coil your upper body, and you swing with your lower body, your arms come along, but do they stay connected the whole time in the downswing? For some reason, I’m picturing a robot that coils back, holds that position, then uncoils the lower body (like the helicopter drill) but doesn’t move or un-connect the upper body. Is this right? Or when does the upper body un-connect? Does this happen once the weight shifted to the left leg, and your right arm is now the arm of the iron Byron?


    • Paul Wilson

      August 22, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      6 weeks is a small price to pay for a better swing. It only took me about 20 years. I wish I knew back then what I know now. This would have saved me many years of frustration.

      Yes, your arms are connected in the downswing. This should be happening without thinking about it. The people who disconnect are those who drive their lower body too hard in the downswing. The tell-talk sign is hitting pushes knowing you are not sliding. If you hit a push/push fade without sliding you are disconnecting which does not allow you to square the face.

      The lead arm disconnects just after halfway through. The back arm is still connected until at least 3/4 through. Then the both disconnect to allow you to touch the back of the head and finish the swing.

      Be very careful working on this stuff. If you are analyzing down to this level I worry you are going to make it too complicated. Keep it simple.

  7. August 28, 2013



    What happens if I don’t coil enough,which I believe would start the club down on an outside path rather then from the inside.How would that effect my full swing shot?I’m asking because i just discovered that i’,m doing this which seems to cause poor contact

  8. November 23, 2013


    Helicopter blades must always be level or it will crash. With the shorter clubs there is more forward tilt (incline plane) Are you saying the shoulders should still coil level to the ground causing a flat swing. Just been watching tour golfers on TV and at the top of back swings their lead shoulders are always lower to the ground which always will always be the case if you swing around your spine on an inclined plane. Clarity please

  9. February 11, 2015


    Anika Sorenstam suggests a one piece takeaway, but doesn’t say if the downswing should be one piece or not. WITH YOUR BODY SWING, SIMILAR TO jACK NICKLAUS, ARE YOU reCOMMENDING THE DOWNSWING BE A ONE PIECDE DOWNSWING? OR, IS IT FEET UP ROTATION?

    • Paul Wilson

      February 12, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Not sure what a once=piece downswing is. You are the first person to refer to it as this.

      So there is no such thing as a one piece downswing. The club starts back in a one-piece action. It then hinges fully as it hits the top. The body rotation uncoils the swing and the hinged club stays hinged to hip height. At this point, it releases fully to a point just after impact. From here it re-hinges.

      You are doing a one-piece takeaway to stop the hands and arms from pulling the club back and activating them in the backswing.

      So you are uncoiling with the lower body in the downswing to hit the ball. Your arms are connected to his rotation. So the arms are moving because they are connected to the uncoiling body not because you are trying to hit with them.


      Uncoil 1: http://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil
      Uncoil 2: http://ignitiongolf.com/uncoil-follow-up

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