How To Shorten Your Backswing

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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+

2 Responses to “How To Shorten Your Backswing”

  1. Hi Paul – I have two problems -too long and across the line.
    If I try to shorten the swing I lose the tight coil How do you shorten and maintain the coil.
    In going across the line at the top my right elbow flies at the last instant – This does not happen on practice backswings ie only when followed by a downswing, do you have any thoughts on how to stop this ?

    • Ian,

      If it is not happening without the ball the ball is changing your swing. You are looking for power in your arms to hit down. I am setting the backswing looking for power in the downswing. So see the backswing as you setting it up to go the other way. I just re-posted this tip the other day:

      The Importance of Setting the Backswing:

      If you shorten and don’t feel the coil you are either shortening too much, moving sideways or moving the lower body too much. If you only coiled your shoulders with no lower body rotation you would certainly feel the coil. Problem is you would only get to 45 degrees of coil. From there if you kept coiling to 90 it would pull the lower into position giving you the coil.

      I see so many people move the lower too much going back. I would think you are doing this too.

      Pros Know Its A Tight Coil:

      Crossing the line is a tough one to fix. You need different thoughts and reduce the power in the arms (especially in the back hand). I would want you shortening it first. Getting used to it. Then tighten it up to feel the coil. If you don’t change anything how do you every fix it?

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