Drill to Feel the Tight Coil In The 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+

13 Responses to “Drill to Feel the Tight Coil In The Backswing”

  1. September 7, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    Great tip, the feel of a true coil just screams power. From your last post I see what you mean about me getting ahead of the ball, which I assume is part sway and part reverse pivot. I even noticed as I practice the touch the legs drill I am ahead or way over my left leg. So I started today making sure my head would be behind the ball area and it felt pretty good. Also I realized that I had loose arms in the back-swing but in trying to hit the ball everything became tight and I wasn’t getting that extention of my arms. Also starting working on that today and had some great improvement. And of course in today’s tip I see my hips are moving more than they should, but this tip was a great aid in correcting that problem. Don’t know if you are going to be in town the week before Thanksgiving, but that is my target date and hope I can have a lesson or two. I bribed the family with The Memphis Championship BarBQue so hope it will work out.
    Thanks for the repetition of tips til I get it Mike

    • September 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Mike, Skying is usually you doing a reverse pivot. In other words not loading behind it allowing the head to move back in the backswing. When people stay over top of the ball and start down the usually move ahead of it. So you have to get the head moving back in the backswing.

      It is a weird feeling for most people. I say it feels like you are moving a foot behind the ball at the top to actually move 3 inches. So it feels like more than you are actually moving. After you get used to it it feels okay but it does take a little time.

      I will most likely be here for Thanksgiving. No plans at the moment. Just let me know. Can’t miss the Memphis BBQ championship.

  2. September 7, 2012


    Repetition and constant reminders are a big help. How quickly I seem to forget the little things. But with your method of reminding us from time to time gets me back to those basics. At least to me it is a teaching method which I seem to need to stay on track, or should I say stay on swing.


    • September 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Peter, Yes I go back and forth sometimes. Just when I start in one direction I know people will forget where we just came from. Got to remember all of this stuff and either do it until you never do it wrong or keep checking it everyday.

  3. September 7, 2012


    Hi Paul,

    Would like to clarify with you, what are the factors that contribute to club head speed? (ie. lag, wrist, weight, shaft, height etc.)

    Was watching the Deutche Bank Championship, Tiger was clocked at 120mph, Dustin Johnson 123mph and Bubba 124mph. Thanks.

    • September 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Herman, There are may factors which I am releasing tips on. Just stay tuned. I will get through everything. Look in the red nav bar under power. I keep adding these tips to that section so in the future everyone can just go there and see my thoughts on power throughout the whole swing.

  4. August 15, 2015


    Paul, what is your take on doing practice swings at home and doing swings at practice balls for every there practice swing?

  5. August 15, 2015


    Hi Paul,
    First, excuse any mistake I could make. I am a French Canadian.
    I want to relate a short experiment I made yesterday night which is in accordance with today’s tip.
    In my backswing movement,as I came near to the end, I tried to push a little more with my foreward arm prior to or at he same time I go for the forward swing.It’s like I want to add more torque to my body. All of a sudden, my 6Iron shut went straiter and higher as I ever hit it before. I am anxious to try it again today with all my clubs, including the Driver.
    My question…Do you think it worth it to include that `”thought” in my regular swing?
    P.S. I have been a teacher for 35 years and I can say without exaggeration that you are a very good teacher. I recommand your website to all my friends, every time I have the chance to do that

    • August 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kind words and recommendations. I truly appreciate the help.

      Just be careful. I really don’t want you activating your arms. They should be powerless in the future in the down and through swing. If this helps you feel the tight coil for now then keep doing it until you master the coil. Then double check you are not hitting hard with your arms.

  6. Paul ,I note your right foot is not exactly at right angles to the target line when you are at address ,it’s slightly splayed out.
    I know BEN HOGAN who advocated the right angles position in his book ,changed also slightly to a splayed position of te right foot in his later year(Aftr his car accident )
    Ir helps a biger rotation going back .
    JOHN DALY is a perfect example of the feet splayed out significantly both ways ,though he is marvelously supple and flexible .
    Another question :in the “pole drill”(The drill with club on the shoulders you show )is it allowed to tilt the shoulders somewhat going back (The pole or club is inclined slightly towards the ground ) and the other way up going through ,instead of remaining completely horizontal ?
    This allows lifting more the club in the backswing and more utilize the gravity effect of the club falling ” from a higher point..

    • August 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I want the right foot turned out 5 degrees. Mine is but in the camera it always looks flared out more than it is when my left does not look flared out enough when it is. The back too straight or turned in creates too much resistance as you coil up. Turning it out a little allows people to fully coil. Keep in mind Hogan was quite flexible. He would often take it back way too far so maybe this was his way of restricting his backswing a little. Who knows?

      With the helicopter drill I want you doing it standing up. If there is a slight angle in the downswing that is fine. The whole purpose of the drill is to get the person to feel torque and a stable lower body, head moving not to get the shoulders rotating on the exact angle. By standing vertical you will achieve these things. Tilted too much and you will not. So stand up. Coil back with the shoulders, feel those elements and uncoil with the lower.

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