Drill: Swing Up with Driver

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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 “Drill: Swing Up with Driver”

  1. Excellent tip Paul! This one should help me tremendously!! Thanks

  2. Hi Paul. This seems like it would help my shot elevation with my driver as well. Do your recommend this drill for fairway woods and irons as well?

    All the best,

    Chris Rasmussen

    • Chris,

      I wouldn’t do this with the fairway woods or irons. If you do you will most likely end up topping it. You can just keep your head a little behind the ball with those clubs if you want as opposed to swinging up at it.

  3. Hi Paul,
    I really enjoy your tips, they have made a great change in my swing-for the better. Your instructions are very clear and to the point. I know you have the interest of the Golfers in mind. Its amazing that you answer the phone and actually want to help. I still think you are the BEST Teacher.

    Earl Gissing

    • Earl,

      Thanks Earl. Glad you like the tips. I just want to make people better so I will continue to do what I do and continue to get the word out. It’s tough but one day everyone will know about it.

  4. April 9, 2013


    Hi Paul Trying all the 3 ways to start the downswing with lower body,nothing feels comfortable yet, the one thing that does feel comfortable is starting downswing with pushing off with my right foot to bring it around to touch knee but only if i add atouch of upper body tilt to right as you mention in the above tip . what i am asking is it okay to add a little upper body at the same time as the springing of right foot. For me when i add a touch of body tilt at the start of downswing the touch the knee position feels more natural. Is it detemental to my swing long term, to keep doing this.
    I am doing this with all my clubs,do not seem to be topping manny,

    • Paul Wilson

      April 10, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Pick up a ball in your right hand and throw it overhand out in front of you. If you do you will feel what you use to make this motion. Once you feel it use this to start your downswing. I like the springing from the right foot. This is what I use.

      I am fine with you tilting a little to stay behind it. Without me working with you in person I will take anything that gets you to do it right. Just be careful not to stay behind it too much. The tell-tale signs you are too far behind it is hitting it fat or starting the ball too far right. If you see these shots get off the back foot sooner to stop the fat shots and reduce the tilt to keep the ball down the line instead of pushing it right.

  5. Excellent tip ,even for those like me who don’t come over the top However it seems to me that in doing so ,the flight of the ball is a bit too high and I may be losing distance ,my ball is not “boring thru the air “The loft of my driver is 10 d

  6. In a more recent video ,you say that to start the backswing it is enough to rotate forward and push with the right foot and you disadvise the ” bump forward “of the left hip most instructors recommend.
    I myself “pull “with my left knee.If you don’t do this move forward of the body you will remain on the right foot .I just can’t simply push with my right foot ,I have to feel I am “pulled forward ”
    As for your golf lessons ,they are first class:I see you say the going is tough for you:keep doing what you do ;you’ll stand out as one of the best teachers in a short time !
    Most of the fan gofers who follow REVOLUTION GOLF are asking about you .Your lessons are much more consistent and being of longer duration and more precise give much more indications as to what to work on

    • Paul Wilson

      April 30, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You need to find the trigger than works for you. It is sounding like you are more left sided. If so you need to be turning the left hip to the left or feeling the left knee going straight back. If you do you will start turning. As you turn roll up onto the tip of the back toe. If you are on the tip of the back toe you had to have shifted your weight.

      If I know you are going to shift your weight (by getting onto the tip of this back toe) why would I tell you to bump your hips. If you want to keep hitting that shot that blows 40 yard out to the right then keep bumping. I haven’ hit this shot in 20 years.

      So focus on the left and start practicing it. If you have ever throw a ball you can do this. Just narrow your stance and throw a ball overhand. When you do you will see your body will turn and your weight will come off of this back leg perfectly. Keep doing it then apply this to practice swings. Once you get it in practice swing add the ball.

      Some things take time. So keep working on this until you master it.

      Do this too:

      Lean On Club to Touch Legs: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-lean-on-club

      I am glad the members at Revolution Golf are asking about me. I just need them to find me. This is the hard part. Glad you like the tips. Thanks.

  7. January 10, 2014


    I have no trouble with irons, that is, no slicing. As soon as I pick up a driver or wood or hybrid, I slice. I probably swing too hard. I checked my club in a mirror and in general it is down the line, but my pro said I am hitting outside in. My ball flight is quite high also. Could my problem be that I do not start my downswing by snapping my knee and that results in the slice or the over the top move. I am concerned about trying to hit up on the ball in that I already hit the ball so high with my driver.

  8. Hi Paul;
    I read another tip that says that most tees are built on a plateau with small slopes & that to get this upward swing path, before you hit your shot you should swing along the upward slope towards the tee. This would also show you if you might hit it fat by hitting the ground if you don’t do it properly. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

    • Michael,

      The path is cause due to diving with your legs. When you do so, your whole upper body hangs back behind the ball. The more your body is tilted back the more the club swing up at it. No way is this tip every going to do anything for your swing. Work on the right fundamentals and look like a great player when you swing (they have he right fundamentals). If you get them you will hit it perfectly. Stop watching other tips.

  9. Hi Paul;
    Stop watching other tips? With all due respect, that seems to insinuate that you know all & your way is the only way. I found it somewhat disappointing coming from a teacher of your caliber.

    • Michael,

      I am not saying I know it all. I am trying to stop you from becoming confused working on 10 different theories at the same time. I have done this before and it does not work. If you are working on one method work on one method. If you don’t like it then work on another.

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