Expect This When Working On – Flat or Upright 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+

4 Responses to “Expect This When Working On – Flat or Upright Backswing”

  1. November 18, 2016


    Paul ,This is an excellent lesson (For me at least ).We’ve discussed this question before between us .My major defect is getting my swing too “short ,” or ,in your own words “too flat “.
    So I followed your recomendations and worked on my rotation back,turning more the shoulders
    With more rotation back I have more time to lift my right arm and I have also more torque to develop in the through swing .
    I does work .
    To make sure I take the time to turn back enough I exercise with the “SWING CLICK “and I have the picture of JIM FURYK in my mind :he goes so much upright in his backswing ,I try to emulate him(Without his “loop” )
    All this together has greatly benefiited my swing

    • Paul Wilson

      November 18, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      This mental image is good. When I tried to get my swing from flat to more upright many years ago I thought of Fred Couples backswing. This image allowed me to get a more upright swing in about 2 weeks. Mental images are great.

  2. February 20, 2017


    Hi Paul,
    from your experience, does it occur (even if you don’t mention it) that trying to move from a very flat swing to a more upright position can also generate pushes?
    This is what I noticed recently, after working pretty hard with my golf pro. My “old” ingrained swing being flat, we managed to some point to put me in a more upright position, and I had a period of time when I could hit decent shots, with a gentle draw.
    I had to stop practicing and playing for a couple of months due to elbow pain, and since I resumed, well, the “old” swing tends to come back, so we work on putting me back on track. At the present, when I am flat, the result is more a hook, when I correct to a more upright, it’s definitely a push. Is this consistent with your analysis? My pro tells me not to worry too much about the pushes, because she sees them as an indication I am on the way to restore the correct position.

    • Paul Wilson

      February 20, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      It is usually the other way around because the flatter swing allows the club to attack more from the inside but if you were severely flat you could be coming down way too steep with the flat swing. Then you go more upright and get the club on a better plane.

      You may have been either leaving the face wide open, sliding or just driving the hips way too hard with the new backswing. Hard for me to know.

      Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about where the ball is going until you are used to the newer swing. I keep telling everyone to work on the swing and positions and the ball will come. If you are trying to get perfect shots with a new swing they may be few and far between plus they could literally go anywhere because you are not even working on the whole swing. You are working on piece of the swing. Get this piece and add it to the other and you have the whole swing at which time you would be thinking more of the ball.

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