Shoulders In The Downswing?

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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+

14 Responses to “Shoulders In The Downswing?”

  1. December 22, 2012


    Absolutely right. Since I have been following your method, I “keep my shoulders passive”. Whenever I don’t, I produce a hook.


  2. December 22, 2012


    At the top of the backswing I feel like I pause momentarily, long enough to transfer my thoughts to straightening the left leg. This may increase the torque created in the torso, before the arms and shoulders follow the legs. That’s when I get it right, I might get a pull or a push depending on how well I time the downswing trigger. I’m getting more consistent and will persevere, the swing will probably never be perfect but my handicap is dropping.

  3. Hi paul,

    My main problem is when i start my backswing and i tend to drop my shoulder and that resulted club face open at the impact, poor shots- extreme slice to right and hit fat shots.

    Please advice me on how to cure this problem and perhaps the best drill to practise. Many thanks.

    -albir nordin-

  4. Thanks Paul

  5. Hi Paul:

    I am sure you talk about it in your vast library of tips and if so, I would appreciate pointing the way to the video.

    When I make the swing based on your coaching, it feels (based on years of arm swinging) like my shoulders are lagging waaaay behind my lower body and the ball contact occurs far later in the swing than what I am used to. When I do this, the results are great BUT fighting against that “loss of control” causes me no end of problems as my arms kick in to “catch up” yielding disastrous results.

    Breaking years of bad habits are hard and the brain works against you in those circumstances. Could you also point to the videos where I could get a slow motion view that will show this “lag” in your swing as viewed face to face during your setup?

    I love your program.


  6. November 2, 2013


    Thanks for this and others. Like a lot of things, it’s drill, drill, drill, and then one day–voila! I had this moment last week when I had a shot from some fairly thick rough, a shot I would have thought two months ago the only way to get the ball out would be to muscle it with my hands, arms, and shoulders. Instead, I took a couple of leg-powered practice swings, noted how cleanly the club was ripping through the tall grass, and stepped into the shot, which I put three feet from the green. Once you get the feel, it is easy.
    Thanks again.

    • Paul Wilson

      November 3, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Convincing yourself that not hitting with your arms is a huge factor. I think you are now seeing it is possible to generate even more power with your body. Now that you ave seen and felt it keep trusting it for all of your shots. If you do, you will see more and more great shots using the body and one day you will give up completely on trying to hit with the arms. Keep at it.

  7. November 20, 2013


    I am currently trying to ACTIVELY NOT engage my shoulders in the start of downswing. Is that reasonable? Thx for everything Paul.

    • Paul Wilson

      November 21, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      You do not need to be thinking about the shoulders in the downswing. I could be wrong but I am assuming you got this from a recent tip on another website. If so, quit watching that other site so you end all confusion. Watch this tip to clarify the shoulders in the downswing:

      Shoulders in downswing:

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