Snap Part 1 – Lower Body

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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+

23 Responses to “Snap Part 1 – Lower Body”

  1. Paul what if your knees are bad after playing football for 25 years and I’m 70

    • Thomas ,I’m 83 ,I played English soccer at Championship level when I was young .Center Forward :I was very fast at dribbling past the backs ,so to prevent me go past them ,I kept get kicked in the legs :result :two full prosthetic knees at age 70.This doesn’t prevent me to play good golf as taught by Paul

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Thomas,

      I said this in the video. Turn your hips as opposed to the snapping of the knee. Don’t hurt yourself. I did have a student with a really bad left knee today have no problem doing it. He was ecstatic about the results.

  2. I know Harmon had Woods do this around 1999-2000, but never heard it explained well.

  3. August 6, 2017

    AndrewRobson

    Hi Paul,
    As the weight comes onto this front foot should we feel coming into the inside part of the foot?
    Thanks, Andrew

  4. Paul ,I do the move you show .Despite prothesises in both knees ,it doesn’t hurt me .To acheive it properly ,I use another move which is to kick back the left cheek when turning .Now ,if you watch replays in slow motion of BEN HOGAN ,he turns on a flexed left leg .So straigthening the left leg seems not to be a must,though today ‘s champions do it all of them (RORY Mc ILROY ,HIDEKI MATSUYAMA ,DUSTIN JOHNSON ,ZACH JOHNSON , RUSSEL KNOX etc.. )
    So the BEN HOGAN exception must be a consequence of his bad car crash .
    This flexed left knee turn is also taught by JOHN SCHLEE (He was taught by BEN HOGAN himself) in his very well documented book “MAXIMUM GOLF ”
    JOHN SCHLEE is very flexed at the outset of the golf swing (Too much in my opinion)
    He was a very talented golfer .Won several Opens- HAWAƏAN OPEN etc.. but had to stop playing championship golf due to a bad back and died from ALZEIHMER disease

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      Back in the day they did have more lateral and wilder swings. I want it very circular and tight for distance and consistency.

  5. August 7, 2017

    SusanEccles

    I think this is one of yr greatest tips. Thank you.

  6. August 7, 2017

    KathyMedlar

    Great tip…on the video almost every time you demonstrated the “SNAP” there was an auduble “snap-like” sound on the mic. It was a bit creepy and funny at the same time…thanks for the tip and the laugh

  7. I watched this tip and said to myself, there is no way I can do this as I have had surgery on my left knee. While at the range today I thought I would give it a try anyway. I was amazed by how well it worked and how there was no stress on my knee. I immediately hit the ball further and finished on my left side with no effort. Great Tip !!

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Bill,

      That was an eye opener. Glad you tried it and got it. Big things to come for you in the future.

  8. August 8, 2017

    JimBremhorst

    Is this snap movement also used in short and medium pitch shots? Makes sense for long pitch shots. The other challenge I have is that I’m 6’5″. I need to really bend my knees with short irons since I choke up on the club per your tips. . I may whiff if I lock my left leg. Suggestions?

    • Paul Wilson

      August 10, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Jim,

      No. Just for any full swing.

      You need your clubs fitted for you. At your height, I would say 1″ longer and 4 degree upright. Not sure if you have had this done but I taught Mike Dobbyn who is 6’8″ and has no problem setting up to it.

  9. August 29, 2017

    RichardLang

    Great tip Paul. I’m a high handicapper trying to learn to hit the ball with my lower body and not with my arms. Can this forward leg snap double as a downswing trigger or do I need another trigger to start the downswing? Thanks.

  10. September 13, 2017

    TomC

    Hi Paul, recently I was “in the zone” as they say, scoring below my handicap consistently (10.3 index) for a few weeks. Then all of a sudden, I couldn’t hit a solid shot at all. I was turning in scores in the high 80s / low 90s. Reflecting back, I believe I tried to “improve” my distance and reverted back to “hitting” instead of turning. I went back and reread your Body Swing book and recognized that I had slipped back into old bad habits. I played today with one swing thought, “touch the legs”. The improvement was immediate and dramatic.
    That brings me to this tip. I too have a good swing but can’t get past high 80s in my swing speed. I’m a little hesitant to try this new technique based on the poor results from my latest attempt to increase my distance.
    Thanks much for all you have taught me about the golf swing. You are the best teacher on the web, hands down.
    All the best,
    Tom

    • Paul Wilson

      September 14, 2017

      Paul Wilson

      Tom,

      This happens to everyone at some point.

      Yes, you started hitting which brought the arms back in.

      You need to know how to work on distance. I show this in The Body Swing. I also have this tip:

      DRILL: Golf Swing Timing For More Distance: http://ignitiongolf.com/timing-more-distance/

      Anytime you are working on more clubhead speed your consistency will take a hit. You increase the speed for while then go back to perfect positioning and powerless arms to get the consistency back.

      I keep telling everyone who wants more power to do the practice swings at home nightly. This is the best, easiest way to get it. There is no ball to hit. You do the swings in the air to feel your legs and hips powering the swing. You increase it and get used to this feeling. Over time this becomes the norm and you will be doing it when you practice and when you play. You literally have to do this drill tens of thousands of times to get it:

      DRILL: How To Really Increase Power: http://ignitiongolf.com/how-to-really-increase-power/

      So forget distance on the course. Work on perfect positioning. At home nightly, you do the practice swings in the tip above. Over time you will start seeing the results. It is gradual not immediate.

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